Mystery Mates Review: Scooby-Doo & Shaggy

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It seems like everyone is getting in on the miniature figure game. Hasbro revived it with their Galactic Heroes before expanding it into the Super Hero Squad, Combat Heroes, Robot Heroes and Adventure Heroes! Mattel jumped in with their Action League and Buddy Packs, while Mezco dabbled in it with Hellboy! But the most unexpected for me was when Character Direct Ltd introduced the Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates!

Like anyone who watched Saturday morning cartoons, Scooby-Doo has been a mainstay in the cartoon world for 40 years without changing a whole lot and I grew up on the reruns. Spoiler warning, the monster is almost always some creepy old guy and not a monster. But Character Direct Ltd made Mystery Mates which are two-inch tall Scooby-Doo figures so I knew I had to grab a pack or two!

The namesake dog, Scooby-Doo, is included in most of the sets but this pack includes a normal looking dog – aside from the magnifying glass. Scooby is looking down on the ground for clues and to show off the power of his magnifying glass, it’s painted to have a giant eye on the front which is a nice touch.

While unarticulated, Scooby has a decent pose. He’s mid creep with his snout to the ground and his tail up in the air. It looks good. The paint isn’t too exciting, just a few black spots but amazingly enough the “SD” dog tag on his neck is painted!

Paired up with Scooby is Shaggy himself! The group’s slacker who usually solves the mystery through sheer luck, Shaggy is in his iconic look: green shirt and maroon pants. Shaggy’s dress sense hasn’t changed much in the last 40 years, but he’s a man who doesn’t play by the laws of time so it works.

Shaggy looks happy, most likely because he’s holding some super burger. A super burger that doesn’t seem to have a bun, maybe Shaggy’s on the Atkin’s diet? Like Scooby, Shaggy doesn’t move at all either. The paint is decent enough but not great with some slop between his shirt and pants. I do love the whiskers on his face since he either can’t grow facial hair or is just terrible at shaving.

These figures aren’t terribly exciting but they have one big thing going for them: price. Retailing for $4 a pack, these two figures are the same price as one Hasbro Hero. Sure, the paint is kind of weak and they’re unarticulated, but being able to get these figures in this style for cheap makes them a fun little extra and allows for some very weird shenanigans between Doctor Doom and the Scoobies.

Written by jestergoblin

August 26th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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