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More Sonic Toys on the way!

Toy Island has now got the rights to make Sonic Adventure based toys! glorious day! from the shots below, the have created many different varieties of toys.

The basic assortment of Sonic Adventure action figures features perpetual sidekick Tails, the evil Dr. Eggman (Robotnik), Sonic the Hedgehog, Knuckles the Echidna and Big the Cat. These apparently are about 5 1/2" tall, and also have many little gadgets included like Sonics Skateboard (he has a skateboard?!), rings, and even Froggy.

A second figure line features 10 inch version of Sonic, Tails and Knuckles. and they all Stand on a base, it doesn't say if there limbs move etc.

 

 

Also to be available are a bundle of twistable figures (like the old Gumby figures if anyone remembers them) These 3" figures are ready for fun and adventure. This assortment contains Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and E-102 Gamma.

 

 

There will also be two plush lines, a 7" plushline (The pic with Big) and a 10" line (Pic with Sonic, Tails,and Knuckles). The 7" line contains huggable versions of Sonic,Tails, Knuckles, and Big the Cat.

 

The weird thing is that there isn't an appearance with Amy anywhere, strange that, as this DOES include E-102 and Eggman. Oh well these look exeptionally good, no release date of there release was mentioned.

 

Source: Toymania

DC a flop in Australia

The Dreamcast finally hit Australian Shores on the 30th of November. But things did not look bright.

With the many delays, you would of thought Ozisoft (the distributor) would have got everything right, but they (once again) stuffed up a Launch of a system down under.

How? well, lets start off by having NO Ozisoft distributed games (all games made by SEGA, Including Sonic Adventure) the first day of launch, but to come the day after. Second, have no official Extra Hand controllers OR VMU's first day, they're STILL waiting for them! (apparently will come out 10th or 15th Dec, but in small numbers) and not have most games that were named Top ten (HotD2, soul Calibur) until the 10th!

And to top it all off, there was NO demo disk first day (they came the day after) and Online capabilities aren't usable (no Net CD) until Early 2000.

'Tis a sad day for "Aussies" everywhere. On the bright side, the T.V Advertisements have just started (5 days after launch), but one looks like the Apocalypse ad in America, just doesn't have any relations to any games. and others based on the games. weird thing was, they were shown in between the Simpsons episode were Bart goes to Australia, which he screwed up the country (a connection to Ozisoft methinks).

Source: DC Australia

SPA Reviewed!

Here's some real news! IGN.Com has reviewed Sonic Pocket Adventure.

Go see te review here

Source: Pocket IGN

EGM's Stickers

This is hardly news, but isn't everyone tired of seeing "SPA Costs" with nothing new? Anyways, EGM issue #125 (Has a pic of Donkey Kong's arm on it) has included stickers of all the heroes of Sonic Adventure and Robotnik. Get 'em while you can! Yeah, yeah, yeah, its not news, but lately, not much has been going on for Sonic and the gang.

SPA Costs

SNK have given out the pricing of the game Sonic: Pocket Adventure for the NeoGeo pocket.

For JUST the game, it will cost you US $34.95 in stores 12/3, Platinum silver bundle will cost US $99.95 in stores 12/3 or the Blue bundle which costs US $99.95 in stores 12/10

Source: SNK

Special Report: Archie Knuckles News

This is from True Red, organizer of the Knuckles Petition: Archie is reading the Knuckles petition. Here's what Michael Silberkleit, one of the co-publishers of Archie, sent to me Monday:

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>From: "michael silberkleit"
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>Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 17:09:39 +0000
>Subject: Re: Knuckles Petition
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> >From: Self
>To: Katrice Georges
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>Subject: Re: Knuckles Petition
>Reply-to: mikes@archiecomics.com
>Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 12:42:59
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>While we appreciate the petition and your concern,
>we had to suspend Knuckles because it is losing
>money on each issue. It just doesn't make sense
>for us to continue losing money. While I am sure
>that there are many many loyal fans like you,
>there just are not enough buying the comics each
>month at the news stand. In the comic book
>business, a publisher has to sell a certain amount
>of copies in order to" break even" after paying
>for the stories and art, the separations and the
>printing and shipping. Unfortunately, sales of
>Knuckles are far from breaking even and we have no
>choice but to stop publishing it. I can really
>understand your disappointment and hope you
>understand our position. Hope you enjoy Sonic
>however.
>Sincerely, Michael Silberkleit

The petition is not being ignored, but I need more names than I have now to make them consider changing their minds. The total is at 80, which isn't bad for only a month of operation and considering I have gotten several emails from people who swear I'm making up the Knuckles cancellation.

If you signed the petition and gave me your email address, I sent a copy of the email I to you. The email is also posted at my site, Save Our Knuckles.

BTW, I'm planning on organizing a procott, but I'll need some help, a lot of it, for it to work. If anyone else has any other ideas or suggestions, they're welcome. One last thing, the petition isn't over, it's just beginning. The petition is continuing until one of two things happen:

1) Knuckles is published again
or
2) I sense a lack of interest (I really hope this never becomes the case)

I think that the best thing to do now would be to organize a buying campaign (as well as signing the petition). If they're losing money on the comic, then it will take A LOT of signatures to get them to change their minds. I think that everyone interested should get as many friends as possible into the comic and buying issue #32. In fact, buy as many copies as possible and try to get your friends to help. You should still sign True Red's petition, but the biggest thing that could get Archie to change their minds would be a large profit on the recent Knuckles issues.

Reebok Sponsers Sonic UK Competition

Sega of Europe announced today that they have formed an exclusive sponsorship alliance with
Reebok to promote the European Sonic Speed Challenge with Reebok DMX, a European-wide online
Sonic Adventure competition running from December 1st to January 14th, 2000.

Sonic Adventure players throughout Europe will be able to download a specially-designed Emerald
Coast course from the Sonic Advenure website. In this special course, players are required to collect
five pairs of Reebok DMX shoes which Dr. Robotnik has stolen from Sonic's closet. Those with fast
times may wish to upload their finishing ratings to the Sonic Adventure for ranking. The winners will be
those with the fastest time! The prizes offered are as follows:

1st Prize:
Dreamcast Pod, Trophy (6ft high display unit featuring television monitor, console and controllers),
?1,000 of Reebok clothing, including a pair of Reebok DMX shoes

2nd, 3rd & 4th Runners Up:
Framed Gold Sonic Disc, ?200 of Reebok clothing plus a pair Reebok DMX shoes

5th - 10th Prizes:
Framed certificate and a pair of Reebok DMX shoes worth 50

11th - 50th Prizes:
Exclusive European Sonic Speed Challenge Reebok T-shirts

J-F Cecillon, Chief Executive Officer, Sega Europe, had this to say, "The European Sonic Speed
Challenge with Reebok DMX, the first on-line Sonic Adventure competition targeted specifically at
Sega's European audience, is the next step to creating Dreamcast's on-line community. Reebok's
support both in-game and for our consumers make this a truly stimulating competition. "

Source Gamefan

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

With apologies to ABC, if your name is Sega Dreamcast, you already are!

Sega has officially sold one million consoles in the US, and we're not even to Thanksgiving as of yet! Sega has announced this on their web site, and several experts in the field are rather shocked that this came early. Normally, figures like this take over 3 months to show up.

Currently, Sega is expecting loads of consoles to be sold during the holidays, and when looking at these figures, and hopeing that Sega can keep up with demand, it might very well be done, and the company might reach its goal of 2 million sold earlier that expected. Stay here during the holidays to keep tabs on the situation.

Sonic Adventure Toys Delayed.

I have spoken through the customer service at resaurus.com about the SA toys and he had this to say:

"Production has been pushed back until mid to late December, but we will be taking orders in about mid December."

There is no exact date to when they will be released in America, just December Sometime. He also didn't know when they are likely to appear in Europe or Australia. but those living there can order online at ReSaurus when they are released.

Source: ReSaurus