AWESOME! I agree that the version I have now looks "stale", that's the perfect word for it. I used to have a different version, one where the pieces had a bit more of a updated look to them, but when someone was selling their 5-box set of catan game plus multiple expansions for $40, I returned mine to Barnes&Noble, and ran out to trade the $40 with him in a hot second. ONLY drawback was that my new set(s) looks really different.
But you've re-inspired me to do something about it myself!! I'll have no problem with 'defacing' my only game set, since I'm not partial to the way it looks in the first place.