If you grew up in the 1970s or later, you are no doubt familiar with Scooby-Doo, a long-running American television series featuring Japanese character designs and a strong pro-rationalism message. For a while this was the longest-running TV animation franchise in the USA, but The Simpsons tends to be quite the juggernaut these days. We saw Scooby as a baby. As Vincent Price's sidekick. As a rather hip reboot with Derrick Wyatt's character designs. Basically, every generation since his introduction has had access to the mystery-solving pooch and his pals, and can also lay claim to their own interpretation of the character. (I'm very fond of Mystery Inc. myself.) It's so popular, there are even LEGO sets now - over 45 years after his TV debut. That's staying power, so it stands to reason why we have one in a kid meal again this year. (Still a mystery: G.I. Joe and Tom & Jerry at Burger King a year or two ago.)
The new interpretation has arguably more modern designs with the likes of Kate "Garfunkel & Oates" Micucci providing voices, and this interpretation of the dog seems to be sculpted to match the original classic design with the proportions - specifically, the larger head - of the new one. Scoob has no points of articulation, but a sharp sculpt and pretty fantastic paint given that this piece's sole purpose is to give kids something to lose in the car while eating their food. Also in the car. (Sonic rarely features dine-in facilities, as it employs the retro carhop model.)
The dog is brown with black spots, sculpted smoothly with a crooked smiles and bright, wide eyes. His ears are a little goofy as per usual, and his muzzle is huge. I mean, disturblingly huge. They did a nice job getting that grin just right, and his body proportions are true to how he looks in your imagination. Other than a couple of screw holes to hold him together, the figure is free of blemishes. A small but strong spring in the head allows for limited bobbling and wobbling, which makes me almost wish they included an adhesive pad for the bottom so you could slap it to your dashboard. But then again, this was made for children.
As a fast food premium, this one meets or exceeds the requirements for an adequate licensed collectible. He's got the "SD" tag, he's got the ears, and his grin is appropriately dopey. The rise of bobble heads over the past decade seems to have slowed a bit, so it is reasonable to see them appear in places beyond collectible stores and "bobble head night" at a sporting event of your choosing. If you have the means and luck into one, you'll probably dig this Scooby-Doo toy.
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