Yes, I'm missing the plugins as well. I had 4.0 and I reluctantly upgraded to give 4.5 a try and I must say, it is doing pretty well. But I really really miss the plugins...
Needless to say, I can wait for the final upgrade and the plugins are made to work with it. But yeah, so far... not bad...
I totally have to agree. How many plug-ins have I purchased dating way back to the 2.0 days that were nothing but a waste of money. The other annoying thing is that half of the plugins you buy come with promises that are never met. i.e- dynamic clothing being able to import other meshes.
I will wait until 4.5 is fully developed before I try it. I WANT my plug-ins to work!