Review: Good Smile Sonic the Hedgehog - Nendoroid Range (Figurines)
Good Smile Sonic the Hedgehog - Nendoroid Range: Official GBAtemp ReviewFigurines 2,978 views 4 likes 1 comment
- Release Date (NA): April 1, 2012
- Release Date (EU): April 1, 2012
- Release Date (JP): April 1, 2012
- Publisher: Nakamura Fumitoshi
- Developer: GOODSMILE
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Today we are taking a look at the Sonic Nendoroid, based on the classic portrayal of Sonic the Hedgehog from his Genesis days!
Keeping up with the latest review standards, all images shown will be of personally taken photos, and not stock images, with replication of the model pictures to show just how well the figure can be posed and shown off. Let’s dive right in shall we?
Paint and Aesthetics
The Sonic Nendoroid is simple, cute, and as blue as the day he ran onto our screens. He has a very simple matte finish with subtle gloss paint added to his slick red shoes. His accessories are just as simple, with very basic plastics being used to make the Ring and the Chaos Emerald. The power-ups are decent, but look a little washed out outside of their power-up container.
Sonic’s articulation points are relatively well hidden, with the only joint parts that show being the lower connection of the legs. And speaking of articulation…
Articulation and Accessories
Time to take a look at everything that comes packed with this little guy! Included with the Sonic Nendoroid is a Goal Post/Checkpoint Post, 1 Ring, 1 Chaos Emerald, 1 Power-up Container, 3 alternate faces, 1 bent arm, 1 bent leg, 4 alternate hand parts, 1 Nendoroid stand with posing joint, 5 different power-up cards, and one simple stand for the Ring, or Chaos Emerald.
Unfortunately there is no accessory bag included, so you may want to grab a baggie and hope you don’t drop a piece somewhere!
Now I have shown most of Sonic’s cute little poses, but let’s talk about how well they can be re-created and how to pose them.
Starting with Sonic’s big ol’ head, it connects to the neck on a simple peg joint, which can be removed and rotated 360°. The peg itself sits on a ball hinge that can be bent forward and backward to tilt his head forward for running poses, or backward to stick his head up in the air. As is a typical issue with Nendoroid figures, the head weighs more than the rest of the figure, and will sometimes give you trouble when attempting to keep it centered.
The arms are very simple little pegs that just insert right into the body mold and can also rotate 360°. Hands and feet will also insert into pegs and have full rotation. The legs are removable, but only articulate forwards and backwards once inserted.
The Nendoroid stand inserts into a hole in between Sonic’s back spikes and does a very good job of holding him in place, and can also support his weight enough to make aerial poses.
One issue I tend to run into with all of these removable parts, is how easy it is for them to pop off. This isn’t a bad thing when putting everything together, but at time the looseness of the figure causes limbs to pop off, especially when attempting to create poses.
Moving on to the accessories, the Ring and Chaos Emerald have tiny holes in concealed places underneath them to insert the small accessory stand into. They stand up fine and are balanced in their weight, so they won’t fall over.
The Power-up Container is separated into 4 pieces: the base, 2 bubbles pieces, and the top of the container. The bottom base has notches in it to insert the protruding ends of the bubble parts, which hold them in place, and the top of the container holds everything together. The power-up cards are inserted into another notch in the center of the base of the container. They cannot be rotated.
The Goal Posts are very simple, with little notches in them to insert the rubbery goal line. The joints of the actual goals are a little loose, and as you can see in the picture, have a slightly difficult time staying straight up.
All in all, Sonic poses very well, with only a slight bit of frustration in posing the little guy, and some loose joints.
+ Lots of posing
+ Very nice aesthetic quality
- Loose joints in most areas
out of 10
Overall, the Sonic Nednoroid is the best quality Sonic figure you can get your hands on compared to what else is out there. Goodsmile did a wonderful job getting the Blue Blur all of his personality and charm down into little plastic pieces. Now if only those pieces were a bit tighter... The Sonic Nendoroid was sold back in 2012, and has not seen a re-release, but he can still be purchased from retailers on Ebay for a typical going price of $30-40. Beware of Chinese knockoffs if you demand full quality!