Ever since a good friend of mine gave me my 20th Anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog I’ve decided that I would like a few Sega characters sprinkled throughout my collection. I was surprised by how much I liked seeing Sonic standing next to my TV and games. It really added some charm to the collection. The problem is unlike Nintendo there aren’t many Sega figures being made. So I was very surprised to find that there is an Earth Worm Jim figure.
Earth Worm Jim Figure
I first saw this relatively new Earth Worm Jim at Fan Expo this past fall for $20. And somehow in the excitement I forgot to buy him. About a week ago I found him again by chance at a local comic book shop for the same price. So I picked him up (along with a cool Gordan Freeman figure)!
Jim is very well done. The sculpt and paint are perfect. I don’t think he could ever be done more accurately. He could have a little more articulation but for me he’s perfect. I’ve placed him next to his game on one of my more sparse shelves. He helps fill it out a bit.
Jim’s New Home in the Collection
And if Jim weren’t cool enough, my good buddy has struck again and given some more goodness for the Collection. Below you’ll see bead art for the main characters of Phantasy Star 1.
Phantasy Star Bead Characters
This craft is very clever and particularly well suited for 8bit and 16bit video games. Up close they don’t look that great but from the right distance they look excellent. I don’t think this will be their final home. I might move them to the top of the book shelf once I figure out a way to get them to stand.
Jim, Alice and the crew in the Collection
My buddy who gave me the bead figures (and Sonic) has a pretty good retro video game collection himself. He’s been focusing on 8bit and older. If he ever gets around to posting his own stuff I’d love to put up a link.
This is his blog about the little things in life; the mundane, the silly and the fun: robinsbyacres.blogspot.ca But don’t bother going there. He doesn’t care anymore.
On an unrelated note: While I was searching online to find out what people call ‘bead art’ I found this little graphic that someone whipped up. Looks like they intend to make this graphic into a bead art version. Of course I’m a big Retro fan and I also really enjoy my xbox so I couldn’t help but fall in love this little gem. A Bill Gates boss battle! Epic!.. and even a bit ominous looking.
Great job Doctor Octoroc! You Rocked it! You might want to check out Octoroc’s own site (www.doctoroctoroc.com) where you’ll find some pretty unique stuff like a Sonic Christmas level mock-up complete with 16-bit Xmas music.
Pixel Art by Doctor Octoroc
Poor Mario. I hope he wasn’t the groups healer.
So I’m all out of money and currently have no new additions for the collection. However, over the summer I have really added a lot to the collection and it does look significantly different since my June 2011 picture that I previously had on my Images page.
Updated Sega Collection
This picture is very similar to the image I posted when I received my 20th Anniversary Sonic from some close friends but I stepped back at bit so you can see more of my gaming room. When I bought the extra shelf and new TV stand I didn’t consider how much space I have. The arm chair is nearly wedged in between the right shelf and the couch but everything fits well enough for now.
In real life the white wall behind the collection doesn’t looks so stark against the dark furniture. It really does feel more snug and cozy in person. 🙂
I still have to finish the my TV stand by installing two more shelves and putting the back on. I think it will look much neater whenever I finally get to it. I should also clean up the misc stuff under the shelves.
A little more of my humble Man Cave… ok… Boy Cave.
Stepping a little further back you can see a wee bit more of my game room. I was really into collecting Sideshow Collectibles figures until they just got too expensive. So I’m learning to be content with the ones I have. I will still buy new ones if I can find them for under $100, but that’s not going to happen often. I have another cabinet with more along another wall.
I also picked up a RetroDuo Famiclone which you can see just to the right of the TV. It’s not perfect but it plays most NES and SNES carts well enough.
I’ve updated my Archive page with a history/timeline of the collection. With any luck there will be many more update to come 😀
Two close friends of mine surprised me yesterday with this gift. After spending a few hours helping them demolish their garage (not yet complete) they gave me this 20th Anniversary Sonic the Hedgehog. He’s really well done. He looks spot on perfect and he’s also very pose-able.
I’m sure it’s pretty hard to design a toy based off a character that was only ever 2 dimensional but Jazwares Inc. did a great job with this Sonic figure.
Sonic’s New Home
Sonic in The Sega Collection
I knew exactly where I wanted to place Sonic and I think he looks great in his new home. He adds a little splash of colour and he’s through and through SEGA. He’s perfect.
One thing I did notice after placing him is that I have a lot of white space around the collection and all of a sudden it looks a little barren. The games look great but there is some room to dress things up a little. I’ll work on this over time.
I find it ironic/funny that I got this gift just one day after I posted a comment stating that Jon doesn’t give a damn about my Sega Collection! It’s still might be true but regardless I am feel’in the love.
But back to the main point of this post. Thank you two for this very cool gift! I’m already really enjoying my Sonic 🙂