Yup, I get what you're saying.
This is why I find it interesting when adult collectors complain about the modern era TF toy they bought off the shelf at a Walmart or TRU in the Children's section. Unless it is a Masterpiece and catered to the adult consumer and at an MSRP at 5 times the cost of a single carded figure, you are absolutely comparing apples to oranges.
There are action figures and then, action figures. I know the quality is different for the "cheaper" toys now because of higher costs in materials and manufacturing...and this is why I recognize that the toys catered to children do nothing for me. The toys that resemble the quality I grew up with are NOW high-end toys. Just how it is.
So, it's one thing to be aware of this, buy them, and then complain about it. And it's these types I don't get. In short, if you want a QUALITY high-end toy that looks like it can belong in a museum? PAY UP. If you wanna play, you gotta pay. :)
One point though: Older toys may have been easy to break...if you tossed them around like a football. I still maintain to my death that the Japanese toys of the 80s were far superior to the toys made today for children in durability. But, I may be biased.