I wrote my description of the JVC V-Saturn before I wrote this, so let me say it again: this is the reason why every game collector needs to go to Japan on a regular basis. This is the rarest of all Saturns – only 20,000 produced – and I bought it new in Japan for around $40. I don’t even know what this is worth now – for all I know, not much more than $40, but I don’t even care. It’s one of the highlights of my collection, as far as I’m concerned.
This version of the Saturn is commonly called the “skeleton” Saturn in the US, but that’s not its actual name. It is, in fact, the “Derby Stallion Limited Edition Saturn”, as it says right here in the upper right corner of the box:
(The top says “Derby Stallion Sega Saturn”, the big blue text says “LIMITED EDITION”. The fine print down below says “game sold separately.”)
In fact, there’s really absolutely nothing about this system that has anything to do with Derby Stallion, so it really all seems kind of pointless. It’s just an advertisement for the game, but it doesn’t actually come with it, nor does the system itself bear any Derby Stallion markings. In fact, according to the bottom right corner of the box…
…you just get a set of cruddy stickers. That’s it! All that trouble of producing a special limited edition system for a couple sheets of stickers!
And if you’re wondering, here they are, poking out from inside the bag containing the manual and various other paper products (I have never opened this bag, nor will I):
Now, there were actually two different “skeleton” Saturn models. I don’t know much about the other one as I don’t own one; only what I’ve read in the Saturn FAQ. This is the second one, which also makes it the last Saturn model ever produced.
If you read the FAQ about this, they describe the system as “blue”, the controller as “grey”. This is not correct at all – the system is grey, the controller is purple. The system is a lighter color grey than the earlier skeleton model, but it is plainly grey.
Anyway, the Derby Stallion model even came with its own crazy warranty:
I know you probably can’t read that, but what it says is that the system is warranteed through the store. Have a problem, you gotta bring it back to that store (stamped on the bottom) and they’ll try to fix it. If they can’t fix it, only then will they send it in to Sega. What if you move in that 12 months? You’re screwed. Now that’s just nutty. I’m told this is unusual even for Japan.