Monday, July 08, 2019

Jimquisition: Another Point vs. #notmysonic Movie & Odd Item

This week sees yet more of the liquidated Japanese collection going up...
But it also sees the rather oddball...

Item of the week:
The Whoopee Cushion. Just when you thought that Sonic couldn't go onto a more obscure item, here comes the joke cushion with great big Sonic imprint right on there. It's a bit of a cheap-grab type item, because it's one of those Chinese 'brand-anything' stamper type things...not a cushion designed specifically around Sonic themes.
But it still counts.
It's from Gameworks, which makes sense because those 'prize counter' ticket win places like to have cheapo goodies to tempt tickets away from players at the end of the visit. Things like the yoyos, ez-brand beach balls, probably water bottles and other plastic goodies fall into the same category where the same Sonic/Gameworks graphic is stamped onto every generic thing and put behind the ticket counter.
But really, did you ever think you could see or collect an officially licensed Sonic the Hedgehog Whoopee Cushion?

I sure didn't.
So here's this blog post.

But so that it's not just about a farting plastic doohicky from days gone by....

The Jimquisition:
It's an 'internet personality' guy who covers video games. It stars "Jim Sterling" as a character who is as pompous and obnoxious as it can be on purpose for gags and silliness in reviews and points. Of course he has an intro theme song about himself and all the usual stuff...and just as usual as that is the show jumping on the hate-bandwagon of that BS Sonic Movie #notmysonic garbage.

Hating on this thing is justified and it brings the views, but he brings a point that it seems like even I did miss & it's interesting enough to write about because it doesn't make a lot of sense.

1. Companies pay a lot of money for a person or a thing.
2. They use whatever they bought as much as possible to 'get monies worth'
3. This often leads to badness or over-use of the thing/person in whatever they made

Examples:
Stallone in Judge Dredd movie 1.
He took the helmet off so you could see the expensive face & he could do acting. *Anyone who ever even looked up Judge Dredd knows why this is a problem in 1 instant: his whole cannon was that literally no one ever saw his face after he became a Judge and it's a huuuuge deal in the core material/books/comics/anything.

RDJ in Iron Man
He always takes the helmet off even when he wouldn't/shouldn't/it doesn't go with the plot & there are movie cameras inside the helmet so you are always seeing his expensive face. They paid him to go in there so you will see him every second they can muster to get monies worth. This doesn't make the movie/s BAD, or HIM to be bad, it's just "A thing" that always happens.

Of course, those are only 2 among hundreds of examples of the same thing. Bay is known for it in his Bayformers movies, shoving brands all over so he can use their stuff for free.

So why then........did they PAY for Sonic & then....NOT PUT SONIC?
It doesn't make any sense. You paid for Sonic, and all he stands for/comes with, and then use exactly zero of it by making a filthy manhog abomination and having Jim Carrey ham it up as Jim Carrey and just labeling that as eggman. I can use a sticky label to write "CAT" on a dog, but that won't make it one, either.

The mystery he brings up is forever unsolved though...
But it's almost like breaking a law of physics--it's a secret law hidden in the background but always obeyed like gravity. Companies wringing out money to the detriment of everything......and then somehow disobeying this 'wring money'???

The other main point is:
Cannon WORKS.
He uses the example of Spiderman vs Mysterio who is a 'traditionally goofy' looking villain because he has a clouded bowl sphere helmet and big cartoon cape. He's very comic-bookey but yet, here he is in a serious picture on the big screen and......the movie is succeeding.

His examples are that the failed everything in the 90s & whenever up until like the first Xman movie (and even a little then) just. could. not. trust. cannon. The first Xmen tried to stamp it out by making fun of the comic book suits and putting black leather everything. Then you had 'galactus' on the big screen and they made him be a wierd cloud because can't trust cannon. Like Batman had to be campy and couldn't do serious stuff, or actually be a detective because they didn't trust the cannon.

But then, surprise, the cannon stuff works because............
That's what they spent all the money to acquire. It was already succeeding! That's why they bought it! So they buy it, then they take away all these parts that 'dont fit' and when it doesn't succeed, they blame fans.

Do watch the video if you get 20 minutes to annoy yourself.

More justice?
Apparently Dragon Quest will get justice too, it's movie is in universe and all CG, and apparently the characters look correct with the games & there's that famous blue slime drop thingy everyone sees. How is it that all these other titles seem to be able to get a movie that's at the least respectable?

Next week:
An eclectic batch of stuff with some good variety, probably.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Next Update Will Be Early / Off Schedule

If you've been on ebay...
You'll likely have seen someone is liquidating a rather large turtles/Sonic/fighting game collection, which is mostly Japanese. This provided loads of images of stuff that wasn't on gear / and may even have been previously unknown. So, naturally, I harvested everything and it'll be showing up in the upcoming weeks.

Speaking of upcoming weeks...
The next update is likely to be early, probably Thursday and will be almost all or all JP items from this series of sales. Then, the update won't appear on Sunday, but at least that way it won't get skipped for the week. After that, everything should return to normal timing.

NKOK returns:
It was predicted by the fans, and it happened. This race car / RC maker is back on board for TSR and no one is surprised. It's just fine too, because they have always seemed to do a decent job. The new cars so far are only Sonic & Shadow (so you can rivals race) but it has a 'speed boost' new feature & nothing has been deleted, so if you like those toys it is good news.

Amazon is springing into action:
With the Boom ban really thoroughly gone for a good long while, the production pipeline is finally really flowing with good modern stuff. Sweatshirts, socks, and tees galore. Hopefully the selection just keeps on coming because lots of people have put collecting on hold while waiting.

About waiting...
What about GE Entertainment? They got the license back and started producing their standard Sonic doll again (good--but wouldn't make the site because it is literally the same thing) but what else? They were best for uncommon characters and really good likenesses, everyone was pretty much hoping of Rouge / Silver / Jet / Espio plush comebacks as well but it seems they're slow or something else is going on.

Item of the Week:
The silver 10th anniversary Sonic Ring. Yes it was part of the liquidation, and the detail shots can really show it off. This item is always really interesting to see, like how the band is extended spikes and other design choices they made. It's rather too bad they didn't make more of these (very limited run) and as always, it is very expensive when it appears, 800 to 900....and they'll likely get it too.

Next week:
Earlier than next week....expect Japanese stuff galore including a poorly pasted text grab bag.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sucky Sonic Movie Delayed & Other Ok News

Well we got some good news this week...
That stupid #notmysonic movie has been delayed. It's been moved to the movie dumping ground of February 2020 instead of this year so they can 'fix' the ugly, golem-like, felty-thighs gross model of him. WELL that's probably not going to do much because the plot is poop*. You can already tell from the trailer that it's going to be predictable garbage with a trite plot. But, a delay after huge complaints is a good step along the way to getting it cancelled, which it should be because the whole idea is stupid.

Can't wear Sonic shirts?
WELL here comes an unintended already-consequence. As anyone may know I am a tee collector (and figures collector too, as specialties) and so, yes, I'll wear Sonic tees around, just like any other fan would. But today...there was a comment 'oh like that terrible thing in the movie'? And I was like "No...like the games, no one who likes the games likes that creepy movie, and it's been delayed anyway." And then "Oh, so it's bad, like Game of Thrones?" After the 'yes'...it went on to GOT and I never saw it so exited the conversation.

But, you can see that this is a distinct danger of the filthy film.
That in the eye of the world and pop culture, Sonic will stop being 'that cool game guy' and turn into 'oh gross a fan of the nasty hobgoblin, thats so stupid'. This is what damaging a reputation looks like, and that's why the film needs to get lost, permanently.

Site News:

A hub was created this week for USA Housewares
It turned out to have 14 pages and was hogging up the index/wasting time with all its links so I condensed it to a hub page to fix it. That's why the update is a tad short this week. Probably a few more pages can use some hubs too, so maybe better organization in upcoming weeks.

Defunct Japan Site Items
Yes these are starting to appear again, despite it being closed for so long. They're going to keep on too, because I want to flush them all out of my image bins.

Gamesoul
Did someone unearth a carton of these in the Filipenes? Hopefully. Who knows how many designs they did before the company vanished. It's interesting how all their designs seem confusing on purpose.

Next Week:
Expect lots of Team Sonic Racing stuff, now that the game has come out. YES there was a bonus biggie package, even though it didn't seem to get much press? I can pre-assure you this week though that it is very cool and also pretty expensive.

*No, I won't miss an opportunity to bang on about how bad this movie is, you can already tell about the bad plot in the previous post that analyzed the trailer. A delay of x months isn't going to make them fix anything about the plot, they're just going to pick at that filthy sprite because that's the only thing they believe is wrong with it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Page: Japan Sonic Collectible Cards

At SonicGear, a new page usually means a new blog post.
So, here we go with Japan Collectible Cards. These aren't phone cards (those have had a page for ages), but cards of all other types. This was brought on by the discovery of SA1 Collectible Cards. And...it's pretty odd because why not before now?
SA1 was in 1999, its 2019 and this is the first we see of these? You can have a look at the page and see all the materials for them, and realize that there's loads, and they were inexpensive enough upon release (100 yen for a pack) so why didn't everybody have and post photos of these?

That mystery may never be solved but the whole thing of them went for about 600 Euros or so when it was put to ebay. There were so many photos to cover the cards though, that it meant a new page was in order. Then, all the other cards went off of Misc/Random Items, and onto that page too...so some of those are shorter now. I generally try to avoid shuffling stuff around (in case someone was referencing it) but when a category demands it...oh well, it keeps it better organized.

Bio World is Back!
Good for them! Their shirts were generally a hit with shirt collectors and...just anybody who wanted Sonic tees. They were often praised/asked about by site viewers. Of course, the BoomBan affected them, but now they seem to be back for real, with fun modern and classic designs to please the fans. They actually seem to put an effort into like 99% of their stuff..........which...tops SegaShop, which is sad to actually have to say. A lot of SS items (not just tees) keeps feeling like almost-a-bootlegger-level where someone is just picking up stock art and sending it to China to slap it on over priced goods. They don't involve design at all sometimes, while BW generally does, or it employs something interesting like Glow in the Dark.

It feels like the Boom Ban is really seriously ending
More modern stuff, more modern characters on stuff, Sonic items in stores again like Spencers, Game Stop, JC Penny, Amazon, and even Old Navy. Well FIVE YEARS??? Boom's first episode was released in 2014 , and now its 2019, so that's nearly 5 years of that stupid BoomBan...ish. Because merchandise isn't really fast. It's slow to go, slow to get to market, and slow to return. So, you'd still have been finding something with say...Shadow on it in 2015 or maybe 2016, every now and then, but then it all petered out and only now is stuff getting back to normal.

MovieBan?
Yes that's on people's minds too....
Yes it could happen....
However it does SEEM unlikely to happen. That disgusting movie freak #notmysonic ...obviously they're going to want money, just like Boom-style did. So, is it time to set about stamping out Tails, Knuckles & throwing away all other characters? The movie executives probably think so, and if it makes more than like 100 bucks that sort of thinking could catch on. Can you imagine 5 years of that filthy stupid goblin on every single merchandise and ZERO of anything else?
What a trashy thought.
Dividing up Sonic more, making bad rubbish versions and denying fans cool stuff is not the way to success. Hopefully the movie just fails outright and never releases or the re-do of the gross graphics make it cost too much and the companies hate it when they don't make any money off it.

Power Rangers Cautionary Quote:
Do you remember the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers?
It sure was all the rage. But, even at the time people said it was 'rubber monster hokey' and made fun of it constantly. Then, it was announced that it would get a movie. As usual, this movie came 'late in its game', not at the height of its popularity, just like how Angry Birds, and The Simpsons went with their movies. Well, there was a movie excec interviewed and the cautionary quote comes from him....

"Oh yes, everyone should come to the Power Rangers Movie, they'll come to see just how bad it really is! After all, we know everyone makes fun of it, so we'll put on a big-screen show!"

And that's the danger of the Sonic movie.
People 'just how bad it is' looking is still giving those fools money. They don't care if you're hate-watching or 'cringe-topia' they're still getting the dollar. There's waaaaay too many youtubes and others swearing they'll go just to do memes and make fun of it.

But that's like supporting a bootlegger and giving it millions in sales while Sega starves* because 'the ugly doll is funny'.

*Sega's not going to starve, but the point is if you want cool stuff don't buy bad stuff and ignore cool things.

Next week:
More shirts, most likely.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Sucky Sonic Movie Trailer & The Good & The Bad

Well the big news of the week was the trailer for that #notmysonic movie.
It looked just as bad and generic as everyone was thinking, only the Sonic was uglier than people imagined. In fact, it was SO bad, that it spawned 100 memes a minute, AND even got the studio to promise they were going to change the character model. Isn't that odd? Everybody's been screaming the house down about it from poster #1, but only now do they do anything. However...

Skip to dotted line to bypass movie theorization & ranting:

Changing the model isn't going to fix much of anything.
That filthy homunculus with moist teeth* is NEVER GOING TO BE SONIC.
Also, they're not going to be able to change it enough that it ever looks good because it would go against the grain of what the studio is looking for in the movie. It'll probably end up like some of the 'fan improved' photoshops, which are better but still fairly abysmal.

Jim Carrey as Robotnick Eggman
This, along with getting rid of Sonic's shoes and gloves is a blessing in disguise. (Prancing him around in BRAND PLACEMENT NIKE SHOES is the cherry on the top because BRAND PLACEMENT makes people mad & to disrespect things when it's misused like this, so that's good.) Why? Because he's not Eggman, and he's not acting like Eggman in the movie. He's acting like a Jim Carrey, and that's great because it makes the movie less Sonic-like. The more the movie deviates away from Sonic and alienates everybody the better off the Sonic fandom will be.

Let's not "uwu my stupid hairy baby"
I am afraid of this, and the 'lets go see how bad it really is' people. Studios only know money, they have no idea if it was spent in irony or not.
There's some 'uwu'ing going on with uggo movie hedgehog, and that's not really what the fandom needs either. (You can look up uwu online to see its definition) Splintering Sonic apart into warring groups and 100 'versions' of him is not how anything succeeds. Look at Mario. EVERY incarnation of him is clearly the same guy. Paper is cute and 2D, 3D keeps his look extremely consistently throughout everything, 8 bit guy was like 16 bit Sonic.
There's not like "Boom Mario" where they changed him to look like superman covered in sports tape, and there wasn't "SATAM Mario" where he was fat and stupid and a slave to Princess Peach who couldn't do anything without her say-so, no WEREMario where he's a wacky wolf that can untransform.
Mario is solid, dependable, consistent, and always makes money. (Notice that does not say he is void of duds or cash-ins, he did have his share long ago) His fans don't freak out, there's no 'the mario cycle', he's not this 'cringe icon' that Sonic is because nobody's been mis-handling him for years and trying to give him a makeover every 5 seconds because they don't listen.
Yes, there was the awful SMB movie that made 0 sense in the what...80s? But nobody is trying to trot that actor out and say 'oh this is real mario' and 'we are a fan of him' and 'irl mario movie is best'. Like, it was so off base, old, and crumby that it's not considered Mario by Mario fans. That's what the movie has to become.

It could get shelved:
If the changes to the model go poorly, or it runs the bill up too high, or it delays it too much that it can't release at the right time, the movie might not come out. GOOD. The more monkey wrenches that come this thing's way the better. What antagonizes me is that just dong an all-cg movie like wreck it ralph would have had 100% support.
And it's not like the plot was ever going to be amazing, it looks like something they'd do in like 1991. Some stupid generic white guy finds #notmysonic , and has to help him run away from the government combined with Robotnick and hijinx ensue.
So it's wacky alien sidekick turns guy's life upside-down while hitting every trope between here, HOP (the Easter bunny is real!), AXL (military robo dog is real! Don't let the military get him!), Pete's Dragon (Dragons are real! Don't let the cops get him!)  and live action smurfs (Smurfs are real! Don't let Gargamel get them!). It's EVERY plot of EVERY 'cg character is on earth omgzzzz my life is turn upside-down wowowowo'. 
And it's been done to death already. What would be even funnier is if it was built like Transformers: Bayformers movies where like, the focus is all on the humans and #notmysonic is barely even in it because he runs up the bill.

*Filthy homunculus with moist teeth - This is the best-yet descriptor for the damn thing.
"It was thought up by a rusty bag of salsa" is another delight.

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Quicktime....more like slowtime...
Well, as it turns out if that old program Quicktime somehow goes wrong, the website editor program that's used for gear doesn't work at all. That's why this update is short an item this week, had to spend all the time trying to fix quicktime (which hates being fixed...gee whiz) instead of actually working on the update. But, it should be cured of its ills for good now.

Item of the Week:
DOUBLE!
The socks pack from the previous week. Super great price, adult AND child foot-fitting socks? New modern Sonic art? Cool character variety? Easy availability in store? Now there's a recipe for a real winner! You can't go wrong with that. Yes, these are in the Gear collection.

Segaworld Rug:
Owning a piece of history on your floor. This thing is a fabulous idea. And it's industrial carpeting too, sucker will never wear out in a zillion years of in-home use. Whoever thought to dice up the wall to wall carpeting in a Segaworld and make rugs out of it is brilliant. The busy pattern works to the favor of it as well, ensuring Sega & Sonic graphics frequently, even on smaller sized home portions. This is something I would certainly like to own.

NKOK
Sound familiar? You'll probably be seeing more from this car toy related company. They're coming back into the spotlight because of Team Sonic Racing. They were there for Transformed, so anyone with anything leftover from this company will be popping up around ebay trying to capitalize on the return of Sonic characters inside vehicles.

Complain of the week:
That bootleg plush keychain is just silly.
The mutant movie poster is a direct indicator of what's going wrong.
It's an idea, but the execution of it stinks and it looks dumb. Anyone could have seen it and said something along the way, but they didn't and the thing actually got released. It's like....odd and...not ironic...but oddly somehow matching that the poster presents the flaw of the mindset *behind* the movie.

Next week: Gonna be shirts.
Most likely. Stuff is still slow at coming in, but hopefully TSR brings toys or merch or something. I cant decide if I think other countries (that arent usa) aren't producing any/much stuff, or just that the site is unpopular and there's no one reporting on it any more.