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Review: LEGO Scooby-Doo! Mummy Museum Mystery [75900] 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.

Review: Star Wars Rogue One AT-ST Walker [75153]

Set Theme: Star Wars  |  Sub-theme: Rogue One  |  Set Name: AT-ST Walker  |  Set Number: 75153-1  |  Pieces: 449  |  Number of Minifigures: 3  |  Set Year: 2016

The pang of nostalgia is very strong with those who have been a fan of the Star Wars saga since the days of the OT [Original Trilogy] or even the prequels.  For some it can be just as exciting to see an old design brought back to life.  One such design which we haven't seen on the big screen since 1983's Return of the Jedi and one that is confirmed to be returning in Rogue One is the Imperial AT-ST Walker.  To heighten the excitement of the return of the AT-ST to the silver screen, LEGO has decided to bring the AT-ST back to brick form.

Review: Creator Expert Volkswagen Beetle [10252]

Set Theme: Creator  |  Set Sub-theme: Expert  |  Set Name: Volkswagen Beetle  |  Set Number: 10252-1  |  Pieces: 1167  |  Set Year: 2016

LEGO has now given us two Beetle models in less than ten years.  Unfortunately, LEGO's previous attempt to provide us with a VW Beelte set was, in my opinion, far from groovy [why two colors of blue!].  Luckily, thanks to this 2016 updated and revamped version of the LEGO Beetle, LEGO Beetles have another shot at matching the groovy, iconic, beach-boy-song-inducing visual that is the classic 1960s Volkswagen Beetle.  So, the question is - are LEGO Beetles finally groovy too?

Review: Scooby-Doo! Haunted Lighthouse [75903]

Set Theme: Scooby-Doo!  |  Set Name: Haunted Lighthouse  |  Set Number: 75903-1  |  Pieces: 437  |  Number of Minifigures: 4  |  Set Year: 2015

The brick-built rock skull, uneven, multi-colored shoreline terrain, and brightly colored lighthouse tower complete with the occasional exposed brick, make the Haunted Lighthouse, in my opinion, the most displayable model of all the Scooby-Doo! sets.

Review: Fun in the Park - City People Pack [60134]

Set Theme: City  |  Set Name: Fun in the Park - City People Pack  |  Set Number: 60134-1  |  Pieces: 157  |  Number of Minifigures: 15  |  Set Year: 2016

I'm going to get right to it.  LEGO City Fun in the Park - City People Pack [60134] is an incredible, timeless, ageless, and instantly classic LEGO set.  I mean, come on, it includes the very first LEGO baby, for crying out loud!  Done!  I could stop writing now.  This set is great.  Who doesn't want a LEGO baby?  [If you answered "not me," then you're a dark, cold human being and should be studied by science].  

Review: Marvel Super Heroes Captain America's Motorcycle [30447]

Set Theme: Marvel Super Heroes  |  Set Subtheme: Captain America: Civil War  |  Set Name: Captain America's Motorcycle  |  Set Number: 30447-1  |  Pieces: 25  |  Number of Minifigures: 1  |  Set Year: 2016

Captain America's Motorcycle is a polybag set which was made available either by purchase or through various promotions which have recently been run by both LEGO and Toys "R" Us.  As a result, I've actually acquired a couple of these sets [of course, I kept one sealed - hello, kids' college fund! - wife rolls eyes].  

Review: Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Interceptor [75135]

Set Theme: Star Wars  |  Set Subtheme: Revenge of the Sith [Episode III]  |  Set Name: Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor  |  Set Number: 75135-1  |  Pieces: 215  |  Number of Minifigs: 2  |  Set Year: 2016

For a Jedi under the impression that “flying is for droids,” Obi-Wan sure has one heck of a sweet ride.  Obi-Wan’s Jedi Interceptor set is based on Obi-Wan’s vehicle heavily featured in Episode III of the Star Wars saga, Revenge of the Sith, and includes both Obi-Wan and his trusty astromech droid, R4-P17.

Review: Olaf's Summertime Fun [30397]

Set Theme: Disney Princess  |  Set Subtheme: Frozen  |  Set Name: Olaf’s Summertime Fun  |  Set Number: 30397-1  |  Piece Count: 48  |  Number of Minifigs: 1  |  Set Year: 2016

Sometimes life can be so unfair.  The things we want are not things we can have.  Poor Olaf.  A snowman that wants nothing more than to enjoy the warmth of summer and bask in glow of stifling sun.  If only his wish could come true.  Well, in Olaf’s Summertime Fun it does! [It also comes true in the movie, but, you know, it’s nice to be dramatic].  This polybag packs a ton of fun within its plastic wrapping, and, surprisingly, you don’t have to be a Frozen fan to enjoy this little piece of summer paradise.

Review: Star Wars Carbon Freezing Chamber [75137]

Set Theme: Star Wars  |  Set Subtheme: The Empire Strikes Back  |  Set Name: Carbon-Freezing Chamber  |  Set Number: 75137-1  |  Piece Count: 231  |  Number of Minifigs: 3  |  Set Year: 2016

The LEGO Star Wars Carbon-Freezing Chamber et represents one of the most dramatic and pivotal moments in the entire Star Wars saga - the emotionally-charged moment in The Empire Strikes Back when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite.  It’s an iconic cinematic piece which will always be a part of our pop-culture consciousness.  This LEGO set, on the other hand, will not.

Review: Star Wars Droid Escape Pod [75136]

Set Theme: Star Wars  |  Set Subtheme: A New Hope [Episode IV]  |  Set Name: Droid Escape Pod  |  Set Number: 75136-1  |  Piece Count: 197  |  Number of Minifigs: 4  |  Set Year: 2016

The set represents an early scene from Star Wars Episode IV [A New Hope] when the rebels ship, Tantive VI, is being attacked and boarded by Darth Vader along with other members of the Empire.  The rebels have obtained plans stolen from the Empire which contain blueprints for a massive, planet-sized super weapon known as the Death Star.  The plans are hidden within the astromech droid R2-D2.  To escape the Empire and prevent them from obtaining the stolen plans, R2-D2 and his faithful companion, C-3PO, board one of the ship’s escape pods and use it to safely evade the Empire’s grasp.  The pod eventually lands on the desert planet of Tatooine, where they encounter many crucial Star Wars characters, including Jawas - of which we receive two in this set.

Review: Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Machine [75902]

Set Theme: Scooby-Doo!  |  Set Name: The Mystery Machine  |  Set Number: 75902-1  |  Piece Count: 301  |  Number of Minifigs: 3  |  Set Year: 2015

I want to get one thing out of the way up top: This set is just downright cool.  Whether you’re a fan of Scooby Doo or just enjoy LEGO vehicles, the cool factor is high with this one.  You have Scooby, Shaggy, Fred [the one set of the theme which includes Fred], a creepy zombie, a dangerous tree, and - in all its glorious bright Mystery Inc. colors - The Mystery Machine.  This LEGO version of the iconic vehicle from the Scooby Doo franchise is a fun build, a sturdy vehicle for play, and a very cool set to display.

Review: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mansion [75904]

Set Theme: Scooby-Doo!  |  Set Name: Mystery Mansion  |  Set Number: 75904-1  |  Piece Count: 860  |  Number of Minifigs: 6  |  Set Year: 2015

Mystery Mansion from the LEGO Scooby-Doo! theme is not only the largest set of the theme, but it’s also the best.  The set clocks in at 855 pieces and includes a ton of play-features, including the majority of the Mystery Inc. gang represented in minifigs and some wonderfully spooky scenes for them to frightfully explore. 

Review: Space Probe [6802] from 1986

Set Theme: Space  |  Set Subtheme: Classic  |  Set Name: Space Probe  |  Set Number: 6802-1  |  Piece Count: 31  |  Number of Minifigs: 2 [including the robot]  |  Set Year: 1986

You pretty much get what you see concerning LEGO’s Space Probe set from 1986.  The set includes a very simple yet very cute little robot build to accompany his Classic Space Yellow minifig friend.  The stark simplicity of the set does not necessarily make it highly sought after set for display purposes, but the simplicity does lend itself wonderfully to romping over the terrain of alien worlds.  

Review: Motor Speedway [6381] from 1987

Set Theme: Town  |  Set Subtheme: Racing  |  Set Name: Motor Speedway  |  Set Number: 6381-1  |  Piece Count: 205  |  Number of Minifigs: 5  |  Set Year: 1987

LEGO’s Motor Speedway from 1987 is full of fun details to help the set represent the excitement and realism of two race cars in action, speeding toward the finish line in a rush to win the race.  The set includes flags seemingly in mid-flutter, a camera operator capturing the race with his swiveling television camera, a mechanic waiting on the side of the track, equipped with wrenches and spare tires ready to service the powerful cars at any moment, an announcer in his announcer’s booth updating the crowd on the nail-biting finish.

Review: Harry Potter Trolley [30110] from 2011

Set Theme: Harry Potter  |  Set Name: Trolley  |  Set Number: 30110-1  |  Piece Count: 22  |  Number of Minifigs: 1  |  Set Year: 2011

The Harry Potter Trolley is one of my favorite Harry Potter LEGO sets.  Yes, it’s small, but it’s such a great representation of very important moment in the series - the moment when Harry is racing through King’s Cross Station searching for platform 9 and ¾, about to embark on his very first visit to Hogwart’s.  

Review: Black Falcon's Fortress [6074] from 1986

Set Theme: Castle  |  Set Subtheme: Black Falcons  |  Set Name: Black Falcon’s Fortress  |  Set Number: 6074-1  |  Piece Count: 430  |  Number of Minifigs: 6  |  Set Release Year: 1986

After completing the build on Black Falcon’s Fortress, the second largest set from the 1986 Black Falcons theme, I placed the set on a shelf in my office.  I spent a little time positioning the six minifigs and two horses which are included in the set on and around the castle, and then I took a step back, ready to take in all of this classic set’s retro chic.  Well, let me tell you.  This set is retro chic, indeed.  

Review: Formula 1 Racer [6604] from 1985

Set Theme: Town  |  Set Sub-theme: Racing  |  Set Name: Formula 1 Racer  |  Set Number: 6604-1  |  Piece Count: 31  |  Number of Minifigs: 1  |  Set Release Year: 1985

The Formula 1 Racer LEGO set was originally released in 1985, and, for me, it drags with it a ton of nostalgia.  There are the obvious reasons why.  I was a child of the 80s, and consequently I began my LEGO journey as a child right around the time this set was released.  Consequently, the look, feel, and design of the Formula 1 Racer inevitably reminds me of that golden moment in my life when I was a child and my daily agenda was comprised mostly of care-free LEGO-building.