Corinthian welcomed in 2007 by releasing ProStars series 35 on the 22nd of January. A 12 figure strong series, comprising of players from the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A.
The only Italian side represented in this series is Inter Milan, who had 2 figures released, which were Fabio Grosso and Patrick Vieira. This was the first time Fabio Grosso had been released in a regular ProStars series, having initially featured as part of the Italy 2006 World Cup winners 16 figure box set. The Grosso is a stand out figure in this series and the sculpt is a great likeness of the player. The Vieira is a repaint of the figure released in ProStars series 31.
Catalan giants Barcelona also had 2 figures released in this series, which were Ronaldinho and Gianluca Zambrotta; both were repaints of figures previously released, with the Ronaldinho featuring in series 32 and Zambrotta in series 21. Ronaldinho was still a very popular player and this was recognised by Corinthian, as they released 4,822 blisters of him, making him the highest produced blister in this series and he accounted for over 10% of the entire blister production for this series.
Fans of Arsenal had much to celebrate, as they had 2 figures released in this series, a first time release of Tomas Rosicky and a repainted release of superstar Thierry Henry. This was the first time Rosicky had been released as a Corinthian ProStar and the figure proved to be a huge hit with all collectors. Henry was always a popular release and despite it being a repaint of the series 33 figure, he still sold incredibly well.
Representing the Blue side of London was an all new sculpt of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard. Over the years Corinthian have created a few Lampard figures, however I personally feel this sculpt is by far the best of the lot, the detail in the face is superb, simply a must have figure for any collector. The Lampard figure had 4,119 blisters released, making him the 2nd highest produced blister in this series.
Merseyside giants Liverpool had just the one figure released in this series; however it was a first time release of Spaniard Luis Garcia. As a collector, I would always prefer 1 brand new sculpt over 2 repaints of existing figures, sure I am not alone in that thought. The Garcia was of course an instant hit with collectors the world over, however I feel it sold more due to the fact that it was a new Liverpool figure than the fact it was Luis Garcia, who had not really adhered himself to fans with his inconsistent performances.
Manchester United fans were not forgotten about in this series, with 2 figures released. Michael Carrick was re-sculpted; with this new sculpt being a vast improvement on the previous effort. Wayne Rooney was repainted into the 2006/07 kit, with the sculpt being the same as used in ProStars series 33. Despite the Rooney being a repaint and one released only 2 series previous, it still ended up being one of the top sellers in the series, further proof of the player’s ever increasing popularity.
The ever loyal Toon fans had 1 figure released in this series, with Damian Duff the man chosen to be painted in the famous Black and White stripes of Newcastle United. The Duff figure was a repaint of the sculpt used in series 25.
Completing the line up for ProStars series 35 is a first time release of Tottenham Hotspurs Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov. Spurs signed Berbatov from German side Bayer Leverkusen for around £11,000,000 and made a huge impact during his first season in English football. A fantastic new sculpt and for me this was the highlight of the series. It is surprising to hear that Corinthian produced only 1,539 blisters of Berbatov, making him the lowest produced blister of this series.
Corinthian once again produced 2 special edition figures for this series, with Michael Carrick and Tomas Rosicky selected and painted in their respective clubs away kits. However, no redemption tokens were produced; instead you were able to purchase the figures direct from Corinthian in sachet format with card, for £5 per figure. In addition, collectors who purchased a case assortment received the 2 redemption figures free; this was perfect for the long time collector who wanted every figure released.
In total, Corinthian produced 31,768 blisters for this series, which was around 500 fewer than the previous series and half that of series 31, which had 61,752 blisters manufactured. Corinthian had halved their blister production volume for a regular series inside 1 year!
A very fine series of figures which will have appeased all collectors. The 4 brand new sculpts will have satisfied those long term collectors who prefer new figures to the torrent of repaints. The 6 repaints were all of top stars and guaranteed sellers.
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