A new promotion for the release of the new set, March of the Machine, has surfaced over the internet over the last couple of days. The discovery was published on Reddit, where user u/jkinpar noticed a different type of Token while opening up March of the Machine products they picked up in Japan.
The token in question has an Anime-style artwork, and the artist credits on the bottom of the card state it was drawn by Daisuke Izuka, who's known for their work in the Fire Emblem series.
But this isn't the only token created in this style. The Redditor also shared a link regarding the promotion and these tokens, and after rudimentary translation of the text in the link, users were able to identify this was indeed a promotion made exclusively for Japan. A "special pack" was given to players who chose to buy "8 packs of the March of the Machine Corps Set Booster" in participating stores, and that special pack could contain one of the six special anime-style tokens available.
Here are the six tokens:
The last one is even more intriguing, as it seems to be the token created by Ghalta and Mavren which was apparently missing Trample at the time of release.
So far, the artists involved in these tokens are: Rorubei, Daisuke Izuka, Iack, akio, NAOCHIKA MORISHITA and Ishikawa Kenta.
The numbers on the bottom also indicate a /012 limit, so there may be six other variants available somewhere.
To find these tokens outside of Japan, players and collectors should look for online alternatives, such as E-Bay. The first initial reports of price for these range wildly from $15 to $170, with average prices ranging around $40. As the available copies of these tokens are still very rare and very unknown, prices should fluctuate until the promotion is over.
This isn't the first time such a style was released in Japan and bubbled over the internet: Anime-Styles of Giada, Font of Hope and Elspeth, Resplendent were found online earlier this year, in March, and were supposed to be released in April, so this may be only the first few Anime-style promotions we may see coming soon for Magic: The Gathering.