Joe Dowling:

 1. When did you start collecting?
 
 I first started buying Microstars from series 1. Then I saw the membership for the club. My brother ordered it for me and got me the Prostar membership by accident. Got hooked from there.

  2. Why did you start collecting?
 
 Because the figures look amazing, and I love trying to get the complete Manchester United collection without spending a fortune.

  3. Which was the very first figure you purchased?
 
 The first figure I can remember was Nwankwo Kanu Gold Club Member figure. But the first figure I brought was probably a Manchester United 3 pack from Toymaster.
 
 4. What is your all time favourite Corinthian figure?
 
 I have five (too hard to decide), one is of Patrice Evra the redemption version from series 37. The sculpting was immaculate, and I was told that Corinthian used a different factory for this series, as the painting on it is superb as well.
 
 Brian Kidd from the Headlines series, and of course the Eric Cantona 'Collar Up' figure. Shame non of the released figures looked like the master model version. That would be a dream to get that master model.
 
 And finally the series 4 and 5 models of Giggs with his big hair, and Beckham with his cheeky grin. Its still the best scuplt of Beckham to date.

  5. What is the most you have ever paid for a single figure and which figure was it?
 
 I'm not really sure, I never pay ridiculous money as I never have money being a student. I paid £10 for a Jon Harley 4 Pack Platinum. I thought this was cheap though. I paid £10 for Baggio Microstar in Fiorentina shirt and the Germany series Van der Sar in black kit still in sachet (which I am yet to see one in sachet for over 3 years on ebay).

  6. What is the best bargain you have ever picked up?
 
 Too many bargains, as I helped out one of the biggest ebay sellers of Prostars. I got the Ryan Giggs master model Series 23 for free in a sense, worked about 6 hours for it. But I think the worst thing that could of happened, my friend dropped the figure and his head fell off!
 
When I went to the convention in 2008, brought 6 Baggio Select 500's from that year for £25 each and sold them for £35 in about 10 mins. Wish I had kept one now.
 
My best ebay buy has to be Ronaldo elite pack for £5.
 
 7. Which figure did you most struggle to acquire?
 
 A few, still yet to get a Mark Hughes World Great in the Newton Heath kit, but Craig is helping me find one. I was offered one for £5 about 4 years ago, how I wish I had brought it!!! And Brian Kidd in blister pack but I managed to get this last week.
 
 There isn't really that many I struggle with as now I only really collect Man United figures in blisters. Knowing Dave Sands I can get almost any figure. It always makes me laugh knowing people cannot find certain figures, when he has about 50 of them. He once said to me 'knowing me will ruin the fun of collecting for you' and in a way he is right.

  8. How many figures do you have in your collection?
 
 Probably about 400 hundred in blisters, I sold my loose figures now. I had over 300 different Microstars but I sold them all except for my Man United ones.
 
 9. If Corinthian did decide to make some more figures, which player would you most like to see made?
 
 They should do a series dedicated to managers. Valencia, and Owen in United kit. Definelty more United players in the Newton Heath colours. I think I might ask someone to make a Cantona figure in these colours. I like more obsure figures like Kidd, Collina and Gasgoine with the face mask.
 
 A good one to do (bit odd) would be Facundo Sava when he was at Fulham, he used to put a Zorro mask on when he celebrated.
 
 Maybe a boxset of Real Madrid legends but this would be unlucky as I don't think they can get the rights.

10. Do you have any comments you wish to make about my site?
 
 I am just amazed by how you got all of them, even if most are not in blisters, they are still very hard to find. You are a true collector that must spend a lot of time and effort getting these together. I dont have any on display as I don't have the room at the moment, but one day maybe.
 
This is on my wanted list at the moment, if anyone can help thanks.
 
Van Nistelrooy Microstar in Black Away kit
Solskjaer Microstar in Home Kit from the Norwegian Series
Mark Hughes World Greats Series in Newton Heath Colours
Generally any United figures on Blisters as I dont collect doubles of some. thanks

 Joe

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