Sega is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog’s first outing with a special art exhibition showcasing the gaming icon at his very best.
The first ever Sonic game, simply entitled Sonic the Hedgehog, arrived on the Sega Mega Drive back in June 1991, helping establish the 16-bit console as the main rival to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
It spawned a plethora of sequels and spin-offs that have continued to this day, with Sonic Mania set to arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2017.
To mark the anniversary, a series of original pieces are set to be reproduced as signed limited editions, which will be sold across Washington Green’s nationwide network of Castle Fine Art galleries in the UK.
Each piece will come with a certificate of authenticity, hand signed by Naoto Oshima, a founding member and designer of the original game.
The limited edition pieces will be launched across 34 Castle Fine Art galleries across the UK on Friday December 2, 2016.
A combination of sculptures, paints and some mixed media, the collection could well feature familiar favourites like Dr Robotnik, Tails and maybe even Knuckles.
Jason Rice, Sega Europe’s director of brand licensing, explained: “Our goal when it came to Sonic’s 25th Anniversary was to celebrate, but also mark the occasion with a series of initiatives which take a unique view on what is one of the world’s most iconic video game characters.
“The result is a collection of truly stunning and innovative works from some of the finest painters and sculptors around today.”
Retro console gaming fans, you have been duly warned.