I remember seeing King Leo's castle in the store for the 1st time in 2000. Couldn't wait to get it home and build it. When I got home, I opened it, poured the pieces out onto the floor, and just stared at them. I felt like crying. It was just so sad... TONS of 1x2x5 and 1x1x5 bricks, a big POOP arch, POOP turret pieces, very few real bricks, and very few soldiers.
About 10% of the set was made up of good parts. Cool helmets, head designs, torsos, a few actual bricks here and there. The rest? Well.... mostly made of stuff I wasn't overly thrilled with. 1xNx5 bricks are ok as filler, I spose, as are the single-piece turrets, but I'd rather have more versitile pieces.
KK2 is no exception. Lots of large, juniorized parts, set designs that are basically columns and floors, rather than walls, and lots of "playable" bits that are neat, but not a builder's paradise.
I think the saddest part is the "new blue" they use. After Lego's statements of how they didn't want to see a color explosion like in the late 90's, they made a new purpley-blue, seemingly exclusively for this line. Why not keep the old blue? I mean, sure, it looks cooler than regular blue in this context, but isn't it supposed to be a Lego *system*?
Eh, I'll stop ranting. I'm still buying these sets-- there are some good tidbits in there, and I'd like to support the castle theme so Lego doesn't abandon it... But I'll just go on secretly hoping that the more classic style will make a comeback...