I’m a massive fan of old school cartoon / TV classics and growing up, Scooby Doo was one of them. I always remember sitting in front of the TV with my brother, eating breakfast cereal (normally Rice Crispies) and watching Scooby Doo whilst my parents were enjoying a lie in (well I hope they were sleeping – Yuk bad thought).
I always used to argue with my brother as to who we were, I’d always be Scooby and my brother would be Shaggy, that was unless it was an episode where Scrappy (Scooby’s cousin) made an appearance and then the race would be on for who could say first and be him instead. I’m not sure what the relevance was of us being a certain character, but it was a sibling rivalry that regularly occurred no matter what cartoon was on.
Being an official Lego reviewer we love it when H and I get something to review from the lovely team at Norton and Co and when I saw Lego had launched a Scooby Doo range I was hoping a set might turn up. I love educating H about cool cartoons and having a Lego set helps to fight my corner away from his favourite CBeebies programmes, don’t get me wrong I have nothing against Topsy and Tim but Scooby Doo, Star Wars and Super Heroes are far better to watch on a daily basis.
Lego have launched 5 different Scooby Doo sets ranging from large to small and The Mystery Machine falls in the middle of the collection coming in at 301 pieces and includes four mini figures, a Zombie, Fred, Shaggy and of course Scooby Doo.
The set comes in three parts with separate building booklets. Part 1 and 2 makes Shaggy, Scooby and the Mystery Machine (minus the roof) with part 3 making the roof for the Mystery Machine, a spooky tree as well as Fred and the Zombie. As they are two separate builds, you could share out the two sections to individual children or build as just one. There are a considerable amount of stickers with it which was necessary to ensure the set looks like the cartoon so its worth grabbing them before prying hands get hold of them and you find them stuck to any wood or wall available. 😉
The Mystery Machine itself is 3 inches high and around 5 inches long by 2 inches wide so quite a nice size and an excellent replica as you’d expect from Lego. The back of the van also opens out to showcase a mini HQ area complete with computers, mystery solving equipment such as camera, torch and magnifying glass as well as an iconic sandwich for Scooby and Shaggy to salivate over. The roof also comes off and goes back on easily so you can enjoy role playing of the set with ease and appreciate the detailing inside the Mystery Machine too.
The Spooky Tree comes complete with moving arms (branches) and moving foliage as well as concealing the all important hidden gem Scooby, Shaggy and Fred are trying to find around the back. It was great there was an easy to follow story to the set, mimicking the actual cartoons as this meant that although the set is aimed at 6-12 year olds, H was able to follow and enjoy with Daddy 🙂
The set took around 50 minutes to build and is a great addition to any growing sets even on its own. Lego Scooby Doo 75902 The Mystery Machine currently retails for around £29.99 making it an average price in Lego terms for a very good set.
We’re off to solve some mysteries and clue find now so…
Until next time..
NB: The product was provided by LEGO GmbH without any obligation in regards to the content of the review and all opinions expressed of my own