This past weekend, in order to finish the new Compilation Sets page (I'll get more to that in a minute), I got the great pleasure of getting to look up old Scooby VHS tapes on eBay and Amazon, and ended up finding a lot of interesting ones that I didn't even know existed!
So hopefully this post won't be too boring for the much younger fans who may not remember the land of VHS tapes, but I quite enjoyed the trip down memory lane and wanted to show you guys all my findings. It was really cool to find all those VHS sets, especially since most people now days seem to think that VHS's are only for 80-year-olds (for the record I'm in my 20's and still own several VHS tapes lol).
But here's what I found over the weekend:
This VHS tape was when Scooby was first beginning to air on Cartoon Network, and includes "The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly" and "To Switch A Witch." Apparently, the tape is incredibly rare now and is going for $50+ on eBay. I don't personally own the tape, but I find those two episodes an odd combination to release. One has Scrappy and one doesn't, and not to mention the fact that the episodes really don't have similar plot or villains whatsoever. I suppose this VHS tape would only be for the nostalgia at this point, as both episodes have been released on DVD now, but I still thought this was quite a fun find.
Though this one includes episodes that have all been released a million times (Watt a Shocking Ghost!, The Headless Horseman of Halloween, Scared a Lot in Camelot and The No-Face Zombie Chase Case are the episodes included), this one stood out to me as I had never seen it before and this was apparently one of the first Scooby episodes ever released on VHS, in 1987.
This VHS tape is one I have in my own personal collection, but I decided to look it up anyways on eBay and Amazon just to see what it's current price was. Interesting thing is, it's not on Amazon or eBay at this point and I can't find any record of it on the Internet. In fact, the picture you see above was one I took of my own copy (most of the other pictures are from online). It only features one episode "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear" (which has been released). Now, I'm not mentioning this because I'm going to sell it at some extravagant price, but I thought it was really cool that I had such an apparently rare VHS in my collection.
This is the fourth volume of the VHS I just talked about above (and I don't own this one), and apparently this one is incredibly rare as well. It's currently going for $10 on eBay and includes the episodes "Twenty Thousand Screams Under The Sea" and "I Left My Neck in San Francisco." This was the only other "Scooby and Scrappy-Doo" volume I could find, though for logic's sake I did leave blank listings without pictures in the new Compilations page (as obviously if there was a volume 1 and 4 there would have to be a 2 and 3). However, I did find the episode listing for Volume 2 on a site, and it includes the first three 1979 Scrappy episodes.
This is apparently the second in a series of VHS tapes that Cartoon Network released back in 1996 (the first one being The Ghoul, The Bat and the Ugly & To Switch a Witch). It includes both "The Nutcracker Scoob" (oddly, the VHS tape is called "A Nutcracker Scoob" - not sure why they'd change the title) and "Alaskan King Coward."
If you're looking for a rare VHS and never-released-on-DVD episodes, this is the one to buy. This VHS includes both "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" and "The Tar Monster." Though "The Tar Monster" has already been released, the title episode "A Halloween Hassle in Dracula's Castle" has never been released on DVD and even to this day only available on this VHS tape. I'm a bit lacking in the rare VHS area of my collection, but I did purchase this one a long time ago and it is still part of my collection. I believe someone has it up right now for a not too bad price on eBay, so if you're looking to buy this, now would be the time!
This is the other rare VHS you should buy if you're looking for never-before-released. This tape features "Wedding Bell Boos" and "To Switch a Witch," with the first one of those never being released on any other DVD or VHS set. This is the only other Scooby VHS I have in my collection, and it was certainly a good buy!
I suppose that's all the interesting VHS's I found besides the Classic Scooby-Doo ones and the Laff a Lympics ones which are (from my understanding) pretty common knowledge in the Scooby fandom.
The reason I looked for these old VHS sets is because I was completing the Compilation Set page in the List of Releases section of the site. Be sure to check the page out if you're looking to buy, checking to see what Scooby sets are out there or just for fun!
Hopefully this post was enjoyable to read! I know I certainly had fun writing it, so I guess I'll just end with I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. :)