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My daughter received the Scooby doo mansion play set for Christmas and she was over the moon at first. She had put this on her list the previous year but after looking at it at my friend's house I decided not to buy it. There didn't seem to be much to the house that would keep my daughter sitting playing for hours and I thought it was such a waste of £40.00. After asking for the house again this year I reluctantly put the house on her list and her nana bought her it from Smyth's toy store where you received a free glow in the dark Scooby character set when buying the house.
The appearance of the Scooby house does resemble a mansion with its purple colouring to the roof and the wall area and its bright lime glow in the dark windows and door. The decor on the outer side has pictures of bats and the inside is also decked out to give the feeling of a spooky mansion. The house is full of spooky little mysteries that consist of:
Removable stair case
Haunted suit of amour
Hand grabbing floor panel
Wall mounted mousse
Although the house has a good few tricks and treats they do seem to get repetitive and once the kids know they are coming, they no longer seem as fun anymore. I would have liked this house to have had more space to actually play with the characters and there isnt really much room if your child wants to create a living space for them. My daughter kept taking her characters and putting them in a different house where she was able to play with them properly with the furniture.
I am disappointed with this house as it doesn't feel like you get much for your money. The look of the mansion is great and the spooky traps are a good idea but the house is lacking in concentration. The house is very flimsy too and if it's not the top compartment falling off it's the top section that has to be repeatedly pushed back on to the base. My daughter has only used this house a few times and already the hanging ghost has came off and the floor compartment on the base is coming away.
I wouldn't recommend this house as for £40.00 the quality isn't that good and it gets boring very quickly. This house is suitable for ages 4+.
My daughter went through a massive Scooby Doo phase. She absolutely loved him and luckily still does otherwise all the money spent on toys of him would have gone down the drain! She wanted a little playset and we came across this Mystery Mansion playset which was made by Character Options - the same company which is responsible for the Peppa Pig playsets.
The Mystery Mansion is basically just that - a spooky looking mansion for the Gang to investigate and explore for ghosts. The Mystery Mansion consists of two floors, a moveable staircase, a hanging chandelier, a cupboard which is on the stairs that opens, a moving knight, sofa, boot which flicks the sofa forwards, a trap door, another trap door which pops open to reveal a creepy hand and a couple of other bits and pieces.
This toy costs £39.99 from Argos. I have never seen it any cheaper anywhere else and even a year after having purchased it for my daughter I have never seen it cheaper. I actually haven't even seen it go into a sale! There is now a different version to this playset which is the pirate's fort and that is £29.99.
I found this toy to be made of a very flimsy plastic and for £39.99 not at all well made in any way, shape or form. when you get it out of the box, you have to put it together by connecting the top level to the bottom, attaching the porch and all the little accessories inside.
Once together, you find that the pieces do not actually hold very well together at all, bits fall off of it consistantly, the trap door constantly falls off despite it already being fitted. The porch regularly falls apart no matter how hard you push the bits into each hole to hold. Now when transporting the mansion you have to make sure that you hold it from the bottom. If you hold it from the top the whole thing just falls apart. The top connects to the bottom half with little clips that hold in little slots. These do not hold well at all and the first time we moved this around for our daughter, we didn't realise and the bottom fell to the floor. Luckily it didn't break but pieces fell out and it all had to be put back together again.
My daughter does play with the Mystery Mansion a good bit but it in noway relishes the £40 it costs. It is not that well made and just too flimsy. My daughter has had it a year and after closing the mansion after using it a little bit too hard, the roof part cracked down the middle. Although we have glued it back together I do think had the plastic not been so stupidly flimsy that it is bendy it would never have cracked.
You will also need to purchase the set of smaller figures (Mystery Mates) to fit in the the playset and to use with it.
I think this playset is only worth about half the price and if you have a Scooby fan at home and you can find it cheap then buy it but do not spend £40 on this. I totally regret the amount we spent on it.
My daughter aged 5, was a big fan of Scooby Doo when I bought this Mystery Mansion Playset for her just after Christmas last year. She already had all the plastic characters from the show, which is fortunate because the playset doesn't come with any figures at all.
I paid £40 for the set from Argos, and I've never seen it any cheaper anywhere else.
The set consists of a large mansion house that folds away for easy storage, some parts have to be put together and this is where you see that the quality of the playset is very poor. The plastic is is made from is very cheap and although you clip some pieces into place they just seem to fall off again.
There is a bit that goes on the top with spiders web in it, that also falls off all the time.
The house does have some good features that could make it good to play with - the moving mooses head and the knight etc, but it is spoiled by the fact that is is very badly made using cheap materials, which means for the price of £40 is very poor value, and frustrating for children when it keeps coming apart all the time.
I have since sold mine on ebay for around £12 which I think is all its probably worth, and my daughter only asked where is was once, and wasn't at all bothered when I told her!!
I would not recommend buying this product.
I purchased the Scooby Doo mansion for my girls christmas 08. It is a play mansion that is a good size, has many hidden features, including trapdoors, spider and wed, revolving bookcase and other little quirks. It does not come with figures and it can be hard to find a set of them that will fit comfortably inside the house.
My kids absolutely love it, but unfortunately I can only give it a three star rating. It is incredibly flimsy, I seem to spend an age putting it all back together again. The card wall decoration stuck on the outside is starting to come away and the hinge in the middle that holds the two sides together. The little extra features are either quite stiff or detatch far too easily. It is not the easiest to reassemble, so is not really suited to young children, more those that are able to play without taking it to pieces.
I dont believe its worth its retail price of £39.99, if it wasnt so fragile then that price would be suitable. £29.99 is more reasonable in my opinion.
my son wanted the scooby doo mansion for xmas, i paid £40 for it and was happy untill i took it out of the box on christmas day and tried to assemble it, it was pretty stright forward but the quality of the plastic was very flimsy and as soon as my son played with it everything started falling apart!! so he got fed up and hasnt looked at it since! complete waste of money!
My sons are big Scooby Doo fans so last Christmas this was a must as a present.
What the toy is:-
A Scooby Doo haunted mansion with two floors, a cupboard under the stairs that opens, a swinging light, a moving knight in armour, a moving chair, a trap door and a few other bits that are fun to discover and imagine with. It doesn't come with any figures.
Putting it together:-
It was simple and straight forward to put together. The instructions were clear and well laid out.
The detail of the toy is great although the plastic is slightly on the flimsy side for such a big toy. We found that bits came apart rather too easily but were easy enough for little fingers to put it back together again.
Considering you're paying for the character I think we paid about £35 for it I think it's a fair price. Despite it's slightly flimsy appearance in handling it's stood the test of time and lots of playing with for 9 months.
This is where you really get value for money, this toy has been played and played and played with and still looks like new pretty much - I half expected the plastic to snap easily but it hasn't at all.
So overall a good buy.
My 6 year old son loves Scooby doo and wants everything to do with him from clothes to play sets. when I saw the Scooby doo mansion play set in the Argos book last christmas at half price I had to get it for him.
My son palyed with this for hours but wasn't very good quality and a couple of bits broke off after a fair few hours of play. I had to go out and buy the mystery machine as well as action figures as the house doesn't come with any so I was dissapointed with that, but on the other hand I got the mystery machine half price too.
If your child/children is well into scooby doo then I would say it is worth buying once you have brought other things to go with it, thier imagination can grow and they will be exploring and playing for hours.
My four year old daughter was mad for Scooby doo and anything and everything to do with him, as her fifth birthday approached she seemed to be getting into more girly toys with the list she had given us of things she wanted but when she saw the Scooby doo mansion play set in the Argos book she immediately went back to Scooby.
The play set was £40 in Argos but we actually got it on offer from Toys R us for £32.99, my daughter loves it and I have to admit that when I am forced into playing along with them it is a fun toy but it is not all that well made and will be very easy to break.
The main disappointment for me is that they call it a set yet it is really only a mansion because you do not get any of the action figures with the so called set. Once you add the figures to it though it is god fun with all the bits and pieces inside being moveable and designed to set up traps for Scooby and the gang, kids can let their imaginations run wild.
We have purchased the figures and the mystery machine to go with the mansion and both my daughter at 5 and my son at nearly 3 love playing with it but it is not the kind of toy you will be able to pass down when your kids outgrow it because it is not all that durable and will almost certainly be broken in a couple of years.
So if your kids love Scooby doo then they will love this mansion with all the things going on but don't expect too much from it.
My five year old son was very happy to spend his Birthday money on getting the Scooby-Doo Mystery Mansion for £40. He spent the remaining £20 on the figures.
He was very excited to get this home and after spending around 30 minutes removing the vast amount of packaging and then assembling, it was ready to be played with.
After only 5 minutes into the game the porch had come adrift, the chandelier had dropped off and killed the spider that had fallen from the "sticky" (not!!!!) spiders web, that was exposed after the attic roof had fallen off. The porch doors that are supposed to open with the press of a button, don't. Perhaps this is because the figures are slightly oversized and most wont fit through the door comfortably, and the dog is more like the size of a horse in comparison to the rest of the figures. Observations after 2 hours of careful play are as follows.
1. The very thin cardboard floor has lifted at one end (also very disappointed that most of the house roof is also made of cardboard).
2. The porch section moves away from the house.
3. The front doors do not open when pressing on the button on the step.
4. The trap door on the hall floor only opens half way.
5. The chandelier is constantly dropping off, (would not withstand pressing button on top to lower it).
6. The attic room roof keeps popping off.
7. The spiders web keeps coming loose.
8. The Stand underneath the house keeps popping off.
9. When opening the house the entire top comes away from the bottom of the house and is very difficult to put back together.
10. The figures will not sit on the sofa and I would say that they are too big for the house.
11. The ghost keeps falling off.
12. The interior space is not big enough.
13. Only one child at a time could play with it due to its size (or lack of it).
14. Flimsy construction and from a parents point of view a total waste of £40 (£60 or more if you include the figures)
As a parent you will need a lot of patience to keep putting the bits back together.
1. Very imaginative.
3. You will spend all day with your child assisting in reconstruction work instead of doing the housework.
4. To a child it is worth every penny.
Four year-old nephew has now moved into that phase of life whereby he is become fixated on certain things. Having exhausted Lightning McQueen, he has now decided that his hero is Scooby Doo and insists, therefore, on all things Doo-related. For a recent birthday, it was left to the benevolence of his favourite uncle (that's me) to purchase this season's most demanded Scooby product the Haunted Mansion play set.
At around £40, you can get the Haunted Mansion in most retailers. I got mine in Argos, but I've seen it in both Woolworths and Toys R Us as well. The adverts and pictures look infinitely cool (particularly to a four year-old) but the finished product is perhaps less exciting in the flesh, or should that be plastic.
The haunted mansion play set is essentially a plastic purple haunted house that is divided into two halves, hinged together so that you open the house out to actually play with it. The house is on two floors, with a selection of scary traps and surprises lying in wait for Scooby and the gang. It comes in an unfeasibly small cardboard box, and note that once you've got it out and put it together, you'll never get it back in again. The construct is almost entirely from plastic but the roof of the mansion is decorated in laminated cardboard with a tiled design on it, that's quite colourful and appropriately spooky.
Assembly is fairly straight-forward. The main mansion comes ready assembled, but there are various smaller pieces to fit into the inside sections and also a porch and tower that fits onto the outside. Assembly won't take long, but it can be a bit tricky. As the overall construct is fairly weak, it can be difficult to get the leverage you need to force some of the pieces into place, which is the only way to get the porch, for example, to fit. I really wouldn't let the kids do this job themselves. They'll almost certainly snap or break something in their vigour. For those of you with an environmental conscience, the packaging is also terribly wasteful, although it's mostly plain brown cardboard, so can at least be easily recycled.
Having completed the construction, my first reaction was that it wasn't terribly big. The advertisement had described it as "huge". I wasn't convinced. The limited depth of the mansion means that once opened, the floors are barely wide enough to house a single action figure or toy. The height of the mansion is such that the same principle applies to action figures standing up. The porch way on one side works quite well, because it means the mansion has real front doors, which enable access to the interior from either side. This is good, for example, when playing with the action figures, as your child can play in a 360 degree circle around the mansion, with a different aspect from every angle. Nonetheless, the set is not particularly big and needs to be placed where there's plenty of room so that imaginary play can spill out into the room.
Another very disappointing feature (or lack of it) is that the mansion doesn't come with any of the Scooby Doo action figures. The pictures on the box are therefore (deliberately) misleading as they feature certain members of the gang. Any child opening this as a gift would almost certainly be disappointed to discover that there was nothing to put in it inside the box. Fortunately, I'd already noticed this on the web site and I also purchased a scale-model Mystery Machine, a set of five "Baddie" action figures and a separate set of ten figures, including more baddies and all the Scooby gang. This added another £45 to the total cost of the present, however, which mean that the accessories actually cost me more than the actual play set did on its own. Zoikes!
The unimpressed observations don't really end there either. The mansion is designed with a number of "spooky" features to entertain and surprise the little 'uns. These include a chandelier that drops onto unsuspecting passers-by, a giant rubbery spider's web, a hidden door, a trap door with gruesome creature lurking within and a suit of armour complete with spectre lurking inside. I'd certainly recommend that you only purchase this set for a child with a very active imagination, as they're going to need it to make these things come to life. The traps and mechanisms are flimsy and unresponsive. The trap door, for example, tends to be very temperamental and requires real force to get it closed again. The suit of armour with skeleton inside is activated by a lever that drops its arms, and opens its helmet to reveal a spooky grinning face. But to out back into position you can either move the arms OR the helmet visor. They won't both go back into place together. The room under the stairs is ultimately wasted because you can't easily access it and there's also a chair that tips when you press a large plastic boot, but only if it's in the right mood.
I have to say that, for the money, I expected something a bit slicker than this. Given the fairly cheap plastic construct, I didnt expect technological advancements, but most of the "spooky surprises" aren't terribly effective and could do with a bit of a rethink. They would all almost certainly improve, simply by increasing the floor space of the mansion, because little hands would have more room to manoeuvre around the place. I wouldn't fault the imagination; there are easily around nine or ten little gimmicks. It's the final delivery that leaves a lot to be desired.
It's worth pointing out, however, that all this negative feedback is driven by a rather world-weary and cynical adult. In the eyes of a four year-old it's entirely different. My nephew thinks the whole kit is uber-cool and plays with it all the time. He loves the variety of things to touch and feel. It's all very tactile and instead of just bouncing figures around, he can do things with them. They can climb stairs; they can open trap doors; they can be killed instantly by a falling chandelier. In summary, he thinks it's great.
As a gift idea, for any child who's seriously into Scooby Doo, then this is probably a good move. It's recommended for four year-olds upwards, although there aren't really small pieces that would be a choking hazard. (The smallest piece is a haunted boot, which is actually fixed firmly to the floor). I guess the age suggestion is based more around the ability to actually work the thing than for reasons of safety. I would, however, strongly urge the need to buy the additional bits to go with it. As a set, complete with figures and Mystery Machine, it works well, but on its own, I think it would be a bit dull.
In summary, adults will think it's the biggest waste of £40 they've ever seen and four year-olds will think it's totally cool.
I guess some things never change.
Scooby Doo themed playset for children.