LEGO Scooby-Doo sets were officially released August 1st, 2015 but before Scooby was in LEGO form there was a similar minifigure made by a company known as Character Building.
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Back to the Scooby Comparisons:I discovered the Character Building company when I saw images of Doctor Who minifigures. I began looking for a store in the US that carried their products so that I could buy a few of my favorite Doctor Who characters in minifigure form. They weren't LEGO but they had a lot of similarities. They weren't easy to find in stores in the US but I found a few and ordered a few from Ebay vendors. Not long after I discovered that Character Building was creating a Scooby-Doo line. It included a few building sets with Scooby and the gang plus some villains. They also released villains and members of the mystery solving crew (except for Scooby himself) in blind bags. I was able to find both the Scooby-Doo sets and blind bags at a Toys R Us but I only wanted Scooby-Doo so that he could accompany custom LEGO minifigures of the rest of the gang. I was able to order the Scooby-Doo Character Building minifigure from an Ebay vendor in Britain.
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Side by side they look very similar and close to the same size.
Also the collar of the LEGO version is much more clearly defined and the color is much more vibrant.
|Left: Character Building, Right: LEGO|
The LEGO minifigure can only be moved at the neck. There is also a LEGO Scooby in sitting form. It also only moves at the neck. I hope to have one soon.
Also his feet snap onto LEGO studs much more securely than the LEGO version.
Each foot of the Character Building figure can snap separately on a stud while the LEGO version attaches much differently. Below is a photograph of LEGO Scooby's feet.
|LEGO Version feet|
|LEGO version connection|
Each foot of the LEGO Scooby only connects to a small portion of a LEGO stud. One leg is raised. The other three legs work together to grip LEGO studs.
LEGO Scooby looks much better in both the sculpt and printing. Also LEGO has released both a standing and sitting version. Now they just need a frightened and wrapped around Shaggy version. Each side of this Scooby face is different. One side looks frightened while the other is calm. This is great for those that like to do LEGO stop motion animation.
Character Building Scooby is much more easy to pose and play with. Even though he has many more articulation points it's impossible to make him sit in a convincing pose.
I prefer LEGO Scooby but only slightly. Character Building Scooby "sticks" to LEGO studs better and has more articulation points but LEGO Scooby looks better, has different expressions and is available in both standing and sitting poses. Please keep in mind this is just my opinion. I love both and plan to keep both in my collection.
What are your thoughts?