maniac29 wrote:Le[g]o castle has made no good sets recently
I have to agree with Funnyham here-- if you don't think that the Medieval Market Village is a good castle themed set, then I would have to suppose that you are of the mind that there has NEVER BEEN a good castle set.
agree that LEGO castles per se have been slipping in terms of structural realism since the early 1990's. Increasingly, we've seen things like open-backed castles and structures that are mostly support beams and floors, with few or no walls. Similarly, the degree of fantasy wackiness has been pretty high (like the skull castle for the Skeletons, or the odd "floating tower" for the Crown Knights, or the way-too-tall witch's hat tower in Fright Knights). So, there's a point to be made if you're talking about castles specifically. 7094 is the best large-scale castle since maybe 1995 (it's about on par with King Leo's castle, I'd say), although I agree that the major castles from the 80's through maybe 1992 are all universally better (except 6081).
But if we're talking about castle-themed sets, the Medieval Market Village smacks all those factors nearly dead-center. It's very realistic and very well constructed. In fact, there are very few critiques I can even imagine for the MMV that wouldn't be applicable to just about any other LEGO set out there, with the exception perhaps of price. Number of figs? Got it. Abundance of generic figures? Bam. Part selection? Playability? Originality (compared to other sets)? Yes, yes, and yes.
You could complain that you don't care for an army of peasants (although the vast majority of castle fans have been screaming for this for years), or that there aren't enough "shooting things" or "bad guys" to have a valid battle (which is a valid point if you're buying for a child, I suppose). But any other critique I can come up with would probably be applicable to virtually every other castle LEGO set out there-- like the lack of realism in terms of scale, or the missing stairs in the one house, or the inappropriate roofing.
Anyway, if you're going to claim that there haven't been ANY "good sets" recently, I think it's fair to ask what your definition of a "good set" is. And more appropriately, since that's not really the topic at hand, which one of the NON-"good set"s is your personal least favorite and why?