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Review: Nanoleaf Sonic the Hedgehog Shapes Limited Edition Starter Kit


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Here is our review of the Nanoleaf Sonic the Hedgehog Shapes Limited Edition Starter Kit.

The world’s favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Bring your movie hero in your living room with the Sonic Limited Edition Starter Kit.

With the Limited Edition, create your favourite character from the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie. And if at one moment you change your mind, just change the shape and go with another hero!

Sonic is full of surprises and the Nanoleaf Shapes too with over 16 million colours! Change the mood and colours of your Limited Edition to a Sonic blue, a Tails yellow or a Knuckles red. Also find the new Sonic the Hedgehog 2 playlist in the app or download the guide for the perfect Sonic, Tails or Knuckles design.

You want to refresh your mind on the first Sonic movie before going to the cinema to see Sonic the Hedgehog 2? Connect your PC to the TV screen, syncup your Nanoleaf Shapes installation over the Nanoleaf Desktop App and press play.

Your Nanoleaf Shapes panels react as quickly to music in real time as Sonic speeds up to save the world from Knuckles and evil Robotnik. Put on the perfect playlist to keep pumped up like Sonic and see how the colours change at Sonic speed.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains 32 light panels, a power supply, linkers, a controller and mounting stickers along with simple instructions.

A Closer Look

Setting It Up

Once you have decided on your overall shape, in this case Sonic himself, you put the panels other using the linkers and place the mounting stickers on the back so that the panels fit to the wall. The image below shows what it looks like on the back when connected, although you would place each panel piece on the wall individually.

You then use the Nanoleaf app to add the creation and control everything from there.

And then your creation is complete!

Final Thoughts

Being a fan of the Sonic the Hedgehog movies, and having a trusty almost 6 year old assistant who loves Sonic, this was going to be a fun review.

Each of the limited edition boxes comes with everything you need to either make Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. There are 32 panels which are all used no matter who you pick.

Everything in the box is very neatly laid out and is protected so that the panels aren’t damaged in transit.

We took all the panels out and neatly laid them out ready to put them together. The decision was made to have Sonic (was there ever really another choice)?

This is where things weren’t as easy as we had hoped. There are no instructions in the box for making either Sonic, Tails or Knuckles. There is a very basic and generic getting started guide which wasn’t any real use in this instance (would have been fine if we were making our own patterns though). So we checked the app thinking there might be something there to follow – nope! In the end we managed to find a simple guide online (one page per character) that showed the back of the finished character and displayed the hash codes for the colours. Given its a limited edition set it wouldn’t have been difficult to have included those instructions in the box.

Following those instructions was simple and we put it all together before fixing it to the wall. We then took it all apart again to fit on the wall properly.

Whilst Nanoloaf say you can take the panels down and rearrange them easily, that is true, however you will need another complete set of mounting stickers (in this case 32 of them) which you would have to buy in order to put them up again, so it’s not very likely that you will be doing that very often. In fact, once the panels were secured to the wall, we decided to leave them there! They are big as well, Sonic is 60cm x 62cm, plus the power cable attached.

The other thing that would have been nice to include in the box would be some clips for the power cable. Without clips it just hangs there, it’s easy to sort but it would have been nice.

Everything is controlled via the Nanoleaf app, although there is a simple control panel that you can use, however depending on where you put the finished character it might not be reachable.

Once your creation is attached to the wall and you have added it to the app you can sit back and enjoy it. You can have it set on a static image (like Sonic), or you can choose from different options in the app, including either creating your own or downloading ones that either Nanoleaf or other owners have created. These including touch games which can be quite fun to play.

All in all the Nanoleaf Sonic the Hedgehog Shapes Limited Edition Starter Kit is a really great piece of kit. It’s fun to build and play with, especially if you are a fan of Sonic, and don’t let the couple of little niggles I mention in the review put you off, its going to give hours and hours of fun to come.

The Nanoleaf Sonic the Hedgehog Shapes Limited Edition Starter Kit is available now priced at £299.99.

You can learn more from the Nanoleaf website here.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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