They won't break apart, but their accessories will fall off about as much as they do as a GI Joe will when they're laden with as much shit. If they were really fragile, i wouldn't have bought the second set... or the first set, considering I've been buying Joy Toys stuff since their russian figures a year or two ago.
And you're still ignoring the vast amount of SWAT figures that still exist, that are even more genuine than this.
Anyway, like that other guy says, its the little touches that makes those designs. Stuff like PIC or Joy Toy's are just way too generic. There's futuristic elements added to the Cobra Shock Trooper, with a hint of Spetsnaz.
Like those SAS unit from Operation NIMROD, they're iconic with all their specific elements.
They stand apart from everything else, not because of quality, but because of design. I mean, who fucking puts a fucking huge maglite ontop of their mp5 like that? It's elements like taht that actually inspired the original Alley Viper's gun