Tower of Iron Will wrote:Given the similar heraldry of Kingdoms, for me it became an opportunity and challenge to make stories about them. The challenge would be why did they decide to leave either the "Crown" faction or the "Lion" faction. The opportunity came with a chance to have faction with a different dynamic in its story.
This is part of the reason I liked these factions too. At first, I was not at all impressed with these sets. I thought the heraldry looked ridiculous and the sets wouldn't be worth the parts. Granted, the only set I've bought out of this wave (although i did buy 4 copies of it) was Forest Ambush, but I love these figures. The new chainmail+gorget torso might be my favorite of the bunch, but I love the new Dragon figures (or, as they are in my Castle World, Wyvern since Dragon was already occupied).
Granted, the red/black and blue/white combos are a tad overdone, but I don't mind all that much. I missed out on the multiple heraldry days of the 80s (hadn't been born yet) and missed the entirety of the Fantasy Era (was my one and only dark age - thankfully my brothers got a few sets), so I'm welcoming all sorts of heraldry. Maybe that's part of my bias.
That being said, they are "juniorized" but I'm not sure if that's really a bad thing, considering we also have the more "serious" LOTR line also on the shelves. Meaning, you can get the best of both worlds, one or the other, or neither. If the current Castle line was the only line available, I could see some merit in that comment. But as it stands, one has to consider what is available.