Last month I spoke here in Skooter Blog on the Master Club da Tec Toy, of which I became a partner in 1991, After gaining a Master System II. In that article I also mentioned that in 1994, Master Club and Mega Club were unified and the Sega Club, covering all the consoles of the Tec Toy, which at the time were Master System, Game Gear, Mega Drive and accessories (Sega CD, 32X).
In 1995 the Tec Toy did a re-registration for the launch of the new Sega Club. With the re-, the Tec Toy sent so a new card, This time, plastic, with name, code and expiration date in auto-relevo, as bank cards. The card also had a holographic seal in front, In addition to the magnetic stripe and signature space on the back.
In the article on the Master Club I also mentioned that my Sega Club card was missing, but I was sure he was kept somewhere. Days ago I was at my parents ' House and I decided to look for the Sega Club card among my things are still out there. I ended up finding. Check out:
I can't say how long lasted the Sega Club. The last newsletter I found is 1995, but it is possible that there are others that are stored elsewhere. The validity of my card was October 1996. I didn't get another. I think the last newsletter should have left at the end of 1996 or early 1997, shortly before the Tec Toy bankruptcy. The Sega Club should have finished by that time, unfortunately, Although the Dreamcast has been released after.
The Tec Toy recovered, but was never the same. There's no more toys really as different as Think Well, There's no more-of-the-art consoles as were the Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn and Dreamcast. Made an attempt of new console with the Zeebo, but not. But still retains the focus on electronic toys, where it all began: Today sells tablets geared for kids, at Master System that only emulates the original hardware, a portable Mega Drive which is also just an emulator, Dvd Players laptops also aimed at children, baby monitors, and other.
With Sega itself having abandoned the console market, the chances of a new Sega Club are virtually nil. But my card will remain saved as a memento of that time not coming back. 🙂
In the next articles in the series will continue publishing letters from Tec Toy, Tec Toy tips and the Master jornaizinhos Club and the Sega Club.