The Robin Wood Tarot is a popular deck. My first exposure to it was in the pages of the excellent "Tarot Spells" by Janina Renee. It's a good deck...very solid...but I run really hot and cold on it.
On one hand, I find the images colorful, and full of woodsy mysticism. But, on the other hand, I find the figures lifeless. A lot of them look as if someone took photographs and then roughly sketched over them, which would be fine except for the faces.
I have to say, though, the Robin Wood deck does have my favorite representation of The Magician that I've seen so far:
That manly beard! Those manly antlers! The pillar candles, the dagger, the wand....everything in this picture screams "TESTOSTERONE!" The only thing that would make it more male-centric would be to have the dagger depicted sitting inside the cup.
The rest of the deck is made up mostly of near-identical rehashes of Rider-Waite cards, but some of the Robin Wood ones look better than the originals:
I will also give this deck props for taking a different path on the Death card:
The Robin Wood Tarot is a perfectly good beginner deck, and a good deck for anyone who's looking for an earthier, more colorful version of the Rider-Waite. There aren't many original ideas in the images, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it, I suppose.
Here's a look at Luis Royo's Labyrinth Tarot. I tend to like most of Royo's work, so this one is an automatic win for me, but I also like the dark, mysterious tone. This is a great deck for doing spooky readings by candlelight....a good one for Halloween, now that I think of it:
The Labyrinth Tarot is as easy to use as any other Waite-Smith style deck. It's plenty sturdy, as well, so shuffling it with gusto isn't likely to rip the corners or put creases in it. I especially like the Strength card in this deck. So many decks don't represent Strength very well, with images of women standing quietly next to docile lions, or reaching happily into a lion's mouth as if they're checking its teeth for cavities. The Labyrinth Tarot shows a woman actually getting into it like she's going to rip that lion's jaw off.
Here's a link to a site that shows off a lot of images from this deck, as well as other work by Luis Royo: