Best Scooby Doo Toys & Action Figures for Kids in 2018

If you grew up in the ’70s you more than likely experienced Daphne, Fred, Shaggy, Velma, and Scooby Doo being household names and seeming like part of your family. You probably remember picking a spot in front of your box TV every time you heard “Scooby Doo, where are you? We got some work to do now!” radiating from the speakers. This mystery-solving gang is one of the few cartoons that has been passed down from generation to generation. Since the show first aired in 1969, there have been several movies and spin-offs created and aired. So much so, that your children are probably enjoying solving mysteries with the iconic team and their fun-loving pup. This beloved series gives your child more than just cool storylines and silly plot twists. Watching the gang will teach your child the importance of teamwork. Each member of the team has a different personality but brings something important to the crew. With every episode, your child will learn to appreciate and respect others, especially if they are different from them. The show will stimulate their imaginations and cognitive development as they work to solve each episode’s mystery. We’ve created a list of the 10 best Scooby Doo themed toys that are sure to please your little fan. Get ready to feel a sense of nostalgia as you watch your child enjoy adventures with your favorite gang.

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With reruns, movies, sequels and spin-offs, Scooby-Doo and his mystery-solving pals have a new generation of fans. We have recently updated our list to include new products that appeal to a wide range of age groups and methods of play. In addition, all product information such as specifications, age ranges, cost and availability, were reviewed and made current where necessary.

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Scooby-Doo Toys & Action Figures for Kids

The Fun Factor

When we first set out to create this list, a top priority was that the toys were fun. It’s easy to just paint a figure with the likeness of a brand’s character. It’s much harder to create a toy that brings what kids love about a character to a new medium. What makes the Scooby-Doo shows exciting is the mystery and antics. Since the hijinks are tough to translate into a toy format, we searched for those that would allow a kid to make those storylines using their imagination. While each of the toys DOES look like Scooby, they truly accomplish this through the accessories. Each toy on this list that comes with accessories, all fit into the Scooby brand. None of them are generic enough that you’d find them in another toy. Each comes from the Scooby universe which makes them fun for young fans. You’ll notice that even the board games on this list have taken what is a specific format and added in solving the mystery of spooky monsters that we all know and love. This list includes the toys that accomplish that goal. Each of them brings the fun of Scooby from the TV to the playroom.

Imaginative Play

One of the best ways to build children’s brains is to encourage imaginative play. This can be done with open-ended toys, storytelling, role-playing, and other creative activities. Experts say when kids are playing pretend they are reenacting emotional and social situations. They use situations from their memories to create a new scenario. The benefits of that play are the same whether the child uses action figures or acts it out themselves. Speaking of action figures, you’ll notice that there are a couple of toys on this list that includes Scooby Doo action figures. Those types of toys are great catalysts for pretend play. Though they have a predetermined identity (i.e. Shaggy) kids can and will use them to act out the adventures of a whole different character. Though the specific figure’s appearance isn’t important, using those that are recognized from a show like Scooby-Doo is a great way to kick-start the play session. Some of the toys also include accessories that fit into past adventures. This is a fun way to remind kids of fun episodes from past shows while also inviting them to continue the story. As a parent, you can encourage this by starting a play session as a character or asking your child questions about Scooby and crew’s latest adventure. While they’re busy acting out the scenario, their imagination is hard at work.

Skill Building

We’ve discussed the criteria we used to make sure the Scooby-Doo toys chosen were fun and sparked imaginative play. Another benefit to play that we considered was that the toy’s use would build skills. Playing with the toys on this list helps build a variety of skills including; fine-motor, social skills, memory, and cognitive abilities like reasoning. Not every toy incorporates every single skill but we made an effort to include a good mixture of the skills in those that are represented on the list. As an example, the board games both help build fine-motor skills and cooperative play. Since they are played within a group they also help build social skills. The Scooby Doo figures help with fine-motor skills. Every toy we chose, even those for the youngest Scooby fans, help with motor skills. They were picked because they were fun enough to keep a child interested while they worked to improve coordination and build the skills that allow them to continue to play. Building those skills is only possible if the child is engaged in play so that was a top priority for us.

Safety

Our entire site is dedicated to inspiring play. We know that playing is crucial for a child’s development and search for ways to encourage that through our articles. We wouldn’t be representing the interests of parents and children without considering safety. Our goal was to choose toys that can truly be played with by the ages designated by the manufacturer. As parents, we know that what is listed on the outside of a toy box is not necessarily true for every child. During our search, we read through reviews from parents whose kids fit the official age of the toy. The experience of real-life kids is incredibly valuable when we pick which toys would be both fun and safe for kids. To make sure the toys are safe we also checked that every item on this list was researched for recalls, toxic materials, and applicable certifications. While parent supervision is still crucial, we wouldn’t ever want to suggest a toy that was unsafe.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does the Fright at the Fun Park game require batteries?

A: No it does not.

Q: Can the LEGO Mystery Plane Adventures Building Kit be built by a child independently?

A: The manufacturer guidelines say that it is suitable for kids ages 5 to 12. Although there are 128 pieces, it is a pretty easy build and can be done without a parent’s help. Even so, model-building is a great activity to do with your child.

Q: How can I tell which vehicles and figures are compatible?

A: It’s understandable that you’d want to purchase more than one of these great toys. If you look in each of the toy’s Amazon product listing you’ll notice the height of the figure is listed. You can use that height to determine which figures may also fit into vehicles you already own and vice versa.

Q: Are any of the monsters too scary for young children?

A: If your child has watched any of the Scooby cartoons they’ll know that monsters aren’t real. Still, we understand that some may think a zombie disguise is scary. Since you know your child best we suggest that you use your best discretion when buying toys.

Q: Is the the Monster Jam car motorized?

A: No it is not. Instead of being battery-powered it runs on a child’s imagination.

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