Japans Sonic twitter account announced today that there would be a number of new 25th Anniversary pieces of merchandise released later this month. One of those was this rather nice figurine of Classic Sonic. Continue reading Classic Sonic 25th Anniversary Figurine Announced
It’s that time of the year again, Toy Fair season is in full swing and with London Toy Fair just coming to a close this week, we here at TSS decided that we would actually go along and see what there was.
Now before we go too far into details with this, we need to lay down a few things. First of all, Tomy’s booth did not have any signs up regarding the prohibition of photography, nor were we told we could not take photos.
However, usually, you should ask if you can take pictures or if there is a clear sign saying ‘no photos’ you don’t do it. Tomy’s booth had no signs indicating restrictions. We did see professional photographers in there taking pictures who were being monitored by staff. Butt because we were also there for other ‘reasons’ which might get made clearer one day, we decided not to take any photos out of respect to the staff who were kind enough to let us in and take a look, up until last night this article wasn’t going to have photos of the products, we were just going to use images of the already released prototype artists impressions.
That was until, Twitter user Elliot James who is not associated with us in any way did take photos and asked if we would like to use them… so we’re using these under the assumption he got permission so here they are.
Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the products.
Some of these have already been released and proved very popular, they sold out in under half an hour at Weston Super Sonic recently, it’s surprise that the range is to expand, and it’s brilliant.
We saw and held most of the new plushies and they are VERY impressive, possibly some of the best plushies since the Sonic Adventure 2 plush line, no really, they look odd and strange, but they work, the design fits the cartoon nature and style of the show and in some cases the plushies work better with this design.
Take Orbot and Cubot, these for me were big surprise stars of the plush range, they seemed to be very well made and the design of the plush line helped them keep their robotic like design yet also be a soft plush toy.
Amy, Shadow and Sticks also look great in this plush line, they’re fantastic plushies and I can’t wait until they get released.
Oh yes, and Metal Sonic, it’s great, big head Metal Sonic looks fantastic miles better than the Jazwares plush we reviewed back in 2014.
8″ Plush Range
Shadow, Metal Sonic & Sticks join the range, lets get the bad out of the way first, we were not impressed with Sticks, she was… ok, but her big head plush was just so much better. Shadow however looked fine, Metal Sonic however looked incredible, the quality was miles ahead of Jazwares and it fitted in with the line well.
It’s no secret that people have been a little mixed on the figures released so far, whilst many collectors are thankful for an Egg-O-Matic and an Orbot & Cubot figure, the quality has suffered from mass production syndrome.
However, what we saw, utterly blew us away, the new figures are on a totally different level. It’s really hard to describe but the paint jobs on them were stunning. They looked hand painted, they were done to a very high standard and even had a glossy like finish.
Whilst some figures are getting re-released, there are some new figures on the way, the biggest surprise, badniks. Crabmeat, MotoBugs & BuzzBombers (no I will not call them by their Boom names), these were VERY impressive, their paint jobs were stunning and the detail was high.
The strangest one was Eggman who was wearing a dark red jacket, this may have been a prototype colour scheme but I have to admit, it looked REALLY cool!
Also coming out is a new larger play set, Sonic Vs Eggman, it comes with a Sonic figure and an Eggman with a new more aggressive weaponized Egg-O-matic.
Not sure if this is the correct name for these but unsure what else to call them. There are a range of larger more impressive looking figures on the way, two are already known, Sonic & Knuckles. However, Metal Sonic is also joining the range and we utterly loved it.
Over the last few years, there has been a small explosion in Metal Sonic figures, all of which have had the usual ‘Jazwares’ quality to them… yeah… This figure, the one by Tomy, was as impressive as say a First4Figures statue.
The figure looked menacing, it was dynamic, it looked mean, it looked like a threat, it looked like the Metal Sonic I loved from the Sonic CD era, it looked like a Metal Sonic who took inspiration from The Terminator, it looked like a powerful robot who could potentially defeat Sonic.
Forget the laughable encounter in Sonic Boom Rise of Lyric, Tomy’s Metal Sonic could go toe to toe with 1980’s Terminator and after 3 hours entire cities would be in ruin.
This is a figure I will order on day 1, this is a figure I want in my collection, this is a figure which by far is the most impressive Metal Sonic figure for decades if not all time (if you don’t include the F4F statue).
The 25th Anniversary Merchandise
It was there! It was really there, I got to hold it, it was real! And… It’s really good!
There was a number of things on show, Classic Sonic, Knuckles and Tails mini figures with a collectable coin, a large classic Sonic plush, a small classic Sonic, Tails Knuckles and even Eggman plush!
Ok where to start, let’s start with the small plush lines.
Jazwares tried this back in the 20th anniversary, now Tomy is trying it, Tomy’s are better. Their plushies are better made, better stuffed, look more like characters and don’t have anything which look too stand out. One thing about Jazwares plushies which I always find odd is that the eyes tend to look like they’re stuck on or don’t belong to it, the Tomy plush line looks like it’s apart of the plush, not just stuck/sewn on afterwards.
Now this is where things get a little strange, the plush line reminds me a lot like the old original Japanese plushies, the Eggman is almost exactly like the original Japanese Sonic plush, which is fine, it’s a great plush and Tomy did a great job making their Eggman plush. The other plushies are also very well made and look like their classic counterparts.
The large classic Sonic plush was amazing, the quality of it was high, it felt soft it looked detailed, it was very well made, it’s very impressive and we can’t wait to see it released.
Finally, the small figures. These were great, they looked very similar to the First4Figures mini figures, only again, they were better, the paint jobs were better, they had a gloosy like finish to them… and… they had articulation! You can pose them, not by much, but by some. They also come with some collectable coins to.
From what we saw, we are VERY impressed with Tomy’s lineup, we hope this will come to the UK because it was very high quality, we just hope that some of the quality doesn’t get lost when it goes into mass production, it would be a huge shame if that happened.
What we saw would look great in any collection, we’ll likely return to these when they get released, but at the moment, we are highly looking forward to these products and cannot wait to see what else Tomy will release in the future.
New Sonic Mascot Costume
This was one of the best mascot costumes we’ve seen for a long time, Sonic was excellent on the day, he even interacted with other characters and kept in character. Give Sonic an extra helping of chili-dogs for his work at the event.
Special Thanks to Elliot James for the photos.
“I wanted clues to the next Sonic game!”
There was nothing.
However, think about it, Tomy is ‘The Master Toy Partner’ they had no modern Sonic toys, but Boom toys and Classic Sonic toys, nobody else has as of yet shown anything for 2016 other than Boom and Classic.
Work it out.
It’s been a whirlwind ride of sorts for the Sonic Nendoroid figure here in the UK. Made by the Good Smile Company, this limited edition piece of merch was originally only going to available in Japan – but thanks to the surprise announcement that SonicMerchandise.com would be stocking it, fans on the other side of the world had the chance to their hands on it too (well, if they were quick enough to get a pre-order in before they sold out, anyway). Now, at last, the Nendoroids have arrived… but have they been worth the hype?
Following the recent announcement that the limited edition Sonic Nendoroid figures will be made available to UK customers, it has been revealed that SonicMerchandise.com has now received its stock and will be dispatching pre-orders over the next week.
Merch-hogs, prepare to open your wallets once more – it has been recently revealed that the all-new Sonic Nendoroid figure from the Good Smile Company will be making its way to UK shores!
Reports are coming in from the SSMB that the special 20th Anniversary Jazwares Sonic figures we told you about back in February are now appearing in stores across the US. The figures are currently nowhere to be found online on GameStop’s, Toys R Us’ or Target’s websites, but have been spotted in store at Target and GameStop.
SSMB member dirupti reports that Modern Sonic, Classic Sonic, Modern Tails and Shadow figures can be found at various GameStop stores. These figures appear to be a ‘series 1’ set, with other characters following at a later date.
All right! I can confirm that about every gamestop in Colorado has a box of these.
Each box that the stores got in stock contains:
2 Modern Sonic
2 Classic Sonic
1 Modern Tails
So, Classic Tails, Silver, Knux, and Eggman apparently are some sort of series 2.
I picked up one of each and the cashier gave me the box (made to hold 6 figures) they came in for buying the rest of that stores stock.
You can find pics of some of the currently available figures, as well as upcoming ones in the below eBay listings:
Sonic & Spinner
Shadow & Mono Beetle
Tails & Sandworm
Dr.Eggman With Egg Fighters
Classic Tails & Grabber
Silver & Iblis Biter
Knuckles & Egg Pawn
We’ve also heard from mikeblastdude at the SSMB that buying these figures from GameStop will get you an Avatar Award item for your Xbox 360 Avatar.
In other news, a company known as Good Smile Company has revealed a Sonic the Hedgehog Nendoroid figure. Like all Nendoroid figures, Sonic is around 4″ tall, poseable and appears to come with a checkpoint gate accessory. This figure will be available to purchase this Winter.
Thanks to TheDanimator for the Classic Sonic figure video and to STrainer for the Classic Sonic & Motobug figures pic!
Many new pieces of Sonic merchandise are now available at retail, so if you have a friend or family member who is a big Sonic fan, you’ll find plenty of items to choose from to buy for them this Christmas, or to just plain treat yourself with. First up are Sonic the Hedgehog and Jet the Hawk figures based on SEGA’s first Kinect title Sonic Free Riders, which was released last month. Each figure comes with the respective character’s eye wear and their hoverboard Extreme Gear. Both figures are available in-store at Toys R Us.
Next up is another Jazwares Sonic the Hedgehog figure based off of another of his recent games Sonic Colours for Wii & DS. The figure is pretty much the same as previous Jazwares Sonic figures, except this one comes with a White Wisp and a Red Wisp. You can grab it now online and in-store at Toys R Us. It’s also available to order at ToyGlobe.com.
For Sonic fans who like something softer, there are two new plush toys available in the forms of Silver the Hedgehog and Miles “Tails” Prower. Both are made by Jazwares and are available exclusively in-store and online at Toys R Us.
Silver the Hedgehog
Miles “Tails” Prower
Finally, two new Sonic themed accessory gift sets have been released by Bioworld Merchandising. One set contains a belt buckle and wrist band, while the other contains a wallet with a different wrist band. Both are available in-store and online at Toys R Us.
Belt buckle and wrist band
Wallet and wrist band
Thanks to Woun, chaoscontrol14, Barry the Nomad and Jix Hedgehog at the SSMB for the heads-up!
Jazwares, the company behind a lot of Sonic merchandise in recent years, has released more goodies for you to spend your hard-earned cash on. An update at their Facebook page states that Metal Sonic and Eggman figures should now be in stores, along with The Super Pack and the large Racers Pack(seen in the photo above). Big and Froggy figures are said to be coming later this year and Vector and Espio will be packaged together in the latest Comic Book Pack.
Hey guys, so I know you all have been asking what the deal is with Sonic and I wanted to give you a clear layout of what to expect for the coming months!
Metal Sonic and Eggman should be hitting the stores
…So should the The Super pack and the large Racers Pack.
and Froggy are later this year, no images yet.
Vector and Espio will
be together in the latest Comic Book pack.
Some fans will be interested to know that Jazwares are hearing your calls for Mighty the Armadillo, Rouge the Bat and Omega figures. In a second Sonic update to their Facebook page, they say they have passed these requests on to the design team and will keep everyone posted. If we hear more, we’ll let you know.
As soon as we have images I will post them! Also, I
know a lot of you have requested Mighty the Armadillo, Rouge the Bat,
and Omega. I have put all your requests in with the design team, and
will keep you posted! Thanks!!
Thanks to fellow TSS Staff member Jason the Jackass for the pic of the large Racers Pack and to Jix Hedgehog for the pic of the Dr.Eggman & Metal Sonic pack. Vector and Espio pic courtesy of eBay seller tbhouse(thanks to SSMB member Aquaslash for the link). We’ll keep an eye out for a pic of the Super Pack figures and update when we get it. If you have the figures and could take a picture of them, please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll credit you in this post.
Emerald Coast owner, SSR DJ and all around cool guy Vger reports that UK collectibles retailer Forbidden Planet are now stocking three characters namely Sonic, Tails and S&TBK Sonic from a range of new figures priced at just £4.99. The back of the packaging informs that more are on the way but no information as to who or what they are. We’ll keep an eye out for them and report back here.
Meanwhile if you’d like a closer look at the three figures currently available head over to Emerald Coast.
Yep. Today, we’ve got actual pictures of those figures that we told you about last Thursday (instead of mock-ups). It’s shame that they are blurry. Regardless, they are pictures of the actual toys.
Now that I can actually see these figures FO REALZ, I want one. Look at how cool that Sonic figure looks. He exudes cool. Oh, and Shadow’s here, I guess.