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Darn Castle/Kingdoms finally sucked me in
Since coming out of my dark ages just a few months ago, I've thus far been able to restrict my collecting to Modulars, Winter Village, and Creator Houses. The licensed themes never really do much for me, outside of the odd well-done set here or there. The playsets generally seem very weak from a display standpoint (clearly made for kids/play), making only the vehicles intriguing to me on a case by case basis (QAR, some SW ships, etc.)
Likewise, many of the other current themes don't pique my interest either - AQ, PQ, Ninja, etc. City has some nice stuff, but my daughter collects those, so I don't worry about it. Thus, I've been able to thus far keep my budget somewhat in order (going a bit crazy playing catchup of course - 3 modulars for example, plus trying to part the first 2 off BL).
But now that has all changed. Unlike most of the other themes, the Kingdoms/Castle line is just knocking out great set after great set. Not only do they have great playability - they still display well and look like actual buildings, not half cut-off ones. Market Village and Mill Raid are brilliant, and come with all kind of extra animals and stuff too. The castles/towers all look good as well. Dang LEGO - nice work.
So sadly for my wallet, but happily for me, I finally bit the bullet today and bought my first (but not last) set - the Mill Village Raid. MMV is soon to be acquired using my VIP points as well. Any recomendations for a 3rd item?