Kulturecade Collector's Corner: Sonic the Hedgehog Collectables
Sonic the Hedgehog has shown over the years that he has a lot of staying power in pop culture thanks to the success of his video game franchise. Beginning in the 90s with two television series and a comic book, he would go on to be featured on t-shirts, ice cream, DVDs, and much more. With his recent 25th anniversary, it seemed like a good time to look at a some of the best collectibles that feature Sega's iconic mascot.
Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog Comics
Our first entry is one you may have seen before, either on the shelf of your local comic shop or even in the magazine section at Barnes and Noble. The Sonic the Hedgehog series from Archie Comics, has had an incredible 23 three year run, which has spanned over hundreds of issues comprising the main series and numerous mini-series and spinoffs. Sega has also given Archie an incredible amount of freedom with the series, allowing them to make their own, a truly unique world populated by established Sonic characters and both heroes and villains of Archie's creation. The series is surprisingly well done. The art has been good over the years, and the same can be said of the writing. The series has come to a point where it was even allowed to crossover with Capcom's Mega Man last year, leading to a team-up that hasn't been seen outside of the Super Smash Bros. series. Archie's Sonic series is surprisingly good, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to comic book fans that enjoy the character.
Sonic Generations Collector's Edition
Marking the twentieth anniversary of the Sonic franchise, it only seemed natural that Sonic Generations should receive a grandiose collector's edition box set. This collection includes a copy of the game for either the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, a statue featuring both the modern and classic versions of Sonic, a 20th-anniversary soundtrack, a documentary DVD, an art book, and a commemorative gold ring. Sadly, this collector's edition was only released in PAL territories, and since it's been nearly five years since the release of Generations, be prepared to shell out some serious cash to purchase one of these.
First 4 Figures Light Up Metal Sonic
First 4 Figures may not be the most well-known figurine producer, but they have put out some amazing collectibles for Sonic the Hedgehog and even Nintendo's Legend of Zelda and Metroid franchises. However, out of their Sonic the Hedgehog lineup, my favorite is the light up Metal Sonic. This 12-inch figure of the Sonic CD version of Metal Sonic looks fantastic, and when you switch on those light up eyes, he looks incredibly menacing. This amazing statue has become limited due to a low production run, so one of this babies will likely set you back more than $400. It's a steep price, but for something this unique and limited, it's easily worth it for any hardcore Sonic fan or toy collector.
Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary Crystal Cube
Sonic's twentieth anniversary saw a lot of unique and exciting collectibles, a stark contrast from this year, where we've seen little in the way of new collectibles. Joining the European exclusive Sonic Generations collector's edition, this laser engraved cube was bundled with the game in Japan. This edition seems to be much rarer than even the European collector's edition and, at the time of this writing, the ones available on eBay will set you back about $1,000. This is certainly a unique piece, but even with it's limited nature, the price makes this one a little harder to recommend to anyone.
Sonic the Hedgehog Pop! Vinyl Figures
It should come as no surprise that Sonic was among the first figures released as part of Funko's Pop! Games line. Along with his pals Tails and Knuckles, Sonic was immortalized in the Pop! Vinyl style, giving him that adorable super-deformed look. These three figures have long been "Vaulted" (Funko's term for out of production), so their prices have been steadily climbing over the last few years. A quick glance on Pop! Price Guide shows that each of the three runs more than $100, with Sonic being the most expensive of the three. These figures aren't for everyone, but fans of Funko's Pop! the line shouldn't pass on these, especially if you can get them at a good price. For everyone else, these are an easy skip.