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
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. Continue reading TSS Review: Sonic Adventure 1 & 2 Soundtrack Vinyl Editions
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.
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).
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.
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 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
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
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”
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”
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:
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”
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
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
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
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:
Funko have announced a new range of Funko Pop products for the Sonic franchise. This will be the first addition to the line since the original set way back in 2013.
First up, there will be a Funko Pop keychain for Sonic with his gold ring, so if you want Sonic on the go there’s another option right here.
For the regular Funko Pop Vinyl line, there’s a much larger range of figures to get, although the amount of characters covered is the same as last time. Aside from the same Sonic with gold ring, the standard line also includes Sonic with a Chaos Emerald, Shadow the Hedgehog and Dr Eggman.
There will also be three figures that are exclusive to certain retailers. A glow-in-the-dark version of Sonic and ring will be exclusive to Toys R’ Us, Super Sonic will be exclusive to Gamestop and Shadow with a Dark Chao will be exclusive to Hot Topic.
No price point has been given for the figures or keychain, but it’s likely to be comparable to their other products. The slated release date for all of these is in December. If it comes out fast enough in the month, you might have another potential stocking filler in time for Christmas!
Source: Funko Blog
Please note that the images given are not final.
Sonic will be returning to literature next year with two books from the Penguin Group. Written by author Kiel Phegley, both books have recently popped up on Amazon, with a scheduled release date of July 10, 2018.
The first of these books, Sonic and the Tales of Terror, appeared yesterday. According to its description, the book will feature illustrations from Ian McGinty and have Eggman and his minions trapping Sonic in three, presumably terrifying, stories. The book will have 64 pages and will be for reading age levels 7-10. The book is currently available for pre-order in both print and on Kindle for $6.99 USD.
The other book, Race Against Time, is a 32 page sticker activity book. As the name suggests, this is an activity book where readers must help Sonic recapture the Chaos Emeralds by completing the book’s puzzles and games. It is also has a reading age level of 7-10, and is currently available for pre-order in print for $7.99 USD.
Today, months after the closure of SonicMerchandise.com, SEGA has launched its successor: the SEGA Shop. As the name implies this shop is for more than just Sonic, featuring merchandise from both Golden Axe and Shinobi franchises as well as the SEGA Genesis console. So if you’ve ever wanted a or a bar of soap shaped like a SEGA Genesis controller, you can buy it. The store is also launching with some exclusive Sonic merchandise, including a Sonic Forces shirt, pictured below:
The store is currently only open in the Americas, New Zealand and Australia.
Growing up in the early 90’s it was impossible to avoid the music scene pervading daily life; seductive R&B tones danced through ear-worm melodies, from songs that would https://www.sonicstadium.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=50098&action=edithang at the top of the charts for weeks. From this musical era came the Sonic CD soundtrack, of which I speak specifically the Japanese/European version, which for many forms the epitome of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog sound. Twenty-something years later, we see the classic series revived through Sonic Mania – complete with a brand new soundtrack. But how does this compare to it’s 1990’s predecessors?
SEGA have announced the details for the Sonic Forces promotional campaign with Hooters Japan. This collaboration was announced at TGS near the end of September, and was met by Western fans with some confusion. The promotion overall seems similar to the Sonic Cafe promotion that was done at the end of last year in Japan. Continue reading Sonic x Hooters Collaboration Deal Includes Cool Sonic Forces Coasters
SEGA are setting up shop online with a new official store. As announced in the latest official Sonic stream, this store is set to open as soon as next Tuesday.
The range that’s planned covers quite a large amount of franchises and products. While Sonic has the most prominence, the store will also start out with the SEGA Mega Drive, Golden Axe and Revenge of Shinobi, and there’s more on the way. Items range from plush toys and mugs to clothing, enamel pins and more. There’s even set to be some items exclusive to the store, and as soon as it launches you will be able to get the T-Shirt that was previously seen at TGS.
Currently, the store will be available to those in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. They are looking into plans to expanding its range in the future.
The latest issue of Licensing Today Worldwide makes mention of an online store opening as well, this one dedicated to personalised and customisable merchandise. It mentions the range starting with gifts, technology accessories and homeware, with a projected opening timeframe of this winter. It’s currently unknown if this is related to the SEGA Shop.
If you want something to purchase for a Sonic or SEGA-loving friend in time for Christmas, this might be the right place to look!
Source: Sonic the Hedgehog (Youtube)
Licensing Today Worldwide October 2017 [Lema Publishing], p32.
Thanks to SEGAbits for the image snip
Sonic Channel, the Japanese source for all things Sonic, has announced that Sonic Forces will see the release of its soundtrack in both physical and digital formats.
Earlier this year, GNFToyz, a South Korean company released a number of really awesome Sonic figures and have since teased an expansion of the range… Just one tiny problem; these were a retail exclusive to a South Korean store and unless you lived in South Korea it was exceptionally difficult to get your hands on these. Well… that’s not true, you could get them if were willing to pay 3-4 times the RRP on ebay, no really they were being re-sold for that amount!
Well it looks like they may have found a western distributor. A photo taken by Toyark of the First4Figures New York Comic Con booth appears to confirm that F4F are going to be distributing them worldwide!
Based on the photos taken, it looks as if F4F have begun a partnership with GNFT and series 1 of the figures will be available ‘soon’.
Hopefully we won’t have to pay 3-4 times the RRP to get our paws on this one!
Keep Checking TSS for more updates as we get them.
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Today we’ll be taking a look at the Sonic Bath Balls, a charming little toy/cosmetic product which was released in Japan earlier this year. The above video contains footage of what it’s like to actually use one, so if you’re curious to see what the effect it has on water as well as human skin check it out.
So the idea is, you buy a bag at random and then take a bath with the bath bomb. As the bomb dissolves you are left with your toy. Typically, these blind bag toys have no clues as to what’s inside them unless you weigh them.
Well this is where things get interesting, because these blind bags do have an identifier! Each bag has a code printed on the back, there are 5 different codes which relate to the different characters. Each code ends with the following combinations.
- 005A = Sonic
- 005B = Amy
- 005E = Shadow
- 005C = Tails
- 005D = Knuckles
So it’s completely possible to get a full set of these without ever buying a single duplicate!
Even before I opened the individual bags, there was a noticeable smell coming from the retail box. Upon opening a bag and unwrapping the first bomb it really kicked in. I can’t really say for certain what the smell was, but it reminded me a lot of those old bubblegum flavour pop drinks you used to see kinds in schools drinking a lot. Or like how back in the 90’s the most exotic flavour of ice-cream you could find was that blue bubblegum flavour.
So if you want to smell of bubblegum, these are a must.
Turns The Water (And Your Skin) Blue!
If you want to see what happens when you actually drop one of these into water, skip to 8:30 in the video posted at the top of this article.
Watching the ball slowly dissolve in the water, the liquid quickly turned a deep blue colour with a lighter blue foam over the top. Only, it’s not just the water it turns blue, it also changes your skin a noticeable blue colour. You might at this point be thinking ‘does it wash off?’ Well… no, not completely.
The blue colour remains on your skin for a while, even if you rub your hands with soap and water you won’t get it completely off.
It makes me wonder how many people got these and just threw them in the bath with themselves. At least they’ll get an audition at the Blue Man Group if that did occur.
Toys in The Tub
The actual toy itself is… Surprising high quality and really well made! Out of the 5 figures I’ve got, all 5 are nearly flawless, no paint errors, no build errors, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them.
The level of detail on them is also surprisingly high. Shadow actually has his jets carved into the sole of his shoes, Amy’s eye lashes are painted correctly and there is no sign of paint bleeding at all.
Even very small details like eye pupil colour, there is no sign of paint bleeding or errors on any of the toys.
They’re also quite durable, they remind me a lot of the old Monster in My Pockets, you can squish them a little but they’re not going to break unless you twist and pull them violently.
10/10 Too Much Water
This is one of the most surprising products of the year, I was expecting the toys to be really low quality, lots of paint errors, poor build construction with no way to tell what figure was inside each bag.
Instead, these are some of the best quality toys I’ve seen for a long time. Given their size and cost you would expect these to be very low end toys. But the opposite is the case, the quality is very high and is supported by a keen attention to detail.
Over here in the west the closest thing I can think of to compare these too if we go by price point and concept would be the Tomy Gacha toys. The difference is night and day, Tomy’s Gacha toys often feel and look very cheap, fall apart with ease and have a lot of paint errors, whereas in Japan’s product does more and is putting the western offerings to shame.
Definitely recommend these if you can still find them. Just beware turning yourself blue.
If you’re heading to Japan this year for Tokyo Game Show, then you’ll be happy to know that SEGA has prepared a metric tonne of incredible merchandise for you to buy on the show floor. Not only will there be interesting new Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces-themed items on sale, but a number of fresh items in a brand new ‘With Sonic’ range. Continue reading Amazing Sonic Merchandise Up For Grabs at Tokyo Game Show
Looks like we’re not done with pre-order news yet! EB Games Australia has just put up a pre-order offer on top of Sega’s. If you pre-order from their stores, you will get a Shadow the Hedgehog costume for your avatar. It looks just like him! Albeit a bit skinny. Before everyone gets outraged at possible exclusive content, it should be noted that no where does it say that it’s exclusive. This means that there’s a good chance the costume is available in-game, so I wouldn’t worry just yet Shadow fans.
There’s some other things of note. It says it also includes “13 more in-game outfits and items and accessories” and “four Sonic Forces Art Cards”. These extra bonuses may be replacing the controller skins in Australia as there is no mention of them on the page.
Now since EB Games is an offshoot of Gamestop, chances are we may be seeing a similar offer in the US or UK. Time will tell.
A twitter user by the name of Jojo has discovered that if you open up the Genesis/Mega Drive stand of the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition statue, there is an actual LED light in the display! (NOTE: Doing so would void any warranty you might have on it.) What’s more, you can make it work! The tiny circuit board for the “SEGAAA!” sound includes two holes marked “LED”. All you need is a bit of copper wiring and a screwdriver. You can check how he did it on Jojo’s Twitter page, but man! What an easy mod! It makes you wonder though. Sega seemed to back out of the LED light working at the last minute. Why?
Sonic Mania is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and set to release on Tuesday 29th August on Windows PC. Here’s all you need to know about getting a hold of the game on your system of choice, and all the merch we know of!
Continue reading Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition & vinyl soundtrack back in stock; new t-shirts
An upcoming retail list from Gamestop has somehow leaked, and it has listings for four brand new Sonic the Hedgehog Funko Pops!
There are no images of the products themselves right now (as it is just a very early listing), but we know what the figures will be if they come out. They are as follows;
- Sonic with Ring.
- Sonic with Emerald (presumably a Chaos Emerald)
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Dr. Eggman
The first two may just be new accessories added to the old Sonic Funko Pop that came out all the way back in 2013, but the last two would certainly be brand new, as the original line only had Tails and Knuckles in addition to Sonic.
If these do make it to store shelves, you may want to make a point of getting them while you can, as the old Funko Pops can fetch prices upwards of $100. We will be keeping an eye out for more news on the matter.
Just small little figures to sit on your desk and look at you whilst you do your homework. Well… it looks like Sonic might be joining the line.
A listing has appeared on Amazon.se which shows a listing for a ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Pixel Pal. No pictures of the product have been released, but a release date of November 15th 2017 and a price point of just under 15 Euros was in the listing.
As usual keep checking TSS as we’ll let you know additional details as and when we get them in.
As perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated collector’s items in recent memory, Cook & Becker’s 25th Anniversary Sonic art book has a lot of expectations to meet. It’s not easy to produce an elegant video game-themed art book at the best of times, so working on such a project for a franchise as iconic as Sonic no doubt comes with extra pressure. Especially when the blue blur has been through so many design changes over the years. We recently got our hands on a copy; is it worth your hard-earned money? Continue reading TSS REVIEW: Cook & Becker’s Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Art Book
In addition to the three children’s Sonic books found earlier, another interesting entry has been added to Penguin Random House’s catalogue.
It appears SEGA are releasing a colouring book, this time based on SEGA in general as opposed to Sonic. SEGA: The Official Coloring Book isn’t a regular kids’ colouring book, but instead an adult colouring book meant to act as stress relief. To compound this, the illustrator is listed as Patrick Spaziente, who Archie fans may recognise for being a prominent artist on the Sonic the Hedgehog comic back when Archie ran the books.
SEGA: The Official Coloring Book
By PATRICK SPAZIANTE
Adult Coloring Book
Oct 17, 2017 | 96 Pages
ABOUT SEGA: THE OFFICIAL COLORING BOOK
Relive your misspent youth with this classic Sega adult coloring book!
Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Sonic the Hedgehog, and more—all intricately illustrated in this adult coloring book packed with original Sega art. With stunning pages to color, plus all the best action from the classic gaming system, this retro-themed adult coloring book is perfect for any creative gaming fan. Filled with 96 pages of original designs, it will be like you’re playing Altered Beast for the very first time. Power up!
The book is due to be released on October 17th this year, so it may be ideal as a little Christmas present for someone you know!
Source: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House have put up entries for three new Sonic books to come out in early 2018.
Welcome to the World of Sonic is an introductory handbook for kids unfamiliar with the series, as it covers the characters and some key moments from the series. It also appears to have a set of stickers with it, although it doesn’t appear to be a sticker book so it’s unknown how many it will have.
Welcome to the World of Sonic
By LLOYD CORDILL
Mar 06, 2018 | 80 Pages | 7-10 years
ABOUT WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF SONIC
Get a crash course in all things Sonic the Hedgehog in this introductory handbook, featuring a sheet of shiny foil stickers!
Everyone knows that Sonic the Hedgehog is the fastest hero in the world! He has thwarted Dr. Eggman’s evil schemes time and time again with his supersonic speed and cool blue spikes. But what else should you know about the world of Sonic? Learn all about Tails, Amy, Knuckles, and the rest of Sonic’s gang, and get to know the stories behind some of Sonic’s greatest victories. This handbook is the perfect introduction to one of the most beloved video game characters of all time!
Sonic the Hedgehog Mad Libs is exactly what it says on the tin; a Sonic version of Mad Libs. The book gives you Sonic-themed stories with words removed, and you have to fill in the blanks.
Sonic the Hedgehog Mad Libs
By ROB VALOIS
Mar 06, 2018 | 48 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)
ABOUT SONIC THE HEDGEHOG MAD LIBS
Fans of Sonic the Hedgehog will love filling in the blanks of this Mad Libs, with stories all about one of the most iconic, spiky-haired animated characters of all time!
It doesn’t matter if you’re 8 or 38: there’s no denying that Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the coolest animated characters of all time! Our Mad Libs immortalizes Sonic with 21 fill-in-the-blank stories all about Sonic and his many thrilling adventures!
The final book listed is Sonic and the Tales of Deception. While there is currently no cover image for this book, we do know that it will contain three short stories about Sonic and his friends stopping Dr Eggman’s plans. What’s interesting about this book is that it actually has illustrations!
Sonic and the Tales of Deception
By JAKE BLACK
Illustrated by IAN MCGINTY
Mar 06, 2018 | 64 Pages | 7-10 years
ABOUT SONIC AND THE TALES OF DECEPTION
Delight in new tales of adventure featuring the world’s fastest and most famous Hedgehog hero, Sonic!
Sonic may be the fastest hero in the world, but he’s got to keep moving to stay ahead of Dr. Eggman’s evil plots! In Sonic and The Tales of Deception, Sonic and his friends save the world from Dr. Eggman and his cronies in three original stories. This set of short stories with full color illustrations is the perfect introduction to one of the most beloved video game characters of all time and a must-have title for long-time fans eager for new content!
Squarely aimed for the older kid audience, they might actually be worth checking even as an adult collector, depending on what bits and pieces they decide to include.
Source: Penguin Random House
Promotional items, they can be strange, they can be wonderful, they can sometimes be eaten, or in this case, drunk! Jones Soda has partnered with Sega to produce a limited range of Sonic Mania branded Soda. Currently a comic con exclusive but comments on Facebook point to a possibly future release, the soda comes in three flavours. Continue reading Sonic Mania Soda Exists!
Sonic fans and soundtrack collectors alike will want to mark this weekend in their calendars! Data Discs have announced that pre-orders for the Sonic Mania soundtrack, the first Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack to see a full release on vinyl, will go live this coming weekend. Continue reading [UPDATED] New Sonic Mania Track Preview, Vinyl LP Available For Pre-Order
If you’ve been paying attention to Sonic Merchandise recently, this news probably won’t come as too much of a surprise, Sonic Merchandise is to close within the next few days.
SonicMerchandise.com was the billed as Sega’s official Sonic store for the west and promised western buyers access to Sonic Merchandise which at the time was a little bit tricky.
However, the store has had a few… problems(?) since the start of 2017, many products have been sold out for months and not replaced, their huge March sale was launched and… never ended as well as many of the promised exclusive products never making it to the store.
Well yesterday the store owners posted on their Facebook page that after 5 years the company would be closing within the next few days.
Hi Guys – we are sad to say that the Official Sonic Merchandise store will be closing in the next few days. We would…
All of us at TSS wish the staff the very best in the future.
Heads up, Sonic Maniacs! If you’ve been enjoying the aural pleasures of Tee Lopes’ Sonic Mania soundtrack until now, then it’s probably a good idea to sit down. Data Discs, the UK-based vinyl company that has a good track record (heh) of releasing retro SEGA soundtracks, is preparing a vinyl release of the upcoming 2D platformer’s OST. Continue reading Data Discs Releasing Sonic Mania Vinyl LP
Last year GlamGlow released a Sonic themed mud/face pack and it was a surprise hit, selling very well in both the US and the UK.
Well it seems that the company was pleased with the performance of the product as it looks like they’re going to expand the range. Two posts made on Instagram have revealed that the Sonic Face Mask is to return and strongly hint at a Tails & Knuckles themed pack too!
Full details are to be released tomorrow, we’ll keep you upto date with what they show as and when we get it.
Source: GlamGlow Instagram
First4Figures today revealed their long-anticipated 25th Anniversary statue, and I’m sure many will agree that this is the most ambitious statue to date.
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Blind Box Figures seem to be the new hot property when it comes to Sonic, Kidrobot started the trend with it’s new classic themed toys and now Sanrio wants in on the action.
So with a full retail box in my possession, I decided to take a look at what you get inside one, and provide a brief write up on one of the more original merchandise offerings in recent years.
The First4Figures Official Facebook Collectors Group has shown a sneak peak of the long-awaited 25th Anniversary Statue, which appears to be very close to the computer generated model previously shown of classic Sonic,in his trademark “figure 8” run.
Alex Davis of Firs4Figures, stated in the post alongside the image “Really hope this does well [sales-wise] – dont want this to be a swan song!”, once again reiterating that a continuation of waning sales of the Sonic series could result in the cancellation of statues planned in the future, including Modern Metal Sonic which is currently in the development stage.
Are you planning on purchasing the F4F 25th Anniversary statue? Is it what you expected? Let us know in the comments!
A funny thing happened on my way to the First4Figures Collectors Club Page today, I was quite surprised to see tons of posts from multiple posters lamenting the cancellation of the Sonic line. Quite baffled by this I looked into it a little more and found even more people saying that the Sonic line was to be cancelled or ‘in danger’.
After doing some research, it seems that in a recent Q&A video, First4Figures strongly hinted that the Sonic line was indeed in danger, specifically future releases being cancelled unless the next statue sells very well.
The comments in question are made in this video (April 7th, between 46:00-48:00), a user asks about a ‘Modern Metal Sonic’ statue and the staff respond that it won’t happen unless the 25th anniversary statue sells very well. At first the tone is jokey, but then it changes to a more sombre and serious one, with them finally saying “Make sure that sells well or… forget about Modern Metal Sonic,” at which point one of them even shakes their head.
Now whilst there has been no official confirmation (that I can find) as to the specific reason as to why the Sonic line is in danger, but many long term fans of F4F have been stating on the Facebook page that what’s happening is very similar to what happened to Kirby and a few other franchises.
It seems that future lines can suffer depending on the sales of a previous statue, even if in the past the line had done very well. Fans have been citing Kirby as a prime example, which had a previously announced statue cancelled due to poor sales over an earlier release.
So if that’s indeed the case, who was the last character in the Sonic series that got a statue? This guy.
Yup, Silver is being cited by many on the F4F page as being the reason for these comments, checking the exclusive statue, it seems that only 375 were made in response to orders… Compare that to the Exclusive Tornado statue which cost $45 more had 425 made… that’s… not good.
More information as and when we get it.
Source: First4Figures Q&A
UPDATE: A F4F staff member responded on our Facebook page with the following
Hey all. Let me chime in. that 425 number isnt the real number. That was just a random number selected before we moved to the 2 week preorder system, where you get a more accurate number for Silver at 375. (We usually round it up to a nicer number) So sales arent just based on Silver alone. Tornado sold way less than the 425 number suggested. For many years, the company only had 3 members, so those ‘low’ numbers were ok to get by however with growth now in these last couple of years. Things need to be improved at all levels. Our prices have remained relatively very low and competitive in the same market and we continue to improve the way we make our products accessible with flexipay options. Hope that helps abit more with the story. Thanks
So what we get from this are a number of things.
The first is that the Tornado sold even lower than the 425 quoted here, combined with the fact that F4F has expanded it’s business means that we now have two statues in a row which might have both fallen far below expectations which suggests that the line really is at risk.
Before Sonic was a franchise, before he was a household name, before he even had a single game, he was just an idea and a pitch. It’s quite common knowledge that Yuji Naka and Naoto Oshima along with a few others had to pitch the idea of Sonic to Sega higher ups in order to get the green light for development.
Part of this pitch included ‘a small Sonic plush toy’, this has been a matter of record in a number of different interviews and articles, such as the History of Sonic book which came out a few years ago.
Yet, to this day, nobody has ever seen this plush… well… that might have changed.
Whilst he’s not confirmed it is the original plush from the pitch, there’s a number of clues to suggest it might be, first of all, there are no tags of any kind, it’s a homemade item, secondly, it stands upright on it’s own accord, there are only a handful of Sonic plushies out there which do this and none of them look anything like this.
Another big clue is that it is VERY high quality, this was not made for mass market, it was either made to order or was an extremely limited run.
Speaking to a few Sonic Merch collectors, none of them have been able to identify it which would either put this as a custom job… or… the legendary plush. If it is the plush from the pitch, it would make this product 001, the very first piece of Sonic merch ever to have existed and a one of a kind.
The watch on his wrist is a different product which was released a few years after Sonic 1. If we get anymore details as to the origins of this mystery product, we’ll let you know.
Source: Naoto Ohshima Facebook.
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