HIDING SCOOBY-DOO & FUNLAND ROBOT
“Why is Scooby-Doo hiding in a trash can? Because everything in the theme park is mysteriously running by itself! But that’s not all that sends Scooby running—a mysterious robot is chasing him!”
I don’t have a huge collection of Scooby-Doo figures (though it’s actually increased by 400% in the last two years, if you’re keeping track). For the longest time, my entire collection was made up of two figures. One of them was Fred, my favorite member of the Scooby Gang. The other was Charlie, the Funland Robot, by far my favorite “monster” (though it’s a loose use of the term). I know, what a shock; Ethan likes the robot. Crazy.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pair is one of three two-packs in the 2018 assortment of the Imaginext Scooby-Doo! line. Each two-pack is one member of the gang and one monster. This one’s a solid pairing, giving us the Funland Robot alongside a hiding Scooby-Doo seen in the Funland Robot’s episode “Foul Play in Funland.” (okay, technically Scooby’s hiding in a barrel, not a trash can, in that episode, but it’s close enough).
Admittedly, this Scooby variant is less of a figure in its own right and more a glorified accessory to the other figure. But, it’s billed as a separate figure on the package, so I’ll count it the way they want me to. I’m nice like that. The figure stands just shy of 3 1/2 inches tall. He’s got no actual articulation, but he does have a spring-loaded action feature that pops his head and feet out of the trash can. It’s pretty nifty, I suppose. Scooby’s sculpt is unique, rather unsurprisingly. The trash can is basic in details, but has a few more in-depth areas of dents and dings. The button that activates the action feature is rather obvious, but it’s small enough not to ruin the whole effect. The lid and top of the can are slightly bent, so that when the head is fully retracted, you can still see Scooby’s eyes peering through. The actual Scooby parts are fairly standard, rather un-stylized for the line, truth be told. He lines up pretty well with the standard Scooby figure I looked at earlier this year. Paint is largely minimal on this particular figure; it’s just on the eyes and nose. Everything else is just done up in the proper colors. The grey on the trash can is a little bland, but it’s not terrible.
The main star here is definitely this guy. The Funland Robot’s a distinctive looking character from the show, who’s sadly lacking in toys when you really get down to it. The figure stands 2 3/4 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation. His movement is the same basic set-up as the other Imaginext figures I’ve looked at. It’s pretty solid for the size and style. His sculpt is unique to him, and it does a good job of capturing his in-show design and translating it into the style of the toyline. He’s a design that certainly works quite well in this particular style, and I appreciate the small touches, such as the small wrinkles at the base of his pants legs. Like Scooby, the Funland Robot’s paint is fairly minimal. The majority of the colors are molded plastic, and tend to work pretty well. Like the older figure I looked at, his torso is a pink color, rather than the indigo shade from the show. I’d say it’s a licensing thing. The actual paint on the face is pretty clean, and captures the character’s likeness, with a fun bit of stylization thrown in for good measure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My Imaginext purchases are rather sparse. My Scooby-Doo purchases are also pretty sparse. So, how did I come upon this set? Well, I’ve been frequenting my closest TRU on a rather frequent basis, keeping an eye out for all the new stuff coming in from the warehouses. My TRU has become a bit of a war zone, if I’m honest, with stuff just strewn all over the place. I found this set sitting in the Marvel aisle of all places. I didn’t know it existed, but I couldn’t bring myself to turn down a Funland Robot figure.