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The Corinthian ProStars World Club Legends series was a hugely popular release, proven by the range's longevity, with the series having it's first figure released in May 2000 and the final ones in July 2008. In total there are 49 World Club Legends figures and a series which gave collectors many first and only time sculpts, along with many collectable pieces.

 

The innaugural figures in this series were released in May 2000, with 2 figures from 'The old lady' chosen, those being the 'Divine Ponytail' himself, Roberto Baggio and Michel Platini, both released in Juventus Home kit. Both proved immensely popular upon release, especially with collectors based in Far Eastern countries.

 

Collectors had to wait until January 2001 to get their hands on more World Club Legends ProStars, this time 4 being released, again from clubs in the Italian Serie A, with the focus on the fashion capital of the world, Milan. 3 from AC Milan and 1 from Internazinale, more commonly known as Inter Milan. The 3 from AC Milan was their deadly Dutch trio of Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten, all in home kit, with Lotham Matthaus in Inter Milan home kit.  A superb quartet of figures and ones which remain very collectable and sought after.

 

April 2001 saw Ian Rush in Liverpool away kit added to this range and was a quick sell out, again with his figure being in high demand in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, where Liverpool have a huge fan base. July of that year saw another 11 added to the range, which were all from the 1960's. Manchester United were represented by legends Denis Law and Bobby Charlton, with Bobby's brother Jack Charlton released in Leeds United home kit. West Ham United had a formidable trio of figures released, Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst. Liverpool has legendary manager Billy Shankly and Roger Hunt released, with 'the Cat' Peter Bonetti in Chelsea home kit. Completing the line up players representing both halves of Glasgow, Billy McNeil for Celtic and John Greig for Rangers. All 11 figures were also released as Platinum blister packs. It is worth mentioning that those 11 figures were also released insdide the 'Legends of the 60's' box set, which also featured George Best in Manchester United Away kit, however Best was exclusive to that box set and not released as a single blister pack.

 

4 Barcelona figures were added to this series in November 2001, a superb line up consiting of Brazilian strikers Ronaldo and Romario in home kit, the Ronaldo was an all new sculpt! Also in Barca home kit was Michael Laudrup, with Bulgarian Hristo Stoichkov being released in Away kit. The Stoichkov is a personal favourite of mine, a superb figure of a very talented player, and was for a long time the only release of the Bulgarian, until the ProStars Elite range. All 4 Barcelona World Club Legends were also released as Platinum blister packs.

 

May 2002 saw 2 more figures added to the series, those being Welshman Mark Hughes in Chelsea away kit and Manchester united away kit. Both of these were very well received by collectors and proved difficult to acquire after their initial release. Roberto Baggio in Brescia home kit was released in May 2003 and the Corinthian Convention, with Dino Zoff in Juventus kit added to the range in September of that year.

 

There was a lengthy gap until the next wave of ProStars World Club Legends were released, collectors had to wait until November 2004 to add another 4 to their collection. Ronald Koeman was sculpted again and released in Barcelona Away kit, with Serie A represented by Franco Baresi in AC Milan home kit and Faustino Asprilla in Parma home kit, and Spurs legend Steve Archibald released in the famous White kit of Tottenham Hotspur. The Asprilla is a superb figure and like the Stoichkov in this range, is a personal favourite of mine.

 

March 2005 was the release date for the next set of 4 WCL, with Pat Jennings coming out in Spurs home kit, Lothar Matthaus in Inter Milan away kit, Trevor Fancis for Sampdoria and Gheorghe Hagi in Barcelona home kit. Produced in low numbers, these figures quickly sold out.

 

August 2005 saw 4 more added to the WCL series, 2 from the English Premier League and 2 from Italy's Serie A. Ray Wilkins for Manchester United and Peter Withe for Aston Villa repesented the premier league, both in home kit, while Serie A was represented by Ciro Ferrara in Juventus home kit and Alexi Lalas in Padova home kit. The figure of Lalas was the only one ever released for Italian club Padova.

 

In January of 2007, a further 5 figures were added to the ProStars World Club Legends series, with Claudio Gentile in Juventus home kit being the only one not from the English premier league.  Gunners legend Michael thomas was released in Arsenal away kit, with the other half of North London represented by Argentine Ossie Ardilles in Tottenham Hotspur home kit.  Andy Gray was at last released, in Everton home kit, with Remi Moses in Manchester United home kit completing the set. All 5 were also released as Platinum blister packs.

 

The 2008 Corinthian Convention saw the last figures released as part of the World Club Legends series, with 6 figures released. This release heavily favoured Italy's Serie A, with Thierry Henry in Arsenal home kit the only figure from the English premier league. The cities of Milan and Rome were once again represented, with Roberto Donadoni for the red half of Milan, and Andres Brehme for the Blue half, in AC Milan and Inter Milan home kits respectively. AS Roma had Bruno Conti in home kit, while Lazio both Jaap Stam and fiery Italian Paolo Di Canio in home kit released. All 6 were released as Platinum blister packs.

 

A superb set of figures with some fantastic sculpts and a range which clearly had a lot of thought and discussion put into it, with each figure being carefully selected.

Roberto Baggio

Juventus

Home

PRO301

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Frank Rijkaard

AC Milan

Home

PRO387

Michel Platini

Juventus

Home

PRO302

Ruud Gullit

AC Milan

Home

PRO386

Marco Van Basten

AC Milan

Home

PRO388

Lothar Matthaus

Inter Milan

Home

PRO389

Bobby Charlton

Manchester United

Home

PRO443

Denis Law

Manchester United

Home

PRO442

Martin Peters

West Ham United

Home

PRO444

Geoff Hurst

West Ham United

Home

PRO445

John Greig

Rangers

Home

PRO449

Peter Bonetti

Chelsea

Home

PRO447

Billy McNeil

Celtic

Home

PRO448

Bill Shankly

Liverpool

Suit

PRO446

Jack Charlton

Leeds United

Home

PRO450

Roger Hunt

Liverpool

Home

PRO452

Ronaldo

Barcelona

Home

PRO483

Ian Rush

Liverpool

Away

PRO454

Hristo Stoichkov

Barcelona

Away

PRO484

Bobby Moore

West Ham United

Home

PRO451

Mark Hughes

Chelsea

Away

PRO601

Mark Hughes

Manchester United

Away

PRO602

Michael Laudrup

Barcelona

Home

PRO486

Roberto Baggio

Brescia

Home

PRO823

Romario

Barcelona

Home

PRO485

Franco Baresi

AC Milan

Home

PRO1042

Faustino Asprilla

Parma

Home

PRO1043

Steve Archibald

Tottenham Hotspur

Home

PRO1041

Ronald Koeman

Barcelona

Away

PRO1040

Dino Zoff

Juventus

Home

PRO858

Lothar Matthaus

Inter Milan

Away

PRO1121

Gheorghe Hagi

Barcelona

Home

PRO1119

Trevor Francis

Sampdoria

Home

PRO1120

Ciro Ferrara

Juventus

Home

PRO1223

Pat Jennings

Tottenham Hotspur

Home

PRO1118

Peter Withe

Aston Villa

Home

PRO1226

Ray Wilkins

Manchester United

Home

PRO1225

Ossie Ardiles

Tottenham Hotspur

Home

PRO1541

Andy Gray

Everton

Home

PRO1542

Alexi Lalas

Padova

Home

PRO1224

Roberto Donadoni

AC Milan

Home

PRO1766

Michael Thomas

Arsenal

Away

PRO1544

Claudio Gentile

Juventus

Home

PRO1567

Jaap Stam

Lazio

Home

PRO1767

Remi Moses

Manchester United

Home

PRO1543

Paolo Di Canio

Lazio

Home

PRO1771

Thierry Heny

Arsenal

Home

PRO1770

Bruno Conte

AS Roma

Home

PRO1769

Andreas Brehme

Inter Milan

Home

PRO1768

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