I don't post very much, but I had to log in just to share in everyone's excitement. Incredible. Easily the most beautiful LEGO set ever released for the Castle line (perhaps for -any- System theme). Makes me a little misty just looking at it. What a wonderful surprise for LEGO to give us.
I'm sure I'm not just speaking for myself when I say that I always assumed a Castle 'civilian' set was little more than a pipe dream. If you'd told me a 'Castle market' set was in the works, I'd have called you crazy. If you'd told me all the unique/rare elements that it would include, all the new torso prints and attention to detail, I would have had you committed on the spot.
Just. . . wow. The picture in Dunechaser's Flickr of the guy hugging the box for this set pretty much sums up how I felt when I saw it.
Bravo, LEGO. Bravo.
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