|The 6th page of lame nonsense no one wants!
Mutant Gear now irritates everyone with a 6th page of supid looking dolls and other horrible items made in Sonic's name. Bad design, poor products, and terrible likenesses abound. Help stamp out this bad junk by refusing to buy it! Remember: when mutant makers don't get money, they won't make more mutants. However, when you don't have it, you can come here to make fun of it!
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Yes, this is a closer look at the "UK Sonic PVC Figures Set" that was released in the 1990s, likely right after Sonic 2 or so. In those photos, it doesn't look TOO bad but...clearly...some of the sets are super sub-par. All photos by TheShinzNite
|So let's get into it with this blah Sonic figure first!
He's supposed to be crossing his arms (like the Stock art) but this pose is more him doing the "X" symbol with his arms. And that...is the least of his worries. The poor paint job on the eyes is just atrocious with 1 big & 1 small black dot, the badly painted/pointy center there only adds to the awful look, along with the 'spill' where the white goes out of the eye area very clearly on both tops.
Next, look at his wrong spikes in 3 thin strips. Remember: this is AFTER Sonic 2 where the game literally shows you this is NOT how his spikes go. What is their excuse here?
|If anything...this one's worse.
This crummy figure has once more the super ugly unevenly-sized eyes AND they painted the blue part all the way down to the lower face, separating the eyes and just piling on the problems. This one is finger-waving Sonic, so the pose is a bit better but the spikes actually seem worse here, with them going all the way down to his socks.
|Metal Sonic the mini-fig PVC fares a little better...
But not by much. At least they used metallic-tone silver paint on him. Sorta. Notice how 1 ear interior has entirely skipped getting painted. The lines on the shoes are super sloppy, and he has a giant lower-face for some reason. The hands (predictably) are fused/posed with the upper leg to avoid having to fiddle with them in molding. Yep...that's still the 'sega' copyright on the back of the head there...though they'd likely not want to be associated with something of this bad quality.
|Oddly, this Robotnick figure follows a trend:
When a company is making mutants, usually their Robotnick/Eggman & Big the Cat items turn out ok, while every other character suffers. That's the case here, he's actually not horrible. It's based off the "Dumb/Puzzling" Robotnick AoStH stock art, and follows it well, complete with suit details, glove cuff dots & proper proportions. (Unlike everything else in the set)
Of course: This one is a confusing (or not?) pick, because there was a period where merchandise/whatever was obsessed with Robotnick being a stupid fat guy...for some reason...because that's the clear route to go when someone is described as "super genius who nearly conquers the world"??
|A mild mutant figure is here with the Tails from the set.
This one, like poor Robotnick above, isn't too terrible. There's some bad paint work around the eye edge, but it's not horrible. The hand is spilling onto his tails...but it doesn't quite ruin the look. No, the photo color isn't mistaken, this is "Brown Tails" a color that was always wrong, but several merchandisers/comics/even the SatAM show...were convinced was right because "what fox is orange?" while never asking "what hedgehog is blue?" aaaand then only changing Tails' color to 'normal'.
|These are likely to be handpainted at some factory somewhere.
It's pretty much the only explanation as to how they could be this bad. But, it is company choice to use something like that, or to go ahead and make figures (knowing they would be bad/make kids sad) they knew they couldn't deliver quality on, due to the hand painting. How Sega approved these is unknown. All Photos in section/for set owned by TheShinzNite
|Did you know Toy Network made a Rouge the Bat plush?
Neither did most people, and it should have stayed that way! But, here comes Mutant Gear to ruin Rouge-fans' day with this disasterous doll. Toy Network was always known for their middling quality cheap plushes, but this one takes the cake (then wrecks it) by being just awful. The decal eyes are a dumb move, and also wrong, because the pupil is off center in the colored part. Then, the 'hair ends' at the back of her head are more like strange bananas. What's that micro dot on her lower face? A terrible, too-small mouth. Her body is so small, and it's mostly...made of shoulders? You can see they grasp her details like colored ear interiors, that her boots have high heels & she has pants/heart-shaped top--but they just kind of do a poor job on them as well as her proportions. It's not much a wonder this doll is uncommon, probably nobody (stores) would order it because it looks so lame. Photo discovered by Pichu97