Remember the (now solved) mystery of the Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog statue in the woods? Well, when we last saw it, the 2-metre tall piece was in a huge state of disrepair – but this week, the family of the man who owned it has given it a wonderful restoration that brings it back to its former glory. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Beautifully Restored By Owner’s Bereaved Family
You may recall around this time last year, we reported that a strange Sonic the Hedgehog statue had been discovered in the remote woodlands of Japan, some years ago. Now, a TSS reader has managed to travel once more to the exact location and take some more pictures of the statue in situ! Take a look. Continue reading Giant Japanese Sonic Statue Mystery Solved! New Photos & Details!
Update: Apparently this building is where Sega’s Joypolis China is located! So that might explain it, but if it’s not that makes this story even better!
Original Article: We don’t know why. But there is a giant statue of Sonic just sitting on a building in Qingdao, Shandong province China. It’s been there since August of last year and… that’s all I can find out about it.
So don’t ask questions… Just sit back and enjoy giant Sonic waving at the little people.
Maybe make the odd Attack on Titan joke or giant related pun… But for now, just sit back, relax and wave.
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.
— ちかる? (@ztue6) August 14, 2016
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?
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’.
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:
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…
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.
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.
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.
With that, let’s put him in his new home. Thankfully, other statues seem to fit rather tidily under each of his arms!
Have any of you been lucky enough to get your hands on an Eggman of your own? Let us know!
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.
As is per the course with F4F releases, we’ve got a flashy, more limited (600 pieces) exclusive version for $249.99…
And a slightly less flashy and less limited (1500 pieces) regular version for $224.99.
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:
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.
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!
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:
Or maybe even like this…
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.
The Regular version (1000 pieces) is $30 cheaper at $299.99, but has no LEDs incorporated into the design.
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:
My Pre-Order is in already, what about yours?
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.
Now where have I seen that before?
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.
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.
One more thing… This image right here:
“HELLO! AND WELCOME TO THE MOBIUS HAS TALENT WITH YOUR HOST: IVOOOOOOO ROBOTNIIIIIIIK~!”
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!
Clean version of above image:
Will you be diving in to get this latest piece?
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 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…
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!
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?
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.
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!
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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.
Will you be grabbing this statue? Do you live outside of the USA & Canada and feel a bit miffed? Speak out in the comments.
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.
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.
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 –
Dimension: 15 inches to top of hair
Edition Size: 1500
Available: Q1 2011
Artist: Goran Sadojevich
Light up version –
Dimension: 15 inches to top of hair
Edition Size: 350
Available: Q1 2011
Artist: Goran Sadojevich
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!
Today on the SEGA U.S. blog, employee Kellie tells the story of the arrival of a brand-new Sonic statue for the office lobby. The statue is life-size and awesome. The new statue replaces a statue from 1999. She writes:
So I’m just sitting at my desk, typing away, when one of our HR reps appears over the wall of my cube. She says there’s a new Sonic in the lobby, and I should bring my camera. I dash off to find a major project in the works — the assembly of a new Sonic statue.
In case you’ve never been to our offices (as I assume most of you have not), we have a Sonic in our lobby. It’s the older ‘99-ish Sonic. He comes up to my mid-torso — tall enough for me to rest my elbow on.
With the arrival of this new, “modern Sonic” statue, followers of SEGA’s Twitter wanted to know if the old statue would be given away during one of the blog’s “Free Stuff Friday” sweepstakes. Kellie replied to the large amount of interest:
Sadly, the answer is none of the above. The old Sonic will go into storage. (I’m bolding for emphasis because I expect that to be asked a lot.) But rest assured, if he is ever in danger of meeting the inside of a dumpster, the community team will rescue him and give him a good home.
Check out the gallery of the new and old statues below.[Via SEGA America Blog]
A little late, I know, but nevertheless, cool.
Remember those classically styled Sonic statues announced by collectibles maker First4Figures months ago? Well, they’ve decided to bring you even more classic Sonic goodness to decorate your desk with: a foot tall Sonic statue.
Looks cool, right? You probably want it, right? Tough, as this awesome piece of fine art comes with a $99 price tag. Given First4Figure’s reputation of fine craftmanship, however, I have no doubt that this is completely worth it…for those who can afford it.
The statue is currently scheduled for release in December of this year. Those who order from First4Figure’s site before September 30th will get it for 10% off. You can see additional pictures and buy the statue at this link: