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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 179
stickers: 180 (1-170, H1-H10) – 50 cards (C1-C50)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.90
packets: 4 stickers + 1 card € 1.00 (box of 24 packets)

The new Disney film arrives on newsstands, we really hope there is the possibility of being able to see it at the cinema. The subject is interesting, dragons and damsels are always very popular. The album is well made, the advice is to start completing it after seeing the film, so as not to lose the taste of knowing the story.

Panini makes a particular but interesting choice, instead of presenting the characters first and then the story of the events, he alternates them in an absolutely effective way. Throughout the album we therefore have “History” pages and “Characters” pages. The formula makes the result more captivating, interspersing the evolution of events with the knowledge of the protagonists of the story.

We also find different captions, we could almost have an illustrated book, one more reason to leaf through it only after having seen the film. The double page to discover the map and all the clans living in Kumandra with the stickers is also very valid. Dragons, battles, the fantasy setting is always very suitable for a sticker album.

In the center of the central poster album with two different posters of the film and stickers to be attached on both sides, here are placed the numbered H from 1 to 10. Not only the poster but the whole album is neat and not trivial, with stickers of various formats that make it fun to complete. Among the stickers, beautiful to look at, we find several special, shaped and frames of various colors.

The album is completed by 50 cards, also non-trivial and more successful than previous Panini products. Numbered from 1 to 50 are divided by category, the last 10 are commendable and tell the story through comic strips. We are not card lovers but on this occasion they are an added factor to the collection and not a mere filler.

The complicated period can also be seen from this new Disney album, with a box of just 24 packets. Clearly it is an album released for contractual obligations and on which Panini believes little, how can you blame her given the closed cinemas? They had already bypassed Soul (released only in some countries), they probably couldn’t do the encore.

The box of 24 packets is an understandable attempt to limit the damage with the returns of unsold items from newsstands (just think how many newsstands there are in Italy), the sticker + card formula is the need to keep the rights on both products without doing release two separate albums (lately only happened with LOL, Fortnite and Frozen 2).

A positive aspect is the album paper, although not excellent, even if glossy, it does not have the unpleasant folds of the latest productions and even has three staples, these days it is already something.

(EN)


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