Packaging - *
This is a text book lesson in how NOT to do carded packaging.
The graphics are very week -
the photo on the front is of the actors from the movie, although none of the
figures are based on them. There are no graphics of the other figures
in the series on the back, and the quality of the card and bubble is
cheap. These don't look too good to begin with, and won't hold up to
shelf wear over time.
Sculpting - ***
The sculpting on these is decent. Scooby and Shaggy are simple head
variations, but at least the look of both heads is reasonable. The
Scooby head sculpt is actually one of the best so far, with a comical, smart
The three villains don't have
tremendous detail, but from what I've seen of them in the trailers, they
look pretty much on target.
Paint - **
The paint ops vary from one figure to another. Both Scooby and Shaggy
were pretty good, but the work on the ghosts was a bit sloppy. Lines
aren't too clean, but overall the quality is pretty on par with most five
dollar figures. Too bad these aren't five bucks!
Accessories - **
Again, nothing to get excited about. Surprisingly, again in this
category the Scooby and Shaggy figure are the best. Both come with
Tiki masks that fit over their heads. The masks look great, and the
sculpting is well done.
The three ghosts are seriously
lacking in decent accessories. The Jester has the most bizarre - he
comes with a spinning wall of meat. Don't ask me.
The Luna Ghost has his mask,
but since it's a pretty crucial aspect of his costume, it doesn't make much
of an accessory. The Demon comes with a 'demon ritus', which looks
like a cross between a dreidel and the cube from Hellraiser.
Articulation - **
While some of the figures have decent articulation, I have yet to find a way
to keep the three villains standing on a shelf.
Once again, Shaggy and Scooby
are the best. There's no surprise though, since they have the same
articulation as the previous versions, and I suspect that Shaggy has the
same weak joints as in the past.
The Jester is by far the worst,
with only neck, shoulders and waist. There isn't much he can do, and
the pose he's sculpted in does nothing to help keep him standing.
The Luna Ghost has neck,
shoulders, elbows and thighs. He stands the best of the three, but the
leg articulation is pretty worthless.
The big Demon has the most
articulation - neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.
Unfortunately, the design of the body, with thin limbs and weak joints,
means that while you can get him into more positions, he holds very few of
them for more than a few minutes.
Value - **1/2
This depends on where you pick them up. At the Media Play price of
eight bucks, they are a complete rip. Don't even consider it.
But at the regular retail price
of $6, they are an okay value. Sure, they should be around five bucks,
but I think the days of a five dollar action figure are long behind us.
Overall - **
Only the Scooby Doo completist (and how many of those could there be?)
are going to want to pick these up. Do yourself a favor and wait for
the next series of figures based on the cartoon.
Where to Buy -
I picked up the majority of them at Meijers. I'm assuming that Target
and KB will get them in as well. On-line:
- you can get a decent price at Cartoon
Network. At seven bucks, it's not as good as regular retail, but better
than Media Play prices.