|From Character Online|
First thing we discovered was that the Mystery Machine did not come with any figures even though the illustrations show them with the product. It does state clearly in writing on the box and on the website that the figures are not included, but it is a personal gripe of mine that toy manufacturers don't pop just one figure into the playsets so kids can enjoy playing with them straight away in the manner intended. Because we are die hard Scooby fans, I decided to buy a set of figures, three villains with interchangeable heads, Shaggy and Scooby which cost me £10, so Freddy could get the full Mystery Machine experience. They were worth every penny!!
The Mystery Machine is a fully working push along vehicle with seats for two characters upfront, accessed via a lift up roof panel. It's pretty sturdy and chunky for little hands to wheel around. The whole back of the van opens up to reveal the monster catching equipment, giving an opportunity for some great imaginative play, Scooby Doo style. There is a fully functional net cannon that fires out a net to catch the baddies, who can then be put into the cage which is on a jointed arm. Everything (bar the net itself) is attached to the van so won't get lost. It is a fun playset for little fans!
The back of the van can then be closed up and the gang can drive away having solved their mystery! The figure pack villains come with a monster head and a human head so they can be 'unmasked' to discover whodunnit! The play value was definitely increased by having the figures. Freddy loved shooting the net at them and putting them in the cage. He was also quite keen on pulling the interchangeable heads off!
This is a great toy for fans of Scooby Doo. It is recommended for children ages 3 and up. I love the fully functional traps that allow little ones to net and cage the baddies, and I like that everything fits back into the truck easily and tidily! It is a really good design giving two play opportunities in one.
The Scooby Doo Trap Time Deluxe Mystery Playset retails for £19.99. The five pack of characters cost me £9.99 and was definitely worth having to fully enjoy the Mystery Machine toy. Find them both on the Character Online website.