Scooby Doo Mystery Mates
Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates 5 Packs
Scooby-Doo and the Monsters
2 Inch Scale
By: Character Options
$5-$8
Scooby-Doo is one of those timeless properties that hasn’t ever seemed to age. Sure, it’s been reinvented a time or two, but for the most part Scooby-Doo remains the same today as he was back in the 1970’s. In fact I think that’s part of the reason that Scooby-Doo has been so successful.

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I remember watching episodes of Scooby-Doo as a kid and it was usually pretty hard to differentiate which incarnation of Scooby-Doo I was watching. It all flowed together seamlessly, to me. Obviously there were some exceptions, such as the 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo.

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I’m glad that Scooby has managed to live on and remain mostly unchanged. That allows for products such as the toy line from Character Options, to hit both the nostalgia market and the kids market. There’s something heartwarming about being able to buy your kids toys that remind you of things you enjoyed as a youngster.

Mystery Mates

For years I’ve wanted some of these smaller Scooby-Doo figures and when I saw the 5 packs for $5 at Toys R Us, I couldn’t resist. So today as part of our Halloween countdown celebration, we’re going to take a look at two different five packs of Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates.


Packaging:
As it pertains to these Mystery Mates, there are a ton of figures but many are repacked in various ways. So if you’re after a particular figure, look around as it may be offered in many different packages. I found the core crew and some of the main monsters I wanted in these two five packs.


Neither pack is particularly eye catching, but it works with the bright green colors. There’s some advertisements on there about Zoinks Points, which can be redeemed for some online stuff. I hoped maybe you could get more toys with the Zoinks Points, but it’s mostly just stuff like graphics and desktop wallpapers.

Mystery Mates

The back shows off some of the other Mystery Mates that are available though it hardly covers them all.

Sculpt/Paint:
These are sculpted in the same sort of style as most of the modern American SD figures, but they’re not quite as super deformed as others. In fact it seems to vary per figure. Fred, as an example, seems a bit more stylized than say Daphne.

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Despite some differences in those sort of styles, they all seem to mesh well together. They all pretty much have big heads, hands and feet.

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Yet they are completely recognizable as the characters they are supposed to be. That’s a nice bonus.


The paint work is probably the weakest area, with some overspray, slop and the like throughout. I also question a few of the colors as Shaggy’s hair is a bit too yellow in color. It’s not as noticeable in the photographs, but looks worse in person.


There are some nice colors used, though. Particularly in the monsters and spooks. It definitely evokes the classic Scooby-Doo vibe. Not to mention, there are a lot of paint applications on some of these figures.


The only other drawback is some tampo license and trademark printing on some of the figures.


Each figure has a nice sculpt for the most part though and the paint work, while not perfect, isn’t near as bad as some other mass market stuff out there.


My personal favorites are Shaggy, Fred and some of the monsters. I think they all look pretty good.


Amazingly, despite some really thin legs and a little package warpage… Velma and Daphne stand up.


Scooby has a cool magnifying glass effect in both of his figures. I like it, but I do sort of wish there was a basic Scooby without some sort of gimmick.


Honestly that could be said for all the main characters, except Fred. They’re all sculpted with some sort of object in their hands and it takes away from doing a basic display.


It’s not that I mind that there are some sculpted elements, I just wish some more generic versions were available.


Overall though, kids will likely enjoy the sculpts and they’ll fit in well with the litany of other figures out there that are available in more or less this same style.

Articulation:
None of the main characters have any articulation.


But the monsters do. Each monster has articulated arms.


One nice part about this is that it gives you a variety of ways to pose them.


And rather thankfully, each arm is individually articulated, so you can move them independent of one another.

Accessories:
Nobody comes with any removable accessories.


But as mentioned above, they do have sculpted accessories preposed in their hands. It helps make the figures a bit more diverse, but it would have been nice if we could have gotten some removable accessories.

Value:
I believe these originally went for closer to $8, which would make each figure less than $2 a piece. That’s a pretty good deal for what you’re getting. However, my TRU had these on sale for $5 which is a steal. While the quality on these toys isn’t the highest and it definitely reminds me of something that might would have came in a Happy Meal or been in a bubble gum machine in the 1980’s, it’s par for the course in today’s market. These are much cheaper than most of their competitors at comparable scale AND they have a lot more variety. It’s a big win on value.


Score Recap:
Packaging – 7
Sculpting – 8
Paint – 7
Articulation – 2
Accessories – N/A
Value – 10
Overall – 8 out of 10


I’m going to rate these a pretty high 8 out of 10. They’re not marketed at collectors, so I can’t hold them to the same standard. Even so, they’re nice little desktop toys and fill a void for someone who wants a few Scooby figures to pose.

Mystery Mates Review

These Mystery Mates are also high photogenic and you can do a lot of neat little setups with them.

Character Options Mystery Mates Review

If you’re looking for some fun, cheap, Scooby-Doo figures this Halloween season, the Mystery Mates 5 packs are a great way to go about it. I hope they keep making more. I want the 10,000 Volt Ghost and Scrappy-Doo among others in this scale!

2 Responses to Scooby-Doo Mystery Mates 5 Packs Review

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  • Perry Armstrong says:

    One of the other monsters in this range (not shown in your review) is a Vampire, which has an alternate, swappable regular human head. Hilariously, the ‘regular’ head seems to be a decent caricature of Doctor Who’s Matt Smith – I’m not sure which version of this figure is scarier, to be honest 😉

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