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Michael Kennard: a Collector of Corinthian Football Figures and Friend of the Stars Michael Kennard has met David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Roy. Rare Corinthian Price / Value Guide · Corinthian Prostars PLATINUM HENRY ARSENAL SERIES 33 BLISTER VERY RARE · Corinthian Prostars CRUYFF BALLON D'OR BLISTER PRO. But the big question remains: what are the best figurines of all time? “Football crazy, chocolate mad; grab a Powerpod and play football with. corinthian football figures value

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Headliners, ProStars & MicroStars

Corinthian's initial product name was "Headliners". The first ever offering was a set of 16 figurines in England national kit released in October Following on from the success of the England national Headliners, Corinthian new range was simply called "Collection" these figures hit the shops in January consisting of players from both the English Premiership (PL collector number) and the Scottish Premier League (SP collector number).

 

Originally aimed at children and voted "Best New Toy " by the British Association of Toy Retailers they soon appealed to the mature collector who saw them as highly desirable. Corinthian continued to release figures in this range up until the end of the season. Unfortunately, due to copyright laws, Corinthian were forced to change the “Headliners” brand name to the now commonly known ProStars.

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DICKS : RIEPER : DUMITRESCU : BISHOP

Page from the catalogue which clearly shows five West Ham United players that were not released that season and were withdrawn from production, presumably because all the players in question had moved to other clubs.

Figurines and Cards not Released:

Martin Allen

Marco Boogers

Don Hutchison

Alvin Martin

John Moncur

Robbie Slater

The Robbie Slater card has turned up on Ebay, so others may have escaped the production line?

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Ludek Miklosko

Julian Dicks

Iain Dowie

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Originally called International Prostars the Corinthian figures were initially seen as a toy product it was clear by that they needed to change the strategy for the brand or stop making it. The UK retail trade were increasingly reluctant to stock the brand as the initial huge volumes came down to a more normal level of sales. Corinthian released most of the players from most of the clubs and all of the players from the biggest clubs. They had no more new players to make. They decided to "rest" the product for 6 months in and come back with a new range, new name and new direction for the product in At the end of football season the Headliners products from the high street and toy shops and focus distribution on specialist retailers who understood the product and were prepared to devote time and space to it rather than demand just the star players. By the ProStars brand was introduced with Series 1. This dramatic change of direction for the brand marked the transition point of the original product from toy to collectible. The range benefited from being made up of genuinely top class international players from most of the biggest teams in the world football. The blister pack series took a little time to move off the shelves as relatively few collectors knew about the range until the advertising started. Once collectors realized they were out there demand went up noticeably. Some

 

Since the ProStars range has gone on to produce more than 40 series. In addition to the regular series, special releases including "England Winners" 12 Player Packs (signed by Sir Geoff Hurst) and Limited Edition ProStars "Elite" double packs of some of the world’s greatest ever players, including Geoff Hurst in England strip.

As before the figures were each assigned a collector number, this time the codes all started with 'PRO' and the last figure Corinthian released in the Prostars range was PRO but only figures have actually been released, the other 75 are all unreleased figures!

ENGLAND TEAM (June )

MILLENNIUM Limited Edition XL's (August )

ProStars XL was first introduced in under the Headliners XL brand name. In fact ProStars XL was the first product designed specifically with the collector in mind. The original range was never the success Corinthian thought it was going to be, possibly because the expectation was that the larger figures should look even more like the players than the smaller ProStars originals. That said, a few hundred die-hard collectors had recognised what they were trying to do with the XL format. The lack of success meant retailers no longer wanted to stock the product so it was withdrawn until the Millennium XL Limited Edition. Bobby Moore is now one of the most sought after figures and can command a high price.

SERIES 3 ENGLAND LEGENDS (August )

PROSTARS

With the launch of the ProStars Series in January Corinthian introduced PLATINUM PACKS. These blister packs are packed at the factory in a special Platinum Pack blister card which carries a Certificate of Authenticity that guarantees that each Platinum Pack is produced in quantities that do not exceed pieces making them one of the most limited products in the range.

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PRO Geoff Hurst - Platinum Edition of

CLUB GOLD WINDOW BOX (August )

CLUB GOLD CLUB EDITION

One of the primary reasons for being a Corinthian Collector Club Member is the exclusive access it affords you to the Club Gold Club Edition range. It is a series of gold base figures and remains one of the most limited edition ranges.

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Celebrating Corinthian bigheads and possibly the 20 best figurines ever

Corinthian bigheads, we can all agree, are among the greatest inventions since the wheel. But the big question remains: what are the best figurines of all time? 

&#;Football crazy, chocolate mad; grab a Powerpod and play football with the lads,&#; sang the enthusiastic crowd trying to sell you &#;Powerpodz&#;, a range of miniature football figurines encased in hollow milk chocolate capsules.

But that instruction to &#;play football&#; wasn’t totally sincere.

Rather, Powerpodz creator Corinthian, having invested £2million into that advertising campaign, wanted you to play its new football-themed board game, which required you to assemble a squad of &#;MicroStars&#; football figurines.

These MicroStars, which featured likenesses of a huge number of professional footballers, were a smaller-scale spinoff of &#;Headliners&#; and &#;ProStars&#;, Corinthian’s hugely-successful bighead football statuettes produced between and

Whether you collected them or not, you were never far from a Corinthian figurine around the turn of the millennium.

You’d see them at school, on your friends&#; shelves, and even in more unlikely places: a Villa-supporting friend of mine had Juan Pablo Ángel blue-tacked to the dashboard of his car.

For reasons that might seem hard to comprehend, these figurines were genuinely adored — and not just among the nerdier bracket of football fans. If stickers or medals didn’t do it for you, Corinthian bigheads probably did.

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READ: Remembering Gazza’s inclusion in the Sainsbury’s WC98 Medal Collection

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But while that memorable Powerpodz advert hit the target in a certain sense (we’re all still singing it, despite those Kinder-style chocolate pods being a pretty minor moment in Corinthian history), it also misfired in a big way.

Because although we certainly could play football with the lads — in that meant Gus Poyet, Jaap Stam, and Michael Owen — perhaps the most remarkable feature of Corinthian bigheads was their intrinsic unplayability.

They looked like toys, you could buy them in the toy shop, and their circular plinths had a vague hint of Subbuteo about them, but these were &#;toys&#; in formal terms only.

Corinthian figurines were inanimate artefacts meant for collecting, obsessing over, lining up in strange formations and chronologically impossible teams, swapping, stealing, defacing, vilifying, and sometimes just laughing at. The one thing Corinthian never, ever needed was a game with rules.

As an homage to the glory days of Corinthian figurines, here are 20 of the finest footy bigheads in existence, including a handful of &#;SoccerStarz&#;, the non-Corinthian figurines that continue to be made to this day.

Dennis Wise,

Ah, to be a Chelsea fan in , with John Spencer leading the line, Ruud Gullit doing beautiful things, and Dennis Wise’s hair dripping down his forehead like warm chocolate sauce. Wise was joined on the second England Headliners series by Barry Venison and John Salako, among others.

Rui Costa,

Rui Costa earned his Corinthian &#;European Superstar&#; status after several fine seasons at pre-bankruptcy Fiorentina. Portugal’s always-quite-nice home kit never looked so good.

Paolo Maldini,

was a bittersweet year for year-old Paolo Maldini: retiring from international football after captaining Italy to a controversial World Cup exit would have stung, but being considered a Corinthian “World Star” was a fine antidote.

Darren Fletcher,

Curveball! If Sergio Ramos had been born in Dalkeith, he might look a bit like this eerily up-to-date SoccerStarz figurine. Actually, &#;up to date&#; is misleading &#; Fletcher&#;s head has not been updated for several years; only the kit has changed.

Claudio Caniggia,

In real life, Rangers-era Claudio Caniggia looked a thinning Andriy Voronin. So by depicting him as the handsomest man on Earth, Corinthian did him a bit of a favour. (Sadly, there is no Benjamin Massing figurine.)

Winston Bogarde,

Ah, to be a Chelsea substitute in The pose of this Winston Bogarde figurine accurately suggests a man happy to collect his £40,a-week wages for nothing.

Christian Karembeu,

The Madrid-to-Middlesbrough road would later be taken by Geremi, but Christian Karembeu’s arrival probably brought more excitement to Teesside. This top-heavy figurine of Karembeu in his France pomp is notorious amongst collectors for not being able to stand on its own.

Nwankwo Kanu,

Corinthian made clear its position on those age rumours.

José Bosingwa,

Spot the mistake! I’ve done the research, and José Bosingwa did not slide on his knees after scoring his one and only goal for QPR — the final strike in a League Cup win over Walsall in

Rivaldo,

Rivaldo gets the nod over Ronaldo for personal reasons. In , Corinthian included Ronaldo in its first ProStars series, making the striker available to redeem with coupons and a pound. Maybe I misread the instructions, but my Ronaldo never arrived.

José Luis Chilavert,

One should seize any opportunity to remember the career of Paraguayan hero José Luis Chilavert, the only goalkeeper ever to score a hat-trick.

9. Tony Pulis, always

The non-Corinthian SoccerStarz might lack the handworked charm of the older statuettes, but this Tony Pulis figurine just makes you want to dry a ball with a towel and launch it in the general direction of Mamady Sidibé.

8. Edgar Davids,

A less successful manager than Tony Pulis, former Barnet legend Edgar Davids remains one of the most valuable Corinthian figurines out there. This rare Juventus model with orange glasses was part of a Serie A four-pack containing Paulo Sousa, Paolo Maldini and Juan Sebastián Verón.

7. Taribo West,

If Edgar Davids isn’t your favourite Serie A legend to go astray in the English lower leagues, then Taribo West surely is. The Nigerian won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, and later played for Derby County and Plymouth Argyle.

6. Robbie Fowler,

Corinthian would go on to make technically superior Robbie Fowler figurines — nasal strip and all — but there’s something quite sweet about this deathly jaundiced image of &#;God&#;. A similar skin tone was later given to Paul Scholes.

5. Clarence Seedorf,

In , Corinthian wrapped up the ProStars range for good. Dutch magician Clarence Seedorf, a player well worthy of any footballing honour, was the last regular-series figurine to be released.

4. Four Michael Owens,

Hold on there, mate. Is that four different Michael Owen figurines, making four very slightly different poses? There were five different pictures for Walkers’ Cheese & Owen crisps, but this takes the p**s.

Context: most of these ProStar figurines were packaged in two different ways. While you could buy the individual ones you wanted in presentation-worthy blister packs, these tended to feature the player in his club’s away kit, and were more expensive. To get the home kit, you had to find the player in a mystery “secret sachet” pack, where you could be getting any player in the current series.

Unless you wanted Michael bloody Owen. Not only were there four Michael Owen figurines in this series (which gave you pretty good odds within the range of 19), Corinthian even put &#;Michael Owen inside this pack&#; stickers on the appropriate sachets.

Frankly, if you’re an eight-year-old Liverpool fan and you aren’t content with a mean-looking Oliver Bierhoff for your pocket money, you don’t deserve football.

3. Ronaldinho,

Okay, getting a little weird now. Without the smile, it’s not really Ronaldinho, is it? Still, perhaps this figure being ruined by over-exuberant artistic choices is a good metaphor for the Brazilian’s candle-at-both-ends career.

2. Wayne Rooney,

Nah, c’mon. Is this an image rights thing? All I’m seeing is the corrupt insurance salesman from Twin Peaks. But then again, what’s a novelty football bighead for if not to make you smile?

1. Thierry Henry,

And then there’s this.

Many thanks to Craig Robinson, creator of the excellent SoccerStarz Archive and Corinthian Archive websites, for providing images and suggestions.

By Benedict O&#;Neill


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My Collection - Corinthian Figures

I was given money to buy two players - a striker and a goalkeeper. I simply had to choose Alan Shearer but wasn’t too sure on the goalkeeper - that was until I saw Neville Southall, decision made! After my birthday passed they sat pride of place on the TV in the lounge. And then it started. I had the Corinthian figure bug. I very quickly outgrew the top of the TV and had to move to on top of a chest of drawers and it slowly moved onto every surface I was allowed to use in the house, including a specially made display case!

Even as a child, I worried about the ‘condition’ of my figures. This meant I had to stop ripping open the packaging and actually playing with them - I started to keep them all in pristine condition in their blister packs. Worried I wasn’t enjoying them enough - my dad even attached string around my bedroom so the blisters could be hung and displayed in all their glory.

We used to go on a lot of day trips when I was a child - which was brilliant as it meant we could go in every single shop possible that might stock Corinthian figures. One of my favourite shops to go on was FootLocker of all places, but they always had a great stock of early ProStars to choose from. I remember once going in and spotting a David Beckham Away Series 5 Platinum for sale, asked if they had any more and they found another two in the stock room! That was a very, very good day.

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Guide to Soccer Action Figures &#; Corinthian, SoccerStarz, Kodoto

Recently my girlfriend bought me a pack that at first I thought is a card pack. Although it looked a bit bumpy, I had no idea what was inside until I ripped it off. Well to my surprise inside the pack was a creepy big-headed toy. After taking a closer look I realized that its mini football action figure of Dmitar Berbatov.

Craig Robinson - one of the biggest soccer figures collectors. Photo by casinoextra.fr

Meeeh, Berbatov! What the heck?!

I´ll be honest, my first thought was : &#;Who on earth would buy these creepy-looking toys?&#; But then again, don&#;t people usually tell you : &#;What? You collect trading cards? Is anyone still doing that? What a creep!&#;

So I ditched all the prejudices about these toys. Wait, did I just call them toys? No, these soccer figurines are highly collectable piece, just like any other. Some of them can be worth a lot. People collect them. They are passionate about them.

After looking at, what I first though was a ridiculously misshaped toy, I realized how interesting these are. I started researching about them online for a couple of days, and I found out so many interesting things, that I had to create a guide.

Bellow is what I call &#;The Ultimate guide to soccer action figures&#;. Enjoy!

What are action figures?

An action figure is a miniature of a well known character, celebrity or an athlete. Term action figure has been first used by Hasbro Toy company back in the 60s. Although they seam to be targeted at younger customers &#; kids, the largest portion of the action figures sales comes from adults who collect them. Collectors rarely play with their figurines. They mainly display them proudly. Like any other collectable, the value of a miniature figure is determined by the rarity and condition of a piece. For more information about the history of the figurines, check this article.

Soccer (football) figures

The most popular sport in the world got its first officially licensed mini figure in There are variety of manufacturers, collections and types of soccer figures. I felt that the most suitable classification is by publishers, although some collectors group them by year, national team, etc.

The most popular soccer miniature toys brands are :

  • Corinthian
  • SoccerStarz
  • Kodoto
  • Microstars Preziosi
  • Bomberini Panini

Obviously, there are a couple of more brands that produce them, but I felt that above listed are most popular and interesting.

Corinthian football figures

Corinthian are the  most popular type of tiny plastic figures of well-known soccer players. Company was established in The legend says that like many great start-ups Corinthian figures idea was born in the pub, with lots beer pints.

Although the company&#;s focus was soccer, they also used to produce figurines for other sports such as basketball, baseball and NFL. Corinthian soccer figures appear in different sizes. Depending on the size and a color of a figures base, different models exist :

  • Microstars (up to 3 cm)
  • Prostars (7 cm)
  • Headliners ( 7 cm, green base)
  • Club Gold (7 cm, golden base)
  • Platinum figures (7 cm)
  • Fan Favourites (7 cm)
  • Prostars XL (cm)

MicroStars

Microstars are the tiniest of all Corinthian soccer action figures. Their size is around 3cm in height. They were first introduced in and gained popularity ever since. They are  a unbeatable proof that size does not matter when it comes to collectables. MicroStars mini figures come in 8 different base color. Figures are numbered with &#;MC&#; prefix (example : MC) . Color of a base on which player stands determines  the rarity of a figure, since the figures were launched in different ratios. When you lift the player, on the bottom of the base there are stats for each player which are similar to the Match Attax cards. Since MicroStars were the main product for Corinthians, as they canceled the ProStars.

 

Corinthian MicroStasrs figures

Headliners

In the Corinthians released the &#;Headliners&#; which were a large-headed figures of sport athletes. According to few miniature football figures collectors, headliners were the best product ever released by the Corinthians company. All the headliners figures have green base on which players figurine stands. Headliners are 7 cm in height, the same as later released ProStars.

ProStars

ProStars were launched in Company decided to re-brand the product and change its name from Headliners to ProStars. The reason for re-branding was a lack of profit in Company got back on track with fresh new looking figures, originally called &#;International ProStars&#;. Corinthians shortened the name to just &#;ProStars&#; after a while.

There are over different ProStars soccer figures released. However, there are also a lots of those who haven´t been released ( around 75 figures). All the figures had a number from PRO1-PRO  In Corinthians innovated the ProStars by introducing the Quiz Game. Now, all the figurines could have been used not only as a collectable piece, but also as a board game.

For card collectors, the information that these cards included wide variety of trading cards might be interesting. However some of these cards are quite aught-after and rare even today. was a year when ProStars action figures stopped being produced.

ProStars XL

ProStars Xl figures are bigger the the normal ProStars. Around 60 of this larger figures have been released.

Platinum figures

Platinum version of ProStars is one of the rarest collections when it comes to soccer miniature figures. These figures were produced in extremely limited quantity, with each player having a silver base stand. The fact that they could have be obtained only in competitions organized by the manufacturer made them a valuable collectable piece.

Gold Club

Miniture soccer figures from the Gold club edition have a golden base stand. Their size is the same as ProStars, Platinum, Fans Favorite and Headliners &#; 7cm ( cca 2,75 inch)

Fans Favorite

These Corinthians figures are quite different then any others produced. The heads of players from &#;Fan Favorite&#; collections can be moved, which makes them similar to popular &#;Nodder figures&#; or Bobbleheads.

SoccerStarz

SoccerStarz are currently the most collected soccer miniature figures ever since Corinthians went out of business. The company started to release their &#;SoccerStarz soccer figures&#; in Their collections of players are separated into two parts :

SoccerStarz clubs feature players playing in most popular clubs all over the world. Currently SoccerStarz has an official license for these clubs :

  • majority of Premier League clubs
  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
  • Bayern Munich
  • Borusia Dortmund
  • Benfica
  • Porto
  • AS Monaco
  • PSG
SoccerStarz national teams soccer figurines action figures lot

SoccerStarz national teams include football players from well known national squads. Currently they have these squads which are all officially licensed and fully endorsed :

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Scotland
  • Uruguay

Types of SoccerStarz figures

  • Blind Bags
  • Blister Packs
  • Limited Edition Team Packs
Blind bag, blister pack and limited edition team pack

SoccerStarz Blind Bags

When you buy a blind bag, there is no chance of knowing which player you will get. This is a great way if you like the suspense. However if you collect only specific team or player, you might give other types of SoccerStarz products a try.

SoccerStarz Blister pack

The difference between the blind bag and a blister pack is visibility of a player. Blister packs are made out of transparent plastic, and you can see which player is in it. This kills the &#;wow factor, but can be cost-effective if your focus is single team or football star figure.

Limited Edition team packs

Team packs contain a complete set of figures of a particular club or national squad. They are however made in limited quantity. Obviously, since team packs contain multiple players inside, their price is higher then a single blister packet.

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Kodoto Figures

When the largest soccer action figures brand &#; Corinthians announced they will no longer produce ProStars miniatures, Kodoto, Chinese company saw an opportunity to take the market by storm. The news that new successor of ProStars is in town, made hundreds of collectors ecstatic. Kodoto figures exist in various sizes and shapes. They are now, mainly focused on larger soccer figures, which have more details on them besides larger size. Some of the larger Kodoto figures really do not look-like players they represent. The reason for this might be the license or just the poor designer work. Kodoto is one of the companies that is still in business, launching new, reasonably-priced  products constantly.

On the other hands Kodoto figures are available at very affordable prices at eBay or casinoextra.fr Check them out and you will see they are much cheaper then other soccer players mini figures.

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Microstars Preziosi

Italian sticker and magazine publisher and distributor Preziosi launched their own Microstars Preziosi in / Previously Preziosi was an official distributor of the Corinthians in Italy. However that year Corinthians decided to stop with product distribution in this European country. As a reply to the market demand Preziosi successfully released the Microstars 10/11 for their domestic customers. I found out that Berbatov player I pulled, at the begging of this post is from MicroStars Preziosi 11/12 set. Each blind pack includes a figure and a neatly looking poster of a player with lots of statistical information on it.

Bomberini Panini

The last, but not the least, the most famous stickers and card manufacturer Panini decided to go into very popular soccer miniture market back in /4. That´s why with the launch of the latest Calciatori /4 album they introduced a brand-new product called &#;Bomberini Panini&#;. Packets of Bomebrini were available on newsstands, tobacco shops and supermarkets. Each packet of Bomberini contains a players figurine and 7 stickers for 03/04 Calciatori album.

Panini Bomberini figures collection included 51 players. (36 launched originally, and 15 released a bit later). Publisher produced a large size stand for all the figures, which was available on their site.

Panini Bomberini figurines figures

Resources

During my research on soccer action figurines, I discovered the whole new world of football memorabilia collecting. There are a couple of sites that I used as a reference to this article. I managed to gather all the little pieces together in this article, but there are a lots of information about these collectables that I did not mention. These sites are a good starting point, and most of them contain countless illustrations of soccer figures.

Do you collect soccer figures?

I already placed an order for a couple of Juventus and FC Chelsea ones, which will look neat in my mans cave together with other memorabilia cards and albums.

So how about you? Do you collect or plan to get some of these soccer figures? Let me know in the comments bellow, I am really looking forward to hearing what you think.

 

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Guide to Soccer Action Figures &#; Corinthian, SoccerStarz, Kodoto

Recently my girlfriend bought me a pack that at first I thought is a card pack. Although it looked a bit bumpy, I had no idea what was inside until I ripped it off. Well to my surprise inside the pack was a creepy big-headed toy. After taking a closer look I realized that its mini football action figure of Dmitar Berbatov.

Craig Robinson - one of the biggest soccer figures collectors. Photo by casinoextra.fr

Meeeh, Berbatov! What the heck?!

I´ll be honest, my first thought was : &#;Who on earth would buy these creepy-looking toys?&#; But then again, don&#;t people usually tell you : &#;What? You collect trading cards? Is anyone still doing that? What a creep!&#;

So I ditched all the prejudices about these toys. Wait, did I gravity hopper paintball call them toys? No, corinthian football figures value, these soccer figurines are highly collectable piece, just like any other. Some of them can be worth a lot. People collect them. They are passionate about them.

After looking at, what I first though was a ridiculously misshaped toy, I realized how interesting these are. I started researching about them online for a couple of days, and I found out so many interesting things, that I had to create a guide.

Bellow is what I call &#;The Ultimate guide to soccer action figures&#. Enjoy!

What are action figures?

An action figure is a miniature of a well known character, celebrity or an athlete. Term action figure has been first used by Hasbro Toy company back in the 60s. Although they seam to be targeted at younger customers &#; kids, the largest portion of the action figures sales comes from adults who collect them. Collectors rarely play with their figurines. They mainly display them proudly. Like any other collectable, the value of a miniature figure is determined by the rarity and condition of a piece. For more information about the history of the figurines, check this article.

Soccer (football) figures

The most popular sport in the world got its first officially licensed mini figure in There are variety of manufacturers, collections and types of soccer figures. I felt that the most suitable classification is by publishers, although some collectors group them by year, national team, etc.

The most popular soccer miniature toys brands are :

  • Corinthian
  • SoccerStarz
  • Kodoto
  • Microstars Preziosi
  • Bomberini Panini

Obviously, there are a couple of more brands that produce them, but I felt that above listed are most popular and interesting.

Corinthian football figures

Corinthian are the  most popular type of tiny plastic figures of well-known soccer players. Company was established in The legend says that like many great start-ups Corinthian figures idea was born in the pub, with lots beer pints.

Although the company&#;s focus was soccer, they also used to produce figurines for other sports such as basketball, baseball and NFL. Corinthian soccer figures appear in different sizes. Depending on the size and a color of a figures base, different models exist :

  • Microstars (up to 3 cm)
  • Prostars (7 cm)
  • Headliners ( 7 cm, corinthian football figures value, green base)
  • Club Gold (7 cm, golden base)
  • Platinum figures (7 cm)
  • Fan Favourites (7 cm)
  • Prostars XL (cm)

MicroStars

Microstars are the tiniest of all Corinthian soccer action figures. Their size is around 3cm in height. They were first introduced in and gained popularity ever since. They are  a unbeatable proof that size does not matter when it comes to collectables. MicroStars mini figures come in 8 different base color. Figures are numbered with &#;MC&#; prefix (example : MC). Color of a base on which player stands determines  the rarity of a figure, since the figures were launched in different ratios. When you corinthian football figures value the player, on the bottom of the base there are stats for each player which are similar to the Match Attax cards. Since MicroStars were the main product for Corinthians, as they canceled the ProStars.

 

Corinthian MicroStasrs figures

Headliners

In the Corinthians released the &#;Headliners&#; which were a large-headed figures of sport athletes. According to few miniature football figures collectors, headliners were the best product ever released by the Corinthians company. All the headliners figures have green base on which players figurine stands. Headliners are 7 cm in height, the same as later released ProStars.

ProStars

ProStars were launched in Company decided to re-brand the product and change its name from Headliners to ProStars. Corinthian football figures value reason for re-branding was a lack of profit in Company got back on track with corinthian football figures value new looking figures, originally called &#;International ProStars&#. Corinthians shortened the name to just &#;ProStars&#; after a while.

There are over different ProStars soccer figures released. However, there are also a lots of those who haven´t been released ( around 75 figures). All the figures had a number from PRO1-PRO  In Corinthians innovated the ProStars by introducing the Quiz Game. Now, all the figurines could have been used not only as a collectable piece, but also as a board game.

For card collectors, the information that these cards included wide variety of trading cards might be interesting. However some of these cards are quite aught-after and rare even today. was a year when ProStars action figures stopped being produced.

ProStars XL

ProStars Xl figures are bigger the the normal ProStars. Around 60 of this larger figures have been released.

Platinum figures

Platinum version of ProStars is one of the rarest collections when it comes to soccer miniature figures. These figures were produced in extremely limited quantity, with each corinthian football figures value having a silver base stand. The fact that they could have be obtained only in competitions organized by the manufacturer made them a valuable collectable piece.

Gold Club

Miniture soccer figures from the Gold club edition have a golden base stand. Their size is the same as ProStars, Platinum, Fans Favorite and Headliners &#; 7cm ( cca 2,75 inch)

Fans Favorite

These Corinthians figures are quite different then any others produced. The heads of players from &#;Fan Favorite&#; collections can be moved, which makes them similar to popular &#;Nodder figures&#; or Bobbleheads.

SoccerStarz

SoccerStarz are currently the most collected soccer miniature figures ever since Corinthians went out of business. The company started to release their &#;SoccerStarz soccer figures&#; in Their collections of players are separated into two parts :

SoccerStarz clubs feature players playing in most popular clubs all over the world. Currently SoccerStarz has an official license for these clubs :

SoccerStarz national teams soccer figurines action figures lot

SoccerStarz national teams include football players from well known national squads. Currently they have these squads which are all officially licensed and fully endorsed :

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Scotland
  • Uruguay

Types of SoccerStarz figures

  • Blind Bags
  • Blister Packs
  • Limited Edition Team Packs
Blind bag, blister pack and limited edition team pack

SoccerStarz Blind Bags

When you buy a blind bag, there is no chance of knowing which player you will get. This is a great way if you like the suspense. However if you collect only specific team or player, you might give other types of SoccerStarz products a try.

SoccerStarz Blister pack

The difference between the blind bag and a blister pack is visibility of a player. Blister packs are made out of transparent plastic, and you can see which player is in it. This kills the &#;wow factor, but can be cost-effective if your focus is single team or football star figure.

Limited Edition team packs

Team packs contain a complete set of figures of a particular club or national squad. They are however made in limited quantity. Obviously, since team packs contain multiple players inside, their price is higher then a single blister packet.

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Kodoto Figures

When the largest soccer action figures brand &#; Corinthians announced they will no longer produce ProStars miniatures, Kodoto, Chinese company saw an opportunity to take the market by storm. The news that new successor of ProStars is in town, made hundreds of collectors ecstatic. Kodoto figures exist in various sizes and shapes. They are now, mainly focused on larger soccer figures, which have more details on them besides larger size. Some of the larger Kodoto figures really do not oklahoma tech football friday night lights players they represent. The reason for this might be the license or just the poor designer work. Kodoto is one of the companies corinthian football figures value is still in business, launching new, reasonably-priced  products constantly.

On the other hands Kodoto figures are available at very affordable prices at eBay or casinoextra.fr Check them out and you will see they are much cheaper then other soccer players mini figures.

Kodoto Soccer Figures lot

Microstars Preziosi

Italian sticker and magazine publisher and distributor Preziosi launched their own Microstars Preziosi in / Previously Preziosi was an official distributor of the Corinthians in Italy. However that year Corinthians decided to stop with product distribution in this European country. As a reply to the market demand Preziosi successfully released the Microstars 10/11 for their domestic customers. I found out that Berbatov player I pulled, at the begging of this post is from MicroStars Preziosi 11/12 set. Each blind pack includes a figure and a neatly looking poster of a player with lots of statistical information on it.

Bomberini Panini

The last, but not the least, the most famous stickers and card manufacturer Panini decided to go into very popular soccer miniture market back in /4. That´s why with the launch of the latest Calciatori /4 album they introduced a brand-new product called &#;Bomberini Panini&#. Packets of Bomebrini were available on newsstands, tobacco shops and supermarkets. Each packet of Bomberini contains a players figurine and 7 stickers for 03/04 Calciatori album.

Panini Bomberini figures collection included 51 players. (36 launched originally, corinthian football figures value, and 15 released a bit later). Publisher produced a large size stand for all the figures, which was available on their site.

Panini Bomberini figurines figures

Resources

During my research on soccer action figurines, I discovered the whole new world of football memorabilia collecting. There are a couple of sites that I used as a reference to this article. I managed to gather all the little pieces together in this article, corinthian football figures value, but there are a lots of information about these collectables that I did not mention. These sites are a good starting point, and most of them contain countless illustrations of soccer figures.

Do you collect soccer figures?

I already placed an order for a couple of Juventus and FC Chelsea ones, which will look neat in my mans cave together with other memorabilia cards and albums.

So how about you? Do you collect or plan to get some of these soccer figures? Let me know in the comments bellow, I am really looking forward to hearing what you think.

 

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Corinthian figures: how the big-headed football collectibles took the corinthian football figures value by storm

This feature first appeared in the March issue of FourFourTwo magazine. Subscribe now!

Corinthian figures had it all going for them in English football’s favourite decade: they were more upmarket than Merlin Premier League stickers, more collectible than Subbuteo and less likely to aggravate your mum than those constant pleas for Bull Boys shoes.

The s is littered with such sepia-tinged memories of innocence, not least thanks to the 7cm plastic masterpieces which helped immortalise players from Gianfranco Zola to John McGinlay, and were snapped up in their millions following their launch in October ’ 

It could have all been so different, though. Had it not been for an assist from none other than Mr Spock, they may never have seen the light of day

Blind bags, Zizou parties and Gazza haircuts

Their name is synonymous now as ‘bigheads’, but Corinthian PLC began life in the s as a promotional gifts company which made the freebies contained inside boxes of Tetley tea bags and McDonald’s Happy Meals. When a row between China and the EU regarding non-human toy imports ruined their best-laid plans, however, they were scrambling around for fresh ideas.

“A cereal company wanted to do a promotion around Star Trek, so we suggested figures of the main characters,” co-founder Paul Speed explains to FourFourTwo. “We sent them off for approval from Customs and Excise, but they said Spock was non-human because he was a Vulcan. These tariff quotas were strictly enforced, so we had to find something that we could import freely without restrictions.”

With the freshly-formed Premier League enjoying early success, Speed came up with the idea of creating football figurines inspired by Spitting Image. “We messed around with several sizes and designs, but felt they corinthian football figures value to be small to keep the cost down and make them collectible,” he continues. “We opted for caricatures because they were faster and cheaper to make, and when we showed the prototypes to the office, it was obvious that the big-headed versions were the favourites.

“We produced four to begin with – Robbie Fowler, Peter Schmeichel, Alan Shearer and Ryan Giggs. Once we started showing them to the main retailers, we knew we were on to something. I remember seeing a buyer from Woolworths and putting the four figures on her desk. She asked me, ‘What do they do?’ When I told her they didn’t do anything, she was sceptical – but within five minutes, male buyers had passed by saying she had to have them.”

With orders racking up, the manufacturing process got underway. 

“We’d find pictures of a player from various angles, then picked an expression and hairstyle that we liked,” says Paul Stinchcombe, former chief executive of the company and a school friend of Speed. “We sent those off to the sculptors and they created a clay prototype which we reviewed, then requested approval by the club, player or agent, corinthian football figures value. From that, we made a master version which was passed on to a factory in China to mass produce them.”

In late ’95, 16 members of Terry Venables’ England squad were first off the production line. Branded as Headliners, they proved an instant hit with supporters and their real-life inspirations alike.

“Our office was in High Wycombe, just up the road from where Corinthian football figures value used to train, so we’d go there and take photographs of the players with their figures,” says Stinchcombe. “They seemed to like them; after we corinthian football figures value Paul Gascoigne his model, he dyed his hair blond the next day, which he found hilarious.” Out of adversity comes opportunity, though, and within weeks 5, blond-haired Gazzas were in production as collector’s editions, to boost Corinthian’s bank balance.

“We released England first in October, then Manchester United and Liverpool followed in mid-November,” recalls Speed. “They all sold in phenomenal numbers and shops couldn’t keep them on the shelves. We flogged about 5, England packs, and when Manchester United came out it went absolutely ballistic. Not long after the launch, I remember having to sign United a royalties cheque for several hundred thousand pounds.”

‘Bigheads’ were a big hit, and soon fans of each Premier League club could snap up their favourite stars. 

“It took months until we had every team signed up,” says Speed. “At the corinthian football figures value there were approximately 4, independent toy stores in the UK and nearly all of them took our product. We’d targeted boys aged up to 12 but quickly realised we were appealing to anyone who liked football from four to We used to do business with banks in the city and half of the traders had figures stuck on top of their monitors.”

For Patrick Short – a super collector with an army exceeding 5, players – seeing them in the shops kick-started a lifelong obsession. 

“My mum made me a birthday cake shaped like a football pitch and told me to pick two figures to sit on the top,” he reminisces to FFT. “I went for Shearer and Neville Southall and it snowballed from there. It was the first time you could hold your favourite player in your hand, corinthian football figures value. Stickers had to be put in a book but you could play matches with these. If I went into a shop that had them, I had to buy some.”

Like a Tony Yeboah volley, the immediate fervour and affection caught Corinthian off guard. 

“We had a tiger by the tail,” explains Speed. “The magnitude of sales was incredible but it was quite a hairy period. The lead time for production was 12 weeks from placing an order to when goods arrived in the UK.”

“We underestimated the time lag, ending up with too many of the wrong players at the wrong time,” remembers Stinchcombe. “Regionality was often an issue – you’re not going to sell many Arsenal figures in Newcastle or Aston Villa figures in Brighton. To get around this, we sold them in a blind bag. If kids got a player they didn’t want, corinthian football figures value, they could swap it in the playground.”

Once again, Corinthian had stumbled upon an ingenious way of peddling more of their models to football-crazed children – although some would be left disappointed with what they found upon ripping open the packaging. For every David Ginola, instantly recognisable with his flowing jet-black hair and designer stubble, there was an adolescent Lee Bowyer bearing a resemblance to Victor Meldrew; or Paul Warhurst looking like that bloke in the pub you desperately avoid eye contact with.

“The sculpts did improve over time,” laughs Speed. “We learned that the uglier or more distinctive features a player had, the easier they were to make. We didn’t set out trying to emphasise a particular feature like a chin or nose – we tried to sculpt them as close to the real thing as possible.

“Dreadlocks were always difficult – we had to do Henrik Larsson five or six times before we finally got it right! Some players asked to change this and that, which we did, but we didn’t find anyone to be annoyed or arrogant about having their figures done. Instead, the players wanted them done because it made them feel like they’d made it.”

While global stars such as Eric Cantona and Ruud Gullit proved most popular, an unlikely idol was championed by Stinchcombe. 

“My personal favourite model was Gary Penrice from QPR,” he chuckles. “I thought it looked spot on and we used it as the standard we needed to get to. Players have always been a fan of them. We once got a call from Real Madrid, who wanted some because Zinedine Zidane was having a party for his son, and Stuart Pearce also phoned up asking where he could get them.”

“I saw a video of Dennis Bergkamp showing people around his house, and he had a load of his Corinthian figures up on display,” adds collector Short. “Not long ago, Billy Sharp slid into my DMs and bought some off me.”

Becks and the beginning of the end

It wasn’t all plain sailing, though: players’ life decisions could have huge consequences for the company. 

“We had three main issues: kit changes, corinthian football figures value, transfers and haircuts,” says Speed. “You could plan around new kits, and haircuts actually provided more opportunity – David Beckham was a nightmare because he often changed his hairstyle, but each time he did it generated fresh demand for the latest figure. I think we produced about 12 different ones for Beckham in all.

“Transfers were the main headache for us. When Beckham joined Real Madrid inwe had to scrap thousands of figures of him in Manchester United kits. One of the most famous ones was when Tore Andre Flo went from Chelsea to Rangers. We just managed to stop production before they packaged the bulk of the blind packs, but some models of him wearing a Chelsea kit still slipped through the net – they’ve become quite valuable and fetch a handsome price.” Indeed, Flo’s Chelsea figure is one of the most sought-after in Corinthian’s history.

With business booming, the company eyed multiple markets. Brief forays into cricket and rugby didn’t have the same effect in the UK, but they found success in America producing figurines of NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL players – so much so that the Headliners brand, including the name, was sold to a US-based enterprise. That led to the launch of Corinthian Prostars, corinthian football figures value new and improved sculpting techniques propelling the firm to a higher level in terms of quality and profitability.

Another factor behind their popularity was that its arrival coincided with the rise of the internet, allowing connoisseurs from all four corners of the globe to find rare figures from the comfort of their homes. It’s a community currently enjoying a renaissance too, corinthian football figures value, after boxes of long-lost models were uncovered in attics during lockdown.

“My dad used eBay when it was fairly new and made a heap of foreign contacts,” says Short. “One day I came home from school to discover the most ’90s package from Japan imaginable, containing a full set of Japanese Headliners, Dennis Rodman figures with a few different hair colours, a Mew Corinthian football figures value card and a Hidetoshi Nakata shirt. I’m still hooked today – recently, I bought a Nicola Amoruso Juventus Headliner for £ which was well corinthian football figures value the money. Don’t tell my wife, though.”

As Speed reveals, however, the rarest figure released isn’t even a footballer or indeed, human, corinthian football figures value. “We did a promotion with Televisa – a televison company in Mexico – who asked us to make a pitchside camera on a tripod,” he recalls. “They only wanted a hundred or so, but apparently corinthian football figures value the most valuable figure and sells for several hundred pounds.”

In their next venture, Corinthian shrank Prostars to create Microstars, then encased them in chocolate to form Powerpodz – akin to a Kinder Surprise. 

“Places like Woolworths only had a limited amount of space for toys, except at Christmas,” reflects Stinchcombe. “To get our products in stores all year long, they corinthian football figures value doing a confectionary item. The chocolate factory believed the success of Microstars wasn’t down to the figures, but the quality of their chocolate”

At that time, Speed was getting worried. 

“Nothing quite hit the heights of the original Premier League collection, and things began to fade away by the end of ,” he admits. “We were forced to bring out Microstars as the toy companies lost interest – kids had moved on to the next big thing. We tried to turn Prostars into a collectible range and reduced the production quantities, but the number of collectors wasn’t large enough to justify continuing making them.”

As the s rolled on, Corinthian’s football figures found themselves in a similar position to one-cap wonder Seth Johnson: formerly flavour of the month; now a millstone around the firm’s neck. “The business had started to evolve into a mainstream toy company, and there was less focus on the football figures,” says Stinchcombe. “They became neglected, and I was partly to blame for it because I felt they’d run their course.”

Ina perfect storm of falling interest and the financial crisis effectively led to the sudden demise of Corinthian PLC, and thus Prostars and Microstars.

“We needed quite a lot of money from the bank to keep making all the figures, because there were pretty long lead times,” explains Stinchcombe. “The bank told us that unless we as owners put up our houses as personal guarantees, they would have to withdraw our bank facility. We’d all done very well out of the company, so basically called their bluff and stepped away. We had a hefty debt from Woolworths after they went corinthian football figures value, although we were always making money – when we chose to call it a day, the business had more than £1 million in the bank.”

It was the avid collectors, corinthian football figures value, therefore, who were hit hardest.

“It was a sad time knowing there was going to be no more new figures, but it wasn’t much of a surprise,” concedes Short. “However, it’s nice to know there’s now a set number I need to complete them all, rather than worrying about extra releases.”

The rollercoaster ride had finally come to an end, but Stinchcombe has since embarked on a different one as the driving force behind Soccerstarz – pocket-sized players that share a likeness with Microstars.

Speed, meanwhile, is happy to look back on the joy he brought to football fans around the world with plenty of pride.

“I’m really proud that when I say, ‘I used to make the big-headed footballers,’ people go, ‘Oh, I used to collect those.’ We did some research and learned that 82 per cent of all boys in the UK had purchased at least four. In fact, we produced so many models that if you put them head to base, they’d stretch to the moon and back one and a half times.”

There’s a feat Spock would find impressive.

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Celebrating Corinthian bigheads and possibly the 20 best figurines ever

Corinthian bigheads, we can all agree, are among the greatest inventions since the wheel, corinthian football figures value. But the big question remains: what are black bag shooting sports best figurines of all time? 

&#;Football crazy, chocolate mad; grab a Powerpod and play football with the lads,&#; sang the enthusiastic crowd trying to sell you &#;Powerpodz&#;, a range of miniature football figurines encased in hollow milk chocolate capsules.

But that instruction to &#;play football&#; wasn’t totally sincere.

Rather, Powerpodz creator Corinthian, having invested £2million into that advertising campaign, wanted you to play its new football-themed board game, which required you to assemble a squad of &#;MicroStars&#; football figurines.

These MicroStars, which featured likenesses of a huge number of professional footballers, were a smaller-scale spinoff of &#;Headliners&#; and &#;ProStars&#;, Corinthian’s hugely-successful bighead football statuettes produced between and

Whether you collected them or not, you were never far from a Corinthian figurine around the turn of the millennium.

You’d see them at school, on your friends&#; shelves, and even in more unlikely places: a Villa-supporting friend of mine had Juan Pablo Ángel blue-tacked corinthian football figures value the dashboard of his car.

For reasons that might seem hard to comprehend, these figurines were genuinely adored — and not just among the nerdier bracket of football fans. If stickers or medals didn’t do it for you, Corinthian bigheads probably did.

• • • •

READ: Remembering Gazza’s inclusion in the Sainsbury’s WC98 Medal Collection

• • • •

But while that memorable Powerpodz advert hit the target in a certain sense (we’re all still singing it, despite those Kinder-style chocolate pods being a pretty minor moment in Corinthian history), it also misfired in a big way.

Because although we certainly could play football with the lads — in that meant Gus Poyet, Jaap Stam, and Michael Owen — perhaps the most remarkable feature of Corinthian bigheads was their intrinsic unplayability.

They looked like toys, you could buy them in the toy shop, and their circular plinths had a vague hint of Subbuteo about them, but these were &#;toys&#; in formal terms only.

Corinthian figurines were inanimate artefacts meant for collecting, obsessing over, lining up in strange formations and chronologically impossible teams, swapping, stealing, defacing, vilifying, corinthian football figures value, and sometimes just laughing at. The one thing Corinthian never, ever needed was a game with rules.

As an homage to the glory days of Corinthian figurines, here are 20 of the finest footy bigheads in existence, including a handful of &#;SoccerStarz&#;, the non-Corinthian figurines that continue to be made to this day.

Dennis Wise,

Ah, to be a Chelsea fan inwith John Spencer leading the line, Ruud Gullit doing beautiful things, and Dennis Wise’s hair dripping down his forehead like warm chocolate sauce. Wise was joined on the second England Headliners series by Barry Venison and John Salako, among others.

Rui Costa,

Rui Costa earned his Corinthian &#;European Superstar&#; status after several fine seasons at pre-bankruptcy Fiorentina. Portugal’s always-quite-nice home kit never looked so good.

Paolo Maldini,

was a bittersweet year for year-old Paolo Maldini: retiring from international football after captaining Italy to a controversial World Cup exit would have stung, but being considered a Corinthian “World Star” was a fine antidote.

Darren Fletcher,

Curveball! If Sergio Ramos had been born in Dalkeith, he might look a bit like this eerily up-to-date SoccerStarz figurine. Actually, &#;up to date&#; is misleading &#; Fletcher&#;s head has not been updated for several years; only the kit has changed.

Claudio Caniggia,

In real life, Rangers-era Claudio Caniggia looked a thinning Andriy Voronin. So by depicting him as the handsomest man on Earth, Corinthian did corinthian football figures value a bit of a favour. (Sadly, there is no Benjamin Massing figurine.)

Winston Bogarde,

Ah, to be a Chelsea substitute in The pose of this Golf international 2000 tarif Bogarde figurine accurately suggests a man happy to collect his £40,a-week wages for nothing.

Christian Karembeu,

The Madrid-to-Middlesbrough road would later be taken by Geremi, but Christian Karembeu’s arrival probably brought more excitement to Teesside. This top-heavy figurine of Karembeu in his France pomp is notorious amongst collectors for not being able to stand on its own.

Nwankwo Kanu,

Corinthian made clear its position on pilates prenatal geneve age rumours.

José Bosingwa,

Spot the mistake! I’ve done the research, and José Bosingwa did not slide on his knees after scoring his one and only goal for QPR — the final strike in a League Cup win over Walsall in

Rivaldo, corinthian football figures value,

Rivaldo gets the nod over Ronaldo for personal reasons. InCorinthian included Ronaldo in its first ProStars series, making the striker available to redeem with coupons and a pound. Maybe I misread the instructions, but my Ronaldo never arrived.

José Luis Chilavert,

One should seize any opportunity to remember the career of Shenandoah golf club gordonsville hero José Luis Chilavert, the only goalkeeper ever to score a hat-trick.

9. Tony Pulis, always

The non-Corinthian SoccerStarz might lack the handworked charm of the older statuettes, but this Tony Pulis figurine just makes you want to dry a ball with a towel and launch it in the general direction of Mamady Sidibé.

8. Edgar Davids,

A less successful manager than Tony Pulis, former Barnet legend Edgar Davids remains one of the most corinthian football figures value Corinthian figurines out there. This rare Juventus model with orange glasses was part of a Serie A four-pack containing Paulo Sousa, Paolo Maldini and Juan Sebastián Verón.

7. Taribo West,

If Edgar Davids isn’t your favourite Serie A legend to go astray in the English lower leagues, then Taribo West surely is. The Nigerian won a gold medal at the Olympic Games, and later played for Derby County and Plymouth Argyle.

6. Robbie Fowler,

Corinthian would go on to make technically superior Robbie Fowler figurines — nasal strip and all — but there’s something quite sweet about this deathly jaundiced image of &#;God&#. A similar skin tone was later given to Paul Scholes.

5. Clarence Seedorf,

InCorinthian wrapped up the ProStars range for good. Dutch magician Clarence Seedorf, corinthian football figures value, a player well worthy of any footballing honour, was the last regular-series figurine to be released.

4. Four Michael Owens,

Hold on there, mate. Is that four different Michael Owen figurines, making four very slightly different poses? There were five different pictures for Walkers’ Cheese & Owen crisps, but this takes the p**s.

Context: most of these ProStar figurines were packaged in two different ways. While you could buy the individual ones you wanted in presentation-worthy blister packs, these tended to feature the player in his club’s away kit, and were more expensive. To get the home kit, you had to find the player in a mystery “secret sachet” pack, where you could be getting any player in the current series.

Unless you wanted Michael bloody Owen. Not only were there four Corinthian football figures value Owen figurines in this series (which gave you pretty good odds within the range of 19), Corinthian even put &#;Michael Owen inside this pack&#; stickers on the appropriate sachets.

Frankly, if you’re an eight-year-old Liverpool fan and you aren’t content with a mean-looking Oliver Bierhoff for your pocket money, you don’t deserve football.

3. Ronaldinho,

Okay, getting a little weird now. Without the smile, corinthian football figures value, it’s not really Ronaldinho, is it? Still, perhaps this figure being ruined by over-exuberant artistic choices is a good metaphor for the Brazilian’s candle-at-both-ends career.

2. Wayne Rooney,

Nah, c’mon. Is this an image rights thing? All I’m seeing is the corrupt insurance salesman from Twin Peaks. But then again, what’s a novelty football bighead for if not to make you smile?

1. Thierry Henry,

And then there’s this.

Many thanks to Craig Robinson, creator of the excellent SoccerStarz Archive and Corinthian Archive websites, for providing images and suggestions.

By Benedict O&#;Neill


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