Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Grand Admiral Thrawn in Star Wars: Rebels Season 3


I won’t lie. I was pretty shocked to see the animated image of Grand Admiral Thrawn strewn everywhere across the cyberspace in the aftermath of the reveal made during Star Wars Celebration 2016 that the blue-skinned/red-eyed humanoid was gonna appear in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. I was shocked to my core because we’ve read countless times on Disney’s insistence that they won’t take any further elements/characters off the Expanded Universe (EU) and put them inside the main ‘canonised’ movie universe. 

I guess it’s a whole new ballgame when you practically own every single thing that exists within the Star Wars banner. You get to change your decisions at will and pretend that any past less-favorable decisions will eventually be forgotten by the fans. Disney can practically do whatever they want with Star Wars and this was what they just did with Thrawn. For those who didn’t know, Disney has re-classified the bulk of the EU books/novels as ‘Legends’ which mean that they exist but not necessarily be considered part of the main canon or simply put, having any sort of tie-ins into the movies we’ve seen thus far. 

I remembered that a faction of fan used to petition for George Lucas to use Thrawn inside his supposedly Episode VII-VX films but even then George simply brushed the notion aside and even said that he haven’t really read any of the novels himself. With George our of the way (when Disney purchased Star Wars for themselves) Disney was free to do anything as they please although the EU storyline/characters were still kept behind closed curtains. 

Now, I understand that the author of the Thrawn Trilogy (which I’ve read many a times already since the mid-90s) is currently in the process of writing a new book on our favorite humanoid Admiral in order for him to get some backstory in the upcoming Rebels series. So why go through all the trouble when you already have Zahn’s books to refer to? You see, apart from the ‘Legends’ status of the books, it is simply not possible for Disney to rely on Zahn’s Trilogy. Firstly, Star Wars Rebel Season 3 happened before Episode IV where else in the books, Thrawn came into the picture AFTER the events of Return of the Jedi, I think about 5 years after. Therefore, some sort of re-telling needs to be done by Zahn to assimilate the character into the canonised timeline. But how different is different? Only time will tell. 

I love the Thrawn Trilogy books. That was THE expanded Star Wars material to go to prior to us getting The Phantom Menace in ’98. I do however like to know if Star Wars Rebels/the upcoming Thrawn novel from Zahn would maintain the following elements from the book: 

1)        The Noghri – these race of humanoid served as bodyguard to Thrawn until one of them turned traitor 
2)        Jorrus C’baoth – mad Dark Jedi/clone of a Jedi that serves Thrawn 
3)        Abregado System – sound a lot like the word ‘thank you’ in Portugese but this is where most of the Trilogy action took place 
4)        Ysalamiri – the animal that Thrawn carries in a harness behind his back/lower back head to thwart off any Force attack from his enemies 

Confession: I still haven’t watched any episodes off Star Wars: Rebel - Season 2. I guess now is a good time to play catch up before we get to see Thrawn later in the year in Season 3. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New poster for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


First of all, I’m rather confused here. When they say ‘new’ poster does that mean that this would be ‘the’ official poster for Rogue One? I, for one, do not really mind that a film from my favorite franchise brand looking like a promo leaflet for a tropical Club Med vacation village spot as long as the story kicks ass when I get to see it later in December ’16. 

Anyway…… 

I guess it’s time to turn to an equator-tropic-climate like planet for this installment of Star Wars. If you haven’t noticed already, Star Wars films are laden with single-climate planets so I’m gonna go out on a limb here when I say that ‘I bet that the whole darn planet looks like a tropical Club Med-like (think Kamino=water, Mustaffar=lava, Tatooine=sand, etc.) tourist destination’ because the poster is screaming just that. 

If you take the time to properly look at the poster, you get to see that silhouette of the huge Death Star towering over everything else (we get it, Rogue One is about the metal planet). I personally love the image of the Stormies running through the sea water from the other side of the gulf (?) as they’re about to collide with the Rebel forces running on the beach towards them. 

Nevertheless I think those X-Wings flying in the sky above (presumably they were the ones who caused the fire at the right-hand corner of the poster?) needs some TIE Fighters to go along with them for balance. 

I think in its simplicity, the poster does its job well. Would I want this on my wall? Now that is a different question altogether because truthfully I’d rather have a poster with a mixture of visual between the main characters and perhaps some space vehicles flying at the top with the Death Star looming eerily at the background. 

What are your thoughts?

#starwars #rogueone #deathstar #xwing #rebel #rebellion #theempire #imperial #darthvader


Sunday, July 17, 2016

My thoughts on the new Ghostbusters film....


Despite the many pre-criticisms I've heard from the many sexists/male chauvinists, my family and I were determined nonetheless to watch the new Ghostbusters flick.


And so we did. Good news....the movie didn't suck at all. All those arguments about the new movie destroying your childhood memories on the original films were baseless after all. To those concerned, SHAME on you to depend on Rotten Tomatoes or some other biased reviews before you even see the new film.

There were cameos from the old cast members (barring Rick Moranis who had long since retired from making movies and Harold Ramis for a very obvious reason, although there was that nice tribute to him at the very end of the film) throughout the film but I won't tell who's playing what here because that would just mean that I'd be a jerk and spoil things for those who still haven't caught the film yet at this point.


There were also numerous throwbacks to the original films in the dialogues and these should keep fans of the original films happy enough. Sure, there were similar elements from the original films but I kinda like how Paul Feig/Dan Aykroyd gave those new twists (that's the director and the executive producer respectively for the uninitiated).  Similar to the barrage of criticisms poured on The Force Awakens, there are bound to be a certain faction of fans that are gonna cry foul on how 'recycled plots' are used throughout the new GB flick. 


Face it boo boys, the all-female cast were funny as heck (also alumni of Saturday Night Live similar like the original '84 cast) and the fact that the new film is executive-produced by Dan Aykroyd tells you that the original GB team gave their thumbs up to this reboot film. Oh and did I tell you that the late Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman also had a hand in the drafting of the script and plots?

It means that the haters are just a small niche of people who just can't accept that they aren't gonna see the classic Venkman-Stantz-Spengler-Zeddmore lineup doing their 'thang' on-screen anymore. While that is technically impossible now that Ramis is no longer with us, I applaud Aykroyd and co for taking the franchise into a new direction. My family and I had no real complaints about the new film except for a few nitpicks which we deemed to be too trivial to talk about anyway.

We got goosebumps when Ray Parker's theme song first played at the very beginning of the film. It brings us back.


Now here are some of my quick observations on Ghostbusters 2016:

1) I like Holtzmann the best. She's kinda like a modern Egon Spengler albeit a crazier personae. And those gadgets.....wow. just wow.
2) Chris Hemsworth character made Janine Melnitz look like a professional.
3) Wonderful use of 3D effects. They didn't look too over-CGIed and out of place.
4) The chemistry between the main cast are absolutely wonderful. 
5) There are no connection whatsoever between the film and the original films despite cameos from the original cast members.
6) Slimer is a total bad-a** and a rebel rouser in this new movie.
7) DO STAY TILL THE VERY END aka for the post-credit scene. My family and I were the ones left in the cinema as we waited fot the end-scene. Let me tell you that it's worth the wait. It's something that'll make even the original diehard fans scream in delight. The post-credit scene tells us exactly what's exepecting the GB gals in the sequel.

Kudos Dan Aykroyd and team. Thumbs down for the haters.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bring on the new Ghostbusters movie!

Entertainment Weekly 24 June, 2016 - Ghosbusters 2016

The upcoming Ghostbusters reboot movie has been receiving so much flak by those who still haven't watched the movie (talk about being prejudiced to the max!) on the grounds that their childhood memories of the original movies were being destroyed by Paul Feig's version of the film. I loved both original movies. Some 'fans' even dissed the 1988 sequel (and some as far as labeling it as non-canon) but I simply love the whole river-of-slime/Vigo story arc...so sue me.

I had endless re-watching of both films on my VHS when I was still in school...so much so they became too worn out and my parents had to re-purchase them again for me.

I was also a devout follower of the Real Ghostbusters cartoon series and I love the continuity from the movies into the weekly cartoon episodes. Don't even get me started with the toys/action figures that I had in the 80s.

If all of this doesn't qualify me as a hardcore fan of the Ghostbusters franchise, then I don't know what will.

I for one, will not 'pre-judge' a movie until I get to see it with my own two eyeballs. I have no problem whatsoever with the all-female line up and I can also live with the fact that we're never ever gonna see the classic Murray-Aykroyd-Ramis(obviously)-Hudson line-up bustin' together on-screen again. As much as I love to see that happening, well at least three of the original members are still there, it is now time to move on. Let our memories of the original film stay the way they should be.

Personally I can't wait to see how the new movie turns out to be, as cliched as the teaser trailers have shown us, and the direction that the new film will bring for the franchise. 17 July can't come fast enough for me over here in Malaysia!

On the geek front, I've been prepping myself for the release of the new movie by snagging these GB 2016 collectibles....

Mattel 6" Ghostbusters 2016 action figures

LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 & Ecto-2 - 2016 Movie

I'd probably get around to review them after I watch the movie sometime later this week......till then.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Marvel Legends 6” Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

When I bought myself that ML movie Black Panther the other day, I kinda broke my own oath to myself of never buying another Marvel Legends figures ever again as long as the great Hasbro of Malaysia does not mark down their price point. It’s maybe because I have finally come to accept that maybe, just maybe, I don’t need to complete any more build-a-figures (BAFs) unless I really really want the particular character so bad that I’ll lose sleep because of it (re: case in point = The Giant Man BAF). I’m still thinking about completing my Giant Man wave (technically speaking I only still have ONE figure, the ‘Panther, from that wave so I’m pretty far off right now) or perhaps I’ll just settle with purchasing Nick Fury and I’m done with the wave. 


Whatever it is, I’m back into the Marvel Legends game. Sort of. More like a cherry picker now rather than the days of snagging figures by the waves, back when the cost of action figures costs you next to nothing. Those days are long gone. I doubt that we’re ever gonna see such price points again given the attitude of most capitalist profiteers these days. 



Anyway. 



I’ve been eyeing the Marvel ladies from the Onslaught BAF wave for quite some time now. That wave is considered a thing of the past now and one must surely thought that it would be impossible to find them out in the wild now, right? Well, not quite. That is certainly not the case here in Malaysia. Eventually these ML figures will get picked up by scalpers and such but generally they tend to stay longer on retail shelves because of Hasbro Malaysia’s hiked-up prices. So when I saw both Sharon Carter and Mockingbird just now during my lunch time walk about, it took me probably a few seconds to decide that I want Mockingbird to come home with me first (I would totally snag Sharon too if not for the obscene/rude price but I’ll come back to get her soon. I hope). 



So what’s so special about Mockingbird you ask? 


You see, I grew up with a steady dose of Marvel Comics in the 80s and one of those which wildly captured my imagination was the West Coast Avengers (WCA) run. 



I had tones of the WCA comics right up till the early 90s (both images above show what WCA comics I know I still have within my pile of vintage comic collection) but I can’t seem to find most of them when I had that temporary lost of interest towards the world of pop culture when my dad passed away in ’93. I might have to launch a treasure hunt in my comic pile soon.

And we had re-runs of the great Avenger cartoon from the 60s to end our lazy afternoons! Sure they were cheesy and full of characters having no inner monologues (often talked to themselves before committing to an action!) but they were instrumental in shaping my formative years as a pop-culture enthusiast. 
Yes, we had this: 



Before we had this! 

Ok, I think I’ve made my point. I am a Marvel comic fan and the Avengers/West Coast Avengers were a staple in my literary/visual media diet. 
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But I digress. 

Let’s get back to the topic of today’s blog post. We’re supposed to talk about my recently acquired Mockingbird action figure. 

So here she is in her packaging. Nothing much to shout about. It’s the normal modern Marvel Legends stuff. If you’re a MISB collector then you’ll be happy with the window style but for me they get immediately thrown into the recycle bin as 99.9% of my Marvel Legends get displayed on my display shelves anyway. But let us Marvel on the packaging art first before doing so. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

As you can see, Mockingbird came together paired with Sharon Carter in the Ant-Man wave. When I say paired it means that they share the same packaging...not coming together in a 2-pack....hehe.

I love simply love the side box art....

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

And here it is, the West Coast Avengers line-up (almost everyone) shot I’ve been waiting to do once Mockingbird gets produced by Hasbro under their Marvel Legends line. I’m still missing Tigra since it was near damn impossible to get figures from that Nemesis wave back in ’09. Still hoping for Hasbro to re-issue that one. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Seriously, while we’re on the subject, I think Wonder Man is long overdue for a new sculpt. Can ya hear me Hasbro?!! 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird


For youse long-time Avengers comic readers will probably know that the founding members of West Coast Avengers were Hawkeye, Mockingbird, War Machine, Wonder Man & Tigra. Tigra’s absence is sticking out like a sore thumb here….dammit. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Mockingbird aka Barbara Morse (later Barton) was a SHIELD agent whose job was to expose corrupt SHIELD agents (where the heck was she during the second Captain America movie? Boy, could she weed out those HYDRA scums!) who later got married to Hawkeye aka Clint Barton. She was instrumental in helping Hawkeye to form the West Coast Avengers core team. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

She is an excellent gymnast, martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant just to name a few. Her action figure here comes with her signature steel-alloy poles or ‘Daredevil sticks’ as we Layman like to say it. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

I kind like her without her glasses/goggles on. Although she looked kinda 'angry' but she is definitely one of the most beautifully sculpted female in the modern Marvel Legends line.

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Later Mockingbord and Hawkeye became estranged with each other due to some clash of ideology on Mockingbird’s decision to let a villain die. They somehow reconciled sometime later and fought alongside each other although they never remarried. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird

Mockingbird is a great addition to my long-list of female Marvel Legends action figures (below is a picture of 'Bird with some of my favorites). Now if I only can tempt myself to also get Sharon Carter into this line-up….. 

Marvel Legends - Mockingbird






Friday, July 8, 2016

The lost art of blogging...


This may come as a senseless rant to some but I feel like saying my piece on the subject. You may abandon reading this article of mine if you wish to do so but for those who are intrigued enough may stay on a bit longer for my quick rant.

I came across several writings already for the past couple of months which touched on the subject of 'blogging'. Yup, you read it right. The art of blogging which is slowly dying a natural death in the wake of many other social media i.e. facebook, twitter, instagram and such. I must admit, I have also been sucked into the worlds of IGs and FBs as of late thanks to my better half's persistence that I keep up with the modern world. So where exactly am I going with all of these you ask? Well, I've taken the liberty to break my arguments/opinion into these 3 points for easy digestion below:

1) I used to have heaps of comments and active participation in this blog - yup, that's right. Not long ago I used to dedicate a fair share of time responding to the many comments and queries posted at the very end of each blog posts. These days I'd be lucky if there are even one comment for each post. You see, based on the view statistics, I can say that there were definitely people who dropped by to read my posts (one of my recent posts even garnered close to 200 views) but the comments weren't there anymore.

2) Facebook, twitter & instagram are the shiznit right now - without any doubt, people are simply spending more time on the newer social media and spending less time discussing their opinion on personal blogs these days. I totally understand this as I am also as guilty as most. FB and IG allows you to have active participation with hundreds/thousands others as opposed to being on one blog at a time.

3) Do blogs ultimately allow you to have complete creative control over your contents? - True. Blog pages allow you to have (almost) total control over your layouts, designs and contents but are all those worth it as opposed to getting instant reach to hundreds/thousands (millions perhaps?) over at FB/twitter/IG? This is probably THE one thing that keeps most blogger still pushing on with their blogs but I may be wrong here.

I doubt that I'd get active responses (worse still, ANY response at all) here on the subject. But for those who are kind enough to read this, do pray tell, what do you feel about the future of blogging? Would blogs be eventually phased out completely one day and surrender to the might of the more modern social media?

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bandai Star Wars: C3-P0 & R2-D2 figure kits....why you NEED them for your collection!

While waiting for the #england vs #russia #euro2016 game to start later.... #bandaiplasticmodelkits #bandai #starwars #c3p0 #threepio #goldenrod #anthonydaniels #starwarsfanboysmalaysia #geekshavethemostfun

One of my objective when I first set foot in Tokyo some weeks ago was to find myself the Bandai C3-P0 figure kit. You see, these are scalped to death over here in Malaysia despite it being just about 20 American dollars or so. Dare I say it, some sellers are asking for double that amount since they know that Hasbro still hasn't produced a Threepio for our display shelves and even IF Hasbro eventually does it, the end result would not be as fantastic (more on that later).

I also got myself the R2 & BB-8 kit set (although I should've really gotten myself the one which Artoo came with R5-D4 instead.....that was one mighty fine looking ANH droid!) cause Artoo is the one you're after here and it's kinda of a must-purchase if you've already placed the Threepio kit in your shopping cart.

Bandai Star Wars plastic kits

After many eye-squinting sessions later...
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Threepio was completed......followed by BB-8 (not reviewed here today but maybe sometime in the future if I ever come back to it) and finally R2-D2.

Let's start with C3-P0. Although many collectors will not be in favor of the vac-metal gold finishing, I think this is the closest we've gotten so far of 'ol Goldenrod! The details are simply breathtaking....I personally love the wiring greeblies that protrudes out of his belly, both front and back. Although these are marketed as 'figure kits', they have the same articulations that your normal Star Wars The Black Seriesa action figures have...if not better!

Tell me you're not impressed with C3-P0 here?

While Hasbro is taking their time to produce a Threepio (they haven't done a single version thus far, neither the classic/prequel/TFA version were planned nor scheduled for any realistic  release date), other producers such as Bandai and the Disney Store went ahead with their offering. Trust me, Bandai did NOT disappoint here. I also snagged myself Disney Store's red-arm Threepio but that's story for another day. Shame on you Hasbro.....did you forget to give us a CORE character?

Dear #hasbro if you're not gonna make a #c3p0 #threepio as awesome as the one #bandai gave us, then I'd say to you....don't bother!  #bandaiplasticmodelkits #sixinchscale #starwars #starwarsfanboysmalaysia

Now coming to R2-D2, let me just start by saying that after you complete the Artoo figure/bot/astromech, you will soon realised that Hasbro's Black Series version simply falls short.....and I mean SHORT. 

Take a look at the comparison picture with Episdoe V Luke Skywalker below....it's obvious that Hasbro's version is too small scale-wise with the rest of the six-inchers.

Bandai R2-D2 kit size comparisons against Hasbro's aThe Black Series figures

Some may not agree but a quick visit to Dr Google with immediately clear up any doubts you may have with this theory/fact.

Bandai R2-D2 kit size comparisons against Hasbro's aThe Black Series figures

Still need more proof? Well, here are two screen grab from the original trilogy films that will show you that Hasbro has 'short' changed us collectors (I'll stop with the pun now...haha).


Artoo's height is supposed to reach most of the actors/actresses' waistline (and in some cases beyond it). Clearly Hasbro's Artoo is out of scale and Bandai has corrected this.


So there you go:

1) We're not gonna see Threepio being produced in 6" The Black Series line-up anytime soon....and even if they did, I honestly do NOT think they would even come close to the quality that Bandai has given us here.

2) You'd get a better-scaled Artoo for your 6" Star Wars collection, Nuff said. Anyone up for a 6" Black Series R2-D2? Coz I'm selling mine off.

Bandai R2-D2 kit size comparisons against Hasbro's aThe Black Series figures

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Quick look at the Funko ReAction: T-800....


I might have been pretty hard and prejudice towards the 5-POA 3.75" line in the past. It has come to our attention lately that more and more toy companies are producing 5-POAs line these days to invoke that nostalgic feeling towards the good old early days of action figure collecting of the 70s/80s. My son really took a liking to Funko's ReAction line of action figures. This is your straight-up basic 5-POA action figure line with really superb backing card art. Seriously, you might even buy two just to keep one MISB to be hung on your man-cave wall...they're THAT good. Just take a look at the T-800 action figure from the Terminator 2: Judgment Day movie backing card which my son got himself. These ReAction figures uses actual movie stills from the movie itself and never drawn materials, which works perfectly fine really.

Funko ReAction - T800 (Terminator 2)

The other figures in the line, which ReAction wants you to 'Collect 'em all' (in this case, 5 in the series/wave) are conveniently printed out so that you or your loved ones can diligently plan their next purchases. I remember in the good 'ol 80s these kinda checklist came with tickboxes so that you may tick as you go!

Funko ReAction - T800 (Terminator 2)

Still don't believe me? Well, here was the display aisle (part of it anyway) whence the T-800 came from....oh those sweet backing card art!



Here was the Invisible Man action figure my son got himself in Tokyo last month. The little man is an ardent fan of HG Well's book of the same title so he was thrilled to have found himself the figure of the titular character. Most 8-year old would go for characters from Minecraft or some other kiddie cartoon at this point of their lives (although mine was more to get as many Masters of the Universe and Transformers during the 80s heydays!) but my son's goal now is to get as many of these Funko ReAction action figures into his collection.



Anyway back to the T-800 figure.....here is the Cyberdyne Model 101 in the flesh...err...plastic! I must say, the likeness is pretty spot on that Funko can put someof the modern 'collector-oriented' action figure producers to shame. This head sculpt my friends, although a wee bit cartoony, screams Arnold Schwarzenegger circa 1992 whichever angle you may turn it to.

Not bad Funko.....not bad at all. My son has already planned his next purchase and I think he's pretty hooked on to this simple yet very nostalgic line...and the dude's not even born in the previous millennia!

Funko ReAction - T800 (Terminator 2)

Small haul today.....


It ain't Sunday yet but it certainly felt like it for me and my family today!

We managed to drag ourselves to visit a specialty toy store located someplace isolated and far from the hustle and bustle of being inside the big city like every other toy store seemed to be at the moment. I must say that it has been quite a trip as the store had many interesting items in stock (well, your mileage may vary) and many a times we were tempted to pick up most of the things that caught our attention.

Call it coincident but my son and both my wife and I have some kind of a theme goin' on today.  You see, while my wife and I decided to bring home the excellent NECA pair of the T-800 and Sarah Connor (both supposedly being the 'ultimate' versions of each), my son chose to bring home a Funko ReAction figure of the T-800.....all of which were characters off the Terminator 2 film!

All will be reviewed soon here on The Rebel Page I hope.....heh.

Friday, July 1, 2016

My son and I are a bit of Superman fans ourselves!

My son and I are kind of Superman fans ourselves....

Yup, that's right. Big fans of the great red, blue and err....bits of yellow.

LEGO Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Mummy Museum Mystery sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

Mummy Museum Mystery set

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

My son insisted on getting this set. He has a thing for Egyptian mummies. The set presents you a sarcophagus/Egyptian coffin being exhibited in a museum. There's this 'gold chain' attached the sarcophagus, which which can be used to pull the it open thus revealing the Mummy inside. At the bottom of the exhibit is a secret compartment to reveal a diamond and can be opened via a hinged cover at the front.


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

Also included is a case file showing the picture of a sarcophagus, map, and a picture of a diamond with a question mark imprinted next to it.

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

You get Scooby Doo and Shaggy together with the titular Mummy with this set. The Mummy has an alternative head of the criminal who poses as the accursed Egyptian figure while he scares people during his crime run.

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets


It great to see that Shaggy comes with two face expressions. One depicts him as a scaredy cat and the other depicts him in his most nervous state of mind. The Mummy too has two face expressions, one being the Mummy itself and the other is the criminal mastermind behind the hoax. One can almost hear ..." I would've gotten away with it,  if not for you meddlin' kids!".

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

One thing that intrigued me is the burger at the back of the exhibit. Perhaps that is a throwback to the countless times where both Shaggy and Scooby unwillingly discovered some sinister plot  by some 'monster-ly' villains while embarking on their food hunt.


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

This set is a perfect accompaniment to those who want that museum-ly display  feel for your favorite Scooby characters.

  

Mystery Machine set


Can't believe Scooby Doo will be 50 years old in a few years' time. That's how retro this show is for those of you not in the know. They're up there together with the likes of The Flintstones and The Jetsons. The Mystery Machine aka THAT van they used to move from places to places is by far one of the most iconic pop culture vehicle that has ever graced our TV sets in the history of...err....TV. This is no doubt the most popular set from the entire Scooby Doo LEGO catalogue and be rest assured that most stores will run out of this set first. I've seen my local Hamley's stocking up more than 20 of this set some weeks ago but it was all gone the next day.


Lego Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Mummy Mystery Museum sets

Lego Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Mummy Mystery Museum sets

Ya get four (4) minifigures with this set i.e. Scooby Doo, Shaggy, Fred & a Zombie (not just any zombie but he's supposedly based on a character which appeared in one of the earlier episodes of Scooby Doo. This set is also the ONLY way you could get Fred as he does not appear in any other set except for this one. So, you mesh together a very popular/iconic TV vehicle and a hard to find minifigure....voila, you get a highly sought after LEGO set!


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

I like the tiny details such as the zipper/button at the back of the zombie head to show that there's a man inside a zombie suit, just waiting to be uncovered by those darn pesky kids!

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

There's also an animatronic/robotic tree in this set. You can clearly see that there's a control panel and a gem/stone embedded into it. There's also a spot where the zombie can stand and take a peer over it. 

Let's talk a bit about the Mystery Machine.....

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets


There's a whole lotta stickers on this vehicle this I can tell ya! Most exterior designs i.e. the Mystery Machine wording, wheel caps are all stickers. They're not bad but I would've preferred otherwise. Stickers may peel off in the future so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Two minifigures can sit in the cab and you can stuff Scooby in the rear part (trust me, that's where he'd want to be as there is a stove/griller complete with a sick at the back!). There's no doubt that all 4 human characters cannot fit at the front (like in the show) neither two can fit in the back. But I think with some creativity you can remove certain fixtures from the rear/back to fit the other two (Daphne and Wilma) but that leaves Scooby out of the van....*whatever*.


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

The roof is removable and you can open up the back of the MM as there are hinges at either side of the rear end. I love how LEGO detailed the interior. There are bulletin boards, computer screens and other thingmajiggy required for super sleuths to solve crimes. All of these plus the aforementioned griller and sink for Scoob and Shaggy to prepare their grub of course! So you imagine the plethora of stuff they put at the rear of the MM alone. Very cool.


LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

LEGO Scooby Doo - Mystery Machine & Mummy Mystery Museum sets

Seriously, if you can just buy one Scooby Doo LEGO set and if that huge castle set is way above your budget, then I recommend you to pick this Mystery Machine set up. Grab it before it disappears completely from the shelves!