Scooby Scooby-Doo, where are you? You’ve got some work to do now! Who doesn’t remember that song from their childhood when you used to get involved in the adventures of four madcap kids and their dog who solved mysteries and battled monsters. I have been a fan of Scooby-Doo as long as I can remember and now my son is a big fan. Daphne, Fred, Velma, Shaggy and Scooby have not aged much over the years and are still facing monsters and unmasking criminals.
Recently we were sent a stretch Scooby-Doo to review, my son was delighted as he had seen the advert for them on TV and had been wanting one for some time.
It is not just any Stretch Scooby-Doo however, it is a glow in the dark stretch Scooby-Doo made by Character Options. It is aimed at children aged five and above. It took a bit of doing to get Scooby out of the packet. This seems to be standard with children’s toys these days, there is always a multitude of bands to undo and metal wires to untie, but once he was out we could see him in his full glory.
Scooby is quite large and easy to get a grip of. When you grab his arms and legs and stretch him he will stretch to three feet. The instruction book includes a ruler which shows you exactly how far he can stretch which is really useful. It is not advised to pull his head as this may come off, however it can be just pushed back on. The instruction leaflet includes care instructions, Scooby does not like extreme cold or heat or being poked with sharp objects, then again neither do I! It does say if he tears when being pulled then just stick a plaster on him and he will be as good as new.
My son was fascinated by this toy. He spent ages pulling him and going, “ooh look he goes back to shape” and “hmm I wonder what he’s made of”. We then had to indulge in stretching sessions where we pulled him apart by his arms, then his legs, then his arms and legs. Scooby stood up well to this torture and was still smiling. My son then discovered that if I was holding Scooby and sitting on my chair with wheels, when we tried to stretch him I ended up being wheeled across the floor. This resulted in fits of giggles and a number of repeat performances.
In the dark Scooby’s eyes and teeth glow which is rather a bizarre sight. They do glow very brightly as well and the glow seems to last for quite a while. The product is well made and a lot of fun, but it is not a toy that can be played with all the time. Ultimately it stretches and then goes back to shape, there are only so many times you can do this before it gets boring. Having said that my son has been playing with it for a short time every day since he got it, so I think it is a toy that will make a regular appearance.
You can get Stretch Scooby-Doo from most toy stores or online and the price seems to be around £20.
If you are a big fan of Scooby-Doo you will be pleased to know that he now has a facebook page. If you want to keep up to date with all the latest news about Scooby, including details of his new television shows and his latest products, video games, toys and books, this is the place to be.
The UK’s first OFFICIAL Scooby-Doo UK facebook page is now open for business, so if you’re a Scooby-Doo fan then this is the place to be! You can find his page here: http://www.facebook.com/ScoobyDooUK
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