Sonic Mania Adventures was one of the biggest surprises to come from Sega recently and the response to it was even more incredible. The series of shorts delighted fans and critics alike. Continue reading New Sonic Animated Series Confirmed!
Despite frequent delays, it looks like more Sonic figures will be joining the Totaku toy line.
Listings have appeared at both Gamestop and the official Totaku website which shows both Tails and Knuckles joining the figure line.
According to the listings, their release date is October 2018.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that we’ll get our paws on these as soon as possible.
I have a confession.
Aside from the first few seconds of the last time it appeared in a mega-collection type game, I have never played Sonic Chaos. So if during this article I say something a little daft which was in the original game, that’s why.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on Sonic Chaos, the 16bit fan remake.
The fan remake of Sonic Chaos is one of the greatest experiences I’ve had, go download the demo now and enjoy the best
2DSonic gameplay ever if we pretend Mania & Sonic 3 never came out!
There you go end of the article! Bye!
There is no stopping Funko, POPs, T-Shirts, Key-Chains, more POPs, Funko is on a quest to fill your room with all manner of quirky Sonic items.
Funko are to launch a line of PEZ dispensers based on some of their more popular licenses and you guessed it, Sonic is in the line.
If you don’t know what a PEZ dispenser is, they’re small plastic toys which dispense a small sweet that according to your mum will ruin your dinner if you eat too many.
No release details were given just yet, but watch this space as I can imagine here at the house of TSS we’ll be finding empty dispensers around the office for months.
The Totaku figure range came seemingly out of nowhere, what started with characters associated with Playstation games has slowly grown to include more third party franchises with other exclusive characters for specific systems promised in the future.
Shortly after their reveal, Think Geek began teasing that a Sonic figure would be joining the line, before it was eventually revealed at Toy Fair 2018 and had an estimated release date of around the middle of the year.
But for fans who pre-ordered the figure, there has been a long wait and silence with regards to its release. The figure has undergone numerous delays and silence with regards to its status.
But it now looks like things are happening. Twitter user Juvi Luna noticed that the official Totaku website has now updated to say that the figure will now release in September and on closer inspection it also appears to have been re-designed slightly.
After many months of delays, and no word from stores or totaku themselves, the Sonic totaku finally has a tentative release month! It also should be noted that the quality of the figure has been upgraded, along with the skin and brown of the base being lightened. @sonicstadium pic.twitter.com/EG5ktIkygy
— Juvi Luna (@SpeedSpark2) August 18, 2018
Compare to the images shown at Toy Fair, there the figure does indeed seem a little different.
The paint job overall does indeed seem a bit brighter in tone and the base has also had a change in colour tone.
Fingers crossed for September 2018.
Sega Forever, the free to play service which offers classic Sega titles for free on mobile devices has updated today to include Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2.
Originally released back in May 2012 (6 years ago), Episode 2 was one the whole a much better received game than Episode 1, with boss battles being more original and varied, level design noticeably improved and the inclusion of Tails to allow for special co-op moves.
The Sega Forever version has made one significant change to the original release, Episode Metal is now available immediately, previously you had to purchase both Episodes 1 & 2.
Sonic 4 Episode 2: Is now available on Google Play & the Ios App Store.
This week has been a busy week for Mania discoveries, following on from the discovery of various cheat codes, modders have been busy finding new discoveries hidden within Mania’s code. Continue reading Modder Discovers ‘Vape Mode’ Music Cheat in Sonic Mania Plus
With the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie entering production, the first images from the set are beginning to emerge. Just Jared have posted images of James Marsden on the set of the Sonic Movie dressed as a police officer ‘Tom the Cop’.
Sonic Mania Plus continues to surprise players in many ways with small references and nods. But now fans have discovered that the game also includes cheat codes! Yes actual cheat codes, remember them? We used to have them before DLC became a thing.
A series of cheat codes have been discovered which work across all versions of the game, we’re unsure if you need the full plus DLC to get these to work or if they will work on a fully patched vanilla version of Sonic Mania, so give it a try anyway.
From what we understand, they do not work on Encore mode, and some codes only work for Sonic.
To enable the codes, you need to do the following.
Enter Mania Mode and go to ‘No Save’.
You now need to enter the code for the level select.
- PS4: Hold Square, Select No save.
- Xbox: Hold X, Select No save.
- Switch: Hold Y, Select No save.
You will now be at the level select.
Go to sound test and play the following sounds to enable the desired code.
- 3 3 3 1 9 7 9 0 8 1 1 – Changes all animals into Squirrels.
- 4 1 2 6 – All Emeralds
- 1 9 9 2 1 1 2 4 – Infinite Continues
- 2 0 1 8 0 6 2 3 – Force Encore Mode
- 1 9 8 9 0 5 0 1 – Unknown
- 2 0 1 7 0 8 1 5 – Super Sonic Flight in normal levels (Don’t need to be Super to trigger it).
- 9 0 0 1 – Max Control For Sonic (Dropdash, Super Peel Out, Insta-Shield)
- 0 0 0 0 6 2 1 4 – Disable Super Music
Some of these codes combine to make interesting effects, for example, if you enable Force Encore Mode and Max Control For Sonic, it’s possible to give the Super Peel Out move to Knuckles and other characters.
Try them yourself and see what happens.
Edit: The person who originally made this discovery has been revealed to be modder CodenameGamma. His Reddit thread details the discovery and includes a few additional details. You can also check out his YouTube channel which also contains a number of interesting finds and discoveries.
Disclaimer: The views in this piece may not reflect the views of TSS or other writers on the staff team. The intention of The Spin is to promote debate and discussion of an issue or something that’s happening in the fandom or the world of Sonic.
On October 17th 2017, Sega opened it’s own online shop which had many collectors of Sega merch screaming with delight, even prior to the opening to the opening of SonicMerchandise.Com, fans had been begging Sega to have a store which would be full of exclusive or hard to find merchandise.
Whilst Sonic Merchandise attempted to do this, the selection was quite poor and lacked exclusive items other than very cheaply made T-Shirts which many fans didn’t take to.
But as was shown several times, anytime the store got an item which previously fans would have had to import, such as the Good Smile Company Nendoroid, or the original Sonic Monopoly Game, the products would sell out very quickly.
It was clear that there was a demand for an easy to use, easy to access store. Especially for those in Europe who for years have struggled to get any Sonic or Sega merchandise outside of generic objects.
A year after Sonic Merchandise closed down, we finally got our wish, Sega opened such a store, fans finally had an outlet for exclusive and limited items, provided you lived in the Americas or Australia… There was and still is one rather large omission from the list of countries that the store will ship to… The second largest gaming market in the world… Europe.
When the store launched, fans in the EU were heartbroken to learn that the store would not ship to their homes. Not a single item on the store had a single country in the European Union as a place that the store was willing to ship to.
But hope wasn’t lost, because not even an hour after the store opened, Sega’s former licensing guy Alex Solverson stated this…
For many fans, this wasn’t too hard to believe, for the last few years, fans who fall under Sega Europes care have often joked and sometimes raged at how slow Sega was to announce plans for the EU, even on big game releases. Several Yakuza titles in recent years have taken 24 hours for Sega Europe to confirm it would see a release in Europe, amazingly Sonic Mania was another title which saw a slow confirmation.
If you go back further, some of the 3DS classic titles took months for confirmation, and don’t forget the days when Anarchy Reigns took months to release in the EU after it’s release in both the US and Japan, despite the fact it was fully localised!
For EU fans, this delay to buy from the store wasn’t too much of a surprise.
So how come 9 months on, we’re still waiting?
The Question Has Not Gone Away…
The Sega store has seen hundreds of items across a variety of Sega franchises be put up for sale in those 9 months, some of which have been exclusive and limited in number, fans living in the EU have watched with envy as these items have since sold out with no explanation as to why the EU was denied access to said items.
This delay to allow EU fans delivery has not gone unnoticed. If you go onto twitter and search for anything along the following lines “Sega Store EU” or “Sega Store UK”, you can find lots of people asking the same question and making the same wish.
Quite often, if a company is quiet enough, fans stop asking or making these requests… But in this instance, it hasn’t, months on people are still asking and if anything, more people are asking the question.
Some fans have even taken some very drastic measures, looking into hiring middle men just so they can order things.
This is an extremely expensive approach, as someone who has had to do this myself, often you can end up paying double or triple the price for an item by hiring a middle man service.
It’s not just limited to twitter either, even on the official Sonic Livestreams, every single time the licensing section begins, if you filter out all the jokes and “T For Toaster” comments, the number one question people have is regarding shipping from the Sega Store to the EU.
Even during the standard QA sessions, it’s one of the most requested things fans ask behind Unleashed for PC.
So if so many fans have been asking for so long, what has Sega’s response been to the EU fans?
Sega has been, completely silent on this, despite obvious fan demand and pleading for the store to provide shipping to the EU, Sega have yet to provide a date or even anything solid other than the following standard PR answers.
“We are looking into it.”
For 9 months, this has been the response, and for many, this response is wearing very thin, it’s typically the go to reply for companies these days who don’t want to answer, just see how Sony have handled that Fortnight account lock (NSFW) and you’ll see what I mean.
Now despite the go to response there has been hints from Sega of America that there should be shipping to the EU, and that blame for the delay rests with Sega Europe, Alex Solverson has stated on the official Sonic Livestream that Sega Europe is dealing with the issue of shipping to the EU.
This live-stream was on April 5th, 3 months ago. The line in question happens at around the 27min mark, Aaron has made similar comments as well.
Which makes the following even more baffling. Sega Europe often retweet news items from the Sonic the Hedgehog twitter account, on a few occasions they have re-tweeted tweets about items on the Sega store, despite the fact their own fanbase which they represent cannot order said items.
Yet when fans point this out, the re-tweet is either removed, or no comment is given.
Yet the Toaster Did Offer ‘Limited’ EU Shipping?
So that toaster, originally only for people in the Americas and Australia, the EU was given the cold shoulder.
During the last 2 weeks of the campaign to get 1000 orders for production, the Toaster was stuck at around 650, then suddenly a very limited number of EU countries were offered the chance to order.
Now for some EU fans, this news didn’t go down to well, on the Sonic the Hedgehog Collectors Group, a few fans in the EU were angry that their nation was excluded from the list of selected EU nations eligible to order, others felt that Sega were now using them to please the US Fans since at the time it looked like the toaster would not get enough orders to go into production.
But that said, there was a noticeable increase in orders by around 200 units in that first week, not bad for a limited olive branch which got very little publicity.
Yet despite this being a white goods electrical item, you still cannot order anything as simple as a poster if you live in Europe.
So Many Missed ‘Exclusives’
During the lifetime of the store, there have been some noticeable exclusive items, and even entire collections which have now sold out. EU fans have missed out on the following items.
- Tails 25th Anniversary Collection.
- Knuckles 25th Anniversary Collection.
- Sonic Mania Adventures Merchandise.
- The Sanic Collection (If that’s your thing).
- The Colourless Collection
- The Patchwork Collection
- Yakuza T-Shirt.
- Streets of Rage Collection
- Multiple Tomy Plushies.
- Plus many other one off items.
By my estimation, this is over $1000 worth of items which are now gone from the store which EU fans were never able to order.
This Is Going To Affect Other Fandoms…
I’ve mainly focused on Sonic, but here’s the thing, the Sega Store has other Sega franchises on it, and there’s even been exclusive ranges on there which have been really cool. Furthermore, Sega have hinted that there will be a Shenmue collection added when the Remasters come out… including a replica Ryo Hazuki Jacket (this was confirmed on a Sonic Livestream).
Yet just imagine the day when the Shenmue Dojo posts news about the merch collection, and Shenmue fans in the EU discover that they cannot order anything.
Team Sonic Racing is in development by a UK studio, it’s going to be a very strange experience when the inevitable merch line launches and they can’t even buy merch for their own game.
So Why Can’t EU Order?
Yeah? Whats going on?
Much smaller companies like Limited Run Games and Fangamer can offer worldwide shipping on their products without any problems, what’s the problem here?
Sega has been looking into this and denying the EU shipping for 9 months, even longer if you include the period before the store launched.
If the people looking into this are still coming up empty, maybe someone else needs to look into it? Because right now being an EU Sega fan isn’t much fun.
Two weeks ago, I was on vacation in the US and I met a friend of mine who is also a Sonic collector, he had kindly ordered some items from the store asked me ‘what the merch scene was like in the UK for Sonic these days?’
Well… Come back to my next instalment of ‘The Spin’ and I’ll tell you all about it!
Recently, there was a charity racing event in which several game studios took part, including Sumo Digital and Sega’s HARDlight studio. Each studio brought a special customised car, and HARDlight’s car was themed on Sonic Dash.
Well the event is over, and most (if not all) of the cars are now up for sale!
Yes, you can now own an official Sonic car!
Currently, the vehicle is at £360, which is a lot cheaper than some other pieces of Sonic merch! The vehicles are local pickup only, but all the money raised will go to Special Effect, so check out those bus times if you happen to put in the winning bid.
Sumo Digital are also selling their vehicle too, a Sumo Digital branded Subaru Impreza Turbo.
Remember how I wrote a month ago about what exactly do we do with all these epic promotional items? Well, now is your chance to save something quite epic and a genuine one off! The links to both auctions can be found at the end of this article. We wish Special Effect all the best with their auctions.
With the Sonic Movie now under Paramount’s control and development beginning very soon, more details regarding it’s casting are slowly leaking out.
Many fans have speculated for months as to if the cast would be the current voice actors, or would celebrities be put into the series iconic roles?
Well according to a sources at Deadline, we might have an indication as to the answer of that, it seems that the role of Eggman for the Sonic Movie has yet to be cast, however, one name in the negotiations for the role is Jim Carrey!
Yes you read that right, Jim Carrey, famous for his roles in Ace Ventura, The Mask and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is currently in talks to play Sonic’s nemesis in the Sonic Movie.
We’ll update this with more information as we get it.
UPDATE: Hollywood Reporter Writer Borys Kit is claiming that Carrey will be a live action actor and not a CG/Voice Role.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) June 29, 2018
From June 21st, something is going to happen, something which will change the Sonic community forever.
Sonic the Hedgehog curry will be released!
A Japan exclusive item from Geek Life, because lets be honest there is absolutely no way this will come to the west! The curry is due for release on June 21st and will be delicious I imagine.
Costing a cool 500Yen, you will soon be able to dine in quick and affordable convenience using the power of Microwave radiation.
If we manage to get some of this here at TSS, we will cook it, we will eat it and we will let you all know exactly what it tastes like.
The comments are there for all the jokes and puns you can dream of.
Product was purchased by the author.
Growing up in the 90’s, I can remember seeing adverts for a very unique toy, Stretch Armstrong, he was a super hero who in the adverts would stop crime by using his powers to stretch, bit like Mr Fantastic from The Fantastic Four, only he later got a Dog and then a dedicated villain.
He’s still around too, go into ant decent toy shop and you can probably find both him and his dog.
In recent years, the Stretch Armstrong brand has branched out, you can now get a stretchy Batman, Scooby Doo and even George Lizzy and Ralph from the original Rampage video game.
So imagine my surprise when out of nowhere a Sonic Stretch Armstrong suddenly pops up. Without any announcement, shops in the UK suddenly have a Sonic stretch toy.
I’ve never fully understood why these toys are so popular, it just seems strange to me, what do you actually do with one of these? You pull his arms and legs and well… that’s about it, they can’t stand on their own, you can’t really play with them using other action figures, it’s just it’s own thing which has a party trick.
But it looked really nice in the box, so I brought him home and decided to have a play with it for a while.
The initial presentation is really nice, whilst it’s using the old style guide, it’s finally dropped that awful ‘collectors edition’ logo which they used to put on £5 pants from Primak and everything else.
Otherwise, it’s the usual things, stock art of Sonic, images of happy children trying to rip his limbs off, everything you’d expect from a toy like this.
But there is one huge flaw with the packaging that’s going to make some collectors out there ask the question ‘should I get two?’ Basically, you have to destroy the packaging to get at the toy.
It’s quite misleading as the cardboard at the bottom of the packaging appears to open up so the toy can slide out, but it doesn’t so you have to destroy the box to get the figure out.
So I made the decision to destroy the packaging and get at my Stretch Sonic figure.
If you have never owned a Stretch Armstrong figure before, the figure feels strange. It’s a bit like a slimy stress ball. As you touch and hold it, you can feel it slowly changing shape in your hand, it’s a very strange experience.
The design of the figure is really good! They’re really tried to capture every detail, from his eyes to the buckle on the shoes, nothing is missing.
There are however a lot of paint errors, but since the material is a form of rubber, there is no way it will ever be flawless, it will be virtually impossible to find one that is.
Stretch Sonic also feels very durable, you can throw it around and give it a lot of abuse and it’ll remain intact. It also does exactly what it promises on the box, it returns to it’s original shape, in fact it does it so quickly I wasn’t able to capture any good photos of the figure after I’d mutilated it, it just returns to it’s original form too quickly.
In terms of how well you can stretch the figure, Sonic has a few extra tricks compared to a standard Stretch Armstrong. Whilst you can stretch his arms and legs, you can also stretch his individual spikes! This was a really nice surprise when I tried it, you can make him look like all the bad early 3D Sonic renders from the late 90’s if you try!
The only problem I have with the ability to stretch him is that, the manual states his limbs can stretch up-to 40cm… but I was too afraid to stretch him beyond 10cm. I just couldn’t see how it could possibly go any further without snapping. It felt like it was at the absolute limit which doe limit the fun.
Another problem is that, you really need a second person to get the most fun out of this, it’s just too hard to stretch multiple limbs on your own.
The figure is quite awesome, I was surprised at how much fun I had when I started to play with it. There is something humorously curious about seeing how many different expressions you can give Sonic by pulling and stretching his face.
He can’t stand on his own accord, but he looks really nice if you sit him down and prop him up. He’s also a large chunky figure so he really will stand out even on a crowded shelf of merchandise.
The only big downside is that you have to destroy the box to get the figure out.
Kids will love it because there is a lot of fun to be had at trying to stretch and torture Sonic, adults will probably enjoy it because it’s a great stress ball toy.
If you’d like to see what it looks like to stretch, check out the video below at time index 8:55.
It seems that an embargo may have lifted! A number of websites have suddenly posted lots of details about the new Sonic Racing title including our first look at gameplay!
Shacknews also had this to say…
While Sega and Sumo Digital are aiming for 15 characters, 12 players will be allowed in each race. That’s four teams of three, with each team utilizing a Speed, Technique, and Power racer. Each of these racers have their own distinct stats, vehicles, and customization options. For this demo, we got to check out Team Sonic (Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles) and Team Dark (Shadow, Rouge, and Mega), each of whom showed different stats and exchanged different banter during the race.
The race itself feels like a straightforward arcade racer. The Shacknews team got to try out a piece of the Wisp Circuit, a single standard track of three laps each. The interesting aspect of this particular track is that it featured multiple paths, with the choice to go left, right, or center. Each path felt noticeably different, with some feeling longer and more straightforward, while another one offered classic Sonic loops. It’ll be interesting to see how other, more complex race tracks will encourage the use of the item-sharing mechanic.
Kotaku also posted additional details.
Team Sonic Racing is a 12-player kart racer where racers are split up into four teams. Where kart racers typically reward players for their personal performance and own finishing position, Team Sonic Racing gives each player on a team points based on their finishing position, then adds up those points for an overall team score. Simply put, you can’t win as an individual by just being the best racer; if the team doesn’t do well, then nobody does.
Team Sonic Racing gives players a number of tools to help out their fellow racers, none of which I have really seen employed in this sort of cooperative racing game before. If you pick up an item (called Wisps) while racing around the track, but are considerably further up the pack than your teammates, you can press a button to offer that item to your team. If one of your team members accepts and takes the item, it’ll warp over to them, allowing them to catch up more easily (and hopefully knock a few people off your own tail). If you’re the player falling behind, you can use that same button to request items from your team, and any players with an item available have the option to pass theirs over. By passing items between your team, hitting enemy racers with items, or pulling off collaborative racing moves like slipstream boosts, you can slowly build up a team energy meter too which, when full, can be activated to give every racer on your team a short but substantial speed boost.
We’ll update you with more details as we get them.
Source: Shacknews Kotaku
Famitsu have revealed new details regarding Sumo Digital’s upcoming Sonic racing title. Posted to their website, a very low quality teaser image of an upcoming article about the game clearly shows both Rouge and Omega as playable characters.
Also confirmed are three wisp types, Cube, Bomb and Eagle. The image also appears to show a few new ingame screenshots, but good luck getting any detail from this quality of the preview.
The issue is due for release later this month, we’ll bring you more details as they come in.
…And launches a thousand YouTube speculation videos and Sonic fansite articles!?”
Ever since the boxart leaked of TSR, fans have been pointing to a mysterious flying figure within the image.
Some say, he’s Big the Cat in disguise, whilst others claim he’s Paul Rudd infiltrating the game, for others he’s the announcer from the original ASR finally making his debut!
Well, we don’t know who he is yet, but we do now have a much clearer look at him. Steam launched a TSR page for the game along with a higher resolution image of the boxart, so lets take a closer look.
It’s…! A mysterious flying guy! He’s in a car and he has a hat! He can grow a great big fluffy moustache! He wears a robe, like a king, or emperor!
Who is he? We’ll let you know the moment we find out!
As the scheduled dates for the filming of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie approaches, the first bit of information about the film appears to have surfaced. ‘thatHashTagShow’, a site listing details on geek culture news, claim to already know the identity of a key actor in the film.
Paul Rudd, who made his name in the hit sitcom Friends and as Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is tipped by the site as “being eyed” for the lead role in the movie.
Its believed that Rudd will play the part of Tom, a cop who befriends Sonic to take down Eggman.
As always, TSS will keep you up-to-date on all Sonic movie news as it comes!
Disclaimer: The views in this piece may not reflect the views of TSS or other writers on the staff team. The intention of The Spin is to promote debate and discussion of an issue or something that’s happening in the fandom or the world of Sonic.
If you look at some of the most popular debates between fans in the last 12 months, you’ll likely see issues with 2D Vs 3D rear it’s ugly head, the talk of tone in games being bashed around like a tired old deflated leather football, the popular debates are sadly the most tired and dull.
But one subject which is barely getting decent discussion, other than the initial “OH MY GOD” social media reaction, can be illustrated by this picture.
By now, you probably know what this is. This is all that remains of a Sega World Sydney statue, a once popular theme park which was demolished around the turn of the 21st century.
It now sits in a scrap yard, outside, no protection from the elements, slowly decaying into nothing.
A number of high profile websites have reported on this find recently, IGN published a very good article on the subject which went into detail as to the problems surrounding the acquisition of the statue.
If you want a brief history of what’s happened so far this is it. Following on from Sega World Sydney’s closure, this statue has spent the best part of over a decade sat outside in a scrap yard, it has not had any maintenance and the current own has no desire to sell it or restore it in any way.
The best compromise is that he would trade it for “A 6 by 3 Castrol sign. Australian, not American. Or a bowser.” That’s the price for the statue. Don’t have that, don’t even ask.
Until that day, the statue will remain in it’s spot, slowly decaying.
Let’s pretend for a moment that the price is paid, and someone ‘rescues’ it and takes it home… what then? Looking at the state of the statue, there is very little that can be done, entire parts of it would need to be reconstructed, the material is probably so worn that even if you tried to paint it, it would decay even more.
It’s almost certainly doomed.
Somewhere in the mountains of Japan, rests a giant Sonic statue cheering motorists and hikers on their way. It has survived over 10 years in this spot, but like the Sega World Sydney statue, it’s showing signs of decay, paint is beginning to wear away, the nose has damage and it also looks like it has received sun damage too.
But it’s not hopeless… looking at the statue, it’s in far better condition and could very well easily be saved, well over 95% of it is intact, it would likely just need some support work and paint applied and it would be nearly as good as new.
Currently, the location of this statue has remained a secret, I know if it’s location and I offered in here to disclose this information with anyone who could prove they were in the area and able to document it with high quality photographs and video, bonus points if they can 3D model/photograph it.
I even contacted Sega themselves to ask if they would be interested in trying to either recover or document this statue… not one person got back to me.
So Sega by all accounts, do not appear to care.
This is a statue which is in a remote location, has no security, has no local community caring for it, has no long term protection from the elements. In it’s current state, this statue is also very likely doomed. So long as nobody steals it, or vandalises it, it’ll last for probably another 10 years, but it’s eventually going to fail and be gone forever.
So let me bring up the next part of the debate. Most people seem to agree that these statues, these giant promotional items need rescuing and protecting.
There’s just one issue.
“Say we ‘rescue’ a statue… What then?”
Let’s imagine the following happens, the scrap yard guy gives up the statue, a die hard fan takes it and makes efforts to restores it, manages to get it to a condition in which nothing more can be done….
Lets imagine that someone finds the statue in Japan… takes it LEGALLY and restores it.
What happens then?
Probably one of two things.
- It gets sold on.
- It gets put into storage.
Either one of those things means that they’ll likely never be seen again, certainly not as often as people would like to. Because really, what else can be done? They originally existed in public locations for people to look at, but the reason they’re in these predicaments is because their original intendeds failed or closed.
Are there gaming museums that would take them? Maybe, if they were in very good condition, even then, are gaming museums that would want these? How do we get them too them? They’re large bulky items, it won’t be cheap.
Even if you happened to find a city that wants them out on display, you have to then solve the problem of security and maintenance. Factors which are not cheap by any standards, and that’s if you can find a city that would want it, lets be fair, I doubt any would considering their current condition.
“All this is for two statues… What about the rest?”
These are by far from the only epic, big, giant statues or pieces of promotional history that exist. Many fans have the 6ft tall Sonic statues which were popular from between 2010-2015, some have these in their rooms, some have them in storage. I know some fans who have some of the old Sega Parks promotional statues, some fans have some of the epic one off promotional items in their collections.
And Sega themselves have some of these items.
… .. …. All of which are in varying condition.
Some of these things are as new… others have problems, many of the big 6ft statues now have broken noses or missing tails, some are just too large or difficult to keep fully intact.
For example, remember this?
This is now all that remains of it.
The bonnet, it’s currently sat in Sega of America’s lobby. But the rest of the design… who knows.
With this one, this isn’t too unusual, the car as a machine is kept for races, but the outer shell is constantly changed with new designs to reflect sponsors. But it we’ll never see this on the road or track again.
This car first appeared at the 25th Anniversary party in America, it then ended up at a random Honda show room… it then allegedly appeared at a global car event and now… it’s vanished. Nobody seems to know it’s fate.
Something tells me this won’t last, certainly not fully intact.
So these things we can say they’re a bit difficult to completely save… what about this?
That’s F1 racing legend Senna lifting a legendary piece of merchandise, The XXXVIII Sega European Grand Prix trophy. A one of a kind item.
Up until a month ago, it was believed to have been completely destroyed in an accident. Until this was posted.
McLaren themselves actually confirmed it still exists, reports of it’s destruction are not only wrong, but the trophy had some functionality, the arm moves up and down, something which nobody knew!
But… again, unless you happen to work for McLaren, chances are you’ll never ever see this. Chances are this will be the last photo of the trophy for potentially years to come.
Then there is the stuff which is being preserved, which is being looked after, but is locked away.
That little guy was in storage for a long time, he’s now on display in Sega of America, but the only way you’ll see him is if you are invited to the building.
And even if you’re invited into the building, there are the statues which have simply vanished altogether.
Back at E3 2016, you might have been lucky enough to see these.
I know that some people have medical conditions which mean they freak out anytime the words Sonic & Boom are placed together but…
It’s barely 3 years old… yet it’s gaming history that’s gone missing.
When it comes to statues going missing.
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) December 5, 2013
Size does not matter… missing since 2013.
Last seen guarding the master emerald… I mean Sega HQ.
This is something we need to be talking about a lot more than we currently are and ideally Sega should really be getting into this conversation as well, as should other gaming companies which splash out on their own epic displays.
When the game is released, when the hype train pulls into a new station, these epic promotional items tend to get discarded or locked away. They become at best the stuff of epic legend and memory.
And at worst… the realisation that not all owners share the love.
It’s not just a Sonic/Sega problem…
Think about any big gaming convention from the last 10 years, odds are you’ll recall seeing giant statues and promotional item.
At EGX 2017, I was able to sit atop a giant 20ft high dragon, I was held by a 40ft Rabbid Donkey Kong and I sat in a life sized tank from Dawn of Warhammer.
Skyrim, Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, Mario. Every one of these franchises have had huge epic displays… and most have just vanished once the convention ends.
Arguably the best thing to come from Aliens Colonial Marines… now gone forever.
The problem is, we can’t save everything…
If you collect Sonic merchandise, or collect anything and have a large collection of items, you’ll know there are two big problems which can in some cases end someones hobby for collecting
In this case, the 2nd factor is by far the biggest problem. Say Sega did decide to throw money at this problem and save all these items, the storage for all these items alone would have to be incredible. Especially if you actually want these items out in display condition.
There’s just sadly no way you can do it, the space requirements alone make this logistically impossible, even if money to both retrieve and restore these items was not an issue.
But what if, there was a compromise…
The problem, these large and rare items are too big and rare to gather together in one spot and put out on display for viewing. Some are also doomed due to natural decay and neglect.
What if we turned to a virtual environment to save us?
Could A Virtual Sega World Be The Answer?
Most of these items come from big indoor theme parks, arcades and trade events. They’re designed to be big eye catching displays, but their shelf life is limited. Once the game is released, it’s very hard to reuse said assets again.
So we can either take high quality photographs of the items, take video of the items, upload it, and hope that it doesn’t become lost media, and since a lot of these photos from this article were recovered from old flickr accounts that Sega don’t use anymore, even with modern solutions, they can very easily be lost.
We can however do something a bit different, alongside high quality photos and videos, we can now photograph or 3D scan an object using for use in a virtual 3D space.
Maybe the way we can both preserve and display these items, is to scan these using 3D photography, for the intention of creating a virtual theme park.
We can store all these items, for anyone to see, in a virtual Sega World.
Imagine it, any time there was a large display item made, or very rare one of a kind item, it can be scanned and uploaded to our park. Fans from all over the world could visit this park and see the item in the virtual space.
Just think, you could walk around a virtual indoor theme park, surrounded by all these amazing sights. Since some of these items have some functionality, such as the specially made cars, imagine if there was a way to not only 3D scan the cars into the theme park, but also allow you to drive them in a virtual space! That would be really cool!
Remember those Sega busses and the Sega train from the early 90’s, they’re never coming back, but in our theme park, you could take a ride on them. We can create these items to scale and not be worried about the real physical space because we have our park in the digital world.
Our park would also be a way to save the original products to, we would not need to have everything actually out on display, it can be broken down into parts for long term storage, they can then be retrieved for very special events and parties. But our park can have them out on display forever.
Why even limit it to just items for display? Sony was able to do create Playstation Home spaces of their own E3 booths and even Gamescom booths, despite the limitations of PS Home, it was very nice for someone on the other side of the world to be able to actually walk around these booths and see trailers for games, even get some items for their own home space.
Summer of Sonic… Sonic Boom events… E3 booths… It’s not like Sega doesn’t have events like that, our park could have rooms that allow you to visit these events, walk around a virtual Summer of Sonic, and come the end of the day we all rock out as we join in on an Escape From The City sing along.
This is a discussion that needs to happen soon, and someone needs to take ownership because as illustrated by the Sega World Sydney statue, the only thing worse than that, is complete destruction of these old items of history. We need a method of documenting them and preserving them in some way. But also in a manner which means we can visit these items if we want to.
Graphical displays and virtual environments will only improve over time and become more accessible. People are already games to try and re-make famous roller-coasters and long closed theme parks. People are now trying to re-create famous moments in history and famous iconic structures using VR, the idea of using VR to create lost history isn’t new, but when it comes to games, most VR projects are for unique entertainment, I wonder, could we use it to help preserve gaming history?
These are conversations we need to have, Sega also need to be in on them, they probably have most of these epic displays in storage, they probably also have the means to recover many of these seemingly abandoned statues and products.
But the time is running out, for Sonic & Sally, it’s probably too late… but those abandoned Sega Parks in Japan? There’s still time, for those fans who own some of these items, they’d probably want to help. There is still the time to do something, but we have to act now because if we do nothing, then eventually these things will either become lost due to misplacement, or lost due to neglect.
In the time it’s taken you to read this… somewhere in the mountains of Japan, a giant Sonic statue cheers on another biker and silently breathes a sigh of relief as he survives another day.
But unless a plan is devised to save him, the only thing we should save is a spot in that junkyard.
Over at this years Cinema Con, Paramount Pictures have revealed what appear to be placeholder logos for the new Sonic Movie.
Twitter user Caleb Williams was at Paramount’s presentation and managed the first photo of what appears to be a placeholder logo. Shortly after a second logo started to appear on various websites including our own forums but the exact source of this hasn’t been identified yet.
We’re expecting more Sonic movie news to come this year so keep checking for more updates as we get them.
Out of respect for the developers, we will not be posting major details regarding the spoilers that have been discovered from this leak.
Following reports on our forums, it would appear that Sonic Mania Plus got accidentally leaked onto the Playstation Network just over an hour ago.
It seems that someone accidentally put an update file onto the public side of the network and if you were using your PS4 at the time, had Mania installed on your system and had automatic updates turned on, the console downloaded what appears to be a new ‘test build’ of the game which includes a large portion of the Mania Plus update.
We’re going to keep the big spoilers out of this update, but reports indicate that there have been significant changes; such as the level design as well as some new transitions between the levels.
Other changes noted are quite major and from last time a lot of you requested that we don’t include spoilers unless they are very clearly marked… So if you are curious to see them, check out the topic on our forums, the spoilers start instantly when you click the link, so this is your last chance to turn back.
Sega’s Japanese fan event Sega Fes is set to begin this weekend and out of nowhere the US and EU Sega twitter accounts just tweeted the following.
We have a HUGE announcement coming live from SEGA FES in the heart of Tokyo tomorrow. It will be in the early hours for those of you in Europe but you DO NOT want to miss it! Watch this space! pic.twitter.com/J5iw5wPFoJ
— SEGA Europe (@SEGA_Europe) April 13, 2018
Whilst this could be anything Sega related, we here at TSS have noticed a number of Japanese Social Media accounts have also been tweeting hints at Sonic themed announcements for various consumer goods all day.
This does not outright confirm that the announcement is specifically for a Sonic related item, but it does certainly suggest it might be or that Sega Fes will have a number of Sonic related announcements at the event. Furthermore, for both Sega of America and Sega Europe to tweet about this, it would have to be something major that affects the global Sega Brand. Which would suggest it’s either Sonic or Yakuza.
We’ll update this with details of said announcement and live-stream links as we get them.
LiveStream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eS77uJ4SFY
After 5 months of waiting, Sega have finally opened an online store for the EU. However unlike the US store the items on the EU side are very different compared to the US counterparts.
Every single item is a customised product.
Going under the title ‘Sega By Me’ EU shoppers have the chance to purchase notebooks and mugs with the phrase ‘customise here’ written on them. So you can write your own message and have it printed on the notebook cover or the mug to personalise the item.
Whilst some people might enjoy this, some collectors might be disappointed to discover that there appears at this time to be no Sonic Mania Adventures merchandise, none of the exclusive 25th Anniversary Tails merch is on the site, in fact, nothing that’s on the current Sega Store is on here, it’s completely customised products.
We’ll let you know if this changes or if there are any developments.
At the end of 2015, twitter user and bike enthusiast 250moriyuki wanted to test out his new bike around some of the more remote parts of Japan, on his journey he documented the trip and posted a number of images showcasing the sights on his adventures.
Including the following…
One of three images showing a giant Sonic statue, standing on what appears to be a snowboard held in place against two trees.
Only a handful of Sonic fans had seen this, at the time only a single blog entry showing a low quality image of it existed online which again didn’t give an exact location.
Given the lack of information and the significance of the find, many users on our forums including myself attempted to find the statue. We knew that it was in the Mie Prefecture and on the day moriyuki posted his original images, he mentioned the Soni Village, so we knew the rough area it was in.
However, despite efforts to pin point the location, that region is huge, with hundreds of roads, it was going to take a long time to find searching manually.
Since then, other images of the statue have surface, but again, no location posted.
— ちかる? (@ztue6) August 14, 2016
Since August 2016, the trail had gone cold. Until last night…
SSMB user BxB-Meister posted a single image from what appears to be a google street view search showing the statue! Following a conversation with BxB, he agreed to give me the exact address of the statue on one condition.
That condition is to keep the exact location a secret for now.
The reason being is that the statue is in a very remote location and people are worried that once the location is fully revealed, the statue’s days are numbered, there is a risk of vandalism or even theft.
Until someone can go out there, and document this statue with the intention of taking high quality photographs and even video, it’s exact location should be kept secret.
Now that said, I will gladly give out the location of the statue if someone is able to go out there and document it. So here is the only hint as to where it is.
By car, it’s between 15-30min away from the Kindai University Technical College located in Nabari. So if you are capable of getting to that location, it should be very easy (even by foot) to get to the statue.
If you do happen to live in Japan can get to this area and are willing to go on an adventure, contact me via the SSMB forums and I will give you the address if you be worthy! Yup, I’m treating this exactly like a quest, because let’s be honest! This is as close to an RPG quest as we’re going to get!
So until the day comes where someone fully documents this statue, let’s hope it has many years ahead of it as it cheers on riders and other adventures!
Although, as one mystery ends, the other remains.
Just why is this statue there?
As the fan base wait for the imminent release of Sonic Mania Adventures, the newest cartoon incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog, it appears that another cartoon, pitched some 10 years ago, never saw the light of day.
According to a LinkedIn profile for TV writer Grant Moran (whose credits include Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman), a new Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon was in the works between the months of May and October 2007, some 3 years after Sonic X concluded.
We contacted Mr Moran, who was kind enough to provide a few more details about the TV series which ultimately failed to get green-lit. Simply entitled ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, it was initially commissioned by Sega through entertainment company Phuuz Entertainment.
Although no further details could be provided, we thank Mr Moran for confirming this was indeed a TV series project, and will bring you any further updates to this story as they come to light.
Well this is a surprise! You might remember how Sega released a classics collection many years ago on the PS3 and Xbox 360? Well it looks like they’re doing it again.
Depending on your region, Sega Mega Drive Classics or Sega Genesis Classics is a collection of 50 16bit era titles which will be making their way to current gen systems, according to the Sega Europe community manager, they are as follows.
- Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
- Alien Soldier
- Alien Storm
- Altered Beast
- Beyond Oasis
- Bio-Hazard Battle
- Bonanza Bros.
- Columns III: Revenge of Columns
- Comix Zone
- Crack Down
- Decap Attack
- Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
- Dynamite Headdy
- ESWAT: City Under Siege
- Fatal Labyrinth
- Gain Ground
- Galaxy Force II
- Golden Axe
- Golden Axe II
- Golden Axe III
- Gunstar Heroes
- Kid Chameleon
- Light Crusader
- Phantasy Star II
- Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
- Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
- Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
- Shining Force
- Shining Force II
- Shining in the Darkness
- Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
- Sonic 3D Blast
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Space Harrier II
- Streets of Rage
- Streets of Rage 2
- Streets of Rage 3
- Super Thunder Blade
- Sword of Vermilion
- The Revenge of Shinobi
- ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
- ToeJam& Earl
- VectorMan 2
- Virtua Fighter 2
- Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
- Wonder Boy in Monster World
A bunch of enhancements and extra features have also been promised, including online and local multiplayer mode. Rewind mode, a 3D room user interface, various themed boarders for playing in their original resolution and horizontal flip mode.
Sega Mega Drive Classics launches on May 29th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Update: According to retailer shop to, a physical version of the game is available, it comes with a free poster and has an RRP of £30
Rumours of a new Sonic racer being in development have been rife since the end of January, with SXSW just over the horizon, many fans have speculated as to if this would be the place for an announcement.
Well according to comicbook.com, a new Sonic game will be announced at this event!
CB.com managed to interview Ivo Gerscovich who is the chief brand officer for Sonic in America and in the same article they said the following.
And this year is looking to be just as fast for him, with the announcement of a live action/CGI movie coming next year and a new game set to be announced next month during SXSW Gaming.
Now in the interview, Ivo is not directly quoted as confirming a game announcement at SXSW, however he did have this to say about the movie…
The film-makers have a very unique and exciting vision in mind for the story, and we can’t wait to see how this blend of CGI/live action comes to life on the big screen!
We’ll keep you updated with more information as we get it.
About a year ago, we brought you news that Sega was experimenting with Sonic in Virtual Reality and were looking to create a VR themed roller coaster.
Well it seems that experiments with Sonic and VR were not just limited to theme park attractions. Based on files found in the PC version of Sonic Forces, it looks like there was a VR mode/demo in the game.
This is all that appears to be left over, so for those of you hoping for footage of this mode, we’ll just have to use our imaginations on that.
Also as an interesting side note, the game really was at one point entitled ‘Sonic 2017’.
Source: The Cutting Room Floor
Sonic the Comic, the UK fortnightly comic that ran from 1993 and continues in web form as Sonic the Comic – Online to this day turns 25 years old this year, and fans are planning a celebration of that milestone.
Sonic the Comic Online Editor Mike Corker is hoping to see the event come to life pending a successful Kickstarter campaign in the form of a day-long celebration of the comic and everything that made it memorable to fans 25 years after it’s creation. Fans will have the opportunity to meet special guests, including the fan artists who continue the comics legacy, with backer perks including a T-Shirt with artwork designed by Richard Elson to commemorate the event.
The event will be held on June 3rd 2018 at the FAB cafe in Manchester.
With a modest goal of £1000, the Kickstarter is currently at just under £400, with funds contributing to venue and equipment hire and special guest costs.
Following on from Zappies claiming that a new Sonic racer was on the way, now a second toy maker has also hinted that a Sonic racer is in development.
At the New York Toy Fair, Diamond Select Toys have revealed their new line of Sonic toys, during an interview with Pixel Dan, when talking about the Sonic toys, the toy fair rep said the following.
“There are some minifigures […] some come with diorama pieces you’re going to build a race track from the game…“
Whilst it’s possible that this is in relation to ASRT or a past racer game, it seems very unlikely that this is for a previous racing title since they’re several years old now. The fact it mentions racetrack suggests that it is in vehicles so it’s unlikely that these would be Sonic R related products.
The Sonic section begins at 8:32 and the ‘from the game’ line starts at around 9:00.
So what do you think? The rumours are certainly starting to add up now aren’t they?
Diamond Select Toys have been responsible for some very well done toy lines based on pre-existing licensed products such as Ghostbusters and Marvel. Well with New York Toy Fair just a few days away they have just announced that they will be making a new line of Sonic toys.
The first products will be on display at the International Toy Fair in New York City, with a focus on the core Sonic characters — the speedy hedgehog Sonic, the energetic Amy, Tails the two-tailed flying fox, Knuckles the powerful Echidna, Shadow the anti-hero hedgehog, Metal Sonic the evil robot hedgehog, and the mustachioed mastermind Dr. Eggman. Product categories include Gallery PVC dioramas, Minimates block figures, Vinimates vinyl figures and PVC mini-figures with collect-and-connect racetracks.
I’ll let you guys decide if you want to add that racetracks bit to the racer game rumour pile.
The company goes on to say
“It’s an honor and a challenge to develop products based a world with such a long history and distinctive style,” said Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “The Sonic Universe has so many possibilities that we are excited to explore – in our established categories, like Vinimates, Minimates and Gallery PVCs, but also the PVC mini-figure category, which we are diving into for the first time!”
So we have, diorama style figures, miniture block figures, mini figures and racer figures!
The toys are due for release around Christmas 2018, but they will apparently be on display at the New York Toy Fair which is next week.
We’ll update you as soon as we get more information.
Source: Diamond Select Toys
About a week ago we brought you news that a Sonic themed board game was in development. Well the Kickstarter for said board game is now live.
Sonic Battle Racers has two backing options at the time of writing.
- Pledge $10 (or more): No Reward.
- Pledge $100: The Base game + Kickstarter Exclusive Super Sonic playable Piece + Kickstarter Exclusive physical badnik pieces + any stretch goals.
The game itself is essentially a race, with players attempting to win against several other opponents whilst dodging badniks and other traps. Included in the game are several badnik pieces which will not be available at retail to accompany Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Eggman.
There are also promises of expansion packs to come at a later date but these are not included in the Kickstarter.
Blaze, Sticks and Shadow playable pieces are stretch goals, however only Blaze and Sticks are included in the $100 pledge, you have to purchase Shadow separately.
So what do you think? Going to back this game? Let us know in the comments.
During the London Toy Fair, Think Geek revealed a new line of video-game based figures entitled ‘Totaku’, along with a report that a Sonic figure would also be joining the line at a later date. Which was supported by a silhouette outline of Sonic on the Totaku website.
Well it appears that the figure was indeed at the London Toy Fair as toy blogger Idle Hands managed to snag a few cheeky photos of it.
We can now also reveal some details and clear up some misconceptions about this figure line.
- The figures are made by Think Geek, they are not made by Sony.
- They are not a Sony exclusive line, Sony characters are just wave 1, Microsoft and other IP’s are joining later in the series.
- The bases are connectable, meaning you can create your own diorama’s with multiple figures.
No release date has been confirmed yet, but keep checking TSS and we’ll post more details as and when we get them.
Source: Idle Hands
Over in Nuremberg, the annual Spielwarenmesse toy fair is underway and as usual the toy makers are showing off their new toys for release later this year. Well, one such toy maker has just added fuel to a fire which had been virtually extinguished earlier this week.
Zappies who were responsible for a number of All Stars Racing Transformed toys way back when the game was first release were at the convention and have allegedly told Spindash.de that there is a third Sonic racing game on the way!
Whilst there is no outright proof of such a game, what strongly supports it is that their booth is full of the original ASRT toys which went out of production years ago. They claim these are here as placeholders in a bid to give some retailers an idea as to what the new game and toys will look like.
This comes less than a week after a document from Sumo Digital was leaked which suggested a new ‘Kart Racer’ from a ‘Global IP’ was in development, and just days after Aaron Webber claimed that it wasn’t happening.
Keep checking TSS, hopefully we can get all this resolved very soon!
Despite reports that F4F were looking to cancel their Sonic line, it seems there might be one last gasp effort to bring life to it once more.
Based on the image, there are two design concepts being considered, however the poll also has options for ‘not interested in Metal Sonic’ which is currently the second most rated option!
Why did it take so long for people to notice? Might have something to do with the post going live on Christmas Day, when we’re all eating turkey and opening gifts.
Source: Facebook (need to be a member to vote and view).