The August Lego sets have started to sneak onto the store shelves. That might not mean a lot to some people but I’ve been anxiously awaiting their release. The reason I’m so excited is that this year Lego has created a line of Scooby Doo toys. I’ve always liked Scooby Doo but that love has been rekindled lately. A while back I realized even though I had all these streaming services I couldn’t show my son the original Scooby Doo Where are You? cartoons. Just showing him the show opening had him excited so at that point I pretty much had to order the DVD set. We’ve watched all four discs, two full seasons of Scooby Doo and we both loved every second of it. Charlie the Robot is easily my son’s favorite.
So the Scooby Doo line consists of sets across all sorts of different price ranges. The smallest is a Mummy set, then Headless Horseman/biplane, then the Mystery Machine, a haunted lighthouse, and finally a huge haunted house. I showed incredible restraint and only picked up the Mystery Machine. That night I started up a mini-marathon of Mystery Incorporated and started putting the set together. The Mystery Machine comes with Fred, Shaggy, Scooby, a Zombie, and a tree monster. Notice it doesn’t include the girls. Sadly to get everyone you’d have to pick up the big haunted house as well. I get separating the figures but having to pick up the big set to round out the gang sucks.
What also sucks about the wonderful Mystery Machine model is the number of stickers. It makes sense, the less printed pieces Lego makes the cheaper it is for them but the Mystery Machine comes with 23 stickers. If you don’t have a steady hand you’ll probably want someone’s help when putting this one together. The other thing I didn’t love is it is going to be a tight, tight fit to get everyone in the van. Lego is a strange size. Make a vehicle fit the right amount of people and it looks out of scale. I think they could have gotten away making the van a little larger than it is.
All that said, it is a fantastic toy. Looking at it just makes me happy. The sides fold out so you can see in the back easily and the roof lifts off for the same ease of access. The mini-figures are great. In the other sets all the villains can be unmasked to show that they’re really people. It’s that level of detail that makes these sets so much fun. I had so much fun I couldn’t resist throwing together my version of the Wacky Races. I had so much fun with the Scooby Doo sets I’ve already got some customer Lego ideas in the planning stages. I won’t spoil it now but I’ll give some hints. The first and easier is putting together a few of my favorite supporting cast members. The second would be more involved and would be building another Hanna-Barbera character that would be right at home in that race picture…