However, since I did not grow up with the King's Castle, a favorite here apparently, I see flaws in that as well. Realistically, the King's Castle IS the better castle. However, having owned both, I will always prefer the Royal Knight's only because I remember playing with it as a child.
This has alot to do with what sets fans like the most. I like King's Castle because it was my first castle. I also really like the Royal Knight's Castle but I am not sentimental about it.
I do like the concept of King's Castle, Knight's Castle, and Black Falcon's fortress better than the burp castles. Each of these three castles are relatively plain militaristic structures (which castles usually are
). But the beauty of the concept was being able to add more lively sets to expand your castle. This is where sets like Armor Shop, Guarded Inn, Battering Ram, and Blacksmith Shop came in. True, without these sets, the modular castles would not be very exciting.
In my opinion, although raised baseplate castles look great (and I love my 6081, 6090 and 6086, dont get me wrong) they lack the freedom of expansion and modification that I loved with the first Legoland castles.
And not to be completely off topic, since I havent reviewed King's Carraige yet:
I really like this set. It was one of the few that I got while I was not buying as much Lego in highschool. The figures and amount of pieces are great. Using blue as a main color isnt as realistic, but Lego castle carts havent been in dark colors like black since the late 80's anyway. One thing is tha the carraige is overscaled compared to other castle carts. This is ok since the cart is for a king.