It's not a matter of attention. There's just only so much they can afford to include in sets in the lower price points. The higher price points aren't just about the sets being taller-- if you look at Rocka, Breez, Furno, etc., you can see that they do in fact have more equipment overall than the smaller sets. Personally, I'm quite impressed at how much the smaller sets have been able to include. As for back armor, that's a fairly easy modification to make if you have the right pieces. Personally, I came up with a style (front, side) which works well on both 2.0/3.0 and Breakout-style torsos, provided you have an MTIS in one of the set's colors as well as those two Technic parts used to attach it. But a simpler back using a 1.0 or 2.0 Hero foot also looks decent in most cases, and works with more Heroes including those like Furno who have extra equipment on their back or shoulders.
I haven't been seeing the Summer sets in stores- I've been depending on Amazon for this stuff. Of the heroes, I'd say that Stringer is my favorite. They really emphasized the whole "sonic power" theme. Those loudspeaker parts could be used for a "toa of sound" MOC...
My only gripe is the hollow back. Ugh.
Definitely agree. IMO LEGO should give a bit more attention to smaller sets.
I can't really decide on who to get: Stringer, Nex, or Thornraxx. Who should I get?