|Australia was a great place for Sonic the Hedgehog Merchandise. Mainly, because it had its own Sega World, which was not afraid to turn out tons of gear. The interesting thing about it, is that it REALLY embraced the Sat Am continuity. You will find more SatAm gear here, than anywhere else. The UK really had a strangely divided stand on merchandise vs. continuity, and the USA was a total jumble. Japan, of course, stuck closest to home being the originators anyway.|
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|For a while, Sega World AU had a site going with TONS of merchandise photos. These are what I was able to salvage before the place vanished for whatever reason. If you like Sat Am (Sally, Robotnik, etc) this is the merchandise page for you.
Whatever happened to a lot of these things? They were perfectly order-able online for a good while, and the AU dolllar was in a state of being where it took more of them to make up the dollars of other countries so you would think that would encourage people to buy up this stuff like crazy.
Yet...you NEVER see it for sale, or in anyone's collection gallery. Do you own something from Segaworld AU?
|This is an official coin or token from Segaworld Australia! It's a real special collector's piece for ANY collection. These were used to play the prize/ticket games in Segaworld. The front says "no cash value", (Was $1AU) and has a nice portrait of Sonic with stars. The back just says SegaWorld. The AU Segaworld is closed, so you can't get this any more...rare! Photo by Renegade.|
|A Fleece Shirt from 1992. It looks pretty quality, and says HWA Hedgehog With Attitude. (TY Juni) I don't know if this was available at the actual Sega World store. Someone was just selling this at some point waaay long ago, and I got the photo. This was also available in the UK and some of EU.|
|Some Snow Globes. It's kind of hard to tell what's going on...looks like they've trapped Eggman in the larger one. The large globe represents the attitude they had about Sat Am, which was that all characters should be equally featured. It didn't come true, but they always had an effort about the items.|
|Hooray for um. Eggman/Robotnik. In 3 sizes, no less. Notice that he is without that robotic arm they ended up giving him in the SatAm show. This is more of an Early UK adaptation of the design.
The one to the right is the 'medium' one, and you can see he looks a bit disgruntled, but is pretty accurate to the AoSTH style. The moustache is 'fur' rather than a cut-out, and his detailing appears to be felt. Rt. Photo by: Rhia.
|Princess Sally Acorn Plush dolls! It looks like the larger these get, the more mutant they become. Even Australia was not immune to mutant plushies. And these are the official photos for their site, so you can bet they tried to make them look their 'best'.|
|Everyone needs Bendies. These were probably some of the very first bendies available, waaay before Toy Island tried it. Is that immense thing in the back a bendy? How do you bend it? It looks like all his limbs are attached. Also: Is Robo whistling?
Robotnik has decent 3D detailing on his suit and arms, his gloves even have the raised studs on the edges. They've set his eyes at an odd angle which isn't entirely accurate to any show, but really the bendy is more of a caricature in this case.
|With the close-ups here, you can see Sally is rather cross-eyed, but they've gotten the shape of her hair right. Sonic has unusual open hands, which makes them look rather large. Still, this is a good classic bendable set. Right three photos by Rhia.|
|Official Sega World pins. These have some famous monuments on them. The tower is "Centerpoint Tower". Too bad the photos are so small. It looks like the Opera House says "Fair Dink Um" which is a phrase of curious origen. It is actually a mutation of a Chinese sentance said by Gold-Rush Chinese miners who ended up there. The original ment "Real Gold", but this new version of the phrase means "Genuine or True Blue", and is usually used to describe a "Real Australian" type of person.|
|Everywhere seems to have produced a pair of Sonic slippers, regardless of the result. These from the Australia SegaWorld, have 3D sewn-on plush heads. The likeness is very 'cartooney' with big attached eyes and a 'front style' mouth that is not quite characteristic of him. The result here though, is at least semi-cute unlike a few other slipper-disasters which can be found about the site.|
|Slammers are a thick heavy pog used for throwing at other pogs. They are rarer, and cost more too. These have a foil background, which is common in slammers.|
|It seems every country had its own pogs. Australia's are cool though! They even had Metal Sonic. They used some clip art and symbols, but it seems they got a bit creative with the designs. For some reason, someone has set these on a drawing of some kind.|
|Someone finally bought a Segaworld Sally...but look at their Tails! He's awful! The tiny beady eyes, the thread-like nose stripe...and what's wrong with his cuffs? This thing is very nearly a mutant item! But at least you can get another look at the rare and interesting Sally Plush.|
|With this close-up, you can see that their large Sally was really...not that great. She has no fingers, frizz-hair and a sort of scowling look about her. This one is a bit old, as evidenced by the paint chipping on her eyes, and the missing vest.
Photo by Rhia.
|Figural Sonic the hedgehog water bottles. Why? Why not? These chubby figures were another item from Sega World. There are also Tails, Sally and Robotnik ones of these, on page 2.|
|Here's another bendy Sonic, not from the set above. This one appears to be a little larger, and has his hands pointing, and in a fist. The ears on this are more to the sides of the head, but they've gotten one eye a little crooked which isn't so great for his look. Yes, he is actually missing his nose, it isn't an error. This is a used toy, so someone's lost it! Photo by: Rhia.|
|Here's a great hoodie from Sega World Australia. It is SO rare to find anything with JUST the villain on it, especially one as 'attractive' (coughhackargh) as ol' Robotnik here. Storming onto the edge of this bright orange (photo makes it look red-er) hooded sweatshirt, the large graphic really makes a splash. But is it the sort of splash you want?
Likely, if you are a collector! This shirt is super rare. Photo courtesy of Graham Tate.
|Want to see more photos? Australia Sonic Items Page 2|