Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Sonic Bonanza at Target 2021: Go There

 What's going on with Target?
Whatever it is, in 2021 is totally Sonic. For whatever reason, Target is stocking up on Sonic in loads of categories. There's enough stuff there now for at least THREE usual Gear updates that have all their categories with nothing but items you can buy at Target in store or online. If they're any indication, Sonic merch is coming back in a big way in 2021. Just strolling thru the store you can see at least 3 different pjs and 4 new shirts. That's not even getting into stuff like the accessories and housewares (water bottles, blankets, cups, socks, underwear and much more) Taking a search around their website if you read this post isn't a bad idea either. Everything will be (eventually) posted up to Gear as well. I may not know the reason for all this Sonic stuff, but I do like seeing it. 

So basically if you want any of these things or they'd be a good gift by all means get into the store and buy it. Almost all of it is reasonably priced (not you, Kidrobot......hmf!) and it's a good enough store that it's likely in stock or they'll get it for you.  

So, the update for the week is 100% Target.
The blog post got hijacked by the Sonic Unlimited logo /tweet/teaser thing or whatever that was because the show had to be talked about (last week) Upcoming weeks will have more variety than just "Target until it is all on", in the interest of...well being interesting and various on the site. But I also think it was the first time that a single store had enough stuff to cover all 6 weekly categories all by itself. 

Next week:
A statue, probably a lego prototype, more Target things--of course, and it'll probably be another of the larger than usual updates.

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

SonicPrime - NEW TV Show Coming in 2022!

 Well, the original topic of this blog post is out the window...
At least until next week because of some unexpected news: a NEW Sonic the Hedgehog tv show has been announced for 2022! Called "Sonic Prime", it seems like it could be good news...So let's do what always happens around here...enter the

Speculation Zone!

First off:
The original Netflix announcement had their logo & a red Sonic silhouette near the "N" that had like new show 2022. That got taken down under who knows what circumstances, but it was too late! It had already been 1 good news reveal that:
It's NOT more stupid Boom and it is NOT the abominable movie gremlin. The Sonic there was ACTUAL SONIC looking, so this indicates a show about the version of him that most people prefer and isn't associated with cruddy games or shoddy rehashes. 

Soon after, more information (of course) had to come out about it which is the usual bare-minimum (as release is so far off/that's very typical) of the logo & what medium it will use which the answer is "its cg". Well, that's no shocker either because every single thing these days pretty much is CG so ok very normal. It also makes sense because maybe you can shove the game assets in there--which is even better because it ensures everyone is on model AND it's easy to grab ALL characters from games so you don't get a "oh the Chatoix don't exist" scenario or something.

The logo:
(Do go look it up to view it--searching for the logo helps it.) It's CG too but notice how the word "Sonic" is cracked like a broken mirror. This implies some sort of trouble or seriousness to it. The word 'prime' generally means tops or first, so it could be like an inter dimensional thing (Ex. Blaze) where "Sonic Prime" has to go fix other dimensions or something wierd like Colors where somehow 'plot device' modern & classic co-exist and teaming up. So already, the logo implies that it's not a zany comedy like AOSTH or Boom--which...good. That's fine if they do it right and get a good team on board. There's a reason X was his most popular show.

It'll be interesting (as always) to see how the speculation zone content pans out as more gets found out about it as time goes on.

Opinion Zone:
Positive. No damm gremlin, no bs boom (Knuckles fans unite!) CG's a lot easier to do these days and have it look good especially if the sprites can be re-used...there's lots of potential here.

Lots of characters CAN show up, individually or for episodes. You don't need Rouge the Bat in every single show, but having her around in a way that makes sense is great. Make sure to place most of the characters in it somehow to please fans. X did it, and it worked pretty well even if you had Mary Sue Chris hogging the spotlight.
Characterization that's good! (Well, always, this would never be not a hope) but like, make Amy chill and cool & fun....not this shrill stalker or stan for Sonic. Have Action Amy participating and being a cool character, not the 'token female'. Get Knuckles right, do him some justice after the Boom farce. DONT shove in any weirdo show-characters (no Chris) that aren't needed. The in-game-universe is full of enough people now that you don't need to be padding it.

Next Week's Update:
It'll be the "Sonic on Target" update that was supposed to appear here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Cleaning Up the Image Bins Updates

 There haven't been any blog posts much lately because...
Everything's been fairly standard and normal. The items are nice, but there also isn't anything requiring extra explanations, opinion zones or anything like that so...no blogs.

What's good is: getting rid of all the stuff that's been leftover for a while. It makes the site easier to do. The stuff that's left, as you'll see, is often the 'less desirable to post' things that I put off. Like that 'see saw figures', like, why is the crop so bad? Why are there 2 of him? What is it even? Or the Wackers because that could be Canada OR France and there's no way to tell, or the Sonic R Burger King thing because how did everybody on the earth miss that except for 1 single photo?

And then, you can notice nothing's credited to the photographer because it's all just 'found stuff', and that's also why there's no explanation on the things like Mini Helmet or the See Saw. But, as always, to put it up is better than to not have it anywhere at all.

Next Week:
There's going to be more actual modern things, and things you can go out and buy, which is always nice to see.

Also next week may see another blog post, specifically because of a historical look at Sonic/fandom video that's good for education and...creepyness. However, if you step back from the video a bit you can see what it really kind of does, is tribute to the fans of Sonic and show the VERY interesting ways that some of them have risen with Sonic to become actual professionals making official content. I do wonder if there is any other character/universe/set that is as inspiring and also somehow success-creating as Sonic? Like the Turtles or something, did some like...TMNT fan artist or something go on to doing cinematic in a game or so? Has someone in the Mario fandom arisen somehow with him? (I kind of don't think so on Mario, but I'm not enough an expert on either example to be able to say for sure) 

It is certain there will be a blog post when that video goes onto the site. (With its warnings)

Monday, August 31, 2020

Article Item is Incoming- SatAm Beware

 Now that the amount of stuff is relatively back to normal...
The site can be perhaps spruced up a bit. In this case, it's adding something that has been pending for a long time which is a whole ton of prototype SatAm Sonic animated show information and art. A 'rabbit hole' basically opened up one week doing research for...I think it was some advert card or something and I gathered it all but never had time to post it. It's REAL interesting stuff and you can really solve some mysteries with it about why the show was the way it was. As a fun preview of it, these are some of the solved things

Why is Sally better than Sonic in the show?
Where did 'cowboy Tails' come from?
Did Sega give the show makers any material to work with? (you already know this answer: NO)
Who appeared at the end of the cliffhanger of the 2nd season?

Some things that won't solve:
WHY didn't Sega give them anything?
What was the point of sabotaging their own show like that/nobody knows.
Who was the cowboy campaigner why were they obsessed with cowboys? 

Anyway it was a ton of work and a ton of fun to research so it took quite a while. The update containing it will appear in the MIDDLE of the week as a special surprise update because it doesn't fit with anything else. So, only anyone who reads this blog will know it is coming before it arrives.

Item of the week:
Probably the Tails wiimote holder/hopefully it looks better in person and comes to the USA also.

The update was actually fairly accidentally 'uk oriented' , because it didn't plan that way, just the submitted stuff ended up all being it & then I tossed on the egg mug to wind it up even though sorta nobody knows where that thing is from. 

Anti Item of the week:
It's not this week either! So it's really anti! It's got to be that sad stretchy Sonic. Gee whiz it was something like 13 pound to buy it what is that like 20 dollars or something? And then the paint just wrecks off and it oozes goo? Bonkers. They should be forced to take those back and let it out again this time with better paint. It's not like it's new technology either, stretch armstrong and his whatever-pals have exist for forever and you never see them without paint. 

Design oddity--That 'thick limbs' Sonic that is stretchy oddly you'd think it would look horrible because "Big Body" is always awful on any of the characters but it somehow kind of doesn't? It's like him having blue arms is somehow also very reasonable, while him having 2 eyes is very bad. It's very strange what one can alter about him and it still be "well hmm...yea that's fine", and what you can't. I would've suspected that was a 'can't'...but then? Sorta normal. Very interesting. 

Next week:
Probably some new stuff (as several were vintage this time) a very rare item, and not sure what else but it ought to only be a slightly larger than normal update. 

Sunday, August 02, 2020

So Many Sonic Things Season

So recently...
There seems like somehow everything Sonic is showing up at once. Whether it's email submits or stuff on shelves or some company releasing photos, it's all pouring in. I have been trying to keep up with it by doing double size updates and more than 2x the amount of stuff but...it's not working 100% anyway. Email is falling behind again and I know I slipped up on some item credit lines probably. I'll try to continue these larger updates until it basically catches up with the current things.
It's by no means bad that all this stuff is turning up, but all coming at once makes it harder to buy (gotta spend fast) and also makes the updates more difficult for me to do because they basically take forever to manage all the aspects.

What's after that?
I want to do changes like breaking off a Sonic Socks page for the USA because there are too many pairs of it cluttering up accessories so it should have it's own thing. Breaking off a page is always time consuming though, so it won't be for a while.
Adding another article-entry
That one's going to be for SatAm cells and proto art. It's another time consumer with loads of rare images and information that can't appear until the flood of stuff winds down.

Jakks Pacific: NEW line!
Announced here before it hits the site--they're adding a 2.5 inch mini line, it's in target NOW so if you see this post just go look because they're like 5 bucks. Also more factory photos of their articulated normal size came out so more characters will be seen next week despite them not releasing anything on the line yet (ugh)

JP is shaking it up-
Notice WHO is on each figure line and that it's not the standard s/t/k that everyone before is doing. They're tossing in Metal Sonic & Shadow sometimes before Knuckles, or throwing a Chao in for good measure. The notable absence so far is Amy Rose who really should be in there before making a Sonic 2nd figure/basically a clone. But, it's nice to see them doing stuff like early Eggman instead of having to wait like 3 lines before he turns up.

Hopefully they use the mini figures to start putting out tons of characters that fans love like Blaze, Cream, Espio, Vector, Charmy, Silver and anybody else they can get. Maybe do Chaos 0 or something, or start putting badnicks. Tikal figure anyone? Hopefully it's possible with the mini line if it sells well. 

Current Stuff:
The AOSTH 'wrong character on box' dvds are in Dollar General.
Target still has the blue Sonic modern tee
Old Navy still has at least 2 tees & the adult socks
Books A Million still has the spheres

Why so much stuff now?
Back to school 'season' probably has something to do with it, despite whatever happens about going back into actual school. All the stuff like the backpacks and shirts were prepared before the virus started so they're gonna come out regardless of anything. It is generally busy around the fall time, then having a lull once school actually gets started around Sept. before it gears back up for the holidays.
*It was nifty to see a Sonic schoolbag set hit Amazon best seller in category

It went around the world:
"Around the world" updates are popular, so if I get lots of things from a variety of countries I always try to have such an update. It is funny that the Finland word for pinball machine seems to be "Flipperiin". Also that language isn't afraid to put 2 of the letter i together fairly frequently. 
"DJ PopCultcha"--not sure what they're after with this new slogan but strange slogans aren't a first for the SonicChannel. They 'sorta rebrand' fairly often and along with fads so this isn't a super surprise but it just seems a little odd.  

Next Week:
Also going to be a big update, there's lots to get done. It will help with the mail que this time so if you sent something, chances are that'll be the week it goes up. It will for sure have the new JP stuff, Boom stuff and school stuff.