I picked up two Forest Ambush and one Gatehouse Raid sets from the Lego store last week. Although I'm not a fan of the Crown/Lion/Royal Knight pastiche, the blue guys fit in well with the Crownies. And with minor modifications, the dragons fit right in with the Kingdoms Dragons. I liked these sets.
The Forest Ambush set was a pleasant surprise -- the minifigures were a lot cooler looking "in person" than as pictured; and the little ambush site was clever. The falling tree is fun, and the use of the carrot top to attach the large frond was genius. I could have done without the flickfire missile, but it's easily ignored when you remember you get four minifigs and a dog and extra weapons in this set. My only wish: that they had included the blue tunic guy instead of the plate armor guy. This is a fun and useful set.
The Gatehouse was OK -- nicely modular, at any rate, so it will fit in with all your other castle stuff. I was sadly disappointed by the dragon horse barding. It looks so good in pictures, but is so very, very, bright red and spidery looking once you open the box. In defense of this vibrantly red horse barding, though -- it does look better without the oversized red horse helmet. The minifigures are great -- I especially liked the armored breastplates and the black great helm. This is a pretty good set -- perhaps a little pricey.
The faces on the dragon knights were new: a wonderful double-sided face with red muttonchop sideburns, a doublesided face with a gap-toothed smile (looks less silly than the Kingdoms Dragon gap-toothed guy), and two impressively maniacal-looking guys with red rims around their eyes. All the faces for the blue guys were re-treads: two cool ones from the Dino sets, and two kind of generic smiling guys.
Immediately upon opening the sets, I replaced the dragon guys' arms and plumes. Out with the bright red and in with the shades of black! My mounted knight got a black plume and dark grey arms. The guys with shoulder armor got black arms; and the guys with the larger dragon logo got light bley arms. Such an improvement!
I understand all the bright colors for younger kids -- but the bright red and black looks like Darth Maul gone Medieval. If they had made these dragon knights black and dark red (like the Scorpion Knights), it would have been perfect.
OK, perfect would have been Black Falcons vs Forestmen or Wolfpack...