Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone) will be attending Sonic Revolution Online

Lee Majdoub, known to Sonic fans as Agent Stone from the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, will be attending Sonic Revolution 2020 this year.

Normally, the convention is held every June in Southern California, but for the first time ever, the convention will be held digitally and will be seen streaming live and online through Twitch and Discord. The convention will be available online on Saturday, June 20th. Guest lineup and more details will be coming soon.

SEGA Shop UK Teasing New Light-Powered Sonic Product

Numskull’s official SEGA Shop has teased a brand new product, in news that could very well ‘light’ up our weekends! A sneaky image of the new piece of merchandise was shared on social media today, but even though no other details were shared, it doesn’t look like the company is being very subtle about what it is.
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Plush Infinite Demands Your Hugs this August

Infinite fans rejoice! Infinite fans? I mean, you have to exist somewhere, don’t you? Anyhow, if you are a fan of Sonic Force’s helmet-clad antagonist, Great Eastern Entertainment has you covered with a teaser for everyone’s favorite jackal returning in plush form this August.

Per their twitter:

GE Entertainment, also known as GE Animation, is a long standing licensed anime merch manufacturer, and has worked with such licenses as Sanrio, Shonen Jump, and Bandai. The company sports a history of quality Sonic plush, and this diamond dog will join the likes of Super Shadow, regular Shadow, Metal Sonic, and other plush rogues and Rouges. If previous releases serve as an example, Infinite’s price could fall somewhere between $20 and $36 USD depending on size and complexity.

Amazon Giving Away Sonic Comics With the Sonic Movie

Best Buy isn’t the only retailer offering a special Sonic movie deal, as Amazon has a special deal of its own. Anyone who purchases any of the movie’s physical editions on the website between now and May 26 will also get three free digital Sonic comics from Comixology. Continue reading Amazon Giving Away Sonic Comics With the Sonic Movie

Sonic Says “Stay Home” in New Billboard

SEGA Brand Manager Nathan Shabazi has shared a new Sonic billboard. The billboard promotes the #StayHomePlayHome hashtag, which has been utilized by organizations and companies to encourage people to remain indoors during the pandemic. Check it out below:

In his tweet Shabazi thanked Liquid Advertising for getting these up, although it’s not exactly clear where these are going up at the moment.

via Twitter

Jakks Pacific Bringing Articulated Sonic Figures to Toy Shops in the Fall

In a recent interview with toy enthusiast website Toy Hype USA, Jakks Pacific SVP of Marketing Craig Drobis confirmed that the company’s first articulated Sonic figures will arrive in the fall. The line will launch with four figures, including Sonic, Eggman, Tails and Shadow, each of which also come with an accessory from the games. In addition to these figures, Drobis also revealed that a yet-to-be-shown articulated Metal Sonic figure will be released before the end fo the year.

When asked about whether or not Sonic Heroes’ Neo Metal Sonic was in the cards, Drobis would only say that they hadn’t gotten to the character yet, because there focus has been on “classic and modern Sonic characters,” likely meaning any Sonic characters from the mid-2000s that are no longer relevant are currently out of luck.

These figures were first shown at the New York Toy Fair back in February, alongside a variety of other Sonic merchandise. The interview featured the first clear images of these figures, which you can check out below.

via Toy Hype USA

Sonic 1 Beta Footage Found in Sega Promo Video

Authentic Sonic 1 beta footage remains an uncommon find, but in early January, Youtube user wadelyjp posted a Japanese Mega Drive promotional video featuring about six minutes of pre-final build Sonic 1!  Wadelyjp’s account has uploaded a number of 90’s and early 2000’s Japanese promo videos  and ads from Sega, Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, and others.

The video, which Google translates to “SEGA New Game Introduction Video Vol. 7,” immediately reveals itself to be a beta build, showing off several stage gimmicks and differences  previously found in stills and magazine scans that never made it into the final published version.  These differences include but are not limited to:

  • An tethered checkerboard ball that rolls down hills in Green Hill
  • An invincibility monitor on top of the first loop instead of a shield
  • A victory hop replacing Sonic’s rolling jump after spinning the end of level signpost
  • No special stage ring for having 50 rings at the end of an act
  • Sped up music in Green Hill Act 3, including the boss fight and end-of-level scoring (the same music speed you’d get from a power sneakers monitor)
  • UFOs in the sky of Marble Zone
  • No enemies in Star Light Zone
  • An unused spinning spike trap in Spring Yard Zone
  • A  shorter air limit in Labyrinth Zone
  • An unused special stage layout? (There does not appear to be a direct equivalent in the released game)

This isn’t the first found footage of Sonic 1 beta; its predecessors include  footage of Green Hill Act 1 in a build used for the pilot episode of Nick Arcade. However, this version contains two full levels, the game’s first boss fight, and clips from later stages. This unearthed gem shines as another clue in our ever growing view on how Sonic evolved from sketchbook to game.

Thanks to Dave “Badnik Mechanic” Luty on TSS forums for the tip!

Sonic Boom Editors and Voice Actors Club Together for ‘Animation Under Lockdown’ Project

We miss Sonic Boom (the TV show, obviously). We’re sure you all do too. No doubt story editors on the cartoon, Greg Hahn and Alan Denton, miss the animation grind more than most though – and to pep themselves (and the world) up a little bit they’ve collaborated with ‘Sonic’ voice actor talent to perform a readthrough of one of their favourite unpublished pilot scripts. Continue reading Sonic Boom Editors and Voice Actors Club Together for ‘Animation Under Lockdown’ Project

Sonic Chief Brand Officer: Exciting News Coming For Sonic’s 30th Anniversary

As you might be aware, it’s Sonic’s 30th anniversary next year. Just in case you were worried that SEGA might forget about that fact, and have absolutely nothing planned, fear not! SEGA America’s Chief Brand Officer for Sonic, Ivo Gerscovich, has teased that they have some ‘exciting’ things to share soon. Continue reading Sonic Chief Brand Officer: Exciting News Coming For Sonic’s 30th Anniversary

Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Mobile: What to Purchase

Sonic at the Olympic Games: Tokyo 2020 is now out on mobile. The game is free to download but is basically an extended demo. At about a dozen events in, you will get to the paywall and need to purchase the game to get any further. So what are the options? Let’s take a look. Continue reading Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Mobile: What to Purchase

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020 Out Now On Mobile Devices UPDATE: It’s Working Now Too!

Sonic is back at the Olympics again, this time on mobile devices! Sonic at the Olympics Games – Tokyo 2020 is now available on iOS and Android devices. The game lets players compete across 15 different events with various Sonic characters, and also includes a story mode complete with boss battles.

The game is “free to start,” with in-app purchases required to play the entire game.

There doesn’t appear to be a launch trailer, but go ahead and check out the official event trailer below:

As of the posting of this article, the game is not technically available to play. Users who download the game will receive an error message and a notification that the “online play for this game will start shortly.” We’ll update this article once we’ve confirmed the game is playable!

UPDATE: The game’s servers are now up and running! If you’ve already downloaded the game, you can now play it! We will update this article with info about the game’s in-game purchases later today.

Young Prodigy Teaches Internet How To Hack Sonic Into The “No Internet” Chrome Game

When the internet’s not working, you can always count on the Chrome Dino to keep you occupied while your device tries to reconnect. But one kid has found a way to make the game just a little more interesting!

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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.

Sonic Dash Slugger Series Continues With All-Star Amy Up For Grabs

As part of SEGA HARDlight’s 400 million download celebrations for Sonic Dash, this first week of May sees a new character enter the endless-runner fray; All-Star Amy Rose, who you may recognise from SEGA HARDlight’s other mobile title, Sonic Forces. Continue reading Sonic Dash Slugger Series Continues With All-Star Amy Up For Grabs

Check Out These Behind-the-Scenes Images of Sonic’s Movie CG Model

There’s more to movie special effects than what we see on screen, and CGW.jp, a Japanese website and magazine specializing in 3DCG and VFX coverage, has posted some behind-the-scenes images the Sonic movie’s CG model. Continue reading Check Out These Behind-the-Scenes Images of Sonic’s Movie CG Model

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

Leak: Ninjala Datamine Reveals Sonic Collab, Ability to Play as Dr Robotnik

GungHo Online Entertainment‘s new free to play action game “Ninjala” has been data-mined by Twitter users LeanYoshi and Oatmeal Dome, and it reveals what looks to be future content involving Sonic the Hedgehog and friends!

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Celebrate International Dance Day With These Sonic Movie Workouts

Feeling a little energetic at home? Maybe you have kids running around that need something to do? Well, to celebrate the incoming release of the Sonic movie on DVD and Blu-ray, Paramount has created a set of Sonic-themed exercises that you can do in the comfort of your living room!
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You Can Rent the Sonic Movie at Redbox Now

US Sonic fans, take note! Despite the Sonic the Hedgehog movie not being available for purchase on DVD/Blu-Ray until May 19, you can rent a copy of the movie at Rebox kiosks right now! The movie is available on DVD and Blu-ray, with the 4K version coming soon. Continue reading You Can Rent the Sonic Movie at Redbox Now

Sonic Movie Sequel Not in Development…Yet

Sonic the Hedgehog has been one of the few Hollywood success stories of 2020, breaking video game movie box office records and bringing in over $300 million before the coronavirus pandemic forced movie theaters worldwide to close. Despite this success, however, there are not currently plans for a sequel.

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Longclaw Flaps Into Sonic Forces Mobile

Sonic Forces’ mobile version has been all about brand synergy with the Sonic movie these last few months, and this latest event is no exception. “The Protector’s Return” event sees movie Sonic’s surrogate mom, Longclaw, debut in the game as a playable character. She will only be available for a limited time, and will come with a new item called “cyclone charge,” which can slow down other characters.

The event will run from today until May 15.

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

This Fan-Made Sonic Movie Costume is So Realistic He’s Doing TikTok Duets With Other Cosplayers

It’s a good thing that the Sonic the Hedgehog movie was released to cinemas back in February, before the coronavirus pandemic caused a total lockdown of many different cities and countries. Because we figure if Ben Schwartz’s blue blur and Jim Carrey’s Dr Robotnik had their face-off now, it’d probably go down on social media, or Skype or something. Continue reading This Fan-Made Sonic Movie Costume is So Realistic He’s Doing TikTok Duets With Other Cosplayers

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

Randomly, SEGA Has a Booth in VRChat’s ‘Virtual Market 4’ Exhibition

It’s probably a sign of the times, what with E3 2020 and Gamescom 2020’s physical expos both being cancelled, but SEGA Japan is going to be attending a virtual games event later this month. In VRChat. No, we don’t really know why, either. Continue reading Randomly, SEGA Has a Booth in VRChat’s ‘Virtual Market 4’ Exhibition

Sonic YouTuber Shaves Head For Charity, Raises $3500 for Direct Relief

In news that will no doubt lift your spirits during these trying times, a group of fans from the US Sonic YouTube community have raised over $3500 to support the Direct Relief charity and its drive to support those in need in the coronavirus pandemic. For one streamer success came at a great sacrifice – he had to shave his head. Continue reading Sonic YouTuber Shaves Head For Charity, Raises $3500 for Direct Relief

The Latest Heartwarming Community Trend: Sharing Classic Sonic Stage Shortcuts

Blame it on the lockdown. Blame it on nostalgia. Blame it on timeless gameplay. But something strange and incredibly wholesome has been going down in the Sonic community this past week – the sharing of shortcuts and easter eggs in classic Mega Drive Sonic the Hedgehog games.
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