Review: 75900 Scooby-Doo Mummy Museum Mystery

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Guest reviewer Shib takes a look at the smallest Scooby-Doo set 75900 Mummy Museum Mystery for us:

It's fairly common knowledge that Scooby Doo served as inspiration for the Monster Fighters theme. As a huge fan of Monster Fighters, will Scooby Doo live up to its LEGO legacy?

Box/Instructions

The Scooby Doo branding is definitely eye catching, LEGO has chosen a lime green background, with purple used for the logo amd inset images. I'm not sure why the green was chosen, but it does work well for the theme.

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The rear of the box shows all the play features and also has a graphic showing all of the theme's minifigures in a classic Scooby Doo chase scene which instantly gave me a wave of nostalgia and made me smile.

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Parts

The majority of parts in the set are fairly standard, lots of grey and tan, but they are very useful pieces. This set could be used as a parts pack for any historic theme, but could also work for space builders or certain Star Wars scenes.

Minifigures

Minifigures are always a big draw for licenced themes, and the greatest surprise with this line is that the monsters have reverse printing on the heads to allow for the iconic unmasking scenes. There are three minifigures included in this set:

Scooby Doo - this seems to be the most basic version of Scooby, in a standing position with a plain expression on his face. He comes in two pieces with the head as a separate part to the body. I was a little disappointed that the head isn't compatible with a standard minifigure body, but it is compatible with some other LEGO parts.

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Shaggy - I wasn't completely sure about the design until I had it in-hand, but now I own it, this is a great minifigure. First, it's great to see the two colour arms being made with fleshies in mind. The two face prints capture Shaggy's character really well, one side showing a nervous smile, and the other a scared expression. I particularly like that they included his stubbly goatee. The best feature of the minifigure though is the new hair piece, while it's very obviously Shaggy it could easily be used in other themes.

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The Mummy - At first glance this is the weakest of the figures, mainly because it looks like a lot of other very generic mummy minifigures, the pharaoh headpiece is the only thing that significantly sets it apart from the Monster Fighters or collectable minifigures mummy. That is until you look at the rear head print and see the classic Scooby Doo villain unmasked expression. Just seeing that brought the "I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids," line to mind.

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The build

Most of the build is pretty straightforward, consisting mainly of standard stacking, and very little in the way of studs not on top pieces. For its size though, this isn't an issue. If the build was a lot bigger it might feel boring, but for a small set it's quite satisfying.

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The completed model

The finished model, while not being incredibly eye catching, does exactly what it needs to. It looks convincingly like part of a museum exhibit and has great play features. The burger hanging fom the back of the model does seem a little odd, but connects to classic Scooby Doo storylines, where Shaggy and Scooby might accidentally apprehend a villain while searching for food.

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Overall opinion

Definitely a strong start to the theme and while I would have preferred a continuation of the Monster Fighters theme, this is a good substitute to keep me happy and definitely shows great promise for a long running theme.

55 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Looks good, I might have to get this one.

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By in United States,

I love the Johnny Thunder tribute.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to this theme; a lot of nice touches. Great review, thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

I've bought all of the other sets in this theme except this one. I've managed to create a scene on my table with them all that actually sort of look like one huge set. I just couldn't see how this one would fit....

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm totally going to buy every set in this theme. But, I do think they could have done better with Scooby himself. The Character Building Scooby figure was jointed at the shoulder and hip. I guess Lego didn't want to look like they were directly copying their design.

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By in United Kingdom,

p.s. don't know if it is the same for everyone but it seems that I can't view the pictures on Flickr without logging in

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By in United States,

is this out in the us yet?

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By in United States,

Wow, thanks for the review! This set looks much better now. How much does this cost, $10 or $13??

I'm still not convinced on Shaggy's hair. But those arms are excellent.

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By in United States,

Are the pillars printed, or are they stickers?

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By in United Kingdom,

The pillars are stickers, the only two stickers of the set. I was lucky enough to find the set for sale early in Argos (UK) officially think its August 1st release.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think this review has convinced me I want all of this set. Originally I was just going to get the Mystery Machine but the amount of detail in this and the mini figs look great!

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By in United Kingdom,

Its funny because I read this review before it was on the front page with pictures and thought what a good job @Shib did, so good to see it here for everyone to see. I really like this set, it will be my the only Scooby Doo set I will get. Think it is really nice for a small sets and unlike some sets this size looks complete.

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By in United States,

"It's fairly common knowledge that Scooby Doo served as inspiration for the Monster Fighters theme." I've never heard this before nor have I noted much similarity between the two. Monsters Fighters, I thought, was seen to have much similarity to the cult movie The Monster Squad. Is there an article about how Scooby Doo served as inspiration for Monster Fighters?

The set is cute and fun, but the Friends line for my daughters (and me) are stealing away all of our LEGO money. If these sets had come out when I was younger, I would have asked my parents for them for sure.

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By in United States,

Nice review! I think this is a great little set and love all the gold pieces. I think it works for a small display set too. Might have to pick this one up too along with the Mystery Machine, Lego got me with the nostalgia purchase I grew up watching this show.

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By in Japan,

The Johnny Thunder Easter Egg on the right is the best :P

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By in United States,

Love the sticker showing Johnny Thunder and a biplane from the original Adventurers theme! Tying it all together!
Yeah, I'm pretty sure the inspiration for the Monster Fighters theme was mainly the classic Universal Monsters films (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Wolfman) and not Scooby-Doo. :)

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By in Belgium,

The double-sided heads idea is genius.

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By in United States,

I could understand it being inspiration for Monster Fighters considering I immediately think of Scooby Doo when monsters are at play. However, in this situation I really felt a Monster Squad vibe from Monster Fighters more so than Scooby Doo. Especially with the monsters that we got from MF line. Yes, they are the "classic" monsters, but it fit Monster Squad very well, outside of kids not being the "fighters."

As for this set, tough call. I like some of the details. It might be worth picking up, but I think I'll focus on a few other sets first. I don't need as many Shaggys as I do Jack Sparrow or Dastan or Lone Ranger or Spiderman...wow that list is as long as the duplicates I have of them.

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By in Belgium,

I'm not convinced about the decision to mould Scooby with a raised paw, but overall I think this is a winning set. I didn't expect to like the Scooby Doo theme but this is a good start.

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By in United States,

The unmasked alternate faces on the bad guys are a great touch. I can just hear them saying, "And I would've gotten away with it if not for you meddling kids!" I hope the theme does well because there are quite a few other classic Scooby episodes that would make for good sets (like the amusement park and robot, or the ski lodge and yeti). Just no Scrappy Doo, please.

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By in Canada,

"I'm not sure why the green was chosen" - perhaps you should have a look at the cartoons that inspired the sets. The colour scheme is from the Mystery Machine paint job.

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By in United States,

One of the earliest design concepts for Monster Fighters was a ripoff of Scooby-Doo.

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By in United States,

I, too, hadn't heard of Scooby-Doo being the influence of Monster Fighters either, other than a comment on a recent Scooby-Doo posting here. Is there definitive proof of that somewhere, such an interview with one of the Monster Fighters designers?

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By in United States,

I love how Johnny Thunder make an appearance in this set- LEGO has certainly been keeping him alive, if not in minifigure form.

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By in United States,

^ Johnny Thunder is being kept alive in minifigure form. He was in last year's 70815 Super Secret Police Dropship and also appeared onscreen in "The Lego Movie".

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @8bitmario, I was just looking for that image to link. It's been doing the rounds for that long that I figured it was better known.

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By in United States,

@ Twentythree
Yeah, but he hasn't had any sets for over a decade :P

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By in United States,

"the head isn't compatible with a standard minifigure body, but it is compatible with some other LEGO parts"
So, how does it connect then? Is it a Technic pin, a rod, or something else? Feel like you kinda left us hanging there...

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By in United States,

It fits onto a 3mm bar, like a lightsaber blade or a minidoll neck.

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By in United States,

Looks like I'll need tis.

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By in United States,

@tedward
Along with tour comment the green background is used all the time for posters, valentines cards, etc.

Very common for Scooby Doo merch.

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By in United Kingdom,

The concept is a mish-mash of Scooby, Ghostbusters, Hammer and other classic monster movies and shows. The actual theme though is pretty much solely Hammer. The fighter vs monster dynamic is evidence of that. Movies such as Monster Squad are derivative of Hammer and an influence would be clearer to see if any of the fighters were children.

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By in Australia,

I'm not particularly interested in Scooby Doo but I think this set looks great for use in a museum MOC. how much is this likely to be in Australia - $20? Or perhaps $25?

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By in United States,

Couldn't care less about Scooby Doo, but this set minus the mini-figures and hamburger would be perfect for an expanded version of the museum in #60008 Museum Break-In.

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By in United States,

@8BrickMario - What are we looking at in that image? It's all pixelated and hard to read.

@Greendude - What was Hammer? That's too generic a name for me to pull up anything relevant via Google.

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By in Canada,

Search Hammer Films and you will see what he is talking about.

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By in United States,

^Thanks, that helped! Interesting, I'd never heard of them stateside. Sounds like the UK version of the Universal Studios horror icons.

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By in United States,

I really like the 'Scooby-Doo!' theme. Always loved the cartoons as well. I have to say, between this, 'SpongeBob SquarePants' and 'The Simpsons', it's cool how LEGO designed each theme to be so true to their respective styles while being classic LEGO. Despite being a fan of these cartoons, I never expected to like and buy as many sets as I have from them!

Anyways, I will be buying the Mystery Mansion and Mystery Machine sets, but after seeing this review, I will be picking up this set as well if I have some leftover entertainment money at the end of August. I figure that way I have more Scooby and Shaggy minifigs, and I can incorporate this set into a modular museum.

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By in Australia,

@White Dove - I'm assuming this set fits into the $20-25 price range, depending on which store you buy this set from.
I remember the episode this set was based on well, Scooby Doo and a Mummy Too. Shame it doesn't come with a coin, as this was a main part of the episode, though that is easily remedied. Looking forward to these sets, although in Australia we have to wait until September :(

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By in United Kingdom,

They need to stop teasing us and just bring Johnny Thunder back already!

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By in United States,

I'm Lovin It

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By in Canada,

I will definitely be getting the mystery machine and the mansion...That`s the easiest way to get the whole crew :)

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By in United States,

@ Dare_Wreck: Funny, it should allow you to zoom in, but it doesn't. This should be better:
http://i.imgur.com/2kmKM.jpg

@ Nesquik: Johnny Thunder is back, in the LEGO Movie SSP Dropship set.

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By in Russian Federation,

I was a huge fan of Scooby-Doo in my childhood... The unmasking feature looks great, as well as Scooby himself.

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By in United States,

@8BrickMario - thanks, that image is much easier to read! The text is missing at the top, though - does it indicate that these are the sketches from an official Lego designer?

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By in United Kingdom,

Nice review, and I agree that it is a very good size for a museum exhibit. The price, which is probably about £12, is slightly steep, although this could be a good impulse set when discounted.

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By in United States,

@ Dare_Wreck: They are done by Alexandre Boudon (Eurobricks member "Toth"), who works for LEGO.

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By in United Kingdom,

Argos seem to have temporarily pulled the Scooby Doo sets off their site. Guess the other retailers complained that they were selling them early.

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By in United States,

I was just at The LEGO Store and completely forgot to ask about these sets! Silly me!

They did seem excited for the new Friends sets, yay for skate park, and the big Batman set.

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By in Belgium,

I also love the monster fighters team so this is a great follow-up

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By in United Kingdom,

My local John Lewis had this and the rest of the sets in. Bought the Mystery Machine - £29.99!

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Same. Picked up the Mystery Machine for myself, and brought my mum the Mummy Museum set, as she is a Scooby-Doo fan. (Though she only wanted Scooby and Shaggy, so I ended up keeping the rest for my own collection.)

Got to say, I'm very impressed with the sets released so far. Comparing them to the other £12 and £30 licensed sets I own from this year, they certainly stand on par with them, and, to be honest (I'll be lynched for this! ;) ) I think the Mystery Machine slightly outranks the Hulkbuster set. (Though, this could be purely based on the fact I've always like the Mystery Machine, even though never been a huge Scooby-Doo fan.)

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By in United States,

I am not a fan of the scooby doo series, but these sets just look to cool! I'm probably going to get the bi-plane to see if I REALLLLLY like these, if not it's still worth a try.

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