manchester united

MANCHESTER UNITED 95/96

 Manchester United, the side who have won the Premiership more times than any other club, also had the most figures released in the FAPL Collection. They had whopping 42 in total, 16 of which were released in the 1995/96 kit, two of those in the away kit!

 The entire squad of 14 players were all released in November 1995 as single blisters, many of which were first time sculpts. Welsh wing wizard Ryan Giggs had the honour of being assigned the base code of PL01 and for me is still one of the best sculpts Corinthian have ever produced and the number they must have sold of him will have been incredible.

 Old Trafford icon Eric Cantona was the best selling Corinthian in the FAPL Collection and no surprise given his popularity at not only the club but with fans of football all over the world. Andy Cole was another favourite amongst collectors and the same sculpt was used for the England national series of Headliners but the body pose was different, this was also the case for Gary Neville.

 Pallister and Scholes were also released for in the England national kit. The sculpts of Sharpe and Keane were both very accurate likenesses of the players, Keane being sculpted with his beard also.

 Legendary goal keeper Peter Schmeichel was sculpted for the first time but certainly not the last. For me this sculpt was the worst Schmeichel Corinthian have ever done but the one released as part of the 1996/97 range was a vast improvemet, the 95/96 sculpt just did not capture the character and authority of the player.

 The full set of 14 figures were released in single window box format in January 1996, each box contained 1 figure, a single display podium, complete with official Manchester United backing card, collector card of the player and also a very interesting Collectors Information File. This file depicted all 14 figures releaed in this range and even a few that were not!

 Pictured last on the file as the 15th figure was David May in the 1995/96 kit with base code listed as PL341, however this figure was never released in this kit but was included in the 1996/97 set painted in the kit from that season. Also worth a mention is that the Schmeichel body pose was not the one released, the one on the file showed in cupping the ball about to kick it with his right leg bent at the knee, this for me was a far better bosy pose for a goal keeper and a real shame they decided against using it.

 That was an obvious spot, however only the more observant collectors will have spotted the other 3 unreleased figures! On the back of the file was a small picture of a display podium which pictured 14 Manchester United master models, 3 of these were never released. Those 3 are - Paul Ince, Andrei Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes. Kanchelskis was released for Everton but the body pose changed and the Hughes was released for Chelsea, the Ince was released for England and later Liverpool, look closely at the file and you will see this.

 A redemption figure was also made available with this set and all you had to do was collect the tokens that came with each figure or box set. The 2 figures on offer were Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona, both were painted in the Grey away kit. These figures were never made available to buy in the shops and came in clear sachet format only, either can still sell for between £5-10 today.

man u giggs 95

 Ryan Giggs
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL01

man u cantona 95

 Eric Cantona
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL21

man u cole 95

 Andy Cole
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL41

man u schm 95

 Peter Schmeichel
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL81

man u irwin 95

 Dennis Irwin
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL101

man u parker 95

 Paul Parker
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL121

man u bruce 95

 Steve Bruce
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL141

man u pal 95

 Gary Pallister
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL161

man u sharpe 95

 Lee Sharpe
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL201

man u keane 95

 Roy Keane
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL241

man u mcclair

 Brian McClair
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL261

man u butt 95

 Nicky Butt
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL281

man u nev 95

 Gary Neville
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL301

man u scholes 95

 Paul Scholes
Manchester United
Home Kit 95/96
PL321

man u giggs away

 Ryan Giggs
Manchester United
Away Kit 95/96
PL01

 Corinthian also produced a special Collectors Information File to accompany this release of Manchester United figures. To view this file please click the image below.

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