Monday, August 16, 2010

UK 2nd Half Update

So much mail rolled in, the update has to get a part 2.

***You may notice distortion, bad formatting, errors on new pages***
The new pages SHOULD still be read-able, and the photos able to be viewed. Newgolive demons are murdering these new pages. They must be let alone to break in a specific way so that I can fix them by deleting the bad code. Currently, the code appears on them in a bad area that I cannot remove it from.

This 2nd half is a lot of UK focused items, including more on the very intregueing Sticker Book Modern. It looks like a fantastic collectible for any fan, and the documentation on it just got better with the update. Though where's this "new stock art" it was boasting about?
Getting really in-depth with a detailed item like the sticker book is what SonicGear is all about. Going beyond what other websites may do, and taking a good look at a cool complex item really brings it back to the roots.

Finally seen:
The base to that Sonic lamp shade. It's a bore, but it's good to finally get a look at it. Sort of dissapointed it wasn't Sonic-ish in some way, but maybe that's why everyone always lost the lamp bit...hmm.

Bore of the week:
Sonic cozy robe. TOTALLY LAZY. They didn't even try to make this cool. Mystery manufacturer just bought a license and slapped the first graphic they could find on there. I can't imagine this selling well. It's nearly as lazy as that all black sweatshirt, but at least the 'cozy robe' is an item that's never been made before with Sonic on it...and it comes in a box.

New pages galore:
You'll notice that a lot of the stuff has gone onto new pages. These things take a lot more legwork and difficulty than they used to, so any time merch spills over onto a new page it's always time-consuming. There were quite a few of them this time, but best to spread out the hassle, I guess. There's no controlling it, but it does slow down updates and make them take longer. Yes, it's a 'feature' of newgolive. Ugh.

Spambot assult on the blog:
Thwarted, the chinese porn spammers are now sending multiple bots to spam the blog with stupid comments as they try a different tactic. However, Blogger has (helpfully) added 'mark as spam' option so rather than just deleting, you can delete AND flag it to blogger. Hopefully whoever is behind this gets shut down because nuisance comment removal eats update time.

The update was very difficult this time.
Newgolive making every page go wrong at every turn. Not all of the mail was cleared. Repair update may or may not happen this week. Next week: should see a review of 3in Eggman, and the repair of the pages.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Metal Sonic Eggman 2 Pack & Much More

This week brings another huge update.
While the mail had been down to 166, it went up to 208 in just 1 week, higher than it had ever been. Mostly, I think it was due to the MS 2 pack Eggman release (rejection/scooped letters ahoy, unfortunately for everyone who sent it in but wasn't first)

Metal Sonic & Eggman 2 Pack Diorama Box Jazwares-
WOW. This is a MUST HAVE for ANY Sonic fan. Jazwares is apparently serious about stepping up their game. Instead of some stale Archie Comic everyone already owns, they've done a diorama out of their box. With removable clear pod for Metal Sonic (or trapping Amy!) and "Eggman Lair" look, this thing is fantastic if you want to open & play, or leave it MIB. The box itself is very stylish, with die-cuts, profiles & loads of art. Really pulling out all the stops and is highly reasonable at 12.99, who knew it'd be this good?

*The only thing that could ruin it is if the figures fall apart. But that doesn't matter to MIB'ers. So far, all reports on this are green.

Return of some sections:
Sections that have not seen updates in quite some time return this week, specifically calander of crud, mutant gear, and Magazines. It's quite refreshing to see stuff on them, rather than the endless parade of bootlegs that seemed to be dominating. For as horrible as the Calander is, it's still pretty darn funny, and Magazine covers are always nice to look at, as Sonic headlines again.

2 of the items- right to the store:
The DS accessories of the week also (luckily enough) get a Sonic Gear Store entry right away. It's great to be able to get an item so soon after release, especially when there's a color selection to choose from. Also, since I locate the store buttons, I can select only the ones that give the best prices! You'll notice that sugg. retail is 9.99, but I've found some 8 dollar buttons 'em fast if you want 'em, because I had a "low inventory" warning on all of them but 1. (re-stock is likely, buttons will be updated)

Keyhole Tails explained. A mis-interperated old art likely led to the Toy Island Tails having those really odd eyes. It was a mystery I didn't think would ever solve, but really that explanation that's there now really makes sense. See the Mega Bot page for it now.

2nd update:
Yes, there will be a second update, consisting mostly of UK items. There were far too many to fit on this update, so it's basically going up as a part2. A few of the remaining items will also go on to re-clear the mail back to 166. Another blog post should also occur.