Aussie Finds SEGA World Statues Wasting Away In Junkyard

Image: Youtube (Since Spacies)

SEGA World hasn't been kicking for almost two decades now, but that doesn't mean fans won't go to extreme lengths to preserve what was left.

Brian Costelloe is a long-running SEGA fan and former Hyper contributor, and he's been running the Since Spacies YouTube channel for almost two years.

He recently caught wind of an abandoned Sonic and Sally statue, which were previously part of the spectacle that was SEGA World in Sydney's Darling Harbour. The park was cracking fun, and a great part of local gaming history, but it was too expensive. After opening in 1997, the park shut down in November 2000 and the owners sold off the assets in short order thereafter.

Costelloe got a tip recently that a Western Sydney junkyard was housing some SEGA relics, and so he hopped in a car to check them out. Documenting the process on Youtube, Costelloe eventually discovered Sonic sans arm, and a pretty beaten up Sally lying in the field.

Costelloe tried to acquire the statues, but the owner had "no intention" of selling the statues. The YouTuber noted that there was something awry about the statue, later revealing that the Sonic and Sally statues were smaller-scale models (likely displayed indoors). That leaves the possibility open that the original Sonic and Sally statues displayed outside of SEGA World are still kicking around somewhere.

Kotaku Australia reached out to Costelloe to ask about his efforts, but did not hear back by publication. As for the former games writer, former SEGA employee and life-long fan, he still has a small sliver of hope that the owner of the dilapidated Sonic and Sally could be saved. He left his business card with the owners, and hopes that the owners will consider parting ways with the relics.

"At this point in time, it is in limbo," he said on the YouTube video. "At the moment, it's just exposed to the weather, and it's just going to deteriorate even further, which is a damn shame."


    Sega World will always make me sad. When I was 10 my dad was working in Sydney for a few months (we lived in Melbourne) and my mum took my sister and I up to visit him for a week and the first thing I wanted to do was go to Sega World, only to find a sign on the door apologising to fans and employees about the business being closed a week earlier :'(

    Nice to see at least some of it has survived, for the moment anyway.

    That actually sucks that it's just being held by someone who isn't interesting in keeping it protected.

    Hopefully this get some traction and the people change their mind, as it's a pretty cool piece of history that could easily be put in a Video Game Museum of some sort.

    I remember going on a family trip to Sydney when I was a kid, looking forward to checking out Sega World... only to find out when arriving at Darling Harbour that it had actually closed down. Epic disappointment.

    Same as sabrescene I just missed out on getting to visit Sega world before it closed when i was a kid (went for a family holiday to Sydney and Sega World had closed only a few weeks back was one of the things i was looking forward to get to see). Hope they do find the originals.

    i was just telling someone about this place last week, i miss that roller coaster......... why can't we have nice things

    never went to sega world when if was around and regret it now.
    Infact i miss the whole arcade scene from the 90's when there were 3 on George st, Timezone, Galaxy world and Playtime...glorious days when arcade were full of actually games not not just prize machines.

    Costelloe tried to acquire the statues, but the owner had "no intention" of selling the statues."No, I don't want to sell it. I still need a few more years of ignoring it and leaving it outside in the elements until it's no longer recognisable for what it once was."

    Kotaku Australia reached out to Costelloe to ask about his efforts, but did not hear back by publication.I've never understood statements like this. This isn't topical news that has to be reported on the next 24 hours before it becomes irrelevant.
    No one knew about these statues for almost 20 years. What's the pressing deadline now that requires this story to be published before the parties involved have had time to reply? Genuine question.

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