ModNation Racers: Mystery Mods Revealed!

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I’d like to kick off this post with a brand new trailer. We’ve been talking a lot about the Mods you can get by pre-ordering ModNation Racers for PS3, but we’ve never seen them in action. So what do Ratchet, Clank, Kratos, and Nathan Drake look like when they finally take the wheel ModNation-style? Click on our latest trailer to find out!


ModNation Rackers gets Sackboy!

Sackboy officially joins the ModNation Racers crew with a sweet Cardboard roadster!

Please welcome the latest addition to the ModNation Racer family….SACKBOY! Congrats to everyone who guessed correctly.

ModNation Racers (Sackboy) ModNation Racers (Sackboy)

It’s only fitting that hero that started the Play, Create, Share movement joins the cast of ModNation. Now the question is, how do you get him?

Well, that part’s easy!

On May 25th, look out for specially stickered copies of ModNation Racers for PS3!

ModNation Racers with Sackboy bonus Mod ModNation Racers with Sackboy bonus Mod

Inside those copies you will get a PSN voucher good for the Sackboy Mod and his sweet Cardboard kart. Early pre-ordered copies will come with a packed-in Sackboy voucher. This offer is valid only while supplies last, so you’ve gotta be quick!


If you pre-order or have pre-ordered from a participating retailer (Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, and GameCrazy) you not only get one of your favorite characters but you will get one of the four BONUS Mod and Kart packs below!

Each pack comes with an original Mod and Kart Body, PLUS you get special accessories that you can use in your own creations!

Which one will you get? Who knows? It’s the luck of the draw. Find out when you redeem your pre-order voucher code.

Till then, anyone got a favorite?

ModNation Racers: Mouse Trap ModNation Racers for PS3 (Mouse Trap)

Mouse Trap
Ready to catch his next meal, this clever cat speeds around a big wedge of cheese to lure in his next meal.

Mod Accessories: Feline Ears, Cat Eyes, and Claws
Kart Accessories: Cheese Wheel and Cat Toy Ornaments

ModNation Racers: Lil Tinker ModNation Racers (Lil Tinker)

Lil Tinker
Some kids were just born to race. Sporting a homemade Soap Box Racer and X-Ray Specs, this little rascal is ready to go.

Mod Accessories: X-Ray Glasses and Pot Helmet
Kart Accessories: Nail ornament and Trash Steering Wheel

ModNation Racers: Cowboy ModNation Racers (Cowboy)

MOO-ve over! There’s a new sheriff in town. If you don’t get out of his way, his truck will mow you into hamburger!

Mod Accessories: Cowboy Hat, Straw, and Chaps
Kart Accessories: Saddle Seat and Rope Steering Wheel

ModNation Racers: Woody ModNation Racers for PS3 (Woody)

You don’t have to watch Caddyshack to know you don’t mess with this gopher and his souped up Golf Kart. Whether on the fairway or on the race track, this guy likes to “drive”!

Mod Accessories: Golf Hat, Gopher Nose, Argyle Sweater Vest
Kart Accessories: Golf Kart Seat

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  • I got 3 of 6 right
    Still cool

  • Thrilled for this game! And glad to see Sackboy out and about outside of his Pod.

  • Was that a cardboard Delorean?

  • OF COURSE its Sackboy, DUH!!!
    lol i stil cant wait for this game even if I wish it had been jerry from Tom and Jerry and not Mouse Trap

  • Well, that’s gone and done it. I’m a sucker for all things Sackboy. I’ll take not one, but two copies. Any chance that the pre-order racers will go up as DLC at some point? I love Ratchet and Clank but I’ve gotta haves me some Nathan Drake…

  • Hope for Cole from InFAMOUS :) These will do by the time :)

  • Yeah I guessed right. I need to come up with the money to pre order this.

  • I don’t get it; so if I preorder now, will I still get Sackboy for sure, or do I still have to be lucky?

    I didn’t get a chance to preorder yet, but I was planning to soon.

    • You will get Sackboy for sure as well as one of the Mystery Mods. But WHICH mystery mod you get is all luck! (Think of it like a Cracker Jack prize.)

  • Sackboy FTW!!!!!!!!!!

  • hmm, I made my preorder at Amazon, but I want Kratos.
    Why advertising the characters if you are NOT going to get them unless you purchase at X or Y store.
    I hope there is a way (besides purchasing them as DLC) of unlocking the characters.

    • Each store has a specific character so it’s up to the consumer to choose. It would be great to release these as DLC after we launch but that isn’t confirmed yet.

  • Have these all been made by the in-game tools? Also does EU get a Bonus Kart for Pre-Order?

    • These weren’t made with in-game tools. These were specially designed in collaboration with Santa Monica Studio, Naughty Dog, Insomniac and Media Molecule so they are the “Official” versions.

      Can’t answer for Europe but if you ask on the European blog, they might be able to answer.

  • So…

    Amazon – Ratchet and Clank + 1 mystery kit
    Best Buy – Nathan Drake + 1 mystery kit
    Gamestop – Kratos + 1 mystery kit
    Everywhere else – Sackboy


    • Almost!

      Amazon – Ratchet and Clank + Sackboy + 1 mystery kit
      Best Buy – Nathan Drake + Sackboy + 1 mystery kit
      Gamestop – Kratos + Sackboy + 1 mystery kit

  • I must say they are promoting this game to the fullest..and with all these pre-order stuff its just making players very anxious to play it. as for ok with the kratos Mod..sackboy seems cool too.i just cant seem to get why they wouldnt want to add diffrent modes like batttle or last kart standing ..something to make the game alot more interesting.yeah i know the play,create,share thing is AWESOME but with diffrent modes it wouldve bin PERFECT! ..well thats my 2cents..hopefully it canbe added as a DLC :p

  • Cant wait to use Sackboy yay fer Sackboy :0)

  • Will “specially stickered copies” be available at Canadian retailers?

  • The wording is unclear. Is the Sackboy Mod for those who DIDN’T pre-order, or do you get Sackboy in addition to the pre-order bonuses?

    If Sackboy is for non-pre-orders…. W. T. F.?

    • Sorry if it wasn’t clear.

      If you find stickered copy then you get a voucher for Sackboy inside.

      If you pre-order you automatically get a stickered copy with a voucher.


  • Mousetrap! So cute!

  • Is the PSP version going to get Sackboy? What about the other preorder bonuses? What if I decide to pick the game up via PSN?

    • Right now there isn’t any Sackboy or special characters for PSP and it doesn’t currently doesn’t have any pre-order incentives.

      The Demo will be coming soon and once you play it, that will be all you need. :)

  • Sackboy’s car blows the cardboard box one from the beta out of the water. Plus I really like how your stacking up all these pre-orders; First with Kratos and Co., then with the bonus mystery characters, and now Sackboy (who was an absolute shoe-in)! I really can’t wait.

    @decimalator It sounds like Sackboy’s voucher code is given to pre-orderers regardless, while any left over codes are dealt out in speccialy marked boxes in limited supply after the game has released.

    • Thanks for helping to clarify.

      Yeah, we really believe in ModNation and are happy to give folks more reason to join in on the fun Day One.


  • I still think these preorder bonus things are horrible its fine to offer something as a bonus but it should be the same for all stores, its wrong to lock out the fans of the game from having the complete game just to give a store a reason to yell exclusive……but don’t get me wrong i’m still going to be there day one i just wish i could have nathan drake and kratos to go along with ratchet and clank

    • Thanks for the support!

      I understand how you feel. It’s hard to choose. Retailers sometimes require having programs that are different from others retailers, thus you get different offers.

  • sackboy…SACKBOY!!! and i thought i loved you guys when i found out about the preorder characters….my love for you just grew even more

  • This is awesome! Sackboy is officially joining Modnation Racers! I’ll definitely enjoy racing as him along with Ratchet and Clank.
    As for the Mystery Mod and Kart packs, the Woody and Cowboy ones are my favorites. Hopefully I get one of those two packs when I get my copy from Amazon.

    • Good luck!

      If you dig Woody and his Kart, you can actually win a real life version of it! Go to our PlayStation YouTube Channel and you’ll see what I mean.

  • All of these updates are making me want it more and more! Sackboy looks awesome, can’t wait!

  • You guys are doing a fantastic job hyping this game up. I love SCEA’s approach to their community. It’s, in my opinion, miles ahead of Microsoft’s. May 25th seriously cannot get here fast enough!

  • I actually have a question about these mods. Will they be also on the PSP version or they will be PS3 exclusive ? I’m asking because I want to buy in on the PSP since I have no PS3

    • PS3 Exclusive for now, but believe me the PSP version will make you very happy. It’s probably one of the most fully featured PSP game I’ve seen since LBP PSP.

  • @3 That’s what I thought the first time I saw it. lol

  • Hey Chuck, I have 2 questions for you:

    1. Do you know the Pre-Order DLC that’s being given when you pre-order from (Seems they are running a Pre-Order special of $39.99 with $2.28 shipping!)

    2. Will we (of the PSN) be getting the option to purchase these various racers along with their karts from the PSN Store for a small price or even free?

    This game looks awesome and I’m so glad a sweet kart racing game is being released. I was hitting up MarioKart the other day and have counting down the days until MNR can blow Mario out of the water.


    ~ The Shattered Raven ~

    • I’m counting down the days too my friend.

      1) I’m not aware of any official program with GoHastings. Sorry.

      2) Don’t know yet. :(

  • This is great news! Love the fact that the Sackboy and mystery pack are just tacked on automatically since I pre-ordered this a while back from Would have liked to get Kratos and Nathan Drake too, so hopefully they go up as DLC. This and God of War are the two games I have been waiting a while for, so this has been a great few months once it arrives.

  • Can we re-mix Mods like, Kratos, Sackboy, Nation Drake etc, or not?

    • You can remix all player-created Mods and original MNR Mods but I don’t think official licensed characters are remixable.

      Some things are perfect the way they are. :)

  • on it shows ghost images of the bonus character mods. I wonder if those are the actual bonus characters that come included or if the ? is hint that it just might not be that character.

    P.S. Ratchet + Clank + Sackboy + bonus character = more for your money.

    • I like that equation.

      The ghosted images don’t determine what you get. You have a chance of one of all 4 Mod and Kart packs.

      It’s all luck at this point.

  • I want Mouse Trap!

    So let me get this straight, no matter who I pre-order from I could get any one of those mystery carts?

  • cannot wait for this, day one.

  • is going to have the preorder bonus and Sackboy?

  • Chuck~

    Once the game comes out, I’d like to take you on, Kart-Style. Add me if you remember and we’ll see your skills.


    • Ha! Even after logging hours on this game, once I play actual people it’s amazing how much I still get smoked.

      But you don’t have to be fast to fire weapons at the right time!

  • I was going to preorder regardless of bonuses, but since you threw Sackboy into the mix, I’m definitely preordering today!

    To be clear, if I preorder now I’m pretty much guaranteed a Sackboy code, right? I don’t trust those best buy folks.

    • From what I understand, you should be good to go. :)

      Just make sure when you walk out, it has a sticker on it.

  • More on Question 28…. So we can’t add a hat to Sackboy, or put sun glasses on him, or given make him into a her? ;)

    • I haven’t actually tried, but I don’t think so. In MNR he’s 100% Pure SackBoy. You will have to mess with different outfits in LBP. :)

  • Love them!!!

    I’m so getting this game day one!!!

  • @Chuck Lacson

    Yes, much more clear thanks! That’s great news, my son is going to die when he hears he gets to race as Sackboy.

  • I can’t wait for this game. I will be making ALL of the NASCAR tracks for people to play on this game. Or at least I’ll try to. Day 1 purchase.

  • I pre-ordered off of, so it seems from your replies that as long as you pre-order anywhere you get the sackboy DLC. Can you please confirm that? If so, that’s awesome =]

    • Sorry, I can’t confirm that. Only participating retailers with official pre-order programs like GameSpot, Amazon, Best Buy, and GameCrazy. I’m not aware of GoHastings I’m afraid.

      If a online retailer page doesn’t say anything about the pre-order incentive, then they probably aren’t participating.


  • [bawwwing] Ugh i want Ratchet and Clank, but i don’t wanna pay the shipping on Amazon. and i dont want to go the Free Shipping way, cause then i wont get it day one.

    And i want the Uncharted one too, but theres no Best Buy near my house. >..> You guys NEED to put these on the store. Otherwise i’ll be doing what i did for the God of War 3 demo and paying money on eBay for something that shouldn’t be free and not hard to get in the first place. [/bawwwing]

    So anyway, now that im done complaining… >.> Modnation Racers looks ridiculously awesome. :D I’ll be grabbing 3D Dot Game Heroes, ModNation Racers PS3, and ModNation Racers PSP all in one month. Or at least i hope i will… Money sucks. :(

  • SHOULD* be free******

  • since i ordered it off of amazon will i still get sacboy

  • Oh, no Old Snake? I would’ve liked to seen one! Still, free sackboy! Woop Woop! Just a couple more weeks ’til it’s it out! Yay!

  • i’m preordering at, 4 Mods in total, lol

  • I wouldn’t worry about it too much, I’m sure once the silly exclusiveness with the stores runs out, they’ll be happy to sell the pack for 1.99 a piece or all for 4.99 like they always do. Remember Kratos and Nariko? You can buy those exclusives now.

    Thank you for all the effort into making games that allow the community to get involved. It really brings community gaming to life and is a new social medium to be embraced. Thank you Sony for helping pioneer this by supporting wonderful developers.

  • it seems nobody on the EU blog is going to tell us where to pre-order to get the different pre-order bonuses, could you send someone over to SCEE to kick some ***? its over 30 days since they announced it and say to stay tuned, and not theres under a month till its released, please?

  • sorry for the last 2 typos i’m tired and annoyed

  • You guys are just playing dirty. We are going out tonight to preorder!

    I was hoping that was a little rascal inspired kart! If I don’t get him, I will make my own. Here comes Alfalfa!

  • Very cool stuff, hope we can get them all on psn later on.

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