Review: Mummy Museum Mystery (75900)
Last week, as part of the April A-to-Z blogging challenge I am taking part in, I wrote about Egypt related LEGO (click here to read it). I took some photos of Egyptian Minifigures for the post, and I bought a new LEGO set specifically to be used as the background. That set was the now retired Mummy Museum Mystery from the Scooby-Doo theme. While the set has been discontinued by LEGO, you can still find it here and there. Mine is from my local Toys R Us, who still have quite a few in stock.
Name: Mummy Museum Mystery
Set #: 75900
Cost: $17.99 CDN
Brick Count: 110
Of Interest: Scooby-Doo figurine
Release Date: August 8, 2015
Summary Review: 80%
VALUE: 70% (You are paying $0.16 per brick, which is a little high.)
BUILD: 90% (Well designed little set with fun details.)
MINIFIGURES: 90% (Excellent brick-to-Minifig ratio, nice Minifig designs.)
ENTERTAINMENT: 70% (High build time cost, but nice end product.)
With a price tag of $17.99 in Canada, and a brick count of 110, you will be paying $0.16 per piece when buying this set. That is above the current average price per brick of $0.13. It is not a terrible value, but is certainly not a good one either. This set gets 3.5/5 (70%) for value.
I really like the look of this set. I had seen it in the store numerous times before, and thought it would look good in a custom museum project I am thinking of undertaking. I also wanted the mummy Minifigure. This set did not disappoint me. I really like how the sarcophagus display is set up with the little steps and spotlight. It also has some play features that work very well, namely the hidden jewel chamber under the stairs, and the opening sarcophagus lid that reveals the mummy. I am particularly fond of the shout out the old Egypt theme from the ’90s with the photo of Johnny Thunder on the wall holding the Re-Gou Ruby. My one complaint about this set is that it only includes the sarcophagus lid, and not the whole sarcophagus. I give this set 9/10 for build.
The set comes with two Minifigs, plus Scooby-Doo. The two Minifigures along with a brick count of 110 mean that you are getting one Minifigure for every 55 bricks. Scooby-Doo is not a Minifigure per-se, but he is more than your average LEGO dog. Scooby comes with one point of articulation, and is able to turn his head. I am inclined to count him as half a Minifigure. So, with Scooby in tow, you have one Minifigure for every 44 bricks. Either way you look at it, it is an awesome brick-to-Minifigure ratio that earns 5/5.
In terms of the actual Minifigures, let’s take a look at Shaggy first. I watched Scooby-Doo when I was younger, but I never liked Shaggy. I have to say that I like him more as a Minifigure. He comes with a double-sided face, a front and back printed torso, plain brown legs, and a printed Egyptian tile. He doesn’t have much detail, but then again, neither does his cartoon version. In terms of design, he earns 7/10.
The mummy is really fun. He comes with a pharaoh’s headdress, a double-sided face, a front and back printed torso, front printed legs, and a number of jewels. The detailing is really nice on this Minifig, and he earns 9/10.
Overall, when considering the design scores and the brick-to-Minifigure ratio score, the Minifigs in this set earn a total score of 90%.
This set took me about 20 minutes to build. At $17.99, that means $0.90 per minute of build time. That is not a great value, and earns this set 2/5 for build time. On the plus side, I really like this set. It is not a standalone in my opinion, but I could easily incorporate it into a future custom project. I would like to build a museum for my city in the near future. So, for enjoyment, I give it a full 5/5. Combining these scores gives this set an entertainment rating of 70%.
As far as little sets go, I like this one. Like I said before, I am going to keep it as is and incorporate it as an exhibit in a future custom museum. The cost per brick, and the cost per minute of build time are not that great. But, the Mummy Minifigure is a lot of fun. While the set is officially retired on the LEGO website as I write this, you can still find it around. So, if you want one (or any other set from the Scooby-Doo theme), now is the time to pick one up!
Until next time,