Packaging - ***
I like the style and art on the carded figures. It looks good, and
the bubbles are sturdy and able to hold up to shelf wear.
Each figure has a little bio
on the back, but there's no indication of the names of the other
Sculpting - ***
The sculpt on Skeleton Man is pretty basic, but since the character was
pretty basic, that's to be expected. The work is clean, if simple.
The Beast from the Bottomless
Lake is more complex, or at least as complex as you'll get with most
Scooby villains. He also looks just like the source material, and
fits really well with the rest of the line.
Keep in mind that these are
McToys - they're just toys. Actually, I don't think I'd want to see
what McFarlane would do to a license like Scooby Doo *shudder*
Paint - ***1/2
The paint ops were a bit of a mixed bag, but the work on the Skeleton Man
really helped raise the overall score.
The beast from the Bottomless
Lake is adequate, particularly the eyes and mouth. The ops aren't
complex, but they are fairly clean.
The paint ops that stand out
though is the skeleton work on the blue body of Mr. Bones. It too is
fairly straight forward, but on mine the work is extremely neat and
clean. On top of that, the skeleton paint glows in the dark!
Articulation - ***1/2
For those of us tired of the measly five points on Simpsons figures, the 8
(Beast) or 9 (Skeleton Man) points are really a welcome change.
They both have shoulder,
elbow, hips and kness. The Skeleton man adds neck to that
total. These joints are much tighter and better quality than the
joints on the Scooby Gang figures.
Accessories - ***
I'd like to see more than one accessory, plus the flip book, for each
of these characters, particularly at this price. But the accessories
they provide are really great.
The Beast comes with a sign
directing you to the Bottomless Lake, and Skeleton Man comes with a bucket
of clams (I think...I haven't seen the episode in awhile). Both are
well done, and look great with the rest of the figures.
Value - ***
These are still slightly overpriced at $7 each. The good news is
though that KayBee was selling these for that same $7, instead of marking
them up as they usually do.
Overall - ***1/2
I'm very pleased with this line so far. I think Equity is making a
mistake by short packing the villains, particularly since the line is
likely to be a big hit with collectors who watched the show as a
kid. Hopefully they'll get that straightened out by the time the
release another wave.