Of course. Articulation is all for the collectors. And that's great. I grew up with these SW figures. Today's kids grow up with totally different "toys", like game consoles, for instance. Hasbro may claim they're aiming for the kids, but in reality they really aim for us collectors. For the kids they put in some "neat" quick-draw and slashing attack features and they get a lot of critique from..... us!
In the old days there wasn't such a thing as a "collector's community" for SW action figures. Kenner mass produced these with playability in their mind. I agree with Niktom that those figures were very, very durable and had a very high play value. Later on, with the rise of the internet and auction sites, the collector's world really expanded.
I'm not saying in the past everything was better. It's a whole different era. We're talking 25-30 years later. Kenner/Hasbro tried a comeback with the POTF2 figures, which failed quite a bit. The post-2000 figures are of a much higher quality, but mainly aimed at the collectors. And I like that as well. Heck, I just bought another 17 figures off eBay. And a vintage Luke Stormtrooper (which has a Removable Helmet (tm) Feature!)