I've always had a soft spot for the original 1983 Admiral Ackbar. Simple. To the point. Goofy looking. The newer versions are startlingly lifelike and accurate, but they just don't have the fun charm of the very first figure from almost thirty years ago. Remember that black, ribbed baton he came with that made no sense? Ahhhh, ya gotta love the old days of the hobby. Figures didn't really look like the characters and half the time their weapons and accessories didn't even come close to matching the movie props...but we loved them all the same and they were an integral part of our lives. They were rugged, simple playthings that could take a horrendous beating.
As much as I adore the modern figures with their lifelike accuracy and 14 different joints, they're the kind of figures that if a kid plays with them a little too roughly the heads or limbs will pop off and you might have a lot of trouble getting them reattached. There are a hundred and one things that can go wrong with a post-1995 STAR WARS action figure. But the original stuff was the kind of toy you could drive a tank over and you could still play with it. The classic stuff was for playing with. The new stuff is for display.