LEGO Dimensions Scooby Doo Team Pack

So the next in line to review in the batch of dollar store LEGO Dimensions sets is the Scooby Doo Team Pack.  This is another franchise that I’m not a big fan of, but I still have respect for it.  Scooby Doo has been popular since before I was born, and it continued its popularity when I was a kid, and even today!  I watched it a lot as a kid, simply because kids will watch anything.  I will say there is one cartoon Scooby Doo movie that I really do like, and that’s Scooby Doo on Zombie Island.  Seriously, it’s awesome.  I’m also glad I got to meet the original voice of Scooby Doo, before he passed away (Don Messick).  He also did the voices for Scrappy Doo, Boo Boo, Muttley, Papa Smurf, and many more!  Anyway, so even though I’m not as much of a fan, I was mildly curious about the LEGO Dimensions set, so I’m glad I got it!  It’s available for nearly all the current game consoles, but reviewed on Wii U here.

LEGO Dimensions is essentially like Skylanders, except you build and play with LEGOs instead.  I even wrote a big article about it a while back that you can read.  Anyway, the Scooby Doo Team Pack comes with two characters, a vehicle, and an item.  You get Shaggy, Scooby, the Mystery Machine, and a tall sandwich Scooby Snack.  The game gives you instructions on how to build the van once Shaggy is on the pedestal.  Same thing with Scooby and the sandwich.  Here’s a closer shot of the box they come in.

I love how Shaggy attacks.  His punches and kicks have him cowardly flailing about, and it’s hilarious.  Other than that, he doesn’t do much else.  He holds a flashlight, but I don’t know if he can see in dark places with it.  The Mystery Machine is just a regular vehicle, but you can upgrade it to do other things.  I will say that I think the Mystery Machine is awesome and if I had a van, I’d want to paint it like that.

Scooby Doo was really easy to build, as he’s just two pieces.  Unfortunately, I think the pedestal used to scan him into the game was defective, as it wouldn’t work when I put him on the base.  I imagine that he probably has the ‘dig’ ability, though.  Even worse is that Scooby is what prompts you to build the sandwich, so I wasn’t able to experience that in the game either.  I was able to build it since it was just a bunch of LEGOs stacked up, but I just won’t be able to use it in the game.  The back of the box shows a picture of the sandwich making Shaggy strong, and you can upgrade it to let Shaggy breath fire or turn into a ghost.  So I’ll just have to take the box’s word for it.  The instructions say that if you have any defective LEGOs to call their customer service, but I feel bad about doing that since this was a gift from a dollar store.  So if anyone has had to deal with LEGOs customer service, let me know in the comments section how good or bad they are.  Anyway, here are all the pieces built and out of the box.

Shaggy and Scooby can unlock the Scooby Doo hub world.  Like any of the other hubs, you can use studs to buy structures as well as take on missions to earn red and gold bricks.  You’ll explore an abandoned theme park, spooky graveyard, and a haunted house!  I love how they made the graphics look all cel shaded and cartoony in this world.  And that’s all there is in this pack!

Kid Factor:

LEGO Dimensions is rated E-10 with ESRB descriptors of Cartoon Violence and Crude Humor. Kids love Scooby Doo, so they’ll probably enjoy this, too.  Plus I think the cartoon is good for kids since it encourages them to be brave and conquer their fears.  While I would recommend most LEGO games to all ages, I think LEGO Dimensions is best for older kids.  One, the things you build are pretty complicated sometimes, so they would need to be experienced LEGO handlers.  And like other LEGO toys, the sets are pretty expensive so kids would need to know how to keep up with and take care of their toys, as the game is useless without them.  And plus using the pedestal is not very intuitive.  Also don’t forget the whole choking hazard thing with small LEGOs!

In the comments section, let me know your favorite Scooby Doo cartoons and memories.  –Cary

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