Light + Sound Mobile K-9 Unit
By: Mighty World
$14.99 at Tuesday Morning, MSRP $29.99
You might remember in my glowing review of the Mighty World Hazardous Materials Team set that I mentioned a K-9 set and how much I wanted to get it. Well my wife remembered and she sneakily ventured into Tuesday Morning to pick up Easter gifts, one of which was the K-9 Unit!
I’ve really loved checking out these Mighty World toys, so much so that I have already been around to different stores to see what was available. I hope everyone else is enjoying looking at these figures because I’ve got several reviews of them in the tube! Let’s open up the K-9 Unit, my first vehicle set, and see if it was worth all the excitement.
The K-9 set comes in a bigger version of the bright orange cardboard box that the Haz Mat Team came in. It’s got one big difference and that’s the fact that you can see the human figure through a clear window on the side. I like this change, it reminds me of the old GI Joe vehicles and how much fun it was to look at the different pilots in the store.
The box shows several nice pictures of the K-9 Team in action and using all of their gear to sniff out the bad guys. Just like the Haz Mat Team there are no pictures of other sets in the toy line, something I miss dearly on modern toys. While there was a large selection of Mighty World toys at the Tuesday Morning I visited I had no idea if there were some sets I hadn’t seen until I went online to look. Surely a small section showing a few other sets would increase sales!
I’m going to talk in this section about 3 different sculpts; the Cop, the Dog and the Truck. They’re all extremely well sculpted and, surprisingly, crafted in slightly different but complementary styles. I mentioned this in my Haz Mat review but it’s worth repeating, the Mighty World stuff is designed in a “just off” realistic style that works perfectly for the intended market. Just enough realism to make them exciting and just enough cartoon influence to make them instantly attractive to kids.
The cop is built on a base body just like all of the other male Mighty World characters with several extra sculpted details that work hand in hand with paint to make him into a unique figure. He’s got sculpted gloves, pockets, cargo pants and boots that all give him a really tough police specialist feel. The features on the face look tampoed on and the beard plus angry eyes look great on him and make him look serious but cute.
The dog is a great little companion to our cop and he’s got just a bit more detail on him that makes him feel a tiny bit different from the rest of the set design-wise. He’s still got a cute, cartoony look on his face but the detail of the fur sets him apart. The ears are swept forward as if he smells something and is about to pounce forward. It’s a good pose for what’s surely a drug or weapons sniffing dog. He’s got a great, multi-layered paint job that really does a great job subbing in for actual fur.
The truck is, without a doubt, the coolest thing about the set. I’ll get more into what it’s able to do under the “Articulation” section, but it’s awesome. The design of the truck is very smooth without any unneeded details to clutter it up. I keep calling it a truck but I guess it’s truly some kind of small SUV. It’s got 4 full sized seats as well as a trunk area and it’s mostly molded in the right colors with paint/tampos creating the lettering. The style of the wheels is really neat, even going so far as to give the hub caps or rims a fancy design. I really can’t say enough about the little extras that make the truck so cool, from the fully sculpted grill and headlights to the rumples in the seat cushions it’s quality work all around.
Again I want to talk about all 3 parts on their own because the cop, the dog and yes even the vehicle have their own different points of articulation.
The cop has pretty spartan joints with cut hips as well as swivel shoulders, wrists and neck. While it’s really nothing to write home about the articulation gets the job done. All of the joints move freely and smoothly and feel really solid. I’m really happy I can rotate the wrists and that addition says a lot about the quality of the product. While it’d be easy to wish for more articulation I don’t know how much more could have been reasonably squeezed into such a small figure without ruining it’s charm.
The dog has 5 joints, all swivels, at the head and at each shoulder. Just like on his partner all of the joints on the pooch work smoothly and feel very well constructed. I’m impressed that the dog is more than just a solid lump of plastic (GI Joe has left me with pretty low expectations) and I’ve enjoyed playing around with different poses, especially different variations of him hanging out of the car. The neck joint is the only truly useful joint, however, because without the legs posed just right the dog has a hard time standing.
Surprisingly enough the truck is most articulated member of the K-9 Unit sporting opening doors, a lowering tailgate, 2 back seats that fold down for more storage space and even a removable ceiling making this possibly the first convertible police truck! The joints that the doors connect to all open and close smoothly, they click into place subtly and I never had to struggle to get the truck or any of it’s parts into the different “modes”. The removable roof is a nice touch because it makes it easier to get figures into the back seats and allows you to appreciate all of the extra details back there.
The K-9 Unit comes with a boatload of accessories that all make sense to include, it’s almost TOO MANY accessories for 1 guy to use. Let’s break it down:
Megaphone – for warning perps before the puppy comes callin
Handcuffs – extra protection once the crooks are caught
Leash / Collar – clips around the dogs neck and into the cop’s hand
Flashlight – for shining into dark hiding places
AK-47 – seriously, he comes with an AK-47
Stop Sign – Traffic Duty!
Duffel Bag – probably full of treats for the puppy
Walkie Talkie – for calling in threats or ordering takeout
A removable trailer hitch!
Helmet – for when he’s driving crazy
Cap w/ Hair and Sunglasses – you gotta look cool when you patrol the streets!
I only had one issue with the accessories, the AK-47 was somewhat difficult to get into his hand and when I finally did it would only point sideways. I’m a bit puzzled at the inclusion of an assault rifle with a K-9 Officer, a shot gun or maybe a pistol feels like a better fit, but it’s a neat weapon that’s well painted and it’s probably the most adorable AK-47 I’ve ever seen.
In addition to all the gear, there’s also a “LIghts + Sounds” feature advertised on the box. I actually jumped the first time I pushed the button on the top of the lights because I wasn’t expecting batteries to be in it already and it was SO LOUD. It’s a pretty cool thing for the truck to have but I’m positive I’d want those things disabled if there was kid playing with it on a regular basis!
These guys sport an MSRP of $29.99, a price that feels a smidgen high to me. I don’t remember how much they retailed for at places like Target when they carried them but I do know the price was high enough that I never sprung for them back then. The thing is this set packs quite a lot into the box. Maybe my perspective is just off from too many months spent prowling the discount shops, I might not have bought it on a lark at the original price but I could see getting it now knowing the quality of what’s in there.
Thankfully I have a loving wife who saw me drooling over the set and decided to scoop it up for me. I’m glad she didn’t have to spend $30 to get this for me and the price it was available for at Tuesday Morning ($14.99) takes the value of the set from alright to just unbeatable. The whole set is extremely well made and feels like it could survive some heavy abuse, it’d be worth a parent investing the full price since the set would last a long time.
Just like the Haz Mat Team this Mighty World K-9 Unit knocked my socks off. This is a set of toys that’s clearly aimed at people a lot younger than I am but the quality and style of it make me love it more than I probably should. I love the attention to detail on theses figures, there is a level of care and love that you won’t find on any other toy line aimed at kids. Hell, you won’t find this high of a standard on most collector’s toy lines!
I cannot give this set and this toy line a higher review. I’ve absolutely become enamored of the Mighty World toys and their wide ranging selection of figures, playsets and vehicles. Whether you’re buying them for a child in your life or just to fool around with yourself I think everyone who likes toys owes it to themselves to pick up a set to check it out.