Scooby Doo Movie Figures 

I have a bad feeling about the new Scooby Doo movie.  I'm a huge fan of Sarah Michelle Geller, but even that isn't enough to convince me to see this flick.  Of course, I could be wrong - perhaps it's a hilarious send up of an old classic.  Then again, I'm not betting the farm on it.

The new movie figures are out, but they aren't based on the humans in the film.  Rather, they are styled based on the film, but look like they could have been on the cartoon.  None of the human figures look like the actors, but are simple variations on the Scooby and Shaggy we've already seen.

There are three monsters along with the Scooby and Shaggy variations - Spooky Demon (the big guy), Spooky Luna Ghost (the clown) and the Jester.  The series has been at Media Play and Sam Goody stores for a couple weeks, and just started showing up at Meijers.

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 alec appearance.

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.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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