Last week was London Toy Fair and with Tomy in attendance there was a lot of speculation as to if they would have the Sonic Boom toys, as well as ‘what toys would they bring?’ London Toy Fair is the place for toy makers to show off their products to retailers and perspective buyers for 2015. So with the toyline out in America, would Tomy bring the whole line over? Or just the best sellers?
With many merch collectors in the UK waiting to see, this is quite important news… well… they brought the lot over, including some new lines.
It looks like Tomy are willing to sell the entire line to potential retailers, this is very good news for collectors and fans of merchandise here in the UK. However if the whole line will make it to retailers remains to be seen. However more interesting are the new toys we’ve spotted including one very cool addition, what appears to be wearable power shoes!
Now this is obviously just a concept image, but the fact it’s on show suggests it is in development, don’t forget, Jazwares also had temporary boxes on display for their toys at these events, many of which did see a release.
Of the new toys on show, we spotted the following.
Sonic Power Sneakers.
Sonic Saves the Day pack – includes crystals and 3 figures (sonic, Tails & Eggman).
Sonic with a hover board.
A new mini plush with a grip.
Tails & Sticks wearing commando/camo paint.
There might also be a new Knuckles figure as well as a new sized figure but I’m unsure on that one.
No release dates yet for the toys either in America or the UK, but it looks like the toys are on their way to EU shores.
At Saturdays Weston Super Sonic convention, First 4 Figures dropped one heck of a surprise. Sitting in the corner of the room was a display case with a black sheet covering a mystery object. When the announcement came a wave of ‘Oh god, I want one’ seemed to echo around the room.
Joining their Modern Sonic the Hedgehog range is Super Sonic, and oh boy this is a very impressive piece.
The scene depicts the climax from Sonic Adventure in which Super Sonic faces off against perfect Chaos. The base is a flooded station square, around the base are details of water pipes and underneath the flood waters you can just make out details of the road. Super Sonic himself appears to be flying into the scene.
This version was the exclusive variant which includes some lighting features and these are very impressive. The lighting seems to follow Sonic further giving the impression of movement. However it has an added effect. The lighting shines through the water which emits a green/blue water effect onto Super Sonic’s entire body.
The effect looks amazingly cool when viewed in a darkened environment.
The statue is currently in the prototype stage so parts of it will change. The rep told me that one confirmed change will be his spikes, but these are minor details to make them appear individual as opposed to being congealed.
No price details were given, however pre-orders will open some time in 2015.
We’ll let you know when more details are revealed.
Jazwares has been producing Sonic merchandise (primarily articulated action figures) from as early as 2009 when they produced their 10 inch now-sought-after Metal Sonic figure, so after a near 5 year run, it finally looks to be over.
Were you a fan of the Jazwares Sonic the Hedgehog figures? Got any favourites? Let us know!
This information is a little old, but it’s only just come to light as far as I’m aware and sheds some light onto Sega’s strategy for Boom in 2015.
At the Brand Licensing Europe event held in October of last year, Sega revealed some details regarding Sonic Boom and gave some details on products which will soon be revealed and even tentative release dates for their products.
The details include.
Cartorama will produce back to school products including backpacks and gym bags (coming July 2015 in Italy).
Cooneen & Misirli to launch a range of children’s nightwear for Spring 2015
A UK Sonic Boom branded launch begins in Spring 2015
As well as Sonic, a bunch of non Sonic products were also revealed.
A Dreamcast Documentary book by Pix N’ Love (2015)
Retro adult apparel & Accessories.
Football Manager on-line store (selling physical goods).
If we get hold of any images or details of these products, we’ll let you know.
However, it seems I might have been about 10 months early with my original article. If you go to the Jazwares website, you’ll notice that Sonic is no longer listed.
In fact he’s not listed at all on the main page in any categories. However, the Sonic section is still on their site if you visit the page directly, but trying to get there via the main page is no longer possible.
Should also point out, that other franchises which have been cancelled such as Mortal Kombat are also no longer displayed.
For 15 years, Funko have been making products based on characters from pop culture. Their range is expansive with hundreds of franchises and over a thousand different products. They’re also no stranger to the Sonic brand. A few years ago they made several Sonic toys based on their Wacky Wobblers line, so it’s not like this is the first time they’d had a go with the Sonic license. However, it is the first time that they’ve used the Sonic license for their ‘Pop! Vinyl’ line. Now the Funko Pop range has a certain ‘style’ to it, so how do Sonic, Tails and Knuckles look after their Funko Pop transformation? Well… Continue reading TSS Review: Funko’s Sonic the Hedgehog ‘Pop!’ Vinyl Figures
It seems funny to think why this has taken so long to make, Sonic is over 20 years old, yet I could name franchises not even half that age which have more printed publications like this. Why it took Sonic 20 years to catch on is anyone’s guess. But, we finally have it! An official history of Sonic the Hedgehog, published by Pix’n Love, fully authorized by Sega.
Masato Nakamura’s Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack was released in Japan on Wednesday.
As part of Sega’s 20th Anniversary celebration-cum-cash-in, this new soundtrack is three discs big. While the first contains the same old tracks we’ve heard a jillion times, the second disc has the never-before-released original demo tapes of all the games’ tracks. The Dreams Come True bassist reportedly sent these tapes via snail mail to Sega to be sequenced into the games.
The third disc is a mini-album containing Sweet Sweet Sweet from Dreams Come True’s hugely successful The Swinging Star album, better known as the ending theme in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as well as its English version, Sweet Dreams. They’re accompanied by the equivalent themes produced by Akon for the Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack in 2006.
The Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack is available to import from Play-Asia and CDJapan. There’s no news yet whether it’ll see a release in the West, however.
Masato Nakamura, the mastermind behind the original Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 soundtracks and member of the popular Japanese super-band DREAMS COME TRUE will be producing a commemorative CD soundtrack to be released over the summer.
Not only will the soundtrack contain songs taken from the first two Sonic the Hedgehog titles for the SEGA Megadrive/Genesis, it will also include a reprint of the original sound demo tapes from both games, along with other bonus tracks yet to be announced.
This will surely be a must-have item for every fan amongst the community, let alone videogame music connoisseurs. Similar to the Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Heroes re-release soundtracks, this CD album looks set to only be available to Japan.
Sonic Stadium will keep you up to date as we learn more about this fantastic compilation!
SEGA has signed a fresh merchandising deal to get new figures made based on a range of their franchises – including Sonic. The collaboration has been made with toy company Racing Champions, via their newly-formed JoyRide Studios group, as well as games magazine GamePro whose association will allow the figures to come included with “codes, strategies and cheats” for certain games. Continue reading JoyRide Studios Set to Produce Sonic and SEGA ‘GamePro’ Figures
Just a quick Public Service Announcement on this – following our initial news on Tokyopop producing a US release of the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtrack, it appears that the CD is already available to buy (it was originally reported to come out in February). The Sonic Adventure 2 Official Soundtrack features 26 tracks on one CD, handpicked by lead musician Jun Senoue and including exclusive US-release remixes. You can pick it up for $14.98 via Tokyopop’s website here.
It’s been a couple of months since the amazing Sonic Store at R-Mix has been open, and today we’ve heard word that the clothing lines on sale has had a bit of a seasonal update! Long-sleeved t-shirts, Parker jackets and baseball shirts all adorning the blue blur’s name can now be found in the Osaka-based retailer. Continue reading R-MIX Official Sonic Store Updates its Clothing Range
You can now buy the Sonic Adventure 2 soundtracks – the Vocal Album that we’ve covered before, and the Original Soundtrack called Multi-Dimensional – online. You can get the Vocal Album, titled Cuts Unleashed, for around $24 and it comes with 16 tracks. The Original Soundtrack includes main themes, action stage music and more in a DOUBLE-CD package and will set you back about $30.
Wave Master has launched a special website dedicated to the music of Sonic Adventure 2, most likely timed to promote the upcoming Japanese release of the Vocal Soundtrack. The English side of the site has yet to open, but there is a wealth of goodies hidden within the Japanese side, including lyric sheets, information and track listings. Go check it out right here.
Bad news for merch hunters everywhere! I just found out that figure company Resaurus is going out of business. That means no ‘Sonic Series 3’ toys will be released. Resaurus is having a 50% off sale to get rid of their outstanding stock, grab what you can now by going to the Shop Resaurus website and Resaurus.Com.
Well here’s something we didn’t know existed! Sega has teamed up with watch maker Swatch to create a special Sonic-themed timepiece. It’s called the “SEGA Sonic .beat Special”, and is a version of Swatch’s line of .beat ‘internet watches’ themed in the platforming star’s classic red, white and blue design. Continue reading ‘Access Cyberspace’ With the Swatch .beat Sonic Watch
Sega of Japan is unleashing these new credit cards in Japan, and boy are you going to be jealous. Customers can choose either a Visa or MasterCard, with the Visa obviously looking much cooler. I mean, imagine whipping that puppy out to pay for your goods. The card will get customers 10% back at participating restaurants, snag free tickets to Sega’s Joypolis and more.
As we expected, the Vocal Collection won’t be the only Sonic Adventure 2 CD soundtrack that will be released. A 2-disc Original Soundtrack package will be released on September 5th, covering all the instrumental music in the game. It’s expected that there will be at least 60 tracks total in the pack. More news as we get it.
Hold on to your hats, because Sega has just opened a Sonic fan’s paradise! An official Sonic store recently opened near Universal Studios’s theme park in Osaka, Japan, and contains a treasure trove of branded merchandise and clothing that we’d love to get our hands on. Continue reading Sonic Team Reveals Sonic Store in Japan
Big news about Sonic’s 10th Anniversary and we’re here to bring it to you! Sega has just announced a special Sonic 10th Anniversary CD, book and gold coin, which will all be sold together! It’ll be sold with a copy of Sonic Adventure 2, but only for limited time of two days. Continue reading SA2: Special 10th Anniversary Box Set Revealed
Sega of America has unveiled a couple of new promotional events to hype Sonic the Hedgehog’s upcoming tenth anniversary! The “Sonic Adventure 2 T-Shirt Giveaway” will put up for grabs 300 limited-edition commemorative shirts, which show off a new character from the game. Registration will run on the site link below from today through May 18, with winners being announced May 23. Continue reading Sega America Holds SA2 Sweepstakes
Well, colour us green with envy! Sonic Team is planning to host an insanely cool party for Japanese fans in Tokyo’s Akihabara district on the 16th and 21st December, offering a chance to try Sonic Adventure 2, Phantasy Star Online and Samba de Amigo 2000. Attendees will also be able to get a bunch of exclusive goodies! Here’s what’s on offer. Continue reading Sonic Merch Up For Grabs at Japanese SA2 Demo Event
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