timber_wolf899 wrote:Hum......yeah i see what you mean.
I'm inclined to think it was not a case of mold fatigue though. If so, would lego have really resurrected it for one HP set? <man i had forgotten all about that!> Loved the light grey armor!
Well, I'm inclined to agree with you, but my experience of licenced theme sets is that although you pay a higher price for the "name", the sets do tend to have a variety of interesting pieces including new ones. So I wouldn't entirely consider it unrealistic for the euro-armor to be "re-introduced" just for a Harry Potter set, particularly if Lego did so with the intention that it would be used more subsequently in other sets.
However, this is all just hypothesising.
There may indeed be something to the idea that the euro-armor was a bit limiting in terms of distinguishing factions in the past. There is a greater colour palette and techniques now too, so rather than being constrained to old dark grey as in the past (though presumably black or grey were options) we now have speckled metallic silver, pearl silver, metallic silver, pearl gold, etc. Also the plethora of crazy colours for KK2 - of which I mainly object to bright colours like purple and red - dark green and similar are quite reasonable. I think the bright colours show how it wasn't really an option to do various colours of euro-armor in the past - ordinary yellow, blue, green, etc. would be fairly obnoxious.