if you really want to rant,
check out the Bandai SHODO figures from japan.
over there apparently they have "candy" figures.
you get a little box with a fairly articulate figure for 4-7 bucks in a Japanese store (candy store?)
you get a case for about 40 bucks or so. of 8- 12 figures.
so the articulation, acc. stand cutting and lack of BAF for this scale and overall price increase is all mostly bullshit.
it's about trying to get away with as much as you can while getting profit.
or if people STILL defend it with the different company, different region excuses..
look at how AMAZING the Transformer Deluxe figures are for their price points and the things Transform and have a comic and acc. (some even combine or come with mini figures!)
but I can live with a 19.99 two pack.
I really think it's transportation cost and licensing fees That is the biggest factor and if i can get 2- 4 inch articulated figures for that price I'll take the pill at this point.
because I REFUSE to do what other collectors do now and spend about 10-12 bucks for a 5 POA brick figure.
with shitty sculpts... (yes looking at you Reaction and SW main 3.75 line)