Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic characters of my childhood. From the very first game I knew he was the character that would stick with me through my childhood, be it through all the comics, cartoon shows, and future games we'd see.
When the Nendoroid was originally teased I totally lost it! I was more excited than I would ever be able to put into words, but did that excitement change once the figure was finally released? Hit the jump to see if I loved the blue blur just as much as I used to once I got him in my hands!
We'll start with the packaging as always. It's a little bland, but it does its job. You've got the Sonic blue box with plenty of photos of the Nendoroid to get your ideas flowing on poses you can do once you open him up.
Upon opening the box you'll see two layers of accessories ready for your perusal. Let's take a closer look shall we?
As you can see there are a couple different faces, several hands, an arm and a leg, several items for the item box, the gate, the stands, a ring and an emerald! Whew!
Here's how Sonic looks as soon as he pops out of the box. Isn't he cute? As you can see, it's obviously the current iteration of Sonic with the green eyes and all. If you still haven't gotten over the design change, then I guess you probably wouldn't have bought this figure to begin with.
When you turn him around you'll see all of his quills in full glory. You will see several visible seams on the quills themselves, and if you pan down and check out his legs you'll see that mine has a bit of raw flash. Hopefully this will just be my Nendoroid and yours will look fantastic, but it's worth pointing out.
Another big seam is the one that runs along the round of his head. His hand however has a good sense of movement, and I really like how it looks.
I'm sure most of you know how these Nendoroids look when you pop their hands off to change them, but just in case you haven't, here you go. You can also see how cleanly painted Sonic's little tummy is in this shot.
One of my favorite things is that he has that classic wagging finger that was the staple of the opening video of my favorite games. Everything looks pretty clean for the most part, so let's look at some more accessories shall we?
My favorite of the actual accessories that comes with Sonic is by far the Chaos Emerald. It's sculpted so well, and the see-through materials used make it look almost like glass, which reflects awesomely in the light.
Sonic came with two extra faces to switch out, and if you haven't seen how that's done there's a shot of that as well. What's a little weird to me though is just how there are so many other seams around Sonic's head. There aren't really any places where his switched out face is actually visible, but the rest of the seams are very apparent.
The checkpoint gate looks incredible, and yes the little ball bars do move up and down. If Sonic's made it through the checkpoint you can move them as you please!
Now we've finally got a look at the item container, I called it a box earlier, but that's because I'm old. It's clearly not much of a box anymore and more of a container. Regardless we've got a couple shields, some rings an extra life and the speed shoes to choose from.
I wanted an extra life, so I thought I'd show you how the pieces come apart. The clear plastic is in two parts so that it can easily pop off, and then the cap for the top is just easily placed on top of them once you put them back into place.
Go get your extra life, Sonic!
Wait! Will he go for the extra life or the ring? Such decisions! As you can see, here is the stand in action. It easily holds Sonic up for whatever your posing needs may be. The stand for the ring and emerald are both decent as well.
He decided to go for the ring! You might have noticed something a little off though...
... and that's because I'm a total dork. I forgot you can change out Sonic's leg to the bent one so his running looks far more accurate! When he went for the Chaos Emerald he got it all put into place and everything looks great!
As you've seen there are a ton of accessories, and as a Sonic fan I'm extremely happy. If you're cool with Sonic's current design (which actually almost looks a little like old Sonic with his tubby little belly in this Nendoroid) then I say you should have no problem with wanting to pick this Nendoroid up. If you can still find him for purchase, I would suggest doing so.
There are so many great accessories, and he poses very well - assuming you're smart enough to remember the correct pieces, unlike I did. I'm extremely happy with my purchase, and sometimes that can be rare for me with poseable figures, so it has my seal of approval. Alright now kids check out the gallery and I'll see you next time. Gotta juice it loose!
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