Vikings were an interesting departure from the usual castle themed sets. They remind me of the Ninja sets from the late 90s. I was thrilled when the line promos came out and bought at least one of all of the sets except one of the catapaults. The Viking Fortress is a very fun set overall. Of course it has its pros and cons.
I'll start with the cons.
~ Goofy catapaults on the high points of the fortress. Realistic? Not really.
~ The viking mini fig helmets. More variety in the helmets has been mentioned. I also think the helmets are too small. I am honestly just not a big fan of the viking helmets.
~ The KKII swords. Arrrgh!!! I cannot stand them. Give me the old long and short swords!!!!!!
Otther than these three complaints, which are not that big, onto the pros!
~Kick-Butt Viking torso desgin! Yeah!
~Kick-Butt Viking faces. Love them! They are tough little hombres! Going to sack the coastal villages!
~Wooden set design. I know this was used before with the Western sets, but having a majority wooden set is a great idea.
~The giagantor dragon. Yeah it is bioncle tastic, but I really like it. It is big, fierce, and can eat your mini figs.
~The overall color scheme. It is subdued it seems, but the bright splotches of color with the mini figs and shields are great.
I modified the set to give it a more "square" feel, and put the catapaults in a spot where it was feasable for the mini figs to actually "man" the catapaults. I would have liked to see a little more Viking sets, but the ones put out were fun.
I give it a 6 of 10. It is definitely above average, but not in the tops because of the goofy catapaults and boring helmet designs plus the KK2 swords. But it is definitely fun fun fun!