The current lineup of LEGO Scooby Doo sets is perhaps an overlooked theme that may have hidden investment potential, with retirement lurking just around the corner. While Scooby Doo may not be as popular with kids today as it once was, there is still plenty of nostalgia surrounding it and the LEGO sets are faithful to the look and feel of the cartoon itself. As with any theme, the quality of the sets in this collection vary, with some being significantly better than others. Any investor or collector looking to diversify should be able to increase the value of their collection with the addition of specific sets from the Scooby Doo theme.
LEGO 75904 Mystery Mansion
75904 Mystery Mansion is the largest set in the Scooby Doo theme, with a piece count of 860 and a total of seven minifigures. Three bad guys are inside, including a ghost, vampire and Black Knight. Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne and Velma are the good guys that are included and this is the only set that includes Velma. Velma being exclusive to this set is enough to carry its value and appearing only in the Mystery Mansion makes her significantly more rare than the other minifigs. Overall, the Mystery Mansion makes a solid display piece, especially around Halloween, and Velma being exclusive to the set should help drive its future value.
LEGO 75903 Haunted Lighthouse
LEGO’s Scooby Doo Haunted Lighthouse is the second largest set in the theme, and quite possibly the best of the bunch. 437 pieces make up the set and 5 minifigures: Scooby, Shaggy, Daphne, the Lighthouse Keeper, and Swamp Creature are all included. The minifigure selection is very solid, as Daphne is only in two sets (75903 Haunted Lighthouse and 75904 Mystery Mansion) and the Lighthouse Keeper and Swamp Creature are both interesting and well detailed. The Haunted Lighthouse makes a great display piece, and can be paired with other ‘monster’ sets such as 10228 Haunted House. Overall, I think this set may have the best investment potential in the Scooby Doo theme.
LEGO 75902 The Mystery Machine
The Mystery Machine is a small set, but it’s just such a classic fixture in the Scooby Doo series that it’s impossible to ignore. No investor is going to get rich from this set but it’s a faithful model of an iconic vehicle from a series that has mass appeal; it will always have buyers who want it. It has 301 pieces, and includes Scooby, Shaggy, Fred and a Zombie. Fred is exclusive to this set, which is less of a factor in such an inexpensive set, but helpful nonetheless. If you collect or invest in smaller sets, this is a great choice to diversify your portfolio.
The ‘Scary’ Sets
The other two sets in this theme are unspectacular at best, and should be scary for investors. They are inexpensive play sets with few, if any, important elements and little reason to invest in them. Both sets contain Scooby and Shaggy, who are featured in all of the sets in this theme, and a generic villain. In sets this small, it is almost a must to have sought after or exclusive minifigures and unfortunately, these sets just do not have them.