Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #2

Did you like the debut issue of the IDW comic? Because IDW won’t stop, they just go!

The preview for Sonic the Hedgehog #2 is already available, and it’s hammering home the quality we have to look forward to. In this issue, Sonic has come across another town that’s in peril, so he goes into to save it. Joining him this time is Amy Rose for some tried and true dynamics. She’s actually there for some serious business though; she wants to ask him to rejoin the resistance! And with mysterious behind-the-scenes going on, could Sonic be in more danger than he realises? This is the second part of the opening “Fallout” arc.

STORY BY: Ian Flynn
ART BY: Adam Bryce Thomas
COLORS BY: Adam Bryce Thomas
LETTERS BY: Corey Breen
COVER BY: Adam Bryce Thomas, Jonathan Gray, Nathalie Fourdraine, and Tyson Hesse
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
3.99(USD)
2018-04-11
Sonic’s new adventure continues, and when he comes across another town in need of saving, his old pal Amy arrives just in time to join the fight! The banter is fun, and the stakes are high, but things get really serious when Amy presents Sonic with a big request: rejoin the Resistance!

Gotta go fast! To celebrate the blue blur coming to IDW, the first 4 issues ship weekly in April!
Featuring beloved Sonic creators introducing all-new characters in all-new adventures!
Variant covers featuring the main cast of each issue by artists like Rafa Knight, Jamal Peppers, and Tyson Hesse!
Connecting covers by Sonic Mania animation artist Tyson Hesse!

As always, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest news about upcoming issues as they’re revealed. For the time being, the next step into the new world is just 2-3 days away, so make sure you’t don’t miss it!

Source: Comic Book Resources

Comic Preview: IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #1

Time to jump down the rabbit hole yet again.

It’s been over a year since we’ve had a preview of any comics, but with IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog comic set to debut next week, a preview has been released to show a little of what this new story has to offer. Since the last battle, Eggman has been nowhere to be found, so naturally you’d think this would be a good time for Sonic to be able to chill.

Not so, as Eggman’s robot army are still on the attack! Sonic comes across one such village under siege, but he’s going to have to get a little help to beat these forces down! As Sonic and Tails do their thing, there’s something strange underneath the surface. What is up with this attack when Eggman is apparently MIA? See the action and mystery start to unfold as we take a look at the first part of the “Fallout” arc, and the first ever issue of IDW Sonic!

Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover A: Tyson Hesse
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a) • Tyson Hesse (c)
SONIC’S RACING INTO A NEW ADVENTURE!After defeating the evil Dr. Eggman’s latest plot, Sonic is racing around the world to shut down the robotic Badnik forces that are still attacking villages. But it’s a big job for one hedgehog—even Sonic! Fortunately, he’ll have some help from his best friend: Tails!
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18
Sonic the Hedgehog #1—Cover B: Tracy Yardley
Ian Flynn (w) • Tracy Yardley (a & c)
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 4/4/18

Remember, the official release date for this issue is April 4th, and there’s set to be a comic weekly throughout the month of April. If you’ve wanted to get into the comic scene, now is a perfect opportunity to start right at the very beginning!

Source: AV Club

Giant Sonic Statue Found In The Woods of Japan!

At the end of 2015, twitter user and bike enthusiast 250moriyuki wanted to test out his new bike around some of the more remote parts of Japan, on his journey he documented the trip and posted a number of images showcasing the sights on his adventures.

Including the following…

One of three images showing a giant Sonic statue, standing on what appears to be a snowboard held in place against two trees.

Only a handful of Sonic fans had seen this, at the time only a single blog entry showing a low quality image of it existed online which again didn’t give an exact location.

Given the lack of information and the significance of the find, many users on our forums including myself attempted to find the statue. We knew that it was in the Mie Prefecture and on the day moriyuki posted his original images, he mentioned the Soni Village, so we knew the rough area it was in.

However, despite efforts to pin point the location, that region is huge, with hundreds of roads, it was going to take a long time to find searching manually.

Since then, other images of the statue have surface, but again, no location posted.

 

Since August 2016, the trail had gone cold. Until last night…

SSMB user BxB-Meister posted a single image from what appears to be a google street view search showing the statue! Following a conversation with BxB, he agreed to give me the exact address of the statue on one condition.

 

That condition is to keep the exact location a secret for now.

The reason being is that the statue is in a very remote location and people are worried that once the location is fully revealed, the statue’s days are numbered, there is a risk of vandalism or even theft.

Until someone can go out there, and document this statue with the intention of taking high quality photographs and even video, it’s exact location should be kept secret.

Now that said, I will gladly give out the location of the statue if someone is able to go out there and document it. So here is the only hint as to where it is.

By car, it’s between 15-30min away from the Kindai University Technical College located in Nabari. So if you are capable of getting to that location, it should be very easy (even by foot) to get to the statue.

If you do happen to live in Japan can get to this area and are willing to go on an adventure, contact me via the SSMB forums and I will give you the address if you be worthy! Yup, I’m treating this exactly like a quest, because let’s be honest! This is as close to an RPG quest as we’re going to get!

So until the day comes where someone fully documents this statue, let’s hope it has many years ahead of it as it cheers on riders and other adventures!

Although, as one mystery ends, the other remains.

Just why is this statue there?

Sonic Mania Adventures debuting today

Sonic Mania Adventures, the web-only 5-part animated short series based on the game, will be debuting later today. This news comes from a tweet posted by Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber. Webber confirmed that anyone who wants to catch the episode as soon as it debuts will be able to find it on both the Sonic the Hedgehog Youtube channel and Twitter page.

We’ll be sure to update the front page with an embed of the episode as soon as it debuts!

Cancelled 2007 Sonic The Hedgehog Cartoon Details Surface

As the fan base wait for the imminent release of Sonic Mania Adventures, the newest cartoon incarnation of Sonic the Hedgehog, it appears that another cartoon, pitched some 10 years ago, never saw the light of day.

According to a LinkedIn profile for TV writer Grant Moran (whose credits include Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman), a new Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon was in the works between the months of May and October 2007, some 3 years after Sonic X concluded.

We contacted Mr Moran, who was kind enough to provide a few more details about the TV series which ultimately failed to get green-lit. Simply entitled ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, it was initially commissioned by Sega through entertainment company Phuuz Entertainment.

Although no further details could be provided, we thank Mr Moran for confirming this was indeed a TV series project, and will bring you any further updates to this story as they come to light.

Source: LinkedIn

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

This month has all sorts of surprises in store as June brings us both a new issue and a new collectors item for those who just want more comic hedgehog!

Continue reading Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #6 and a Collector’s Boxset revealed

SEGA Announce Partnership With Puma

 

Coming hot off the presses at the SXSW twitch, the SEGA panel have announced a brand new partnership with shoe manufacturers Puma.

The teaser trailer, shown for the first time at the convention, shows off a pixelated image of the PUMA X SEGA RS-0 SONIC – with a reveal of the final product coming soon.

The shoes will be available in June, but you’ve got to be fast; they will only be available for a limited time and in limited numbers.

As always, TSS will keep you up to date with more details as they come!

UPDATED: Sonic Mania Adventures Animated Short Series announced

Live from SXSW, SEGA has revealed a new series of Sonic Mania-themed animated shorts. The series will comprise 5 episodes which will be shown on YouTube, created by the same team that created the Sonic Mania opening short, headed by the one-and-only Tyson Hesse, and soundtracked by Mania composer Tee Lopes.

The short series will take place after Sonic Forces, and will cover what happened to classic Sonic after he returned to his world after the events of Sonic Forces.

The first episode of Sonic Mania Adventures will debut in the next 30 days.

UPDATE: The Sonic the Hedgehog Youtube has released a 30 second sample of the series:

Check out the array of concept art for the series shown at SXSW in the gallery below!

 

‘Sonic Mania Plus’ Physical Game Release Announced, Comes With Two New Characters

SEGA has announced a physical version of Sonic Mania will be released later this year. The game, dubbed ‘Sonic Mania Plus’, will also be something of a ‘micro-update’ as it will essentially be the same game with the added bonus of two new playable characters. And, for fans of SEGASonic the Hedgehog Arcade… you’d better be sitting down. Continue reading ‘Sonic Mania Plus’ Physical Game Release Announced, Comes With Two New Characters

New environment, Mystic Jungle, coming to Sonic Forces Speed Battle

Live from the SXSW Sonic panel, Aaron Webber has revealed that Sonic Forces Speed Battle will be getting a new environment: Mystic Jungle. They only showed the above title card during the announcement.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the SXSW panel, going on right now at their twitch stream.

SXSW live-streaming Sonic Panel today

If you can’t make it to SXSW to see this year’s Sonic panel, you’re in luck: the event will be hosting a livestream of the panel on its SXSW Gaming Twitch channel, which you can find here.

Gotta Go Fast: The Official Sonic Panel, will start running on the Twitch stream at 3:30 PM local time, 4:30 PM EST, and 8:30 PM GMT. There may be a game announcement at the event, and there may be more than one announcement overall, if this SEGA Europe tweet is any indication.

If you can’t watch the stream for whatever reason, don’t fret: we will be reporting the news as it’s announced on the front page and through our Twitter feed.

The panel will feature Sonic Team Head Takashi Iizuka, Sonic Social Media Manager Aaron Webber, Sonic Western Product Development Director Austin Keys, Unit Production Manager & Sonic Boom contributor Jasmin Hernandez, and Sonic comic artist/Sonic Mania Animation Director Tyson Hesse. The panel is located at the Austin Convention Center Gaming Expo, on the Discovery stage, in Exhibit Hall 2.

Update: Sega Mega Drive Classics Coming to PS4, Xbox One & PC May 29th

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNjmTG2BykE

Well this is a surprise! You might remember how Sega released a classics collection many years ago on the PS3 and Xbox 360? Well it looks like they’re doing it again.

Depending on your region, Sega Mega Drive Classics or Sega Genesis Classics is a collection of 50 16bit era titles which will be making their way to current gen systems, according to the Sega Europe community manager, they are as follows.

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Crack Down
  • Decap Attack
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • ESWAT: City Under Siege
  • Fatal Labyrinth
  • Flicky
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker
  • Light Crusader
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millenium
  • Ristar
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier II
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • ToeJam& Earl
  • Vectorman
  • VectorMan 2
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

A bunch of enhancements and extra features have also been promised, including online and local multiplayer mode. Rewind mode, a 3D room user interface, various themed boarders for playing in their original resolution and horizontal flip mode.

Sega Mega Drive Classics launches on May 29th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Update: According to retailer shop to, a physical version of the game is available, it comes with a free poster and has an RRP of £30

Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course is available for pre-order

While Battle Racers is still in it’s funding phase on Kickstarter, Gamenerdz and IDW games have announced a similar board game of their own. “Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course.”  In the game, You can play as either Sonic, Tails, Knuckles or Eggman in their classic style as you race to collect the Chaos Emeralds. The game has an MSRP of $29.99, but is available for pre-order for $18.97. Check out the official statement below and go to the official  website for more details.

Sonic, Tails, Knuckes, and Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik are on a crash course for the Chaos Emeralds! Speeding through the classic Green Hill Zone, players in Sonic the Hedgehog: Crash Course race to be the first player to collect the most Chaos Emeralds! If you want to take the victory, then you gotta go fast! Game design by Sean McDonald.

HOW TO PLAY
-RACE forward and leave your opponents in the dust
-COLLECT items then heal damage
-WIN if you’re the fastest to earn the most Chaos Emeralds!

Contains:

  • 60 Item Tokens
  • 24 Chaos Emerald Tokens
  • 12 Damage Tokens
  • 4 Extra Life Tokens
  • 10 Track Tiles
  • 4 Character Tiles
  • 1 Reference Tile
  • 4 Pre-painted Miniatures
  • 1 Rulebook

 

Update: Leaked TV Spot Shows Sonic in Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

First Litwak’s Arcade, now The Oasis?

It won’t be long before Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, premieres in theatres. In a dystopian near-future ruined by the evils of pollution, political corruption, and climate change, a despondent mankind turns to a worldwide network of virtual reality for work, education, and entertainment.

The fantasy online world features a number of pop culture cameos so extremely high it would make more modest product placement advertisers blush, featuring the likes of Tracer from Overwatch with her signature salute to the towering figure of The Iron Giant‘s titular character. Additionally, it looks like SEGA has gotten our favourite Blue Blur in on the action as well, as Sonic the Hedgehog himself has been spotted by eagle-eyed fans in a leaked commercial for Ready Player One.

Continue reading Update: Leaked TV Spot Shows Sonic in Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”

CB.com: “New Sonic Game To Be Revealed At SXSW”

Rumours of a new Sonic racer being in development have been rife since the end of January, with SXSW just over the horizon, many fans have speculated as to if this would be the place for an announcement.

Well according to comicbook.com, a new Sonic game will be announced at this event!

CB.com managed to interview Ivo Gerscovich who is the chief brand officer for Sonic in America and in the same article they said the following.

And this year is looking to be just as fast for him, with the announcement of a live action/CGI movie coming next year and a new game set to be announced next month during SXSW Gaming.

Now in the interview, Ivo is not directly quoted as confirming a game announcement at SXSW, however he did have this to say about the movie…

The film-makers have a very unique and exciting vision in mind for the story, and we can’t wait to see how this blend of CGI/live action comes to life on the big screen!

We’ll keep you updated with more information as we get it.

Source: Comicbook.com

Sonic Paradox Debuts “Sonic Seconds,” a New Series of Shorts

Stop the presses!

It’s only been a month since the animators and voice actors over at Sonic Paradox released the karma collector-themed Vector’s Knickers, and tonight, the crew has unveiled a brand new spinoff series to the popular Sonic Shorts Volumes collaborations. Sonic Seconds!

Check the first volume of shorts out below, as well as credits, links, and important details regarding upcoming projects.

Continue reading Sonic Paradox Debuts “Sonic Seconds,” a New Series of Shorts

Nintendo Removes Wii Points Purchasing for Wii Shop Channel on March 26

Last year, Nintendo has announced that they will be closing the doors of the Wii Shop Channel for the original Wii indefinitely on January 30, 2019. The change comes as the company has moved on to online networks for the 3DS and Switch, and so, after more than twelve years of activity, the Wii Shop Channel and all its services (Wii Virtual Console, WiiWare, and Wii System Transfer Tool) will go offline at the cut-off date early next year.

Continue reading Nintendo Removes Wii Points Purchasing for Wii Shop Channel on March 26

GaMetal Unleashes a Double Whammy of Sonic Boss Theme Covers

Among the bevy of VGM cover artists I follow on the web, one standout artist in particular shines with his rock/metal arrangements of classic gaming themes in the form of “GaMetal.”

Week by week, Jonny Atma wows the scene with all sorts of fantastic VGM covers featuring his trademark solos, covering nearly every song under the sun from the popular to the obscure, and fan-favourites from the Sonic series is no exception. While he has covered a handful of tracks from the franchise in the past, Atma wrapped up the month of February with not just one, but two remixes of some of the best boss tracks Sonic the Hedgehog has to offer.

Continue reading GaMetal Unleashes a Double Whammy of Sonic Boss Theme Covers

Sonic Triple Trouble is Getting a 16-Bit Makeover in a Fan-made Remake

Sonic Triple Trouble had all the makings of a fantastic 2D Sonic adventure, but—shackled by the 8-bit restrictions of the SEGA Game Gear back in 1994—fell short in a number of ways by no real fault of its own.

Enter Noah Copeland, in collaboration with Overbound Game Studio (the same team of fans responsible for Sonic Time Twisted), who seeks to correct this injustice with a question:

What if [Sonic Triple Trouble] became a Genesis/Mega Drive game?

Continue reading Sonic Triple Trouble is Getting a 16-Bit Makeover in a Fan-made Remake

Sonic Forces used to have a VR mode

About a year ago, we brought you news that Sega was experimenting with Sonic in Virtual Reality and were looking to create a VR themed roller coaster.

Well it seems that experiments with Sonic and VR were not just limited to theme park attractions. Based on files found in the PC version of Sonic Forces, it looks like there was a VR mode/demo in the game.

The Cutting Room floor discovered a single splash screen in the files for the PC version of the game. The file in question is located within “vr_stage.pac“.

This is all that appears to be left over, so for those of you hoping for footage of this mode, we’ll just have to use our imaginations on that.

Also as an interesting side note, the game really was at one point entitled ‘Sonic 2017’.

Source: The Cutting Room Floor

Sonic The Comic 25th Anniversary Event Announced

Sonic the Comic, the UK fortnightly comic that ran from 1993 and continues in web form as Sonic the Comic – Online to this day turns 25 years old this year, and fans are planning a celebration of that milestone.

Sonic the Comic Online Editor Mike Corker is hoping to see the event come to life pending a successful Kickstarter campaign in the form of a day-long celebration of the comic and everything that made it memorable to fans 25 years after it’s creation. Fans will have the opportunity to meet special guests, including the fan artists who continue the comics legacy, with backer perks including a T-Shirt with artwork designed by Richard Elson to commemorate the event.

The event will be held on June 3rd 2018 at the FAB cafe in Manchester.

With a modest goal of £1000, the Kickstarter is currently at just under £400, with funds contributing to venue and equipment hire and special guest costs.

Source: Kickstarter

SEGA Holding 24-Hour Charity Livestream For Gameblast18

Charity gaming event Gameblast18 kicks off this Friday 23rd of February, and to help launch three days of festivities, SEGA will be hosting a 24-hour stream, starting at 6pm UTC (6pm GMT). Those wishing to tune in can do so via the SEGA Europe YouTube channel.

Highlights of the stream are set to include:

  • Yakuza 6 and the PC version of Puyo Puyo Tetris, ahead of their release
  • Sonic Mania, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Adventure 2
  • An SOE staffer will be transformed into a Space Marine on Friday
  • Midnight Alien Isolation
  • Bayonetta, with a very special guest from 2pm on Saturday

The stream will be raising funds for the great cause of helping thousands of people with physical disabilities enjoy video games through specially designed games controllers. You can donate to the cause through the SEGA Gameblast18 JustGiving page.

Sonic and PAC-MAN to Swap Places in Sonic Dash and PAC-MAN Mobile Games

Bandai Namco Games and SEGA has finally lifted the curtain on the curious Sonic and PAC-MAN collaboration that was teased last week – and while it confirms that the ghost-munching yellow ball will feature as a special character in Sonic Dash, it appears that the blue blur will also cameo in the mobile version of PAC-MAN Arcade in return! Continue reading Sonic and PAC-MAN to Swap Places in Sonic Dash and PAC-MAN Mobile Games

Sonic The Hedgehog Movie To Hit Cinemas In November 2019

The Hollywood reporter has just announced that the long-anticipated Sonic the Hedgehog movie is pegged for a release on November the 15th, 2019.The film, set to mix CGI with live action, is currently listed with Deadpool director Tim Miller in the executive producer’s chair, with Jeff Fowler taking the director’s helm. Continue reading Sonic The Hedgehog Movie To Hit Cinemas In November 2019

Comic Preview: Solicitation for IDW Sonic the Hedgehog #5 Revealed

In anticipation of its other solicits coming out tomorrow, IDW has decided to release the solicitation and one of the covers for Sonic the Hedgehog #5 slightly earlier than scheduled. But there’s never a time to be too early when it regards your arch-nemesis coming back into the picture!

In Sonic the Hedgehog #5, there is a question that needs to be answered; where exactly has Dr Eggman got to? His Badniks have still been causing mayhem since he and Sonic last fought, but he’s not been there with them to bring his usual flare to the fight. Wherever he is, he’s bound to be thinking up something evil, but what will Sonic do when he finds out what? This is “The Fate of Dr Eggman”: part 1.

 

Sonic the Hedgehog #5
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Jamal Peppers (c)
“The Fate of Dr. Eggman,
” Part 1. After his last battle with Sonic, Dr. Eggman’s gone quiet. His Badnik forces are still causing trouble, but without the bad doctor’s usual fanfare. What’s Eggman been doing all this time? And what will happen to Sonic when he finds out?
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18

Sonic the Hedgehog #5—Cover B: Kieran Gates
Ian Flynn (w) • Jamal Peppers (a) • Kieran Gates (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
Expected in-store date: 5/30/18
Bullet points:
– Guest starring: The Chaotix Detective Agency!
– Retailer Incentive: Order 10 copies, get one free variant cover by Nathalie Foudraine!

As always, we will have more on this issue closer to the time of release. In the meantime, look out for more variant covers for the previous issues to be revealed up to April!

Source: Newsarama

Second Toy Maker Hints At A Sonic Racer Game

Following on from Zappies claiming that a new Sonic racer was on the way, now a second toy maker has also hinted that a Sonic racer is in development.

At the New York Toy Fair, Diamond Select Toys have revealed their new line of Sonic toys, during an interview with Pixel Dan, when talking about the Sonic toys, the toy fair rep said the following.

“There are some minifigures […] some come with diorama pieces you’re going to build a race track from the game…

Whilst it’s possible that this is in relation to ASRT or a past racer game, it seems very unlikely that this is for a previous racing title since they’re several years old now. The fact it mentions racetrack suggests that it is in vehicles so it’s unlikely that these would be Sonic R related products.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSliyT8fAY0

The Sonic section begins at 8:32 and the ‘from the game’ line starts at around 9:00.

So what do you think? The rumours are certainly starting to add up now aren’t they?

This Sonic 2 Hack Adds Forces Physics, Works As Well As You’d Expect

We can all talk about the wonkiness of ‘My Saturday Morning Apocalypse’ adventure Sonic Forces all day long – perhaps never as concisely as our expert TSS Review, of course – but seeing its physics baked into another Sonic game really hammers home some of the gameplay issues that were prominent in the 2017 release. Continue reading This Sonic 2 Hack Adds Forces Physics, Works As Well As You’d Expect

Namco and Sega bring Pac-Man over to Sonic Dash

In a couple of silly tweets, it seems Sonic has called Pac-Man to come over and celebrate the 5th anniversary of Sonic Dash and after saying hi to himself and playing with….an arcade machine, Pac-Man has taken the call and decided to join the party. Continue reading Namco and Sega bring Pac-Man over to Sonic Dash

Two stinky new villains revealed IDW’s Sonic comic, plus other details

Sonic’s extensive rogues gallery will be getting some new additions in the IDW comics this April: the skunk brothers Rough and Tumble. This pair of malicious mephitidaes will be antagonizing Sonic and Knuckles in the series’ third issue.

Kotaku interviewed the comic’s associate editor David Marriotte, who said that the new villains aren’t exactly masterminds, meaning we shouldn’t expect them to be hatching any grand schemes any time soon. He also confirmed that they are “independent agents,” though did hint that they could become henchman down the line. So it may be safe to speculate that they’ll end up working for Dr. Eggman eventually.

Rough’s finalized concept sheet
Tumble’s final concept sheet

Marriotte also talked about how new comic characters are designed: they are first described by writer Ian Flynn in a few paragraphs, then they are designed by one of the comic’s artists, and then they are sent to SEGA for approval. After some back and forth between IDW and SEGA, the characters are fleshed out and finalized. According to Kotaku, the characters used to be more heavily clothed, had less defined eyes, and Tumble use to look a lot more rabid.

Meanwhile, in a Game Informer interview released yesterday, Ian Flynn confirmed that the IDW comics will be a fresh start focused on story elements and characters from the games. Early issues will feature stories that are light on world-building and lore, but heavy on adventure and cinematic action. Despite starting with “bite-sized” stories, Flynn also confirmed that these stories will start building up to a surprise that will pay off within the comic’s first year. This surprise will be an obscure antagonist that hardcore fans may be able to guess, but casual fans will find new and exciting. You can find the full interview, which goes into more detail about Flynn’s plans as well as his past, here.

Flynn later clarified on Twitter that he doesn’t want to front load a new, fast paced book with lore, and that he wanted to keep things game-centric to make the comic recognizable to casual fans. Once the tone is set, he will get into bigger arcs and begin exploring the characters.

IDW’s Sonic the Hedgehog will launch April 4, and release a new issue every week for its first four weeks before going monthly with issue 5.

 

Diamond Select Toys Throws Hat Into Sonic Toy Market

Diamond Select Toys have been responsible for some very well done toy lines based on pre-existing licensed products such as Ghostbusters and Marvel. Well with New York Toy Fair just a few days away they have just announced that they will be making a new line of Sonic toys.

The first products will be on display at the International Toy Fair in New York City, with a focus on the core Sonic characters — the speedy hedgehog Sonic, the energetic Amy, Tails the two-tailed flying fox, Knuckles the powerful Echidna, Shadow the anti-hero hedgehog, Metal Sonic the evil robot hedgehog, and the mustachioed mastermind Dr. Eggman. Product categories include Gallery PVC dioramas, Minimates block figures, Vinimates vinyl figures and PVC mini-figures with collect-and-connect racetracks.

I’ll let you guys decide if you want to add that racetracks bit to the racer game rumour pile.

The company goes on to say

“It’s an honor and a challenge to develop products based a world with such a long history and distinctive style,” said Diamond Select Toys president Chuck Terceira. “The Sonic Universe has so many possibilities that we are excited to explore – in our established categories, like Vinimates, Minimates and Gallery PVCs, but also the PVC mini-figure category, which we are diving into for the first time!”

So we have, diorama style figures, miniture block figures, mini figures and racer figures!

The toys are due for release around Christmas 2018, but they will apparently be on display at the New York Toy Fair which is next week.

We’ll update you as soon as we get more information.

Source: Diamond Select Toys

RUMOUR: Sumo Digital’s Next Kart Racer to Only Feature Sonic Characters

Sumo Digital’s mysterious new kart game, with all the independent rumours flying around, is quickly becoming SEGA’s worst-kept secret. Today, we learned of a new piece of information to add to the rumour mill; that whatever the UK developer is working on will focus entirely on Sonic, and won’t feature any associated SEGA universe characters. Continue reading RUMOUR: Sumo Digital’s Next Kart Racer to Only Feature Sonic Characters