Sonic the Hedgehog is celebrating its 30th birthday next year. 2021 marks its debut for the Sega Genesis 1991 as a milestone. And Sega talks about how we’re going to celebrate Sonic’s dirty thirty. And while we haven’t heard about new games (that information is coming), Sega revealed a spate of new Sonic merchandise for the Blue Flame’s 30th birthday.
A list of merch may not seem exciting, but Sonic has been a merchandise machine since its inception. In 2020, it’s relatively easy to find physical goodies based on your favorite video game franchises. It was much more difficult in the mid-1990s. Not so with Sonic! The hedgehog and friends were available in plush (I slept with a Sonic doll during much of my glorious childhood) and toys. Sonic has also been a major pillar in the comic book world, initially through Archie and now with IDW Publishing.
“Sonic the Hedgehog is a truly iconic entertainment franchise and household name that spans video games, comics, television, merchandise, and most recently the blockbuster film: Sonic the Hedgehog, ”
Encyclo-Speed including Sonica
Speaking of comics, the new Sonic Goodies List includes a new special edition from IDW that focuses on a classic Sonic adventure, as well as a new miniseries. But I’m especially looking forward to the Sonic Encyclo-speed-ia. First off, this name is great. I love series-related encyclopedias. I read through my old Star Trek encyclopedia until the friction of my leafing fingers almost turned the thing to dust. And now I can learn everything I never needed to know about obscure Sonic characters like Nack the Weasel.
What exactly do you find in this book?
“Sonic the Hedgehog Encyclo-speed-ia by Dark Hose Books will of course mainly focus on the games. Some of our games are directly linked to other media so there is sure to be bleeding, ”said Gomez. “After 30 years as an entertainment icon, there is a lot of content to fall back on. We could easily fill entire encyclopedias just for the comic shows and the comics – but for now we’re focused on delivering the most comprehensive guide to 30 years of Sonic gaming ever published. It’s something the fans really wanted and for us there is no better way to celebrate this incredible milestone. “
Sonic will get new pop too! Vinyl figures, G-Fuel energy drinks with Sonic motifs and other toys and collectibles from Jakks Pacific. If you’re into clothing, Graph Gaming is working on 30th anniversary clothing, FiGPiN creates lapel pins, and King Ice releases a jewelry line.
Sega has not confirmed whether this jewelry collection will include Chaos Emerald rings.