|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's the catalog page for Tomy's 12 inch plushes.
These are supposed to appear in August of 2018. As a general rule, larger plushes tend to be able to be more accurate/better looking than smalls because there's more area to detail & the fabric behaves better when there's enough of it. It seems to be partially true here, but hopefully these are real prototypes & not final anythings because there's problems.
Obviously, the Super Sonic is just some CG stand-in so it doesn't even count. Then, look at Shadow's shoes! They're missing literally EVERY detail. And what's his pose? Is he supposed to be waving? Why? That pose makes no sense for him. Then, Knuckles looks decent, but why give him 'the side-eye'? At least his fists are big and 3D enough & they didn't skimp on them or his shoes.
Last & never least! The Dark Chao! The fans have been awaiting an actual dark-side chao plush
|since Sonic Adventure 2 (so, a long time) An official one WAS made in Japan, but it was extremely scarce, maybe in-company only. This one looks like a good start, however. It has the 'evil grin' expression, the red bat wings, & red limb tips. Be sure to notice the pointy 'devil tail' also. The 'head dot/ball' is for some reason a pom-pom so it looks fluffy/furry. (So, it's the only bit that's not all that accurate, but it's not that big of a deal) Page provided by Pat Mac|
|Here's something that's a bit suspicious.
It's Toy Island's "Super Shadow" prototype figure. Supposedly. He's done in shimmer gold, silver & red hi-spec paint to represent the 'super form'. However...as expensive as it appeared on ebay (over 300 dollars due to 'rare') this is ALSO something that someone could fairly easily just whip up in the garage.
Pearly or metallic paint colors can be easily obtained in a spray can or craft store & since there's nothing unusual about the figure / it wasn't re-sculpted (as it should have been) it could just be a fan-re-paint that
|someone is trying to pass off as some 'prototype' item. Of course, even companies do this! Paint an item in-house to "represent how they want it to be", so there's no real guarentee either way. Toy Island was also lazy (a known fact) in that they just wanted to represent the super forms as a simple pallet swap so they wouldn't have to re-sculpt anything to wring more dollars out of fans. So, something like this does fit their profile of 'something they would do'. But, for now, it remains a proto-mystery. Photos discovered by Dustin LeeAutry|
These every-size sneakers are a collaberation between the famous brand Puma shoes & Sega. These are "Sonic theme Shoes", and they will be in teens & adults sizes so (finally) a shoe for Sonic that any fan will be able to fit into.
(The previous problem being Sonic shoes, scarce as they always were, would only appear in tiny or child sizes so fans were missing out on something to wear)
The shoes are...sort of Sonic themed? Yeah there's blue fabric & red on the sole but...aqua? Yellow? And why does the fabric look like it's dirty, covered in lint and dog-hair? It looks old & pilly not fast and cool. Who chose these? The most "Sonic" thing about them is the toungue tag up there. Every company ever has created some generic blue shoe before...so what's up?
|*Clearly they are going for an "Adult Look" which means no pictures of cartoon characters all over the place, but it IS possible to have a more subtle design without creating a really generic looking item like what's here. Part of good design is being able to create a 'flavor' and maintain a 'balance'. Photo discovered by Taaron|
|Now, Eggman gets a Puma shoe!
Here comes the Sonic themed shoe again as well. This time, it loses the poor choice of aqua/white sole & it's replaced with white. The tread is still red & the better lighting reveals some yellow & green checkering where the upper merges to the lower for the shoe. Notice the tiny detail on both of these there on the laces:
The laces are decorated with a group of 3 gold rings for each.
The Eggman shoe is actually VERY appropriate for Eggman. It has gray/steel look for the sole, a slick/shiny red upper & brings in Eggman's favorite black/yellow caution stripe pattern for the center. THIS shoe is a very good example of subtle character based design! It SAYS "Eggman" without Eggman being anywhere pictured/written. As a fan you know instantly who the shoe is for. The Sonic one? Not so much...pilly 'rustic' inappropriate fabric, putting green hill into it somehow, lack of stripe/buckle lack of gold....it just doesn't remind of Sonic the way the Eggman shoe does.
|Eggman fans rejoice!
Eggman now has something that's better than Sonic's thing. It's a shoe just for you! However, as a Sonic fan this is also really cool because the villain needs to shine too & stuff just for him is uncommon. Photo discovered by Taaron
|Here's a prototype plush that will stay that way.
It is from "The NorthWest Company", who produces plush & blankets and pillows, generally. This classic style Sonic doll was meant to be with the blanket you see under him. It's that 'fleecy' material that has the design all the way through. It features lots of different stock art for classic Sonic.
They released one plush & blanket combo to stores like FYE, & this was to be their 2nd try at him...but look at the back of the head: the spikes are really sparse & thin. It doesn't look good. His forehead is also really small & low.
|He's also got a case of 'big body' going on, as it is nearly the size of his head. The shoes are also quite burgundy! They're not red, they're much darker than that & the hands are really small as well. This prototype was from a carton of things they made 'first drafts' of, but then never got released. It's just as well though, since the plush doll isn't that great looking. (Although the blanket is fun) They were trying to base him on the more 'American-type' design, but it didn't quite succeed. This was supposed to be for 2013 or so, after the others were 2011/2012 photo & owned, plus info by The Shniz Nite (TheSegaCollector)|