Sonic Makes a Comeback in London: Sega Unveils Restored Statue after Two Decades
Two decades after his grand unveiling in London, Sonic the Hedgehog is back. Sega announced Tuesday the restoration of the life-size Sonic statue, which will be unveiled on Thursday at a fan festival in London’s Hyde Park.
In July 1998, Sega celebrated the launch of Sonic Adventure with the installation of the life-size Sonic statue in the heart of London. But after several years of wind, rain, and grime, the statue had deteriorated to the point of no return.
Sega has now completely restored the beloved icon to its former glory. In partnership with an event management company, the company was able to track down the original designer, Yuji Uekawa, who created the three-dimensional model used to cast the original statue in 1998. With that help, Sega was able to accurately recreate the design and faithfully restore the statue.
The Sonic statue will be unveiled to the public at the fan festival on Thursday with an official celebration ceremony. During the event, fans of all ages will be able to see the beloved video game character and get their picture taken with him. Musical acts, other games, and plenty of Sonic merchandise will be available for fans to enjoy.
Sega says they plan to move the Sonic statue to another permanent location in London soon. As Sonic celebrates his 19th year since first appearing in Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, this restoration of an icon in gaming history acts as a reminder of how gaming has changed over the years.