Jakks Pacific Small Line Sonic Action Figures 2
|Jakks Pacific got the license in 2019, and continues here in 2020 and 2021.
This page will have their 2020 & 2021 articulated SMALL figures only. They have both modern and classic license, so any figure that falls in the "Small 2-inch Articulated Action Figures" category will be on this page if it was in 2020 or 2021. 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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|In 2021, Jakks Pacific releases a small version for Metal Sonic. They still don't have hi-spec (metallic) paint for any of him...even though the photo on the back of the box SEEMS to have his blue as a metallic color? Look at the difference between the figure itself & the photo on the box back.|
|It is, as is usual, a decent figure from JP. The red for the eyes they chose is very dark and so it does not contrast very much with the black eye-background / makes it harder to see. A brighter red paint might have imitated the glow better. Lack of metallic color also hinders the figure. Being small-line, it has 5 points of articulation (shoulder, hip & head) DO note that the 5 inch size of Metal Sonic DOES have both elbow AND knee joints.
This particular one has a paint flaw in the left ear, but others have been found with a flaw in the yellow engine part or in the eye. Be sure to inspect this in the store before you choose*.
The bottom of the box shows others that were supposed to be on this 'wave' of figures but Jakks Pacific does not seem to pay any attention to their own waves. They've got the Gold Chao turning up again, and Tails too. But now there's Moto Bug & Classic Sonic also revealed here. Because Target won't put these on the website, you have to just keep going to the store hoping to run into one you don't yet have.
*IF you even get to choose, distribution for this may not be so great, so if you want Metal Sonic just buy him if you see it because it is 5 dollars.
Not Sonic 1's, but a more detailed one from later on. And, it seems Jakks Pacific really does capture the details. The spots are raised metal hatch-like textures, complete with little grooves on the edges. The wheel is a rubber tire and it really does spin / you can roll this. The package says it has 2 points of articulation (the wheel), & is the same as the MS one above otherwise.
|It is GREAT to see a badnik figure.
This is perfect for adding to your Green Hill Zone play-set and rolling it around. Because the enemy is mechanical, it is also pretty easy to get it right as a rolling all plastic action figure. It's quite on-model and the attention to detail from the game is really good. At 5 dollars in 2021, maybe get more than 1 to set up photo displays or something because there can be several of it in a level.
Good for Jakks Pacific making a badnik so early on in their line.
|Here's a better look at the expression action figure "Shrug Sonic" (as the other one was on mutant gear for being a flawed figure with no eyes) This pose and expression is supposed to go with the newer stock art that the popular Figpin also uses. It's basically supposed to be him going 'oh well' to something, likely being cocky toward Eggman or a foe / shining them on. And...it translates pretty ok-ly to a figure? If he's tilted correctly so you can see the mouth and the hands are kept in the right position|
|it does seem to do what the art was going for. (Things like this may seem simple, but they're pretty difficult sometimes to translate an attitude or certain expression/gesture into a figure) Not sure what's going on with the pose they have him in on the box back, though.
But, look who else is on the 'line': they're going to have a small line Silver. Super Sonic appears again, as does Shadow and Knuckles, which is good because their distibution still kind of isn't.
Having a unique expression for a figure is a good idea on the small line like this. The figures are inexpensive at 5 dollars each so you'd easily say "yeah I could get another expression for him" at that rate.
|Jakks Pacific surprises in 2021, by revealing small figures in cars themed for Sonic All Stars Racing. The first 3 will be Sonic, Tails and Eggman in their respective vehicles.
What's a bit odd about these is that the circle there claims they are "Die Cast", but the cars sure don't look like they are made of metal. The word DieCast generally MEANS it HAS to be made of metal, or, mostly metal. (As the thing that makes it is called a 'die', into which the material for the item is injected
|to form it. Yes, plastic can go into a die but the word diecast is generally not used for that. Hopefully the description is real, and the vehicles are made of real metal/quality. They're each bubble-carded and are not very big. The figures look ok from the profile view here, hopefully they're better than NKOK's effort at similar small figure-in-a-car. (That Tails was notorious for being plain-awful) Photo discovered by SonicFan2832|
|From prototype to actual-item, here comes the "Eggman Robot Battle Set" from Jakks Pacific.
This is the 2nd playset in their line, with the first being Green Hill Loop. This one promises boss battle action, when you can launch the classic Sonic figure at the final boss of Sonic 2, the giant Eggman robot. It looks good in the big window packaging here, where you can clearly see all the items you get and the illustration shows you how it works. The corners are solid, which is another good move by JP. This is good for MIB collectors or to take it out. Their only problem being that they used Modern Sonic on there. Notice it is part of the 30th celebration, with the red rectangle, as well.
|Here are the factory photos of it out of the package so you can see what it does. The robo figure is clearly pose-able, although it also has 'pop apart action' as evidenced by the box art. The Sonic figure is of him in a spin / rolled up so that he can be launched with the|
|spring loaded catapult item. It looks like if you hit the center panel (as you had to do in the game) that it changes from normal to 'battle damage' which is a common action figure trait that works well. (Who started it, was it He-man?) It would be a fun goal to try and shoot him to switch the panel. The catapult is themed for the sort of 'death egg' design look with caution-stripe base, bolts & gray metal looking construction. It makes sense as something to include.
This looks like a good playset once again. The boss looks like it does in the game, the action element is fun, it looks like it will display well, and the box is very appropriate. This will be a good one to collect.
|Here's what the box for the Egg Robot Battle Set looks like.
It's quite a good one, with all the features you'd want. Top-windowing to let light in for better MIB display, totally enclosed without fiddly bits to attract damage & good big window. The back nicely illustrates the features like the damage panel, the fly-off spike 'hands', the backpack 'jets' action/movement and how to use the catapult thing to launch the Sonic figure at it. It explains how each thing works in 3 languages. Then, at the bottom another good move is showing what else there is to collect. Always helpful!
The sides have 1 partial window/repeat of what it does or running Modern Sonic even though this is a classic thing. (Notice it also has modern logo all over as well)
|It's a big, colorful game-like thing that is accurate and has fun play features. Pop-apart things get easily lost by kids and large heavy objects don't store well for non-fans so expect prices to shoot up as soon as this goes off shelves. Jakks Pacific scores again with another fun and reasonably enough priced playset. This item is in the SonicGear collection|
|Here is the turn-around for the moto bug badnik figure. It's technically on the small line figures, but you could probably use this to play with the 5 inch figures too because most badniks weren't totally huge in the games. What's neat here is that it secretly comes with a transparent plastic base.|
|The base is near-completely invisible in the packaging. There is 1 hole in the thick rubber of the tire that fits on a peg on the clear base. The back has a wedge to catch it so that the wheel doesn't just let it tip right over (As it otherwise would) The wheel is a good quality, solid feel. It rolls easily. The little 'arms' are the action bit, you can pose them a little. There's a texture for the vent in the back, and the whole thing is quite quality for a 5 dollar item. Opinion Zone: Buy 2 and use 'em for playset display!|
|Here is a better look at the 'die cast' Sonic Racers cars wave 1.
Diecast goes in little fake quotes there because they are ssssoooorttta diecast. A real model car enthusiast may complain! The only actual metal part of the car (that would be cast by the die) is the black area you see under there. It holds the axls for the wheels and gives it a bit of weight...but that's it. Usually the term diecast refers to the upper part of the car/the body outside that gives the car it's look, and that's where the discrepency is with these.
Their uppers are all plastic, and of course, so is the tiny figure in the drivers' seat. The cars are ok mini-likenesses of themselves, and the mini-figures are decent as well. With the back views you can see Tails' tails are well done, Sonic's head is shaped right & Eggman is fine/normal. They did a good job with the faces, (unlike some nkok) so if you de-box for play or display they'll do just fine.
The box-backs show that this is all of wave 1, and it was probably smart to have an 'enemy racer' on the first wave (instead of, say, Knuckles) so that kids can race them & root for Sonic & Tails to beat the Eggman one. They're bubble-carded so you can view most of it & it's easy to hang on the wall. You can collect Sonic Speed Star, Tails Whirlwind Sport & Eggman Egg Booster.