Crayola Changeable Crayons: What's Inside the Box

Crayola came out with a series of crayons called Changeables which consisted of  6 crayons that could change color with a color change crayon.  Crayola later made OverWriters and Color Switcher markers in the 2000's which did a similar thing with markers.  The markers used different ph's to change the color. The crayons probably change in similar ways.  The patent is not listed on the back.  I will have to find it.

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US Box
Canadian Box
Color Information 
Boxes: Crayola
What's inside the box: 
US Box: 2 color changers, red to blue, pink to yellow, orange to black, yellow to green, green to violet, blue to magenta
Canadian Box: 2 colour changers, red to blue, pink to yellow, orange to black, yellow to green, green to violet, blue to magenta
Purchase Information: from fellow collector
Where to buy: eBay
1994 US Box Changeables Crayons

1994 Canadian Box Changeables Crayons

It is interesting to note the wrapper for the color changer crayons are different. The US versions has a metallic wrapper and the Canadian version has a normal wrapper. The wrappers on the US version are colored and have stars while the wrappers on the Canadian version are monochrome.

Collecting Information
Both of these boxes are highly collectible. The Canadian box is different. There are not code or style numbers on the box.  I inferred the style number from the bottom of the box.  Usually during this time the code number was put on a flap, but I didn't see it.  These crayons have been used and the colors from the crayons have seeped through the wrappers. The font is also different sizes on some of the crayons.  I think they are all from the same box, but who knows? This is the Canadian version of the box.  There is a US version.
Boxes: 8 Changeable Colour Change Crayons, Canandian Version
Other boxes: These are the only known ones I know
Year: 1994, 1994
Purchase Information: eBay
Where to buy: eBay
Style Numbers: 52-3288
Code Numbers: 52-3288-? (Canadian), 52-3288-0-200
UPC Numbers: 063652328809 (Canadian), 071662032883

1994 Canadian Box Changeables Crayons

I think the tab signifies when this box was made, 8/12/1995
      1994 US Box Changeables Crayons

1 comment:

  1. I was trying to find out if they still made these. I had them when I was little. According to the google patent search, it's probably US5460647A. The patent mentions leuco dye which is a thermochroic dye. The patent mentions the idea of the dye changing color when the acid in the second is applied. Sadly I haven't been able to find anyone making a similar product.