Today marks the 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog. That’s right, it’s been 30 years since the first Sonic game was released on Sega Genesis back in 1991 and made an international cultural impact. The speedy blue blur has brought so much joy to people around the world and is, for many, a childhood hero.
Sega has released a new line of official merch to celebrate Sonic’s 30th birthday, including a statue, pin badge set, clothing and even a card game. Not all of it is available to buy just yet, but you can pre-order on the Sega shop. If you pre-order from the Sega shop, you’ll also receive your items two week’s earlier than from any other retailer.
While there aren’t any totally new Sonic games being released this year (there is a new Sonic game intended for release in 2022), Sonic Team are releasing a remastered version of the cult game, Sonic Colours. It’s available for pre-order on Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. Sega says the updated version will showcase ‘stunning visuals, additional features, a new mode, and improved gameplay enhancements.’
Sonic Colours Ultimate is due for release on 7th September, 2021. Here’s the cheapest places we’ve found to pre-order:
- Sonic Colours Ultimate on PS4 for £29.85 at ShopTo
- Sonic Colours Ultimate on Xbox for £27.95 at The Game Collection
- Sonic Colours Ultimate on Nintendo Switch for £29.85 at Base
But back to the celebration of the iconic blue hedgehog, here’s a quick run down of Sonic’s 30th anniversary merch:
- Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary bundle
- Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary blue t-shirt
- Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary statue
- Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary stainless steel water bottle
- Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary hoodie
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary bundle
This bundle includes a Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary snapback, socks, enamel pin set and ceramic mug, each featuring limited edition designs. This would make an awesome gift set for any Sonic fan. We particularly love the set of two, hard enamel pins, which if you’re planning to buy on their own, are also part of Sega’s 3 for £20 Pin Kings launch offer.
The bundle is worth £43.96 so you’ll be saving £13.96 compared to buying them all separately . Essentially you’re getting the mug, which is £12.99 when bought individually, and a bit extra free.
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary blue t-shirt
The blue Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary t-shirt is the perfect homage to the iconic Sega mascot. It sports all of the different iterations of Sonic throughout time, from the classic sprite to his modern look. The unisex gamer t-shirt features a round-neck design and is made from 100 percent cotton, making it super breathable and comfortable to wear all year round. It comes in sizes S – 2XL.
This stylish Sonic t-shirt available to pre-order from the Sega shop for £16.99 and is expected to be released in July 2021.
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary statue
The Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary statue is the ideal addition to any Sonic fan’s collection. The exclusive statue measures nine inches tall, features high level details and showcases an action packed scene of Dr. Eggman and Sonic.
Sega says the statue in the image is a prototype and that the final product might change, but it still looks super awesome. It’s available to pre-order for £69.99 and is expected to be released in August 2021. Sonic enthusiasts, be sure to pre-order if you don’t want to miss out on this limited edition collectable.
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary stainless steel water bottle
This ultra-cool Sonic water bottle is available to buy now for £19.99 from the Sega shop. The sleek bowling pin-style water bottle features a Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary design on the front and illustrates Sonic’s evolution over the years.
Designed and engineered by official gaming merch brand, Numskull, the durable water bottle is made from stainless steel to ensure your drink stays cool for hours. The 500ml capacity makes it ideal to pop in your bag and use on the go, or even to drink from at home.
Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary hoodie
Last but by no means least is this cosy looking hoodie for £34.99. A great addition to any Sonic fan’s wardrobe. It features a limited edtition Sonic 30th anniversary design showcasing the blue protagonist’s evolution from his retro days to his current look. The grey hoodie also features blue hoodie strings for a pop of classic Sonic blue.
The website says it’s expected to be released this month (June 2021). It’s probably worth getting a pre-order in if you don’t want to miss out or for your clothing size to go out of stock.