Mystery Mates Review: Knight Scooby-Doo & the Creeper

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This is the final two-pack of the Mystery Mates released in the United States. Of course Daphne and Fred are still missing but plenty versions of Scooby-Doo have come out. But after how awkward Velma was, I’m not sure I want to see Daphne anymore.

Continuing the theme of Scooby-Doo dressed up in absurd costumes, this time around he’s been knighted! Wearing a suit of plate mail over some scale mail, Scooby-Doo looks somewhat foolish without pants on. What’s the point of wearing a full set of armor if you’re going to leave your lower half entirely exposed?

Unarticulated as always, Scooby’s armor is mighty impressive. Each individual scale is sculpted underneath the plates of armor. His right hand is clutching a flimsy sword while his left is behind an awkwardly too-small shield emblazed with the SD logo. Scooby’s helmet looks more like a baseball cap since his snout keeps the visor from being able to go down.

The paint is well done too. The armor is silver; the gear has little touches of color on the hilt and shield. What’s most impressive though is the black wash on the scale mail that really makes the armor look pop.

Paired up with Knight Scooby-Doo is the least exciting monster so far. The Beast from the Bottomless Lake was a great aquatic creature, while the Zombie and Frankenstein were classic horror tropes, but this time the figure is the very specific to Scooby-Doo – the Creeper.

A hunched over man in an olive green suit with ruffled sleeves and a black t-shirt, the Creeper just isn’t that exciting visually. The pale green skin with yellow eyes just makes him look like a rejected cereal mascot!

The sculpt is mostly well done, but the ruffled sleeves just look like someone didn’t finish the sculpt in time. Paint isn’t that impressive either since the brown hair doesn’t have proper coverage, so part of his bangs is the same color as his pale green flesh.

At least the figure is articulated at both shoulders. But in an odd case of quality control, I discovered that mine have shoulders that pop out way too easily.

It’s a shame that the Creeper just feels like such a dud. But even at the price point of $4 a pack, getting two packs out of six that leave me less than excited is a pretty good track record. It just pains me to know that the second and third waves (along with the glow-in-the-dark variants) haven’t been released in the US, because some of those monsters look really cool.

Written by jestergoblin

November 18th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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