|More in-depth coverage of the latest Sonic the Hedgehog items news. This also contains info that has moved off the front page. Be sure you don't miss a single cool item!|
|The Summer of Sonic convention is taking place soon! Aug. 9, 2008 This is a convention in Covent Garden, which is in England. It was created by a fan site www.summerofsonic.com , but has the approval of Sega Europe. There will be art contests, fan art shows, item showings, a special playable Sonic Unleashed Game Demo, a big-screen, special celebrity guests and much more!
Go to the website (above) for full details, news and much more!
In Japan, the Sega Channel Blog had a contest/prize give away for Sonic's birthday. If you lived in Japan, you could win all sorts of prizes (Sonic Merchandsie) You can see the prizes, and read about them on their blog. (link above) Don't live there? Didn't win? That's ok! You can see many of those things already on the site. You can even get them for yourself at GAME stores in the UK, and some of the shirts are at Sears in the USA. Also the Sonic Store has the straps too!
Here are First4Figures official debut photos of their "Classic Sonic & Friends" vinyl figures. The photos are somewhat 'dramatically lit' but you can still see the detail and the smooth quality of the material. It looks like they'll come with some classy looking labeled bases.
These guys are going to preview at the Nuremberg and New York Toy Fairs. You should start looking for these to buy around July 2008. The price is currently unknown. The figures will be 4-5 Inches tall. They are not action figures, they are more like models or statues. You should go to the official site First4Figures to read more!
|Here's a better (and brighter) photo of the First 4 Figures line. With this new angle and brighter light, you can really see the quality of these statue type figures. However, if you notice they've got the wrong figures on the bases! Sonic is on the 'Knuckles' base, and Knuckles is standing on the Sonic one. Tails' base just isn't labeled.
In this shot, the Knuckles looks -better- than it did above, even though it is the same figure.
|Opinions & Speculation!
If you look at the page carefully, it says that they aquired the rights to the Classic Style of Sonic. This likely means "No Sonic Adventure/Sonic X" stuff or characters. (It seems wierd though, a license for different "Eras" of Sonic?)
Also, careful readers will notice it referred to as "Wave 1". Whenever anything says something like that, they're USUALLY planning more than 1 wave. Who will be on wave 2? What will it be like? Already, people are curious.
Wikipedia has announced that Sonic has sold 44 million games, placing him 9th on the list of top franchises.
More About the...Sonic X Story Books
These are smaller then comic books, but about the same shape. They have nice glossy covers and pictures inside. Naturally, the words are big for easy readers. The books are around $4.00, one was mysteriously 3.99 the other 4.99 although they're the same size. www.Amazon.com will ship them to you if you can't get them in book stores. There is a third one 'on the way' "Aqua Planet by Charlotte Fullerton" but Amazon has it dated some time 2006. See them here!
Sonic & Knuckles Light-Up Sneakers
Toy Island Re-Release Action figures:
More About the...Toy Island Re-Release Sonic X Line
Toy Island has either sold the original line, or re-released it under a "Sonic-X" promotional premise. The figures have been re-packaged with a Sonic-X theme, but they are essentially the same. They have also had their accessories removed, in most cases. While you may not get the interesting accessories from the previous line, this is your 2nd chance to get a hold of these figures if you need them.
These figures are getting more scarce in regular retail stores. (KB Toy / Works, Toys R Us) You are most likely to only find Big and Eggman at retail. This is your chance, if you don't want to pay a premium later to add to your collection, go shopping or use the links to the right now.
The Toy Island bendy 4-Pak figures are also re-released under the Sonic X label. This time, they have created a secret Golden Sonic bendy. He looks the same, but is totally coated in gold paint. Only available on the 4-Pak. Should be available at KB Toy stores.