|Certainly, lots of things here on SonicGear are made in China....
However, this is a page of items made FOR China! There are so many people who live there, that it just has to have a fan base for Sonic as well. The way to tell Chinese things apart, is usually by looking at the text. While Japan uses some similar word items (a kanji) China only uses kanji-like word items. These look complicated & are easy to spot in most cases. Also, keep in mind a lot of bootlegs come from China too...but REAL manufacturers aren't afraid to use copyrights, trademark-symbols, and say who the licenseor is. With a little bit of looking you can probably spot even more items. This page will have a mix of older & new items.
|Sonic Gear Main * Chinese Sonic Items 1 *|
|Here is a large size modern Knuckles plush.
He's offical, but he's also somewhat run-down. The tag you can see is still on him, but it's all in Chinese so you can't read it anyway. The fabric of his shoes didn't stand the test of time very well at all. It was that 'plasti-coated' fabric which has a shiny or leathery look. However, that stuff isn't always stable, even in ideal conditions, and here you can see that it is mostly disintigrated and likely made a huge mess in someone's house.
But the rest of the doll is just fine (naturally) the fists are pretty big, chest stripe is good, expression seems normal & the legs are long enough. He would be a good collectible, if not for the poor fabric of the shoes. Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|This cheerful looking plush is rather fuzzy. The fabric for each of the colors looks soft, maybe related to the fabric of the USA's Caltoy Sonic doll. Tag is rather non-descript, just saying Segasonic with the copyright & year. This would mean that China had also adopted the Japan 'segasonic' labelling that they had in the earlier years. The glove cuff & sock riding up is a normal thing that could happen (Caltoy did it too) because some companies didn't tack them down with a stitch, though they should have. His ears could use a little placement work, but notice they do have blue borders.|
|Most note-able are the spikes, which unlike the Caltoy, have them how they actually should be/are accurate and not some flat felt flaps. His head size is good, and the expression is cheerful. Why is one eye different? Because the painted-on white highlight on the plastic part has chipped off with age & wear. Photos by Pichu97/Charlie|
|This is a large (the biggest?) 18 inch Sonic plush. Most of the plushes made in China for China aren't quite this big. But...something else here is really big too. Look at his back! The body shape has loads of extra material, which is uncommon...because if something is going to go off-model, it usually goes the way of cutting something out. But it's like they took a regular Sonic doll and sewed a cube of extra fabric to the back|
|of it. Or maybe like a backpack. Sonic's classic body was basically a sphere, but now he is a cube. That doesn't stop it from looking decent, though because they have the face right. The smile is good, the ears stand up, the eyes are nice & everything's pretty proportional for a classic era item. The hands have all the fingers detailed in, too. The fabric looks to be soft, and of a good quality & texture. It's good to see different countries getting a selection of sizes. Photos & owend by Pichu97/Charlie|
|This MAY be a 'double country item'.
Sometimes a company will release something in more than one place, and if that's the case here this is China & also Japan. Interestingly for 1991, this is a "Sony Creative Products" plush Sonic doll. Remember, that was way before the Playstation or anything like that. This is a simple, 8 inch classic Sonic plush with the old "Segasonic" tag, as expected for the times. With the paper tag still intact, he may be never removed from the bag type of condition.
The tag has the Sony name, but is also written in Japanese. That dark dot appears to be one of those holofoil stickers to make bootleggers life difficult. The cloth tag specifies the filling/and is written in English.
It's interesting to see some of what Sony or parts of it, were up to before they went on to the Playstation. Photos & owend by Pichu97/Charlie
|News Power made 3 sizes of this particular pattern for classic Sonic. This is the 'medium' doll. And...it's ok. Sometimes proportions can get a little wierd on pattern changes. The thing that's a little out of hand here is the flat flappy felt for the spikes, especially the top one. It's becoming really giant. The hands & shoes though are a good big size/normal looking.|
|His body is a little large/belly dot size is also large compared to the blue area. The head shape is ok, as is the mouth/nose & eye shape from the front. You can see the size of him with the hand in the photo, so you can see he is squarely in 'medium' on their range of plushes. It's not an amazing doll, but it's an ok collectible that was probably average and normal for the time it was made. Photo & owend by Pichu97/Charlie|
|A fun bus-wrapping ad!
England isn't the only place with double-decker busses, as here is a Chinese bus on the streets of possibly Hong Kong, China or Macau that's extra tall & extra Sonic themed. It has a bus-wrap ad for Sonic & Mario at the 2020 Olympic Games. There's a large square ad for the middle showing (probably) the box art with the title (which is in Traditional Chinese letters), then the band between the floors of the bus has individual character stickers all in a row. These are big too, probably 2 to 3 ft high for each sticker of characters who are in the game.
It's a fun way to get word out about the game, it's just too bad the Olympics itself had to be put off for a whole year due to the virus. However, the video game can still release because it's something fun to do at home. Discovered by Princess PandaLover
|Now here's something uncommon...and unusual.
This is a Talking Sonic plush from & for China. However, he is interesting to see for several reasons. First off is the construction of the head is somewhat unusual as compared to other dolls (see the seams). Then, the tag is for 1991, but it is certain that this came later than that, because in that year nobody knew what the spikes were. (It was the flat flappy felt era) There are no white highlights to the eyes, but those are generally painted on and could have worn off over time & there'd be no way to tell. Next is the zipper for the talk-box / voice / battery aaaaaaaand Japan would never have released a doll leaving the zipper where it is. It's not a professional thing to do.
The tag is Segasonic, so, likely a re-used Japan tag of the era. He's not terrible at all, especially for the era, with distinct fingers, good big shoes & nice attention paid for all his spikes. They did get the ears a bit low, but they are stuffed & not cheap flat flaps.
|The glove & sock cuff ride-up are caused by lack of tacking-stitch through those parts (or it wore out) You can see the talk button there in the palm of the hand. The zipper area is also visible in the inset-tag close up photos too.
*The most curious thing would be what would he possibly say? Sonic NEVER talked in any game up until Dreamcast. You can bet they didn't have Steven Q Urkle doing the voice for this thing in China, either. The concept of Sonic talking at all was an odd thing in the early 90s. You had him as a chipmunk on "King of the Ring", then the USA TV shows, and wierd voices in Japan. It's anybody's guess what this could have used.
With the hand in the photo, you can see that he was pretty big. But what does he say? It remains unknown because this particular one (it's a sale listing) does not work. You can write in if you know/have heard this doll! Photo discovered by Pichu97/Charlie
|Hmmmm...something's amiss here...
And it's a gigantic...CHIN? This classic era plush Sonic doll has something that's gone wrong...but for the first time it seems to be that it's his lower face? (Usually plush will make mistakes elsewhere) The construction for the rest of the plush is pretty decent, with good hands for the time, appropriately big/long feet, and nice construction for the spikes. He suffers a bit from 'big body', but it's not terrible. They do include the buckles for the shoes. The upper-head/nose and eyes are all pretty well constructed (especially for the times).
So what happened? Why is the chin enormous?
There was probably a mis-labeled number somewhere on his pattern, like a 68 was put as an 86 or some other error that caused the lower face size to nearly double what it should be. (especially visible on the side view) It doesn't make him terrible looking, but it also doesn't really look like Sonic, but a similar character instead. The tag seems to be similar to an early / same-era Japanse paper tag. Photo & owned by Pichu97/Charlie