|Sonic the Hedgehog sporting goods!
Everything you need for a day outside? Yes, this is another improbable page of Sonic the hedgehog merchandise. This time, he helps you play out side and run around. This is actually rather appropriate, if you think about it, and what Sonic stands for. A logical progression would lead to "activity" aids such as these.
|Sonic Gear Main * Sporting Goods 1 *|
|Here are 2 'inflatable balls' for 'sports or games'. So, they're pretty much non-specific fun balls. They're a rubber material, but coated in a sleeve of stretchy printed fabric that has the design on there.
These are by Toy Factory (the one who makes prize-only items--known mostly for plush)
|So, you'd see these as win-able items at ticket counters for arcades or in carnival prize areas. The ball can come in 2 sizes with either 6 inch or 14 inch diameter. The first ball has jumping forward CG modern Sonic with a Green Hill type CG background & the logo. It also has blue/light blue line-art scattered Sonic images plus more logo words on the other half of the ball.
The second ball has Sonic, Tails Knuckles team up in CG with a background of geometric shapes and stars. It's also got the full color modern logo. The other half of this ball has lines, rings, and CG character faces for the trio. These look good with nice colorful CG art and patterns.
|Is fingerboarding a sport?
I don't know but here go some Tech Decks. These finger size skateboards are customizable with the tool you see there in the package. The deck part of the board is always colorfully decorated or themed...and...they've chosen Series 13 to do 2 with a Sonic theme! You can see Knuckles board there, which is marked for 'quite rare' with the red dot.
|But interestingly, instead of Sonic, you get NEO Metal Sonic...so...is this the first merchandise that actually has him or only him on it? (Seems likely, as he wasn't a boss a whole lot of times, he's an uncommon character to begin with so this is actually very interesting) Why did they choose Neo Metal over regular Metal? Certainly, the choice makes the board more fun and interesting to see with a rare character like that. These are at Walmart, but they appeared during the COVID pandemic so who knows about their availability. Photos by Taaron|
|Here are all 4 Finesse Sonic Skateboard Decks.
Previously here on Gear the Sonic & Metal Sonic were featured, but here you can see they also did Super Sonic with 3 Chaos Emeralds and ready for Action pose Shadow as well. Notice the backgrounds, all use the same 'splat/spatter' but with different colors, except for Super Sonic on his aqua with white different one. Super Sonic is also a bit off because it looks like they missed the red color for his eyes? It's really clear for Shadow/right eye color, but how to miss this one?
These are likely very expensive or were some kind of limited edition. They were also all likely produced at the same time.
|A real special deck!
This is a Skateboard Deck that is likely to be one of a kind. (So, it doesn't land on 'high end' or anything) It is actually the top prize for a contest called "Sonic Generations of Skate" that was held in 2013.
|The contest helped to advertise Sonic Generations and also Sonic Lost World, which was out around that time. The board here was for the first place winner. It is made even more special because it has an autograph of the famous skateboarder Tony Hawk there near Sonic's hand. The board is mostly green/comic book style radiating lines & has CG Sonic in the center. He's posed as if leaping over something with one hand down.
As with all "Trophy Room" type things that are 1-offs, this can't really be collected, but it should certainly be looked at and archived here like this. Very interesting.
|A closer look!
Here's the Neo Metal Sonic Tech Deck Finesse fingerboard when it is mint on the card. The card is hang tag bubble type, and the board seems to come with a tool to change the wheels, probably an instruction sheet of some kind, and maybe a transparent bit? The card uses the Neo Metal art as well, and is pretty stylish. This is pretty certain to be the first merchandise of Neo Metal made.
Collect this if you can!
Discovered by Taaron
|Finesse brand returns to Sonic in 2020 with these skateboard decks.
They're real-size decks for real boards, and both are the same, only the background color is different--with one being yellow, the other black. They both have the "Werehog reaching forward" stock art on them, the modern logo in color, and their own logo above that.
Their design is bold & simple, with only the character done quite large so it goes off both sides of the board. The only issue may be the relative unpopularity of the Werehog (Opinion zone, werehog is wierd and unfitting and should not be dredged back up)
That little wiggly rectangle (under pinky claw, and near sock) is a signature but you can't read it. Discovered by Hedgy
|Is a Kite a sporting good? Prrrrobably?
But here comes another anyway, this is a Sonic 1-era kite, still new in the package. You can see how it would look, if you found it in stores. The photo is old though, so it isn't very large/you can't read the package top. The back has instructions for setting it up/flying it, and the front has the photo of how the whole thing looks when it is out.
It has 'arms crossed' Sonic stock art. But, look at the background, it's a 'paint brush swipe' on white, but interestingly they chose quite a bright pink for the color. Sonic+purple is the least common combo, but Sonic+pink is probably next on the list.
The kite itself is probably that 90s fairly thick plastic material, with plastic crossbars. It looks like it gives you a green handle reel of kite string as well, so that it is ready to go right out of the package. This is an interesting old item to see.
|Another skateboard, another rare exclusive small run item.
It's the same ol' story but with a different theme each time. And this time...it's here to celebrate the Hello Kitty & Sonic crossover that happened (what, like 3 years ago now??) when Sanrio collaberated with Sega to have plush dolls and keychains. There were a series of 4 little plush dolls (5 counting a gold Super Sonic released later) as well as keychain size plush. It had Hello Kitty dressed up as Sonic, Badz-Maru (a penguin) as Knuckles, Chocoat as Tails & My Melody (a rabbit) as Amy Rose.
Here, the skateboard is just the deck part, with the under-side all decorated with portraits of each little character standing on a floating shelf of GHZ land. There are also 2 gold rings on the empty shelves. The background is all blue checkers of varying sizes. It's a cute, solid design.
This is a quite-limited thing, there were only 50 of them made in 2021. It was made to be some kind of exclusive at the San Diego Comic Con--so you know it will end up quite rare and expensive. Items like these will go right onto someones' collection-wall. Photo discovered by Hedgey
|Fingerboarding may or may not be a sport but...
Here comes Tech Deck again with another Finesse Mini Skateboard featuring another character who is seldom solo. This yellow & white board has Jet the Hawk on it, though he's not depicted on his board. This seems to be part of the Street Hits series, where the boards come with a fun accessory for the skateboards to use. In this case it's a slide for them to ride down. (In Tech Deck world are the skateboards like people? (Like how Hotwheels are) You help them have fun on the doll-house furniture & obstacles? Or are they only a finger-skill like dice-stack or pen-spinning and you buy/want obstacles to do better hand tricks with the boards?)
The board is quite nice though, Jet looks good on the background, and the art for him is nice and large. A simple bubble-card packaging does this some good as well, everything's easy to see & to display. The brand is generally at both Target & Walmart so be on the lookout for it, all fans of Jet! Photo by Taaron