Corinthian followed up the huge success of the England national range of figures by releasing figures from the FA Premier League. All 20 teams were represented and each club had at least 4 figures released but some had many more, largely depending upon a clubs popularity at that time. The figures were officialy endorsed by the FA Premier League and all the Premier League clubs, so all the figures were painted in the authentic club kits, complete with team badge, club sponsor and of course name and squad number on the back of the shirt.
The figures were originally released in January 1996 and were released continuously throughout the year, right up until February 1998 when the last few were released. During that time Corinthian released more than 300 different figures! It is hard to determine the exact number released, as it depends on what you consider a 'different' figure to be. Some figures were released in the same kit but with 2 different squad numbers, some collectors; like myself, class them as a different figure as there is a significant difference in the figure but others feel as the figure is the same barring the squad number on the back, they do not class them as different and more a variation on an existing figure.
For me this will always be Corinthians best work as the idea was simple, release figures for all the teams, regardless of popularity and keep releaseing fresh figures throughout the season. It soon became apparent that the ones selling in the shops were the more popular players like Giggs, Cantona, Shearer, Fowler etc and ones like Gallen and Moreno were being left largely unsold. As a result of this most stockists simply wanted to stock figures from the more popular clubs, like Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle United as they had the biggest following and were easy sellers. Corinthian preferred a stockist to stock figures from all clubs so that each collector had a chance to buy every figure, remember, these were the days long before the internet is the monster it is today, so there was nobody selling them online. What eventually happened is that Corinthian bought back stock from the stores and then sold these onto collectors who also sold them as some figures were soon very much in demand as collectors tried to obtain every figure, so the likes of Penrice for QPR was soon very much in demand.
It is certanly worth mentioning that upon their release it was very tricky to actually find out which figures had been released as there were no internet sites detailing each release, so the only way to find out which figures were out was to actually visit your local stockist and raid the shelves. I fondly remember visiting Woolworths and Toymaster who both stocked the figures and flicking through the racks for new figures and being surprised when a player i liked had been turned into a Corinthian.
This is the main reason why quite a few of these early figures have become so rare, most are from the lesser clubs so demand for them was much lower and most will have bought a Giggs over a Pembridge.
The figures were made available on a number of different packaging formats, those being- Single Blister, 4 figure pack, 12 figure box set, 14 figure box set, single window box and of course as clear sachets direct from Corinthian. Details of all these packaging formats can be found further along in this release information.
Each figure was released with a collector card and collectors information file, again, details of these can be found on the pages that follow. Although collector information files were issued they did not detail every figure released, so even they did not help fully when finding out which were released.
This really was Corinthian at it's best, producing many different figures and releasing them on a regular basis and doing all they could to ensure everybody was given the chance to purchase the figures they wanted. After the final release of figures in February 1998, Corinthian took a much deserved rest and re-assessed where the company and indeed the 'big heads' were going. The 'Headliners' name was sold to an American based comapny who wanted sole use of the name, as a result Corinthian had to think up a new name for their brand, and so Prostars was born, Corinthians were back!
What follows below is a list of every figure which was released as part of the FAPL Collection range of Headliners. It lists the players name, the season of the kit, the figures base code along with the original release date, followed by the official retirement date
I have omitted to list the figures where squad number variation occurred and will detail those separately.
As there were so many released, the list will flow over more than one page, so please click the icon at the bottom of this page to read more of this list.
To see the more of the figure list, please click the link button opposite.