|What about Sonic items that have not been made yet? Or things that NEVER got made?
It's time for prototypes & mock ups! All the things on this page are Sonic items which are NOT yet released, or are items which were NEVER released. If something doesn't ever get produced, it'll stay here forever, for you to see and read about it. Also included on the page are 'mock ups' which are not real items. They're an illustration created by a company to show what a final item would look like. Sometimes they're Photoshops, others are combination of art and photos. A mock up never becomes real itself...but the item it illustrates is often made.
When any item on this page DOES get made, (and SonicGear gets some kind of retail confirmation/fan photo) it will leave this page and move away onto the page it belongs on.
(EX: a keychain appears here, gets produced, a fan buys it and mails SonicGear--that key chain will then leave this page and show up on the Key Chains page)
Anything that does/is getting made should have release date info near it if it is available, along with the company which should be producing it--to help you find it!
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|Here is a 'back to school' selection of things that didn't get made (that anyone's seen). It's labeled "boys" but really it should be "anyone" because there's nothing 'boy-specific' here. It has some ok ideas though, and some that are a bit odd. First, is an iphone case with classic Sonic Tails & Knuckles pixel art and squares, but in inexplicably says "game over" at the bottom. Why? Why does the soft-sides zip-top pencil pouch there say it as well? It's what you DON'T want to happen/be associated with because it's lame/bad skills to get a 'game over'. There's a spiral notebook with forward-facing Sonic & yellowish/blue squares that has the banner "Class of 1991 Notebook", which, would likely be cool for grade-school kids who weren't born in 1991/it was before them. The ruler & pencil also have the same theme. There's a fun lookin jacket/hood art, with patterned fabric interior & nice 'ready to run' Sonic in a triangle.|
|It also has a simple pair of 'waiting/annoyed' pixel Sonic on clip-over earbuds & a fun looking school bag backpack with classic design. It's quite different from the array of bags on School Supplies Gear, & the Tails & Knuckles airborne patch along with "old school" tab patch are a fun touch. Last is a pair of old-fashion solid-sole sneakers with laces & velcro strap for the top, with 3 rings. Sonic is on the outside, along with the word "Speed".
Which items are real? The school bag, shoes & pencil are real, while everything else seems to just be mock up art. The jacket is the most obvious. Will any of this get made?
|With the success of the previous Sonic Jewelry items, also seen on Gear, (Class Ring, Shoe Pendant, etc) this new prototype photo of a planned necklace pendant appears. This seems to be called "The Chill Ring Pendant". It features a new pose for Sonic (others were based on stock art) who is reclining/hanging partially off of inside a brass-tone ring. The Sonic is stainless steel (as was most of the previous jewelry done), so he's a good contrast for the ring. The top, where it has the loop for the chain is a little gold-tone star bumper shape. This seems to have good design all around, from use of metal colors, to the star bumper and natural but different pose for Sonic. Hopefully this pendant releases when planned and the fan photos show it's just as good as this proto photo seems.|
|A rare find!
This is a prototype Big the Cat plush. It was made by Tomy, but in the UK. (Tomy mostly operates in USA & UK, some of their stuff is dual-release) However, it was made FOR and to be released by Jazwares when they were getting into making plushes.
|Notice the cloth tag says "TOMY". However, this never got made/won't get made. It's not very large, but seems to have decent detail. For some reason, companies to don't do too well at plush always seem to magically be able to make good Bigs, while they mess up everyone else. Look at the individual details for his head/hair spikes, notice the nice work on the tail tip & inclusion of all details like his sandals with buckles, belt, longer/different glove type & cheek fur/chest fur edges. This was seen at ToyFair 2010. You can spot it in the ToyFair viewing video at Youtube Toyfair Footage 2010. Photos discovered by & owned by PatMac|
|Another jewelry item prototype appears, as the first wave continues to succeede.
This one is a pendant, and appears to be called "Sonic Emerald Holding". It's a fully 3D figure in more of the stainless steel material & black patina they've used so far, but this time with the addition of a gemstone of some kind. (It is not labeled as an emerald, probably a green zircon) It's cut to resemble the famous green one out of the 7 chaos emeralds.
A Chaos Emerald is a CLEAR choice, and a great choice for encorporating into jewelry. It's a cool idea! But...this one...is also clearly not their greatest effor. Look at Sonic's proportions! His arms are at least twice as long as his legs & his hands are larger than his head. The body is also very long & oval shaped much more than normal. (Modern Sonic's body is a rough/rounded triangle, classic's is very spherical)
|You can see what they were going for.
Triumphantly holding up a Chaos Emerald. But then, you can also see how it would NEVER work & look right. Sonic, by his very design/proportions can't ever reach that much above his head. Let alone to hold a large item like he must do here. If you watch his 3D animations (particularly breakdancing & such) you can literally watch the animators lengthen his limbs temporarily to get him to do moves. Like werehog style bungee limbs because his head is so gigantic & so are his feet. That's OK (ish) in animated media, but it really doesn't work when in permenent/non-moving form. Will this ever actually get released with his long, monkey-arms?
|Small picture...bigger story?
Maybe. This is a part of a large photo taken at a meeting at "IDW". IDW is a comic book producing company, for lots of different brands. Archie gave up their Sonic comic book title / license in 2017, ending that particular comic's run. However, Sonic was deemed so popular that he SHOULD have a comic, even if it's not made by the original producer, Archie from the late 1990s when it got its start. IDW signed on to take over the task from Archie. The Gear Blog has more about what this is/why it happened.
|So, as a comic maker, of course IDW is happy to get another title, especially one as good as Sonic and it holds a meeting with a lot of employees at a typical big 'meeting table', with the Sonic logo in the background and all you'd expect. But, what you wouldn't expect, is that randomly some person in the meeting has brought a ReSaurus old (actually the first) "Big Figure" Sonic. He was their 'giant talking figure' (though only the base had SA1 sounds in it) What's even more interesting is that it's clearly a prototype of the figure, with no paint at all on the face or body. It reveals that the body is the 'dot color' with the blue painted on elsewhere, while the head is blue & had the beige added later. Of course the gloves were always white plastic, as they are separate pieces.
What's the story behind this? Why would someone here randomly have a prototype? Hopefully they don't consider using the poor thing as a model when drawing the art. Photo discovered by BluexBlur
|Wow! Here are some real deal real cool prototypes to see! AND they're packaged for extra rarity!
These are the prototype figures by ReSaurus for E-102 Gamma, Big the Cat & Amy Rose, each on their card and with their accessories. Each one is made of red proto plastic (it's kind of typical to cast figures like this in some random color
|to see how the sculpt and action will work/look, before setting them up in their final color, then painting it) The ring is set in gray plastic (as you know this was electroplated to gold later) & everybody has their relief base. Amy's got her mallet & Big has his fishing pole. The hip plate is missing on E-102, but that's seemingly the only part that's not there. The box backs are completely blank/featureless & of course, all the printed inserts like the logo & portrait aren't in yet. The ring stands (these were clear) may also not be in. (Interestingly, the Amy looks a little better unpainted than she did with paint)
Just what were these for?
It's the 2nd set of figures from ReSaurus, so they probably weren't trying to prove something (or maybe they were? Their Sonic wasn't that great) so possibly for a toy show, or just some kind of package test or a proof. No matter what though, they're super interesting to look at. Maybe they are one of a kind, too. Photos discovered by: