While nothing compared with the more classic castle sets, and certainly not the best joust TLC has made, I like this set. It has a certain nostalgic quality for me. It was the first KK1 set I remember seeing, and the first one I bought following their release.
I was very pleased with the rerelease of Castle, having in my innocence, assumed it to be dead. And I was well pleased with the set itself. It came, after all, with two knights, a king, a stained glass window, and abundance of weapons, extra shields, a BARDING!, and several lion heads.
One has to remember that the only Castle theme I had really ever had experience buying was Fright Knights. The older themes had mostly been gifts and big saving-up ventures. So I was even more pleased. (I still think KK1 beats FKs any day.)
And if one jumps ahead to today, and compares it with its more or less direct descendent in KK2, it only looks better. Perhaps it can't compare to Legoland jousts, but it was a well-priced, well-equipped set, and I wish to high heaven that I had bought more. The only thing that really disappointed me was that the good knight came with a visored helmet, but no armour. Still, he had a great torso! I was also a little miffed that neither knight had a sword of their own, but that was easily remedied by my Fright Knight accessories.
Parts: 8/10 (needs more bricks)
Design (then): 7/10
Design (now): 8.5/10
Overall score: 8.125/10