|Sonic the Hedgehog Modern Pins & Keychains of the USA|
|This page of USA Sonic Pins & Keychains will have only modern items. For actual classic items, see Pins/Keychains pages 1 and 2. Because they're not that big, some of the older ones may be harder to find. There was a dry spell for pins and keychains in the early 2000s. Some of these keychains may be available in the Sonic Gear Store.|
|Sonic Gear Main Merchandise Page * Sonic Pins & Keychains 1 * Sonic Pins Keychains 2 * Sonic Pins Keychains 3 *|
|Here are 2 small size pin buttons. They're only about the size of a quarter. These are available in Hot Topic in 2015, but they will be in 'the pin bowl' a display bowl filled with small pins from many different brands.
Each pin is classic styled, the first with forward-facing Sonic face & no outline, while the 2nd
|is more complex. It uses neo-classic art for both Sonic & Tails. There's jumping-pointing Tails and running profile Sonic on a gray scattered checker background. These pins are 2.99 , which is extreme over-pricing as they're quite tiny and extremely simple for companies to produce. (The mark-up here is huge, look for a sale) With mark-ups like this, it isn't any wonder that fakers step in by cloning or producing their own pins. Photo & owned by CrystalSonicFan|
|A special keychain for a special anniversary! This is the 25th Anniversary Sonic Stainless Steel keychain. This sturdy, thick metal key chain is shaped like the winged star ring with ribbon base & 25th Anniversary logo. It has finger-waving Sonic in the ring. Everything is done in relief-style, with black coating to fill in the deepest parts so the polished raised areas look bright silver.|
|The ring itself is a sturdy, spring-loaded clip, & it hangs on a two-link turn-able loop pair. This even comes in a special collectible-preserving soft black bag with some cool silver ink too! This is a limited time anniversary-only item, so it'll be collectible for sure. You can get this at www.thinkgeek.com while it lasts. Fan photo (with bag) by RaeLogan|
|Here's a cute plush doll keychain!
Look familiar? It should, it's a down-sized version of the Hello Kitty Sanrio & Sonic crossover 'costume doll' that was a Toy Fair exclusive. This time, the keychain is the exclusive for the New York Comic Con 2016 (the full-size doll was for the California one) The costume is made from the same gold shiny fabric, but this time the eyes & nose are embroidered, the bow is flat & the shoe details are embroidery as well.
|Here's how the two compare!
Since it's Sanrio doing the plush work, it stacks up very well against the original, despite the tiny size. They didn't miss a detail, and the proportions/costume all still work really well. The paper tag is an uneven rectangle with art of the other Sanrio characters all dressed as Sonic characters.
Being an exclusive, this is sure to be rare & really collectible. It's cute! Photo & owned by All-Star Warriors
|KidRobot is making Sonic 'mini vinyl keychains' in 2017. This panel shows all the art they are using to base the keychains off of. It includes badniks, 2 Genesis systems (compact & original) & game covers/box art.|
|The keychains themselves though, are 3D, for the most part...though they're very tiny. They're only about a few centimeters high. Note the "?" chain in the art above was to be a 'secret' but you can see it revealed right here as the white box-art next to the Motobug.
These keychains are blindboxed. You can see their tiny cube box there with the 16 bit style graphics & logo.
|Above you can see the retail display box you should be able to find them in, in stores. It looks nice, with large winged ring & finger waving Sonic.
What's NOT as nice, is the price tag. Each one is about 5.95. Combining that with how totally tiny they are, & that you can't control which one you get, and the price starts feeling rather prohibitivly high, especially for people who wanted to collect more than one, or are hoping for a cute Tails and having quite a slim chance of getting him.
They've chosen a lot of fun ideas with variety though. However, not everything is executed super well, note "dying Sonic" up there (why??) he doesn't really look that good. Is Orbot anyones' favorite badnick? Would you be happy paying 6 dollars for Orbot? These have been found at Barnes & Noble book stores in spring 2017.