One of Hanna Barbara’s greatest creations finally makes it to the world of LEGO with the introduction of five new sets this year. Among them is a set which sees Scooby and Shaggy take to the skies while chasing the legendary villain Headless Horseman.
Set Number: 75901
Minifigures: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Headless Horseman/Elwood Crane
Taking a break from their popular Batman and Marvel license releases, LEGO go a little different and give us the chance to chase the Headless Horseman with Shaggy and Scooby-Doo and reclaim the stolen golden cup! Leave Scooby sitting in the cockpit of the Mystery Plane and have Shaggy swing down on the chain to try and grab the precious cup. Hamburger missiles are ready onboard to knock the Headless Horseman off his horse. More mystery awaits though, as a pumpkin-head mask sits between Scooby and the identity of the horse-riding villain.
If it wasn’t for those meddlin’ kids…
Not surprisingly, the included Scooby is a dual piece larger figure. Gone are the days when all characters would be constructed from LEGO pieces, however this Scooby looks good and even adds a little collector value with the printed-on goggles. Each of the five Scooby sets released this year contains a different variant of the main character, and this version looks just as good as the others. Equally, there are three different versions of Shaggy available, with this one probably the better. The frightened expression is a natural fit for the character generally though you can flip that to a happy one depending on the situation your minifigs find themselves in. Also of note are the dual-moulded arms, providing great-looking short shirt sleeves. Dual-moulding is becoming more regular in recent LEGO sets, and it is a more-than-welcome feature.
The highlight, however, has to be the Headless Horseman. Starting off with the pumpkin head mask, which looks exceptional and fits the figure perfectly. The purple cape is a standard addition, but fits well with the colours included and looks good. The face of Elwood Crane honours the cartoon well, while the addition of the white horse works well. The horse does appear to be the same as the one seen in the Lone Ranger sets, but that’s not a major thing. The Horseman minfig fits into the horse, with saddle, though a separate white block is also included if you don’t want to use the figure on the horse.
The Mystery Plane
The centrepiece of the set and the main component of the 128 pieces, it is disappointing then that more effort has not gone into this. LEGO aficionados may recognise the bi-plane from previous sets, just in Scooby Doo vehicle colours. As is the norm now, stickers again make their appearance; I know it is likely cost-effective to include the stickers separately, but I can’t imagine many people would be against specifically-printed pieces.
The build itself is pretty simple and not likely to take too much time; along with my six-year-old daughter, we had the plane built and her playing with it within 30 minutes. And therein is the biggest success of this set, the play value. Watching her use imagination (LEGO’s eternal buzzword) and create stories using the plane and characters makes you realise that at the end of the day, LEGO is for children to play with. Doesn’t mean she has free rein to get her hands on my Ecto-1 or Batboat anytime soon though…
As stated, the plane’s main design disappoints, but some of the onboard accessories do impress. The two launchable burgers look really good, and are a big improvement on a similar design used in an earlier Spongebob Squarepants set. The hanging chain also adds to the play value, as you can attach a minifig to the end, allowing some death-defying plane-hanging along the way.
Elsewhere, I was surprised to see that the cowling on the front can freely turn along with the propeller, and I actually took some time to double- and triple-check that it was meant to have such free motion. Also, and this is probably a minor thing to most, but having three transparent bricks used to represent the cockpit window seemed a little much, especially when there are so many sets available that contain cockpit window pieces.
The Set Overall
This is a set that, while not containing anything particularly bad, never quite manages to threaten to become anything more than decent. The inclusion of the Headless Horseman is an inspired one as it looks great, while the plane is an interesting alternative to the more famous Mystery Machine, although it being near-identical to previous sets containing planes goes against it a little.
While it won’t massively appeal to collectors or AFOL, it is a great set to build with your child, and even more rewarding to then see the child enjoy playing with it.
Price-wise, a near-£20 set only having 128 pieces counts against making this a must-have purchase, but I would not be surprised to see it reduced in price somewhere down the line. When that happens, you could do a lot worse than pick this up.
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