I have followed this and a number of forums for many years, and rarely comment regardless of the topic.Times change however.
The Strelsi figures are bonus figures above the normal set complement. EG there are 4 in the Hungarian set, leaving a very generous 52 others.
I don't personally use the figures, (and probably have quite a few from recent purchases),but others do collect them.
They do have conversion potential.
The figures a way of keeping interest in another less well known period.
They are a trademark of Strelets sets.
The figures are definitely not "lousy".
Watching stock rapidly dwindle in my local hobby shop and in online retailers, sets with them in sell very well and fast.
If you don't like the product, don't buy it.
Totally agree Danny. I have quite a vast collection of the streletsi models now from my crimean war collection and I really really like them. If you dont want them then try selling them on ... geez ... not really that much of a problem.