In this month’s Sonic Talk, we talk about Shenmue and how sometimes nostalgia isn’t enough. More on Team Sonic Racing, our final thoughts on Sonic Mania Plus, the Sonic movie, GX’s distain for Funko Pops and much, much more!
Europian SEGA and Sonic merchandise collectors will be pleased to hear that they will soon be able to spend to their heart’s content at Europe’s very own SEGA Shop!
While details are sparse at the moment, a “Coming soon” teaser banner has appeared at the Numskull & Geekstore stand at this year’s EGX currently taking place at Birmingham’s NEC arena. The banner at the event indicates that the shop will be powered by official videogame merchandise producers Numskull, who have to date already created a whole host of cool SEGA and Sonic related merchandise.
We can’t wait to see what goodies are in store soon!
As always, keep up to date on all Sonic merchandise news with TSS!
Metal Sonic fans will pleased to hear that their favourite doppelgänger, celebrating his 25th anniversary this year, will be featured in this month’s Loot Gaming crate, which features the theme of “Metal” this month.
Toy News and Reviews has revealed an image of the classic design Metal Sonic figurine, complete with flying stand and Stardust Speedway base, that will make up part of this month’s box of video gaming goodies.
The Loot Gaming crate will be available to pre-order until September 27th 2018, which will also include items from the Doom, Spiderman and Metal Gear Solid franchises, and can be ordered on the Loot Gaming website for the sum of £28 (UK) or $28 + shipping (US).
As always, TSS will keep you up to date on all Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise news!
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.
The upcoming Tokyo Game Show not only features the best and most exciting upcoming video games, but also a ton of exclusive merchandise to sell and Sonic is no exception. Thanks to the Sonic Committee “R” account on Twitter, we now know that Sega will be bringing two different kinds of Sonic merch to the show. One will be based on the upcoming “Team Sonic Racing” game, including T-Shirts, keychains and phone covers. The other will be the same image of Sonic in front of some cherry blosssoms printed onto several different items including mugs, fans, T-Shirts and more.
The Tokyo Game show will be taking place September 19 to the 23rd at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Japan.
Video game and pop culture statue creators First4Figures have teamed up with GTN TOYZ to create the Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Vs Chopper Statue, with pre-orders opening this weekend.
Sonic Battle Racers, the successfully funded Kickstarter project by Shinobi7 saw more than 1000 fans back the action-packed board game, drawn by the impressive collection of figurines and pieces the set promises to include.
Unfortunately, those backers looking forward to receiving their copy of the game in October this month will be disappointed, as the latest update has announced that due to production issues the board game isn’t due to arrive in backer’s hands until early 2019.
While some will be sad to hear this, others will be pleased to see that Shinobi7 are taking advantage of the delay, and have made a major improvement to the Super Sonic piece (now in a pose based upon official artwork) that will be included exclusively with the Kickstarter-backed editions.
We at TSS look forward to playing and reviewing the game next year!
Source: Sonic Battle Racers Kickstarter
Two brand new Sonic the Hedgehog children’s titles (which we first reported on back in October last year) are now available for purchase!
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.
Wow!! Am I late with this one!! So Sorry about that. Check out our hands-on impressions of Team Sonic Racing, our discussion of Sonic Revolution, the end of Sonic Boom, The Sonic toys at Subway (which I have yet to find a Subway in my area that has them) and much, much more!!
If you’re thinking of travelling to Tokyo, Japan in September, then make sure you take time out to visit the Yokohama store of department outlet ‘TOKYU HANDS’. SEGA Japan has announced a special ‘SEGA Fair’ promotion with the commercial chain, where customers can bag themselves some cool Sonic-themed merchandise for a limited time. Continue reading Limited Edition ‘SEGA Fair’ Merchandise To Be Made Available in Japan Throughout September
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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.
Subway is now including Sonic toys with its Fresh Fit for Kids subs, just in time for Sonic’s birthday. The toys are simple, gear mechanisms like a zoetrope (a device that displayed simple animations before film existed). The Subway website displays each toy alongside one of their Fresh Fit subs, though it’s unclear if each toy is specific to each sub.
Check out the gallery below for images of the toys, taken from their website.
Wayô Records revealed on their Instagram page earlier today that they would be making a new set of 12” vinyl records featuring 19 tracks from Sonic Forces, including the game’s theme song, Fist Bump.
The vinyl is set to be made available for pre-order here on June 23 and will begin shipping to customers sometime in July. Check out the complete list of tracks, as well as a gallery showing off the record, below:
Side A 01. Fist Bump 02. Infinite 03. Fighting Onward - Space Port 04. Nowhere to Run - Prison Hall Side B 01. Justice - Park Avenue 02. Moonlight Battlefield - Aqua Road 03. Virtual Enemies - Capital City 04. Set in Motion - Guardian Rock 05. Fist Bump - SXSW ver. Side C 01. Sunset Heights 02. Ghost Town 03. Battle with Infinite - First Bout 04. Battle with Metal Sonic [US ver. Remix] 05. Eggman's Facility [Rhythm and Balance Remix] 06. Battle with Mega Death Egg Robot - Final Phase Side D 01. Fading World - Imperial Tower 02. The Light of Hope 03. This Is Our World 04. Fist Bump - Piano ver.
CRUSH 40 performed Team Sonic Racing’s Green Light Ride at the Sonic X PUMA Launch Party last night and we got it all on video. Green Light Ride is the band’s first new Sonic song in roughly nine years, and this was its first live performance.
Check it out below:
Editor’s Note: The original version of this article stated the funding deadline had already passed on June 12. The actual deadline is July 12, at 12:59 AM PST
Have you ever made a grilled cheese sandwich and thought “this would be even better with Sonic’s face on it!”? Well, Sega may just have the product for you!
On shop.sega.com, you can purchase a Sonic toaster for only $34.99! There’s a bit of a catch though. It needs 1,000 orders in order for the toaster to become an actual product and get produced. At the moment, it’s only sold 376, so it’ll need to sell over 600 more to get made.
SEGA has 29 more days to reach that goal, so hopefully we will all be eating Sonic branded toast soon! The toaster has until the end of July 12 to reach its funding goal.
As part of their promotion of their Sonic branded sneakers, PUMA has set up a display outside of E3’s West Hall.
The display isn’t simply showing off the $130 sneakers, though. The display also includes a recreation of Green Hill’s famous loop-de-loop! The loop isn’t just a piece of cardboard either, as it also contains a giant, fully functional hamster wheel.
Unfortunately, people were apparently hurting themselves on the wheel before we arrived, and my cohort Jason Berry had to sign a liability waver before he could even stand on it for the picture I took below. As of now, walking on the wheel is no longer allowed, and the movement will be disable tomorrow.
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.
We finally have images and a release date for the Sonic sneakers SEGA and sneaker company PUMA announced back in March. The blue shoes feature some Green Hill-inspired decoration, as well as a running Sonic sprite on the insoles. These shoes will be released alongside the Eggman-inspired sneakers revealed last week on June 5, for $130 at Puma.com, Puma stores and select sneaker retailers.
If you’re wondering what $130 sneakers look like, check out the press images below. Be on the look out for some old school SEGA console cameos!
Funko Pop! fans heading to E3 this year will undoubtedly be giddy with delight at the prospect of getting their hands on a very exclusive figure of Super Shadow, who will be exclusive to the LA show taking place next month.
If you are attending the show you will have to be quick however; only 1500 of the figures will be produced, and with Funko’s current popularity will likely sell out quickly!
The shoes will be available in a limited quantity from 5th of June, 2018 for $130.
The stream hinted these shoes will be available from shoe specialists and from other Puma distributors worldwide.
As always, stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic merchandise news!
First4Figures has posted a new teaser image on their private Official Collector’s Club group. The teaser appears to be hinting at a potential statue for the upcoming, as-yet untitled Sonic racing game.
The image, followed by a coy “teehee,” isn’t much to go on. While this is hardly a confirmation, the blue Sonic-esque spike and checkered flag background would seem to make it being Sonic racing game related a safe bet. We’ll bring you updates as they come.
If you’ve always wanted to blast the Sonic Mania Soundtrack from your car stereo, you’re going to want to look into investing in the Japanese release of Sonic Mania Plus, which along with all of the perks of the western release will be packaged with a double CD album!
The Japanese Sonic Mania website details the full 54 track double CD, which not only includes all of the songs that appeared on the Data Discs’ Sonic Mania album release (which contained all of the original tracks in the game and will be back in stock for the launch of Plus), it also holds all of the “re-imagined” classic stage songs [EDIT: Nearly all!]. If that wasn’t enough,there are four Sonic Mania Plus bonus tracks included, along side all three Hyper Potions tracks constituting Friends and both versions of Time Trails including the version with Crush 40’s Jun Senoue on guitar.
While most will be pleased that the game is seeing an OST release on CD, it is not packaged with the western releases of Sonic Mania Plus. The special edition is available from Amazon Japan for about the same price as the western releases, however buyers will likely have to play extra for shipping and import fees in order to get their mittens on a copy. If you’re feeling even more flush, Ebten Japan are offering another edition which includes a limited edition T-Shirt, canvas purse and art cards, but these extras will set you back more than ¥8000.
Stay tuned to TSS for more Sonic Mania Plus news!
In this month’s Sonic Talk, we discuss Sonic’s IDW comic debut with Sonic #1, Sonic Mania Plus, the Sega Genesis collection that’s not coming to Switch for some reason and finally, censored Puma shoes! Meanwhile, Alex still refuses to show his face, so GX piles a ton of Nintendo stock images on top of him. All this and much, much more so give it a watch!….Please. We need the views badly.
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.
Coming hot off the presses at the SXSW twitch, the SEGA panel have announced a brand new partnership with shoe manufacturers Puma.
— Sonic the Hedgehog (@sonic_hedgehog) March 16, 2018
The teaser trailer, shown for the first time at the convention, shows off a pixelated image of the PUMA X SEGA RS-0 SONIC – with a reveal of the final product coming soon.
The shoes will be available in June, but you’ve got to be fast; they will only be available for a limited time and in limited numbers.
As always, TSS will keep you up to date with more details as they come!
While Battle Racers is still in it’s funding phase on Kickstarter, Gamenerdz and IDW games have announced a similar board game of their own. “Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course.” In the game, You can play as either Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Eggman in their classic style as you race to collect the Chaos Emeralds. The game has an MSRP of $29.99, but is available for pre-order for $18.97. Check out the official statement below and go to the official website for more details.
Sonic, Tails, Knuckes, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik are on a crash course for the Chaos Emeralds! Speeding through the classic Green Hill Zone, players in Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course race to be the first player to collect the most Chaos Emeralds! If you want to take the victory, then you gotta go fast! Game design by Sean McDonald.
HOW TO PLAY
-RACE forward and leave your opponents in the dust
-COLLECT items then heal damage
-WIN if you’re the fastest to earn the most Chaos Emeralds!
- 60 Item Tokens
- 24 Chaos Emerald Tokens
- 12 Damage Tokens
- 4 Extra Life Tokens
- 10 Track Tiles
- 4 Character Tiles
- 1 Reference Tile
- 4 Pre-painted Miniatures
- 1 Rulebook
Three months in the procrastinating, it’s the 50th episode of Sonic Talk! With our 50th episode comes a new look for the podcast. Now you no longer have to look at a static image, but two of our three mugs (Alex refuses to be on camera) and the fourth image is related to our topics of the month.
Speaking of topics for the month, Jason, Chris and Alex discuss a wide range of topics. From Night in the Woods, to Atari 5200 and Colecovison games, to the insanity that is Sega Hard Girls.
Eventually, we also talk about Sonic too! Hence the name of the podcast. We cover the latest news from IDW’s first looks into the new Sonic comic, the Sonic Battle Racers Kickstarter, Sonic and Pac-Man fusing like Gotenks and a 15 minute discussion on the new Sonic movie despite not knowing a dang thing about it.
Fresh off the New York Toy Fair 2018 show floor, we have the first images of Diamond Select Toys’ upcoming selection of Sonic the Hedgehog figures. Continue reading First Images of Diamond Select Sonic Figures Surface
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!