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Online Exclusive: 1:25 "Scooby-Doo" Mystery Machine from Polar Lights

Bravo to Round 2 for reissuing this fantastic, fun kit that is poised to sell into both youth and an older nostalgia market.
Published: January 14, 2010
Product: Inside the attractive box is a large one-piece body whose shape intricacies serve as tribute to modern molding techniques.

The body and other external components are molded in turquoise while the interior is brown and tires are black. A chrome-plated sprue features the bumpers and head and taillight bezels.

Two metal axles, pre-painted figures of Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, and a sheet of glow-in-the-dark stickers round out the contents. The latter is OK, but I wish Polar Lights had included a set of waterslide decals for the serious modeler.

Assembly: Everything about the design and part breakdown as well as the snap-fit construction mean this kit would be easy for a youngster to put the Mystery Machine together and be acting out their own wacky adventures in under an hour. All they'll need is a knife, sprue cutter or nail clipper, and possibly a file or emery board.

"Serious" modelers can take more time. I painted everything before assembling the Mystery Machine. While everything went together well, recommend customers to use a dab of super glue to secure the headlight lens.

The stickers are stiff and don't conform to the Mystery Machine's complex curves very well, tending to peel up around the edges.

Marketing: It would be a mistake to underestimate the sales potential of this kit. Scooby-Doo has seen a resurgence in recent years, with two movies, a new cartoon and many new fans - most of them children. This kit is perfect for kids, with robust parts, a good play factor and a fun subject. It is this sort of product that can get kids interested in modeling. Think about where you can display the kit so that it is in a position to attract a youngster's attention besides in the model car isle. Maybe you have other Scooby-Doo or cartoon related products where it might fit in.

For those customers who, like me, grew up with the original "Scooby-Doo," and might want to put a little more time into finishing the kit, recommend using Tamiya semi-gloss black for the inside of the body, the interior, dash and chassis. A spray can of Tamiya coral blue is a nearly perfect match for the body.

For the wheels, Daytona yellow works well, as does sublime green for the spare-tire cover; both colors are from the Model Master custom lacquer system. I used Chevy engine red to pick out the flower pattern in the wheels.

I finished it all off by painting the roof rack silver, the seat leather brown, the taillights Tamiya clear red, and the parking lights Tamiya clear orange.

Despite some trouble with the stickers, the finished model looks like the Mystery Machine and customers will have a blast building it.

Reviewed by Aaron Skinner

VITAL STATS
Product: 1:25 "Scooby-Doo" Mystery Machine
Maker: Polar Lights/Round 2
Stock No.: POL814
MSRP: $19.99
Availability: Contact your favorite model distributor or Round 2

BOTTOM LINE
  • Easy snap-fit construction

  • Pre-painted Scooby-Doo and Shaggy figures

  • Only stickers provided for the markings (but they do glow in the dark!)