Friday, 25 January 2008

Rhia's Sonic Collection is cuddly (and expensive)!

When Smindas posted his collection of Sonic bits and bobs a couple weeks back, the blog managed to catch the eye of Rhia, who has a rather large collection of her own to show off! 'Large' is probably a bit of an underestimate, 'colossal' would be a better term. She has a whole room dedicated to her collection, with shelves filled with Sonic toys, and walls covered with posters that range from original game promotion posters, to Sonic the Comic pull outs. It really is quite a sight to behold, with blue hedgehogs spilling from every corner.I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like it. She has been collecting seriously for roughly 2 and a half years. That's a lot of stuff to find in such a short period of time! get ready for a mass of photos of a mass of Sonic stuff after the jump!

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Sega History Collection

This collection of consoles arrived in the post today. A member of the racketboy forums by the name of GrittyKitty sold me this whole lot for just $20 (about £10 in my money).

But no, I didn't just get the console bundle bargain of the century, as these are not the real consoles. Rather, they are miniature toys of them, about one 50th of the original size! Did I fool you? Nah, you probably already looked at the other photos and know I mainly post about stuff like toys at this blog. If I did get a stash of real consoles like this, though, you would probably hear about it anyway! More photos after the jump.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

S.T.C Scans: Videos, Yoyo's and Milky Way Bars

I've made a start at scanning anything that people may find interesting (or not) from my collection of Sonic the Comics, starting with the many Sega and Sonic tie ins advertised. These first 4 are all the adverts I could find for the VHS releases of the cartoon Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. Much better box art than the lazy work on the recent DVDs.

More after the jump.

Friday, 18 January 2008

Sega is sending us a Love letter

(See the trailer in better high-res here.)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Sega make the best FMV trailers for games out there. I swear more often or not the cut scenes are the best things in their games now a days, just look at the intros to Sonic Next-Gen, NiGHTS Journey of Dreams, and Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Even if the games themselves aren't their best (especially in the case of Sonic next-gen, which turned out to be a complete pile of rubbish) but you gotta admit they have clearly hired a brilliant animation studio to do this stuff. Now they've put out a trailer for Sega Superstars Tennis, and inside I cried with joy watching it.

This game has so much going for it it is really difficult to see how it could possible NOT rock my socks off. Check out this info from Eurogamer:

* Playable characters include Beat and Gum from Jet Set Radio, Ulala and Pudding from Space Channel 5, and Alex Kidd. Yes, that's what I said. ALEX KIDD.

* Stages include Green Hill, Scrap Brain, the House of the Dead mansion, and Coconut Beach from OutRun!

* Mini-games based on House of the Dead, Puyo Pop, Space Harrier and Virtua Cop!

* Based directly on the Virtua Tennis 3 engine, and developed by Sumo Digital who have been pretty much the best to happen to Sega for years with their console ports of Outrun 2 and Virtua Tennis 3.

* Unlike those games, this game is going to be on almost every console out there: X-Box 360, PS2, PS3, Wii and even DS! Oddly enough there's no PSP or PC versions, though.

* Legendary Sega musician Richard Jacques has composed the theme music. The game will also feature tons of classic Sega music.

This game is truly Sega giving all us long time fans a great big hug. After all the changes they have gone through in the years since they quit the console market, this shows they haven't forgotten about their roots and what made them so great in the first place. It's coming out in the UK this march, so it's not even that far away! If you're a Sega fan I can't really see there being any excuses not to buy this, seeing as it's on nearly everything and has fan service up the wazoo!

Wednesday, 9 January 2008

My Sonic collection is fairly moderate

Gaga's not the only one who can arrange a decade's worth of Sonic related stuff and take photos of it, clearly. Now, one thing that is obvious is Gaga has far more stuff than I ever will, partly because he's older and was around for slightly more of the stuff, partly because I have lost a handful of things on the way and partly because he has deep issues that have materialised in the form of blue hedgehog memorabilia. Of course, if that's what having issues entails, I'm all for it. Now, I was far less comprehensive about this than Gaga, so I know I've definitely omitted a few things and I've generally just been quite lazy about it. Also, I know there are few things I used to have that have gone walkies, but are ultimately around my house somewhere. I remember specifically having the Sonic pencil cases and two different Sonic rulers(!), the staples to any nerds stationary needs.

More after the jump..

Saturday, 5 January 2008

Sega Fanart Showcase: MechaFetus Special

What the hell is a MechaFetus? It's a group of bloody brilliant artists who just so happen to have produced a whole slew of Sega Fan art that's so badarse it deserves it's own show case here. To see more of there art, check out their blog (just so you know, it's pretty NSFW at times).

More after the jump!

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Been there, done that, worn the t-shirts.

Why just play Sonic games, read Sonic books and comics, listen to Sonic music and use Sonic shampoo when you could also wear Sonic clothes to really show Sega owns your soul? I know I had quite a lot of Sonic clothing when I was a kid, that's for sure. I remember having a jacket covered in Sonic patches when I was about seven, and when I grew out of the jacket I had my gran stitch the patches onto a new jacket. I can't remember a time I didn't have any sonic shirts, I made sure my mum bought the ones they only did in adult sizes long before I could fit in them, presuming I'd still want them once I was in my teens. I remember having some of the T-shirts shown in this ad I found in an issue of S.T.C.

I had that one in the bottom right corner for sure. That one was great because it was all pixelated up like the first game and has the Lives/Score/Rings hud on the arm. I remember also owning a Spring Yard design of some sort that had Sonic transforming from his sprite to full artwork while bouncing off a spring. It was awesome.

More after the jump..