I credit this set, along with 2539 and 2540
for my presence here. Back in 1998 I was filling up my car with gas at Shell and there were these 10 little promo sets for about $1.50 with a tank. These reminded me of the fun I had with LEGO when I was a kid and I figured, what the heck, and bought the little [url=http://guide.lugnet.com/set/?qc=lego/technic/model/promotional/shell[/url]Technic bike[/url]. I threw it in my bag and continued on my way to work. That day at work I built the little bike and drove it around my desk for a while. It was so fun to have LEGO again that I went back and bought one of each of the remaining sets in the promo series (except the race car, because that one sold out). I thought it was very cool that the minifig faces had expressions now (my childhood was total classic smiley days), and I particularly liked the castle guys. I ended up buying several more of the crossbow flamer just so I could get a small troop of soldiers. Next time I visited my parents I dug out my old bricks, that were miraculously still there (i.e. my nephews hadn't found them) and about the same time I discovered that I could buy more LEGO on ebay (I didn't find Brickbay till later). I particularly focused on castle, and here I am today.
I was actually a big spacer as a kid and these promo sets were my first Castle sets, so if the one space set in that promo line
hadn't been, well, dumb, I might be an admin on Classic-Space now.
Needless to say this one gets a score of 11 on a 10 point scale, purely for my personal history with it.