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.

Exclusive:

Standard:

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.

Jetix & Gaya Extend Sonic Toy License

The companies that brought you the incredible “Sonic the Hedgehog Chess” and squeezable Sonic figures, Jetix Consumer Products and Gaya Entertainment, have expanded their licensing agreement for more Sonic toys.  CEO of Gaya Entertainment, Andre Schmitz, said:

“We are very proud to announce the teaming up of Jetix and Gaya Entertainment for this project.  2009 will be an important year for everybody´s favorite Hedgehog and being a part of it is highly appreciated. With our product line-up for Sonic, we intend to offer something for everyone, may it be old or young.”

Georg Liedmeier, licensing manager at Jetix Consumer Products also spoke:

“Jetix is looking forward to working with Gaya Entertainment and delivering quality products from one of its most cherished franchises to both fans of the series and model collectors alike.”

The company will be rolling out new collectibles by the end of May, but has yet to find a UK distributor.  Three companies are in talks with Jetix and Gaya for UK distribution.

[From Toy News Online]