Jakks Pacific Articulated Sonic Action Figures 1
|Jakks Pacific may choose to do more than 1 "Deluxe Type" special figure.
This page is for special extra-featured figures that are articulated but may do something else. (Not a static 'display figure) Bendy type figures & regular action 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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|In 2021, Jakks Pacific releases this changeable-parts, sort-of build-able deluxe action figure for classic style Sonic. He's similar to that Tomy one where you could change out the hands & face parts to give him different expressions and have him doing different things. (Waving, holding a ring, etc) Once you put together the face and add the hands, you can then pose him with the elbow, wrist, shoulder, neck and hip joints. It looks like the ankle or foot is probably also articulated.
The box is a little odd here, why is there a window in the top, but not on the side to see the figure from an optimal angle? (Ex. why put a window at all if it just looks down on the top of the head) This is the factory photo for the figure's box. It does not seem to have the fun 'storage base' that the Tomy one had, so he is free standing though looks like he'll stand on his own.
|An all right idea:
Everyone seemed to really like the expression/accessory build a figure from Tomy, so it's good to have another opportunity to get one like this.
BUT it ought to cost less than the previous Tomy one because it doesn't come with the clever storage base AND it does not seem to have more (or less) features so it should still cost a bit less due to no base.
A bit odd. They acknowledge 'peach eyelid' there in the half-closed expression, but then they have him closing his pupils into 'squint marks' there in the other one?? It's one or the other, either he has eyelids or he doesnt??? That's not consistent.
Mugman / Cuphead teeth:
What's up with trying to put classic Sonic into the 'wiggle-toon' or "Rubber-Hose*" era style of Cuphead & Mugman? That expression and the odd-ball teeth like that is RIGHT smack in that style and it is NOT the style of actual Classic Sonic (Which was defined by the Japanese art of him at that time--which was not such a Betty Boop-Toon era influence so it doesn't look fitting on him now.
Yes that seems to be officially what it's called. The era was also called "Golden Age American" animation and was defined by everything fore & background being bendy or wiggly in wierd wavy ways like a rubber hose would be. Random stuff would be dancing, inanimate objects would react & etc. You can also see signature elements like "pac-man" shaped eye pupils, big white, close-set eyes, everybody in white gloves & toony noodle-bodies. Cuphead the game brought this style back into the forefront with it's popularity & unique look/gameplay.
Sonic was never Rubber Hose:
|The one above must have done well because...
Here comes another Jakks Pacific "Deluxe" changeable figure. This one has a 'casino night' like/ inspired backdrop and base that serves as the box for the extra accessories. (Much like the Tomy deluxe one where the base was GHZ)
By mixing and matching the different eye panels and face bottoms you can create different expressions. He also comes with several hands (holding a ring, a fist, open, etc) to help change his poses.
|The base has a peg for the foot to help him stand in different ways too. The display box it comes in opens up the front flap (left) to give you a bigger backdrop with art for display! This will satisfy MIB collectors too. (It also looks like you could take out & re pose or change it then put it back in--which is also helpful.) This is probably 49.99 as well and a 2022 item|
|In summer 2022, Jakks Pacific attempts to create a new line of figures the "Jakks Gold Line". So, they're figures that are a little bit more deluxe than others, and their first Sonic one out of the gate is Classic Sonic With Skateboard.
This figure is trying to look 'comic book art' style, with the shading and linework actually painted onto it. So, that highlight wedge on the head is always in the same spot, the borders of his colors have thick black lines, as do the textures for his socks/gloves. He comes with a real rolling skateboard (that is appropriately sized) and has his name on the bottom with stars around it. He is pose-able, and does have knees to pose but as usual, there is no elbow joint despite this being at least the 5 inch size figure.
|The box is good for display, notice the gold used for the window border and the logo. It has a clean, not-busy look and uses pale colors to highlight the figure inside. The sculpt for the figure is, as usual, good, and he's quite classic looking. This is a decent first entry into the Gold Line, so hopefully they'll continue it. Where will it be sold? How much is it?
|Following the success of the 'buildable' deluxe type classic Sonic figure in 2021 (seen above) Jakks Pacific follows it up with a modern one that's also lots of switching fun!|
|The modern one follows the formula for fun by including 2 different expression lower-faces, 3 different expression eyes, 3 different poses for the hands, a green chaos emerald, and...for some reason a cyan wisp. It also has a flap open front display box to reveal the figure, and a lenticular base to display it on with a mini background. It's a decent amount of stuff in a well thought out package, and the figure is also a decent size. Notice that he has elbows!
There are 13 points of articulation total. The dot on the box says "customize your very own Sonic figure", the blurb on the back lists what he comes with and that you can explore tons of poses and gestures.
It's interesting that they seem to have chosen Sonic Colors for this, both with a wisp and the Eggman park theme to the box...notice the classic one wasn't meant to be specifically for any certain game. It's fine, of course, but it just seems a little odd to peg this one into being "it is Colors, specifically".
This appears in Fall 2022, may be found on the Target.com website...but where else? It's probably also about 49.99, which is typical for these very deluxe type of change-parts figures