I remember 1999. For a do-not-really-consider-Ninja-to-be-Castle person, it was the first year- EVER (I was born in '87, remember). At the time, I was terribly afraid that this, released- alone- in 1998, was the last Castle set EVER.
Then KK1 came around, and all that changed (including my classification of Ninja), but this set is still the end of an era to me.
As a set, the big thing going for this set is that it is a Minifigures set. The last real one ever made in Castle. It's a decent one, as they go, with three good-looking figs that make a decent army when built up, and a horse to boot.
Willa is, of course, the downfall of the set. One can, after all, acquire Willa with a bunch of other- more useful- Fright Knights sets, and after getting your first Willa, you've pretty much got enough.
Still, I would love to get my hands on a quantity of these. The Willas might just end up in a Spares bucket, but those soldiers would be great to have.
Design (then): 6.5/10
Design (now): 6.5/10
Overall Score: 6.92/10