Limited Edition ‘SEGA Fair’ Merchandise To Be Made Available in Japan Throughout September

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

The Spin: Why Can’t EU Order From The Sega Store?

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?

Silence…

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!

Sega’s HARDlight Studio Are Auctioning A Sonic Themed BMW!

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.

Auctions:

Sonic Car Auction
Sumo Digital Auction

Subway now including Sonic toys with its kids meals

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 Announces new Sonic Forces vinyl

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 their new Sonic song live, and we got video

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:

SEGA Wants to sell you a Sonic branded toaster, but needs you to fund it by July 12

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.

Puma Shows off its shoes in a fancy display at E3

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.

You Can Soon Eat Sonic The Hedgehog Curry!

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.

TSS Review: Sonic The Hedgehog Stretch Armstrong Toy

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.

Packaging

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.

The 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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Release Date, Price and Images for Puma’s Sonic & Eggman sneakers released

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 Super Shadow Available Exclusively At E3 2018

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!

Source: Funko

SONIC X PUMA: Eggman-Themed Shoes Announced

Today’s Sonic Twitch included an announcement and a reveal for a second Puma shoe model from the Sonic X Puma collaboration. The shoes take a Dr Eggman theme, and were teased in the stream.

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 Potentially Teasing New Sonic Statue

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.

Sonic Mania Plus CD Soundtrack Packaged with Japanese Release

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!

Sonic Talk 51: A Pile of Princesses

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.

The EU Sega Store Opens

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.

Source: SegaByMe.Com

SEGA Announce Partnership With Puma

 

Coming hot off the presses at the SXSW twitch, the SEGA panel have announced a brand new partnership with shoe manufacturers Puma.

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!

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course is available for pre-order

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!

Contains:

  • 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

 

Sonic Talk 50: “The More Things Change…”

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.

Diamond Select Toys Throws Hat Into Sonic Toy Market

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

Sonic Battle Racers Kickstarter Now Live

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.

  1. Pledge $10 (or more): No Reward.
  2. 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.

Source: Kickstarter

Sonic The Hedgehog Totaku Figure Revealed

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

Toy Maker Zappies Claim New Sonic Racing Game for 2018

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!

Source: Spindash.de

Charity Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Comic Green Hill Zine Opens Pre-orders

Charity Fan Magazine Green Hill Zine, a charity comic project comprising 70+ pages of artwork from every zone in Sonic 1, 2, 3, Sonic & Knuckles, and Sonic CD has opened Pre-orders for both the digital and physical releases.

The zine includes artworks from artists approached for the project including Sonic Mania team members Tom Fry, Paul Veer and Midio, alongside the likes of future IDW cover artist Nathalie Fourdraine, animator and Archie comic artist Tyson Hesse, and a host of other talent selected through a submission process last year.

All proceeds will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmentalist group whose many missions include the protection of the worldwide environment and wildlife.

Pre-Orders for the Zine are now open via the Green Hill Zine site, where either obtain a digital version of the zine for $10, or a physical edition can be purchased for $25 plus shipping. The zine can be purchased over the next fortnight until February 15th, 2018. The comic will be released between March and April 2018.

Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers Board Game Announced

Start saving your pocket money, as board game purveyors Shinobi 7 LLC will soon be launching their Kickstarter campaign for their newest board game Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers! The product is advertised as a strategic board game designed for 2-5 players, in which each participant takes on the role of one of multiple Sonic the hedgehog characters represented by a set of fantastic, size-scaled figurines.

Shinobi 7 plan to launch their Kickstarter campaign this month, offering up exclusive and Limited-Edition items to those who pledge their support. A  retail edition of the game will be available later in the year through Diamond/Alliance.

The description of the game on the Shinobi7 site is as follows:

Burst into action with Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers! Select your racer, choose your route, and fight your way to the finish while avoiding opposing racers and a variety of dangerous obstacles. Control your speed, use your abilities, and activate your special powers to collect as many rings as you can in an amazing race.

Based on Sonic the Hedgehog, the world-wide phenomenon, Sonic the Hedgehog: Battle Racers allows you to take on the role of Sonic or one of his many friends and rivals in a strategic race through a variety of exciting locations. The course changes with every race, so no two games are alike!

Other information from the Shinobi7 site states:

  • The base set of the game comes complete with five figurines of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy and Eggman, along with all neccesary parts to play the game
  • 3 “Boss packs”, themed around Infinite, Metal Sonic, and Shadow, include a new character figurine along with new playing tiles and parts to expand the game
  • 12 additional character expansion packs (Big, Blaze, Charmy, Cream, E-123 Omega, Espio, Jet, Rouge, Silver, Sticks, Vector, and Wave) will be available, with each character bringing new elements of gameplay to spice up the base set’s play

For further information and images, check out the Shonobi7 website.

First4Figures Tease Modern Metal Sonic Statue

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.

In a Facebook post discovered only just now, First4Figures recently asked members of their collectors club to vote on designs for a new Modern Metal Sonic Statue.

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).

Sonic to Feature in PlayStation ‘Totaku’ Figure Series

PlayStation recently announced a brand new line of collectible figures called ‘Totaku’, featuring characters from the Sony gaming brand’s illustrious history. But if whispers from the London Toy Fair are to be believed, SEGA’s own Sonic the Hedgehog could feature in a second wave of mini-statues. Continue reading Sonic to Feature in PlayStation ‘Totaku’ Figure Series

TSS Review: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Soundtrack Vinyl Editions

During this period of vinyl resurgence, it is great to see seminal Sonic the Hedgehog soundtracks are receiving LP incarnations, and as such, following on from 2017’s Sonic Mania vinyl soundtrack released through Data-Discs, Japanese record label Brave Wave have produced both Sonic Adventure 1 and Sonic Adventure 2 soundtracks in 12″ vinyl format.

This first pressing of each soundtrack comes as either a double LP, or packaged as a limited edition box set containing all four LPs in a presentation case and the addition of a certificate of authenticity signed by the series sound director himself, Jun Senoue. As an absolute sucker for anything limited edition, I opted for the latter choice, shelling out an additional 20 euros for the full experience.

Opening the box, you are greeted by the Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2 box art in gloriously large dimensions, and to Brave Wave’s credit, perfectly reproduced in the original vivid colours and high resolution. The gatefold for the Sonic Adventure OST impressively opens up for a full splash (pun intended) of Perfect Chaos straddling both pages, complete with lyrics to the game’s theme song Open Your Heart. Both albums come complete with a large 20-page book, containing character artwork, lyrics to vocal tracks, and an interview with Senoue-san and series director (and now Sonic Team head) Takashi Iizuka.

On the turntable the recordings sound fantastic having been remastered for the 180g pressing, with mixes that on the whole feel balanced and close to the original. Tracks feel fully fleshed and in many cases the clarity offered by the medium really amplifies elements that many might have missed depending through what platform you’ve listened to the soundtrack previously; the Shadow side on the SA2 album sounded particularly fresh. Of course many will be buying these editions for the vocal tracks, which all sound satisfyingly grandiose in this format when played through a good sound system.

As with the Sonic Mania product, the limitation of producing a Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack on vinyl is the available space; as such both OSTs have been truncated by approximately 50% when compared to their CD equivalents, which offer the more complete experience. As such, some real belters have been omitted from the roster, with a notable attrition of Knuckles vocal tracks from Sonic Adventure 2, and the almost ‘criminal omission’ of either rendition of Choose Your Buddy! The sequence in which the tracks are presented feels a little odd as well as being inconsistent between each album, with Open Your Heart concluding side D on the Sonic Adventure soundtrack, while Live & Learn sits as the last track on side A on the SA2 album.

Given the wealth of artwork produced during the production of the Sonic Adventure games, the presentation of both products feels a little sparse, particularly given the opportunity the size of these vinyl editions present to showcase  some of the series artwork by Yuji Uekawa, and really does seem like a missed opportunity to appeal to a larger audience. Those expecting E-102 gamma artwork will be disappointed at his complete exclusion from the SA1 booklet!

The production quality of the records themselves is good, although my personal experience is marred by a red blemish on the otherwise solid white LP. While this is superficial and does not affect playback, I would have been very upset had I purchased these for display, as I imagine many fans will, and I therefore hope this defect is limited to a minority of copies [EDIT: I appear to have been the only person to suffer from this defect, and Brave Wave have very kindly replaced it – AT]

The greatest disappointment I feel comes with the limited edition box set, which includes a cardboard box and little else. The cover of the box does little more than amalgamate the cover art from both games, and as such feels reminiscent of a bargain bin 2-for-1 DVD case, looking cheap and unexciting alongside other box sets in my record collection. The certificate of authenticity has a ‘street flyer handout’ feel to it, when I think something of this nature should really be produced on heavy gauge, high quality paper to embellish the premium paid. This edition comes across as an afterthought, and an opportunity to make a few extra bucks from die-hard fans; indeed they have succeeded, with this edition selling out as a pre-order. For a cover price of over £100 all said and done for British punters (about twice the price I would expect to pay for two double gatefold albums at retail, although probably not helped by our poor exchange rate), I would have expected a lot more.

Summary

Overall, it is fantastic to see the soundtracks to the Sonic Adventure make it to vinyl, albeit in a truncated form, and that these are hopefully the first of many more Sonic the hedgehog re-releases on record in the near future.

It is a real shame however that both soundtracks come at such a relatively high cost (40 each plus postage in Europe), and that the limited edition box set has resulted in product that feels inferior to its individual constituents.

That being said, Brave Wave have shown they are exceptional at their craft with their mastery of these two selections of highlights, from the titles that set the musical standard for the series for more than a decade.

*Soundtrack reviewed on a sound system comprising a Rega Planar 2 turntable, Marantz PM6006 amplifier and Dali Zensor 3 speakers)

Sonic Talk 49: Unstoppable Forces vs. Immovable Objections

Sonic Forces has come and gone and the Sonic Talk crew of Jason, Alex, GX and special guest (and occasional header artist) Cory Holmes weigh in on the game. We go in and critique every detail of this new 3-D outing from Sonic Team. Is it as good as we’d hoped or as bad as we feared? Listen in to find out.

By the way, sorry this one is so late,, but I had a ton of computer problems after I had this originally set up, so the audio in this month’s episode is done by our own GX Echidna.

 

 

New Sonic Toys For 2018

In what could be argued as being the first big reveal for 2018. Tomy has updated their re-seller catalogue for 2018 which includes a lot of brand new Sonic toys covering action figures and plushies.

With regards to action figures we have a new a classic Amy pack which comes with a metal art plate and a Classic and Modern Eggman pack which also comes with an art plate.

But more interestingly, Zavok is finally getting a figure and Infinite is also getting the action figure treatment along with some Chao accessories.

More modern based figures, but the most interesting thing on show here is the comic book packs, you see… that doesn’t appear to be an Archie or IDW comic book, but something completely new!

Terror, excitement, confusion… all in one page. On the one hand with have the awesome looking classic Sonic figure, and the utterly stunning looking Super Sonic plush…. Only to find Amy and Vector who appears to be hitch hiking.

More plush toys planned, this time we see a new Classic Eggman and an Evil Chao figure join the line! Also is it just me or is Knuckles giving Shadow a bit of a look there?

More on these as and when we get the details in.

Source: Tomy

 

 

Sonic Adventure 1&2 Soundtracks On Vinyl Available For Pre-Order

Early last month we reported the release of the Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 soundtracks on vinyl through video game soundtrack record label Brave Wave.

Pre-orders have just commenced for the limited edition versions of the soundtracks (each containing 2 x coloured 12″ vinyl records) which can be purchased individually at the cost of $40/40€, or $100/100€ for a box set containing both soundtracks totally 4 vinyl records and a certificate of authenticity signed by Sonic Team sound director and composer Jun Senoue. The box set is to be strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide.

Orders from Europe can be made through French music purveyors Bigwax as of publication of this article, with US, Canadian and Latin American sales going live at 12PM PST today through Fangamer (links below).

Pre-Orders for Europe, Middle East and Oceana

Pre-orders for America, Canada and Latin America

Black Friday Sonic Deals

In just a few hours, Black Friday will officially begin here in the UK. So with that in mind we’ll keep you updated with all the best deals that we can find related to Sonic.

Keep an eye on our twitter account as we’ll be posting any additional updates there and the details of which here.

World-Wide

TeeTurtle: 50% off pretty much everything including their Sonic stock! 

United Kingdom

Argos: Sonic Forces: £21.49 (PS4 & Xbox One) *Collect in store for free or delivery charge*

ShopTo: Sonic Forces: £24.85 (PS4 & Xbox One) *Includes the Shadow Avatar Costume*

Game: Sonic Forces: £25.99 (PS4 & Xbox One)

United States

ToysRUs: Buy 2 get one free on all Sonic toys and figure sets. *Instore Only*

Best Buy: Sonic Forces: £24.99 (Switch)

Amazon: Sonic Forces: $24.99 (Switch)

ToysRUs: Lego Dimensions Sonic Pack: $14.99

* We have heard rumours of Sonic Forces being priced at $20 in some Gamestop stores, not had any verification of that.

We’ll add more deals as and when we find them.

Found anything not on the list? Let us know in the comments.

Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Soundtracks To Be Released On Vinyl Record

Sonic music aficionados, get excited! Record label Brave Wave have announced that they will be collaborating with SEGA in order to produce both the SONIC ADVENTURE and SONIC ADVENTURE 2 soundtracks in vinyl format.

The albums will each contain a selection of songs from both games, each coming complete with two 180 gram records (in either a special edition blue / white or blue / red for SA1 and SA2 respectively, or a standard black edition), and will include a booklet containing “a reflective interview with Jun Senoue and head of Sonic Team Takashi Iizuka” in addition to song lyrics and artwork (track listing below).

While no pricing or release date has been announced, Brave Wave expect the albums to see a release this winter.

Stay tuned to TSS for more information on these releases as they come!

SONIC ADVENTURE VINYL SOUNDTRACK LISTING

Side-A
A1. Introduction …featuring “Open Your Heart”
A2. It Doesn’t Matter …Theme of “SONIC”
A3. Welcome to Station Square
A4. Azure Blue World …for Emerald Coast
A5. Run Through The Speed Highway …for Speed Highway
A6. Pleasure Castle …for Twinkle Park

Side-B
B1. Believe In Myself …Theme of “MILES”
B2. Be Cool, Be Wild and Be Groovy …for Ice Cap
B3. Theme of “Dr. EGGMAN”
B4. Mt. Red: a Symbol of Thrill …for Red Mountain
B5. Blue Star …for Casinopolis
B6. Lazy Days ~Livin’ in Paradise~ …Theme of “BIG”

Side-C
C1. My Sweet Passion …Theme of “AMY”
C2. Mystic Ruin
C3. Theme of “TIKAL”
C4. Unknown from M.E. …Theme of “KNUCKLES”
C5. Theme of “CHAO”

Side-D
D1. Bad Taste Aquarium …for Hot Shelter
D2. Egg Carrier – A Song That Keeps Us On The Move
D3. Skydeck A Go! Go! …for Sky Deck
D4. Theme of “E-102γ”
D5. Open Your Heart …Main Theme of “SONIC ADVENTURE”

SONIC ADVENTURE VINYL SOUNDTRACK LISTING:

Side-A
A1. SA2 …Main Riff for “Sonic Adventure 2”
A2. It Doesn’t Matter …Theme of “SONIC”
A3. Event: Let’s Make It!
A4. Escape From The City …for City Escape
A5. That’s The Way I Like It …for Metal Harbor
A6. Won’t Stop, Just Go! …for Green Forest
A7. Live & Learn …Main Theme of “SONIC ADVENTURE 2”

Side-B
B1. Unknown from M.E. …Theme of “KNUCKLES”
B2. A Ghost’s Pumpkin Soup …for Pumpkin Hill
B3. Dive Into The Mellow …for Aquatic Mine
B4. Believe In Myself …Theme of “MILES”
B5. This Way Out …for Prison Lane

Side-C
C1. Throw It All Away …Theme of “SHADOW”
C2. Vengeance Is Mine …for Radical Highway
C3. Rhythm And Balance …for White Jungle
C4. The Supernatural …for Final Chase
C5. For True Story …for Sonic vs. Shadow
C6. Supporting Me …for Biolizard

Side-D
D1. Fly In The Freedom …Theme of “ROUGE”
D2. Lovely Gate 3 …for Egg Quarters
D3. I’m A Spy …for Security Hall
D4. E.G.G.M.A.N. …Theme of “Dr. EGGMAN”
D5. Soarin’ Over The Space …for Cosmic Wall

 

Boom8 Sonic Figures Now Available for Pre-Order from First4Figures

The formerly South Korean exclusive Boom8 Sonic figures from GNF TOYZ are now available for pre-order from First4Figures’ website. The two 8cm (3.2 inch) PVC figures are being sold together as a combo pack for $45 USD and will be shipped out at some point in the first quarter of 2018.

Anyone who wants to pre-order will need to put down a 30 percent deposit. The deadline to pre-order is November 17.

You can pre-order the figures and see what they look like here. I’ve posted a video from the F4F site going over the figures below: