I finally got a chance to get my hands on the new horse. Overall, I have to say I love the change. It looks good, works well with my collection, and seems like a great improvement over the classic one. This horse should replace all the classic ones in future Castle themes and Town themes. It needs to be more widely available in colors also, and on just this piece alone, I can see tons of new sets for Town and another reason to bring back a Wild West theme. As far as compatibility with the classic horse, I think it fits as well as the newer pupil faces do with the classic smiley. Different, but close enough to be acceptable with mixing them. Now, use your expanded color palette and make us those horses in a wide variety of colors that we all know and want out of horses. With the new "rearing" feature, I think we can also have some solid bley and dark bley horses for statues. In retrospect, I think this horse should have debuted when the new cow did so that the cow didn't seem so awkward at the time. Bravo to LEGO for this change being an A+ one from my perspective.
Chief Smithy of Brick Forge
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