Mystery Mates Review: Scooby-Doo & Frankenstein’s Monster

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With most of the Mystery Mates, I’ve been buying the sets because of the monster included, not because of the odd Scooby-Doo variants. While the Beast from the Bottomless Lake was a great aquatic beast and the zombie was delightfully generic, there is a third kind of monster available that the literary nerd inside of me adores.

This version of Scooby-Doo is wearing his finest Sherlock Holmes attire. Sporting a plaid raincoat, a fine pastel yellow blazer, a red tie and lime green shirt (and oddly, no pants), Detective Scooby is a unique looking to say the least. His right hand is holding a magnifying glass up to his eye while his left clutches a pipe. As per usual, Scooby-Doo is immobile.

But the paintwork is very impressed. The crossing yellow and red lines on the jacket are remarkably clean. Sure, the outfit’s colors are atrocious but it feels right. The magnifying glass has a giant eye painted on one side again too.

This monster of the week is a literary classic – the monster of Dr. Frankenstein! Based off the classic look made famous by Boris Karloff in 1931 in the film Frankenstein, this lumbering brute has uneven shoulders, tattered clothes and an oddly misshaped green head. In a pose very similar to the zombie, Frankenstein’s monster looks inhuman for several reasons.

The uneven shoulders do a great job and making him look lopsided, while his feet point inwards. The face is long, somber and would be perfect if it had the bolts on the side of the head. The monster moves at the shoulders.

Paint isn’t too exciting but well done. The purple suit with purple shirt contrasts very nicely with the bright green skin. The sunken yellow eyes pop out from the head too.

Like the other two-packs, I feel fine paying the retail price for just the monster and the Scooby-Doo figure is a free bonus. For Super Hero Squad fans, this pack may just be a must for a simple reason – Frankenstein’s Monster is a Marvel character!

Written by jestergoblin

October 31st, 2010 at 12:00 am

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