Tomy is a company that produced Sonic the Hedgehog Toys in the UK in the 1990s.
In 2016, Tomy announced that they would make merchandise for Sonic's 25th anniversary. This included plushes and figures of the Classic style brand. In 2017, Tomy also announced the Sonic the Hedgehog's Collectors Series which contained figures of characters from both the Modern and Classic Sonic series.
Sonic the Hedgehog (1992)
|Sonic Water Wizard||Sonic Water Fun||Supersonic Pinball|
|Supersonic Pinball (alt packaging)||Sonic Mountain Quest||Sonic Duel||Sonic Cyclone|
|Sonic||Tails||Sonic (suction cups)|
A set was made of four figurines, which included two Sonics, Tails and Dr. Robotnik. The figurines were small, painted and had no articulation. A bendable figure of Sonic was also made, labeled as a "Flexi Friend".
|Sonic the Hedgehog||Sonic (tapping foot)||Miles "Tails" Prower||Dr. Robotnik||Sonic Flexi Friend|
|Sonic Jogger||Tails Jogger||Sonic Rubabout||Tails Runabout||Sonic's Puzzle Ball||Sonic Char-G|
Sonic & Knuckles (1994)
After the release of Sonic & Knuckles, Tomy released a series of 21 Sonic figurines. These figurines came in a total of five packs of four under the Sonic & Knuckles brand. These were released in Europe, Japan and possibly the US.
- Although this series was labelled as Sonic & Knuckles, ironically the only characters from the set that were actually in the game were Sonic, Knuckles, Tails and Dr. Robotnik.
- Two of the Sonics, the Tails and one of the Robotniks are smaller versions of the same figures from Tomy's previous Sonic series.
- Two Dr. Robotnik figures were included in this set, both of which fashioned his Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog design.
- Most of the figurines from this series consisted of the original Badniks from Sonic 1, they even made a figurine of the scrapped Splats.
- Metal Sonic was also included in the set, but was mislabeled as "Sonic" on the packaging.
Packs and Figures
SegaWorld London (1997)
Sometime around 1996 or 1997 at SegaWorld London, a set of four figurines were available in a Sega themed box. The original set contained three Sonic figurines and a Metal Sonic, all of which were included in the previous Sonic & Knuckles series. The box was decorated with various Japanese and British Sonic stock art.
After Sega World Sydney had opened, the set was available there too. It was common for the box to contain four Sonics (two of the four being the same), instead of just three Sonics and one Metal Sonic though.
It was announced that the Jazwares Sonic figures would be distributed in Europe by TOMY. The pictured banner confirmed 3 of the Super Poser figures. TOMY had announced the following sets of figures to be released in 2010:
- 6-inch Super Posers, highly detailed posable action figures with over 25 points of articulation (£9.99 RRP)
- 7-inch Soft Figures, plush characters, ready to go wherever your adventure takes you (£6.99 RRP)
- Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Book Pack, a collector’s edition 200th issue comic book featuring Sonic and rival Knuckles, complete with two exclusive 3¾” posable action figures (£16.99 RRP).
In promotion of the European version of the game Sonic Colors for the Wii and Nintendo DS, TOMY released a five-inch Sonic action figure that came with three Wisps. It was released along side the game in November of 2010. The figure could be bought along with the game in a "Special addition pack". The figure came with different wisps depending on what version of the game was purchased. The Wii version came with the white, orange and cyan wisps. The DS version came with the yellow, red and blue wisps. The Sonic figure has holes in his hands and the Wisps have pegs on the back of them, you can put the pegs onto the Sonic figure's hands to hold them.
Around 2011, Gacha and TOMY teamed up to make Buildable Figures, Disk Shooters, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Pull-Backs, a set of Danglers (full-body and head danglers), and a set of Magnets. Like typical Gacha brand toys, these come in round plastic containers with 4 small holes on the top and bottom. Choosing which of the characters you are buying is close to impossible.
|Sonic||Werehog||Super Sonic||Metal Sonic||Knuckles||Shadow|
Sonic, Shadow and Knuckles were re-released from the Pull-Backs series for the Racers series in promotion of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Due to the original releases being based on Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, Shadow is incorrectly with the Dark Rider instead of the G.U.N. Auto Tread, and Sonic and Knuckles are with the old versions of their vehicles.
|Eggman||Metal Sonic||Super Sonic||Silver|
|Shadow||Silver||Super Sonic||Dr. Eggman|
The main toyline for Sonic Boom was handled by TOMY and was set to release in late 2014. The main toyline has been Sonic the Hedgehog, Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, Knuckles the Echidna, Dr. Eggman, Orbot, Cubot, Burnbot, and Sticks the Badger.
So far (as of 2018) The figure line up has 3-inch figures of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Sticks, Eggman, Shadow, Metal Sonic, Orbot and Cubot as well as many variants of the said figures. Some variants include metallic variants, different head gear, and new paint jobs.
There have also been 8-inch plushes to go with them. So far they have released plushes of the main characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Sticks, Metal Sonic, Shadow). As well as a small line known as Bighead plushes containing Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Eggman, Amy, Shadow and Orbot.
- Bighead Variant of Sonic
- Bighead Sticks
- Bighead Metal Sonic
- Bighead Cubot
In 2017 Tomy started creating a new line of figures and plushes of Emoji-based Sonic characters. So far the line contains Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Both figures and plushes exist of the characters. In 2018 Plushes of Shadow and Eggman are planned to be added to the line. In 2018 figures will also be made of a new Tails and Eggman.
In 2016, in celebration of Sonic's 25th anniversary, Tomy released both figures and plushes of Classic styled Sonic characters. They weren't specifically labelled as Classic versions of the characters, however. The characters in this series included Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman.
Tomy released five plushes in total, including Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Dr. Eggman. Four of the plushies were very shiny and metallic due them being made of a crushed velvet material, and retailed for $14.99.
As a part of the 25th anniversary series, Tomy also released three 3-inch figures of Classic Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. They were available in 3 different options; single-packs, comic 2-packs and a special 3-pack. The 3-pack had the figures in a shiny metallic finish, much like their plushie counterparts. They even included 3 golden coins with artwork of each character.
|Knuckles||First classic-style Knuckles action figure|
|Sonic and Tails||Comic 2-pack with Sonic the Hedgehog #25|
|Sonic ad Knuckles||Comic 2-pack with Sonic & Knuckles: Mecha Madness Special|
|Sonic, Knuckles and Tails||3-pack with metallic paint and golden coins|
In December 2016, Tomy's 2017 catalog released and showed a new wave of upcoming Sonic toys, known as the Sonic the Hedgehog Collector Series. The line consisted of toys from both the Classic and Modern Sonic the Hedgehog series brands.
At the end of 2017, Tomy's 2018 catalog released and revealed more upcoming toys from the Collector Series, including new figures and plushies.
3" Single Figure Pack
|Sonic (translucent)||Tails (translucent)||Sonic (black and white)||Tails (black and white)|
- Modern Sonic (but included in other packs)
- Modern Knuckles (but included in other packs)
- Modern Super Sonic
Classic Sonic Collector Figure
The 2018 line-up had a special 5-inch figure that was similar to Good Smile Company's Sonic Nendoroid, as it had many accessories and features.
In 2017, Tomy added Comic 2-packs to their Collector Series lineup. A Comic 2-pack would consist of two figures, being a Classic and a Modern version of a character, as well as a comic book relating to the character.
Six initial packs were revealed in Tomy's 2017 catalog. Four of the packs were two different versions of a Sonic pack and a Knuckles pack, as both had different comics. Eventually only one of each of the Sonic and Knuckles packs released, both with a comic by Archie Comics.
In 2018, the Tails and Metal Sonic packs released, and contained comics from the 2016 Sonic Comic. The comic in the Tails pack contained acts 1 to 13 of the comic, while the comic in the Metal Sonic pack contained acts 14 to 25. All the acts in the comics were translated from Japanese to English.
|Modern Sonic & Classic Sonic||Sonic Universe #75|
|Modern Knuckles & Classic Knuckles||Sonic Universe #78|
|Modern Tails & Classic Tails||Exclusive copy of Sonic Comic (acts 1-13)|
|Modern Metal Sonic & Classic Metal Sonic||Exclusive copy of Sonic Comic (acts 14-25)|
3" Collector Figure 3-pack
|Classic Sonic, Tails and Knuckles||Unique mini Goal Rings|
|Classic Sonic, Tails and Knuckles||
|Modern Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Chao||Chao each have different expressions|
|Modern Sonic, Infinite and Zavok||
|Classic Sonic||Classic Tails||Sonic||Metal Sonic|
|Classic Sonic (laughing)||Classic Knuckles||Shadow||Tails|
|Sonic (variant)||Dr. Eggman||Amy|
|Classic Super Sonic||Vector||Chao|
|Sonic (variant)||Silver||Tails (variant)|
|Knuckles||Shadow (variant)||Classic Dr. Eggman|
- Classic Amy
- Classic Metal Sonic
|Classic Sonic||Classic Tails||Modern Sonic||Modern Metal Sonic
(erroneously in Classic design)
|Modern Knuckles||Shadow||Modern Super Sonic||Dark Chao|
2 Figure Pack and Collector Plate (un-released)
The 2018 catalog previewed upcoming packs which would include two figures and a metallic collector plate with unique artwork. The two packs were of Classic and Modern Amy and Classic and Modern Dr. Eggman. For unknown reasons, the packs never released.
- Classic Amy & Modern Amy
- Classic Dr. Eggman & Modern Dr. Eggman
In September 2017, a listing for a "Sonic Forces Figure Pack" leaked on GameStop's website. There was no image or information about the pack, however shortly after the leak was discovered, Tomy confirmed the pack would contain four figures and exclusive lithographs for Sonic Forces, and would release after the game.
Two months later, the pack released and the figures contained were re-releases of Sonic and Knuckles from the Collector Series Comic 2-packs, and a second re-release of the Classic Sonic figure. The pack did however include Tomy's first modern Tails figure.
- Tomy's Sonic Boom action figures received criticism from fans due to their articulation style, as the previously released Jazwares action figures had an average of fourteen points of articulation whereas Tomy's had about five. Despite this, Tomy still continued the five-points of articulation with their Modern and Classic Sonic figures.
- Eventually, however, Tomy released their Ultimate Classic Sonic figure which had much more articulation, and received praise from fans.
- In the 2010s, Tomy released several of the first plush toys and action figures of certain characters like Classic Super Sonic, Dark Chao, Classic Knuckles, Zavok and Infinite.
- ↑ http://www.sonicgear.org/
- ↑ http://www.sonicstadium.org/2014/02/sonic-boom-first-look-at-the-toy-line/
- ↑ http://www.sonicgear.org/USAPages/BendyFigures.html
- ↑ http://sega-memories.blogspot.com/2009/01/sonic-knuckles-mini-figures.html
- ↑ http://www.sonicgear.org/JapanPages/JapanSonicRandom4.html
- ↑ https://twitter.com/dapatmac/status/966834049187762176
- ↑ https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/sonic-hedgehog-sega-world-london-243269441
- ↑ http://www.segadriven.com/sega-related-models-and-figurines/
- ↑ http://sonicstadium.org/news/sega-tomy-deal-brings-sonic-figures-to-uk-europe
- ↑ http://www.sonicgear.org/GachaFigures/GachaFigures.html
- ↑ https://www.sonicstadium.org/2015/12/tomy-reveals-25th-anniversary-toyline-for-july-2016/
- ↑ https://www.sonicstadium.org/2016/02/nuremberg-toy-fair-reveals-new-25th-anniversary-details/
- ↑ https://www.sonicstadium.org/2016/12/tomy-2017-catalogue-reveals-more-boom-and-classic-merchandise/
- ↑ http://images.tomy.com/s7viewers/html5/eCatalogViewer.html?emailurl=http://images.tomy.com/s7/emailFriend&serverUrl=http://images.tomy.com/is/image/&config=media/test_HTML5_eCatalog&contenturl=http://images.tomy.com/skins/&asset=media/2017-TOMY-US-Catalog-NO-LS_sm
- ↑ http://images.tomy.com/s7viewers/html5/eCatalogViewer.html?emailurl=http://images.tomy.com/s7/emailFriend&serverUrl=http://images.tomy.com/is/image/&config=Scene7SharedAssets/Universal_HTML5_eCatalog_Adv&contenturl=http://images.tomy.com/skins/&asset=media/_2018TOMYCatalog-12-20-17
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYY-iPAHE7Q&t=6m4s
- ↑ https://twitter.com/DaPatMac/status/907795967554068480
- ↑ https://twitter.com/DaPatMac/status/907993879907008513
- ↑ https://www.gamestop.com/collectibles/toys/sonic-forces-figure-pack-only-at-gamestop/149754
- ↑ https://www.facebook.com/tomy.toy/photos/a.10150686813380399.440289.33566045398/10155461777935399/?type=3&theater