Iconic German toy line Playmobil continues the licensing push it started in 2017 with Ghostbusters and How To Train Your Dragon with a small series of sets featuring Scooby-Doo and his gang of hard-edged mystery-solving teenagers. It’s my favorite toy version of the cartoon legends yet.
Harnessing the simple circle-eyed faces that have been gracing knights, fairies, construction workers, and other figures since the line began back in 1974, Playmobil taps into the same magic that makes Lego minifigures and Pop vinyls so popular. It’s a figure format where the characters are easily identified as who they are supposed to be, while maintaining a uniformity capable of tying together any number of pop culture properties.
Fred, Daphne, and Velma are unmistakably Fred, Daphne, and Velma. The neckerchief, the green scarf, that orange turtleneck—they capture the essence of these cartoon heroes. At the same time, they can be combined with any Playmobil set and not look out of place.