Mystery Mates Review: Scuba Scooby Doo & The Beast from the Bottomless Lake

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The Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates remind me a lot of the Spider-Man/Wolverine/Iron Man/Hulk Super Hero Squad lines for one simple reason: Scooby-Doo is in nearly every pack. And not only is the mystery solving dog in every pack, most of them are very weird variants.

This version of Scooby-Doo is wearing a full wetsuit with four flippers, goggles and an air tank. It’s a very odd look for the dog. He’s posed like he’s supposed to be in mid-swim, but the clear plastic stand just doesn’t work on a few different levels. First off, the construction is really cheap and it regularly falls apart. Second, when it does stay together it’s horribly balanced so Scooby falls over. Sadly, the figure’s center of gravity is off so there’s no way to get him to stand without the stand.

Balance issues aside, the Scuba Scooby looks good. The wet suit is well done in teal and purple and the yellow flippers do a great job contrasting. I could see it being a good bath toy for a kid, but for collector’s there isn’t much going for it.

The real reason I got this pack for the monster – the Beast from the Bottomless Lake! He’s big, green and a cross between a fish and a lizard and is just a damn fine looking monster. The Beast has two points of articulation, both shoulders, allowing him to look creepy. The sculpt is cartoony but well done. Instead of being covered in scales, he has a few here and there sculpted in and it works great.

The one part of the figure I really love are the hands. Instead of the standard one-thumb-and-three-fingers look, he’s sporting very inhuman looking hands with four fingers – one in each corner. It’s unsettling but a fantastic little touch.

The paint is fine but not exciting. He’s got lime green claws, lips, a belly with bright, pupil-less yellow eyes and a vibrant red tongue. It’s not ground breaking, but at $4 a pack, it’s more than enough.

And that’s still the big allure of these sets: the price point. Sure, Scuba Scooby isn’t exciting but the pair of them is absolutely worth the price. The Beast is just a good monster toy in this scale and a cheap way to fill out the ranks. Much like the Super Battle Droid, this set isn’t good because of what it is but because of what it can be.

Written by jestergoblin

October 20th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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