August 26, 2012

Artefacts: Diaclone 2nd Prize Rail ID wallet and cards

Sticking with the Diaclone theme, I thought I'd share this interesting piece.

Cards?

Throughout Takara's illustrious reign over the Japanese toy market, the company has offered many prizes to the public in many forms of campaign. A tradition that is alive and well in the market today.

The days of Microchange and Diaclone were no different. For the Diaclone line, one must send in cards contained in one of the flaps from the Car Robots packaging for a chance to win. 

Premium prizes included a gold Porsche 935 Turbo, a gold Datsun Fairlady 280ZX and a silver Datsun Fairlady 280ZX.

There was also a campaign prize gold Browning M1910 available for the Microchange line.

The runner-up prizes include the above cards and train pass wallet, sporting artwork/photography of 15 Diaclone Real & Robo toys while the rear showed each respective schematic.

Front of cards
Rear of cards

The wallet, made of plastic, has several pockets for various cards and a photo ID slot in the back. 

Front/rear of wallet

It is unknown exactly how many of these sets were offered, but is believed to have been the runner-up prize to the gold Porsche 935 Turbo, while the Silver Fairlyady 280ZX is thought to have been the runner-up prize to the gold version in a different campaign.

These are definitely some of the more interesting items that I have seen over the years, and the wallet is a beautiful touch. I placed the cards in plastic cases, while the wallet is sealed in its original baggie.

If you look closely you'll notice that many of the cards depict the original prototypes of several Diaclone toys.

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