Sonic Mania LEGO Design Builds Its Path Towards Official Approval

Just as Sonic Mania itself is a fan labor of love made official, Toastergrl’s Sonic Mania LEGO design continues its trek towards becoming an officially licensed LEGO set. Today, 2020’s first period of LEGO Ideas crowd support ends, and Toastergrl’s design was among an unprecedented 26 designs to reach the 10,000 supporters needed for official consideration. LEGO Ideas will announce their final determinations this Fall.

The roughly 700-brick design features a classic take on the Lego Dimensions Sonic minifig facing off against brick-built Dr. Eggman with his Egg Robot mech and Hard Boiled Heavies, all complimenting several iconic Green Hill Zone level features.

The path for a LEGO Ideas design to become an official set is a long and difficult one, with only three to five approved each year. After achieving the required 10,000 supporters on ideas.lego.com, candidates must go through an internal review process to assess the feasibility and appropriateness of the project. Competition will be especially tight this year, as the number of successfully supported candidates is more than double compared to previous evaluation periods. Other licensed and unlicensed projects being considered include a 17th century-styled train station, the Gemini spacecraft, a micro-scale recreation of 4th century Rome, a 15 inch (39 cm) tall functional globe, the garden from Untitled Goose Game, a detailed model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an articulated model of The Iron Giant, and the Planet Express office and ship from Futurama.Details and additional renders of the design can be found on its LEGO Ideas page, and in TSS’s March 2019 interview with Toastergrl. With some luck, hope, and enthusiasm, perhaps we shall see Sonic Mania alongside other brilliant fan developed LEGO creations in 2021.

SEGA Releasing Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Stamps and Pin Sets via Japan Post

Finally, the worlds of stamp collecting and SEGA collide! To commemorate the House of Sonic’s 60th anniversary, Japan Post will be selling a limited edition set of postage stamps and pins that are designed around SEGA’s legendary console history. Continue reading SEGA Releasing Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Stamps and Pin Sets via Japan Post

Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Passes 2 Million Pre-Registrations, SEGA Giving Away Limited Edition Jacket

Sonic’s athletic mobile run hasn’t even had its starting pistol fired yet, and already over two million people have pre-registered to the Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics app. And it’s only been seven days since we last talked about it! To celebrate, SEGA is opening a lottery for fans to win a cool limited edition jacket. Continue reading Sonic at the Tokyo Olympics Passes 2 Million Pre-Registrations, SEGA Giving Away Limited Edition Jacket

Werehog Plush, Cream the Rabbit Mugs & More Re-Issued Merch Available for Pre-Order

Hey, remember Great Eastern Entertainment? The US-based toy company once had a license to make all sorts of official Sonic the Hedgehog-themed tat, and is coming back in a big way this June by re-issuing a number of its old items. Yes, you’ll soon be able to buy a Werehog plush doll once again! Continue reading Werehog Plush, Cream the Rabbit Mugs & More Re-Issued Merch Available for Pre-Order

Cute Sonic Stamps Are Now Available on the LINE Messaging App

Fancy some new ways to express yourself when messaging your pals? Well, thanks to an ongoing collaboration with Japanese chat app LINE, SEGA has unleashed a fresh set of Sonic-themed stamps that you can use to decorate your conversations. And they’re so cute! Continue reading Cute Sonic Stamps Are Now Available on the LINE Messaging App

Send Your ‘Messages to SEGA’ And Win This Cool Sonic Chalk Bag

SEGA’s official 60th Anniversary website has now opened its virtual doors to accept messages of support from fans around the world – which means that you now have a perfect opportunity to try and get yourself one of these limited edition SEGA 60th Anniversary chalk bags! Continue reading Send Your ‘Messages to SEGA’ And Win This Cool Sonic Chalk Bag

Win a Sonic Themed Xbox One X on Twitter

In celebration of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie being released on digital, Microsoft is giving away a custom X-Box One X with a Sonic the Hedgehog movie graphic and a custom Sonic controller. Just head over to Xbox on Twitter and retweet their post with the hashtag #SonicXboxSweepstakes to enter a chance to win the custom console. You have to be over 18 to enter. The contest ends on April 14th.

Sonic Movie Statue With Limited Run of 3000 Now On Sale

Twitter user, TreasureHuntingSonic has discovered an ad in the recent issue of the  Diamond Comics catalog that reveals a Sonic movie statue (originally shown at Toy Fair) that will be on sale for $75. The 5-inch statue is a “Diamond Select” exclusive with a limited run of only 3,000 pieces and will be available on August 26th. You can find out more information on their website and you can pre-order it directly at this link.

Check out an image of the statue below:

Sonic 3 Returning…as a Tiger LCD Game

This article was guest-written by Sonic Talk co-host Chris Xenn.

Grab those rose-colored glasses, because Tiger Electronics is back! Yes, the overly simple, occasionally surreal handhelds you got because the man at the store said this was just as good have returned by way of the Hasbro nostalgia-mining machine, and Sonic’s along for the ride.

As reported by The Verge, Fall 2020 will bring the release of reproduction Tiger Electronics games “inspired” by four actual game handhelds, including The Little Mermaid, Transformers: Generation 2, X-Men Project X, and of course, Sonic the Hedgehog 3, each for $14.99.

For those of you too young to remember what not owning a Game Boy was like, Tiger Electronics handhelds were LCD-screen video games (like a calculator or watch) where the entire display was made of black “sprites” that could be cycled on and off, but never overlap or move. Developers needed to be rather creative to turn such simple technology into engaging, fun, and animated games that replicate the experience of other 90’s consoles and handhelds.

Scan from the original 1994 manual, from Sonic Retro

Unfortunately, the actual legacy of Tiger Electronics handhelds is that they were repetitive, shrill novelties. Sonic 3 is certainly among the more complex examples, taking Sonic through six “stages” of dodging badnicks, searching for Chaos Emeralds, and battling the combined efforts of Robotnik and Knuckles. However, if your interest is piqued, treat this as a collector’s novelty and not an actual game worth your time or money. Pre-orders are currently only available at Gamestop.

You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

While Sonic’s iconic shoes have technically been available before, they’ve never been true athletic sneakers that the hedgehog himself would actually wear while trotting around South Island… or San Francisco. However, thanks to a collaboration between PUMA and The Shoe Surgeon, you could potentially own a pair of Sonic’s trademark slick kicks from the movie!

Continue reading You Can Buy Sonic’s Shoes Now! But It’ll Cost You Thousands of Dollars.

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Figurine, New JAKKS Figures On Display At NY Toy Fair

A host of brand new Sonic the Hedgehog toys and figurines were on display this weekend at the New York Toy Fair!

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Build Your Own Movie Sonic at Build-a-Bear Stores

Build-a-bear, the online and brick-and-mortar store dedicated to stuffing and dressing quality plush toys has just released its new Sonic the Hedgehog Movie plush line, and… it looks familiar. Continue reading Build Your Own Movie Sonic at Build-a-Bear Stores

Zavvi Announces New Sonic Shirt Collection: And A Free Mug!

While the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie is pumping out toys and merchandise, there still seems to be room for vintage Sonic apparel! Merchandise and media outlet Zavvi have just announced an exciting new line of shirts and mugs for Sonic and friends, and they all have a charming Japanese aesthetic to them. Also, in a limited time deal, you can snag a Sonic mug for free if you buy two or more shirts.

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Eaglemoss To Reveal Three More Sonic Figures in Coming Weeks, Teases One

Collectibles Shop Eaglemoss has announced that three more characters will be revealed for their line of Sonic figurines in the coming weeks. They revealed a teaser for the first of these characters on their Facebook page, which you can see below:

You can purchase Eaglemoss’s Sonic figurines from their UK website.

Via Hero Collector Facebook

Puma Reveal New White-Gold Sonic RS-X3 Sneakers

Puma has collaborated with SEGA once again to bring a new iteration of its Sonic-themed collaboration sneakers. And unlike the previous Sonic the Hedgehog x PUMA RS-X3 release, these new kicks take a lighter and more colourful tone. Continue reading Puma Reveal New White-Gold Sonic RS-X3 Sneakers

US SEGA Shop Launches Sonic Movie Merchandise

New Year, New You? Well, if you live in the States, it might be time to pop over to the Official SEGA Shop, where they’ve just updated their lineup with some Sonic Movie related merchandise. Give yourself a nerdy makeover, why don’t you? Continue reading US SEGA Shop Launches Sonic Movie Merchandise

Jack in the Box Partners with SEGA to Promote the Sonic Movie

Gotta eat fast! Popular hamburger chain in the United States “Jack in the Box” will soon be promoting the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie in 2020!

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True Horror Abounds as Sonic Movie Themed Costumes Appear in Stores

You can’t run, you can’t hide, you can’t reach the other side of the rainbow, because this is Movie Sonic’s neighborhood! He’s taken over! Costumes based off of Sonic’s scrapped design for the upcoming feature film are appearing in stores across the United States, just in time for Halloween! Continue reading True Horror Abounds as Sonic Movie Themed Costumes Appear in Stores

Sonic Talk 63: “Let’s be Sonic Heroes!”

Another month, another (incredibly late) episode of Sonic Talk!

In this episode, we discuss Sonic’s appearance in OK KO!, and how he single-handedly caused the series to end (kidding). We also chat about Tangle and Whisper, a Mighty plush, Sonic #19,  Mario and Sonic 2020 Olympics arcade and much, much more! So what are you waiting for? RECENT topics?!! Hah! Like we’d do that!


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The Official Sonic Art & Design Book To Be Updated With 32 New Pages In Next Reprint

Video game art dealer Cook & Becker have announced that the next reprint of the Official Sonic the Hedgehog Art & Design Book will feature 32 pages of new content from Sonic Mania, Sonic Forces, and Team Sonic Racing. First released in 2016 as part of Sonic’s 25th anniversary, the book originally only went as far as releases from that year.

Cook & Becker hinted at this last week, leaving many to speculate that Sonic Mania would be receiving its own art book. However, according to the company’s twitter account, there would not have been enough content from the game to fill out its own art book, so they decided to update their 25th anniversary art book instead.

The updated book can be pre-ordered off of their website for $39.99 (plus $12.50 for shipping), and is currently scheduled to ship sometime in November.

They released some samples of the new pages, which you can check out in the gallery below: