G-Fuel Releasing Another “Sonic-Inspired” Energy Drink Flavor

G-Fuel has been doing…a lot with their Sonic partnership, and thankfully their latest product at least isn’t chili dog flavored. This new flavor is called “Party Punch.” Aside from being adorned in 30th anniversary imagery, and probably being punch flavored, we don’t know much else about this.

If you absolutely can’t wait for this new flavor, there is a waitlist you can join.

Sonic Colours Ultimate Merchandise Lands At Zavvi UK Store

UK distributors Zavvi yesterday opened preorders for an exclusive version of the Sonic Colours Ultimate 2LP vinyl soundtrack through their store, and have followed up today with a new range including T-Shirts, a hoodie, and mobile phone accessories.

The items for sale include two shirt designs that come in women’s, men’s, and children’s sizes, and can be seen in the images below.

At time of writing, all items are still available through the Zavvi UK store.

APMEX Release Sonic 30th Anniversary Silver and Gold Coins

Precious metal dealers APMEX have released their Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary collaboration range of coins struck by their mints.

They are currently offering a range of items including 1 oz bullion and colourised Silver coins at around $30 each, which include designs of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Eggman.

Additionally, the mint are also offering proof coins in a limited run of 300 (struck to the same standard but with extra detailing) in both silver and gold variants and including a presentation tin, with the silver version currently sold out at time of writing.

The 1 oz gold proof coin is smaller than the silver version due to the density of the metal (32 mm as opposed to 39 mm) and will set you back a whopping $2000.

Bits ‘N Bricks Podcast Highlights How LEGO Sonic Came to Be

Back in February, LEGO Ideas approved Viv Grannell’s Sonic Mania Green Hill Zone set featuring classic Sonic, the imposing Eggman Robot boss, the Hard Boiled Heavies, and modular chunks of Green Hill’s iconic landscape, and while we don’t have a release timetable for the set yet, it turns out we missed some small details back when Bits N’ Bricks, an official LEGO games podcast, did an episode on the Sonic Mania set and the LEGO Ideas process in February 2021.

In an interview with LEGO Group designer Samuel Johnson, he notes that the Mania build is a bit simpler and geometric in structure than most Ideas sets, in line with the series itself. Johnson hopes that this relationship with SEGA does give way to more partnerships as it did with Ghostbusters and Minecraft. Although changes normally occur between the original Ideas pitch and the final released product, LEGO Group’s designers work with the original Ideas submitter (as well as license holders) to make sure it maintains the spirit that the designer originally pitched and was voted on. Later, the team interviews John Choon, SEGA’s Director of Marketing, who expressed interest in seeing other characters and worlds represented as Lego projects in the future.

While the podcast episode doesn’t reveal anything concrete about the set itself or any future plans, it does highlight the LEGO Ideas process and all of the parties that need to be involved to fully realize an Ideas set.

Source: The Chao Channel
Thanks to VisionaryofSUPER for the news tip!

JAKKS Pacific Features Eggman Robot and Excited Child in Online Commercial

As online entertainment has taken over my diet, it’s rare to really encounter the style of toy commercials I used to ingest in my youth, but JAKKS Pacific haven’t given up the style even if the medium has shifted.

The Dr. Eggman Robot Battle Set is now available online and in-stores at Target in the US, and it comes with the ever classic kid-playing-in-living-room ad complete with Sonic 2 video clip and BATTLE DAMAGE!!

Source: Sonic Merch News
Thanks to VisionaryofSUPER for the news tip!

The STRAY RATS Sonic The Hedgehog Line Has Been Revealed, and It Is Amazing

Not so long ago we reported on the teaser from boutique clothing brand STRAY RATS about an up-and-coming line that promised to be full of that wonderful 90s aesthetic we Sonic fans love so much. They did not disappoint!

Today, STRAY RATS have revealed the full range via their website – and it is nothing short of fantastic! The line draws upon a style not seen since the early days of Sonic, with many items paying testament to classic titles such as Sonic CD…and even Sonic the Fighters!

Some of you might also recognise the immense Sonic the Hedgehog collection in the backdrop as none-other than that of TreasureHuntingSonic!

First 4 Figures Super Shadow Statue Launch Stream Set For July

Video game and cult IP statue maker First 4 Figures is set to finally reveal their latest figure in the Sonic the Hedgehog range – Super Shadow!

Computer generated renders of the statue were shown off several months ago, however this will be the first occassion the actual statue will be shown off, complete with Shadow throwing a Chaos spear.

The launch stream, after which the staute will be available for preorder, will take place on Tuesday the 6th of July 2021, at 9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT / 5:00 PM BST.

We’re In Love With This New ‘Japanese Style’ Sonic Range – Now Available at SEGA Shop UK

If there’s one thing we love more than Sonic himself, it’s official Sonic-themed merchandise. Especially if it’s the kind of merchandise that gets really creative with the brand and goes above and beyond just slapping some key art on a t-shirt. That’s why we’ve been in love with SEGA Shop UK’s officially-licensed goods for such a long time – their latest line of goods is available now and further proof of their creativity, with a ‘Japanese Style’ themed range hitting just in time for Sonic’s 30th anniversary! Let’s take a look.

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Sonic 2 Box Art Sonic Gets the Funko Pop Treatment

Have you ever wanted to own a Funko Pop version of Sonic from the western Sonic 2 box art for some reason? Well, good news, because that is now a thing. Funko revealed the new GameStop exclusive Pop! figurine on their social media today:

As of this article’s publication, the listing is not yet live, though you can check out the link Funko posted here.

Sonic the Hedgehog Collaboration With SEIKO To Release High-End Wristwatch

SEGA have announced a partnership with quality watchmakers SEIKO via the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary website to create a special collaboration watch to mark the occassion!

The partnership will produce the official limited run wristwatch (with 3000 being made), currently only scheduled for release in Japan at the RRP of ¥54,780 (currently, about £350 / $500).

While this tag will put many off, or simply price many fans out of the market – the watch is targeted at serious collectors of both Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise, wristwatch collectors, or those simply looking to show of a high-end watch on their person!

Check out more images of this awesome item in the images below!

Preorders are currently only available in Japan through the IEI website.

Sonic the Hedgehog 30th Anniversary Merchandise Showcased

A wealth of Sonic the Hedgehog products, due for release this year to mark the Hedgehog’s 30th birthday were announced today via the Sonic Central stream.

JAKKS Pacific Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Eggman Robot playset

Recreate the final moments of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in this classic showdown between hog and machine, with Sonic, catapult, and damage-able Eggman mech!

Sonic the Hedgehog jewelry collaboration with King Ice

Styled towards a “Hip Hop” look, the kings of bling King Ice will be making these jewel-encrusted Sonic necklaces available for thosse who really want to look the part.

30th Anniversary Silver and Gold Commemorative Coins from APMEX

Sonic fans wanting to flash their cash will be able to this Summer with these Gold and Silver commemorative coins, created by precious metal perveyors APMEX. Those wanting a real high-end centrepiece in their collection need look no further!

What Could SEGA Announce At Sonic’s 30th Anniversary Livestream Event?

Finally. We’ve all waited nearly six months for a morsel of information on what SEGA may be planning to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th Anniversary. For a character best known for his lightning-fast speed, updates have been almost-controversially slow. But yesterday, SEGA revealed a special livestream taking place on May 27th focusing on Sonic announcements and news. So, what could they have lined up?

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SEGA Reveals Sonic Announcement Stream for May 27th [Updated Again]

Just prior to Sonic’s anniversary month, the Sonic Twitter account has announced a YouTube and Twitch stream on May 27th promising “upcoming projects, partnerships, and events.”

While “projects” does not inherently mean new game announcements, there are several rumors and leaks from the past month for some form of Sonic game collection, and a remaster or remake of Sonic Colors. We also know of Dark Horse’s Sonic Encyclo-Speed-ia this November, IDW’s anniversary comic, and the previously approved LEGO Ideas Sonic Mania set.

We at Sonic Stadium will be tuning in Thursday to cover any news and announcements from this stream!

UPDATE: The HARDlight’s Twitter is teasing mobile game announcements during Thursday’s stream.

SECOND UPDATE: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio (best known for the Yakuza/Judgment series) posted a cryptic reply. It’s unclear if this is them telling you to save money for upcoming games, suggesting there’s some sort of new Sonic arcade game, suggesting Sonic will have some sort of cameo in a future Yakuza/Judgment game, or that the studio itself will be involved in a Sonic game. Luckily we’ll know very soon:

Lights, Camera, Action… Figure! New Sonic Playsets Confirmed via Leak.

The leaks keep coming! It would seem that JAKKS Pacific has some new Sonic the Hedgehog action figures in the pipeline, including the iconic Death Egg Robot, Mighty, Silver and what looks to be some setpieces from Sonic Mania’s Studiopolis Zone!

Continue reading Lights, Camera, Action… Figure! New Sonic Playsets Confirmed via Leak.

New Listings for Whisper, Mephiles, and Emerl Plushes Discovered

Looks like we’ve got more Sonic plushes coming from Great Eastern Entertainment, the same company that released an Infinite plush last year. Their website recently listed a bunch of new plushes of various Sonic characters, including Emerl, Mephiles the Dark, and Whisper. While this is the first time all three characters have been made into toys, Whisper’s inclusion is especially notable, as she is the first IDW creation to receive merchandise outside of some minor collectible like pins. Both the Whisper and Emerl plushes are also listed as being 10 inches tall.

Currently, none of these plushes have a release date, price, or even an image, though it seems likely we’ll get news soon. Stay tuned for more info!

Via GEE

Sonic 2’s Mecha Sonic Is Getting An Action Figure

As JAKKS Pacific renew their Sonic the Hedgehog licence into 2022, the company has announced that Sonic the Hedgehog 2’s Mecha Sonic will finally be getting a figure incarnation!

Evidence appeared earlier in the year this figure was getting a release, however many speculated it might have been another Metal Sonic figure. A classic Eggman and laughing Sonic will also be joining the classic figure range.

Source: Nintendo Wire

Sonic The Card Game – Release Date, Price, and Details Revealed

After last month’s announcement of Sonic: The Card Game, Steamforge Games has revealed further details about the game and its box art. The boxed product is expected to launch in September, 2021 at a suggested price of $19.95, £14.99, and €17.95.

The 20-30 minute game allows 2-6 players to play as Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Shadow, or Blaze, as the deck produces a level for the characters to race through. While no specific mechanics have been revealed, Steamforge implies there will be some form of press-your-luck element, stating, “Each time a new card is placed, they must decide whether to keep racing to try and grab a bigger pot of rings, or to retire and collect their share of the rings and bonus cards on the table. If players keep racing, they risk running into enemies and losing lives, but the chance to win more rings and bonus cards could be tempting enough to keep racing on.”

Steamforge Games‘ previously published works include board game versions of Dark Souls, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 2, PAC-MAN, and Ni no Kuni II. Expect a detailed review when the game launches later this year.

Source: Press release via Cision PR Newswire

Sonic 30th Anniversary Statue up for pre-order in the UK and US

The UK Sega Shop and Justgeek.com have announced a new Sonic 30th Anniversary statue, which is now available for pre-order. The statue pays homage the very first boss fight from Sonic 1. The statue will retail for £69.99 UK and $69.99 US. It will be available in August 2021. Here’s the full statement from the Segashop website.

Celebrate more than 30 years of the world’s most iconic blue blur, Sonic the Hedgehog as we bring you this super exclusive statue! Boasting an action-packed scene of Dr. Eggman and Sonic in the midst of an intense fight, this statue stands at a mighty 9” tall and comes with high-level details. If you’re a huge Sonic enthusiast, this is one collectible you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

Official SEGA product

Designed by and engineered by Numskull Designs

Exclusive statue featuring Sonic and Dr. Eggman in battle

Depicts a detailed scene in the style of the classic Sonic games with retro style grass base.

Made from high grade vinyl and PVC

Dimensions: 9 inches (22.86cm) x 8.6 inches (21.84cm) x 7.4 inches (18.79cm)

PLEASE NOTE – IMAGES ARE OF A PROTOTYPE – FINAL PRODUCT MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY

UK Sonic fans can order from the official website at segashop.co.uk and follow them on Twitter @SegaShopEurope, while American Sonic fans can order from us.justgeek.com.

Classic Sonic Ornaments From Hallmark Incoming

If you’ve been wanting to add some extra Sonic pizazz to your holiday celebrations, your in luck: Classic Sonic ornaments have been revealed as part of Hallmark’s 2021 catalog.

There are two ornaments in total: one with Sonic & Tails, and another with Knuckles. Both ornaments were designed by Matt Johnson, and will be priced at $19.99 and $17.99 respectively. Neither ornament has a release date yet, though the Knuckles one will be made in limited quantities.

Check them out below!

Not much else is known about these ornamented at the moment, though you can find their sizes in the source below.

via Digital Dream Book

GFUEL Makes a Chili Dog Flavored Energy Drink, Because Irony Is Dead & Nothing Matters Anymore

We may live in a capitalist dystopia, but at least we have a meat and chili dog-flavored GFUEL energy drink…inspired by Sanic. Yes, the badly drawn Sonic meme.

I’m not even sure how to report on this, because when I first saw it, I thought it was a joke. But then I read the tweet, and discovered that not only is this not a joke, but it’s a thing that a company invested R&D into, will be manufacturing, and distributing to actual, real people, who will have the privilege(?) of drinking it.

They gave no release date, though they are giving away free bundles of the stuff to anyone who retweets the below tweet with the hashtag “GFUELSanic.” So if you want to actually try this stuff, or add it to your collection, that’s one way to do it.

And yes, the tone of this article is different, on purpose, because this doesn’t deserve my usual dry, fact-filled reporting style. Also, we have nothing planned for April Fools Day this year, so this is the closest you all are getting!

Sonic The Card Game Announced by Steamforged Games

Following the 2019 release of two IDW tabletop games, one Hasbro game, and the Shinobi 7 Kickstarter game, Sonic once again returns to tabletops in 2021 with Sonic The Card Game.

The publisher, Steamforged Games, maintains an extensive catalog of licensed titles including Dark Souls: The Board Game, Dark Souls: The Card Game, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace, and most recently Horizon Zero Dawn: The Board Game. The majority of the company’s library is kickstarter-funded games with high production value, extensive miniatures, and focus on theme; however, the company has also published several smaller, self-funded projects such as PAC-MAN: The Card Game, and Ni no Kuni II: The Board Game.

While we do not have any details on the game as of yet following the company’s Game Manufacturers Association preview, the blog describes the project as a “competitive card racing game where you’ll collect power-ups and rings to win.” Expect the game to launch this calendar year.