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LEGO Scooby Doo: Scary or Scary Good?

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.

 

29 Comments

  1. Aren’t these sets well under a year old? Could still retire soon?

    • They are likely to retire later this year. Other themes like the recent Pirates sets and Lone Ranger lasted less than a year. And with so many new themes out this year (Nexo Knights, Angry Birds, etc.) something’s gotta go to make shelf space.

      • I see. Still a lot of year left…any way to know when retirement is imminent? Don’t want to miss out but also want opportunity to grab discounts etc.

        • Well products generally sell out before being officially retired by LEGO, so it depends on how fast existing stock is depleted. All of the Scooby Doo sets are currently discounted at Amazon.com, so that’s a good option if you’re located in the US.

          • No, UK, and only Mystery Mansion has a (small) discount right now… Will keep a close eye on these!

  2. Just called Lego in regard three products asking which one should I get that is more like to retire:
    SOH: retire by the end of this year
    Slave 1: next year
    Parisian reataurant: next year
    I got the SOH and then asked about the scooby doo sets and they noted that will retire this year. I got the 3 that are on sale.

    • So one can just call Lego to know when sets are retiring?? Is this reliable information?

      • I dont know what to tell you, i call and asked specifically about those three to see which should I get now…and they provide me with that info. Try calling them to see if they provide the same info they provided me

  3. I personally think the Mystery Machine will be the best investment as it is the iconic van that brings the team together. Just like the Lego Back To The Future Delorean , it has become a great investment.

    • Tim I agree with you. What’s more iconic are the characters though. If you don’t have the Mansion then you don’t have Velma. Everyone loves Scary houses. Get both, there on sale, double VIP points, why not. The Delorean, awesome set. It’s going to appreciate in value nice slowly. I bought it on eBay for 70 bucks, and its not at like 100 bucks after a few months. These is a keeper for a few years.

      Question. Opera house or Tower Bridge?

  4. Both! Got Tower Bridge, buying Opera House very soon. Both will be guaranteed classics!

  5. Is the Delorean worth it now at $70-80? I missed out on it, but if its worth it at double its original price and could go up. I might have to get one or two.

  6. NISB Delorean is going now at $115 on BL, if you have an option to buy at $70-$80 I’d say its a good deal 🙂

  7. Is it just me, or have these products been removed from the GB Lego website? Is that a sign…?

    • They seem to have returned now but this morning I was being redirected to a German page! Weird…

  8. I also believe that these Scooby Doo sets are a definite purchase for any collection or investor. Can’t see TLG pulling out another Scooby Doo sets in the near future. Most of us grew up watching the cartoons…
    I’m buying at least one Mystery Machine and one Mansion to keep for my collection. Good investment.

  9. I just ordered two Mystery Mansions, and will keep an eye out for a discount on the Mystery Machine. I think 1 Mansion + 1 Machine will be a nice combination to have (or sell). 🙂

  10. Surely there’ll be at least one more LEGO Scooby Doo set before the theme’s retired; creepy derelict fairground w/ Scrappy Doo debut, anyone?

  11. I noticed that all the Scooby-Doo sets, except the Mystery Machine were on sale at my local Lego store. Ask the manager and she told me they are being retired in December. They had just received their last shipment for Scooby-Doo Legos….

  12. I too noticed @ the WDW Lego store that they had the Mystery Mansion on sale ( however, the web site does not ) I have to agree that 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.

  13. Mystery Machine and 75901 (Mystery Plane Adventures) are out of stock on S@H. I’m completely amazed of how many sets are marked as retiring soon and the % that are already out of stock.

  14. Interesting…..the lego mystery machine is mysteriously performing rather well post retirement

  15. The Mansion and the mystery machine are still available on retailers websites, mansion is at $90…still worth to buy it to invest?

  16. The Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion and Mystery Machine are no longer available to purchase from major store and online retailers here in the UK. But if you can still purchase them up at a decent price then I would. The scooby doo range will most likely seem attractive to many adult lego fans who love to be reminded of childhood memories! 😊

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