The Mystery Machine is recommended for age 6+, and is a smaller model with around 298 pieces (the press release isn't ready, nor do UK boxes help with this, so I had to count!). In the set are 3 minifigures - Shaggy, Fred and a Zombie, and Scooby Doo himself....
Fred and Shaggy have double-sided heads, Scooby has a great sideways expression that can give 2 different emotions, and the Zombie....well, don't tell anyone, but I think he might be wearing a mask!
In the box the contents are split into 3 bags and there are two books plus single sticker sheet. The instructions are big and simple and my 5 year old built most of this set alone - we didn't let him do the stickers though. The stickers are probably the most technically difficult part of this set.
The Mystery Machine itself is a fairly standard smaller style van with double opening back doors and removeable roof so that you,or your children, can play easily with the set. It works well, and it suits this set. I would have liked a sliding side door, but this allows for all of the van contents to fit nicely. A sliding door does limit available 'stuff' space inside.
There are some nice touches, although the model itself doesn't have loads of external detail except for the artwork - that's true to the cartoon. It's never been entirely clear what make or model The Mystery Machine is to us, although sadly it isn't quite a VW T25/T3 Camper.
The inside of The Mystery Machine is full! There is a tape deck, torch,camera, sink, cooker, computers and the all-important Scooby Snack!
As well as the figures and Mystery Machine, the set includes a hideout for the Zombie in an old gnarled tree - it's a lovely and very typical Scooby Doo enemy, and just scary enough without being over the top. And the secret I won't show you is what's at the back of the tree...
This is gorgeous, as we knew it would be, and the possibilities for The Mystery Machine set are huge, which is why we're going to take it away with us and let it have a holiday. And if we come across any janitors watching over abandoned fairgrounds, we'll know what to do! You can follow the hashtag #MysteryMachineontour on our Instagram and Twitter feeds to see what we were up to...
LEGO Scooby Doo The Mystery Machine should be available from 1st August at LEGO.com and in store. It's a lovely set and with a price tag of £29.99 it's a fair value set for your money. The playability is huge,the whole range of sets include some nice cheaper end sets for younger children, and in spite of the tricky stickers it's a build that's perfect for your under 10's.
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