Monday, January 28, 2019

Amy Rose Update - Return of the Theme

Remember a long time ago when SonicGear used to have themed updates?
Like 10 things of accessories, or 'all shirts' or 'all Knuckles'. It used to happen, but became impractical, so having this week be All Amy was a fun change of pace. It was made possible by the SegaShop, because they seem to be going through character phases where they'll combine 'a look' and 'a char' and make it into a type of small line. Like Amy+Color Smash or whatever they were calling it made the themed stuff this time.
Tails had a theme too, previous to her, where there was quite a few solo Tails items, but I don't think he got the variety she did for whatever reason.

Why is it good?
Fans of a character tend to really, really love when that character can appear JUST by itself, without random logos or 'with Sonic'....it makes them the star! It's been that way since probably Segaworld existed in several places and started doing it. I like this as well, as a shirt collector--it's always extra fun to have just Shadow or just Metal or something on a tee.

The Segashop is costly.
YEP. Their stuff, even when on sale, is always teetering right on the higher end of what you'd want to spend for anything......and some of the prices are just bonkers, like those phone cases. Really gang? A flat plastic thing that fits a phone that lasts like 4 years or less and then won't ever be useful for anything else because the next model of phone will move some stupid gizmo 2 cm over.

The Segashop needs to stop the generic stuff.
It's one thing to be high end, high quality or a rares dealer. But if you are....at least stay away from the generic Chinese-stamp-on garbage? How many of those stupid 'rhinestone hearts' hair charms or whatever they are have you seen at knockoff kiosks? Oh yeah Amy's in there now, but that same factory is churning out Mickey Mouse + Spongebob all day long too. Same with those all white 'stamp whatever' water bottles where it's like really obvious. That's NOT a good look when the bottle's like 30 and you're trying to convince buyers you are a high end thing with good designers and quality stuff.

No word from the movie #notmysonic
So...hopefully that's all right news so the damn thing can get thrown in the trash where it belongs, sight unseen.

2019 A New Year - A New Stuff?
Well hopefully so. The things that seem to be going strongest however, are the SegaShop and kind of a degree of a couple makers in England. As you'll recall Tomy is having serious issues now that TRU is out of the picture so there's no action figure news much. The Boom Ban is still gone and probably will never return, so Rouge , Espio, Chaotix and all should be safe to celebrate.
*Then why so much classic?
Generations & Mania! Classic has proved to be a hit with the fans through these games and fun cartoons so it's not much a wonder they're putting effort into neoclassic stock art. I do like modern better personally , but welcome classic if its neoclassic so it doesn't look stale.

Next week?
You can bet some villains will make an appearance!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Sonic Movie is UGLY and STUPID #NotMySonic

Snap judgement alert: I hate it!
Yeah we're going into the Opinion Zone instantly. And creating a hashtag #NotMySonic , and then using a meme-speak "Thanks. I Hate It". What should you do when you get mad? Why...go on the internet and yell. So let's!

How it started:
When everybody thought they were just going to paste Modern Sonic into "IRL" and have people act dumb to some CGI green-suit guy everyone was like "Meh this is going to suck--but I won't judge right away because what if Detective Pikachu is actually good, & Roger Rabbit was good so was Space Jam". Then when they announced Jim Carey as Eggman, everyone was like "meh this is going to suck hilariously".

But now, no one imagined the suck was going to crank up to level A ZILLION with a stupid, horrible, scary, ugly, felty lawn gnome Sonic. They tried to "Make Him Real" but instead they're just ruining like...everything about the movie even worse than anyone imagined.

WHO is this supposed to appeal to?
Sure not Sonic fans.
So babies then? "New fans on board"?
That didn't work for Boom years ago and it's sure not here...creepy, crappy CG is a recipe for disaster, especially when the character doesn't look in any way 'cannon'. It's going to alienate fans, the only people who would have "Gone to see it no matter what"*. The fandom too, is pretty much 100% united in hating the poster/design reveal. Which...of course?

Why is it stupid?
1. It isn't Sonic. (And not how you think)
It GETS RID OF Sonic's world. IRL isn't Sonic's world. Sonic's world is interesting, full of Chaos Emeralds, rings, adventure, beautiful landscapes & where anything's possible and fun. There's a reason Sonic games are fun for fans.  It gets rid of his cool look & design. It's stupid to get rid of Sonic in a Sonic movie.

2. Nobody was paying attention.
If you're spending money, it's stupid to not pay attention. What's done well in the past? What's been panned? How are video game movies usually received? What do they do right and wrong? It's clear nobody looked at anything before this damn lawn gnome got made.

*Sonic fans are relatively unstoppable. 
They are, especially if you look at history. There's been enough blah, outright-bad, stupid, and poor decisions done with him/franchise over YEARS that would have sunk any ordinary character 100 times over. Look how long the Archie Sonic book went on, heck, the Knuckles one with Penders & his bizarre echidna fantasy and million Knuckles 'clone chars' and weird nazi dingoes or whatever he had going on. That stuff was BONKERS for YEARS. Yet it SOLD to fans enough for Archie to just keep the wacky-train running, bad art and all. (Why? Because it was Sonic. No other reason)  Just look up "Sonic Live", or how Charmy's friend Mello the Bee dies of a drug overdose.
Sonic fans are tried, true & blue. They stick by Sonic 'no matter what' & keep him going even if the Sonic handlers do nothing but screw up 24/7 with bad games and irrelevant shows like Underground. If you want loyalty, look for a Sonic Fan.

Changing Sonic is almost NEVER a good idea.
Boom proved it when it appeared. It's like the Nike 'swoosh', it's like the Mercedes Benz symbol, good design doesn't need a million tacked on trinkets. It's like the extra Boom spikes made him look messy and the bandanna did literally nothing for the character. The sports tape was just bizarre. They were 'changing the characters to be changing them', and no other reason.
It wasn't well received & did nothing for the brand. Look at modern vs classic Sonic: Not a whole lot really changed because it didn't NEED to. Same spikes, same colors, with 1 green addition (eye). That's why Modern worked so well, it's still clearly Sonic. You can also watch how they "toned down" the "Xtreeeme" of Modern Sonic from when he first appeared. Like the bizarre posing, strange 'grin' (BDG=big dumb grin) with bent teeth and all that got 'toned away' for the more natural look he has now. There's a reason, and it's popularity.

*Boom the show wasn't bad. In fact, it could be really super funny. It was nicely animated, had some great jokes, and put a 'new spin' on some things that was ok (Eggman being pretty funny, Orbot/Cubot, some Amy developments) A lot of people (me included) didn't like "stupid Knuckles" because it's such a cliche, but he didn't kill the show either.

What can we do though?
Well, as fans...I don't know? Yell how much you don't like it, I guess. As a Sonic fan I wonder 'what did I do wrong', that this thing gets made? After all my effort into SonicGear, people liking SONIC....and they just...throw him out and paste up this filthy monster?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

SonicGear- PC OK Again

What has happened to the update this past while?
Well, poor old PC was unwell. Twice!

The first time, the motherboard broke. It was one of the oldest components so finally a wire fell out of it (by itself, it literally never moves) and some of the capacitors leaked some yellow stuff and that combination made it quit. So, it had to go into the shop to get that bit replaced.

Then, once it returned...with a new case (equally as old as the board, and the supplier of the bad wire) it didn't work right. Like...take 10 mins to wake from sleep, opening a browser would crash it etc. Still no idea on what caused that...but it seems to have gotten over itself somehow. That leaves the oldest component of all to be the hard drive. How old is it?

Compy is 12!
Isn't that interesting. Compy goes on and on, replacing parts along the way. Is it the Ship of Theseus? No because it's the hard drive that is the heart of all things. Though, that ship is an interesting concept if you'd like to look up something.

The actual update:
This one was sort of a double update to clear out the stuff that was missed by skipping weeks due to the out of commission. Also, hustling the Sears stuff along because it seems not long now before nobody can shop at that store any more if they all go away/close. Which is rather too bad, it is always sad to see a Sonic outlet go away.

Are you tired of 'spec ops' stuff yet?
How about tired of overpriced phone cases?
Sass: Well haha better set your alarm because they're going to keep on coming. (ugh)

Sonic Books: Refreshing to finally see something in another category that's not more tees or accessories. There will be another book next week. It does not involve face-burrowing ghosts.

Still no word on: Mystery new Sonic show
New Wreck it Ralph trailer: Does not contain Sonic, but he IS reported to cameo

Next week: Finally the result of that Burlington bonanza of shirts. Get thee to a store!

*Compy:
Compy may be 12 but you are surely not 12 if you recognize this old joke nickname from HomeStar Runner, the somewhat nonsensical web cartoon. It is Strongbad's computer that he used to send/receive email before he got it a virus and was forced to switch to Lappy once the virus was very yes.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sonic Shirt Alert! Burlington Coat Factory Deals!

It's a Shirt Alert!
Got a Burlington Coat Factory near you?

Get over there right away for a super deal on LOADS of Sonic tees! And cool ones, at that! With at LEAST 5 ALL NEW designs, what could be better? How about if they were in adult sizes so they'll fit anyone AND...better still at ONLY 7 dollars each? It seems too incredible to be true, but it is & the photos are coming to Gear next week. (Because I bought them all, of course)

How to get them:
Go into your Burlington store & go to the adults regular sizes mens rack.
Start paging through the shirts until you get to 'spatter print' (you can see this from the exterior without having to page though) fabric. Then start paging (other brands use this too, not just the Sonic ones) when you see Sonic, start grabbing!

The designs are all modern, and all pretty different from previous stuff. Yes, there ARE multi-character prints, and it looks like somebody actually got a designer back on staff because there's some 'graffiti fun' style tees too.

But you're going to have to apply the elbow-grease of finding them yourself. Burlington is a gigantic store packed with racks & no real good online presence. You can't call ahead either because of it's "everything's all around" nature. But it's x-tremely worth while to go because of the good deal and loads of designs. There's multiples of each shirt too, so probably someone's not just going to get in there and clean them out.
What's odd?
There's no paper tag, and there's no 'who made this' on any of its labels. There's CLEARLY a new company in town--and they're doing a good job, but who is it?

Movie Fears:
There's reason to fear the Sonic movie (Live action = stupid in the case of most cartoons with the exception being Roger Rabbit & to a degree Space Jam if you are not viewing it through rose colored history nostalgia glasses and are not currently under 12 years old) also LA+CG is very dicey because it can easily look super fake and age poorly. but recently MORE fears are developing & as a 'Sonic items' area should be discussed.

Will the movie KILL SONIC?
No, not 'will he die in the movie like Prime in the TFs original', but will the movie "Stink so bad it kills the brand". This is being debated & brought up in the fandom so....well I don't know. It's not even an opinion zone because honestly IDK. The main argument against it is "Sonic 06 was terrible cringe* & didn't kill it so no, it can't", but then...that thing was isolated to consoles & everybody thought it would be great up until they tried to play it. Then, the gameplay was rotten/impossible/load time terrors so it stopped people getting far enough to see the "yucky" romance with the realistic CG princess human girl. 

The straw of suckyness that breaks the hedgehog's back:
Just how much dumb poo* can be lumped onto Sonic before he implodes and Sega disavows him? No one knows the answer but anti-movie people think this could be it. That is the issue at hand.

What if the movie is good?
Lots are (of course, wisely) reserving judgement until the movie appears. Of course, there is a slim chance that it is legitimately good. Because anything is possible.

Why is the chance slim?
Live action+toon has a bad history+Sonic's design doesn't work well IRL, especially+Because some image of a 'green screen suit' guy (where they overlay a CG onto the actor later to erase him like Gollum in LOTR) driving an SUV has appeared online where the CG is going to be Sonic. So uh...how's he going to drive a car...........physically? Like um...how does he FIT IN THERE? If you make him big enough to reach the pedals his enormous head is going to have serious issues fitting in the seat with his spikes. If you make him tiny his legs won't be long enough and either way is going to be incredibly obvious it won't work. Ok so maybe green guy isn't to be Sonic but something else like an Eggman robot--but why would it get in a car...etc.... Ok, but early protest/weirdness like this doesn't smell good.

**These are widely-held opinions. I don't control people saying "Boom games were dumb/bad and boom Sonic is ugly/stupid" also "06 is cringe & unplayable" they are WIDELY HELD opinions and they matter because for something to succeed, lots of people have to not think it stinks.

Item of the Week:
The really large Sonic statue. (Naturally) Personal aside: I always think of Sonic, were he to appear among humans or in this physical realm, would be 'person size', as in 5+ feet high. I never imagined him as this little 3 foot high goblin gnome size thing. He already doesn't resemble anything to a hedgehog, so make him people sized. Thus, the big statue is cooler to me. Also, it's really well made, looks genuinely just like modern Sonic, and seems sturdy. It's a shining example of how far statues have come. It looks like something from the games, not just 'some artists' interpretation'. I do wonder if it was created off of a polygon model of him like lots of the toys are.

Next week: Burlington Tee Party!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sega Shop Symptom: Boring Bottle & More

Because the SegaShop is so prolific, you'll have likely noticed the updates being made out of a lot of their stuff lately. This is because #1...they're prolific & #2...nobody else really is at the time? I mean sure, there's some things but without Sears & JC Penny doing much in the way of tees, TRU closing USA stores...there's not been much outlet for new things. Plus, the end of summer can be a little slow on merch for some reason anyway.

However...
The why isn't the reason for the post, it's the 'what'. So it's time for an opinion.

Opinion Zone 1
A lot of the Sega Shop merchandise is boring. It ISNT designed at all. Someone pasting stock art onto an item is not 'designing an item'--and that's just what they're doing. It's basically the same as your run of the mill bootleggers. They're USING "fake junk" tactics but it can't be called "fake junk" because they are the copyright holder. OOoohhh a plain white bottle with an outline of Knuckles' face on it wow we work so hard to make cool things. NOT.
After sifting through bootleg garbage and phony tees all these years for Gear lots of this stuff looks like it belongs on the same bin. Yes this does include the toaster because you know just how they did it too...sent an order to China with the solid Sonic face graphic & had them whip it up. It's just like the fake party supplies, room signs & dumb iron ons that fill up ebay every day. There is no design going on at all, nobody is thinking about it beyond grabbing a dollar.

Probably not an opinion:
Sega Shop stuff CAN be too expensive for what it is. There's no reason a cardboard, thin wire & lined paper notebook should cost 16.00. There is 0 reason for that. I also feel a lot of the clothing is over priced too and have to wonder why. Everything's not over priced, the toaster is actually pretty reasonable. A 50 dollar sweatshirt hoodie can be understandable in large men's size.

"Careful With The Dog"
That's the name of the Mexican online shop selling the Sonic tees. What's interesting is that it's supposed to mean "Beware of the Dog", but the language doesn't have the word "Beware" so it uses "Careful" which is like "Careful with the plate it is porcelain" and not "Beware of the porcelain plate". Why didn't they invent the word Beware? Or some similar word with a connotation of 'danger to you', not 'you're a danger to it if you're not cautious'.

Opinion Zone 2
Funko Pop Sonic is ugly. The shirt is ugly too. I think all the Sonic characters look stupid and bad... even scary as POPs. I don't hate POPs in general, like ones where they poppyfy 'normal' characters like Marvel ones, comic book people, movie stuff. Fine. I don't think they're cute, but I can see why people would like them. I wouldn't collect any, but that is an opinion & I can clearly see how others can have a different one about that.
However, I actively dislike the Sonic ones & don't see how they could appeal. Sonic is ALREADY of odd proportions, is stylized, has 1 eye...etc....so making him even more extremely deformed and adding another layer of weird different style to him just makes him bad, not cute or fun. The blank dead dot eyes don't read well at all in his single eyeball setup. The other characters don't benefit either. POP should be reserved to characters of normal-er proportioning.

Knuckles Update:
It's no secret that I am a big Knuckles fan. I think he is fun & cool, and having a Knuckles feature update was entertaining to do.

Next week:
Did you guess more sweat shirts? Then you're right.