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BLUEY 2 (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 364

in collaborazione con Edicola Birra Fumetteria

album: Bluey 2 (Diramix)

stickers: 190 (1-170, A1-A5, B1-B10, C1-C5)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,99€

box: 30 packets (5 stickers per packet) 1,00€ each

Back on all Bluey newsstands! The adventures of the Australian dog family are presented again in the new Diramix album dedicated to them. Bluey is a little dog who lives her adventures with her little sister Bingo and her dad and mom. The cartoon is an interesting example of how you can make cartoons for children that can also be fun for adults. It is very easy, watching the episodes, to identify with Bluey’s parents: for example, the girls ask their father to play and spend time with them, showing the viewer the classic problems or small situations that one has to face when one has children of Bluey’s age.

For this reason it is certainly a cartoon that can be appreciated both by parents, due to its closeness to reality, and by children who will certainly tend to appreciate the playfulness of the episodes more. Both adults and children will be able to learn that everyone can make mistakes and there is always a way to fix it.

Let’s start from the real sore point that needs to be underlined: the increase in the cost of the packet from 80 cents in 2022 to today’s round euro. Unfortunately, if we thought about it, this is something we could have expected but we were still disappointed even considering the fact that the stickers per pack remained the same 5: bringing them to 6 would perhaps have made us digest this still considerable increase a little better.

Diramix’s style is once again confirmed as extremely colorful and totally dedicated to the product, so much so that it starts directly with the stickers to be attached to the back of the cover. The album is very pleasant to browse even when empty, this means that Diramix has been able to find a good balance between stickers to attach and images already present in the album: sometimes there are as many as 7 stickers to attach on the same page but despite this no Even the captions are missing which are satisfactory and explain well everything that happens.

The pages are almost glossy and for this reason they can sometimes be a little difficult to browse. In any case, the quality, especially of the prints, is unquestionable. The size of the stickers is quite standard and there are both shaped stickers to complete some parts of the album and stickers with a box, as well as 20 stick & stack and 20 special glitter stickers.

This time the album, after a first page presenting Bluey and his friends, has been divided into episodes and stories that the protagonists experienced in the animated series: this can be fun for children who have already followed the series and now have the possibility of remembering it and reliving it with the help of the stickers and the adults who read the captions.

At the center of the album are the stick & stack stickers that Diramix has now accustomed us to: an excellent element for increasing the playfulness and durability of the album over time, which children can play with. And then they’re very 90s, which we always like.

Bluey is a fun, different cartoon, as by putting aside the obvious exaggeration of events, it highlights realistic and nice family dynamics. If you’ve never seen it, give it a chance, maybe starting from this album, it might surprise you.

(AM)


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