|France had quite a few of its own items, but not nearly on the scale of Japan or the UK. Other countries also got a hold of the items as people shared and mailed things around. Some of these items may turn up in other Europe areas, but if it's generally considered to have originated in France, you can find it here. They were fairly good about them too, and made enough so that you will still encounter a few for sale. The quality was decent as well, so broken things are not common.|
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|How's this for a 20th anniversary item?
A jar of Sonic Anti-Aging cream! Clearly a limited edition item, this little jar of cream comes in a fancy paper certificate/box. It says "Baume Anti Age 20 Ans Et Pas Une Ride" It has the SonicTeam logo Sonic head, and 1991 - 2011 below it. Someone has written a note on the top flap, which is in French so you can't read it. The bottom word, however, is "forever". In all, it is a wonderful presentation for the cream, and CERTAINLY a very unusual item to collect. If you can manage to get this, it's sure to be a star in any collection. Photo discovered by SonicToast.
|Is this a comic or some type of mini-book? Whatever it is, it comes from France, and has an art style similar to that of the "Sonic the Comic" usually found in England, by Fleetway. The cover shows Sonic, Tails, Amy & Knuckles being chased by a giant, somewhat odd Robotnick. The title is "Sonic Adventures Dans Les Griffes De Robotnick". There seems to be a #1 in the corner. No doubt the whole thing is in French, but what is it about? If you can explain this book, write in for credit. Photo discovered by Calistine|
|These are Feves. A Feve is a ceramic (kiln fired, glazed) object that's often baked into cakes. If the feve comes out of your cake slice, it acts like a prize. While the benefits of hiding ceramics within baked goods are dubious, the figures themselves are collectible. Different cartoons & popular|
|characters have all appared as feves, so why should Sonic be an exception? They are often hand painted, leading to odd looking paint jobs and variances between figures. (look at how Knuckles has a green body & legs) Each base is labeled and dated, and they're all quite early, with the Sonic being from 1991. Knuckles & Motobug there are probably later figures. Burrobot & Dr Robotnik are 1992. You can tell they're stock art inspired, but they do try to get the detail going. "Feve" may translate from French as "Bean". Photo & owned by OrangeUnicorn1984|
|Here are two more feves, Tails & a Flicky bird. Tails isn't the best either, with red legs, no socks, and just shoes. He's also rather fat...but it's the super big nose face and small ears that make him almost unrecognizable. If it weren't for his 2 tails he could just be some generic animal figure. The Flicky bird is better off...but early flickies are generally depicted as being blue (with red accent beside the eye) however this one appears to be reddish or brownish all-over. (Getting a figure entirely the wrong color hadn't happened up till this one) but, at least the proportions here are a bit better. Do you have a photo that's a bit less blurry?|
|Now here's a very curious item!
It is a Feve. All known feves originate from France, as it is a cultural thing to bake them into cakes. Like the ones above, this is a ceramic 3D figurine. Notice though that the nose and eye paint have chipped. It clearly says "Sally Acorn" on it, with the Sega copyright, but the first thing you notice is that it looks nothing at all like her. Why is this? Because this is actually a figure of one of those "Little Animals" that you release from badniks or the container at the end of the level in early Sonic games. In Japan, they weren't considered very much, but they still had names. The names were something like "Ricky, Picky, Pecky, Pokey, & Cucky" (Note* "Cucky" was supposed to be "Clucky" (it was a chicken) but they left off the "L" in official works turning it into "Cucky")
|Well those very same animals were re-named in other countries. One of them became "Sally Acorn" the squirrel. In the early "Sonic The Comics" in the UK some of these re-named animals also appear. Photo discovered by Ochiro
Then, along came Archie Comics, and took hold of this re-named background character, changed the design completely, hacked off the tail, and called it "Sally Acorn" as well, though she even stopped being a squirrel. Naturally this figure would cause a lot of confusion! The other question remains: were other figures done for the other little animals? If not, why only this one? It seems likely, but SonicGear will have to wait on photos.
|This is the "Sonic & Knuckles Le Guide Ultime" (Ulitmate Guide, probably) made by Cyril Direct. It's probably just a regular game guide (like all those Brady Games ones that get made) but the cover sure is odd. Look at stock art copy...sorta Knuckles with his super small fists. He's clearly standing on Robotnick's giant butt/back area? It's hard to tell because his arms are growing out of his neck, while his mustache has somehow gotten BEHIND his head. Sonic doesn't fare much better, he has a huge wierd mono spike thing, blobby body & strange shoes. Why does he have Robotnick on a leash? Is that a blue ribbon he's holding? It's like the illustrator they got barely had a grasp of anything before doing the cover. It's just very strange & indicates nothing of what the game might be like. Hopefully the interior is actually useful and not so strange.
Photo discovered by Piplupfan77
|Flunch is a French fast food chain, and it produces Sonic mini figures that are sort of like meal toys or the recent Gacha figures that have been popping up. The bottom thing is 1 side of the Flunch card that shows the figure line...nice poses too! Look at Amy twirling, & Sonic in a slightly atypical pose. The other side has a scratch off thing to see if you win either of the prizes shown there (PS3 Generations or a Sonic spikes hat) A figure & a chance to win is a cool thing...but are Flunch restaurants only in France? Photo by KariXIII
|At right is the actual Sonic Flunch PVC figure (about 2 in. high) that someone sold on Ebay. Photo discovered by SonicTheMainMan|
|Here are all of the Flunch figures, as owned by a fan. This shot is actually closer than the official one, so you can see the details/poses better for the figures. They're well done for meal toys, though it seems some of them stand a bit off (tilting Sonic, Knuckles) & it's nice to see some fresher poses for everyone. Photo & owned by FunkyJeremi|
|This is a hard-back childrens' book, all in French. It's 1 of 4 (see back cover) and was made by "Jungle! Kids" The back has been kept large enough so that anyone who reads French can understand what the plot would be. Thought to be recap of part of the X plot, much like how the USA paperbacks all were. Photos by KariXIII|
|This is the Sonic & Black Knight "Legendary Pack". Sadly, it was only available in France. It comes with the wii game, and 2 plastic pieces that you click together to make the Caliburn sword from the game. The Wiimote fits into where the hilt would be. The set does not include the wiimote.|
|Interestingly, the words "Legendary Pack" are in English. Why? France is well known for writing everything possible in French. The game name is "Chevalier Noir" (Literally Knight Black") so why write it in 2 parts? The Caliburn you get is nice & big too! Look at the detail, & size compared to the Wiimote. The game would likely be really fun to play with this, it's too bad it wasn't released everywhere. So cool to have a 'prop' from the game, this is likely to be sought-after. Photo & owned by Shadouge.|
|Here is another set of glasses from France. These are all regular drinking glass size, and clear. Depending how you held the glass, the different side of the art would show. You can see they did the sort of mutating (But not yet recolored wrong to brown) Tails stock art, a Robotnick in ranting pose...and oddly enough Picky the pig (animal released from badnik) but here, he's standing up and has fingers. There are also 3 different poses for Sonic, including the seldom used 'arms crossed classic'. The "Back" of the glasses are all the same, in that it's just the forward-facing face, with the logo in red & black. These were made in 1992, so right-right after Sonic 2. A great & collectible set! ....If you can find them. Very classic, with good attention to adding lots of detail, it's just what to expect from interesting old items like these. Photo & owned by Or@ngeUnicorn1984|
|This is a pog from a set of 30 of them, made for/inside of France. They are by BN Troc's (whatever that means). The FLUO likely indicates that either they glow in the dark, or under black-light (florescent) This is another set of mysteriously notched pogs. Why are they notched? What's with the big notch on one side? They are numbered on the back. PLEASE write in if you can find all of the rest of this curious set!|
|Danone is a dairy company in France. They have a sort of USA counterpart in "Dannon" which you will see does like yogurt & icecream. At some point in the 1990s, Danone made these little Sonic pins as a pack in/give-away with some of their products (but what?) There were 6 different ones in total. The reason the eyes look shiny/white here is because instead of using black enamel, they use the silvertone of the pin to fill in for the color. These pins are tiny, that's a regular size staple you see there. The first has Sonic in a heart, the next has an unusual sitting Sonic, 3rd is the winged title screen ring, next row has wind-surfing Sonic, Sonic & a random bush & classic finger waving Sonic. These aren't that common.|