New SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Action Figures from Jazwares!

Look out! There are brand new Sonic the Hedgehog Figures headed your way!

Jazwares’ Sonic collection is already pretty substantial, but as demand stays strong, they’re meeting it by coming out with a bunch of new figures that fans will be pleased to see. It’s been a heck of a long time for Sonic, with a host of successful games, recent Nintendo crossovers and the development of new adventures–not to mention the show. It’s no wonder that this enduring franchise is enjoying a second wind; something with a lifespan like that definitely has a solid fanbase and one that is more than willing to support the Blue Blur as he ages.

Below, check out the figures we just got in stock: Metal Sonic, Silver the Hedgehog, Shadow the Hedgehog and two different versions of Knuckles the Echidna. Enjoy!

New Figures from Sonic the Hedgehog!

Boasting 12 points of articulation and a smooth metallic finish, the 10-inch Deluxe Metal Sonic figure is one that should delight fans of the speedy blue hedgehog and his franchise.

He’s one of the new Sonic figures we’ve gotten in-stock and ready to go, joining a bunch of 3- and 6-inch figures including mini vehicles, Silver the Hedgehog, Knuckles (super poser and 3-inch) and Shadow the Hedgehog, plus many, many more. They’re all from Jazwares, who have been the leading provider of all things Sonic in recent years, producing high-quality items that capture all the adventure and character of the massively popular and long-lasting series. Check ’em out!

But wait! There’s even more good news for fans, back from E3. Remember this from February?

Well, it seems like Sega’s almost ready to send it our way. Here’s the report from!

LOS ANGELES – Sega displayed a slew of Sonic the Hedgehog games at E3 2010, including “Sonic Colors DS” and “Sonic Colors Wii,” but it was the upcoming “Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1” that generated the most buzz at Sega’s booth.

“Sonic 4” is throwback to the 16-bit Sonic games that helped the Genesis compete with the Super NES in the early to mid 1990’s. There aren’t any silly side characters, no werewolf transformations, or black Sonic clones with guns. Instead, the game was remarkably simplistic and quite refreshing.

Gameplay is classic Sonic. In our hands-on time with the game, we found it remarkably similar to the original “Sonic the Hedgehog.” Sonic plods along until momentum is gained, sending him whizzing through loops, over hills, and other familiar Sonic locales. The 1080p HD graphics are appropriately bright and cheery, and the music is delightful.

“Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1” will be available in late summer for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Sonic the Hedgehog set for 2D return

From The Guardian

Exciting news for Sonic fans as Sega yesterday revealed that the beloved blue hedgehog will be returning to a 2D environment in a new release next year.

The game, which has the development codename ‘Project Needlemouse’, will satisfy the clamouring of the thousands (okay, maybe hundreds) of fans disappointed by Sonic’s 3D outings such as Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast and the more recent Sonic Unleashed, released last year.

The news was confirmed by Sega associate brand manager Ken Balough, speaking to Gamespot, who said:

“Old-school Sonic fans have long asked to see Sonic return to a more 2D style of gameplay. Many liked the daytime stages in Unleashed but wanted to see a game that plays purely similar to the early games of the Genesis. Project Needlemouse is that critical first step that brings Sonic back to his 2D roots.”

The full interview can be read here. There’s also a Needlemouse website floating around featuring some decidedly Sonic-looking landscapes, though the disclaimer running along the bottom suggests this is the work of a designer looking to flaunt his wares rather than an oblique marketing strategy on Sega’s behalf.

Sonic’s first outing was in the 1991 MegaDrive release Sonic the Hedgehog, which wowed gamers with its speed and frenetic gameplay. The fact that I’ve played Sonic 2 in only the last couple of months suggests that there’s definitely a market for more of the same.

Xbox Arcade and WiiWare have revived interest in the retro gaming market in recent years, and made developers realise that there’s still money to be made in playing up to gamers’ nostaligia. But this announcement is partly a reflection of Sega’s failure to make Sonic ‘work’ in 3D. Sonic fans have never had a Mario 64 or Mario Galaxy – a great 3D game worthy of such an iconic character – and Needlemouse makes it look even less likely that ever that they will.

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And in toy news, we’ve just gotten the latest batch of Sonic the Hedgehog toys from Jazwares. Sega may have dropped out of the console race, but they haven’t stopped working on games or on building their most beloved franchise, which has meant that merchandising for Sonic games has managed to hit a high despite an age of nearly twenty years.

You can check ’em out over at our website in the Sonic section!

Sonic the Hedgehog: JAZWARES figures have arrived!

The first three Sonic the Hedgehog action figures have now arrived and are in-stock, ready to order! Sonic, Shadow and the echidna, Knuckles, are the first of a collection from Jazwares. Each figure features over 25 points of articulation and stands over six inches tall! The sculpting is perfectly loyal to the dynamic art you’ve come to know and love in the Sonicverse and the toys look awesome.

Plus, coming in later months (but already available for pre-order!), you can find Werehog, Black Night and more! Whether you’re a long-time fan or just getting into it thanks to Nintendo’s purchase of the Sonic franchise, you should definitely check this collection out!