I got my Classic Castle (or King's Castle in the US) in the mail Friday. We were out of power and there was not enough light to complete it then
I was able to build the set yesterday.
This castle has a lot going for it:
-12 figures including a King, two knights, blacksmith, new ghost (a blue glowing one would also be cool), 2 skeletons, a siege worker, a wizard, and 3 generic soldiers
-5 new light bley lion bricks
-a large quantity of 1x bley bricks and inverted bley slopes. Now we need bley arches and wall panels
-nice castle areas including a dungeon, blacksmith shop, torture area, and wizard's tower
-generic soldiers (ok I said that before) that have grey torsos and legs to look like mail underneath
-The castle is enclosed on all sides. Rear towers face the back. The blacksmith area has bars under the drawbridge and metal gates behind. LEGO did a nice job not just building a one sided castle.
Here are a few drawbacks:
-String and winches are not included for the drawbridge or portcullis
-All shields and flags are stickers. Also the stickers are smaller than the shields. They may last longer this way but it looks strange.
-The figures do not have printed torsos
-All crossbows. There is not a bow or quivver in sight. The figures still have zwords and not the classic short sword....
-The details are a bit rough especially with crenelations and the inverted slopes. Earlier designs were more appealing and structurally sound regarding these details.
-Odd colors such as blue headlight bricks which would be much more useful in grey for castle builders and kids. Highlight roof colors are ok but those colors should not migrate
into other areas. This was a major downfall of Knight's Kingdom II. We want more greys and not blue.
-It uses the same old one piece arch and portcullis. This Jack Stoned solution should be retired permanently along with the zword, purple armor, etc.
The final verdict:
In the line of castles built on the 32x48 baseplate (6091/6098, 8781), this one by far has the best design. The figures and bricks alone warrant purchasing it. Plus it will be rare and hard to get in the future. While I do not like castles on raised baseplates, this is one of the better versions.