Jakks Pacific Articulated Sonic Action Figures 1
|Jakks Pacific got the license in 2019, and continues here in 2020.
This page will have their 2020 articulated figures only. They have both modern and classic license, so any figure that falls in the "Articulated Action Figures" category will be on this page if it was in 2020. Bendy type figures will go onto a separate page. But if it's by Jakks Pacific and it's an action figure, check them out here.
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|Here's the first look company photos for their articulated Sonic and Tails action figures! And...they look great so far! New things are happening as well, when you take a close look at what's going on with the details...especially for Tails. Usually, figures are painted with their secondary colors but look at the lines between the white/orange for him.|
|The white part for his tail color, his eyes and lower face are all snapped together. You won't find any overspray here because there was never a need to spray.Tails's joints for the hips also don't work like Sonic's do (other lines had them the same) they're actually slightly embedded into the body, which looks nice. The knees for everyone seem simple here, maybe a little blocky but they could be sturdier than normal maybe with this design.
Because the actual 3D models for the characters were used to make these, there is no "off model issue" that plagued previous things by other companies. Sonic, is of course very solid looking. His head is great, expression is good, has no neck just like he should.
:Little things...Tails' mouth has no color (it's center smile) so it can come across as a bit of a grimace here because the white=teeth-look. Also, no elbow joints, and it looks like Sonic & Tails share the same hands/low on hand poses. It looks like an open-to-grip hand, but then they don't come with anything to hold. Lack of elbow is probably the biggest deal, but it doesn't really deter anything.
|The other 2 from their first set are Shadow & Eggman. Isn't that interesting...no Knuckles in sight! Eggman is an all right choice though, as he doesn't get enough figures and people want to play with a bad guy too, so Eggfans should be happy with this first set. They both look really good, of course, as the CG from the games could be|
|used to ensure everything is perfectly on-model. The small oddity here is Eggman's ankle joints. They're really...gappy? Odd? There have been figures with his knees jointed but why they chose ankles here is unknown especially if they're handling it strangely. He does get elbows (unlike everybody else) but the long/thick arm/sleeve would enable this.
What you don't know:
Both photos gathered by SonicHedgehog11
Are they action? It's unknown, but they're new in Summer 2020 from Jakks Pacific. Each clear plastic ball has a classic figure inside. Here, you can see Sonic, Knuckles & Tails to the left & Sonic and RAY to the right. They are likely to be fixed-position figures, with the ball rolling around providing the 'action' part of action-figure.
What's notable here is that it is likely the very first merchandise of Ray the Flying Squirrel! He first appeared in the isometric and uncommon Sonic arcade game, along with Mighty. Then, he was unused until Sonic Mania.
They're not too large, with the ball in a cardboard case that serves as the hang tag for it so it can go on shelves.
Here, they're seen at Books A Million in the USA...but where else are they? BAM stores aren't that common to every state, so they have to have some better plan for releasing these. That they're not in Target (with the rest of JP stuff) may be an effect of the virus wrecking distribution. If they're found elsewhere, this entry will be updated. Photos by Taaron
|Now, Metal Sonic is in the sphere!
Jakks Pacific keeps adding classic characters to these odd plastic spheres, so, Metal Sonic must have been next on their list as he is now at Books a Million stores too. Notice the word there below the logo "Booster". But why? What do these boost? They all have the word there. The figure looks ok, but the spheres make them hard to photograph properly in any light, and the BAM pricing makes them difficult to buy at nearly 10 dollars for a tiny item in a clear globe. Photos by Taaron
|Before the first round of Jakks Pacific Articulated Action Figures even appeared in stores, these photos shows up of more of them.
So, they will add Knuckles and a large green super emerald (probably not the master, as that is larger than the character), Metal Sonic with an Eggman symbol tile, Sonic again, but this time with a snow board accessory, & Tails who has a speed boost accessory.
The Tails is essentially the most similar one as the only difference is what is inside the power up globe. Sonic is basically the same too, but the snowboard is fun. (Note his hands are position reversed too)
|Knuckles looks good, as expected. The fists are good/big, and the knuckle spikes seem especially big/they didn't skimp on them/the design. His body is also a different shape than Sonic's, which is good to see as well. His expression seems ok. The emerald being flat on the bottom is so it'll stand up...which is probably ok too even if less accurate.
Metal Sonic looks like he is having a conversation about something. His hands are (by default) the most detailed by far, but they're also posed in the most detailed way. What's disapointing about him is that where is the METALLIC paint? Jakks Pacific owns shiny paint & uses it on other figures but he just looks wrong/boring without it, so why are they not using it? Hopefully the final figure gets real metallic look. He comes with an "Eggman Tile", but what it is, is an "Egg Spring" which is an unfortunately placed spring (that Eggman pu there) to knock Sonic into a trap and it appeared in Unleashed, Colors & Generations. It's nice looking, with raised center detail & good stamp. All photos in this section discovered by SonicHedgehog11
|ANOTHER line of figures?
Jakks Pacific seems to be on a real figure spree in the summer/fall of 2020. Un-announced, here comes a 2 inch tiny figure line of simpler, less-costly, action figures. They seem a little smaller than the old Jazwares 2.whatever size line (2.5, 2.75 etc) and have less articulation. You can move the hip, shoulder & neck only, except for Knuckles who probably can't move his head much at all, as is the usual for him.
They look nice on a simple bubble card & good modern CG/photos for the packaging. The card style is not over the top & protects the figure well. It would look good displayed mint on card also, because you can see the sides of the figure/the bubble front is clear on the edges/wide enough & no gimmicks.
The first set has Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Metal Sonic & shockingly a Neutral Chao with 3 fun rings. Nice move! The chao is scaled to the other figures too, so it will look cute on display. Choosing unusual characters who don't often get figures is likely a great move for this tiny line.
The Sonic & Knuckles are good for their size. Sonic's body shape is ok, but slightly square. Knuckles' doesn't really have his correct body shape as it is more rectangular than a 'slightly tapered shape' that he actually has. But, look at the great fists & properly shaped head. He is leaned back a little in the package (see side view) probably to keep the face in an ok position for when people find this on shelves. Knuckles' mouth is a bit too red/almost looks like a lip/lips but it is such a minor thing. (Sonic's is a bit red also but it's waaaay under the face so it's always in shadowed/harder to notice)
The figures should be about 5 dollars each and are confrimed in TARGET (not online though) retail stores so far. If you see these anywhere else at retail, you can write in for credit.
|No sooner does the 2 inch figure line launch, that right on its heels there comes a playset to use with the figures!
And it's a REAL action play set too, that's good for play and also display on your shelf.
|There are 2 action features that really work. The spring bumper (yellow) really springs up a figure when you push it down. Then, the loop has a track hidden in it with a place to put the figure's foot/peg in the bottom of the shoe. Then, you can make the figure zoom around the loop-de-loop just like in the games for fun!
It comes with the Sonic figure & 3 rings that you can put in the loop, or on top. The whole thing should be 19.99 at regular retail and is confirmed at Target in fall 2020 season.
|The look of it is 'cg style' instead of 'cartoon'. It resembles the GHZ of things like Generations (Where it wasn't/may not have been called 'green hill' but it was obviously styled that way) The box has no windows/is solid cardboard with photos of the product and call-out circles to tell you what it does & showcase the things you get. The bottom advertises the other 2-inch figures on the 1st wave, as well as their larger action figures.
Jakks Pacific is already standing out with good decisions / differentiating themselves from both Jazwares & stupid Tomy.