Its there- you need to use the post reply option or the quick reply then hit the "go advanced" button and they appear.Such is the beauty of chosing one's own avatar. Thankfully the Powers-that-be (Tuco, Vic, etc.) have once again blessed us with this oportunity. Find a picture that you feel reflects you in some way or another, crop it to the correct size, import it to "Edit Avatar" in the User Control Panel and, Shazaam!, your posts are uniquely your own.
BTW Tuco, when will we get the Toolbar and Smileys back for the Reply to Thread/Post Thread field?