Wow, thanks for the great review! Time to pre-order!
My thoughts: The Shadow Knights are cool as always. The evil king is cool, and the queen freaks me out. The brick-built parts on both sides are so-so. I expected the king to be Matthias, and he looks cooler with the cape, but I'm dissapointed with the queen. She looks a bit thrown together, with her young face and gray hair, blue armor and bley dress. Still, parts-wise, she's great! The Morcians are interesting. I don't like the torso design, but the faces rock! I certainly can't remember seeing them somewhere else. Though they are probably a City face. The barbie blue helmet and crossbow are going to be hard to work with, though at least I can sticker the torso.
All in all, I can't wait to get this set! And thanks for the review and excellent pics, Jojo!
One last thought: I find it interesting that even the brick-built parts are pre-assembled. This must be the first LEGO set where some assembly is not