I recently came into a bit of a windfall when I sold an Ebay score for 20 times what I paid. I spent an entire day trying to decide exactly what from my long and storied Ebay watch list I would finally move on, and in the end I decided to bolster my already impressive Chrono Trigger collection.
The six characters represented in this keychain set are Crono, Marle, Lucca, Robo, Ayla and Frog- all the playable characters (minus Magus) from Chrono Trigger.
There is not much info about these on the internet (not in English, anyway) but the Chrono Compendium states that these were allegedly dispensed by arcade machines in 1995.
These six Chrono Trigger keychains were produced by Japanese company Bandai under license from Square. The six keychains are incredibly accurate to Akira Toriyama’s original character designs and are meticulously detailed, which is surprising, considering they are only 2″ – 2.5″ in height.
Chrono Trigger, unlike most Square-Enix franchises, has a distinct lack of officially licensed merchandise available. In fact, other than these keychains, the Formation Arts statues, and a handful of guides and soundtracks, not much else is out there for the rabid Chrono fan such as myself. This, in turn, keeps the price on most Chrono Trigger stuff up pretty high. For instance, this complete set of keychains routinely sell for upwards of $90 without the paper fold-outs that originally accompanied each keychain.