Corinthian acquired the licenses for 6 of germany's top domestic club sides and so in March of 1998 they released figures from these 4 club sides-Bayern munich,Borussia Dortmund,VFB Stuttgart,Werder Bremen.
A second wave of figures was released in May of 1998 comprising of these 2 new teams-1860 Munich,
The name given to this particular release was 'STAR KICKERS' and was released as part of the 'HEADLINERS' range of figures.They were distributed by toy company 'BAN DAI' throughout germany initially but again,later on,corinthian did manage to obtain limited stock,which was subsequently sold through their official stockists and also at the conventions.
Collectors were able to buy the figures in sachet format direct from Corinthian if they were a member of the 'Corinthian collectors club'
This range of figures proved very popular,both in thier native Germany and also with collectors world wide,due to that popularity many of these figures remain highly collectable today and most have mantained their value.
Bayern munichs figures were solely released as a 12 player box set so thye are all as hard to obtain as each other but due to player popularity it is goal keeping legend 'Oliver Kahn' who demands the most money,with Basler,Scholl and Elber not too far behind.
Borussia Dortmund had the most figures released with 14. A 12 player pack released and the 2 not included were 'Kree and Reinhardt' so it is those 2 who have remained the more elusive and as such more valuable.
Fredi Bobic is by far the most rare of the 'VFB Stuttgart' figures closely followed by Krassimir Balakov' with the other 3 been more regulary seen for sale.
As for the other 3 teams-BMGB,1860 Munich and Werder Bremen,all those figures have remained the most collectable,simply as they were not produced in as high a volume due to the fact they are not as well supported as the other club sides in this release.
The range consisted of 48 figures,most of which have never been released again! Many fine sculpts were included in this range,a few worth mentioning are the 'Marco Bode' for 'Werder Bremen' not many players can make a perm work,but he managed it somehow!
Another 2 worthy of note are the sculpts of'Uwe Kamps' for 'BMGB' and 'Lars Ricken' for Dortmund,mainly due to the fact they were sculpted with an earing which was somewhat of a rarity,making these figures just that bit more unusual.
A particular favourite of mine is the 'Stefan Effenberg' sculpt for 'BMGB' the reason being that i feel the sculptor managed to capture the arrogance of the player and also for the fact he wa sculpted with his trademark earings.
A finely detailed figure and 'Effenberg' was never released aa a Corinthian again, making this figure very desirable for collectors and repainters alike.
All in all this is a very fine set of figures,with many original sculpts and detailed kit replications,most of which were never used again. It is a shame they never released a second series of figures from the 'Bundesliga'(although it was planned!)
Below is a list of every figure released as part of this range. it lists the player,club he played for,base code,original release date and also the official retirement date.
Please click the link below to view page 2 of the 'Headliners-STAR KICKERS' release information.