The Eggpod,[note 1] also known as the Prototype, is a vehicle that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog film series produced by Paramount Pictures and its spin-offs. It is an experimental aerial assault vehicle created and used by Dr. Robotnik.
The Eggpod is similar in appearance to that of a military jet. It has a central, egg-shaped cockpit with a glass cover and a seat for a single passenger. Instead of wings however, it has a hover ring on both sides. These rings are capable of folding up on the aircraft's sides. It also has a rocket engine on the rear for locomotion and thrust-based jet propulsion. Lastly, the Eggpod has a black and white color scheme with red highlights, as well as black/yellow striped hazard strips on the sides.
Features and abilities
In addition to its wings being capable of folding up for storage purposes, the Eggpod is equipped with a remote interface through which Dr. Robotnik can control his Badniks. It is also through this interface that one can insert the Eggpod's additional power source, which in this case is one of Sonic's energized quills. When harnessing the power of Sonic's quills, the Eggpod can achieve supersonic-level flight speed.
In terms of armaments, the Eggpod's paneling can lift up to reveal a multitude of miniature missile launchers with laser designators, allowing to fire massive volley of seeking missiles with great accuracy. It is also equipped with an extremely powerful energy cannon, and has a voice-controlled autopilot.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Upon discovering that the quill from Sonic the Hedgehog that he had obtained was a source of unlimited energy, Dr. Robotnik would incorporate it into the Eggpod, a prototype vehicle that could reach its full potential with said quill.
Robotnik later appeared in the Eggpod at the roof of the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco, where he and his Badniks surrounded Sonic, Tom and Maddie. As Sonic tried making an escape attempt while trying to save Tom and Maddie, whom he had pushed off the roof, with his super speed, Robotnik had his Eggpod tap into the power of Sonic's quill, giving it the power to match Sonic's speed. Robotnik proceeded to take shots at Sonic with the Eggpod, almost ruining his attempt to sent Tom and Maddie to safety with a Ring. With Sonic having survived the Eggpod's initial attack, Robotnik proceeded to chase Sonic through San Francisco in the Eggpod. Though Sonic tried using his Rings to escape to Paris, the Great Wall of China, and Egypt, Robotnik was able to keep up with him in the Eggpod and follow him through the portals he created. After arriving in Egypt though, Robotnik got blinded by a sand cyclone Sonic made. However, he soon spotted Sonic and sent him flying through a Ring portal to Green Hills with a shot from the Eggpod, heavily injuring Sonic in the process. As Robotnik arrived in Green Hills himself, Tom ambushed Robotnik onboard his Eggpod through a Ring portal that he opened behind him, only to get knocked off the Eggpod by the doctor. Robotnik then got ready to kill Tom with the Eggpod, but then the people of Green Hills came to Tom's defense. Soon after, Sonic recovered with his full power unleashed. Robotnik tried to kill him with the Eggpod's missiles, but Sonic used his speed to dodge them before launching a barrage of attacks on the Eggpod, heavily damaging it. As Robotnik then tried ramming Sonic with the Eggpod, Sonic overpowered it in a head-on collision, sending it and Robotnik flying into a Ring portal opened by Tom that led to the Mushroom Planet.
On the Mushroom Planet, Robotnik would salvage some of the Eggpod's parts and Sonic's energized quill, carrying them with him for the next three months as he plotted his return to Earth.
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
After being stuck on the Mushroom Planet for 243 days, Dr. Robotnik had managed to turn the parts of the Eggpod into an energy beacon in hopes of producing an energy signal that would attract the attention of those off-world. Robotnik would then hook Sonic's chaos energy-infused quill up to his device in order to power it. Upon doing so however, Robotnik unleashed an energy pulse far into space that knocked him unconscious. When Robotnik later awoke to find some alien scavengers in front of him, Robotnik used traps that incorporated parts from the Eggpod to take them out.
Sonic the Hedgehog: The Adventures of Sonic & Donut Lord
In San Francisco, Dr. Robotnik used the Eggpod to corner Sonic, Tom and Maddie on top of the Transamerica Pyramid with his Badniks. As Robotnik opened fire upon the trio though, Sonic pushed Tom and Maddie off the roof and followed them down the building, during which he sent them away with a Ring. Robotnik, however, used the Eggpod to pursue Sonic, following him through the Ring portals he created. After following Sonic into Egypt, across the Great Wall of China, and through Paris, Robotnik eventually cornered Sonic in Green Hills with his Eggpod. However, Sonic soon managed to unleash his full power, which he used to destroy the Eggpod.
In Sonic Dash, the Eggpod appears in a promotional event for Sonic the Hedgehog, serving as the vehicle ridden by Dr. Robotnik during the boss fight with him. However, it should be noted that Robotnik is not visible through the Eggpod's glass cover.
The boss battle begins with the Eggpod following the playable character. It will then fire white, egg-like rockets down the lanes. After firing a total of nine shots, it will position itself in front of the playable character and drop Bombs on the lanes. After completing this phase, the player has to jump onto some Springs. While in the air, the player has to hit the Eggpod at the right time with a Homing Attack by taping the screen when two green cursors overlap. After three hits, the Eggpod will be defeated.
- In the first trailer for the movie, when Robotnik chases Sonic across Egypt, the energy trail and energy blasts are blue, but in all subsequent trailers and the final film, they are red. Fowler explained that this was because it was initially believed that if the Eggpod was powered up by Sonic's blue quill, it would result in its energy being blue.
- While never named as such in the film, the vehicle is referred to as "Eggpod" in modelling schematics for CGI rendering.