This sounds a lot like me, I bought the STLE for the theme as well as the lightshow. I knew it was low on toys (so is AFM), but I was disappointed with the code. But after then new code update, I love it. I know many people would say that SM or AcDc would be the best Stern/SR games but now I have all three and I would put STLE right with those two, maybe it needs one more code update mainly to fix a few bugs, but it's really a heck of a game.
Also, it makes me hesitant to buy any 'new' games that don't include full color changing inserts.