Since this topic was resurrected, I'll chime in.
This is one of the few large Castle sets that I never had as a kid. I always wanted it, and I still do. Now, technically it's not one of the strongest in terms of design, but to me this 'castle' has a ton of character. I'm not sure how else to describe it than that - I just think it's a really fantastic looking set. There are few large Castle-theme sets that I like more than this one.
And I still don't have it.
As for pieces, it's true that LEGO was starting to succumb to the 'less is more' theory that now is crippling their sets. But it still represents a 'better time' for the Castle theme. Plenty of pieces, and good ones at that. Personally, I have no problem with baseplates, and I never had any trouble finding alternate uses for them as a kid, that I can remember. Good selection of figures and figure-equipment, too.
Just a great set, overall. Hopefully I'll have it one of these days when I can afford to drop 70 bucks or more on a single set.
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