Sets look very plain. I find it disapointing. The new box design also makes it look like its in the juniors series. It seems the city sets get worse every year. It would be nice if Lego City could be more detailed and realistic, as it would attract older people with the detials and realism, but little kids could still reconize what it is and have fun with the toy. Thanks for posting the photos though, it must have been hard to get them :).
The watermark says preliminary, so they'll probably do something about those box layouts and the minifigure prints. I guess.
You're probably right.