The Spin: The Rising Cost Of Sonic the Hedgehog Collecting

Who doesn’t like the constant reminder that Sonic the Hedgehog owns so much of our free time and money? As if our shelves weren’t already stacked high with game cartridges, many companies go out of their way to create a huge array of irresistible merchandise that become objects of desire amongst large parts of the fanbase. Entities such as First 4 Figures have established themselves as one such company that goes the distance and create highly detailed statues of video game and anime characters, Sonic and friends included, in gravity-defying and dynamic poses true to their source material. But as the complexity, scale, and limited nature / scarcity of these pieces of merchandise increase, so does the cost…

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First 4 Figures Asking for ideas for 25th Anniversary Statue

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Every main anniversary Sonic has had in recent years has been commemorated with some form of limited collectible figurine, and now First 4 Figures is asking us for ideas for what the all-important 25th anniversary piece should be.

The company reached out on Facebook asking fans for ideas and suggestions for what the should be implemented into the 25th anniversary statue:

So… About that 25th anniversary of Sonic.

The F4F ‘veterans’ amongst you will remember that SEGA commissioned us to produce a run of limited figurines for the 20th anniversary nearly 5 years ago, and now our creative cogs are turning once again for next year.

What would your ideal 25th anniversary statue look like? Throw your ideas/wish lists our way! There’s only a few things you need to keep in mind:

-Classic Sonic is to be the main focus, but don’t let that stop you from including other things from his history such as classic items.

-The statue needs to be as all-encompassing as possible

Unlike last time, SEGA will allow us to sell these to Sonic fans the world over, so let’s hear you!

My favourite part of this: We’ll actually be able to buy this one without having to pay small fortunes on eBay! Hurray!

Interestingly, First 4 Figures has requested to keep this piece as a Classic Sonic focussed piece… Interesting.

Head on over to F4F’s Facebook page to submit your ideas, and allow me to start pouring all my earnings into the newly created ‘F4F Anniversary Statue Fund’.

A Not-So-Little Look at: First 4 Figures Dr. Eggman Statue

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Today was a rather special day for me.

Earlier today, I took delivery of one of the largest collectible boxes I’m likely to receive in my life, containing what is likely to become one of my favourite merch items ever. It’s First 4 Figures’ latest release and of my favourite character in the series ever: Dr. Ivo ‘Eggman’ Robotnik. So without further ado, here’s some absurd-resolution images of what $400 worth of maniacal painted polystone will get you.

The moment old Postman Pat turned up with it, the initial thoughts crossed my mind:

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“Big box. Big box. Biiiiiiig box”

To give an idea as to how massive this box actually is, you could probably hide and mail a small child to a different country inside it if you really wanted to (though I don’t recommend trying this).

The inside art box gives us our first look at a very nicely presented package. Seriously, it’s a shame the art boxes are too nice to throw away. They’re starting to take over my home. If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep hold of the plain cardboard shipper box too to keep this arty box looking swish. As well as the normal character description on the reverse, there are plenty of nice art renders on the side as well to gawp at.

Let’s pull the tab and get inside…

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Another thing that F4F love doing is embossing the Styrofoam interior with embossed writing and pictures. As far as First 4 Figures pieces go, it’s business as usual. We also get a peek at Eggman’s authenticity card. Also… I spy discrepancies. ‘Eggman’ on the box, and now ‘Robotnik’ on the Styrofoam? This warrants further investigation. Let’s get the lid off.

Eggman’s package contains a whole lot of different parts: 10 pieces in total. All made up of a base, two Chaos Emeralds, four hands, the left and right halves of Eggman’s moustache and finally the good doctor’s body itself. I must admit that seeing him with no moustache is rather unsettling.

Assembling Ivo is rather simple. Align the large peg in his leg into the hole on the Wing Fortress base, put his moustache into place and then simply choose whatever hands you wish to display him with. The hands themselves are actually magnetic, meaning that fiddling around with metal pegs and awkward positioning is essentially a non-issue.

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Just like that, we have a near two-foot tall menace to terrorise Sonic and his friends. Let’s take a look at some of the smaller details you may have missed.

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Firstly, here’s the underside of the base. ‘Eggman’ again. Hmm. It gives the usual licensing details and what number you’ve got. Number 25 of 1000 for me!

Despite not appearing the bulkiest of things, this base has a surprising amount of heft to it. I’d say a good bulk of the statue’s weight comes from this alone. Good stability. This is a good thing. The top of the base goes with a really sweet looking hexagonal checker-plate style pattern with an oily looking glaze to it. I’m not one for rivet counting, but the detailing around the base adds a lovely little touch of authenticity to the metalwork appearance.

Moving on up to Eggman himself. For such a simple character, there’s really a surprising amount of detail crammed into this bowling ball with arms. The buttons on his waist for instance are nice and shiny, as are the ones on his cuffs. As a matter of fact, these even have little ‘threads’ moulded into them.

My favourite part of Eggman has to be his head. The moustache has plenty of hand-painted lines to aid in adding detail. His mouth has a real amount of depth to it, and the tongue and teeth really pop. My absolute favourite part though has to be those glasses. They’re shiny. Really, really, REALLY shiny.

One of the noted features on Eggman has to be his set of swappable hands. Even the empty hands carry a nice amount of detail, with visible seams along his gloves. Being magnetic allows these empty hands to be switched out for a set of emerald-holding hands, which add an additional splash of colour to the statue’s palette. The emeralds themselves are big, clear, shiny and refract light just as you would expect them to. The swappable nature of them allows for quite a few different display options:

What about scale? As already mentioned, Eggman is nearly 2 feet in height, meaning he’s meant to be directly in scale with other characters in the series. Putting him alongside his blue nemesis shows the scaling is pretty spot-on. He looks really cool put next to Metal Sonic as well.

One other thing… I’d like to show you a comparison to that really scarce Japanese statue from years back. The pose is the same, but I’d wager that F4F Eggman is at least four to five times the size.

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With that, let’s put him in his new home. Thankfully, other statues seem to fit rather tidily under each of his arms!

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Have any of you been lucky enough to get your hands on an Eggman of your own? Let us know!

First 4 Figures’ Modern Super Sonic Statue opens for Pre-Orders

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Modern Super Sonic; First 4 Figures’ latest offering has opened for pre-orders today, with a whole slew of extra details about the statue following in its wake.

The statue, which was revealed to fans some months ago at Weston Super Sonic depicts the climactic moments from the final battle in Sonic Adventure with Perfect Chaos, with Super Sonic splashing down into the flood waters that swamped Station Square.

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As is per the course with F4F releases, we’ve got a flashy, more limited (600 pieces) exclusive version for $249.99…

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And a slightly less flashy and less limited (1500 pieces) regular version for $224.99.

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Both versions of the statue are due to arrive in Q1 of 2016.

 

I think it’s safe to say in this instance that the Exclusive version is where it’s at this time around. I mean… Look at some of these darkened shots, and how the light shines up from the base to light up the entire figure. Hooray for clear resin!

And another shot from my personal collection from when WSS had the statue:

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Preorder the regular version here

Preorder the exclusive version here

With Modern Super out of the way, it begs the question of who or what will be next for the Modern line? Time will tell for sure.

First 4 Figures Modern Super Sonic Pre-Orders open May 5th

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We knew it was coming, and now it’s just around the corner. First 4 Figures’ Modern Super Sonic statue will be going up for pre-orders this coming Tuesday (5th May 2015).

Originally revealed at Weston Super Sonic earlier this year, the statue portrays Modern Super Sonic splashing down into Station Square’s flooded remains in a pose reminiscent to this piece of artwork. The statue also includes a kick arse lighting effect that causes the water on the top of the base to light up.

Below is a video our very own Hogfather got of the statue during his visit to Weston Super Sonic of the statue, and its lighting features.

Be sure to join us on Tuesday, where the full official reveal of the statue will take place!

First 4 Figures “The Tornado” Diorama opens for Pre-Orders

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The latest in First 4 Figures’ Sonic Diorama Collection looks to be flying high, but at has just landed for pre-orders!

F4F’s “The Tornado” is a monster at almost 18 inches tall, and it captures the scene that played out at the end of Sonic the Hedgehog 2, where Sonic’s rocket equipped Bi-Plane powers through the clouds in chase of Dr. Eggman. The piece itself looks fantastic, with Sonic confidently riding the wings whilst Tails pilots from the Tornado’s cockpit.

A neat little addition to the piece is the inclusion of a pivoted stand to attach the plane to the cloudy base, which allows the plane to be angled like this:

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Or maybe even like this…

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First 4 Figures has also gone back to ‘Regular and Exclusive’ variants, meaning that two versions of the piece are up for grabs. The Exclusive edition (limited to 450 pieces) will set your bank account back $329.99. As you can probably see, like many other of First 4 Figures’ exclusive pieces, LEDs have been incorporated into this version of the statue.

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The Regular version (1000 pieces) is $30 cheaper at $299.99, but has no LEDs incorporated into the design.

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First 4 Figures says that the statue is due to ship in Q4 of this year, so there’s still time yet to get the rings together to buy this beast. There is also the option to utilise the company’s ‘flexipay’ method, to spread the cost a little more finely.

You can find more images of Both regular and exclusive pieces (and place pre-orders) at the following links:

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My Pre-Order is in already, what about yours?

First 4 Figures Modern Super Sonic Statue Announced

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.

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Weston Super Sonic: One Week to go and Info Round Up

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Weston Super Sonic, the South West’s Sonic Convention is only a week away on the 17th, and in the past few months, a plethora of details have been revealed about guests and what kinds of things Sonic fans can do at the event.

 

Attendance: Can I still get tickets? Can I pay ‘On the Door’?

The answer to both of these questions is unfortunately not. The convention completely sold out of both premium and free tickets towards the end of last year, and as a result cannot accept any further registrations to attend. There are also no on the door tickets, so it may be worth saving yourself a journey if you haven’t already gotten tickets. Thankfully, the awesome peeps at The Sonic Show will be live streaming directly from the convention space so you can see all the action as it takes place.

I’ve got tickets! Where do I go?

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Weston Super Sonic is taking place on the Grand Pier in Weston Super-Mare. Full details on how to get there can be found here.

 

Who is coming in the way of special guests?

The convention has a wealth special guests attending. Here’s our brief, but comprehensive list of guests that we’ll have joining us:

Richard Elson: StC Artist

Nigel Kitching: StC Writer & Artist

Carl Flint: StC Artist

Ferran Rodríguez: StC Artist

Deborah Tate: StC Editor

Mike Pollock (via Skype): Series’ Dr. Eggman VA

Duncan Gutteridge: Classic Sonic/SEGA Illustrator

Radio SEGA: Internet SEGA Radio Station/Official Event DJs

The Sonic Show: Sonic the Hedgehog Podcast/Youtube Channel

VGM Awesome: Internet VGM Radio Station

Louisalulu Arts: Independent Artist

Sam Webster: Independent Artist

Sci-Fi Collectibles: Collectible vendor/retailer

You can find more in-depth bios at WSS’s website.

What events have been announced?

A few events have been announced already:

Speed Run Contest : Complete Sonic Adventure 2’s City Escape stage in the fastest time to win!

Gaming Tournament: Only one will come out the victor in this gaming knockout tournament! Bring your best skills!

Art Contest: Flex those pencils (though not too far, because they’d break otherwise) and demonstrate your artistic talents to the folk at the convention!

Cosplay Contest: Don your best Sonic gear, and show us your great costume making skills!

Mike Pollock Live Skype Q&A: Series VA and voice of Dr. Eggman Mike Pollock joins the convention live over skype in this Q&A segment, where he will be answering fan’s submitted questions!

Sonic Off 2.0: The age-old rivalry between VGM Awesome and The Sonic Show rears its ugly head. In this two part quiz, will VGM Awesome take home the elusive Sonic Off Trophy once more? Or will The Sonic Show win the day after last time’s humiliation..?

‘Where’s Sonic?’ Contest: Where’s Sonic Hiding? Pick a zone, and win a SEGA Prize Europe Shadow the Hedgehog Plush! All funds raised from this contest (£1 per entry) will go towards the Burnham on Sea Rainbows Group.

What about other prizes..?

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Winners of the various contests will each take home one of these awesome engraved Chaos Emerald trophies. There are 4 trophies up for grabs for the Speed Run winner, the Tournament winner, the Cosplay winner and finally the Art Winner.

What other events will there be?

Lucky you asked… Next week, WSS will be revealing the complete line up of events scheduled to take place via their Facebook page in a series of announcements leading up to the event. We’ll be covering the announcements as they come!

One more thing…

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Those of you on social media may have noticed this coming from First 4 Figures’ Twitter/Facebook feeds. Whatever could it mean? You’ll have to wait and see what we have planned in regards to that ;)

 

With all that said, Rurifuu and I look forward to seeing all our attendees on the pier this coming Saturday!

First 4 Figures Dr. Robotnik Statue: Pre-Orders Now Open

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First 4 Figures’ Dr. Robotnik statue has gone up for pre-order, and all I can say is, “reinforce your shelves, and prepare your wallet for severe trauma”.

The statue has Robotnik portrayed in a pose that is identical to that of the old Japanese resin statue (the one with the wooden base). Unlike the wooden base of the Japanese statue, he’s standing on one of Wing Fortress’ floating platforms. No alternative light up ‘exclusive’ features this time around, instead we have a set of alternative hands, allowing the Doctor to hold on to two Chaos Emeralds.

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Now where have I seen that before?

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…Nice touch.

Robotnik is a beast too. The statue has been made to scale with the others in the series, meaning it measures in at a whopping 22 inches tall (and 19 inches wide), making him nearly twice as tall as some of the other statues in the series. I sense quite a few cabinets being too small for this one.

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You’ll probably be anticipating that this goliath will be all kinds of bad news for collectors and Robotnik fans on tighter budgets, and you’d be right. To get one of the 1000 produced Dr. Robotniks, you will need to cough up $399.99. Yeowch. I can already hear bank accounts across the land crying ‘MERCY!’ in unison. At least there’s a ‘flexi-pay’ option to cushion the blow (somewhat).

With Dr. Robotnik now joining the ranks of the other statues, it could be argued that the Classic Sonic the Hedgehog line is ‘complete’, unless First 4 Figures decide to polish the line off with a classic Amy Rose.

You can Pre-Order Dr. Robotnik, and see the whole set of images right here.

 

One more thing… This image right here:

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“HELLO! AND WELCOME TO THE MOBIUS HAS TALENT WITH YOUR HOST: IVOOOOOOO ROBOTNIIIIIIIK~!”

Dr. Robotnik by First 4 Figures: Preorders Open October 7th

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The wait is almost over.

A few moments ago, this teaser image was shared via First4Figures’ social media channels, showing that pre-orders for the highly anticipated classic Dr. Robotnik statue will be opening soon, and apparently keeping his western name intact! (Because, that does seem to matter to people)

After multiple teasers were released earlier in the year, we’ll soon have the full details on this beast of a statue, including exclusive edition (if there is one), physical size and perhaps most importantly… Price.

Also accompanying the image was this message:

And boy is he big…really big…did I mention he is big?? Oh so big!

…I’m scared.

Clean version of above image:

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Will you be diving in to get this latest piece?

First 4 Figures’ Sonic Generations Diorama production pics released

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I don’t think I’ve seen so many Sonics together in a single photo before…

In the last few minutes, First 4 Figures released 5 images of their upcoming Sonic Generations Diorama piece originally revealed back in November on their Facebook page, and it looks to be nearing completion.

First 4 Figures has confirmed that the statues are now complete and ready to be boxed up in preparation for shipping, and has been given a rough delivery schedule of mid-late August for delivery to collectors.

Is yours in amongst all of this lot..?

We’ll be sure to provide an in-depth look once we get ours!

First 4 Figures Teases more of Robotnik Statue

First 4 Figures sure love their teasers!

Dr. Eggman is evidently getting closer to release, as First 4 Figures today teased a new photograph of currently-in-development classic Dr. Robotnik statue on Facebook. The last time we saw him, he didn’t look to be much more than a computer generated render, but now…

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Yep, he exists all right!

There’s still no word yet as to cost, size or even when First 4 Figures will open up the gates to pre-orders… But on evidence of the photograph above, he can’t be overly far away!

Once we know more about when Robotnik goes live, we’ll be sure to cover it!

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First 4 Figures Announces Eggman Statue

robotnik statueNow I wonder who that could be? First 4 Figures posted the above image to their Facebook page earlier today along with this blurb

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…

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A not-so-little look at: First 4 Figures’ Shadow The Hedgehog

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:

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 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…

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 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.

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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?

Pre-Order Now: First 4 Figures Sonic Generations “City Escape” Diorama

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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.

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So, anyone here got a pre-order down?

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First 4 Figures Announce “Sonic Generations City Escape” Statue

First 4 Figures have just announced the first in a new line of Sonic statues… and it’s incredible.

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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!

Freak-Out Friday: Sonical Destruction

Last year, Jay Egge Mann (of The Sonic Show & Stadium) and Jono.D competed in the ‘Sonic Off’ to see who was the ultimate sonic fan. The reward, a sonic trophy.

Image4 Jay shamed The Sonic Show and ‘Stadium crew by losing to Jon in a massive way. Jon won the trophy and Jay has been bitter about it ever since… until today.

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In a plan to steal back the trophy Jay so desperately wants, he comes across an even more evil plan to complete his revenge.

Pre-orders Now Open For First 4 Figures’ Classic Knuckles Statue

First 4 Figures has today opened pre-orders for their recently teased Classic Knuckles statue. An ‘Exclusive’ version has also been revealed, which features red and yellow lights to give a lava effect to the rocky base themed around Sonic & Knuckles‘ Lava Reef Zone. The Exclusive version will set you back $189.99 and is limited to just 500 pcs, while the standard version (without lights) will cost you a little less at $169.99 and will be limited to 1,500 pcs. Both statues will be released Q2 2012.

You can pre-order and view more images of the statues at the links below.
First 4 Figures Classic Knuckles statue: $169.99
First 4 Figures Classic Knuckles Exclusive statue: $189.99

Thanks to sonicwalter via Twitter for the heads up!

Got a news tip? Send it in to thesonicstadium@googlemail.com, shadzter@sonicstadium.org or via Twitter at @Shadzter and we’ll credit you for the find.

F4F Asks: Would you buy a Fang the Sniper Statue?

Sonic’s circle of friends and foes has grown huge as of recent, but there’s a cheeky purple weasel who dates all the way back to Sonic Triple Trouble (Or Sonic & Tails 2 if you hail from Japan) who has been long since forgotten by SEGA since Sonic the Fighters. Fang the Sniper (or Nack the Weasel, again, depending where you are from!)  has become a cult fan favourite, particularly it seems, amongst like-minded merchandise hunters!

First 4 Figures, the creators of the Sonic, Super Sonic, Metal Sonic and the upcoming Knuckles statues amongst many other Sonic-themed figurines have posed a question on their facebook page…would you buy a Fang the Sniper / Nack statue? Now while this question is likely purely out of interest, how cool would it be to see this character immortalised in figurine form?

If you’re interested, head over to the facebook group and cast your vote – who knows what might come of registering interest!

I’ll take three – 2 regulars, and a special addition…with a working cork gun and light up Marvelous Queen please!

F4F Metal Sonic Statue Limited to USA & Canada, Now Available to Pre-Order

First 4 Figures has announced that pre-orders are now open for its new Metal Sonic statue, which comes in both standard and exclusive models at 3kg in weight. The exclusive Metal Sonic statue lights up and costs $174.99, but like its Super Sonic counterpart it is very limited at just 350 of them produced. The standard Metal Sonic without light up features costs $20 less at $154.99 and isn’t as limited at 1,500 produced. Both statues will be available Q2 2011.

There has been a snag with this announcement though, because the statue is only available to USA & Canada residents right now. First 4 Figures has explained on their Facebook page that this is because their European license with SEGA has expired and talks to renew it before Christmas didn’t achieve anything. The company said they will be meeting with SEGA in January in hopes to renew their European licence and said they will keep everyone posted. If you live outside of the USA and Canada and have placed a pre-order, F4F say that you can hold on to your pre-order for now, because they don’t charge until the product is ready to ship.

Here are quotes from their Facebook page for reference:

@Europe – Our EU license has run out but we are trying to get an extension for the resins. We will update when we hear something in early Jan.

We will be giving out an update for non US residents in early Jan – we hope Sega will grant us an extension. We will keep you all posted.

@Non USA/Canadians – Keep you orders – we dont charge in any case until the product is ready to ship and please keep a look out our FB/Website for more info after our meeting with Sega.

We were hoping for an update prior to the holidays but didn’t get it in time.

As part of the update, First 4 Figures released fourteen photos of the exclusive Metal Sonic Statue and eight photos of the standard one. Check them out below.

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Sources:
First 4 Figures newsletter
First 4 Figures Facebook page

Will you be grabbing this statue? Do you live outside of the USA & Canada and feel a bit miffed? Speak out in the comments.

First 4 Figures Announces Classic Metal Sonic Collectible Statue

Mad Catz aren’t the only ones giving Sonic the Hedgehog merchandise related Christmas announcements, oh no, because First 4 Figures has just announced the third entry in their Classic Sonic Collectible Statue line, Metal Sonic. No details about the statue itself have been given right now, but the teaser image gives the impression that Metal Sonic’s eyes will light up, much like the aura does with the more limited edition of their Super Sonic statue.

If you’re interested in buying the statue, pre-orders will begin from December 28th, so mark it on your calendars, as according to First 4 Figures’ website, orders for the statue will be on a first come, first served basis. If you’re a follower of the company’s Facebook page, they will be doing a live countdown there.

Sources:
First 4 Figures website
First 4 Figures Facebook page

Thanks to The-Master-Board at the SSMB for the heads up!

Will you be grabbing yourself one of these? Let us know in the comments.

First 4 Figures 2″ Mini Figures Series 2 Now Available

Series 2 of the First 4 Figures made Classic Sonic mini figures is now available to purchase in the UK. The figures include Super Sonic, Metal Sonic and Amy Rose and are available individually for £3.99 in-store at Gamestation or bundled with Series 1 figures Sonic, Tails and Knuckles at Play.com for £17.99. U.S. fans can buy the bundle of six online at First 4 Figures website for $29.99, though we’ve heard that people who already ordered from there haven’t had their orders sent out yet.

SSMB member Gnasher has made an unboxing video of the figures, which you can view below:
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Thanks to Gnasher for the heads-up!

Summer of Sonic & First 4 Figures Team Up!

Another big announcement has been made at the Summer of Sonic 2010 website that will get all of you merchandise collector types pretty darn excited. I’ll let ArchangelUK explain below:

“Before you even ask me, I don’t even know how I managed this one but Summer of Sonic and First 4 Figures are happy to announce a partnership that will see F4F as a sponsor of this year’s Summer of Sonic and will allow SOS attendees to gain possession of a special free gift from the specialist figure manufacturers.

All attendees will, whilst stocks last, receive free of charge one of First 4 Figures brand new Series 2 of their 2 inch Sonic figures line, which we are also exclusively revealing today. Series 2 will contain Super Sonic and Classic Amy Rose; these will be in shops soon where you can purchase them individually. Also at some select shops, F4F will be releasing a collectors 6 pack which includes both Series 1 and Series 2 together!

A 6-pack AAUK? Wait surely there must be another character then! Well you’d be right. The figure you will be getting is not Amy nor is it Super Sonic, attendees will be getting – before its even out on sale anywhere in the world – METAL FREAKIN’ SONIC!

That ladies and gentlemen is the look of a robot that is going to rip your face off the first chance it gets. GLORIOUS.

And there’s more – somehow…wonderfully… there is more!

First 4 Figures have been even more generous and they will also be entering all attendee’s names into a raffle draw where you can win one of the Super Sonic Exclusive statues – yes the ones that light up! We’re hoping to have the prototype of this figurine on display in our merchandise case this year as well.

Details of this prize draw will be made nearer the time, for now SOS attendees content yourself with the knowledge that a pocket-sized Metal Sonic is coming your way. Everyone else can check out these images of the new Series 2 figures and the limited six pack below.

My thanks to the incredibly generous First 4 Figures.  For more details about First 4 Figures products, including the Super Sonic Statue and other video game figurines visit: https://www.first4figures.com/

Source: Summer of Sonic website

Full Pictures Of First 4 Figures Super Sonic Statue Revealed

You may have seen our article posted 18th June regarding First 4 Figures announcement of a Classic Super Sonic figure in the works with a small teaser picture, well today First 4 Figures have fully unveiled the project which has turned out to be a statue of which is second in a series after the last one they created of Classic Sonic standing on a Green Hill Zone esque platform. This Super Sonic statue also has a second version which brings something completely new to the table(or wherever you decide to place it *bad joke*) with it’s ability to light up the energy shockwaves the powered up hedgehog is giving off on the Chemical Plant Zone themed platform.

Here’s the statue’s features from the F4F website –
Normal version

Dimension: 15 inches to top of hair
Edition Size: 1500
Available: Q1 2011
Artist: Goran Sadojevich
SRP: $139.99

Light up version –

Dimension: 15 inches to top of hair
Edition Size: 350
Available: Q1 2011
Artist: Goran Sadojevich
SRP: $159.99

You can pre-order the statues starting today over at First 4 Figures website where you can also find more pictures from different angles of the statues.

Thanks to Frozen Nitrogen at the SSMB for the heads up!

First 4 Figures Reveal Super Sonic Figure

Want a Chaos Emerald fuelled super powered hedgehog in your merchandise collection? Well want no more as First 4 Figures have lifted the lid on the latest figure, Super Sonic! When can you get it and for how much? That information hasn’t been revealed yet but as seen in the above ad originally posted on their Facebook page, you can pre-order from June 22nd to make sure you get your figure.

Source: First 4 Figures Facebook via Emerald Coast

New Classic Sonic 12″ figure available for Pre-order

You may remember in February Sonic News reported that the company ‘First4Figures’ were producing three unique Sonic related statues. Today, all three figures are available for pre-order over the well known ‘Play-Asia’ import website along with a brand new 12″ Sonic statue.

12 inches in height, the Classic themed Sonic the Hedgehog statue sports one of Sonic’s classic poses from the 1990’s along with a classy Green Hill themed base. Continue reading New Classic Sonic 12″ figure available for Pre-order

Classic Sonic the Hedgehog Figures coming soon!

It looks like the Classic range of Sonic goodies hitting the shelves will not be stopping anytime soon!
First 4 figures (the company that has produced the Assassin’s Creed Altair figurine and the incredibly detailed Link figurine from Ocarina of Time) have recently acquired the rights from Jetix to produce a series of vinyl figures based on the classic style of the Sonic the Hedgehog characters.

The first wave of figures will include Sonic the Hedgehog in a running pose, as well as a Tails and a Knuckles figurine. First 4 Figures hopes to preview these figurines at both the Nuremberg and New York toy fairs, with their release date currently being placed in July of this year.

Fans will no doubt be impressed that companies like First 4 Figures are now also catering for the Adult collectors market – I personally cannot wait to get my hands on a set!

Thanks be to M1k3.tayl0r of SCD for this info!