Review: LEGO Scooby-Doo! Mummy Museum Mystery  from 2015
Set Theme: Scooby-Doo! | Set Name: Mummy Museum Mystery | Set Number: 75900-1 | Pieces: 110 | Number of Minifigures: 2 | Set Year: 2015
The LEGO Scooby-Doo theme is quickly climbing up my mental latter of favorite LEGO themes of the recent past. The sets of the theme make great display pieces, the minifigures are wonderful LEGO representations of the in-universe characters, and each set is packed with play features. Scooby-Doo fan or not, the Scooby-Doo LEGO theme has produced some fantastic LEGO sets for anyone to enjoy. At least - those have been my thoughts on the theme so far. Let's see if the smallest set of the theme [with all of its alliterative glory], Mummy Museum Mystery, can live up to the quality standards we've seen so far with the Scooby-Doo theme.
As mentioned above, LEGO Scooby-Doo Mummy Museum Mystery is the smallest set of its theme, clocking in at only 110 pieces and 2 minifigures. At the time of the writing of this review the set retails for $14.99 USD making it the cheapest way to acquire Scooby-Doo and Shaggy in LEGO form.
One of the things I love about the Scooby-Doo theme is that each set within the theme represents a specific show from one of the many Scooby-Doo cartoon series which have aired over the years. The Mummy Museum Mystery is no exception and provides us with a LEGO representation of the classic episode from the first season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? titled "Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too" [season 1, episode #12] which aired on CBS on November 29, 1969. In the episode an ancient mummy known as Mummy of Ankha mysteriously comes to life in search of an old Egyptian key which unlocks Ankha's diamond scarab. As are all of the Scooby-Doo villains, the Mummy of Ankha is eventually unmasked and revealed to be one of the researchers responsible for uncovering the remains of the real Mummy of Ankha, Dr. Najib. It turns out that Dr. Najib was interested in acquiring Ankha's valuable scarab diamond the whole time [my sincere apologies if this review has spoiled an almost 50-year-old television show for anyone].
Although the model is very small, LEGO has done a great job of adding enough details to the front of the model to make the finished build complex enough to spark children's imagination as well as add enough display value to make it attractive as a small display piece for any Scooby Doo fan. The majority of the details are provided via one large sarcophagus piece - which is exclusive to this set - as well as stickers. The exclusive sarcophagus piece [listed as Mummy Coffin Lid on BrickSet] is a wonderful piece to own, and I'm sure many recent Halloween MOCs included the piece. In addition to the 2 studs on top and the 2 inverted studs on the bottom of the piece, it is also possible to attach pieces to the front of the sarcophagus. There is a hole for each hand on the mold as well as a hole in the headdress area. As a result, you can place the three included diamond pieces meant to represent the valuable ancient Egyptian diamonds directly to the front of the sarcophagus, if you're wanting to add a little bling to your coffin lid [I know you want to].
The stickers included in the set add much needed detail to the left and right sides of the model. One sticker even includes a reference to a character of LEGO's past for all of you LEGO fans from the late '90s and early '00s. The sticker on the left-hand side of the museum build includes hieroglyphics on what appears to be an old piece of parchment which has been discovered - probably along with the mummy - and is now safely encased in glass for the museum visitors to enjoy. The sticker placed on the right-hand side of the model, however, makes reference to a beloved LEGO character well-versed in ancient Egyptian adventures. He made his first appearance in 1998's Adventurers theme, and was prominent in all-things-LEGO all the way up to 2003. He's been included in a total of 23 sets over the years, and even made a small cameo in 2014's The LEGO Movie. That's right, folks. It's the swashbuckling, ever-daring, and always courageous Johnny Thunder. He's back! Well, at least in sticker form. This is a great little nod to old fan-favorite, and I do appreciate it.
The back of the model - as many LEGO models do [even some of the larger ones] - leaves little to see and lacks detail. This gives the model a two-dimensional feel and can limit the play value. That being said, there is one important item hiding on the back of the model, and it's oddly dangling there on a chain. Yes, it's a hamburger. As we know, Shaggy and Scooby can never be without food for long. LEGO certainly understands this, as they've included the same hamburger build in each of the five sets in the Scooby-Doo theme. The printed piece on top of the hamburger build is actually exclusive to the theme. The obvious question is why is it dangling on a chain which is attached to the sarcophagus? Keep reading to find out!
...pause to allow the mystery to build...
In addition to the printed hamburger piece, there is one other printed piece included in the set. Just like all of the other sets in the Scooby-Doo theme there is also a map which will [hopefully] lead our protagonists, Shaggy and Scoobs, to the diamonds before the Mummy reaches them. This print is exclusive to the Mummy Museum Mystery set.
THE PLAY FEATURES
As you would assume with such a small set, they're are only a couple key play features for your minifigures to explore. The main feature of the set involves the Mummy's sarcophagus. You can't have a spooky Mummy without giving it a wonderfully eerie reveal, right? As promised, let's take a second look at that mysteriously placed hamburger hanging on the back of the set. If either Shaggy or Scooby Doo pulls down on the hamburger in an attempt to nap it for a delicious in-between-spooks snack, then they will also open the Mummy's sarcophagus and allow the Mummy to escape! [Not cool. Playing on Shaggy and Scoobs weakness. Their appetite].
The only criticism I have regarding the sarcophagus play-feature is that little effort went into trying to hide the Mummy from view when the sarcophagus is closed. You can very easily see the Mummy peeking out the gaping holes on the sides of the sarcophagus build as well as through the window on the back of the model. I understand that LEGO is trying to keep the piece-count down for this set in order to provide a cheap offering for the theme, but it would have been nice to at least not have a window on the back making the Mummy reveal a bit more exciting. That being said, the biggest question is "will the kids buying/receiving this set care?" The answer? Probably not.
The other play feature focuses provides the set with the diamonds which Dr. Najib so desperately seeks. Just below the sarcophagus is a secret compartment which contains a grand total of three hidden diamonds. Dr. Najib will certainly be a wealthy man if he makes off with these ancient Egyptian diamonds. I have a suspicion he won't be successful, though.
Mummy Museum Mystery includes a total of 2 minifigures and one Scooby Doo. The minifigures included are Shaggy and, of course, the Mummy/Dr. Najib. The exact same Shaggy and Scooby Doo figure can be found sprinkled throughout the other sets of the theme, but the Mummy/Dr. Najib minifigure is exclusive to this set. It includes print on both the front and the back of the torso, as well as the front of the legs, which is meant to represent the mummy's wrappings. You can even see spooky mummy face peeking through the wrapping of minifigure's head. Speaking of the head, the Mummy also comes with an Egyptian headdress accessory on which a diamond can be attached [though, it makes the minifigure a bit top-heavy...plus, it looks weird...but you can do it!]. LEGO has - for obvious reasons - made their version of the Mummy brighter and much cheerier than the dark gray Mummy as it's depicted in the show. Nevertheless, if you're someone that loves to create Halloween dioramas/MOCs with your LEGO, this Mummy minifigure would be a great addition to your collection. The version of Scooby-Doo included is what I'm going to call the happy Scoobs. Some of the other versions of Scooby-Doo included throughout the theme includes a slightly spooked or scared Scooby. Not in this set, though. Apparently, Scoobs is only amused by mummies.
Below you can see the wrapping print continued onto the back the Mummy's torso along with the back of the included Egyptian headdress. Shaggy has minimal printing on the back torso which represent a couple wrinkles in that green shirt he always wears [seriously, does he ever bath?].
Both Shaggy and the Mummy/Dr. Najib come with secondary faces. Shaggy's secondary face is the version of Shaggy most of us love - the frightened Shaggy. LEGO gives Shaggy a great scared expression with this version of the character. The secondary face of the mummy provides the big reveal for which Scooby Doo shows are famous. Once Shaggy and Scooby catch the Mummy, they can unmask the him to reveal that the mummy is no mummy at all! Instead, it's Dr. Najib - a researcher looking to obtain the valuable jewels stowed away beneath the stairs below the sarcophagus. LEGO does a good job of giving Dr. Najib a fantastic mustache as he has in show, but part of me really wishes they would have included a minifigure-scale fez for good ol' Dr. Najib as well.
Small licensed sets are tough. They're mostly created in order to provide consumers with a cheap, affordable way to acquire their favorite characters in minifigure form. The accompanying builds are often small and underwhelming. Mummy Museum Mystery is not except from these small-licensed-set flaws. The build is small with awkward play features. For instance, why does the pulling of a hamburger open the sarcophagus? Still, as far as small licensed sets go, Mummy Museum Mystery is actually better than most. The display value is higher than you might expect given its size, and the play value - although it requires a bit more work on the part of your imagination than some sets - is certainly there. The best part of this set is that it doesn't require you to be a Scooby-Doo fan to appreciate and, yet, there are plenty of references to a classic Scooby-Doo episode for any Scooby nerd to appreciate.
Playability: B- | Display-ability: B-