With all that said, I must admit that I got caught up in today's announcement because I'm truly excited for the one set that made it through the review process: The Old Fishing Store.
Even a single quick glance at the above model should "wow" you! Now, it should be noted that the final released building will probably not look quite like the above model - but if it is even a close approximation (in terms of building size, piece count, innovate techniques, etc.) then I'll be ecstatic. In fact, I might be the first in line to buy the set!
I want to congratulate LEGO for being bold here - this set doesn't have any brand or license to fall back on - it will have to sell based entirely on its own merits. And it will have to do so at a (presumably) high price point. all that said, if the end result looks as good as the above model, I think this will be a roaring success for LEGO (and hopefully a chance for LEGO to green light other nice buildings that outside the "normal City" line).