Overall, I have to agree with the general feeling that the Castle 2013 isn't inspiring to most of 'us'. Yet, having struggled to build a respectable castle,myself, there is some merit in the Castles on offer. After 3 months of exposure to many amazing LCC castle MOC's the 2013 Castle looks way to simple and with obvious flaws. Windows at ground level in the wall for example just aren't realistic etc. Would have liked whole thing to sit on a large grey baseplate. I do like the walkways which are three studs wide . Yet the colours are attractive to the eye if you're a youngster moving on from Duplo Land . I'd buy the Castle myself as it at least teaches me how to construct a basic castle and to a young FOL probably is attractive. I appreciate the LEGO strategy in supplying a "base" for younger FOL's to start from.
I believe that the LOTR sets are better designed for more experienced AFOL's and look pretty good. I think LEGO is offering basic castle stuff but there's more profit for them in the other types of 'fanatasy' sets they offer. My wish would be for a reissue of some of the 'older' factions such as forest knights , robin hoodsters, vikings etc. Maybe we should all write to LEGO about this ? Lastly, it would benefit both LCC ad LEGO, if they referenced the LCC website, so that new FOL's could see what experienced AFOL's are building. This could really ignite the interest of junior FOL's (over 16 ?)and attract them to our LCC . This in turn would benefit LEGO as well. Lastly, I love all my minifigs, good, bad and ugly.