I love the new swords (both the highlander and gladius). Especially as they are now coming in more colours. The gladius is a cool sword for assasins, mercenaries and the like, as it looks a lot more aggresive than the classic short sword. The new highlander sword, in my opinion, is a great replacement for the chromed 'greatsword' as that always felt a bit too large, and should be reserved for royalty or ceremonial use etc.
The Heroica weapons primaty function was to be used in the game, and fit on the hero pack, with minifg use as a secondary function I guess. Whilst the bow does look silly, the axe, sword, daggers and staffs are all usable for handheld accessories. Sometimes the quality has been a bit off, but I guess they are cheap to produce in one pack, so would explain its usage in the Blacksmiths set, rather than putting in various individual weapons that would increase the price of the set.
Less talking, more MOCing.