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Sonic the Hedgehog Plush Dolls USA Page 19 - Modern Plushes
|This page has only MODERN (post-Sonic Adventure-era) plush dolls.
This page will have a focus on 2018-2020 plushes, likely from GE Entertainment, Jakks Pacific, Tomy and more. With plushes showing up at offline retail stores and online at more places like Amazon & Target plush availability seems to be on the rise.
|GE Entertainment gets ready to release Sonic plushes again with this Dark Chao plush that they want to have in late 2021 or early 2022. This is a factory photo of it. It seems to be made of soft but not furry fabric. The air brushing for the arm/leg tips is good and the proper color. It likely has a pointy tail of some kind (seen at right) and the head dot/ball is probably somewhere behind it.
The only issue it seems to have is that the eyes and mouth are very obviously "thick sticker-like" which look pasted on and not as quality as one would expect from GE. However, this may be a bit of a proto photo, so things may change upon actual release. It seems to be a fairly large item. Turn arounds will be added once anyone is able to get this. Photo discovered by
|Spotted a while after release, and in the wrong cardboard display holder is...
Jakks Pacific's modern Eggman plush. Their distribution on plushes in general does not seem to be the best. They're supposed to appear in either Toys or Electronics areas in Target & Walmart (Sometimes Books a Million) but some areas they just never show up and BAM does not have that many stores in the US.
Their take on modern Eggman seems all right. He's a little 'mini-styled', as are most of their plush so far, so that fits in. The goggles are 3D, and the mustache is felt. His face is all embroidery and he has a funny expression, which is nice to see. They did get all the details for the coat & shoes. It's not a bad plush at all, with the embroidered details...but it does require actually being able to find it. It should be about 14.99 if you can find it. Photo by Taaron
|Specifically for the 30th Anniversary in 2021, Jakks Pacific releases a boxed doll. Usually plush dolls don't come in blind-type boxes, but their "Comic Style Classic Sonic Plush" does. It's not boxed this way to hide other characters (they only did him) but more for the look of it. The box uses bright primary colors, star-bumpers, rings and screen-tone dots. Note the large 30th Sticker there too.
The plush itself...is covered in screen tone dots. Almost all the fabric has them, and thick black borders to give it a sort of 'comic book' theme. When you inspect the photo you can see that the gloves and shoes are made of vinyl or possibly that plasti-leather. Either way, be sure to keep this one out of the sun...*
|Oddly, they seem to use 'comic book' as an excuse to not bother to color the parts that are/should be peach colored even though it is clearly not a black and white comic? The eyes are a bit tall, but he otherwise seems pretty normal/classic like. This is confirmed for sale at Game Stop and should be about 30 dollars in summer 2021. Photo & owned by Taaron
*The sun- Vinyl or plastileather doens't often hold up well after years. You can see many dolls here where it is flaking/cracking or peeling off and looks terrible. The best-known method for preserving it is avoiding sun exposure and high humidity or salty sea air.
|Part way through the release...for some reason this "Comic Sonic Plush" from Jakks Pacific gets a new and different box to be packaged inside of. The new box structures the design more like 'comic panels' and includes an actual photo of the doll you get (always a good idea), while forgoeing the large classic art of the original box. It also announces that there is a "30th Anniversary Patch" somewhere. (So is it attached to the doll? Is it a free bonus gift inside now? What about the people who bought the original, was there a patch there too?) The little starburst shape says that it is a 14 inch plush doll.
The new box format isn't quite as stylish as the previous, but it is better for actual selling of the item. The bonus patch, picture of what you'll get, and the size of the item are all things that are best to include. The price for this is the same. It will also likely continue to be at Game Stop
|Shadow has been spotted...
In the Jakks Pacific flat heads 'stylized' plush bin. These cardboard displays can be found in Kohls, Target (maybe Walmart), and probably Books a Million. Thus far, they seem to have only made modern Eggman, but everyone else is always classic. Now, they add Shadow to the lineup. He'll cost the same amount, and he seems to be the same size/same detail level. You can see they did print on for the texture of the shoe bottoms. If the flat heads/stylized look doesn't bother you, its good to know he's being added to the list. Photo by Taaron
|Another plush for the 30th Anniversary?
Seen here at Books a Million stores, it seems so with this...slightly less stylized modern Sonic? Who's a bit larger than the 'flatheads' seen above. The stylization thing is getting into odd territory that seems like "we don't want to try too hard so......here you go" with this one. It's got the outsized head, and lame-excuse shrivelled little arms/no-detail hands going on, but it is a fairly large size where they wouldn't have to do this 'simplification' to make a cute plush. The ears are too small, but the shoes are at least a proper shape, though it looks like the buckle center has something odd going on with it? The head also looks like it's flattened/the spikes are that 'simplified emoji' thing because they can get away with it. The face seems otherwise pretty normal, with good embroidered detail. Why wont Jakks Pacific make a NORMAL collectible plush of anything? Photo by Taaron
|This is the Toy Factory Stickerbomb plush.
If you recognize the style...it's because Toy Factory was doing these simplified 'little big heads' type dolls during the Boom Ban where it was "Emoji Sonics" where the dolls would be doing various emoji faces. It's debatable whether or not all of those that they had proto photos for got released or not. However, with the end of the ban, they've turned their 'chibi type' pattern to modern Sonic. "Stickerbomb" is the name for the graffiti and stickers type very-busy pattern that has appeared on multiple types of merchandise both in and out of the Sega Shop. In this case, all blue areas of him are replaced by fabric with this pattern. It still has the blank eyes and other stubby traits of the simplified pattern. You can see their ring shape paper tag there on the side. This is probably a 2022 item, but where was it sold?
Once GE Entertainment got the Sonic license back, they didn't hesitate to start turning out uncommon characters once again--much to the delight of everyone! Here is their Fang / Knack the Weasel Sniper plush. Although he only appeared on Game Gear games and in the ill-fated Sonic Fighting Arcade, he still got a few pieced of merchandise in Japan. Now, anywhere that has access to GE (or online ordering) can get this decently sized doll of him.
It looks good, too! Notice the 'bolt' details for the panels on the glove-backs, his belt is all felt, and the hat is 3D. The boots look like they do in the games, and you can tell he has the normal/long tail & a felt fang. What about the ears? Those were always kind of unclear as to their shape...even in the art and the games. They look normal to that so...I guess it's right?
He's cool to see as a plush, but does he actually have lots of fans? There is very little plot/material about him (outside of comic books) and nobody was clamoring for him like the whole Mighty/Ray thing. Either way, this is quite a good looking plush, with well sculpted face and good attention to detail. This is a 2022 item.
|Finally! Tikal gets a plush!
Everyone's favorite ancient islander gets a respectable plush from GE Entertainment in 2022. Why not earlier? Probably the level of detail the character has to have for it to look like that character. Tikal was always the most complicated-look character they ever added to a game. She's got her spike wraps, jewel headband, strappy sandals, skirt, necklace, bracelets and blue wrist cuffs. There's also the white chest part (maybe it's a top maybe it's like Knuckles' crescent marking SA1 didn't make it clear?) Of course, it would take a great company as dedicated as GE to be able to pull it all off and create a nice plush...so they did!
There doesn't seem to be a clothing or decoration item left off. She's also a lighter red color than Knuckles, which is also true to how the game was. She looks cheerful, and the head/spikes proportion seems good as well. As a rare character to begin with, you can easily imagine that this doll will end up as uncommon, so better to buy her as soon as you see her for sale--this will be a great collectible!
|In Spring 2022, Jakks Pacific continues their classic style plush line with this classic Eggman. And...well...he's round. Classic Eggman had a really super simple design, so there's not a whole lot that can be done with him (wrong or right) The body is a sphere, the head is half a sphere and he had simple, detail-free feet. Here, the mustache is felt and the nose is a felt oval dot. The glasses/teeth are embroidered. He has simple mitten hands, but the collar is real/loose fabric.This is at Target and should be about 14.99|
|Dare to compare the dark chao!
Here is GE Entertainment (left) and the turn arounds for Jakks Pacific (above)
|While Jakks Pacific's dark chao plush is still on store shelves in Target and Walmart (and possibly Gamestop) GE Entertainment announced their plush too, with the photo at right. With such close releases, it's easy to compare them...and it looks like GE probably did a better job.
The JP one has a very flat head, which is incorrect to the games but it's always a go-to money saving move. It means the toy only looks good from the front, but it makes it cheaper to make. The JP one does have wings and a tail, but they are just flat felt pieces. GEs the wings have actual shape and color like they do in the games. The GE one also has airbrushed color for the leg and arm tips, as well as the head point tip and tail area. Both have embroidered faces with the 'meanie look'. GE has used before the wierd pom-pom for the head-ball/emotion-ball...and that's probably the weakest link here as it looks a bit 'tatty' even though it is new. Their only other issue may be the black border rimming the white part of the eyes, as in the game they don't have that, and the GE one rightly also does not have it. Left photo by GE, right photos by Taaron
|Here's a first!
The first plush of Ray the Flying Squirrel. This rarer character finally gets a plush doll from Jakks Pacific in fall season 2022. It's a small size doll at about 8 or 9 inches or so.
|He is made of their usual soft texture fabric for the yellow parts, the wings are felty (but not felt) and the shoes are a kind of matte almost plastic-feeling cloth. (Different from other dolls) They actually do a pretty good job with him here, the head is actually round/they don't skimp and make it flat. The face construction makes him look very classic, and the arm wing things are well enough done/large enough to notice them and make him unique. The tail is large enough/stuffing is good and the shoe details are all just fine. It's a solid effort (unlike their Mighty)
As with all lesser-known characters it IS recomended you buy/collect him as he's not likely to be released a whole bunch of times or to become common. This should be about 9.99 or 12.00 in Walmart and Target. It MAY show up at Gamestop, but only if the store is large. This is in the SonicGear collection.