Japan fucking LOVES vending machines, so it’s not much of a surprise to find that UFO Catchers are a big deal there too and have been for god knows how long. UFO Catchers are what we would call ‘the crane machines’ of ‘The Klaaaaaw’ and Japan doesn’t just put cuddly toys and shit watches in them, they put all kinds of stuff, in fact a lot of the plastic models sold in conventions were made as prizes for arcades and mostly as prizes in UFO Catchers in arcades.
Sega manufacture UFO Catchers, in fact making UFO Catchers and prizes for them is a major part of their business in Japan, for years they had the lucrative Disney licence for this for instance (do they still have it?). The point of this is that they’ve made A LOT of Sonic the Hedgehog plush for crane machines over the years.
But this is just to understand the very first sets, the ‘& Friends’ sets. All plush from these set have the same tag with this artwork on it:
Innit cool that someone has found, cleaned up and made such a small thing as tag artwork available? And people shit on the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom.