I don't see how you read into my comment that I was praising Hasbro or saying that you should. All I said was that they are a business and their priorities are staying in business and making a profit. I'm not praising it; it's just the way it is.
Let's take FOC Grimlock as an example. Adding more paint apps might only cost a few cents per figure. But multiply that by the number of figures, and it could be thousands of dollars. Now, how many people are going to buy Grimlock with that extra paint app WHO WOULDN'T HAVE BOUGHT IT OTHERWISE. In other words, how many EXTRA sales will they get because of that extra paint on the arms? Enough to make up for the extra production cost? If not, then it doesn't make sense for them to do it. Why add paint apps to make a few whiny collectors happy if they can sell them to kids and parents who aren't as picky?
You think two TMNT figures are a better deal than a Deluxe TF? Fine, then buy that instead. (Although maybe your kids would rather have one TF?) If enough parents do the same, Hasbro might reconsider their strategy. But they're going to make those decisions based on SALES and FINANCIAL REPORTS, not complaints from a handful of collectors on an internet forum.
I'll tell you one thing: If my son or daughter wants Transformers, I'll buy them for them in a heartbeat. I'm not going to say "Sorry, son, I know you really want that Optimus Prime, but he doesn't have enough paint apps for my taste and I've decided that TMNT figures are a better bargain, so you're going to play with those instead."
Tell me, those TMNT figures... what do they transform into? What's that? They don't transform into ANYTHING? Huh.