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. It is an experimental aerial assault vehicle created and used by Dr. Robotnik.
The Eggpod is similar in appearance to a military jet. It has an egg-shaped cockpit for a single passenger, but instead of wings, it has a hover ring on both sides which enable the vehicle to fly. These rings are capable of folding up on the aircraft's sides. It also has a rocket engine in the back for locomotion and thrust-based jet propulsion.
The Eggpod has a black and white color scheme with red highlights, as well as black/yellow striped caution strips on the sides.
Features and abilities
The Eggpod's wings can fold for storage purposes, as seen in Robotnik's laboratory during the film.
The Eggpod is equipped with a remote interface through which Robotnik can control his drones. The vehicle's paneling can lift up to launch a massive volley of seeking missiles, and it is also equipped with an extremely powerful energy cannon.
The Eggpod is powered by one of Sonic's quills, allowing it to not only achieve supersonic speed, but actually function in the first place, as Robotnik never used it until he acquired the quill, suggesting it requires an immense source of power to function for long periods of time.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Upon discovering that Sonic the Hedgehog's quill has an unlimited supply of energy, Dr. Robotnik used it to power the Eggpod. It was implied that, up to that point, the aerial vehicle was an untested prototype with functional issues that Robotnik has yet to sort through from prior to gaining Sonic's quill.
Later, accompanied by a fleet of drones, he confronted Sonic, Tom, and Maddie on the roof of the Transamerican Pyramid in San Francisco. To save his friends, Sonic pushed Tom and Maddie off the roof, and casually destroyed Robotnik's robots. However, Robotnik tapped into the quill's energy with the Eggpod and gained supersonic speed, disrupting Sonic's rescue plan. After teleporting the Wachowskis to safety, Sonic leads Robotnik away in a chase around the world using his Rings. Realizing that he cannot outrun Robotnik, Sonic attempts to lose him in Egypt by creating a cyclone of sand as a smokescreen, then teleport to safety with a Ring. Robotnik spotted Sonic running up the pyramid nonetheless, and gives chase. Just as Sonic jumped through the Ring into Green Hills, Robotnik managed to hit Sonic with an energy blast, critically injuring him.
Robotnik followed Sonic through the Ring into Green Hills, gloating of his victory. Tom soon used a Ring to get onto the Eggpod and surprise the mad doctor. The two began a fistfight, until Robotnik managed to reach the controls and threw Tom off the vehicle. While Robotnik prepared to kill Tom and Maddie, Sonic seemingly succumbed to his wounds. Unfazed, Robotnik attempted to leave with the hedgehog's body, but is confronted by the residents of Green Hills. Tom called Robotnik out for his heartlessness, calling Sonic his friend. Hearing this, Sonic's emotions caused his powers to peak, revitalizing him.
Sonic attempted to reclaim his stolen power in the quill, but Robotnik retaliated by launching a volley of seeker missiles. Dodging all of them, Sonic proceeded to batter the Eggpod with a barrage of spin attacks from every direction, severely damaging it. Sonic and Tom then banish Robotnik to the Mushroom Planet with a Ring, with the hedgehog destroying the Eggpod in the process.
Much later, a crazed Robotnik salvages some parts of the Eggpod for usable parts, along with Sonic's energized quill, plotting his return to Earth.
- 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.