SoE doesn't listen to their player base or at least listen to me. SoE would be able to sell, for station cash. the Mannequins you described and they would fit nicely in housing and in Guild Hall decorating.
It has nothing to do with not listening to the player base and everything to do with how the current models are constructed. Armor is part of the model and not an add on. This is the same reason why we haven't seen new armor sets in many years and why there aren't ornamentations for armor. If we get new character models, then they will have the ability to add things like mannequins.
You're making excuses for them.
How many years did we hear there was no way for bags to have more than 10 slots because....
How many years did hybrids have a (sometimes awful) experience penalty that couldn't be removed or changed because....
After EQ2 Extended launched, we heard that EQ could never be free to play because....
Look, bottom line is, SOE doesn't listen to what its players say
. It listens to what its players do
. If a case could be made inhouse that introducing armor mannequins would far exceed the cost involved with making them happen, guess what would happen? We'd get armor mannequins, that's what. Several times a week, they introduced various cosmetic/fun/non-gameplay affecting items into the marketplace. Why? Because these things generate far more revenue than they cost to make happen. That's the ONLY reason these things get done. I'm fairly sure there are people at SoE working out cost:benefit ratios for things like armor mannequins and deciding whether it's worth throwing into the marketplace OR tying to an expansion. Let's be clear here: there will be no new character models for EQ1. It costs too much to create them and even tying them to an expansion isn't going to generate the kind of revenue that would justify doing so. With EQ Next a few years away, it makes sense to concentrate your modeling efforts there, not trying to stir up the hornet's nest within EQ1's community. Maybe you'll recall the last time they attempted to do new models for EQ? Remember the threadnaughts that developed over that?