LEGO Scooby-Doo 75903 Haunted Lighthouse Building Kit Review
Lego caught everyone by surprise when they announced that they were partnering up with Hanna Barbera to create a host of Scooby-Doo themed builds. After seeing them on the shelves at your nearest toy store or Lego store, we were delighted to see that this beloved cartoon from the 60s was alive and well, ready to embrace a whole new generation of younger fans. However, we had little interest in acquiring the builds ourselves. Then Netflix released a brand new Scooby-Doo animated series in 2010, which rekindled the love everyone had for the cartoon. Older fans also thought that the sets themselves were highly interesting, so they decided to pick some up.
As mentioned, this particular theme was very surprising since all of the builds here turned out to be amazing. We’re also pretty certain that this is one of the best themes that Lego has produced so far, thanks to its execution. It definitely hits all of the right price points, since it’s filled with loads of fantastic playable features, including a whole host of amazing minifigures, all representing a valuable piece of 60s animation. Each build in the Lego Scooby-Doo theme is really exciting to build, and contains plenty of display value as well. It’s not everyday that a licensed Lego build based off a classic cartoon series is able to achieve these goals, and is also nicely executed too. If you still haven’t decided whether you want to purchase a Scooby-Doo themed build or not, then we say go and do it. These sets are just awesome for everyone’s Lego collection, no matter how big or small they might be.
This review will be focusing on the Lego 75903, the Haunted Lighthouse. This is a brick-built rock skull, comprised of multi-colored uneven shoreline terrain. A brilliant lighthouse tower can be seen here, which is paired up with a couple of exposed bricks. This has got to be the most displayable build out of all the Lego Scooby-Doo sets.
The 75903 is perhaps the best example of a set that’s so nicely-built, that you tend to ignore the fact that it doesn’t come with a baseplate. Normally, fans would be complaining about the lack of a baseplate. The bottom layer of the build comes in a blue hue, which lets you imagine the water harshly crashing on the shore around the lighthouse build. Throwing in the Mystery Gang’s speedboat also gives an illusion that the set is so much bigger than it really is. You can get your minifigures to start driving the boat far, far away from the build before they could decide to go right back to the lighthouse. Still, this would’ve been cooler if they had added a baseplate in.
The lighthouse build was actually taken from an episode of the 2002 animated series ‘What’s New, Scooby-Doo?’, Season 3 Episode 1, to be exact. The episode was called ‘Fright House of a Lighthouse’. This lighthouse was actually constructed in the form of the standard Lego dollhouse, except the front side is more detailed. There’s even a hidden spot to store a treasure map in, as well as a ‘Keep Out’ sign. Also found are two front entrance doors, as well as an open backside so you can include some interior details. This also gives you easy access in case you want to play with the build.
The top side of the model does include a nice portion of the build, which is made so the light can slowly filter in. This part also includes two transparent pieces of orange flame, which is actually meant to represent the light. You can find four windows along the sides of the flames, letting it keep the lights in. The set also contains a sticker made for each of the window pieces. This helps you add in loads of detail for the build, as well as to keep it looking similar to the lighthouse from the TV show.
The second floor of the lighthouse, along with the room joining it, is known as the ‘spider cell’. You can find it just below the light structure of the lighthouse itself. This is a good place for the Mystery Gang to lock that evil Swamp Monster up, together with the scary lighthouse keeper who also goes by the appropriately-named Creepy Keeper. Perhaps the scariest part of this entire room has been made inescapable, thanks to the result of a giant spider web, complete with a huge black spider toy. The spider has managed to block the wall on the opposite side of the door. The room also contains one of the best uses of a Lego sticker in any of their present-day sets. If you take a closer look, you will see that whoever has been trapped in this room has been kept there for the past twelve days. As Shaggy Rogers would say… Zoinks!
The first floor of the 75903 is comprised of a small kitchen area, which has just enough room to fit a tiny stove in. We have learned that the Creepy Keeper loves his food and cooking Maybe the Swamp Monster loves food too. Anyway, the tiny stove build manages to succeed in building a purpose made for this very small room, and they are able to do so by putting in a small amount of bricks in. The build’s exterior landscape, along with all of the rooms, has enough space to put all of the minifigures in. Even the tiniest rooms of the 75903 can show up to two characters at a single time. This whole build makes it the best kind of playing space for the Mystery Gang. The lighthouse is so big, there’s enough room for you them to capture those evil crooks, no matter where they may end up hiding in.
And speaking of which, underneath the lighthouse is a dimly-lit basement. The area is filled with loads of playable features.
The Lego 75903’s features start from the bottom going upwards, which is natural for a Lego Scooby-Doo build. All of these features are completely playable as well. The first part is the basement area. In our opinion, this is probably the most interesting part of the entire build. It’s got lots and lots of playable features – And not only that, it’s also got the set’s biggest reveal. If you want to find some buried treasure, then there’s a tiny cave found underneath the lighthouse’s kitchen where you can find exactly that. There’s a small crevice that contains a treasure chest, complete with two gems and a silver goblet. You might want to unload those gems quickly though, since we hear they’re getting more and more pricier. Maybe Fred Jones or his family could purchase them?
On the left side of the treasure chest, you can find the lighthouse basement area. This contains a tiny studded area in which you can show off a couple of minifigures. We wouldn’t exactly place our hands right inside this area, since the space is very tiny. This segment is equipped with a storage box that is able to store in a couple of aquatic minifigure accessories, like a crowbar, a pair of flippers, as well as an oxygen tank. The best part about this has got to be the tiny torch build that’s attached to the wall. So where exactly do the minifigures acquire the key needed to unlock that treasure chest? Also, how are they able to gain access to the lower portion of the lighthouse?
The answer to these two questions leads us to another amazing feature found inside the build. You might have spotted that the backside of the build contains a giant knob and gear system, with a gigantic yellow arrow sticker on the top side. To let your minifigures gain access to the area from the front side of the lighthouse, you have to switch the knob from the left side, going all the way to the right. This tiny gear is connected to the skull build located at the front side of the build. Turning that knob upwards or downwards will cause the whole build to rotate going from an upwards right motion, to the left side. This shows the lighthouse’s entire basement area and gives you and the minifigures a very easy way to gain access to this area, right from the front side of the build.
This is just one of the examples of how great a build is, but isn’t really necessary to the entire build. The 75903 still would have worked nicely and would end up being fully playable and imaginative without it. Having to include a feature just proves Lego’s willingness as well as their drive to bring their creativity up to a couple of notches even more than necessary, so that they could create a lovely set that both adults and children will like.
Removing the basement area and heading into the first level of the build also reveals a play feature, which has managed to make its way into each of these Lego Scooby-Doo builds.