Corinthian released ProStars series 37 on the 4th of November 2007, making it the last series release of 2007. A 12 figure strong line up, comprising of 6 first time sculpt, 1 new model and 5 repaints.
Corinthian had once again acquired the Barcelona license and put it to good use by at last releasing a figure of Spaniard Xavi. Xavi had previously featured before as part of a Barcelona 12 pack, however that pack was very hard to come by, so many collectors will have missed the opportunity to add Xavi to their collections. This was the first and only time he would be released in a standard ProStars series. The figure was an instant hit with all collectors, no surprise given the quality and detail of the sculpt.
Spain’s La Liga was not the only European league represented, Italy’s Serie A also featured in this series. Roma collectors were treated to an entirely new figure, as marauding full back Christian Panucci was sculpted for the very first time. A superb likeness of the figure was achieved in the sculpt, however only 1,628 blisters were produced, so collectors had to act fast to ensure they got one.
Both halves of Milan were represented, with legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo released for AC Milan and the ever dependant Argentine Javier Zanetti released for Inter Milan. The Ronaldo was a new sculpt and as will all sculpts of him bore a superb likeness to the man himself. It may surprise a few collectors to know that this was the first time Ronaldo had featured in a standard ProStars series since series 1!(not counting his inclusion in series 9 as a chaser figure) The Zanetti figure was the same sculpt as used in ProStars series 26.
The English Premiership 2007/08 campaign was well under way by the time this series was released and I dare say many of these figures would soon feature on collectors Christmas wish lists.
Emmanuel Adebayor was fast becoming a scoring sensation at Arsenal; he would go on to score 24 league goals that season. This was the very first sculpt of Adebayor and with just over 2,000 blisters produced would in time become a real collector’s item.
Ashley Cole was released in the Chelsea kit worn throughout the 2007/08 season, with the figure used the same as featured in ProStars series 15.
Javier Mascherano had really solidified Liverpool’s midfield since his move in February 2007 from West Ham United. This is the first time Mascherano had been released and the sculpting is simply superb, no doubt the outstanding new sculpt in this series.
As reigning champions Manchester United had 2 figures released as part of series 37. French left back Patrice Evra was a new sculpt, a fine one at that too, and was joined by Ryan Giggs, with the Giggs figure used the same as featured in ProStars series 22. The Evra figure proved very popular with the long term collectors who preferred new figures to repaints, however the Giggs was the better worldwide seller given his long standing popularity with fans all over the world.
Michael Dawson was another new sculpt, painted in the all White kit of Tottenham Hotspur. As with the other new sculpts in this series, the work of the sculptors is to be commended; a perfect likeness of the English defender was achieved. Corinthian released just over 1,500 blisters of Dawson, a very low number indeed, especially given how this was a first time release.
Finishing the contingent from the English Premier league is Nigerian Obafemi Martins, this time painted in the Newcastle United kit, having originally features in Prostars series 27 for Inter Milan. The Martins sculpt is a particular favourite of mine and I am sure any Newcastle collector relished the chance to add him to their collections; however some collectors will have bemoaned the fact it was another repaint. Corinthian knew demand for a repainted figure would be lower than a new sculpt, so altered the production volume accordingly. Martins had just 1,325 blisters produced, making him the lowest manufactured figure from this series.
Corinthian would often produce fewer of a repainted figure; however there are a few figures that are exceptions to that rule, Shunsuke Nakamura is indeed on of them. Nakamura was once again released in the Celtic home kit, having previously appeared in ProStars series 31, however that did not stop Corinthian from making him the highest manufactured figure in this series, a whopping 5,924 blisters were produced, which may not sound a lot, however that is more than double the amount of any other figure in this series.
The Nakamura in ProStars series 31 had 11,829 blisters manufactured, in contrast to the 5,924 in this series, so in just over 18 months Corinthian had halved the blister production volume for one of its best selling figures, further indication that the ProStars brand was slowing down.
Corinthian once again produced 2 special edition figures for this series, with Patrice Evra and Obafemi Martins 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 29,593 blisters for this series, which was around 4,000 more than the previous series, however the inclusion of Nakamura accounts for most of those.
Once again this was a very fine series which catered to all types of collectors. Long term collectors were treated to a host of new and first time sculpts and new collectors were once again given the opportunity to add the best players in the latest kits to their collection.
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