|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.|
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|Celebrate Team Sonic Racing with this cool metal pin.
It is an all-metal, texture-only pin of the game's logo. It has the familiar 'wing' background for the words. A patina has been added to the steel-tone / silvertone metal to help highlight the lettering, since it is texutre only.
|This pin is a Sega Shop online exclusive item in 2019. It was released ahead of the game in April. It costs about 13 dollars. They also paired it with a TSR tee for a time as a sale as well.|
|Here are 2 lanyards to celebrate the release of Team Sonic Racing in 2019. They are sold as a pair in the Sega Shop for 17 dollars for both.|
|Both have a black background, with logos & shapes. However, while they may be ok at making lanyards, they're not ok at taking photos of them. Even if you zoom, what's the pattern on the red / yellow one? The blue one probably has the game's logo & checkered flag images but...it's really difficult to tell what exactly the designs are. Is the other Shadow themed? Their only photo leaves more to be desired, especially if they want anyone to spend 17 dollars on some fairly tough cloth ribbon.|
|An UNUSED pin!
Is it modern? Modern...ish? This is a Sonic X-Treme pin, for the game that never came out. It would have been right before Sonic Adventure 1, had it appeared. It got pretty close to happening too, with magazine articles actual 'demo' like footage and other things. It's a subject you can certainly read up on. It even got to the point of a little tad of merchandise here and there...
|And this is one of that. It's not really a prototype because, clearly, some of these pins did get made and it's in its final look of the release so it's not prototypical at all. It's a metal and enamel pin, with the game's logo in the 'Sonic' font and the more prickly 'extreme style' letters. It uses blue, black, white and purple. With the geometric shapes in the "Sonic" word, and the font-combo it really has an 80s-almost or 90s combination look. It's not Vaporwave but it looks like it might be on its way there with the color choice. It's a style and a path that Sonic games didn't go down.
This has to be a super rare pin, just because the game never happened. Also, for it to take all the way until 2019 to show up also says something about its rarity. This is an interesting item to see! Discovered by TheTumblex
|Here are 2 SanDiego Comic Con exclusive pins.
For 2019's SDCC, Sega Shop Online & IDW Comics had these two pins produced of the comics-only characters Whisper & Tangle. These are metal & enamel pins, and they show each character in a cheering or victory type pose. The detail is good, and it's easy to tell what they're up to, even with the long/spiral tail & detailed shoes. The pin art seems wisely chosen & worked with the enamel.
Naturally, they're quite a limited run, so each one is 15 dollars in the Sega Shop online. They were likely also at the booth for sale as well.
|FAB NY is a new company to get the Sonic license...
And, they're ready to use it to good effect here with this charms keychain. It is classic sytle, but uses primarily neoclassic stock art for the all metal and enamel charms. There are 4 charms on the chain so you get finger waving Sonic, waving Tails, flying Knuckles, and fist-shaking Eggman. There's a spring clip for your key, and the traditional closed loop ring. None of the charms are too big, so they'll still fit into pockets/bags etc (note their size as compared to the standard/normal ring shape--they're certainly not huge)
The tag is that simple 'ready to run Sonic' with the checkered tan/blue background that lots of classic style things get. It's reasonably priced as well, which is always a nice touch. It could be in Hot Topic, Specners Gifts, or (possibly) Game Stop but it is certain to be at Amazon, starting in winter 2020.
*Metal & enamel reminder: this is one of the best materials for keychains that can get a lot of wear. Enamel doesn't really go bad over time unless it has a thick clear glaze over it (those tend to yellow) so choosing a metal item is good.. You can use this link to get it there at Amazon directly via Gear Affiliate link SEGA Sonic The Hedgehog Metal Key Ring Chain Keyring Keychain
|Here is Funko's POP Sonic keychain.
Annnd...it's not particularly cute. Sometimes the little Funko Pops are cute, like little funny Marvel characters or other video games where the people/whatevers aren't styleized . The problem with Sonic/and friends however, is that they are already very stylized and abstract to a degree, so doing that 'but more so' results in something super odd that you see here.
Sonic, fairly unique among cartoons has a single eye--which does not lend itself well to their 'blank soul-less dots on an expressionless face' gimmick. The single eye is a technicality but there's nothing doing for changing it.
The small body and actual spikes layout here is actually decent though. He's got a ring in one hand and finger-waving for his other hand which adds a little bit of dynamic/something new. You can see how nicely the head is structured around the spikes also. (Just too bad about the pop face)
The keychain itself looks to be a little large for actual utility. The ring is probably a standard size, meaning his head is a real whopper, and with spikes, it would make carrying it bulky/difficult.
|ABY Style , a new company with the classic Sonic license rushes onto the scene in 2020 with 2 different types of keychain in the winter. The first is a metal & enamel Sonic classic face stock art keychain. It's thick, flat silver-tone metal in the shape of the face and it is quite standard, and well done. It is exactly what you'd expect & executed well. It has that 'swivel chain' area there so it can turn easily & dangle, plus the normal ring top.
The 2nd keychain is that 'flat rubber pvc' that was popular in SA2 times...for good reason! It captures detail really well, is somewhat 'relief-like' in it's nicely textured look & is durable without being cumbersome or gigantic. So, this 'running profile' classic Sonic looks good here on the black background. This has a simple ring attatchment to the ring top. It's interesting to see them proving they can make 2 different keychain materials right away & do a very solid job of it. Hopefully the year sees more from them. But where can you buy these?
|GE Entertainment makes a pair of pins for Winter 2020.
These are classic style metal and enamel pins. There's finger waving Sonic and neoclassic Japan type waving Tails. The Tails is based on an old/classic Japanese art of him (note eye and mouth shape) but it is likely to be neoclassic. The 'background' metal for the pins and their line art is silver tone. (Looks black in the photo though due to shine) Notice the nice attention to detail like Tails' mouth being pink, his blue shoe bands, and gray glove cuffs. When pin makers are minding every color they use, it's nice to see them making sure that every proper color was included, instead of cutting corners on the pins. Good move!
This is a cute and quality pair of pins that would be very nice to collect or add to a bag or lanyard. But, where are they sold?
|A tiny shoe becomes a keychain in this offering from SK Japan.
This is a dual-country release item, with SK Japan making these for sale in both Japan and the USA in winter 2020. The keychain is literally a nicely built and complete tiny shoe. It's meant to look probably a little like a Converse, with canvas upper, white rubber across the toe, metal grommet lace-holes, and white rubber soles. It has (likely regular size) white laces all done up in a bow. The keychain part goes through a metal ring at the back of the shoe.
The Sonic design is wrap-around, with modern Sonic on the heel & mostly one side, while his spikes are on the other. The light blue canvas has 2 white stars, while the white rubber sole has 3 blue stars.
It's a cute design for a tiny shoe, with good detail (matching stars) real stitching and real metal for durability. It is costly, however, as it is about 22 dollars if you can find it for sale.
|A sturdy keychain!
Bio World makes a thick metal and enamel sturdy keychain in winter 2020. You can see that this is thicker than normal, and probably a bit heavy. The ring for attaching it seems thicker too. It's all silver-tone metal with a colored enamel (inset) Sonic classic face. The metal is shaped like the face, which is pretty plain and simple full color line art. (photo appears to be washing out over the lower peach color face part)
It's simple, it's classic, and it looks like something that would wear well/be around for basically ever because metal doesn't really go bad. Probably a solid buy if you didn't have something like it already. But, where are they selling it?
|Another new company for 2020 Sonic!
These metal & enamel pins are by "Just Funky", who apparently has a modern license. They put it to good use right away, by choosing a nice pose for each character that isn't over-used. You can get thumbs up but faced mostly away Sonic and fist-out Knuckles. The lines are crisp, the enamel colors are bright, and the pin cards are nicely checkered in 2 blues with the modern logo in color.
Good stuff! (If they're reasonably priced)
These would go into the SonicGear Personal collection if they can be found somewhere. Write in for credit if you see these for sale...
|Sonic Back Pack Hangers!
Back Pack Hangers are usually larger keychains or keychain-type items that are too big for their intended purpose. So, hanging them on a backpack where they wouldn't fit into a purse or pocket like a proper keychain is the solution. Here, you can see the retail display dispenser stand for this latest round of them in 2020. They are (sadly) blind packed and there are 11 different ones to try and collect.
The back of the package shows you the characters you can get, with of course a couple of different ones for Sonic. They're all classic designs (so, not that many characters to make anyway) and the items are actual 3D little figures with plastic wing ring shaped clip tops. But, do be warned that BPH like these need to be sturdier than normal items because they are on the outside the whole time---yet they've chosen plastic lead loops for the tops so that's not a great idea. These are made by JUSTToys Photo by Taaron
|Here is the factory photo for these hangers, but, they've made a couple of mistakes for it. They've got Metal Sonic facing backward only, and then there are only 7 of the 11 different ones|
|shown here. They've left Tails out completely, which is no good. What is good though, is the metallic paint for Metal Sonic is nice looking and so is classic Amy. Her pose is cute and her details are all in fine form. It's a nice little figure of her. Eggman is decent too, as are the chosen poses for Sonic & Knuckles. If these are reasonably priced, they'd be a good set to try and get--just rather too bad they're blindbagged.|
|Finally, in 2021, a factory photo appears for all of the Just Toys Backpack Hangers. It reveals all 11 of the figures and some interesting choices. Like that there are 4 Sonics and 2 Metal Sonics but only 1 of everyone else (inc. Super Sonic) Notice how pointing/jump Sonic is based on neoclassic art, as is fist-forward Knuckles & flying Tails. Metal Sonic has the expected finger waving and hand forward/challenge. The wing ring is always color coordinated to the characters' main color. This also shows the bag they come in.
These may be around over 5 dollars each IF you can find them which is...not fabulous for a blind bag collection that also has 11 things. Hopefully the bags are squeeze-able in person to let people try to choose which they get.
|Still got a Hot Topic in your area mall?
You may be able to find these small pin buttons there if you go in 2020. These are highly likely to be IDW Sonic comic art used for the pins. There's Knuckles in the foreground for one pin, and a leaping Sonic/flying Tails for the other. The art looks good in pin format. Photo & owned by Taaron
|Here is a classic style Metal Sonic metal and enamel pin.
It is from a "Loot Crate" box...but which one was it on? Loot Crate is one of those trendy 'mystery box' subscriptions where you get a variety of items each month, but no control over what's in there other than the theme. It's supposed to work like a surprise, but it kind of doesn't always...because you can end up with stuff you don't want and buying things 'sight unseen' is a tad iffy.
The pin itself is nice though. Enamel doesn't go bad, and the line art used is solid/a good look for it.