I can't believe I never posted on this set...!
I like this set very much - "back in the day" this was one of the few boats, and the dragon in front is cool for a set. I don't have a problem with the two factions in one boat, as you are free to define their relationship (allies, enemies fighting for control of the little boat as it speeds down a river, etc
) It's also a nice way to get some small pieces (if you want them) for a decent price.
Also, "back in the day" this was how you built your armies. These new battle packs are cheating! (but wonderful)