My brother had this set, I did not. I have always been a fan/advocate for carts in castle. Carts add commerce and mobility to Castle figures who would have to rely on LPCs (leather personnel carriers) otherwise. I enjoyed the Forest Men sub theme a great deal, but the peasant shirt figure was over used (I still have a handful from the Castle Minifigures packs http://www.classic-castle.com/sets/archives/6103.html
) Still, today I would gladly buy up another handful if they were rereleased (this is one line of only a couple sub themes I would not mind seeing in stores again).
The cart is nice because it is more of a heavy wagon which could be used for larger cargos. I dont mind the colors since the blend in well with other Castle sets from the same time period http://www.classic-castle.com/sets/archives/6054.html
: notice the blue roof... in a tree, not very stealthy either! The Knights Challenge http://www.classic-castle.com/sets/archives/6060.html
was among my favorite sets from that time period and the colors were very bold indeed. My opinion, as a child, was that carts were always good for playability. This seems to be borne out by my oldest daughter who really enjoys the carts I build when we play Castle together. Finally, I always considered the forest men to be civilians (just a potentially criminal element), so this makes a nice useful civiliain set.