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I bought this not really knowing what it was. It had been reduced in price from about £10 to only £2, and for that price, I thought it would be a fun little present for someone and it wouldn't matter if it was not very popular. I actually imagined it might be the sort of thing to put in a Christmas stocking but when it came it was slightly bigger than expected and would have dominated a christmas stocking.
I decided to give it to my eldest son for his 7th birthday. Both my sons enjoy watching Scooby Doo. This was however, the first toy we have got in the theme.
In the box is a pull back and go friction vehicle, some green putty, and some plastic body parts for the kid to make a monster out of. The aim of the toy is to make a monster, then run it over with the mystery machine.
The mystery machine itself was the bit that was bigger than I expected. Dimensions are 22.6 x 14.4 x 11.8 cm. It is refreshing to get a toy that doesn't need batteries or play annoying music. The vehicle does not look as much like the mystery machine does for me, though my kids have never found this aspect disappointing.
The van does not hold as much appeal to my kids as the putty. It is a shiny plasticky looking putty. At first it is quite hard, but as it warms it can be stretched and moulded a lot more easily. Ours was a bright green colour. The limbs went into it easily and my kids had great fun squashing and remoulding it putting the limbs and face parts in different bits each time.
The only negative really is that this sticks to clothes and carpets quite easily. I managed to get it off both eventually but it was not easy. I tried scraping it off a black pair of school trousers. That didn't work, but it came off with some washing up liquid and carefully rubbing the fabric to lift it. On the carpet, I had to wait till it had gone rock hard and then pick it off.
I also would have preferred it if the putty came in a little tub to store it in as it is easier to use if not left exposed to air. I solved this though by just giving the kids a little plastic tub to put it in.
Overall, I don't think I would have paid £10 for it, but anything up to about £4-5 is ok for this toy. It isn't the sort of toy that can be played with for hours at a time, but it is the sort of thing that kids will like to fiddle with and they will have a lot of fun playing with it. For £2, I really did find a bargain and my son found it was one of his most enjoyable presents even though it was only a small thing that I thought of last minute to give him to make it look like he had more. It has led to more fun than I thought it would on first appearance.