Video game and pop culture statue creators First4Figures have teamed up with GTN TOYZ to create the Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic Vs Chopper Statue, with pre-orders opening this weekend.
First4Figures has posted a new teaser image on their private Official Collector’s Club group. The teaser appears to be hinting at a potential statue for the upcoming, as-yet untitled Sonic racing game.
The image, followed by a coy “teehee,” isn’t much to go on. While this is hardly a confirmation, the blue Sonic-esque spike and checkered flag background would seem to make it being Sonic racing game related a safe bet. We’ll bring you updates as they come.
Despite reports that F4F were looking to cancel their Sonic line, it seems there might be one last gasp effort to bring life to it once more.
Based on the image, there are two design concepts being considered, however the poll also has options for ‘not interested in Metal Sonic’ which is currently the second most rated option!
Why did it take so long for people to notice? Might have something to do with the post going live on Christmas Day, when we’re all eating turkey and opening gifts.
Source: Facebook (need to be a member to vote and view).
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.
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.
A few weeks ago at the Vegas Licensing Expo, First4Figures posted a number of photos of Sega’s booth, however there wasn’t any indication as to why they were at the event or at Sega’s booth.
Well, we think we might have a clue as to what.
First4Figures recently teased in one of their Facebook groups that they were looking into releasing other products which differ from their usual statue rangers, whilst I would love to provide a snap of that quote it was a few weeks ago and have since lost it.
Well to further provide hints as to what this might mean and which franchises are on board, according to a newsletter published at the Vegas Licensing Expo, First4Figures are to continue making Sonic themed statues, but also expanding the range into other products.
Whilst no specifics were given, the newsletter is quoted as saying ‘exclusive range of gift and novelty products’ suggesting that these might be priced significantly lower than the usual high end statues.
We’ll update you with more as we get it.
Source: Global License.
Now… the last time I wrote about a First4Figures statue in detail was back in 2013, and it wasn’t exactly a happy experience, my statue along with several others had a number of problems, mysterious black marks, badly manufactured joints to name but a few. This, combined with problems with a number of previous statues finally broke the camels back. So I cancelled all my outstanding orders for statues with them, since then I have not bought another F4F product, that rule was in place for me until I saw evidence that they were taking their quality control seriously.
And oh boy, how they have gone above my expectations. Continue reading TSS REVIEW: First4Figures Tornado Exclusive Edition Diorama
First4Figures have today revealed 2 renders for their upcoming additions to their Sonic the hedgehog statue range. The 25th anniversary statue depicts Sonic inset into a base playing games consoles, which according to the images are interchangeable, including a SEGA Dreamcast.
The Silver statue will conform to the “modern line” of statues (which so far includes Sonic, Shadow and Super Sonic) and feature a Kingdom Valley base (No Crisis City love?) and lighting in the exclusive version as seen previously with similar models.
Many thanks to Peter Robinson for the spot at Weston Super Sonic!
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.
Happy Easter from all of us here at First4Figures!
Hope that all of you are having a good time tucking into your Easter Eggs! In celebration of all things egg-y, we’ve got a very special glimpse of a certain ‘Egg’-man that we’re currently working on…
Seems like the wishes of many will soon be granted, Dr Eggman/Robotnik will be getting the statue treatment.
Source: First 4 Figures
P.S. From everyone here at TSS…
It’s been a long while since First 4 Figures’ Shadow statue was unveiled in May of last year, and after an appearance in Summer of Sonic’s merch cabinet in 2013, it seems like only yesterday that I was putting it together to go inside said cabinet…
Well, not really. The wait has still been a very long one. It’s finally over though, as First 4 Figures’ Shadow the Hedgehog statue has finally been finding its way into the hands of Shadow fans and collectors everywhere over the past couple of months or so. Here’s a little look at how much Shadow $230 will buy you. Brought to you with some absurd-resolution images:
You get a very big box with some basic details on the side. “Shadow Sonic”… Hmm. Have fun with that idea fan-fic writers! That’s not what you’re here to see though, so inside we have…
Another box! This time with pictures! Inside this box we find…
A big brick of Polystyrene! Some writing on the top and a pretty, 3D picture on the reverse.
Here’s a look at all the bits and pieces you get inside. The statue is split into multiple parts (base, Shadow’s body, both of his hands and batteries) to make the journey over from China a little easier on the fragile parts. Building the statue was a little bit fiddly, but everything went together easily enough once the main body was fitted into place.
The statue certainly isn’t one for people who don’t have a fair bit of space. At a solid 15 and a half inches in height, he’s certainly imposing. To give people a sense of scale, here’s a vanilla copy of Sonic Adventure 2 by comparison.
And so wraps up this not-so-little look at First 4 Figures’ Shadow the Hedgehog statue.
At the time of writing, The exclusive version of the statue has completely sold out in Europe, but not quite in the US and Australia. The regular statues are still having their wait lists sorted out.
Over to you: Were you lucky enough to pick one of these up for yourself? What were your thoughts?
The Sonic Stadium’s list of affiliates increases on an almost daily basis, and we are very proud to say that we are now also affiliated with Forbidden Planet International, who many in the UK will know as one of the biggest retailers of sci-fi comics and collectables.
This month we’ve teamed up this month with the Forbidden Planet blog to bring to you my personal “top 10” Sonic the Hedgehog collectables, where I will be taking about what I think are the coolest and rarest pieces of Sonic merch ever produced…how many items on the list do you have?
You can check out the article here.
Hopefully over the coming months we hope to bring you even more blog posts that will pique your collecting interests!
Chances are if you wanted one of these you’ve already pre-ordered by now, but here you go anyway. First 4 Figures have opened pre-orders for their Sonic statue, however unlike previous editions, this is part of their new ‘diorama’ range.
The scene depicts modern and classic Sonic skateboarding through the iconic City Escape stage as depicted in Sonic Generations. Whilst the statue may get a lot of you excited, some may end up being priced out of these as they’re VERY expensive!
The standard edition is limited to 1000 units and costs $299.99 (£185)
The ‘exclusive’ edition is limited to 450 units and costs $329.99 (£204)
However, don’t forget those prices do not include shipping, for people living in the UK you’re looking at an extra $30 on top of that.
Now for a limited time F4F have issued discount codes for each statue which takes $25 off the regular and $30 off the exclusive.
Also if you are interested in pre-ordering, please be aware of what the statue will actually look like when you get it, the image at the top is very eye catching but it also has a lot of photoshopped effects that will not be on the final statue, this is a more true to life image of what it will look like.
So, anyone here got a pre-order down?
Source: First 4 Figures
First 4 Figures have just announced the first in a new line of Sonic statues… and it’s incredible.
Part of a new Dioramas series of statues (yes that does imply there are more to come), the first in the series is ‘Sonic Generations City Escape’ and shows classic and Modern Sonic skateboarding through City Escape.
No details on price just yet, however pre-orders open up on November 19th (next tuesday) for those who are interested.
I hope your wallets are ready!
Odds are, if you wanted this statue, chances are you’ve already pre-ordered it, but for those who don’t follow F4F, here you go. F4F have opened up pre-orders for shadow, and he comes in two versions, regular and exclusive.
Welcome to a new and hopefully not regular feature on TSS that I’m calling ‘The Late Review.’ What is The Late Review? Well, whilst I will always try to review something a few days after the said product comes out, something’s not possible, be it due to financial reasons, slow delivery or what is more likely, my own lazy bones just doesn’t want to do it, things can get delayed. In today’s case, it’s a bit more complicated. Anyway on with the review.
Guess who is coming out to play? Is it a clone!? Is it an android!? No! It’s Shadow the Hedgehog Dah-Na-Nah! First4Figures released a new teaser image of the next statue in their Sonic line. Shadow, Shadow the Hedgehog,
No release date was given nor price, but going by previous statues. expect to pay nearly $230-$250 depending on which version you get. As for release? Considering how the Knuckles statues have only just been released, and it’s been nearly a year since the Tails pre-orders went live, Modern sonic is still to come out. You might be waiting until late 2013-mid 2014 just to get your hands on it.
When pre-orders go live, act fast to avoid getting a fake! Doh, ho ho ho ho.
Stay tuned to TSS for more details when we get it.
Thanks to Blue Blood for the tip.
Earlier this year, First4Figures teased a new Modern Sonic statue, today F4F have announced that pre-orders for this statue will go live on May 15th 2012… LIKE OMG THAT’S NEXT TUESDAY! Ahem…
Behold! A new reason as to why your wallet is going to scream “Noooo! I was only just full! Leave me be!”
You might remember shortly before New Years Day, F4F released a Christmas Card to everyone, well eagle eye’d readers spotted that hidden in the image was what appeared to be a new Sonic statue.
Well F4F have finally let the cat out of the bag with a teaser video showing off their new Sonic Statue, as well as a small picture of the it after the break.