I saw a question about the castle wall segment so i figured i'd get off my lazy butt and post a review. : )
First the castle.
the good; color scheem is very nice. I mean this thing looks pretty good assembled.
it has a lot of bricks for its size. Granted there are some pre-molds i could do withought like the turret tops, but it has a lov of 1x1 and 1x2 light grey. Also i think the new molded wall element is far superior to the older half octagon. the new part has notches so it can fit into a wall, and since its thicker than the old wall pannels it actually lends itself ot thicker walls. Also nice are the black doors and the caldron.
the bad; the figs are crap, what can i say. I actually like rascus. I slapped a regular black vizor on him, gave him a DM shield+gold sword and red cape and made a neat dragon warrior. Santis i was dissapointed in. the printing on his armor is such a horrid color. it should have been gold! i guess i could brasso it but i'm not confadent in my ability not to ruin the armor.
also the 'short' gate is kinda weird. the castle is build on a set of 1 brick high green plates, and the black doors come down behind the plate, if you get my drift. this strikes me as lego being cheep. they didnt want to make the gate normal hight so they 'hid' part of the doors behind the baseplate. looks really stupid from behind.
lastly, the set isnt modular, which kinda ticked me off. now granted you could make it modular with about half a dozen bricks but still......
the 'huh'; what is that gold disk on top of the castle?????
vladek's siege engine
not bad at all.
the good; it looks great. the ram works well, and the shadow knight is my man. also the large number of pole arms is a plus. they look really good in the new color. as has been said, the color works for metal but not for stone. Dark red parts are also good.
the bad; well i was a bit annoyed that it has a bridge but nowhere inside the twoer for soldiers to wait before the bridge drops. no ladder to reach the top either. and cardboard is horrible!
awsome! far better than the rest of the line. more sets like this would make me a poor man
the value is incredible too. for 30 you get two strong sets.