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COCOMELON (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 248

album: Cocomelon (Panini)

stickers : 192 (1-192)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

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

It may happen that seeing new albums on newsstands, some collectors ask themselves “who are these?”, As if the publishers were dedicating productions to unknown realities. Perhaps if you are no longer very young and do not follow the news.

Cocomelon more than a cartoon, in the classic sense of the term, is a YouTube channel. In 2021 it was among the most viewed programs in the US and in the world. So, right there is an album.

This review, rather than our usual analysis of interiors, details and stickers, is a brief analysis of the market for stickers in newsstands. This new Panini release gives us some ideas for reasoning, we are not marketing people and not even economics, we are passionate, so they are reasonings that start from the base, from the bottom.

The presentation of this album on newsstands, taking into account the new market rules, could lead the way. We are not sure if the problem is the decrease in newsstands or the turning point towards direct internet sales of Panini but the Cocomelon product offers a substantial novelty: instead of the classic box with many packets, less and less bulky (from the classic 50 we had reached 24), now the packets are sold not individually but in boxes of 5 each.

Basically you can no longer buy the single packet, classic for collections especially intended for children where those who buy are parents or grandparents. It is perhaps not wrong as a basic concept, we hope it is an evaluation in the case of albums that are not born to be completed, but only to cover a certain moment of market demand. So the parent buys a box and maybe some extra but doesn’t go any further. Although the very idea of ​​the concept of “albums that are not meant to be completed” makes us horrified.

Impractical and disastrous if instead you want to try to complete it, because in the classic box of 50 or 36 there were usually a few doubles (in those of 24 it already works little), but buying boxes of 5 packets each, the risk of finding the same is very high.

It is likely that this formula will be adapted for all the albums on which Panini does not consider a potential success, so perhaps as to limit, on the one hand, the returns from the bulk sticker kiosks, on the other hand to push the purchase of a minimum of 5 packets. The cost of the packets is extremely questionable, 1 euro for 5 stickers, although of good quality, it will also be in line with the market, the Panini one, other publishers are cheaper, but we find it too high. But if we go back to the initial reasoning, that is to push the parent to a minimum purchase, knowing that maybe it will not go beyond 10 or 20 sachets, then from an economic point of view it makes sense.

However, and even more wrong at this point to make a useless and lengthened album of 192 stickers, better album with 110 maximum 130 stickers as we are finding on newsstands and that, with a box of 24 packets for a total of 20 euros (other publishers, such as written, they still sell the packets at 0.70 or 0.80) you can almost complete.

As collectors it leaves us perplexed, we fear this 5-pack mini box formula will be the novelty and probably, at least as far as we are concerned, it will also bring us precise choices on which albums to try to complete. Much more correct than done with the Score cards, which will surely be repeated with subsequent albums, or rather a reasoned choice of covering only the newsstands with good sales feedback. So the product is supplied only to those who have a market, perhaps the possible sales are limited but on the other hand the waste is also limited. Sergio Bonelli Editore, with comics, is moving in the same direction. Just read what was written in this month’s comic book editorial.

From our point of view, it is right to reward those who work well or simply have the good fortune of having a school nearby, even if you run the risk of burying a good percentage of newsstands, but the problem is much wider, with a lot of material sold only on Panini website. If this can lead to a “natural selection” of newsstands but those that remain will be strong subjects, let’s say that perhaps it is the only way forward, whether we like it or not.

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CALCIATORI ADRENALYN TITANS 2022 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 247

album: Calciatori Adrenalyn Titans 2022 (Panini)

cards: 212 (T1-T212)

starter pack: binder + 4 packets + 2 cards ltd edition 8,50€

box: 24 packets (6 cards per packet) 1,00€ each

Out of time? The doubt is there. Five days from the end of the championship, a new card album seems like a risky move, also taking into account that at the same time Panini has sent the Score series on newsstands. Collection that is enjoying great success, from our point of view because of superior quality, probably also for the search for “easy money” that has prompted many to buy the packets in search of the many, many limited cards to sell at high prices on the internet .

Not only that, if it is true that the Adrenalyn collection comes out in September to be available for the reopening of schools, it is difficult to think that it can have the same impact when schools close to just over a month.

It is also true that the Titans Series cannot be defined only as an expansion of the classic Adrenalyn, although it was created to be an added part of it, it is denoted in particular by the back of the cards. So the goal may be on the one hand to acquire new collectors, being much shorter than the previous one, on the other hand to entice classic collectors who want to have both series.

The fact remains that on newsstands there are the most captivating Score and that, as mentioned, we are at the end of April.

The Titans collection can be defined as a version of Italian football on what is seen with the europeans and world cup cards. In fact, we find the badges and jerseys, which are not found in the classic Adrenalyn series, as well as the cards with the Top 11 club by club, as happened with Euro 2020 for example, with the addition of being also 3D. In our opinion these 60 cards are the most interesting of the collection, they are also those not connected to the game, you can also see from the different and much improved back. For example, all three official uniforms can be found on the back of the shirt.

The following are variants of what has already been seen in the various years Adrenalyn, nothing particularly captivating. The Time Machines with the great champions of the past would have been much more interesting if they had extended to the history of Italian football, here are re-proposed players who appeared in recent years in the Adrenalyn collection. However, the idea of ​​putting small images of different player cards next to the large photo is nice. In general, however, in our opinion, a superior graphic quality of the classic Adreanalyns should be noted.

If you are new to a good starting point, 9 players per club plus various specials for a total of 212 cards, limited not included. For us who are not even big fans of cards, which is also our limitation when we analyze these collections, a valid album, but still released too late and above all much less interesting than the Score collection. The cost of the sachets is appreciable, lower than the Panini standard of recent years.

A possible advice? Collecting only the first 60 (T1-T60: badges, eleven, second skin) as an extra to the classic series, but that’s just our idea, of course.

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SCORE SERIE A 2021-22 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 246

album: Score Serie A 2021-22 (Panini)

cards: 400 (1-200, plus various numbers)

starter pack: binder + 2 packets Fat Pack 19,90€

box retail: 20 packets (10 cards per packet) 3,00€ each

box fat pack: 12 packets (30 cards per packet) 6,00€ each

Out of time?! Perhaps for a different collection, see Adrenalyn, not for the legendary Score. If you were young in the 90s, you will remember the cards of that time, which showed a product in advance for the Italian times, in the last 30 years, almost never Panini or Topps has been able to do the same, at least in football.

As big supporters of the world of newsstands, it’s a pity that the material on the web was in pre-order for much longer. However, although there are only a few days to go until the end of the championship, which is still very open, the Panini / Score idea is perhaps to use the passion of children for football and the “fuck” of collectors for all the news until the very last moment.

The collection consists of 200 basic cards, a set that is easy to complete thanks to packs of 30 cards. In this first part of the collection you can already see the basic quality of the cards, in our opinion much higher than the Adrenalyn series, both in form and in substance, thicker, with info and photos on the back. If such a collection had come out with the classic Panini series, it would have simply annihilated it.

Too bad for the solution of the initial 200 cards, it means that each team has 10 cards and this goes badly with the binder, which as always contains 9 cards per sheet. So the 180-card set would have been perfect. Sometimes we are a pain in the ass, forgive us. Of course, a set that is easy to complete unless you want to get involved with the project, to the limit of the impossible, of collecting all the Parallel Cards, a range of 15 variations of different colors!

The next 200 are a different, more complex discourse, it could not be otherwise. From this point, number restart from 1 with each type of card.

Breaktrough / Breaktrough Cd, 25 cards, with emerging Serie A players ready to break down walls to reach the top of football.
All Hands Team, 15 cards, the best goalkeepers in Serie A, we would have seen good cards in horizontals engaged in great saves.
Hot Rookies, 15 cards, need no introduction, to be kept aside, who knows that maybe one day they will not become coveted cards and are sought after by thematic enthusiasts.
Score Team, 25 cards, that is the champions team by team, with all respect for the selected players, a part where the current Italian football pays the difference with the Premier League and the lack, except for some, of big names in football international.
Next Level Stats, 20 cards, the best in their roles.

All the special cards above include Parallel Cards with Gold Lava, Black Lava, Gold Lasers, Black Lasers variants.

Game Face, 20 cards, in terms of graphics perhaps the best card of the collection, double photo of the face and player in action. Serie A logo and club crest in the foreground, really interesting.
Intergalactic, 20 cards, football and science fiction meet. Like “Space Jam” could the chosen players represent us in a hypothetical match in the most remote space?
3D, 20 cards, present the defense trio of 20 teams, full-body action photos, side by side, interesting but can also be improved.
For these three types of cards there are special super limited editions, just to make it even more unlikely to find them all, or maybe not?

The collection is completed by the Score Signatures, as many as 40 players and their autographs. Probably among all the most coveted cards for those interested in finding certain players or themes. The first 20 feature players from the current championship but the most sought-after are certainly the next ones where we find the great champions of the past. A few names? Roberto Baggio (Fiorentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina), Diego Milito (Inter), Diego Armando Maradona (Napoli), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Jurgen Klinsmann (Inter), Kakà (Milan), Gianfranco Zola (Napoli), Marco Van Basten (Milan), Juan Sebastian Veron (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Rome), etc. Here too Parallel Card gold and black.

Interesting proposal also from a commercial point of view, with two different boxes and sachets. Above all, the Fat Pack for the little ones is valid, with 6 euros you have 30 cards, difficult to find the specials but still a good basis. It is a collection of clear American origin, where the goal is rarely to find them all (practically impossible and probably not even convenient in terms of a possible future resale), but to look for certain sports or types of cards.

The Score cards are born with a completely different idea from the Adrenalyn ones, connected to a hypothetical game, although in reality few consider them as such. If you take a trip to the USA or even just to England, you can find incredible material compared to what arrives on the Italian market (no comment on the forgettable Instant ..) but with Score even New York or Los Angeles seem closer.

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NINNA E MATTI (Idea Lab)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 245

album: Ninna e Matti (Idea Lab)

stickers: 110 (1-110)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 3,90€

box: 25 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

Not just Meteheroes! At Idea Lab they got a taste of it, after the two albums dedicated to the cartoon of superheroes in defense of the environment, they launch into the world of YouTube. Personally a choice that always makes us happy, if the new idols of kids continue to appear on newsstands with sticker albums, it means that our little paper friends still have their market and their charm. Welcome, long live the stickers!

There are so many albums related to the internet world that even here, on our site, we have decided to create the “Web Heroes” category. Last album, but others will surely arrive, is that of Ninna and Matti. The young couple from Grosseto has largely exceeded one million followers on YouTube, thanks to their entertaining videos of challengers and small and big daily adventures.

The album proposes a formula that we have already seen with other web heroes, a solution we do not consider convenient but a choice because it works, alternating real photos with cartoon versions.

The album is an introduction to the world of the couple, how they met (“the origins”, a bit like Superheroes), their interests, travels, of course videogames and all their friends, including, interesting news , other characters of the web. In short, a sort of Ninna and Matti Universe, which also bodes well for possible future crossover albums (yes, our influence as comic lovers often makes itself felt!)

Speaking of comics, the final part of the album dedicated to a story, four pages with shaped stickers to complete the drawings. A very nice addition that almost concludes an album where another important aspect in our opinion should be pointed out. The total number of stickers is just 108, we fully agree with the choice. Both for the speed with which the market moves, and for the still high number of editorial proposals on the newsstands, essential albums are welcome, but not limited to them. You don’t get the feeling that something is left behind and on the contrary you can create the foundations to maybe make a next one, after all that “goodbye!” at the end of the album it looks promising.

In the packets that we have opened, the stickers seem to us the good complement of an album that will surely appeal to fans of Ninna and Matti. In addition to various animated images, the stickers give the feeling of not being “stolen” photos from the video set, but rather selfies and photos made on purpose, as if what we have in our hands were not just an album of stickers, but a real family album.

With 110 stickers in total and the box of 25 packets, if you are lucky, with a very low cost it is really possible to complete it easily. Let’s dispel the myth that sticker albums must always be monumental and complicated to find all the stickers, the rare ones, rookies and the multitudes let’s leave them for the Calciatori and a few others, sometimes not even these would be necessary.

Thanks to Idea Lab for the quality of the album paper, shiny but good and without creases, someone much bigger than this, they will excuse us, small publisher should learn to have more respect for their buyers and stickers lovers in general.

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BABY SHARK (PANINI)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 244

album: Baby Shark (Panini)

stickers: 196 (1-196)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

Don’t try to cheat us, as soon as you read the title you sang the tune. Adults or children, parents or not, we all really know the hit song. About 9 billion views on YouTube, the most viewed in history, 11 million copies sold of the single in the United States alone, since last year the cartoon has also arrived in Italy on television and with it, the Italian version of the famous song.

“My first album” is written large on the cover and that’s it, because the target is aimed precisely at the little ones. Small collectors luckier than the big ones, since the album is offered with a good matte paper without creases or other problems, as opposed to other recent albums where bad glossy paper causes disasters. Well, Panini proves to have at least a good heart for the little ones!

The collection is very dynamic and nice, perhaps a little repetitive but seen by adult eyes, children will surely find it fun. Very colorful pages suitable not only for attaching stickers but interacting with games, sometimes coloring, solving quizzes. Each page tells a different story, so that each page is somehow unique and, seen from the eyes of a child, many adventures to live.

Certainly after this album you have a knowledge of the whole world of Baby Shark, since there are so many characters represented. We like to emphasize once again the graphic layout, which is really pleasant, as if it were an illustrated book for children with stickers to stick on.

The stickers, we are sure, will also fill diaries, notebooks and wardrobes, perhaps even some walls, to the delight of mum and dad. Larger in size than the standard, their, somehow, simplicity is also synonymous with immediacy. They are used to complete the album, but they also have their own charm on their own.

If you wanted, taking into account that it is aimed at children, you could have avoided many stickers, almost 200 are an exaggeration. It would have been a good album even with only 140 or 160 stickers, therefore easier to complete, even taking into account the boxes of just 24 packets. Despite being among the most popular brands in the world, perhaps Panini, after all, did not believe it enough to make a box of 36 or 50 packets.

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Fantastic Beasts: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 243

album: Fantastic Beasts – The secrets of Dumbledore (Panini)

stickers: 120 (1-120) + 30 cards (C1-C30)

starter pack: album + 5 packets + 3 card limited 4,90€

box: 24 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

t is always complicated when an opinion is already negative, especially if in reality there are several interesting aspects. Our considerations cannot suffer the negative impact of the album paper which, once again, is a punch in the stomach.

We are not asking for top quality paper, but acceptable, collectible, decent, that is. The feeling is that there is really a total lack of respect not only towards the buyers but also the history of Panini, at least of the Panini family, of the four or rather eight brothers and of Nonna Olga, celebrated by us with a card.

The annoying point, beyond any other aspect, is that these shortcomings heavily affect those who, in the Panini household, have not forgotten history, tradition and seriousness. Result: albums that are interesting from many points of view, are eventually massacred by details where the paper crisis is just a mere excuse, if Panini herself, at the same time, releases albums with matte and non-glossy paper that do not cause problems. And other publishers, almost all of them, use glossy paper but without all these disasters.

It is really a big shame because the album linked to the Harry Potter Universe proves to be quite interesting. First of all in the formula, in our opinion winning, no more time for biblical albums (for those Calciatori are enough) but essential, to the point that the sometimes useless cards can also be digested. “Dumbledore’s Secrets” contains just 120 stickers, an excellent solution, especially in an era where the boxes that arrive at newsstands contain only 24 packets. To be (very) optimistic, we are satisfied that we can find an adequate number of stickers other than having to then only make a limited order of missing ones at Panini between stickers and card.

The album is divided into two parts, in the first pages (stickers from 1 to 44) space for the previous films, this also explains the background graphics to the minimum terms. There is, as the right change of style compared to the following pages where we get to the heart of the new film and where in the images we find beautiful and large photos of scenes from the film, in black and white which makes it all very fascinating, right contrast with the stickers above. which are obviously in color. An appreciable detail, by attaching the stickers, the images below still maintain vitality with the various characters / actors still clearly visible.

The stickers are certainly not trivial, the editorial line is similar to the previous albums, correct choice since the quality is excellent, as well as the larger format than the standard. The frame, also special silver or gold, allows you to have that picture effect that, you will see, will make you spend more than a moment enjoying the photographs. Photographs, not “frames” from the film, this is what they seem. Really beautiful.

The 30 cards are ultimately a good filler for a good collection. In the starter pack there are also 3 limited edition cards. Another detail that we appreciate, compared to other collections, is the size of the limited, equal to the 30 cards found in the packets, this should allow you to keep them all together in the dedicated box, attached to the album.

The stickers are beautiful, the limited formula of stickers and cards to complete the album is good, a pity, a real shame about the insult (sorry, we can’t find a more correct term) of the quality of the paper. And if Panini ever had the intention of releasing a hardcover version, it would not be remotely a solution for those who have the right to be able to collect in a curated, traditional and stapled album.

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MINECRAFT TCG 2 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 242

album: Minecraft – Time to mine TCG (Panini)

cards: 207 (1-207)

starter pack: binder + 3 packets + 4 card limited 9,90€

standard box: 18 packets (8 cards per packet) 2,99€ cad.

value pack box: 10 packets (26 cards per packet) 8,50€ cad.

Minecraft is back! In reality it is difficult to think that they had ever left, given the millions of fans that this game has all over the world, if we are on the third album (2 of cards, 1 of stickers) in a short time Panini probably also found interest. in the products made.

An important collection also in terms of costs, not exactly economic, but in contrast to other productions we can see a good quality, even in the details. As already happened in the previous collection, the back of the cards has a different image from the front. The not too high number of cards therefore allows them to be stored in the binder 9 per envelope, so as to enjoy both images.

While it is true that on the one hand Panini, for some time, has no longer considered newsstands the center of its universe, with exclusive or preview products on its website, on the other hand, at least in this case, there are also different products for the traditional market ..

In cases like these, the starting point is as important as the arrival, if the intention is to have cards to make the children happy, every single purchase can be enough, if the desire is to try to complete the collection, you need to be patient and .. a budget that is not impressive but still important. Incalculable if you decide to find all the variations.

The checklist included in the binder is essential to understand the collection which is not random, but well organized presenting the whole Minecraft world. The first 63 are mainly dedicated to the characters, from 55 to 81 space for scenarios, all nine cards are needed to get the complete image, from very interesting and original comic book fans the sketch cards, 18 and then to continue many other characters.

In our own small way, we believe fans will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the cards, also by their variety, also taking into account that out of 207 total cards 108 are special, metal or mirror effect. Do you want to look for them all, really all? Well, there are even 53 cards in “parallel” version, holographic silver or gold.

It is appreciated that the checklist is also very useful for those who want to reach the final goal. Just browse the attachment to understand what they are and how to mark them. They are details, but important and we like to point them out. Although in reality, the variants are simply those between 2 and 54. All the stickers can, if lucky, be found in the standard packets, except for the limited ones that can only be purchased in the starter packs, the standard one and the online one. on the Panini website, actually the same with the addition of two limited packets (not exactly ethical move towards newsstands, but we have already commented before).

So summarizing 207 complete basic set cards + 106 parallel + at least 6 limited edition cards = 319 total cards .. but that’s not necessarily the end of it!

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THE GRUFFALO (Gazzetta dello Sport)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 241

album: Il Gruffalò (Gazzetta dello Sport)

stickers: 180 (1-160 + 20 A not numbered)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,50€

box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

What a surprise Gruffalo! We often go around with albums to review, waiting to be able to do the review. In this case we were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of many mothers and fathers who read the books of this fictional character to their children.

Created by Julia Donaldson in 1999, this cute creature has been the protagonist of children’s illustration books, before becoming a cartoon as well. As you know, we believe in stickers and therefore we are very happy that it has also become an album!

It is also interesting that the editorial proposal comes from a giant like RCS and that the album is linked to Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere della Sera. Definitely an attempt to enter this world directly, made up of packets and stickers. In recent years, Gazzetta has made several albums, always as attachments to other products (comics by Tex, Zagor, Alan Ford, etc. or the DVDs of Holly & Benji, Lupin III), but this time it is an old-fashioned proposal .

The albums “attached to” were very affected by the quality, some more or less, especially the stickers were rather, if you allow us the term, cheap. Here it is clear that it is a test, but like all tests it must be done with a certain commitment and it seems to us that Gazzetta has hit the mark, although we have found some really avoidable errors.

The feeling of rehearsal is also in the setting of the album itself, a presentation of Gruffalo, of the leafy forest where he lives and his animal friends. The interpretation is therefore an introduction with the prospect, possibly, of making other albums that tell the adventures in detail.

If you are not new to our reviews, you know that we do not really like static stickers, here is an explosion of shapes, there are so many. Not only that, also transparent and hairy. Wanting album, it is not easy for children to attach, but today’s little ones are quite smart and with the help of their parents or uncles we are sure we can achieve excellent results.

At the center of the album is the poster for the stickers numbered A, the legendary “stick & stack”. Given the type of product and the target, a great way to make children interact with the characters and perhaps always create new stories. First big mistake: stickers A do not have any type of numbering, luckily we found them all by opening an entire box, so here is the image of the 20 special “stick & stack” stickers 😉

The album is a mix of fantasy, illustration and teaching. The captions tell about the oddities of our friend with the monster face, but also provide notions about the real animals his friends, the ones that really populate our planet. Useful and fun at the same time.

The stickers are well made, very light but full, specially made to be attached to the album. Given the giant RCS as a publisher, surely it can afford it, the cost of the sachet is an appropriate choice, in good contrast with products with similar targets currently on newsstands. The same number of stickers, 180, without the addition of useless and expensive cards, could entice parents to buy even more. Even the cardboard of the starter pack is not to be thrown away, it is possible to cut out the characters. Insignificant detail? We don’t think so.

Second (and third) mistake: in the album there is no reference on how and when to order the missing stickers, we hope it’s just a “sin of inexperience”, if it were through the classic service on the Gazzetta Store, not everyone knows how do. Furthermore, the big question is whether stickers A will be available and how to recognize them. Panini, at the time of Gorjuss made a similar mistake but then later saved himself by putting a pdf file on the site to find out which number the various stickers corresponded to. As other publishers do, however, it could be that the “attach and detach” simply are NOT orderable .. hopefully the others are at least!

In general, this “take the field” of Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere della Sera, an Italian publishing giant that could decide to make other products, who knows, maybe even sports products, is generally interesting .. in the meantime, one wonders if this product can do from forerunner to a new synergy between books and stickers (for the writer, I have always dreamed of the album of stickers of Richard Scarry’s characters, the oldest among you will know who I am referring to). Time will tell if it will be a success or not, we personally hope and cheer on it, the project must be supported but also the choice of quality, paper and economic proposal.

Gruffalo Forever!

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METEOHEROES 2 (Idea Lab)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 240

album: MeteoHeroes 2 (Idea Lab)

stickers: 160 (1-160)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,50€

box: 40 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

Welcome back MeteoHeroes! One year later, here is the new superhero album for the environment. In 2021 we, in our own small way, supported the initiative. Both for the quality of the proposal and for the charitable purpose, linked to Lega Ambiente and the protection of our friendly bees, fundamental for the ecosystem and for everyone’s future.

The cover can be misleading, it is not an updated version of the previous one but completely different. Certainly the setting is similar but the two albums have a life of their own, even if the second can be seen as a continuation of the first. In fact, the first 16 stickers speak of the “origins”, to find out more you can always buy the complete set of MH 2021, available among our SolidAlbum https://figurineforever.com/figurine-disponibili/

Save the bees. The theme is not marginal to the album but is its substance, its purpose. A wise choice, therefore, that the first pages, after the short introductory part, are dedicated to the campaign for the purchase of bees’ houses. Each packet purchased corresponds to a house, simple isn’t it?

The most substantial part of the album is connected to the many adventures around the world of our MeteoHeores, the same ones you can experience following the cartoon. From Ex-Yugoslavia to Brazil the whole world is covered, so that alongside fun and notions on climate and environmental problems, perhaps the youngest can also learn geography.

Excellent news to see the graphics of the first album confirmed, if it works, just don’t twist it. Each page is a swarm of colors, information but also stickers, different from each other: large, small, shaped, holographic. Completing every single page is really essential to appreciate the content, without stickers, it could not be otherwise, it would be missing too much.

An album made to involve the family but also the school. An important role is to help children not only to attach the stickers but also to follow the stories to read and understand the information and advice of our MeteoHeroes for a better tomorrow. Also life-saving tips such as the captions that we find in yellow at the bottom at the end of each adventure. “Better never play with fire ..”, good advice also for adults, mind you.

It is commendable to continue the operation by Idea Lab. 20 stickers less than the previous one, without the poster in the center of the album to be completed. Good. Let’s dispel the myth that a good album must have many stickers; the didactic ones and for the very young it is right that they contain between 140 and a maximum of 180 stickers; 160, as in this case, is a good solution.

Cost of the packet raised by 10 cents, too bad. But the stickers are bigger than the previous album. Great choice, the new format is more suitable. Among the many information that the album is worth, the important one on how to request the missing stickers is missing. Or is it an “easter egg” and we don’t see it? 🙂

A strong candidate for our Top Ten 2022!

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FORTNITE 3 Golden Frame Series (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 239

album: Fortnite 3 Golden Frame Series (Panini)

stickers: 248 (1-248)

starter pack: tba

box: 36 packets (5 stickers per packet) 1,00€ each

You can be passionate or not, but if you are in contact, even indirectly, with children and adolescents, you cannot fail to know Fortnite. Brand of such success that it also makes crossovers with some historical characters from comics, such as Batman.

Panini comes out with the third album of adhesive stickers, to which must also be added those of card. Fortnite’s success is evident, this allows us to save ourselves from the usual process of having a unique collection of stickers + cards, more complicated to complete, more expensive.

We liked the previous album very much, in terms of presentation and development of the album. This is why we have gone back many steps, it is not even a question whether the internal graphics can be liked or not, they simply are not there.

As in an 80’s album, space is simply for stickers. The first 33 pages are practically the same as each other, as you can see from the photo above, except for some gold or other brackets. It is true that the album features 100 different costumes, so the stickers are absolute protagonists, but a few splashes of different colors might suit us well. Short captions under the stickers.

After 196 stickers, the album takes a new turn with different shapes to complete the pages. Graphics reminiscent of the previous album. Showing the individual characters, the final part deals with the various series and their particularities: Oscura, Frozen, Lava, Ombre, Juicy. Ghosts against Shadows, vehicles and consumables close the album. It may be that to the fans everything seems perfect, for us who look more at the whole and less at the substance, it seems like a job done without too much impetus.

More articulated reasoning on stickers. Larger than normal size, lots of gold specials (after all it is the Golden Series ..) which also help to make the cost of the bag less indigestible at 1 euro. Now consolidated price for many releases, sure that an extra card in a packet would not have been bad. In practice, an album that is not exceptional, stickers that positively save the final judgment, however a step backwards compared to the previous one released in 2020.

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BING 4 maxi album (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 238

album: Bing 4 maxi album (Diramix)

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

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,99€

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

This album is not only Bing but also .. Big! We are at the fourth collection dedicated to the cute rabbit and his friends, the first edition was already a large format album, in this case, however, the stickers are also the same. All big, all maxi.

This is the most significant news coming from the Diramix publisher. Maybe a different graphics could have been invented that did not follow the previous ones, a choice of tradition was made but in a different format. Much better this way than integrating it with cards or other devilry, not very suitable also taking into account the very young target of small potential collectors.

First pages dedicated to the birthday of our big-eared friend, a good excuse for a double page that also features the other main protagonists of the animated series. An introductory page that already makes the format of the album clear: many collage stickers, shaped and the inevitable hairs, always fun to the touch.

Subsequently, now a classic of the Bing albums, each page tells a new adventure, up to the central pages where, another classic, the “stick and stack” stickers with which to always invent new games. Three sets: dance party (numbered A), summer or winter (numbered B), pajama party (numbered C).

Not just adventure, the pages alternate with others of stickers including games, quizzes and notions for learning the alphabet, animal sounds or tools to become expert gardeners or cooks. At the end of the page the solution of the games.

The maxi stickers have led to a considerable increase in the cost of the packets, 30 cents more is really a lot, not justified by the quality of the stickers themselves. On the other hand, this giant format makes the album very fun, with huge images and close-ups that seem to almost enter your house. Fortunately, a not too high number of total stickers has been maintained, 190 like the previous one.

If you can almost complete the album with a box, often a practice in Diramix albums (and we thank them for this), even the more demanding price of the individual packets is acceptable.

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FANTASY RIDERS TCG (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 237

album: Fantasy Riders TCG (Panini)

cards: 396 (1-396)

starter pack: binder + 4 packets 8,00€

packets: 6 cards 1,50€ (box of 24 packets)

tin box : 50 cards 11,99€

metal box : 2 packets 5,00€

The Fantasy Riders world also arrives in Italian shops, after the great success in Spain and in other countries. We are in a period of great market linked to trading cards, fans are always looking for new games, they are not satisfied only with the classics, however always at the top of the sales, such as Pokemon or Magic.

The fact that it arrives later in Italy is yet another counter-proof that, unlike those who think and believe, the Italian market is not Panini’s main one, also applies to classic sticker albums such as those of the World Cup.

If we analyze the product from sticker collectors it seems to us very well done, the graphics are pleasant, the quality of the cards good, suitable for the game, resistant. They have prominent parts and above all, compared to other Panini productions, they are well aware of the importance of variety.

Important collection, having almost 400 cards. Suitable for game lovers, therefore without possibly the need to find them all. For the base game you need about forty cards. At the same time suitable for classic sticker collectors, with clear numbering on the front of the cards. An interesting detail is the back of the cards, not simply repeated but divided for the nine tribes, so that they are more easily recognizable.

Of course, the genre is fantasy, so he winks at Magic, hoping not to say a heresy, in terms of quality, they seem superior to us. Many specials, with different levels of rarity, from bronze to titanium. Six types of cards: heroes, creatures, riders, objects, places and spells.

We showed the collection to card players, invited them to play a game and tell us more. The substantial guide inside the binder is useful for knowing how the story is set up, a bit poor on the structure of the game, for that you need to try.

If in Spain they have reached the third edition, it means that the product works. A large company like Panini is right to try to enter directly into a very active market such as that of trading card games; we hope the search for the various numbers for those wishing to complete the collection will not be as complicated as with the collection of Captain Tsubasa by Tomy, where the numbers in the packets are always repeated. But also in terms of card quality, we are on another planet.

Long live the king!

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GENOA the stickers 2021/22 (Erredi)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 236

album: Genoa the stickers 2021/22 (Erredi)

stickers: 230 (1-230)

album: 1,00€

box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

Also this year we have the opportunity to review the Grifone album. The oldest Italian football team, in its official album, made as in recent years by Erredi. Compared to last year, we have fewer stickers, the album is not affected that much. If anything, it’s a little bit of the whole that doesn’t make you cry out for a miracle.

Starting from the cover which, honestly, hardly not convinces us. We probably can’t understand the graphic choice but it seems really too abstract, also taking into account the specific weight that this club has in the history and the passion that distinguishes its fans.

Of course, making a rossoblu sticker album in recent years is not easy, given the high number of players replaced during the season. The same fate often happens to the coaches as well. Let’s say that for thematic collectors, those looking for the specific stickers of a single player, for Sheva fans a must have the stickers from 5 to 8 😉

In the album there are 34 players of the squad, no special treatment, for each of them a page with 5 stickers, the classic bust, the autograph, two full photos always posing (we would have preferred at least one in game action ) and the nicest and most captivating one with the player showing his game number from behind. No special stickers, the lack of stickers in action, as mentioned, makes the album very static and repetitive.

Do not call us nostalgic, even if in reality that is what we are, but the most interesting part of these monothematic albums is often the last where we leave room for history. This year we find many great former Genoa players represented, starting with the best goalkeepers of over in almost 130 years of history. Of course, Giovanni De Prà, the goalkeeper, the protagonist of our solidarity sticker Celebrative Sticker # 16, created in collaboration and in support of the Museum of the History of Genoa, cannot be missing (https://figurineforever.com/en/2021/11/22/celebrative-sticker-16-giovanni-de-pra-2/).
After the 16 goalkeepers, it is the turn of the 16 great free throws and finally 26 stickers of Genoese footballers who have achieved great results in their city and their favorite team.

Final page with space for six stickers, updates. There is no further information.
The stickers on the album have nothing particular or innovative, as already written the most interesting, even in terms of graphic choices, are those at the end of the album.

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SAMPDORIA the stickers 2021/22 (Erredi)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 235

album: Sampdoria the stickers 2021/22 (Erredi)

stickers: 252 (1-252)

album: 1,00€

box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

We find it fun to have the opportunity to prepare the reviews of the Genoa and Sampdoria albums together, so that we can compare them, without, who knows, the need to prefer one to the other. So as not to upset the fans of either team.

The graphic layout is similar, but not the same. Above all, this album has 22 more stickers than Genoa’s.

Very large space for the squad, 26 players. Taking into account that the cousins’ album has 34 players, as a result the final part of the album can only be richer. Each player is represented with 5 stickers, nothing particularly exciting, especially a useless repetition of the two whole stickers in pose, one in action would have been more appropriate.

From sticker 176 onwards we enter the second part of the album. Notion of merit is the presence of the female selection stickers, not just some as happens for example with the Europublishing albums of Inter, Milan, Juventus, but as many as 26 stickers! Bravi, who has been following us for some time, knows that we are great advocates of the right space, in all sports albums, even of women’s teams.

From sticker 202 to final 252 we dive into the history of the Sampdoria team, first with the Genoese players who grew up and became important in the team of their city, then with the Top 33 of the greatest players in the history of Sampdoria. Of course, it is impossible to put them all, just as it is to put everyone in agreement. Some names? Pagliuca, Mannini, Vincenzi, Morini, Vierchowood, Lippi, Lombardo, Frustalupi, the goal twins Vialli and Mancini, etc. Obviously, the idol of the curve par excellence could not be missing: Ernestro Bernardo Cucchiaroni, from whom the ultras take their name.

On the back cover, space for the 6 updated stickers. It is not known, at least on the album, how to recover these stickers. Probably in Genova, we hope, there is such a consolidated practice that it is not even necessary to notify it.

We recovered the album but not some stickers, however, being made similar to those of the Genoa album, we can imagine they are not particularly special. If not precisely those related to Sampdoria history and for this reason with an irresistible charm.

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DRAGON BALL ULTIMATE TCG (Diramix Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 234

album: Dragon Ball Ultimate – TDC (Diramix)

cards: 162 (1-162)

starter pack: binder + 1 packet 6,99€

packet standard : 7 cards 2,00€ (20 packets per box)

packet limited : 11 cards + 1 card ltd edition 5,00€ (10 packets per box)

How many albums have come out of Dragon Ball?!? Has anyone kept the count? Stickers we have had several Panini albums and other publishers. The cards first with Edibas then Diramix .. Probably there are at least twenty, maybe more. A sign that the myth continues to be strong and pleasant. All beautiful but, perhaps we are old, we still do not understand why Diramix (and Edibas before) insists on not personalizing the various collections, so that, subsequently, they are easily recognizable.

This detail, perhaps of little importance for card collectors, for us who come from the stickers, makes the collection unattractive, given over time the difficulty in recognizing the single card of which collection it belongs. Surely it is our limit .. be patient.

Of course, after so many releases it is also difficult to be original, opening just one packet different images seem to us already seen. The lamincards, gloriously born in Italy, are still a valid product, if kept with care. In fact, the transparent part is easy to get dirty.

162 is the perfect number, linked to the spaces that we find inside the binder, so there is no doubt that it does not undergo variations collection after collection. It is very appreciated that Diramix prints the numbering of the cards to be affixed on the sheets, other publishers have also eliminated the small adhesive to be attached. If you collect stickers or cards, you are probably aces with the 9 times table! 🙂

As happened with the previous “Ultra Power”, the last 9 cards are limited edition. The absolute protagonist is the dragon Shenron. To find them you need to buy the special packets. To check if by purchasing the box of 10 you will find the nine different limited cards. Probably not, so good luck swapping!

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ME CONTRO TE – The movie 3 (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 233

album: Me contro Te – The movie 3 – Lost in time (Diramix)

stickers: 188 (1-180, A-H) + 40 cards (C1-C40)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,90€

box: 36 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

Topper packets (topper + 1 packet) 3,50€ each

Once again Sofì and Luì! Fourth sticker album in a few years plus one of just cards. Now for the publisher Diramix it is time to do a mix of the two, following the editorial line of many others. Solution of which we are not big supporters but at least in this case the solution found is interesting.

As the album is linked to the third film, it retraces the new adventure of our heroes. So it is a wise idea to go to the cinema before starting the collection or you will have already discovered all the secrets of the story. We can only anticipate that the setting is fun and bubbly, as often happens when the protagonists go for a walk in time.

The classic characters we have come to know are all there. As has already happened in the past, the layout of the album is very varied and dynamic, alternating frames from the film with cartoon stickers, many are shaped and fill the images below. The line is similar to the previous albums but always winning, also taking into account that we are talking about characters born with social media and youtube, an album that is too classic with static stickers and the same in format would probably have been affected.

As written at the beginning, the novelty is the presence of 40 card. This has led to an increase in the cost of the packet and probably to greater difficulties also in completing the album. We are not very fond of the stickers + card proposal, often irrelevant for the quality of the collection, but it is undeniable that Diramix has found an interesting solution and that we hope that it will be followed by other publishers. Simple but effective. There is no box linked but the possibility of collecting the 40 cards right in the center of the album, inserting them using the cut corners as for the photographs and even the environment thanks. In the center poster for the 8 stickers numbered with the letters.

Another novelty, following what other sticker albums have done, are the gadgets that are not strictly connected to the collection. A bit like Sbabam does with TPOC or Panini with Gommaglie Calciatori (luckily they avoided this year ..). If you are crazy about McT, look for them all, otherwise you can buy the normal packets.

Nice, colorful stickers and cards and also the frames taken from the film in general are of good quality. The 40 cards are also different on the back, a detail that should be emphasized. Of the 40 cards, 10 also have the autographs printed on them. We have not yet found them in the packets that we have opened, but they are not limited edition, as is the case with Lyon’s latest album, for example.

Normally the purchase of a Diramix box helps a lot in completing the collection, being the 36 packets per box and the 40 cards, even if you are very lucky you will certainly need a multiple purchase. On the other hand, with stickers, it could happen.

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LYON 2 (OFFICINA EDICOLA)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 232

album: Lyon 2 (Officina Edicola)

cards: 150 (1-150)

starter pack: album + 1 packet 5,50€

box: 24 packets (5 cards per packet) 1,00€ each

Four albums in just over a year, after the incredible success of the first card album made by Officina Edicola, the two (very beautiful) stickers and cards made by Panini, return to the origin with a series of cards again for Officina Edicola. Album that has many things in common with the one released in November 2020, but there is no shortage of news.

In general it seems to us that Officina Edicola has listened to some of the suggestions received from enthusiasts and collectors, while maintaining the same editorial line, the album is better constructed, so much so that, unlike the first, in this case we feel we can say that it is not it is only a card binder.

This is not a secondary aspect, the first series had virtually non-existent graphics on the internal pages. There remained only the valid aspect of a choice to keep the cards without having to resort to plastic binders, also valid in this case. An excellent and appreciable choice, even from an ecological point of view, clearly feasible when it comes to collections with a limited number of cards. This second series, on the other hand, has a much more refined album, different images on each page and above all that refer to the card game connected to the collection.

The album is inspired by the Lyon series “Extreme Survival” and is equally divided into two parts, both at the card level and at the level of thematic pages. The first 75 cards and first 15 pages to the adventures at the Polo, the following 75 cards and 15 pages to the adventures in the desert. In reality, the variants allow you to participate in 10 different missions and the ability to play both alone and with friends.

On the back cover you will find a valid explanation of both how to play and the value and use of the various cards. The much more dynamic presentation within the album also upset the numbering compared to the first series. In the first album we had first the common cards, then the specials and then the rare ones. Here, however, by force of what they are mixed, as the album is divided into two parts.

This random sequence between cards of different values ​​is easily understood thanks to the checklist on the back cover. It starts immediately with a bang, number 1 is an Ultra Rare! As for the first series, the ultra rare, which cannot be ordered from the publisher as missing cards, are four and exactly the numbers 1, 30, 79 and 96. In principle, by purchasing a box of sachets you will find an ultra rare, but it is not a rules, a safety. It can also happen that you are particularly lucky and find more than one. Also in this series in each pack you will find 2 common, 2 special and 1 rare cards.

In general, the cards seem to us improved compared to the first series, in particular to the touch they give us the impression of being more resistant. In terms of graphics we note that, despite having two adventures, we do not find a mere repetition with the different scenography in the background. Polo cards and desert cards are not the same images, of course the characters repeat themselves but with different designs. In short, a new collection that is appreciated, above all while maintaining the costs of the previous one. The album is also more compact.

The “Lyon” passion does not seem to know pauses. Strange to see two publishers working on the same character, but the collections are hugely different. The two Panini are probably among the best productions of the Modenese house of 2021, the two Officina Edicola (also from Modena ..) have a more classic and simple impact but no less interesting.

Adventure is also finding one of the 100 ultra rare cards autographed by Ettore Canu, if by chance you find them send us a photo and we will publish it on our social networks!

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AMICI CUCCIOLOTTI (Pizzardi)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 231

album: Amici Cucciolotti 2022 (Pizzardi)

stickers: 476 (1-460, MS1-MS8, T1-T8)P + 72 cards (1-72)

starter pack: album + 1 packet 0,70€

starter pack: hard cover album + 8 packets 5,60€

box: 100 packets (6 stickers + 1 card per packet) 0,70€ each

“Welcome back Cucciolotti!”, A nice Christmas present. We hope it is a good omen for a finally peaceful new year, we all really need it so much. Someone would like two Cucciolotti a year. Perhaps an exciting idea, but not very practicable. Leafing through the album we can only renew the beautiful sensations and the incredible work behind it, you can understand why it takes a long time to think, conceive and realize it. Better one a year and well done, perhaps with several new features, this year is not lacking.

The total number of stickers is downsized as it did last year, from 512 we went to 476 including extras. Right number, indeed it could still go down to around 450 so as to make the collection easier to complete. The quality would not be damaged, the album setting could allow you to “delete” some pages without the general substance being affected. It is also a choice in line with the times we live in, with fewer opportunities to swap the stickers.

At this point, buying a whole box, we think that we could really complete the album. Not only that, with 600 stickers (6 per packet) you would still have over 100 stickers to swap or stick on diaries and notebooks. After all, this has always been a winning aspect of the Cucciolotti collection, many stickers are effective even beyond the album itself, for their images, phrases, mottos. In practice, even if you complete the album more easily, you will have a thousand other reasons to continue playing with the Cucciolotti.

The 2022 album seems to us more like a container of many stories, didactics and good intentions, more than a product structured by chapters, especially in the second part. Not being a Marvel comic it doesn’t need to follow the “continuity”, indeed this aspect makes it more interesting, because you don’t know exactly what you might find on the next page. In the first part, however, we have many pages dedicated to specific areas of the world and its inhabitants, of earth, sky or water. We have chosen to publish the page with the large image of a Gorilla, an animal in danger of extinction. To think that one day children can no longer see a living one, but only in photos, should make us think and a lot ..

The text is an integral and fundamental part of the Cucciolotti, it is not only didactic but an attempt, successful for us, to make children interact with the world and the beings that populate it. The choice to always set the story as a journey of the Nasons is effective, also because we can all take part in it, just work with imagination and dreams, qualities of which all children are healthy carriers, fortunately. By doing so, alongside the didactic notions, you can have fun with the many games and quizzes that the album offers. We adults should try too, to find out how little we really know about nature and its splendid protagonists.

Of course, there is also plenty of room for adventure, comics and the fantastic. As aficionados of comics we have chosen this page dedicated to superhero Nasons, that “magnificent 7” is also a tribute to a milestone in western cinema, of which we are equally lovers. What can I say, thank you!

We wrote that the album is a container of good intentions and important messages. Often the mistake is made of considering the Cucciolotti collection linked “only” to the protection of animals and the great work in support of ENPA. In fact, taking advantage of the fundamental playful concept of stickers, Pizzardi also uses the album to give space to equally important issues, such as the fight against bullying and racism. Because we are all the same, a concept so simple that children understand it well, much better than us adults, too involved and influenced by taboos, preconceptions and often unfounded fears.

Another necessary aspect is the culture of environmental protection, of our seas, our trees, our friendly bees, etc. Cucciolotti dedicates several pages to this commitment which has a solution only if it is daily; even through the stickers, these little paper friends of ours, children can learn how to live more in peace with what surrounds us.

The most significant novelty are certainly the cards. Goodbye little talkers! It was about time, sorry but we think so. We do not know how much children liked to find these small paper objects to deliver messages, but there are certainly many more children attracted to card games, just note not only how many products are on the newsstands, but how many other sticker albums are there. they made a fundamental aspect.

The 72 cards 2022 are graphically far from the past, they are very close to traditional trading cards. It is not just a matter of images but of the information we find on the sticker. The first 51 feature our animal friends, complete with different levels of strength, energy and value points. From 52 to 60 here are the Super Nasoni, from 61 to 65 the dangers and the last ones the specials, especially the 72. To find out more it is useful to complete the pages of the album with stickers from 451 to 458, because in the end stickers and cards are a whole, you cannot collect stickers without taking care of the cards and vice versa.

The stickers are always the added value of this collection, they are so varied that it is useless to point out, as others do, the special ones, they all are, in some way. Although the price of the packets has increased (from 0.60 to 0.70), the offer always remains among the cheapest in the panorama of stickers, taking into account, as just written, that the stickers are well-finished and with many different characteristics, a choice that certainly involves a higher cost in producing them.

Also noteworthy is the promotion on albums, last year, although low, they had a cost, now no longer. For both the normal album and the hardcover album, the expense is that of the packets it contains. Unfortunately, in terms of paper quality, the hardcover album is not valid. Unfortunately, the hated folds are present exponentially, a problem that we now find in many products from many publishers. However, it must be said that in the case of Pizzardi, they can be forgiven, given that the album is distributed practically free of charge.

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CALCIATORI 2021/22 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 230

album: Calciatori 2021/22 (Panini)

stickers: 835 (1-716, P1-P20, A1-A20, PM1-PM9, CM1-CM9, M1-M40, C1-C20, sticker TIM)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 100 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

box deluxe: 60 packets 39,90€

pack Super Calciatori: 40 stickers 5,00€

hard cover album + 3 packets 19,99€

album limited edition (end january 2022)

update set: stickers M1-M40, P1-P20 9,90€ (march 2022)

“Sorry for delay”. We can forgive Panini, we are his lovers, we could not do otherwise. The delay to which we refer is that this epochal change in presenting the stickers in the Calciatori could coincide with the 60th anniversary. At the same time it is right that it went like this, somehow close a period with a celebratory album and start the following year with something different.

Let’s start with a fundamental aspect, the keeping of the album. We will only have proof of it when it is weighed down by over 800 stickers but it looks absolutely improved after last year’s havoc. We took the central page and lifting it up, suspended, with all the weight of the album on it, it holds! And it holds very well, clearly we do not recommend doing it as a complete album. Unfortunately, many have already reported the exact same problem as last year (see photo above), too many to think of some flawed copies. What can I say .. making mistakes is human to persevere is diabolical, pay close attention and let’s not comment further.

The world of the web is colorful and interesting, sometimes it is deceiving. We had said everything and more, we too had commented with regret the “announced” disappearance of Serie C, but there is, as well as women’s football and a due tribute to the Azzurri Champions of Europe. Of course, like others, we dreamed of a cover that referred to that of 1983 with Bearzot lifting the Cup, it had not already happened in 2007 after the World Cup in Germany, it does not even happen this year after the Europeans and the final victory at Wembley. Cover that in any case live, with the parts in relief, is less ugly than it seemed only on the internet.

Substantial part of the album dedicated to Serie A (from sticker 1 to 524), rightly so, but the presence of the other professional leagues makes the Calciatori beyond any reasonable doubt always one step above (for us a mountain) compared to the Premier album League.

Serie A is presented in a different way from the last 40 years, even beyond, those who have always looked at the Spanish Liga album with a little envy have been satisfied. Each player has a double image, the classic bust and the one in game action. Finally! We are lovers of tradition, but it has been clear for some years that the Calciatori album needs a refresh, marrying, among other things, two distant generations. Who remembered the 70s albums and who among the younger ones prefer the cards because they see the player in action.

Not only this, the pages have been completely renewed, for obvious space requirements. No more a page with the players and the other with specials, team and coach. Now the players are equally divided into four sides, it loses a little the spectacularity of the album, but it becomes more effective. The number of players is still 22 stickers, to which are added the championship, the coach, the team. In addition to the “most loved Panini” sticker, this year dedicated to the great bombers, stickers not present in the packets but within the update set from March 2022.

The scores of the players are an integral part of the pages, statistics and captions reduced to a minimum, but the essential is sometimes enough. We really like the box on the last page at the top right where the history and curiosity of each individual club is found. Non-trivial information, therefore interesting. The egamers are also present, we are old and we do not understand it, but as long as they are a small non-invasive detail we can bear it.

With the clear aim of limiting the total number of stickers, the Primavera team, second and third kits, the stadium are only photographs. For the more technological, however, you will find a QR code to learn more about the temples of football. In general, it is a solution that we understand, especially if this still allows you to have Serie B, C, Womens in the album or on the contrary avoids reaching almost 1000 stickers as happened in the past.

Gigi Buffon is the sticker number 654a, so the collectors of the thematic stickers of the great champions is in place. Serie B (stickers from 561 to 701) is the same as always, excellent. Scudetto and 18 players divided into 9 stickers, The novelty of Serie A allows even more to differentiate the players of the top division from the cadet one. Only in photos jerseys, teams and coach. Here too it is an understandable choice in order not to overload the album with too many stickers. It is appreciable that, as for Serie A, they are still photos that reproduce the format of the stickers, standard or shaped, even the coach who closes each page with a mini sticker like the players of his team.

Womens, Serie C and Serie A are there! Their disappearance was hypothesized on the web, we too fell into fake information, but they are absolutely confirmed and indeed this year presents a great novelty. The Serie C (from 702 to 716) has the stickers of all the championships, small (four per sticker), but let’s be satisfied. Especially for the first time, in reality we also have the stickers of the players of the third national series. In each packet there is a coupon to download the codes and obtain the digital stickers. A very interesting aspect is that, once the album is completed, you will be able to receive the paper version of the 3 albums (one for each group). Of course, the extra expense is not painless, 150 euros (49.90 euros per album) but for a total of 1320 extra stickers to attach and also considering the low circulation, it makes more sense than, for example, buying the limited copy in “human skin”on sale from January. If desired and in the future, the initiative could also be extended to women’s football, currently only present in the album with the stickers of the teams (from 550 to 561).

An important page because it was important, the right tribute to Mancini’s national team, European Champion. Not really really, for those who want the stickers of all the Wembley champions, a poster with dedicated stickers has come out. Here we find strip stickers as already happened in past footballers, numbered from 525 to 539, which give space to the young Italy, you will not find Bonucci or Insigne, but only players born from 1998 onwards. Somehow more a page dedicated to the Under 23 team than to the senior national team, Panini’s original and in some ways risky choice, not everyone will agree. We were a little confused but even so it has its reason.

The extra part of the Calciatori album has always been at the center of great debates among collectors. Getting everyone to agree is practically impossible. Who would like a memorabilia part on the history of football, who would like subjects out of the classic (in the recent past the Disney characters or last year the singers), who would not want extra pages, who would like them closely linked to the players themselves. For example, the 20 Top Performers (from 540 to 549), one per team, in the strip format that Modena seems to like very much.

This year the most interesting news is the Avatar page (from A1 to A20), in collaboration with TIM. Very particular figurines, in some ways futuristic, are not bad, certainly they are very far from the classic stickers with mascots or caricatures seen in recent years. Be careful not to fall into the trap of what is written on the album, these stickers (A1-A20) are attached to the bill or in Tim stores but are also found inside the packets. Fortunately! Only the one on the left, not numbered, will be distributed at the Tim stores or arrive with the bill.

The extra part closes with all the stickers found in the Film Del Campionato packets (4 packets between January and June), the PMs with the top players confirmed, and the CMs that will award the nine coaches of the month are interesting news. The Cs with the history of the championship are always distributed with the Gazzetta dello Sport, the first 5 in the packets, from C6 to C20 with special packets.

After many years Panini says goodbye to Sky and the famous “Calciomercato” program, too bad, the update stickers are linked to the Dazn platform. From the traditional 48 we go down to 40 cards (M1-M40), an opportune choice, given that in recent years we have not seen a few important names in the “repair market”, perhaps precisely this year will be different!

We have already said of our appreciation for the decision to renew the Calciatori with double-image stickers. The statistics may be affected by being less legible, but we would be about to remove them and therefore it is a fact that excites us little. If you see the differences it is because the players who can count successes in their palmares, also have details on the right and not only on the left. Definitely thumbs up for the coaches’ stickers, beautiful with the background, the tactics board and the club colors.

Special stickers a little at an all-time low, nothing particularly exciting, the most intriguing certainly the Avatar Tim. The rest is all very standard, it is the less successful side of the album. We would have liked to see more variations, maybe even shaped ones or more. If you look at what Panini can do in other non-sporting albums, a precise choice has probably been made with the Calciatori. Perhaps also to avoid having to touch the cost of the sachets, if so, the better. We like to emphasize a detail, if the badges are classic, the choice of not putting the name of the club at the bottom but re-proposing the paint-effect stripes with the social colors as the whole album is already set up is nice. Maybe next year we will have the stickers that glow in the dark 🙂

In general, it is an album that, while it is certainly innovative on the one hand, is very traditional on the other. An essential album, not exaggerated in terms of the number of stickers, which tells about football as it should be told without too many frills. Can it be an excellent album even essential? For us, yes, this Calciatori 2022 is a great product for us, pity only for the renewed problem with the card, perhaps not as widespread as last year, but still present. That the world leader in stickers doesn’t find or doesn’t want to find a solution is at least embarrassing.

Good opening of packets and for swap we remind you of our appointment with FIGUCON 2022 next January 15th in Bologna, Estragon Club. We are waiting for you! (https://figurineforever.com/en/2021/12/14/figucon-2022/)

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THE MANDALORIAN trading cards (TOPPS)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 229

album: SW The Mandalorian trading cards (Topps)

cards: 225 (1-156, CA1-CA18, TB1-TB10, CC1-CC6, AC1-AC10, C1-C25, CR1-CR6)

starter pack: album + 4 packets 8,99€

box: 24 packets (10 cards per packet) 2,00€ each

multipack: 4 packets 7,99€

box premium: 10 packets 19,99€

“This is the way”, or rather this is the time! The cards related to the latest success of the Star Wars universe: The Mandalorian are finally released in Italy. An incredible success that has been able to marry both new and old fans linked to the classic stories of Lucas. Unleashing a world of gadgets, only (in Italy) the album by card. Who knows what stickers will not follow.

The collection is dedicated to the first two seasons of the series, dividing the number of basic cards equally, 78 per season. It is not a mere subdivision, even in terms of graphics they are different. In those of Season 1 white dominates, In those of Season 2 we are more towards the metal color. The photos trace the history. They are of international origin, so the title in front of the photo is in English, behind the caption in four languages, Italian, French, Spanish and luckily Italian. The photos are frames from the TV series but almost all of excellent workmanship.

Below we find 6 cards that made us fall in love, the Comic Cards. They are not unpublished images, already seen on other occasions, some are posters that you could buy to hang at home. They remain a beautiful sight, a starting point for perhaps something more substantial to be achieved in the future. The numbering of these cards is from CC1 to CC6.

If the CCs were a feast for the eyes, the Concept Art is even better. Are we the only ones who watched the credits of the various episodes to enjoy fantastic illustrations? Well, now we can find them on these cards, giving the right recognition to those who made them on the back of the cards. Pure pleasure, the numbering of these cards is from CA1 to CA18.

Following are cards dedicated to the Mandalorian and his tools, the helmet, the rifle and everything else. Other images taken from the TV series, on the back the explanation of their use and their effectiveness. The numbering of these cards is from TB1 to TB10.

The very successful trademark of the entire Star Wars universe are the many alien creatures that populate it, characters that are theoretically secondary, but necessary to make the various films and series fascinating. Aliens and Creatures presents some memorable subjects, already seen on other occasions, just think of the Jawas. The numbering of these cards is from AC1 to AC10.

Final part dedicated to the 25 characters we met in these (first) two seasons. The main characters are all there, indeed almost all. For example, it is noted the lack of Cara Dune, beloved by fans but who pays for the questionable public opinions of the actress Gina Carano, who not only excluded her from the continuation of the series (at least until proven otherwise) but did not allow her to also be present in this collection. Definitely a choice dictated by Disney, but that we do not share. The numbering of these cards is from C1 to C25.

The collection closes with the rarest cards, the Crystals with transparent graphics featuring 6 subjects (The Mandalorian, The Child, Boba Fett, Ahsoka Tano, Bo-Katan Kryze, Moff Gideon), are numbered from CR1 to CR6 and with a little luck you can have them all (in a box we found two). It is much more complicated to find the 6 autographed cards, which is why we decided not to include them in the general check list of the collection, we believe we can consider the complete set even without having these cards, which have no number but the letters SW followed by the initials KU for Nick Nolte, GK for Carl Weathers, MG for Giancarlo Esposito, TW for Taika Waititi, MO for Temuera Morrison and OA for Omid Abtahi.

For the craziest collectors the road is even longer and more complicated, in fact the 25 card Characters have an incredible number of variants, called Parallel, practically impossible to have them all if not at a high price, buying myriad packets or buying on the internet (not on the Topps site, of course) the missing ones. Apart from the basic version, the most common is the yellow one and followed by the green, blue, purple, orange, turquoise, red up to the very rare gold. We are satisfied with the basic set plus some parallels. By the way, with the box of 24 sachets we found a few doubles allowing us to almost complete the collection, good Topps, thank you!

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CAPTAIN TSUBASA card game (Panini/Tomy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 228

album: Captain Tsubasa card game (Panini/Tomy)

cards: 150 (1-150)

starter pack: album + 4 packets 9,90€

box: 24 packets (8 card per packet) 2,00€ each

“Season 1“, first important detail. Captain Tsubasa, Holly & Benji for the oldest of us, is a brand that gathers many fans, it is undeniable that Panini believes in the success of the initiative, so much so that, in fact, it announces that a next one will be released. Also interesting is the choice, finally we add, to dedicate not only a sticker album but a real trading card game to this myth of Japanese cartoons.

In fact, from the insert that we find in the starter pack, we discover that the game is as important as, if not more, the cards themselves. Rather articulated and to be discovered, it also has the advantage that to play it is not necessary to have the complete collection but 46 cards are enough. Number not difficult to reach, considering that 40 cards are already in the starter pack. Of course, fans of cardboard and collectors of stickers / cards certainly cannot help but try to complete the collection.

Also for a rather interesting fact, unlike the myriad albums made so far, other players of the teams are also worthily presented here and not just the “usual suspects”. Although, returning to the initial speech, have fun discovering them and reconnecting them to the players we have known for decades with european names.

As for the rules of the game we leave you to the fun of discovering them for yourself, we can however anticipate that we have three types of cards: character, action and shot. There are no 40 different characters, but they are still quite a number.

The 150 cards contain the basic series of 64 cards, to which the more or less rare (parallel) variants must be added, the silver, the hologram, the gold, to finish at only 4 rainbow. We appreciate the choice, somehow you manage to have the complete deck of game cards without fainting, then whoever wants to can go in search of all the others. Which we sincerely recommend not to try, we bought a whole box of 24 packets and we found only 6 cards under the number 86 and a lot of double and triple cards. In practice, with a hardly appreciable numbering and choice, there are all the cards from 90 to 150 but almost none of the previous ones. Avoid buying a complete box!

The front of the cards is graphically appreciable, with some nice details such as the famous phrases and all the info on how to use the card and the technical characteristics. In short, for a good defense you must surely find Genzo Wakabayashi’s card (yes, Benji). The back of the cards shows only the logo of the series, a little bit. A lens is needed to read card numbers, but children may not have problems like adults.

Interesting collection, perhaps more for trading card enthusiasts than for classic collectors of stickers, certainly a nice sight and a nice novelty for the many fans of the cartoon, in its most modern version. Too bad for the packaging absolutely not in the standards even Panini on the number of identical cards that are inside the same box.

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ENCANTO (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 227

album: Encanto (Panini)

stickers: 180 (1-168, X1-X12) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

box: 24 bustine (4 stickers + 1 card) 1,00€ each

The hope of a return to normal also passes through the newsstands. In advance, as it should be, compared to the arrival in cinemas, here is the sticker album of the new Disney film! From the authors of Oceania the premises are very good for it to become one of the most interesting of the new classics, after the splendid Luca set in Italy.

Beware of spoilers! The main problem with early release is to find out the story before going to see the film at the cinema. In fact, the album tells the adventures of Mirabel, our protagonist, from the Liguria Region of the previous cartoon, this time we move to Colombia.

Perhaps the setting of the album is precisely so as not to tell too much about the film, if not through the images of the stickers. The various pages of the album are in fact an explosion of stickers, the captions become less and less as the pages are turned, but they are still functional for a pleasant reading of the story.

Of course, the many shaped stickers made our eyes shine, some really funny and multiple, Mirabel’s “casita” even contains 9 in one page! In reality, the stickers on the album are not very many, 168 plus those for the central poster, but the graphic layout suggests that there are so many to stick to.

As is now customary we also have the set of cards, 50. Too many, although well made. Not an absolute novelty but very nice the solution for the last 16 (C35-C50) that are to be colored. An idea that goes very well with the setting of both the film and the very colorful album itself.

While waiting to see the film at the cinema, we refrained from reading the progress of the album page by page and consequently our review cannot be too specific. Interesting album, we hope it can take advantage of a different and more carefree period, unlike the previous Luca who should have had better luck.

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Inter 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 226

album: Inter 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 30 cards (I1-I30)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,50€

box: 50 packets (4 packets + 1 card or 5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

Amala, pazza Inter amala“. You have to admit, for any team your heart beats, it’s impossible not to find yourself singing the chorus of the Nerazzurri anthem. And if you are really an Inter fan, then this is your album. Small spoiler: we will open our review with a rather similar phrase also for the Juventus and Milan albums released on the same days.

Year after year, Euro Publishing albums have difficulty renewing themselves, this year of the three released the one linked to Inter Milan is the most interesting and varied, perhaps on the wave of enthusiasm for the championship won. They are perhaps just details but even in a sticker album, the details can make a difference.

Despite the departures of great players such as Lukaku and Hakimi, the club has been able to bring new level players and 7 new arrivals that we find in the front pages: Correa, Dumfries, Cordaz, DiMarco, Calhanoglu, Satriano and Dzeko. Only the Bosnian striker can find three stickers, to point out that he is the top player on which the club has focused.

In the following pages 25 players are presented, each with their own dedicated page, without making distinctions, five stickers for each, a few special ones, from Handanovic to Skriniar, from Barella to Lautaro Martinez.

It is in the final part of the album that you have the most interesting parts, which make the album better than the likes of Juventus and Milan. The 2021 championship is celebrated with two pages that retrace the most important moments of the past season.

For us who, as you know, are very sensitive to solidarity issues, it is important and significant that the final pages open with the beautiful reality of Inter Campus and, after the stickers on the 2021 Scudetto and the women’s and spring teams, close with a beautiful page on the choreography of the curve, especially with a puzzle with 8 stickers.

Classic stickers with bust and action players, a few specials, no caricatures or comics that could make the proposal more varied. The 30 cards are well made. We do not yet know the results on the pitch but at the moment the Inter album wins hands down on Juventus and Milan. Then clearly being an album for fans, everyone will make the choice based on where their heart takes them.

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JUVENTUS 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 225

album: Juventus 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 30 cards (J1-J30)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,50€

box: 50 packets (4 stickers + 1 card o 5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

“Juve, sogno di un grande amore”. You have to admit, for any team your heart beats, it’s impossible not to find yourself singing the refrain of the Bianconeri anthem. And if you really are a fan of the Old Lady, then this is your album. Small spoiler: we will open our review with a rather similar phrase also for the Inter and Milan albums released on the same days.

Just as it is not easy to make innovative albums year after year, it is also not easy for us to make reviews that do not seem both very similar to the previous editions, and to the albums of other clubs since the setting is practically the same.

In the first part of the album we find the squad with 25 players, all grouped on a page, followed by the new arrivals Kaio Jorge, Moise Kean and the European champion Manuel Locatelli. Only two stickers per player, more than enough since we will find them again later. Following is a page that presents a mix of the historical jerseys of the last 40 years with some famous triumphs. Valid and interesting news, even if reduced to a minimum. We believe Juventus’ triumphant history could have been developed in another way.

As always, a large part of the album is dedicated to the entire squad of the first team, each player plus coach Allegri has their own page and 5 stickers, in action, bust, puzzle. From Szczesny to Dybala all Juventus players are celebrated equally. Following is the interesting page with 8 stickers on the evolution of the Juventus logo from 1905 to the present day, a nice idea but also melancholy if you think about the involution of the logo itself, a matter of taste but we really don’t like the recent one ..

Final pages on the world of Juventus, given the many successes and the many contributions of players that it provides to the national team, we believe also this year that Juventus Women deserved much more space and in all respects should present the squad of all athletes such as the album ago at the beginning of the album with the men’s team.

To review the chromatic choice of the album, too black that also obscures certain graphics and in the long run tired, unless Juventus has become a black metal band we think they have exaggerated a little. A little bit of color or at least white would not be out of tune.

Fairly standard stickers that will still make fans happy, the 30 cards can instead be an excellent addition to those found in the other Panini and Topps collections, especially for lovers of thematic collections. In general, perhaps the publisher was as blown away by the departure of CR7 as the club but certainly a more captivating and less repetitive product could have been created.

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MILAN 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 224

album: Milan 2021-22 (Euro Publishing)

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 30 cards (M1-M30)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,50€

box: 50 packets (4 stickers + 1 card or 5 stickers per packet) 0,70€ each

“Milan, Milan, sempre con te”. You have to admit, for any team your heart beats, it’s impossible not to find yourself singing the chorus of the “Rossoneri” anthem. And if you really are a Milan fan, then this is your album. Small spoiler: we will open our review with a rather similar phrase for the upcoming Inter and Juventus albums 🙂

Traditional appointment with the annual album of the team, a “only for fans” production but necessary for fans to have even more stickers of the traditional players, although the Panini album already features a very large squad.

After several difficult years to renew itself, Euro Publishing tries by changing the introductory pages, this year dedicated to the return of Milan to the Champions League. We would have dared more, presenting maybe 7 stickers, one for each club victory with vintage stickers of the great champions.

Next pages dedicated to the new arrivals: Messias, Pellegri, Bakayoko, Florenzi, Ballo-Tourè, Maignan and the world champion Olivier Giroud. It is right to dwell on the new faces even if, finding the same players also in the large part of the album dedicated to the squad, it has a bit of the flavor of repetition. You could integrate the album with different pages and maybe in the player’s pages simply write a “new arrival” in relief.

This is followed by the most conspicuous part of the album where the coach Stefano Pioli and all the players (as many as 28!) Are presented, each with their own page and five stickers. Having many stickers of the player in action or in any case in motion, the album has the advantage of presenting a very large part of unpublished stickers, not with photos also used by other publishers for the Serie A or Champions League album.

Final part of the album dedicated to the “world” of Milan, always quite interesting, where both the women’s team with the Giacinti bomber and the Primavera team rightly find space. Very interesting news are the 7 stickers with the history of the logo from 1899 to today to 1997, which has remained the same to this day. Thinking about the pages of the new arrivals, not fundamental, for example in the future it would be interesting to find the entire squad of Milan Women or Primavera, it would not only make the album more complete but would be absolute joy for collectors always looking for rookie stickers.

The album is completed by the 30 cards, always of good quality, featuring the 28 players plus the coach Pioli and the Milan logo. Price of the packet absolutely competitive at 0.70 with the variant of finding 4 stickers + 1 card or 5 stickers. An interesting detail is that last year, where we had 5 stickers, there was always a special that, on the contrary, we could not find in the envelope with the card. However, at least in the packets we have opened, there are 5 standard stickers. Now it is not a rule, the special metallics are only 24. In this case, make friends with your newsagent, so that you can choose the packets, to the touch it is easy to understand which cards can be found 😉

Meanwhile, we continue to dream of an entire album dedicated to Zlatan!

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MARVEL VERSUS (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 223

album: MARVEL VERSUS (Panini)

stickers: 176 (1-176) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 5 packets + 3 cards limited edition 4,90€

box: 36 packets (4 stickers + 1 card) 1,00€ each

hard cover album +3 packets + 2 cards limited edition 16,90€

The dark side of the force! Ok, let’s not talk about Star Wars but even here the villains make their mark. We are convinced that the great success of Marvel comics, as well as those of DC Comics, is linked not only to great heroes but also to villains of the highest level. Think what Spider-Man would be without Goblins, the X-Men without Magneto, Cap without the Red Skull and especially the Fantastic Four without Doctor Doom, for those who write the bad number 1. By the way, many of these anti-heroes actually they have aspects that allow them to be appreciable and, in some ways, understandable. Another strong point of American comic fiction.

The album cover and title is actually partly misleading, one gets the impression that the setting of the collection is the perennial struggle between good and evil, where heroes and enemies alternate page after page. The idea, on the other hand, is more “extreme” and effective, for once at the center of attention there are mainly them, the bad guys, those who are almost always destined to lose in comic stories. The sparring partners, between the pages this time, are the superheroes.

The same graphic layout of the individual pages may seem misleading, in the one on the left we find the name of the hero in the one on the right, in the one on the right the name of the villain on duty. Panini could have limited himself to this, instead the work is much more detailed, more impressive, more refined, as if to want to create an Encyclopedia of Marvel Villains.

In fact, for each comic, intended as a character, there is space for the main enemy but also others, basically at least 4 villains per comic are represented in stickers, leading to more than a hundred at the end of the album! Also the lyrics are interesting and well written, in addition to the first appearance in the comics, the creators and the features, also some hints to the most important, epic or sometimes dramatic stories. There is little space, but you really get a more than acceptable idea of ​​what happened in 60 years of Marvel Comics (for some characters more years, for others less).

We would like to list all the villains represented in the stickers, but why take away the pleasure of discovering or rediscovering them by turning the pages? But we do not resist and here we name those who have deserved a special space: Goblin, Prowler, Carnage, Ultron, Thanos, Red Skull, Loki, Modok, Abominio, Kree, Taskmaster, Discord, Killmonger, Dormammu, Doctor Doom, Magneto, Cable, Bullseye. Someone is missing, the Mandarin and the Vulture come to mind. Others perhaps would have deserved more space, for example Kingpin or Galactus. However, it remains a very fun and beautiful album even just to browse, let alone attach the stickers!

The stickers (after the half misstep of the previous album) are an added value, we like them very much, “amazing” especially in their variety, in particular the special ones that light up but are even more pleasant to the touch. Not to mention the shaped ones that we really like them! The cards are also much more interesting than the previous ones, 25 villains (put first, rightly seen as the album is set up) and 25 heroes, all with graphic references to their characteristics. A bit like in the 70s, on the famous comics of Editoriale Corno, now we can really find out “who is stronger between the Thing and the Hulk”.

The final 12 pages with a very funny story created by the legendary Eric Powell (creator of “The Goon”, also published by Panini Comics). Good job Panini to have added this absolute gem to close a well-made album. Too bad only for the devastating quality of the paper, easy to think it is linked to the current crisis of the raw material, in reality it is a problem that we have begun to notice for several years .. sorry, but we do not believe it. At least the album is homage with the starter pack and the collection is really too interesting to go further, despite the problems it is definitely one of the albums of the year.

Fortunately, the hardcover version is also available, on the Panini website and in the Comics shops. Perhaps this is Panini’s new path, a low-quality product for newsstands and hardcover with better paper (until proven otherwise) for the collectors’ circuit. In the box we find 2 other limited edition cards so as to enrich the three limited edition cards that we find in the starter pack and which portray historical Marvel covers, but not the usual classics, another choice we like.

Villain Unite!

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2021/22 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 222

album: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2021/22 (Topps)

stickers: 756 (1-644, L1-L104, LE S1-LE S8)

starter pack: album + 2 packets + 2 stickers LE S1 e S2 3,99€

multi pack: 8 packets + 2 stickers LE 7,99€

tin box: 9 packets + 4 stickers LE 9,99€

box: 50 packets (10 stickers) 1,00€ each

And now how? Years ago someone suggested we do an article comparing a Panini album with a Topps one to show how much the difference was in favor of Panini. If we were to do it now, they wouldn’t be very happy. The criticisms were finally heard and Topps responded in a big way. Delayed output due to problems with the format of the stickers? If this is the result, delays are welcome!

In reality, the beginning is not the best, the first 34 stickers celebrate the past editions of the Champions League, an image with the cup already seen and avoidable, even if Topps must be given credit for having clearly made them more captivating, especially compared to the previous ones. text is easily readable.

The situation is already improving with the next 32 stickers, which show the championships of all the clubs participating in the final phase of the Champions League. It is not a small detail, it makes it clear that finally Topps has made the album as all collectors were asking, no longer the teams arriving from the playoffs relegated to the bottom but in their place, that is in the reference group, in this way between the other all clubs have the same number of stickers and the same presentation within the album.

The pages dedicated to clubs are appreciated for their graphics, presenting interesting news that differ from the albums of Calciatori, Champions, World Cups or Europeans of the last 30 years, perhaps even more. In fact, the players’ stickers do not have the classic square or rectangular format but an interesting scudetto format. This choice seems to be the cause of the delay in the release of the album, hopefully not in the costs, as we would not want it to be a detail that will not be repeated in the future.

In this way the sticker becomes essential, the rest of the information about the players can be found in the printed part of the album. Of the 16 footballers, the captain’s card is special shiny. However, it is not clear to us why for some teams the photo is a bust while for others it is only a shot of the face. As you can see from the images, the players are already printed on the album, a solution that some like, but we don’t like it too much as it takes a little off the curiosity of discovering the sticker. Although now the photos are sent by the clubs and therefore are the same that we also find in other publications.

In the album there are other interesting details, in addition to the 16 players we find 4 other stickers, two giants with the top players of the clubs reminiscent of the Match Attax cards with the technical characteristics of the footballer, the others are the puzzle sticker of the stadium. Finally! Stadiums are the home of football and fans, right celebrate them. Beautiful printed images of the uniforms, we would have renounced the first 34 stickers of the past seasons to maybe transform the main shirt into a shaped card. The space dedicated to the coach is also commendable, even in this case a sticker would not have been a bad thing, but the album is already long enough and it may not have been contemplated. Or you could make a double card by joining 2 rrainers from the various clubs. Maybe it’s a tip for next year.

Having reached this point, the album is already very complete, with no less than 644 stickers, including the last two dedicated to women’s football. Instead Topps goes further and creates a central part of the album with Live stickers that oblige fans to follow the exclusive releases on the web month after month. Referring to the Topps Now cards, we find 104 numbered stickers L showing the highlights of the most important matches of the season and 24 update stickers for the players who changed their shirts, an absolute novelty for a Champions League album. They will not be released in packets on newsstands but will be on sale on the Topps website starting from December and thereafter from February to June 2022. It is not clear at the moment if a complete set will be on sale at the end of the season.

It is not over yet, in the album we find 8 limited edition stickers that become doubly necessary, as the sticky part above is added to the part below which is also a limited edition card connected to the Macht Attax collection. Numbered from LE S1 to LE S8 they are not found in the packets, the first two are always in the starter pack, the remaining six are found randomly in the multipack and in the tin box, as was already the case with the F1 collection.

Sticker + Card Limited Edition:
S1 Raheem Sterling
S2 Erling Haaland
S3 Luka Modric
S4 Jadon Sancho
S5 Trent Alexander-Arnold
S6 Leon Goretzka
S7 Giorgio Chiellini
S8 Gianluigi Donnarumma

Very valid album, worth noting the good quality of the paper used, including the presence of 5 staples so as to make it compact and solid, the exact opposite of what we saw with the Calciatori 2021. Packet price once again very advantageous , 1 euro for 10 stickers. The only drawback, at least in those we have opened, is the presence of 9 normal stickers and one giant. Taking into account that there are only 32 giants, we can predict a multitude of doubles. The hard to find will probably be others.

20 days from our Top Chart of 2021 albums (from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021) we can make ourselves a spoiler and say that, without a shadow of a doubt, this is the sports album of the year. Brava Topps!

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CARS stories and races (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 221

album: CARS stories and races (Panini)

stickers: 192 (1-180, X1-X12) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 2 packets + 2 cards limited edition 2,90€

box: 24 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

It must be a period of renewal of the contracts for Panini, since the newsstands are literally invaded by new albums, several come out only out of necessity. The binomial now almost always present of stickers and cards follows the same logic. Maintaining existing contracts without the further financial disaster of releasing two separate albums.

It’s not always a bad thing, sometimes even interesting products come out (see for example the latest Harry Potter). Certainly the current market cannot withstand this overlapping of products, but, as written, unfortunately, several releases are born in the awareness of being announced flops. But for those who love stickers and sagas, it can be a renewed pleasure to browse these “best of” collections.

The album traces the trilogy. The first part is therefore destined to the first film of 2006 and to follow the others. The texts are a valid addition to follow the progress of the story through the images of the stickers. The graphic choices of Panini are appreciated, not a mere repetition of classic rectangular stickers but instead special, round and pure shaped with pages very rich in stickers to be attached.

It was an opportune choice to divide the album equally between the three films, everyone certainly has their own favorite, but the trilogy must be celebrated as a whole. It’s fun to find Saetta, first as a simple young car, then as a great champion, and finally as a declining star who will be able to return to the glories of the beginning and above all to mentor a new steering wheel ace. The story is that, always fun, as written the very varied graphics of the pages make the collection nice and fun.

Poster open in the center for the 12 stickers numbered with X, interesting because it looks like the central insert of a car magazine. A solution that we like.

Panini could set up the album by presenting all the protagonists, however, having to add the cards as well, he uses these to create a sort of Cars encyclopedia. The idea works, so 50 different cars are presented. It is a pity that the cards do not contain the name but only the design, indeed by daring they could have been made more intriguing with even some technical features. At least the name was needed anyway! There are actually 52 cards counting the two limited editions that we find in the starter pack.

As already written, the choice of making different stickers, even in shape, to make the album more fun is appreciable. In addition, compared to other collections, they are larger and give due credit to the quality of the images and the cartoons themselves.

Not essential album, but still a valid opportunity for fans of the trilogy, Disney / Pixar and even .. cars!

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DISNEY PRINCESS (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 220

album: DISNEY PRINCESS (Panini)

stickers: 228 (1-212, B1-B16) + 54 cards (C1-C54)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

box: 36 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

Will Disney Magic ever end? Will Disney Princess ever go out of style? No, we are ready to bet. From generation to generation the animation of the “mouse house” remains in everyone’s hearts and dreams.

Panini albums dedicated to Disney Princess we have already had many over the years, so it may seem like a mere commercial operation playing on an evergreen of animation. True, in part, in reality we find the work that Panini has done making this latest creation appreciable, we notice a certain care and also some interesting news, unless we are denied by those who perhaps have a better memory than ours on past productions.

The Princesses as if they were footballers have a dedicated space equal to each other, to each four pages, without thinking too much about the favorite or most famous ones, as for the football champions there are no differences. Pages also very rich in stickers, on average 18 per princess, with the presence of some shaped (our favorites, by now you have understood it), silver specials and the others mainly taken from the images of animated films.

Even the text are not trivial but not too invasive, a bit like the legendary albums of the 70s were, many stickers have their own caption, to allow you to know not only the characteristics of the princesses but also the characters of the reference film, so as to rediscover many cartoon icons that we loved and still love today. Small quizzes and games with solutions at the end of the album also fill in.

All the Disney Princess? Actually no. Here is the order of appearance on the album: Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Snow White, Merida, Cinderella, Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Tiana, Moana (Vaiana in Italy), Aurora. The lack of Elsa and Anna from Frozen is sensational, but if the reference is the “Disney Princess” commercial line then everything comes back. Even some freedoms that Disney itself takes since in reality Mulan and Pocahontas are not princesses in the classic concept of the term.

At the center of the album we find the poster with the game, a very nice novelty and we also believe it was successful (even though we have not yet tried to play ..), especially for the idea of ​​providing the pieces within the same packets. In fact, the 16 stickers numbered B are actually “pop-up” cards to be used for the game. We can choose between four princesses and their objects: Belle, Cinderella, Merida and Rapunzel. In our opinion, the mistake is to have put the space for stickers 211 and 212 on the first page of the poster, we would have left this insert something completely independent from the rest of the album.

Another aspect of our rather common reviews is the lack of empathy for the album mix between stickers and cards, not in this case. Of course the album could have done without it, but at least we like the quality and even the subjects chosen in a very good part have their own because:
.C1-C12 splendid close-ups of the Princess with their “home” in the background
.C13-C24 the Princess in motion with great success of the horses, present in 9 out of 12 cards
.C25-C30 a couple the princesses (genuinely avoidable)
.C31-C42 the villains!
.C43-C54 more classic portraits of princesses
Honestly, instead of 54 cards, 36 could have been enough (C1-C12, C13-C24, C31-C42), but we don’t pretend that everyone can share our tastes of course.

Album in general that makes you happy, the single stickers make a breach in the hearts because they bring back so many memories and emotions of when we have seen (several times, be honest!) The various films. Disney magic has the advantage that it does not make it necessary to invent cards that are too special, they already are. We are afraid we will not be able to resist the temptation to run to the newsstand to buy more packets, and you?

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NBA 2021/22 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 219

album: PANINI NBA 2021/22 (Panini)

stickers: 500 (1-500) + 104 cards (C1-C100 + 4 checklist)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

box: 36 packets (5 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

Return to Lilliput. Honestly for NBA basketball fans who watch games on TV and enjoy the spectacle of US sports, this album is a very small thing. The size of the champions in tiny stickers which, among other things, do not expect the players to bust but in action are even more affected by the measure … miserable. Someone points out that everything serves to equate the European edition to the American one, we hope that in the US there are perhaps better quality Panini products worthy of paying homage to the NBA.

We went to read the review of the last edition (actually released in February due to the delays in the championship linked to the health emergency), we like to try to be original but in reality the album is a very large copy of the previous one, about which we had already had a lot to say.

First pages, stickers from 1 to 104, dedicated to the previous season with Christmas Day, All Star Game, Playoffs and Drafts. “Nothing new on the western front”, in short, just a few changes in the graphics.

Second part of the album (stickers from 105 to 500) with the presentation of all the clubs in the NBA. For each team 13 stickers, logos, three specials of the top scorers and 9 players. For fans of basketball made in Italy, Danilo Gallinari, the only one of ours to have remained in the NBA, is sticker number 116.

In reality this is the least annoying part of the album, appreciable that each formation has the same number of stickers, certain that a minimum of hassle to make some different stickers .. perhaps Panini cannot do it but for example give some pearls on the history of ‘NBA would be interesting. Or stickers of the jersey (already seen in the past) and maybe sports palaces or other fundamental aspects of American basketball.

The cards are standard, here too there is no commitment to make them more attractive. At least, as happened last year, on the back we find some statistics but the same photo of the front! Has it ever happened to you that your parents at the meeting with teachers were told “it has potential but it does just the bare minimum to get enough”? This is not even the case because, dear Panini, the politician 6/10 does not even get there. Also because the quality of the paper manages to be even worse than last year where it was already a horror. Either our copy has taken on moisture or the crack and the folds when turning the pages scream scandal.

Is it possible that in Italy (Europe?) the beloved NBA cannot have an album worthy of its specific weight in the panorama of world sport? Is it possible that we cannot think of daring and creating something different instead of this mess? For example, a FIFA365 basketball version, perhaps combining overseas basketball with the European one of the top clubs, even if only for Italy with the most popular clubs (Milano, the two Bolognese, etc.). Okay, maybe this idea is impractical if not for a Star Trek episode, but at least from a graphic point of view is it really that impossible?

What can we humble collectors do? Very little except not supporting certain products. For this reason, unlike what was previously announced, you will not find stickers/cards from this collection for swaps at our stand at the Bologna Disco and Comics Fair (27-28 November 2021) and in our space during FIGUCON (15 January 2022). We will not buy packets, we prefer to dedicate ourselves to other more valid collections, talking about Panini Fifa365, Harry Potter and Lyon.

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FIFA365 2022 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 218
 
album: FIFA365 2022 (Panini)

stickers: 419 (1-419)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

What a pleasant surprise! Last year, Fifa365 did not thrill us, far from it, so much so that we thought that this year it could also have been avoided. We are happy we were wrong, Panini makes Panini and sends an album of great value and quality to newsstands. In our 2021 chart a very strong candidate to be the album of the year in the sports category.

We start from a starting point, we often forget that we are talking about stickers and that therefore these must be the first protagonists. They must be beautiful, varied, special, original. Often it does not happen, this is not the case, the stickers are undoubtedly a great sight, we’ll be back at the end of the review.

First and long part of the album dedicated to big clubs. A choice that we appreciate, no introductory pages which, like last year, did not give the right rhythm, but immediately players, clubs and passion. Each team has 20 players and 5 special large stickers, logo, shirt, “designer” ball, star player and rising star. Beautiful graphics on the pages, no stickers of the stadium but a large photo that is dusting.

The choice of how to present the players is appreciable, reminiscent of the last European but with much better graphics, basic notions, not an invasion of information on the card that takes up space; role, date of birth and nationality are enough. Background with club and stadium colors.

Among the other stickers, the glitter logo is in relief, dominates the page and is at the opposite end of the photo of the stadium, they are the two cornerstones of the pages. Star Player and Rising Star owe a lot to the Adrenalyn collection, only they stand out even more in the figurine, at least we see it that way. Among the printed statistics, we like those where the various nationalities of the players are listed, the total number of trophies won, combining national and international competitions, is also interesting.

Could different choices be made on the teams present? In part perhaps yes, it is clear that Panini must aim for strong markets, but without wanting to take anything away from some countries, at least one Portuguese club would have been good. Then there is the old obsession of having a club from the American MLS and the Japanese J-League, sooner or later maybe we will have them.

Second part of the album equally significant, dedicated mainly to the FIFA world, with the news, not only the clubs, but the national teams. At this point, making it a must album even for those who buy those related only to World Cups, Europeans or Copa America. Also because here we have the best of international football: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Italy plus Qatar which will host the next World Cup. Opener of this sector are the posters of the World Cup from the first in Uruguay in 1930, although they are featured on so many albums, we can’t get enough of them.

Striped stickers are now a classic of recent years, just try to differentiate the product from the classic album of football players and international competitions. By the way, the special horizontal sticker where the player is represented both bust and in action is exciting, as was the case in the 1970s albums. So let us dream, is it the prelude to a sensational change of graphics in Calciatori 2022? It doesn’t happen .. but if it happens ..

To fill the album there are other interesting pages, the Club World Cup, reduced to one page, a good choice to give space to more and the last page with the other Fifa trophies. Too bad women’s football has disappeared, but the lack of international competitions pays off. Compared to previous years, fewer columns, so be it, in this way we have some players not repeated four or five times, with all due respect to those who (we are not among those) would like ten different stickers of Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi in each album. If we have to give a value to Panini it is the commitment to always change FIFA365, year after year, sometimes in an unfortunate way (see last year), sometimes hitting the goal like this year.

At the beginning we were talking about stickers, if FIFA365 is a testing ground for future projects in the main albums, then we have something to be excited and happy. It is not just a question of quality, but of variety, graphics and choices. A successful mix of classic images and novelties, referring to the Adrenalyn cards and proposing stickers that are already present in the Panini albums linked to the various national championships. In the photo above, especially the stickers of Harry Kane and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are really beautiful!

At the moment we only have news of a different edition for the Serbian market with the stickers, numbered B of Red Star and Partizan Belgrade.

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GORMITI 2021 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 217

album: GORMITI 2021 (Panini)

stickers: 204 (1-180, P1-P24)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 36 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

It is an invasion! Luckily there are the Gormiti, but in reality they are also part of it. We refer to the invasion of sticker albums on newsstands these days, only Panini has released 5 since the beginning of October. We would like to think that the world of stickers is experiencing a period of great dusting, in reality and more likely they are necessary to keep the rights on great titles, in fact we had Harry Potter, Dragon Ball and now the Gormiti. Different for Lyon and Paw Patrol, the first is a hot title at the moment, the second is linked to the release in theaters of the movie.

The Gormiti album is certainly not one of the memorable ones but it still has its positive sides, which are at the same time also the negative ones. We wanted to create a sort of Best Of, so there is a bit of everything and all aspects of the Gormiti world. This detail, however, is also a positive side because it allows you to have a good overview of the famous cartoon. It is undeniable that we also have an eye for the Gormiti, being born in Italy.

In this long summary in stickers we therefore find the epic battles as many characters, starting from the various Lords and many other fighters, from Lord Sol to Eklypson, to the Alpha Lords, etc. The vast choice of characters is appreciable, it is not exactly the “who’s who” we dream of for many cartoons and comics, but they are certainly the most captivating pages compared to the one already seen from the adventures.

There is also plenty of space for the various Gormiti, if someone thinks they are only the five heroes protagonists, in reality they are much more, like those of the ocean, magma, crystal and the cosmos. For each of them two pages full of characters and stickers, even shaped and you know how much we appreciate them!

It is normal that there is the central poster with the special stickers (in this case the P to 1 to 24), more rare as in this case that both sides are with spaces to be completed. So that every child can hang the side they prefer in their bedroom.

Among the stickers, in addition to our favorite shaped ones, mention for the special gold with silver frame dedicated to many characters. In conclusion, an album that is not fundamental, but still pleasant for fans. We continue to hope that sooner or later Panini will create a collection where all the inhabitants of Gorm, at least those we know in the various episodes of the cartoon, can have their own figurine. A sticker encyclopedia, that would be great, don’t you think?

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DRAGON BALL SUPER ultimate warriors (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 216

album: DRAGON BALL SUPER ultimate warriors (Panini)

stickers: 204 (1-180, X1-X24)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 36 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

By presenting the Harry Potter album in recent days, we liked to highlight the success of the saga which seems to have no slowdowns and consequently Panini continues to churn out albums. The same can be said for Dragon Ball, where two publishers are involved, the Modena house for the classic stickers and Diramix for the cards. Fortunately! We add, because it allows you not to have useless soups between the two collections, those who love sticking stickers have their albums, those who prefer cards have their binder.

If anything, the problem with Dragon Ball is being able to keep up with the story that has evolved and expanded dramatically over time, this new album is dedicated to telling some of the best known sagas.

The album is therefore divided into 5 chapters, each referring to a saga, film or epic moment in the character’s history, jumping between the various moments of the manga and cartoons.

Not everyone will agree but we also appreciate Panini’s choice on how to set up the album, to make it more captivating, the stickers to attach are much more than the 204 mentioned, many are in pairs so as to expand the fun. In addition there are the legendary shaped ones, which seem to have recently rediscovered in Modena and then we dream of an explosion of shapes as happened in some albums of the 70s.

In addition to the shaped stickers, we find the special classic glitter and silver, the latter for the central poster where 24 characters from the various universes are placed. Here, a good idea for the next album (because so much will come), would be to make an encyclopedia of DB, where to present all the characters of the saga card by card. In reality, perhaps an album would not be enough, but in the meantime, let’s go!

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HARRY POTTER sticker handbook (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 215

album: HARRY POTTER stickers handbook (Panini)

stickers: 192 (1-180, Y1-Y12)

starter pack: album + 5 packets + 3 card XXL 4,90€

box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,90€ each
multiset: 5 packets 4,50€

Tin Box – orange, red or white – 11,90€ (15 packets + 2 cards XXL)
Exclusivity Box 34,90€ (hard cover album + 20 packets + 2 cards XXL + 1 card Jubilee)
Treasure Box 19,90€ (20 packets + 2 cards XXL)

Another Harry Potter album?!? Why not, we answer. It is perhaps the longest-running and strongest mainstream of those of the new millennium, probably second only to Star Wars, but with the difference that it still has a very active market on stickers and cards. Just the last release of cards a few months ago met with a lot of interest.

Of course, there are no new films, even the images cannot be new, so Panini tries to make the product interesting in the setting of the album and in the contents. Let’s analyze how successful it has been.

The basic idea is precisely to give fans notions on how to become wizards, witches and of course students of Hogwarts. A fairly successful cross between a school guide and the secrets of the films in the series. Among the chapters we therefore find the entrance to Hogwarts, its four houses, the subjects of study and a lot of information almost as if it were really possible to visit the castle. After all, just find the right track, right?

What wizards and witches are you if you don’t know how to cast spells? Ample space is dedicated to this fundamental aspect, which is also the backbone of the entire saga. First the pages with a broad description of this world and then in particular on the Patronus, the powerful defense spell, if you don’t know what we’re talking about, go see the movies!

After a taste of the potions, the final pages of the album are interesting, dedicated not only to wands but also to their magical owners: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, Neville, Bellatrix, Severus, Ablus, Voldemort and the Elder Wand. For each triple stickers with captions of the powers. Most intriguing part of the album!

If you are not tired of learning yet, last few pages to visit Hogwarts and the central poster for the 12 silk-effect Y stickers. The stickers are certainly the added factor of the album, very beautiful, gold frame for the standard ones, red or black for the special ones, larger than usual, they make their figure, even for the choice of photos. The “glow in the dark” are quite common specials for Panini albums, always interesting.

Attached to the 3-card XXL starter pack, they are not the only extra initiatives to the collection, on the Panini website the tin box and above all two exclusive boxes are also announced: Exclusivity and Treasure Box, with additional material to the collection and finally also the hardcover version. Object that has been missing in Italy for some time, if we do not consider the albums related to football.

Taking into account the current prices of the packets and the quality of the stickers, we do not focus on costs, while instead we must point out, unfortunately and once again, the album paper is absolutely not up to the product. Too bad an interesting job can be ruined by this lack of attention from Panini. A bit like going to a restaurant, eating very well, but finding oneself with dirty dishes and glasses. However delicious the food may be, the main memory will always be negative..

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44 CATS III° series (Tridimensional)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 214

album: 44 Cats III (Tridimensional)

stickers: 216 (1-216)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 2,99€

box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

The cats of the Antoniano Bologna are still with us and they want to have fun and entertain us. Third album for the Italian cartoon that takes its cue from the famous and historical song of the choir. Great success for the first two releases, of course we are in front of the third collection.

The album tries to differentiate itself from the previous ones, moving away in some way both from the world of songs and from that of the TV series. Somehow the intention is to unleash cats in the world of humans and our daily lives, with our passions and our dreams.

Obviously the basic rule is fun, through cats we learn to recognize the various types of dance, but we also go into space, we discover the various mysteries, our planet, the various languages, colors, inventions, sport and much even more. The nice detail is the absolute need to find and attach the stickers, all references can only be found there. The captions on the various pages of the album are at an all-time low, there are moments to interact with the 44 Cats, maybe a little more was fine.

Compared to the previous album, the stickers are much more classic, we have the normal ones and the sparkly ones, plus the shaped ones that are, as always, the most fun to stick. From the last page it is not clear if there are also “sticks & stacks”, if anyone finds them let us know! Essential album, perhaps less demanding than the previous one, but still nice for all the fans of our musician cat friends.

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The great escape of LYON (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 213

album: The great escape of LYON (Panini)

stickers: 216 (1-195, L1-L21) + 50 cards

starter pack: album + packets 4,90€

box: 36 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

We do not know how “cool” the setting is for the youngest, but we old folks make our eyes shine, thanks Lyon and Panini, the time of the cowboys is back! The album is the correct continuation of the previous “Monsters and Mysteries”, perhaps the best product of Panini in 2021, its podium is in serious risk precisely because of its successor.

Compared to the previous one, it is a more substantial album, 24 stickers and 14 more cards. Wanting to be picky this could be a negative aspect, we have always been the promoters of albums that are also essential and cheap, but there are exceptions, as in this case. The long history that runs through the pages (we are in the west, aren’t we?) is well structured, nice and dynamic, the number of stickers is necessary to make it also fun to discover it gradually.

As written the story takes place in the wild west, it seems to read a Bonelli comic where Lyon and Cico look like Tew Willer and Kit Carson. The classics of the genre are all there, the lone knight, the sheriff, the rich and criminal fixer, the villain, the saloon, etc. The beauty of history is precisely being able to stay modern by retracing the glories, places and myths of the American frontier. There do not appear to be any fashionable infiltrations, such as zombies or vampires. Everything is old west here!

We do not reveal the ending, but part of the adventure is dedicated to the detention of Lyon in prison. Here we actually find a story within the main story, as in many films the good is not entirely good, but sometimes an outlaw is needed to restore peace to the city and defeat the despot of the moment. Central part of the album with the comic story in stickers, a bit out of context, a cross between science fiction and horror, so as to make happy even the fans of the most launched Lyon in the future.

Panini repeats the beautiful idea of ​​the previous album with the last pages and its alternative “action plans”, here are the L stickers that allow them to be attached in variable ways in order to have different possible stories, which still lead to same inevitable result (this is also a classic of the western genre), namely the victory of the cowboy and his pards against the enemies.

An added value to the album are certainly the stickers, which are nice, colorful, interactive and must also be used to be able to solve some games within the album. We are not great lovers of additional cards but in this case we make an exception and indeed we invite Panini to repeat the idea. Of the fifty cards, the first 42 are used to create a real deck of poker cards, including jokers, another classic of the western genre, just like many of us, comic fans, have bought Disney playing card boxes over the years. or other characters. The remaining 8 feature the characters from the story, so it’s a nice addition. The card holder box is really useful in this case.

Lyon is certainly a perfect character to always create new stories and new settings, Panini’s good ideas with the splendid mix of stickers and cards really lead us to think that this could be the album of the year. We have already fallen in love, when it comes to westerns it’s even easier.

CALCIATORI PREVIEW (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 212

album: ANTEPRIMA CALCIATORI (Panini)

stickers: 120 (1-120)

starter pack: mini album + 5 packets 2,90€

box: 36 packets (4 stickers per packet) 0,50€ each

If the intention was to revive the “glories” of the Super Calcio albums we are far from the result, if the intention was to fight the competition (external, Champions, internal, Fifa365) the same. Certainly there is a lot of reliance on a somewhat appetizing combination for fans, Panini and Calciatori.

Mini album in every sense, not only the size of the binder but obviously the stickers and the interiors as well. Remember certain pirate albums that come from South America, where for some teams you only have 3 or 4 stickers. Surely the Panini marketing department has made an understandable reasoning: we have a product that sells, we use the name Calciatori as much as possible. Not only with this product but perhaps also with a subsequent one, as can be seen from an internal page.

But it can also have its own reason, the choice of doing it so limited has the simple purpose of not clogging the market and creating the conditions so that it can be completed at low cost and in a hurry, so as to leave free space for the real Calciatori album that will arrive as always in mid-December.

The graphic layout is very simple, the stickers portray the players in action, 4 per club plus general pages per position (goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards). There are no special stickers, the price of the packets looks good but in reality it is not, 0.50 for 4 mini stickers is not as cheap as it may seem.

Instead, we would have made an opposite product, giant, the same format therefore as the Calciatori, of a few pages but with the giant stickers of the players in action. No division by club, so it is bordering on annoying, but by role as the Super Calcio of the mid-90s were. Then go further, devote yourself to stickers that you know will not find space in the December album, from the history of football to maybe mascots and much more.

Honestly, there isn’t much more to add, “only for fans” albums and maybe not even for those. As with the cards, even with the stickers you cannot think of doing a thousand different things in the hope that people will always get hooked because they read Calciatori or Panini or both on the cover. Clearly no one is obliged to buy it, if with a box it is completed maybe it can only be seen as a way to sleep the voglino of the great December album. Here, probably the purpose is just that.

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PAW PATROL the movie (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 211

album: PAW PATROL (Panini)

stickers: 176 (1-144, X1-X32)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

box: 36 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each

Close to celebrating 10 years (the series was created in 2013 by the Canadian Keith Chapman, the same as Bob the builder) the Paw Patrol movie arrives at the cinema! With the film also the usual sticker album. Our six little dogs then rediscover the stickers after a few years’ break. We are missing! How we lack a quality publisher like Gedis was, who had made one of the previous albums.

First part of the album that introduces all the characters in the series, each dog has its own dedicated page, again we find the shaped ones that we like so much and 4 other side stickers. In our opinion, graphics are effective and fun. Let’s see if you remember them all: Marshall the Dalmatian, Chase the German shepherd, Skye the cocker, Rublle the bulldog, Rocky the half-breed, Zuma the labrador, Everest the husky and Tracker the puppy. Each with their own “super powers”.

At the center of the album we find the pages dedicated to the movie, 18 stickers that introduce the story. Interesting choice of Panini, instead of making an album that tells the feature film, he prefers to make a more classic album. Better for those who do not want to miss the pleasure of seeing it at the cinema, perhaps even necessary since it is a little while that an album of stickers on our four-legged friends is missing.

Monumental central poster that contains 32 stickers with the letter X, an important number if we calculate that the rest of the album has “just” 144. Better this way, albums with not too many stickers are welcome so as to allow you to try to complete the collection without having to make a loan. Other nice pages are those related to the bowls (see photo above) and to the base of the Paw Patrol, pages that are also nice because they allow you to interact with the characters. Less interesting is the last part which presents some adventures, just a filling of the album.

The stickers are larger in size than other collections, in addition to the already mentioned shaped ones we find the classic glitter, both in some pages of the album, and especially for the central poster. Nice the many stickers dedicated to individual characters, probably destined to end up also attached to school notebooks.

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The adventures of TPOC PLAYS (Sbabam Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 210

album: The adventures of TPOC PLAYS (Sbabam)

stickers: 110 (1-110)

starter pack: album + 3 packets + board game

box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€

Two Players One Console as you’ve never seen them, at least in a sticker album. Essential as a whole, because the number of stickers is not a rule that must be exponential, quite the contrary. Sbabam probably thought about the period we are experiencing, where moments of conviviality, even among the little ones, are not as frequent as they used to be. But even if it were, returning to the glories of the past, making an album usable and collectible for all portfolios, is not a step back, quite the contrary.

The album is a long adventure in stickers as if we were the protagonists of the video game with the two kings of the web, very colorful and dynamic, virtual, multimedia. Too much for the older ones, but certainly appreciable for the younger ones. Being passionate about stickers we can only notice the quality of the stickers, very funny, similar to products released previously but not a mere copy. Step & Phere are of course the main characters, turned into cartoon. To be meticulous maybe some shaped, round figurine could be fine. They always look good, it couldn’t be otherwise.

The advice we can give is to put the stickers in order as they are found and then attach them one behind the other according to the number, following the numbering and interacting accordingly with the story. Council that we already know quite impractical, especially for the little ones, but at least try to do it!

The very choice of making a sticker album is also appreciable, perhaps the product would have been sold simply as an illustrated comic attached to a game, perhaps. We are of course the first to argue that the charm of stickers is undeniable and immortal, publishers who believe in it are welcome. The point, we repeat, is to ride the times we live in and not be overwhelmed by them. It is not just a question related to the health emergency, it is a different world, where the youngest (not just them ..) receive constant solicitations and the focus on a particular product changes in a short time. A compact sticker album helps in this regard.

Then certainly a few more stickers could have been there, in reality we like to think that it is a “test” album to test the ground, a setting like this, in the event of a sales success, can be renewed with another release also in relatively short time.

Also noteworthy is the starter pack, where in addition to the board game (from the Gioco dell’Oca family) there are two random pawns to play. Do you want more? It is not clear whether they will come out in another way but if you go and browse the Sbabam website you will find the possibility (not yet active) to be able to buy the entire set of 12 pieces for just under 6 euros.

Truly an interesting release, in some ways classic, in others innovative, we hope it will lead to the results hoped for by the publisher to be repeated later. And .. thanks for the lack of cards! Often extra spending and absolutely useless in the album economy.

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MINECRAFT Treasure (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 209
Album: MINECRAFT Treasure Album (Panini)
Stickers: 256 (1-256)
Starter pack: album + 5 packets + 3 cards limited edition 4,90€
Box: 24 packets (5 sticker per packet) 1,00€ each

Minecraft mania! Let’s admit that sticker albums on video games always put us in a bit of trouble, not being “of the trade”. For this reason, we often risk appearing as ignorant and surely there will be details of the album that are important to the fans and maybe we don’t notice. We apologize in advance.

After the collection of cards, here are the dear and old stickers, after all the brand is one of those that work, the fans are millions all over the world. The product presented by Panini is classic but also modern, classic as it is a typical sticker album to stick, modern as the stickers themselves are also interactive and particular. It could not have been otherwise with such a product, what do you say?

The first part of the album is dedicated to the themes and sets of the game, the exploration of the different settings (forest, mine, desert, etc.), interactions, creations or even constructions. Of course also the fights, because if not what video game would it be?

The next part of the album is the most dynamic and perhaps interesting. Both for the fact that it is time to play, and for the multitude of different stickers, special, mini square, mini round. The two aspects go hand in hand, to reveal the solutions you need the stickers, but also to be able to interact with the album you need the stickers to know what they represent. The idea of ​​not making a single and compact block is also nice, the games will also return in the following pages of the album.

Earlier we wrote that the games part was perhaps the most interesting. You will think the same before you get to page 24 where the Minecraft art sector begins. Here the authors have given themselves to the most unlikely but at the same time successful solutions. The graffiti-style characters, the shaped stickers to complete some really nice splash pages. Modern art meets video games, the result is successful.

The alternation of the album is another positive factor, in our opinion. It makes completing it more fun but also just browsing it. Games, art, alternating with other explorations and creations. Grand finale with a Minecraft adventure, which keeps us company for 6 pages and 34 stickers.

Given the usual quality problems of the album paper, a mention on the cost of the packets. In the first instance, not exactly cheap, but on the other hand, compared to many other collections, here the stickers have an edge. A little bigger than the standard, several specials and in particular the video stickers. By downloading the App, it will be possible to view videos related to the game.

Too bad the choice of making boxes of only 24 packets, understandable for other collections where sales forecasts are not the best, but with Minecraft we believe something more could be done. The solution is to give oneself to the wild exchange with friends and collectors, as it was once done, often, fortunately, it happens even now.

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CALCIATORI ADRENALYN 2021/22 (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 208

album: Calciatori ADRENALYN 2021/22 (Panini)
cards: 465 (1-465) + limited edition
starter pack: binder + 4 packets + 2 cards limited edition 8,50€
box: 24 packets (6 cards per packet) 1,00€ cad.
tin box: cards 37 + 3 limited edition 11,99€
tin box platinum: cards 11 platinum + 14 basic cards esclusive 6,99€
special packets: Premium 5,00€, Premium Gold 10,00€
packets PLUS: from october with cards plus, specials and trainers 1,00€
limited editions: read article

Vintage with various curiosities and novelties. Starting with the same starter pack, which arrives on newsstands with a long delay compared with the packets, the opposite is often the case. Is it possible that Panini delayed everything to send the images to print without Cristiano Ronaldo? It’s really hard to believe that in the beginning there was no CR7 on the cover. We have no way to confirm, leave us in the pleasant doubt.

We were talking about news, not so much and certainly about graphics, if tradition is appreciated for the Calciatori stcikers, for cards this rather repetitive modus operandi a little (a lot?) boaring. The competition produces absolutely superior products, but Panini also knows how to do better. Much better than the Adrenalyn of the last Europeans, for example. The news is on some very interesting extra releases, at least as a basic idea.

For the recently reviewed “REWILD” collection, we also emphasized play, with Adrenalyn we honestly don’t know how much this aspect is considered by buyers, including children. Maybe in this area we have had clear improvements over the years, good for fans, we prefer to focus on the collection part. It is clear, year after year, that Panini’s goal is not so much to push to complete the album, but rather to follow North American collecting and direct interest on certain players and teams.

The official guide is always rich and full of information, essential for knowing all aspects of the collection. Almost all of them actually, the Instant ones, which were not very significant in the last season and in any case already started, are not mentioned here. On the other hand, many limited editions including some that will quickly become collector’s items.

Basic set of 360 cards, nothing particularly interesting, minimal graphics like the set. Subsequently the classic special categories, from the Idols (the choices always questionable, it would be curious to know what the fans of the various teams think) to the Diamonds, Goalkeepers, Defenders and Specialists. Added to these are the new Registi and Tuttocampisti. Idols apart from each category complete a binder page with 9 players.

Following the Stars, 18 players covering 11 Serie A clubs. Here we find some of the most important players in the Italian league: Vlahovic, De Vriij, Chiesa, Immobile, Zaniolo and Belotti. Several others are missing, but after all the various players must be distributed among the various categories, better than having the same athlete repeated several times (the Juventus fans will not be happy, but the departure of CR7 will allow for more different players).

In the second part of the Guide, we have the most interesting pages, those to study and mark in order not to miss outings: 5 Top Players (from 460 to 464: Muriel, Lautaro Martinez, for the last time Cristiano Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic, Insigne), 1 Invincible Card (the 465 to close the collection) and the absolute novelty of the Dreamers. On sale only on the Panini website as for the Instant ones but much more interesting than the latter, only 1000 copies (although not numbered ..) and all rookies, or players not yet represented in the Adrenalyn album. The multinational that runs after ebay sellers or similar who collect thanks to the first stickers of great champions? It could be said, let’s say he rides the fashion of the moment, how to blame him?

To close the list of limited editions, on sale as always in the special Premium, Gold packets, the different Tin Boxes and the Bomber magazine. The choice of adding great names from past football is excellent, the Premium cards by Paolo Maldini and Del Piero will be highly sought after among collectors:
. starter pack (Felipe Anderson, Giroud)
. Tin Box (Alex Sandro, Lozano, Pessina)
. Premium packets (Bonaventura, Sensi, Morata, Rebic, Estebian Cambiasso, Paolo MaldiniAlessandro Del Piero, 3 card Premium A B C)
. Gold Premium packets (Alexis Sanchez, Hernandez, Zaniolo)
. Bomber magazine (september El Shaarawy, october Caputo e Rui Patricio, november Politano e Gabbiadini)
. Tin Box Premium (14 platinum + 14 base esclusive)

Compared to last year we notice some improvements, first of all the farewell to that unfortunate choice of dividing the team’s outputs into two different types of packets (First and Second Half). The addition of a disproportionate number of PLUS had brought the collection to a very high number of cards. Too many. We hope this year will be more contained, even the infamous Instant, uninteresting, after a year where many have fallen into the trap, it is unlikely that this year Panini will be able to repeat the printing of as many as 29 issues.

In the guide there are other interesting details, including the prices of both the cards that can be ordered as missing, and those that cannot be ordered in Panini (including the Dreamers, for the simple fact that, like the Instant ones, they must be ordered at the time of the announcement, up to out of stock). Also interesting is the back cover, where it is announced that we will have a second album Adrenalyn, due out in Spring. In the middle, the arrival of the Calciatori stickers, we hope at least this year we will not have the pages left in our hands as we leaf through it ..

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MIRACULOUS Super Heroes Team (PANINI)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 207

album: MIRACULOUS Super Heroes Team (Panini)
stickers: 192 (1-192) + 50 cards (C1-C50)
starter pack: album + 2 packets + 4 cards limited edition 2,90€
box: 24 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ cad.

Commercial choice or editorial need? Let’s think, in our small way, the second. That is the maintenance of the rights agreements for stickers and cards by making a single album, when no significant sales are expected to make one, let alone two. Understandable for Panini, the reference company gains (in this case Zagtoon), the collectors and lovers of stickers are the losers, adding families and children accordingly. It is obviously not a matter only related to Panini, all publishers fall into this vicious game.

If there is no other way to print albums with this logic, is it equally necessary to make 50 cards? It is not a war against cards, but except in special cases it is an unnecessary increase in spending, difficulty in completing the collection and the combination of the two perhaps makes the quality work that the Panini staff created with the graphics useless.

We say this strongly, the album is very nice, after several Miraculous albums this new release is very interesting, a kind of wikipedia of all the characters in the series, finally not only the main ones but all, or almost all. The “Justice League” of Miraculous in a single album, each hero with his own page and stickers dedicated. All in very colorful and dynamic pages, equally nice stickers, pages that when completed exude stickers from every angle. The album is cool, too bad for the above.

In the center, the insert dedicated entirely to Marinette, the only exception to the world of superheroes, opening central page. Among other things, improved paper quality compared to albums released at the same time. The cards add very little to the quality of the collection, indeed they limit it. It is not being against cards but we believe that certain albums, intended for a younger audience, should start from the assumption that they are also (relatively) simple to complete and economical.

Too bad, any advice? Take the album and calmly wait for some offers on the web to buy just the stickers. If you are passionate about cards and do not have particular budget problems, do not consider our reasoning and enjoy this beautiful collection. Miraculous forever!

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F1 SEASON 2021 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 206

album: F1 2021 SEASON (Topps)
stickers: 232 (1-232)
starter pack: album + 1 packet 1,99€
starter pack 2: album + 3 packets + poster + 2 stickers limited edition 5,99€
box: 36 packets (10 stickers per packet)  1,00€ each
value box: 5 packets + 2 stickers limited edition 4,99€
tin box: 9 packets + 4 fstickers limited edition 9,99€

Essential but still rich, above all economical. Topps is back with the second edition of the F1 stickers. Pretty similar album to the previous one. Essential, with 232 stickers it presents us all the pilots and cars of the season in the best possible way, therefore also rich; cheap, at the price of 1 euro, it offers 10 stickers per packet, of different types and sizes, exactly double what the competitors did with the last European. One cannot fail to emphasize.

Like last year, all F1 drivers have their own page with 10 stickers, instead of the helmet (now only printed) a special sticker with the driver standing and next to it a close-up of the eyes inside the helmet. In exchange we have earned! Three other stickers are dedicated to the pilot, the rest to the car, for both photos “posing” and in action. The presence of the mechanics during pit stops is also very dynamic, as is the confirmed choice of presenting the cars with rectangular stickers (except for the double sticker).

The drivers’ pages are also full of notions, both curiosities and technical details and references to the Turbo Attack card version where each pilot has parameters and characteristics: experience, overtaking and more. Palmares and nice info also on the personal life of the pilots, at the bottom the wikipedia where the most significant moments of their career are described, year after year.

The team logos find space at the beginning of the album on a dedicated page. In the center, instead, the page of the quizzes, 8 large-format stickers to discover your knowledge of F1. In reality, you just need to find the corresponding sticker or look for information on the various pages. If in addition to attaching the stickers, you take the time to read, this page has no secrets for you!

The album closes with the usual page on F2 drivers, presented in pairs. What is missing? Many would also like some F1 history, more achievable and a detail that is immediately noticeable is the lack of circuits, stories and legends in the world of motors. It could be that also for this year they are not contemplated as there may be variations due to the general situation linked to Covid. Let’s hope for 2022.

We remain convinced that sticker albums have to be like this. Beautiful quality collections, also full of images but also of a valid apparatus in terms of texts. Also in this mad rush to create more massive and difficult to complete albums, Topps goes against the grain and presents a great, contained and absolutely cheap collection. For the variant, extra, rare there are the cards.

For fans of limited edition stickers, Topps also makes a poster that is in the second type of starter pack. Where to attach the 6 limited edition stickers that can be found, in addition to this starter pack, in the tin box and in the value box. It is understandable that Topps should think about increasing sales, but it would have been more correct that by purchasing the three different products the six stickers were already found, instead it is not certain. In fact, we have found 4 different ones and two doubles. Also marked error that the four limited stickers in the box have a single tissue and are not in groups of two thus making it difficult for any exchanges, as well as having to fold them in the tin case they easily risk being damaged.

Note on the quality of the paper, very good when compared to other products. The stickers are of good quality, some of the specials above average. Of course you could have other types of specials, in satin, fabric, etc. But the fact remains that the result is 10 stickers for 1 euro, also varied in format, not trivial. Collection to taste, absolutely.

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REWILD (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 205

album: REWILD (Panini)
cards: 470 (1-468 + cards limited Fluo)
starter pack: guide + game board + 5 packets 6,90€
box: 24 packets (6 cards per packets)  1,00€ cad.

Not all albums are meant to be completed. This is the case with Rewild, a nice novelty from Panini. Of course, we are collectors and therefore we cannot help but imagine lining up all the cards from 1 to 468, but the spirit with which the product is born is to teach, through play. Of course, finding the most powerful cards definitely helps you win!

To better understand both the formula of the game and the setting of the cards, the excellent guide attached is very useful. The explanation of the cards goes hand in hand with that on animals and their risk of extinction. The score of the cards is inversely proportional to this scientific data. Panini is keen to emphasize the origin of the data from which it collected the information to create the game and the cards, it is good and very useful.

To be able to play you need both the basic and bonus cards, the advice is to buy in addition to the starter pack one of the different Starter Decks that contain 40 cards. 320 cards are the basic, 60 are bonus, the remaining 20 are “scratch & sniff” (scratch and smell the farm animals), 48 cards with embossed parts and 20 sticker cards.

The sticker cards have a sticker above without a real use, they are simply beautiful to stick where you want, proposing pairs of the same special and under the sticker we find the card with the puppy, including the special BIG 8, unbeatable in the game . To the 468 cards must be added the two limited ones, Super Bonus and Jolly Fluo, to find them you need to buy the Collectors Box.

The presence of three different game boards is also excellent (two are found in the starter pack). Who knows, if the collection is successful, no more will be added later. If the planks are three, different speech for the settings, 8 different habitats, where the various animal species are divided. Also for this reason the guide is very useful, a very valid notional part, to read! The texts and captions are made for an audience of very young people, but the theme is so universal that even the older ones will appreciate it.

In recent years we have sometimes reported that in the Panini collections on animals, if the didactic part was very well done, little was granted to the solidarity part. In practice, unlike other publishers, no space was given to Italian or international companies that were at the forefront of protecting the environment and its inhabitants. This time, however, the collection is connected to the Parco Natura Viva and to the projects of the Arca Foundation, for the protection and enhancement of biodiversity by supporting activities in various parts of the world.

Excellent that no product related to the collection has plastic parts, only paper, packets and starter packs included. This is the reason for the lack of the binder, inevitably (at least for now) in plastic. However, you can always buy a Calciatori Adrenalyn starter pack, if you really can’t do without it.

Significant data for collectors who want to find all the cards. As written at the beginning, it is not essential for others. Let’s give this interesting and well-made product a chance, who knows it may not continue over time with updates and new cards.

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MATCH ATTAX 2021/22 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 204

in collaborazione con Edicola Birra Fumetteria 
album: MATCH ATTAX 2021/22  (Topps)

cards: 491 (1-491) + limited edition cards

starter pack: binder + 2 packets + 1 exclusive packet 8,99€

box: 24 packets (12 cards per packet) 2,00€

Match Attax is back, the collection on the top of European football, rather than referring to a single competition, it presents teams that play mainly in the Champions League but also in the Europa League and the new Conference League. So similar to Fifa365 (which however does not come out in Italy)? In part, but Topps is light years ahead of Panini on the cards and any confrontation would be won from the start.

The best of European football or perhaps even more the best of the teams from the main European leagues, in fact there are few countries represented: with 7 clubs England and Spain, with 6 clubs Italy, with 3 clubs Germany and Portugal, just 1 for the Netherlands and France.

Collection that is affected by the release in September, therefore with the closing of the press in July, consequently we see many players who in the meantime have changed clubs, the very recent Cristiano Ronaldo but also Messi and Lukaku, just to name the most striking cases . Even the same shirts are affected by this summer release, players wear those of last year. Details that could not have been otherwise, or else we had to wait until the end of September and consequently send everything to print in order to have it around November. Too late.

Seeing the inside of the packaging it is clear that the delivery to print had however different times, for sure the feeling that something was happening was in the air, Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are very few present in the various pages, perhaps for the first time since 15 years, first Match Attax release.

The difference is all not only in the quality of the cards but above all in their characteristics. From this point of view, Topps wins across the board in Europe. In Europe, precisely, because in the US there are collections that are even more refined and cared for, although almost impossible to complete.

Even this collection, however, is not easy to complete, unless someone is satisfied with the basic set, however very large and rich. We invite you to purchase the starter pack to also have a complete overview of all the releases, both on newsstands and exclusively on the Topps website. Furthermore, the starter pack is necessary to have the complete set of the four tactical cards and the limited ones of Greenwood and above all Kanté, a sublime player to say the least.

Among the more than 200 special cards we would like to highlight some really special and interesting:
. 13 autographed metallic cards
. 21 metallic rainbow master & apprentice cards with 2 players per card
. 16 chrome pro cards
. 4 gem cards and 4 power cards
Above average, the 20 authentic autographed cards and the 20 memorabilia sweaters cards, with a piece of real fabric from the sweaters themselves, to be collected alone. A type of card that has been present for years in the US but new for Europe or at least for Italy. Special mention also for the Fire cards on sale during the season only on the Topps Italia website, ultra rare to the point of being able to buy only one at a time.

Speaking of Italy, Panini’s exclusivity on the Italian league and many clubs (Inter, Juventus, etc.) has certainly made the presence of our home clubs less important than other nations. Probably in England, for example, they have a different agreement. In the basic set the players are only 9 against 18 of the top English, Spanish and German clubs. There are very few in the specials.

A multitude of releases connected to the collections:
. booster box with 31 cards including a limited edition
. 4 mini tin box gems where to find the Gemma exclusive cards (one different for different box)
. 4 mega tin box power where to find the exclusive Power cards (one different for different box)
. multipack with 31 cards including a gold limited edition
. mega multipack with 63 cards including 3 gold limited editions
. collector pack with 50 cards including 1 gold limited edition and 1 gem card
. advent calendar (from about mid-November) with an exclusive limited edition card

The collection, for card fans, is still absolutely above average. If we think, for example, of Panini’s embarrassing Instant Cards, we really want to thank Topps for being there (often the opposite happens when we talk about sticker albums, as if to say, everyone has their role!)

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ME CONTRO TE – THE MOVIE 2 (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 203

album: ME CONTRO TE – THE MYSTERY OF THE ENCHANTING SCHOOL (Diramix)
stickers: 198 (1-190, A-H)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.99
box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) € 0.80

The wait is over, just as the new Me Contro Te album, one of the most anticipated collections of the year, has arrived at the cinema also on newsstands. It is the perfect continuation of the previous one, released in January 2020. So much so that fans can only have them both.

Will there be the sticker that reveals who the infamous Doctor S is? We invite you to be very careful, the album is the story of the film, it follows the exploits and the adventure of our two heroes. So the advice is to go to see the film first or you will already know everything.

The combination of real images with cartoon ones is always nice. The lyrics are essential but necessary to follow the story of the film. Diramix creates a very dynamic album full of different stickers, there are shaped, transparent, special glitter and all the others. On almost all pages, the alternation of the different types of stickers makes it a lot of fun to complete the album.

Icing on an already appetizing cake is the central poster with the stickers from A to H, all special glitter. The only drawback, as often happens with various publishers, is the poor quality of the album paper, including the poster which must be removed with great care. Too bad, it is still a very good product.

In the hope that another 2 years do not have to pass for the third chapter of the saga, have fun with this one!

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NA! NA! NA! Surprise (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 202

album: NA! NA! NA! Surprise (Panini)

stickers: 168  (1-168)

starter pack: album + 3 packet 2,00€

box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€

Nana Supergirl, legendary Japanese cartoon, has nothing to do with it, also because we have an extra NA here. If in the 80s we had the famous “battles” between Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet fans, at the beginning of the third decade of the 2000s here is the clash between the L.O.L. and the Na Na Na.

Honestly, we don’t know which of the two collections was born first, but the characters are really quite similar, looking a bit on the web we can say that even the triple Na dolls have a good following, thanks also to the material distributed by Giochi Preziosi.

Fortunately, Panini does not do an encore of the latest L.O.L. and releases a publication more suitable for children and for parents’ pockets. Not too many stickers (168) and above all no cards. This probably means that we will soon have this format too but from a different collection. We think that in addition to quality, it is also necessary to consider the possibility of completing an album without fainting, the cost of the packets is not particularly cheap but at least the final goal is not a chimera ..

The album is very nice and funny, on each page a different doll appears, curious to find the date of birth even if obviously without the year, the Na Na Na certainly cannot grow up. The goal is not only to attach (well, please) the stickers but also to interact with the dolls through the small games or quizzes found on many of the pages. Whether you dream of becoming a model or you dream of becoming a stylist.

Interesting is the varied choice of stickers available, several specials including the now customary glitter and holographic specials, even the classic stickers, especially the close-ups have an almost .. hypnotic effect.

At the center of the album is the fashion book, where even more space is given to fashion and the dresses that our little heroines love to wear. Rather varied choices! Last pages with the class photo where some of the protagonists of the album are re-proposed.

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ITALY CHAMPION OF EUROPE (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 201

album: ITALY CHAMPION OF EUROPE (Panini)
stickers: 26 (1-26) poster + brochure + complete set € 9.90

It took 53 years to see Italy on the roof of Europe again, it took a little time for the celebratory poster to finally arrive, announced for release on July 27th. Not bad, happy that Panini has made it. In recent times we have often had to focus on the shortcomings of the Modena house, but this time we must say that we are satisfied.

Someone had dreamed of a real album as it happened in 2006, probably the insignificant sales of that time have cut their legs a little bit. Honestly, it seems to us that a product like this is absolutely up to par to celebrate the victory for the Europeans, also taking into account that Panini Argentina has created a similar product to do the same for the Seleccion victory in Copa America.

Other details are both the low price and the fact that it is a product for everyone and not an ultra limited edition. That’s right, that everyone can equally celebrate the Azzurri’s victory. Also, after the rather poor quality of so many recent products, both the poster and the stickers themselves are well crafted. Even the images of the players are not the same as those used for the Adrenalyn or the Euro2020 album. Of course, something more could always be done, but the final result is valid.

Let’s go further and hope this double release (Italy and Argentina, the second only available in the South American country) can become a fixed appointment to celebrate perhaps the victorious national team of Qatar 2022 and the following ones. In addition to having all the players, happy to find the coach Roberto Mancini sticker. This line of Panini is inconceivable and unacceptable, which for decades has not featured the coach sticker in the European and World Cup albums. Incomprehensible, really.

Also present is the small booklet that traces the final phase of the European Championships, it is not the attachment, in reality the attachment is the posters with the stickers, so it must be kept. For the younger ones, maybe buy two copies, one to hang in the room and the other to keep sealed.

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ADRENALYN ACTIVITY ALBUM (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 200

album: CALCIATORI ACTIVITY ALBUM 2021 (Panini)

stickers: 72  (P1-P24, X1-X24, 24 shields + 18 game cards)

starter pack: album + complete set 9,90€ (plus 2 packets Gommmaglie, Tin Box Platinum Adrenalyn)

This very interesting product arrives on newsstands, we do not know how many have noticed it, having been released shortly before the Euro2020 Wembley final. It may seem anachronistic, being a product linked to the Adrenalyn collection, but of many extra releases, often useless, this one stands out.

First of all we have a question: is it part of the Adrenalyn collection or part of the Calciatori collection?!? For the writer, it applies to both and by collecting the traditional Calciatori album, this being in all respects an album of stickers to be attached, it is in effect part of the collection and therefore a “must have”!

Points of view, of course. The printed photos are the Adrenalyn cards, while the texts seem to come out of the pages of Bomber magazine. However, the detail remains, which is not a detail, that we are talking about stickers to be attached. The 18 cards are related to the game, they do not show images of players, let’s say they are the least attractive aspect of the product.

Often and always reluctantly we have to report the costs of Panini products, in this case we must instead report the excellent price, just 10 euros. A figure that can already be reached with the value of the extra material (Adrenalyn tin box + 2 Gommaglie packets), these products are really over the maximum time, in reality even without these objects the 10 euro would be well spent.

Inside we find four types of stickers:

The stickers numbered X1-X24 are round and reflect only the detail of the players’ faces, not all teams are represented, several Juventus players (including Cristiano Ronaldo, Chiesa and Dybala for collectors of the themes). The image is the same as in the Calciatori album. In recent years, rumors have been circulating among collectors about the idea of ​​overwhelming graphics by inserting this particular sticker detail. Could it be a test bench for Panini to probe the moods of fans?

The stickers numbered P1-P24 are certainly the most interesting, 12 special glitter and 12 in action with completely real photos with the background of the playing field. Above all, they are mostly unpublished stickers, not re-proposed than what we have already seen in the Adrenalyn collection. All the more reason to buy this product. Unlike the X set, here are all the Serie A teams with Inter, Juventus and Lazio who have more stickers (among the top players here we have Belotti, Hakimi, Chiellini, Lukaku, De Paul, etc.)

In the oval stickers we find shields, Serie A logos and cups, not numbered. The reason is simple, they are created to be used to stick on the central page where we find the Game, so everyone can use the sticker they prefer. Of course most of us will leave the sticker sheet untouched, right? 🙂 Also because to play you would need to cut the album cover to get the pieces and the dice. If desired, Panini could add a detachable insert as it does for the card holder boxes in various albums. Given the overall price of this album, honestly you can’t fault the choice too much.

Waiting for Panini’s announcement on something related to Italy’s European champion (hopefully an album!), This unexpected release is a pleasure. Do you collect the Calciatori? They are stickers, for us it must be taken! Do you collect the Adrenalyn? They are not cards but it is linked to the collection, so for us it must be taken!

From any point of view you look at this pack, run to the newsstands before it is sold out

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F1 TURBO ATTAX 2021 (Topps Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 199

album: F1 TURBO ATTAX 2021  (Topps)

cards: 259  (1-254 + 5 limited edition)

starter pack: binder + LE Alonso + 20 cards 8,99€

packets: 2,00€ with 10 cards (box of 24 packets)

multipack: LE Hamilton + 25 cards 4,99€

value box: LE Sainz + 25 cards 4,99€

mini tin: LE Norris + 30 cards 7,99€

mega tin: LE Vettel + 55 cards 12, 99€

card XXL: 5, available only on website Topps

Those who follow us have now understood that we are rather vintage, more linked to stickers than cards, this also involves a certain difficulty in reviewing the collections. Honestly, we are sure that we are lacking in notions and details that probably do not happen to us with the classic stickers. However, when a product is of quality we notice it all right and this Turbo Attax collection seems very beautiful to us!

First of all, the distribution in Italy was excellent news, last year only stickers arrived. Probably the great success convinced Topps to also present the cards. Speaking of stickers, the release for September has already been announced, perhaps a little later in time, but it is important that they come out. Among other things, if last year’s good intentions and excellent prices are confirmed (remember? € 1 for 10 stickers), we could have a possible candidate for final victory as the best sports album of 2021.

This collection of cards is very varied, the quality of the paper and images is superior to the competition, even the setting leaves its mark. First page to scream, 9 cards to form a single image with all the drivers. Promised that when we find them all we will add the photo in this review, it’s worth it!

From card 10 to 99, the basic set of Formula 1, divided by team, each has its own page, excellent idea that there are no distinctions, all the drivers have the same dedicated space, alone or in pairs with the teammate. Of course we start with the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, world champion. In particular, the three-card puzzle cars are beautiful, to give even more emphasis to the joy of watching these dominatrixes of engines.

From cards 100 to 132 there is ample space for Formula 2, immediately after the champions of the major series, as if it were an album of footballers. Moreover, it is often among these new generation that we will find the great drivers of tomorrow, with the increasingly overflowing fashion of rookies, one day among these 32 cards we could find a card coveted by many fans.

Could they miss the Grand Prix? Of course not, from card 133 to card 159 here are the engines in action, retracing the most intense moments of the last racing season. Topps’ choice to grant space, here too, to many drivers, not only the winners but also those who, in the rear, made their mark, bringing great personal or team satisfaction.

From card 160 to 180 many specials and details that retrace not only the last year but also the previous ones, in particular the Flashbacks (from 170 to 180) with photos from the first seasons of the drivers, starting from 2001 of Alonso and Raikkonen, 20 years on the F1 tracks!

Special mention for cards 181 to 193. The first three celebrate the first season of future possible great champions, including Mick, son of the unforgettable Michael Schumacher. The next ones introduce us to the team managers, a fundamental role for the success of a race and the entire season.

Cards 194 to 203 are very useful for the game connected to Turbo Attax, strategy cards necessary to achieve victory. The following cards, from 204 to 239, are celebrating the drivers, the first of course is from Hamilton for the 2020 world championship. The latest cards, from 243 to 254, focus the spotlight on the characteristics of the various drivers, their strengths, from experience, speed, overtaking.

Very good collection, if you wanted you could add the circuits or some vintage memories of F1 with the great drivers of the past. Even the stickers seem to have no material of this last type, perhaps a marketing choice, perhaps a limitation linked to the agreements on image rights. Let’s hope we can have something more in 2022!

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LUCA (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 198

stickers: 180 (1-164, L1-L16) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

packets: 1,00€ 4 stickers + 1 card (box of 24 packets)

Haven’t you seen Luca yet? Run to watch it! The film deserves, certainly the Italian setting helps to make our hearts beat, but it is really well done, among the best of the last 10 years, especially after some not so memorable releases by Disney / Pixar. A very delicate and exciting way to address the issues of diversity, unfortunately in everyday life we ​​do not often have a happy ending, but we hope this new Disney work will allow even the little ones to understand and know how to accept who, apparently, is different from us.

This album is therefore a MUST because the son of a high quality film, in reality Panini seems to us to carry out the task without too much soul but still making the final product enjoyable. The quality of the film saves it, the graphic layout of the album is very simple, the captions appear less and less as you turn the pages, many images taken from the cartoon, some special ones, a few shaped ones. We like rectangular stickers, they go very well with the “widescreen” line as you see cartoons in the cinema.

Central poster for the L stickers with the characters in silver version. We also have the cards punctual as the taxes, we remain of the idea that more than once they are not an added value to the quality of the album but only an extra expense, a clear excuse from the publishers to raise the prices of the packets. Above all there are too many, 50! If Panini is “forced” to also make cards for contractual reasons and making two separate albums would be an economic suicide (we agree with this), then at least limit the number.

Positive note, the quality of the album paper has improved compared to recent disasters, it is already something, also taking into account that the album is not a tribute, not even in the starter pack.

Do sticker albums sell less than the usual names? Perhaps it is linked to prices and extra contents that very little marry with the target audience and even more with family economies that are not those of a multinational but of many small daily realities that have to make sacrifices. After having locked themselves up in their four walls long before the health emergency, perhaps taking a few laps into the real world from Modena could prove useful.

Anyway album to have, to collect, the film deserves it.

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SUPER CHAMPS TOKYO 2020 (Esselunga Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 197

album: SUPER CHAMPS (Esselunga)

stickers: 180 (1-180)

album: 0,99€

packets: one with € 15.00 spent at Esselunga Supermarket, contains 6 stickers

But how beautiful were the Campioni dello Sport albums? Finally not just football, but all disciplines, all the Olympic sport in one album. Those years are very distant, it is impossible for reasons of image rights to think of having one with athletes from all over the world, at least we can again have one dedicated to the Azzurri.

Again because also in 2016 we had an album, made by Panini at the time. Some comparisons need to be made. The Panini had stickers with really quality photos of the sportsmen, large and in excellent resolution, on the other hand it presented the rather useless set of cards and even the stickers that referred to the various disciplines were not very attractive. But the photos were really beautiful, especially thanks to Panini for having proposed such a particular album.

This time it is the turn of the Esselunga supermarket chain, official partner of Team Italia, therefore with a project that goes far beyond just the album. In fact, you can also buy other official products such as notebooks etc. The line is similar to that of 4 years ago, rightly we try to give space to all disciplines. This of course involves limiting the athletes to stickers, the alternative would have been to make an encyclopedic album.

However, the album maintains an encyclopedic form, not through the stickers, but thanks to the information we find for each sport, from historical notions, to curiosities, to the great victories of the Azzurri over the years. Alongside the stickers and photographs, there are also many details on the athletes.

The preparation work is well made, the stickers are interesting, they are small and therefore suffer from some limitations (especially in relation to the giants of Brazil 2016) but they are appreciated, more successful than 2016 the shining specials of the various caricature disciplines as well as those, always in caricature, of some athletes.

We also applaud the format of the album, not stapled but paperback, a real book in stickers of the Tokyo 2020 Azzurri Olympics. Even the formula of the bags attached to the shopping is challenging but less difficult than other occasions. Meanwhile Esselunga is rooted in the territory, it is enough for 2 months to shop in these well-stocked supermarkets. In addition, for each packet we have 6 stickers, other editions presented only 3 or 4, it changes a lot! Not only that, being a very widespread reality, it is easier to find relatives, friends, work colleagues who can give their unused packets as a gift. Attention, the purchase of the album is open to everyone but the packets are distributed only to holders of the Esselunga Fidelity Card, however free.

Important detail that we regret to note, as in 2016 the athletes of the Paralympics are completely missing. It is a lack that we personally feel very strongly, it is true that they are two separate Olympics (also for logistical and organizational reasons) but we believe it would have been right to give space to all the Azzurri who will compete in Tokyo.

The doubt remains about the chosen title of the collection, it does not like a lot, they must have had their valid reasons. Incredible that, at the moment, the two best sports albums of 2021 are not produced by newsstands but by alternative markets. However, the year is still long, who knows what the future holds.

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EURO 1964 (Qubotondo Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 196

album: EURO 1964 (Qubotondo)

stickers: 180 (not numbered)

album + complete set 45,00€

Contemporary release of Qubotondo, together with the album dedicated to the Euro 1960 album, previously reviewed. After the Great Soviet Union of Lev Yashin, here the Spain of Luisito Suarez wins.

We confirm the excellent choice of separating them, unlike what was done with 1968 and 1972 presented in a single album. Certainly the setting is similar, almost the same, but we like that each edition of the European has its own album. Indeed, we launch a provocation to Qubotondo, once the printed copies of the 68/72 album have run out, it would not be bad in the future to propose them each on his own.

Unlike in 1960, almost all the great national teams take part in the tournament, with direct elimination, home and away matches, with the final phase (the two semifinals and the final) played in Spain. Here too Qubotondo rightly gives ample space to the four finalists, let’s say that it suits him, because after a 5-5 overall and subsequent play-off lost with Denmark, the little Luxembourg was one step away from flying to Barcelona, ​​to play for access to the final against the Soviet Union. Perhaps they would have had some difficulty in finding the images of all the GranDucato players.

The album introduces the final phase with splendid black and white stickers, with highlights from the matches played in Spain, plus ample space for the four finalists: Soviet Union, Spain, Hungary and Denmark. Each with 25 stickers, 4 puzzle stickers for training, coach and 20 players.

As also for Euro 1960, the players’ stickers are with a close-up inside a round, a necessary and captivating graphic choice, necessary because it was perhaps impractical to have the correct photos for all the players, in this way the space below with national team logo uniforms the presentation of the various teams. Notes with the scores of the four final matches and details on the individual players.

The nice setting of the album is to allow space based on the result achieved, without looking too hard at the high-sounding name of the national team. It is therefore right that those who have reached the quarter-finals have more stickers: Eire, Sweden, France and precisely Luxembourg; each with 6 stickers, team and five players.

For the teams stopped in the second round, mention of presence with three stickers, team and two of the most representative players including Gianni Rivera: Eire, Italy, East Germany, Albania, Austria, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Holland.

The album closes with 4 black and white stickers with some highlights during the qualifiers.

An important detail, the product was created for the international market, rightly so, hence the choice to present all the texts in English.

For further information visit http://www.qubotondo.it/

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EURO 1960 (Qubotondo Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 195

album: EURO 1960 (Qubotondo)

stickers: 170 (not numbered)

album + complete set 45,00€

It all started here, with Lev Jashin’s Great Soviet Union. The friends of Qubotondo complete the realization of the albums on the pre Panini European championships, with this one dedicated to 1960 and that of 1964, we will do the review later.

The choice of separating them was excellent, unlike what was done with 1968 and 1972 presented together. It will also be an amateur production but the passion is worth much more than many top-rated publishers. Among other things, the graphics work is done by professionals in the sector, you can see.

The final rounds are still far away, this first edition is absolutely special, just 17 national teams sign up, with the final phase in France for the last four games. Football and history that intertwine and tell us about a world that no longer exists, the final match between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, now divided into many different countries, often unfortunately in contrast with each other.

The album alternates stickers, beautifully in black and white with highlights from the matches played in France, to the presentation of the four finalists: Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, France and Czechoslovakia. For each of these 25 stickers, including the 4-sticker formation, the coach (it is incredible how much this fundamental figure is not present in the Panini, except in rare cases and far from recent years) and 20 players.

Stickers with the foreground of the players inside a circle, a necessary and captivating graphic choice, necessary because it was perhaps impractical to have the correct photos for all the players, in this way the space underneath with the national team logo uniforms the presentation of the various teams. The flag in the wind is a nice touch! The explanatory notes are also interesting, with appearances in the final phase and in the qualifications, club of belonging and year of birth, it must not have been so immediate to discover this information for everyone.

The next 13 participating teams have 6 stickers Austria, Portugal, Romania, Spain. The other 2 stickers, team and main player: Eire, Hungary, Turkey, Norway, East Germany, Poland, Greece, Bulgaria, Denmark.

The album closes with 4 teams, national teams who decided not to participate in the competition, the names are incredible: Italy, West Germany, England and the vice world champions of Sweden! To further emphasize the consideration that these teams were not part of the competition, Qubotondo decides to present the players in action, clearly different stickers to the previous ones on the album.

An important detail, the product was created for the international market, rightly so, hence the choice to present all the texts in English.

Well done Qubotondo, now with what to continue? Maybe with the World Cup before Mexico70 or with the Copa America, who knows what they will surprise us with!

For further informations visit http://www.qubotondo.it/

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UNICI (Panini/Vegé Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 194

album: UNICI (Panini)

stickers: 96 (1-96)

album 2,00€

packets: 3 stickers at each expense of € 20.00 in supermarkets Vegé Group

After so many years (last time it was for Euro 2012) Italy also has its special album linked to supermarkets. “Unici” this is the name of the album, very intriguing, we usually talk at the end of the stickers but this time we mention them first. Especially some types are enormously more interesting than those of the traditional European album. Indeed, we could take a cue for maybe the new Calciatori, we will return to this point with an ad hoc post on social networks in the coming days, let’s see what collectors will say.

UNICI in some way pursues the layout of the Bomber magazine, leaving space for many curiosities about the great champions. In France, an album of footballers’ recipes has been released, it is right that this type of products are completely alternative to the classic football sticker album. It’s nice to see Panini’s commitment to making this album, both on the stickers and on the content, even the hardcover album is finally of quality. Very low selling price, just 2 euros, thanks to the sponsorship of the Vegè Group, Panini partner in this initiative.

Instead of dividing into chapters by roles as done in the past, thanks to the different sections we have the opportunity to know less famous aspects of many players. Of course it is an album with a very young target, also appreciable the cultural and social objectives and the notions that lie within it. It is right that we start talking about school times (The first steps) and who, especially at the beginning of their career, was close to the future top players (Important people).

Given our (small) role in the field of solidarity, we are happy to see how much Panini dedicates on this occasion to the social commitment of many players (Off the pitch), there are still the more sporting aspects (Will and Determination, Masters of Life) as well. like curiosities about private life, from hobbies to passions. After all, footballers also have a personal life and like everyone they live and suffer from the things that make their heart beat faster (The Hidden Side, Talents and Interests, Culture and Entertainment).

The aspect that we would like to emphasize is the didactic formula of the album, which leaves space for information, for many curiosities but also for interesting geographical notions, it will be a detail but we like the indication of the hometown marked on the map of the various countries. This aspect is also repeated on the back of the stickers, where we can have demographic and tourist information of the many cities involved. Short and therefore effective texts.

We have already said about the stickers but we repeat ourselves, really interesting and possible points of reference for renewing other collections. The album also dedicates space to explain the different types of stickers, the graphics are not random, the “reliable” remain our favorites, even in future perspectives.

Nice the game you find on the last page, very simple but still an additional factor. Of course, only the stickers are needed which, as written, being of different types, also have different roles for the game.

The packet contains only 3 stickers and you have every 20 euros spent, taking into account that the album contains only 96 stickers it is not so impossible to complete it; just convince the wives or parents (for the youngest) to go shopping for 2 months at the supermarkets of the Vegè group. The point is to understand what they are, even the unica2021.it site is unclear, speaking only of the contest linked to the album. Better to go to the site https://www.gruppovege.it where you can enter your city and discover the nearest stores.

The hope is that, subsequently, it will also be possible to order the missing stickers from Panini, as was the case with the Spal album made a few years ago.

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GRANDE TORINO (Galata Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 193

album: CASKET GRANATA (Galata Edizioni)

poster  + 12 stickers poster  + 15 packets Torino 2020/21 14,90€

We certainly arrive after the deadline, for a product that has been out for over a month, but it has only arrived now and for the Grande Torino an exception is more than willingly made. Nice idea of ​​Galata edizioni that makes a nice tribute in memory of the players who died in the Superga tragedy of 1949.

The Grande Torino, the team of all Italians. The most malicious will say that it is a crafty one, to entice people to collect the current Torino album which unfortunately is quite a disaster. In fact, in the box there are 15 packets of the collection. The fact remains that we have in our hands a product that gives emotion and that is enough for us.

In addition to the 15 packets already mentioned, in the box we find the mini poster of the Grande Torino, on one side the photo of the squad, on the other the space for the stickers, 11. The twelfth in fact proposes the complete team and does not find space on the poster. The stickers are not unpublished, they are the adhesive reissue of the series released for Lavazza within the Campioni dello Sport collection, which is not the Panini one from the late 60s. Without retouching or updates.

Hence the numbering of the sticker on the front, which naturally has nothing to do with the poster, the correct numbering is the standard one on the back. It is impressive to see the wording in brackets “dead” next to the name of our grenade heroes and the black stripe on the left. Could it have been done differently without simply re-proposing the product of the time? Perhaps, it remains a nice tribute to the invincibles and we like it.

The most exciting and interesting aspect is found in the texts under the space for stickers, with the memory of family members, a wonderful idea to make something personal in some way owned by everyone, as was and always will be the memory of the Grande Torino.

Bacigalupo, Ballarin, Maroso, Grezar, Rigamonti, Castigliano, Menti, Loik, Gabetto, Mazzola, Ossola have never died, they are only away.

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TOPO GIGIO (Officina Edicola Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 192

stickers: 168  (1-168)

starter pack: album 3,50€

packets: 5 stickers 0,90€ (box of 40 packets)

60 years and don’t hear them! Actually 62, since Topo Gigio was born as a television puppet back in 1959. He then became the protagonist of cartoons, comics and much more, bringing this Italian character to be loved all over the world. Born for Italian television, from 2020 he returned to Rai “mother” with a new cartoon series. Unlike the Disney Mickey Mouse, the second most famous mouse in the world has learned to live in the world of men, at least he tries!

The sticker album is completely dedicated to the new series, so the protagonist is also the Slime with which our heroes compete throughout the album. We therefore live a story that continues page by page where the attempts not always successful to achieve the most absurd mixes are told. The beauty of the album is just that, the continuation of the story and the interaction between the stickers and the pages of the album.

Very nice stickers, well cared for, even on the back. In fact, each type of figurine has its own colored tissue, the classic ones have a blue back, the transparent shaped ones have an orange back, the furry ones have a purple back, the glittery ones (thanks to the glitter) have a pink back. The internal pages of the album are also very dynamic, the specials alternate and the stickers are one with the story that continues page after page.

Special pages at the end of the album to present the 10 protagonists of the series, the magical ones entirely dedicated to Topo Gigio and the double central poster for attaching a giant mouse and its transparent stickers in the bedroom.

Really nice album, colorful, above all not trivial. The cost of the packets is not the most interesting, high compared to the average of similar albums, at least the quality of the stickers is good and above all it is the setting of the album that makes the expense less expensive. Right number of stickers (168, not nearly or over 200, too many for similar collections) and no card.

We do not agree on this new line of various publishers to propose the album without packets, the starter pack in our opinion always helps to make known a collection. In addition, 10 or 20 cents less per packet would have been the top, but it remains one of the most interesting collections of this first part of the year.

Welcome back Topo Gigio!

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ARTONAUTI 3 (WizArt Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 191

stickers: 288 (1-288) + 25 cards

starter pack: album + 3 packets 3,50€

packets:  5 stickers + 1 card 0,60€ (box of 36 packets)

Finally Artonauti! One of the most anticipated albums of 2021 arrives on newsstands, released late for obvious reasons but still released, first applause (others will follow ..) for this decision despite the world of school, the first reference of this collection, is literally upset.

The wait is not always negative, we like to think that these extra months have allowed WizArt to add or change details, bringing advantages to the final result which, objectively, is excellent. We do not believe it was intended but in these times when travel is suspended, we really needed an album that with the images in stickers and the imagination would take us around the world, continent after continent, to visit those beauties of art that now we it is impossible to do. In general, however, a lifetime would not be enough for the tour around the world that our Ale and Morgana make..

Do not skip the first introductory pages, they serve to understand that our heroes are doing around looking for the cat Wizart, like the previous ones, the written part of the entire album is on the one hand didactic, therefore fundamental, on the other it is narrative, therefore equally fundamental.

The journey of the happy family (the grandmother seems in better shape than usual, maybe it’s just our impression) covers all continents, starting from Eastern Europe and ending back home in Western Europe after 12 stages. There is more to say, but we don’t want to anticipate too much, try not to go and browse immediately at the end of the album, rather!

For our review we have divided the world tour into five blocks, mentioning the pages and images that most pleasantly surprised us and the more we believe will be fun to complete with the stickers. Not having the Star Trek model transport range, the Artonauti tour also maintains a certain geographic logic.

Block 1 (Russia, Middle East, Ancient Persia) from page 10 to page 33
special mention to the Cathedral of San Basilio, to the canvas by Ivan Siskin (Morning in a pine forest), the temple of Abu Simbel, the Pink Mosque and The Thousand and One Nights

Block 2 (India, South East Asia, China) from page 34 to page 55
special mention to the Krishna painting, to the Land of Mythical Creatures of Thai culture, to the work Chang’E by Ren Shuai Ying and to the Festival with fireworks and kites

Block 3 (Japan, Australia, Africa) from page 56 to page 71
special mention to Himeji Castle, to The Great Wave of Kanagawa, to the painting Gnamma Holes and to the African Face

Block 4 (Latin America, Mexico, USA) from page 72 to page 89
special mention to the painting by Eduardo Kobra, to the mural by Diego Rivera, to the paintings by Keith Haring and Jackson Pollock

Block 5 (Northern Europe, Europe of the Knights, Classical Europe) from page 90 to page 103 special mention to Koch’s Thor, Joan of Arc, Botticelli’s Venus

What our mentions refer to, we are not art critics, perhaps of stickers, which is why we “rewarded” the pages where the mix between the two worlds (art and stickers) seemed more exciting to us. The album is an explosion of shaped stickers, as practically all of them must be attached exactly so as not to lose the charm of the photo below. A rather demanding initiative, because shaped stickers often encounter problems when they are to be included in a sticker album. We did some tests and we can say that the work is really very well done. Second applause to WizArt for the choice that could seem risky.

Another very interesting aspect is the presence of both classical and more modern art, it is also right to limit the monuments in some way to the advantage of paintings, at least in Europe and North America. As fans of the comic history that has always accompanied the Artonauti, we can see that it has been set aside a little, our heroes can only be seen in the introductory pages of the various chapters; on the one hand you could have them interact more, on the other the charm of the selected works is so incredible that it is right that the entire available space is dedicated to its.

The twin cards also return, so 25 but in reality to be found double to have the complete deck. Compared to the past they have improved, larger, even this year they do not have their own numbering but we find the handy check list at the bottom of the album. Honestly, we find it the least interesting part of the project, perhaps because we don’t feel very involved in the didactic aspect of this part of the collection. Avoidable? Perhaps yes, on the other hand we cannot fail to point out that, unlike other collections, their presence is not an excuse to raise the cost of the packet.

Speaking of the packet, the final applause starts here. In a period of race to the top, Artonauti is on sale with packets at 60 cents and with 5 stickers plus a card inside. The quality of the album is good, we found some small imperfections but it remains far better in quality than the products of other well-known publishers. If this involves paying for the album (less than 2.00 euros anyway) then so be it, we will gain in quality!

Beautiful, unique, special. Now all that remains is to wait for the fourth. Artonauti Forever!

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FORTNITE SERIES 2 (PANINI)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 190

cards: 650  (1-200 basic + 1-200 holofil + 1-200 optichrome + M1-M13 + H1-H37)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 9,90€

packet: 8 cards 2,99€ (box of 18 packets)

tin box: 6 packets + 3 bonus cards 18,90€

Before giving you a heart attack, the above number is the one to have all the versions of the cards, with 250 you have the complete set, but if some crazy collector wants to have the absolute set is different. In practice, the first 200 cards are available in three versions, the basic one with standard cards, the holofoil version and the optichrome holo.

The debate is open, someone will say that it is madness, our point of view is different, much better this solution which still allows you to have all the cards than what happened with the first series where the first 200 were very easy but the following ones, namely the special it was a dream to find them, very few have managed to complete the album. We remind you that on these series there is no missing card service.

So an acceptable solution, for those who want to have fun and collect the complete basic set without fainting, they can do it, super collectors can go wild and try to do the business, perhaps by selling the car or giving up their holidays.

The collection was expected to be released in 2020, as stated in the starter pack, understandable that Panini has waited for better times, the preparation work was still very accurate, second series really in every sense, the cards are all different from the 2019 edition not only that, each card has become double with the foreground on the front and a larger design on the back.

The first 200 cards are a festival of costumes, from uncommon to rare, from epic to legendary. Closes the set 37 collection tools and 13 map cards. Scenographies clearly different from the first series also because in the meantime Chapter 2 came out and we believe, much more; fans of the game will excuse us for our knowledge limitations.

Good quality card, a collection that will surely please the many fans of the video game. If desired, a special one per packet could be envisaged, perhaps even slightly raising the price, not low, of the packets but not impossible, especially compared to other recent Panini releases.

We liked the latest Fortnite sticker album very much, in our opinion it wins at a distance on the cards, both for the graphics, for the contents, and for the setting. However, this also has its say, to each their own choice.

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PUPPIES & ME! (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 189

stickers: 184  (1-163 + X1-X21) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

packet : 4 stickers + 1 card 1,00€ (box da 36 packets)

We are nobody and we do not count for anything, but we are increasingly convinced that inside Panini there is a sort of short circuit in place .. Let’s go step by step anyway.

The idea of ​​the album is very nice, a guide to learn more about puppies and how to take care of them. A way to learn how to have a dog in the family through the stickers, which as always have a great meaning and a long history in the field of teaching.

We specify that in this album we speak only of dogs, not cats or other animals. It may seem a negative aspect, but the opposite is the case, dedicating oneself entirely to the brothers of Pluto and Beethoven (the Saint Bernard of the film, not the great composer, of course) allows you to create a successful album complete with lots of information, a detail difficult to get when you have to talk about so many species.

In the various pages there is a lot of information, of course having fun, mimicking the very nice Adrenalyn the cucc-ranking with the “values” per puppy, based on paw marks, to discover the largest, the most vital, the most suitable for training and also to .. take a bath. After completing the album, you cannot make mistakes, you will know how to feed, how to alternate physical activities with rest and much more.

Openable poster in the middle for the X stickers, to be filled in as the puppy grows. The stickers are of good quality, well-chosen graphics both in the pages and in the stickers, which have the advantage of being very different from each other with many specials, in addition to the brilliants and glitter we find the “scratch and discover” method, a method already used in several others collections (e.g. LOL) but always effective. Of 184 stickers we have at least a hundred non-standard ones, also counting the shaped ones that make the whole more dynamic and always make their little figure of .. figurine.

To complete this Puppies & Me 50 cards, not only to keep but also to play Pup Power, a very simple card game suitable for a very young audience, easier than actually to be used only for collectors. Another important detail, the matte album paper that does it justice, amazing how Panini uses better material for the albums of, let’s imagine, second level, instead of the main ones like Calciatori or others. Of course, they certainly print a lot less, but we are still perplexed.

At the beginning we were talking about a Panini short circuit, what are we referring to? To the fact that too often quality on the one hand is canceled out on the other. This is an album with its potential but suitable for a very young audience and for parents as buyers. The cost of the packets (the excuse of the card in this round is really a stretch) makes it unappetizing, much better Amici Cucciolotti.

In Modena they have perhaps forgotten what a collection of stickers, first of all, first of all, should be: POPULAR. For people and possibly for all budgets, especially this type of product. It is still made fun of the fact that the name Panini, rightly, has that important historical value, but for years and especially lately there are other publishers who make products suitable for boys and children. Also suitable for costs.

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THE CARTOON WORLD (Gamma 3000 Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 188

stickerss: 30  (1-30)

album + complete set 3,50€

After a few albums dedicated to the animal world, Gamma 3000 raises the bar and aims at the world of cartoons, more or less. The formula is always the interesting one, a complete set of few stickers already sold with the album, a way to the pleasure of attaching stickers for the little ones.

This album is something more, the previous ones on animals were very basic, this one instead is a real illustrated album with a very important didactic part. We can go so far as to say that more than a sticker album it is an illustrated book with the addition of some stickers.

We are not marketing experts but we are left with the doubt that the layout of the cover could be reversed, the big title that recalled cartoons and, in a small way, the detail of an album that is already complete. Leafing through the album it is clear that the concept of cartoons is just a starting point, ample space is also given to several other non-animated characters, from Harry Potter to recent Marvel and DC films and more.

The text inside the album seems to us curated, written with knowledge of the facts and divided in some way by genres. It starts with the princesses, continues with the superheroes and then with the fantastic worlds. In the following pages we find the “tender puppies” from Winnie The Pooh to Pimpa, the Great Classics from Disney to Star Wars and the new heroes such as Ben10, Kung Fu Panda and Dragon Ball.

In short, the whole is nice, the stickers could be more than double if desired, one would think that Gamma 3000 had to limit the stickers for agreements on the images from the various owners. On the stickers the copyright is indicated for each one but it is strange to see together so many characters from Marvel, DC, Disney, Harry Potter and even Pippi Longstocking all together. The publisher will excuse us but we have some doubts, perhaps the use of a single image per characters makes the album possible.

Nice basic idea, given the cost it would be inappropriate even to list the defects, perhaps and if you wanted you could only deal with cartoons and then dedicate a subsequent album to the characters of films and TV series. For impulsive collectors of the various characters an album to have, difficult to know how long will remain on newsstands.

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Euro 2020 Tournament Edition (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 187

stickers: 692  (1-678 + stickers Coca Cola C1-C14)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 2,90€

packet : 5 stickers 1,00€ (box of 50 stickers)

foreign edition:
Switzerland Pearl Edition (678 stickers + stickers Coca Cola C1-C14)
East Europe blue cover (654 stickers)
Hard Cover version not available for italian edition

This album needs a long introduction, forgive us, normally we don’t talk about prices because it would have to be reported too many times but on this occasion we cannot remain silent. 1 euro for five stickers is a point of no return, also considering the not excellent quality of the European and World Cup albums (the 2018 Russia stickers were unwatchable but it has been seen even worse).

With all due respect to the historical period in which we live, if we add that it is not even an unreleased album since it is the new edition of the one released last year, we are really stunned. Perhaps there is a precedent, the latest Panini album on the Giro d’Italia had the packets even at 1.50. Panini already knew that they would not continue the following year and therefore they tried to collect funds as much as possible, perhaps the same happens here since it seems the Euro2024 album will be branded Topps.

Finally, taking into account that for this edition of the Euro we have 2 albums in 2 years, Panini could meet fans and many collectors while maintaining a decent price, which was not actually last year. Or rather, at least increase the number of stickers inside the packets. That “only for” printed on the price of the starter pack as on many other products made in recent years sounds so mocking that it is almost annoying.

So as the Figurine Forever Association we decided NOT to buy sticker boxes and consequently not to create the conditions for exchanges, which we have done with practically all the albums released on newsstands in recent years (at least the ones that made sense). We have neither the pretension nor the swagger to believe we count for something, but we believe that this is the only way to try to give a message to those who should have greater consideration for their customers.
Then let’s be clear, we are talking about European football, sales will be important in the really important countries (Germany, England, etc.) because often nothing follows the complaint. We, in our own small way, feel like making this gesture, preferring to direct the funds of the Association on other productions, including Panini, the Lyon albums and the Harry Potter cards are many times better than this album.

Panini could not make an album copy of the previous “Preview” and therefore he fished out the horizontal stickers used for the Champions League and repeated Euro 2016 with the stripes in action of the main players. Careful choice do not make a duplicate and the horizontal stickers are appreciable, we would have avoided or limited the second part to return to chapters that fans have always loved such as stadiums and history.
It is not the first time that they become only printed paper, unfortunately it will not be the last. The increase of the teams is certainly a good excuse, but taking into account the price of the packets, it would not have been a bad idea to remove the “in action” part (not very exciting, probably like the younger ones ..) in favor of stadium cards, posters, etc. and perhaps lowering the total number of stickers by at least a hundred.

On the contrary, the squad of the teams is good, 20 players is a good number, never as impossible as this year to find the right players, any cases of Covid could change things even during the tournament. Data of the player on the card to the minimum terms, we feel the lack of the club belong to, forgetfulness or unhappy choice in our opinion. We always focus on the quality of the paper, we have made it our workhorse, compared to the latest releases Panini makes a small leap forward, the cover is valid, the inside a little less but lately it has been really seen very worse.

Note of joy to see the first appearance of North Macedonia as the welcome return of Scotland after 25 years. These are the details that make these albums legendary, even after some time, much more than having 10 times the sticker of the same top player, as some would like.

The most incredible surprise is the presence also in Italy of the Coca Cola stickers, after having seen them for years around Europe and the world, this time the Italian edition is also among the nations involved. The stickers portray the players in pairs but are not actually double stickers, some such as Lukaku (C1) are the same ones used previously.

However nice idea, the extra stickers when proposed with manageable formulas are an interesting solution, more for us Italians who have never seen them on other occasions, less perhaps for other European countries. To understand if these stickers can also be ordered from Panini, in the past they were, be careful because it is not certain that they will then be found in the complete sets that the company will sell later.

If there is the novelty of Coca Cola, we return to being a second-tier country given the lack of a hardcover edition for Italy.

It is a EURO album, it is clearly an album to have, we will have it too and in its variants, but this year we will take a little more time. In stickers we trust, of course, but there is a limit to everything.

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DAY DREAMER photocards (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 186

photocards: 108  (1-108)

starter pack: binder + 2 packets 6,90€

packet : 5 photocards 2,00€ (box of 24 packets)

Unexpected release, given the insignificant success of the previous sticker album, despite the TV series being very popular and the handsome Can Yaman gets talked about, both for the love story with Diletta Leotta and for his possible role as the new Sandokan.

In the review of the sticker album, appreciable for the quality of the photographs, we reported a missed opportunity for Panini. It could have been made much more interesting and dynamic, perhaps even with tourist references of splendid Turkey and much more.
From Panini we always expect excellent products and when he wants to, he knows how to make them, just look at the latest Lyon who literally slaughtered the quality (paper aside) that made a few months earlier by Officina Edicola.

Returning to the review, the booklet that is inside the binder is nice, it partly takes up the formula already seen in the sticker album, the images are also often the same, but still it is a good insert. The 108 photocards are mainly dedicated to the two main characters, the albatross Can wins (why Albatros? Go and find out by reading the insert 🙂) with 51 postcards, followed by sweet Sanem with 15 postcards. 23 postcards portray them together and just 20 for all the other characters, which is not much compared to the queen couple of Day Dreamer.

The checklist of the album was a good choice, which is not strictly in numerical order but by character.

Album for “true fans”, if you want the starter pack to be interesting for everyone, given the price you can buy the binder and use it for other collections of XXL cards (Frozen, Calciatori, etc.)

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DRAGONBALL SUPER Ultra Power (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 185

cards: 162  (1-162)

starter pack: album + 1 packet 4,90€

packet standard: 5 cards 1,00€ (box of 24 packets)

packet metal : 9 cards + 1 card  ltd edition 5,00€ (box of 10 packets)

The years go by but not the Dragonball fever, 2021 also has its own album and could only be the first, to this should be added a sticker version of Panini and after the summer probably a new collection of Diramix cards.

It is difficult to be innovative or original, especially taking into account that many collections have come out of cards, from Edibas to today. For this new edition we see some news and it is quite interesting.

The number of cards remain the classic 162, unlike the previous collections we do not have a final part with the battles and the unicolor back but these are mixed with the rest, a pleasant solution, it makes the collection more uniform without the detachment that characterized the previous editions. Another detail is a greater number of horizontal images, perhaps not perfect to be positioned vertically in the binder but more dynamic and with greater choice for the publisher in selecting cartoon frames.

The real news is another, there are no maxi cards (excellent, we probably weren’t the only ones not to consider them) but on the contrary we have 9 limited edition metal version cards. Limited Edition to be defined, as they are an integral part of the collection, numbered from 154 to 162 are sold separately in special packets. We can say that Diramix took a cue from the Adrenalyn Premium packets and have developed a similar initiative on Dragonball. Similar but different, as written they are numbered, therefore necessary to complete the collection.

It should therefore be clarified whether these nine cards will then be ordered later as missing or not, logic does not help us, being part of the numbering they should be orderable, on the other hand the concept of limited edition would be dropped if they could be requested after months. To each his own opinion, our advice is to buy the special packets, an important but sustainable expense.

Speaking of “figurine”, we rarely focus on the costs of the packets, but merit must be given when publishers present products at low prices, at least compared to the average. Five lamincards for € 1.00 is very good compared to other products. Credit must be given to Diramix for this, as well as the detail of numbering the sheets of the binder. Among other things, non-causal binder, probably created ad hoc by the publisher for this collection and the previous ones, hence the wise solution to always keep the same total number of 162 total cards.

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LYON’s monsters and mysteries (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 184

stickers: 192  (1-152, L1-L30, P1-P10) + 36 cards (C1-C30)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

packets: 4 stickrs + 1 card 1,00€ (box of 36 packets)

It is foreseeable that Panini would have set his sights on Lyon after the incredible success of card’s previous album, a result probably well beyond expectations given the difficulties in various parts of Italy to find him. With Panini everything changes, of course.

Another reasoning is the increasingly clear awareness of the current short circuit between the graphic sector and the commercial / production sector of Panini. Not being Paganini we can repeat ourselves and once again we have to find a very poor quality of the album paper, an image damage that we do not understand in the face of an album that is truly incredible, well done as they were previously the Calciatori or Marvel 80th and several others.

It is clear that Panini focuses heavily on Lyon, so we wonder why not to use the good matte paper used for some recently released albums such as Poopsie or L.O.L. Probably and simply they do not care, we do, we will continue to be pedantic and, until necessary, repetitive in reporting it. In Modena they don’t read our reviews or even if it were we are nobody to change choices, we hope sooner or later things can improve (they must). The stickers are a popular and mass phenomenon, the quality must be within everyone’s reach.

Incredible album, really. The work is so interesting that we imagine months of work to prepare it, for this we can only thank. Given the success of the previous one, quite sui generis as a card album, one could fear a standard album, it would probably have sold the same, instead Panini makes Panini and comes out with something special, already a candidate to be one of the best albums of 2021.

The first part of the album is an introduction to the world of the explorer of virtual worlds, nothing schematic or didactic, the stickers are presented to collectors themselves. The setting is to prepare for the fights, not easy but very fun, very colorful and dynamic pages to enjoy even more the videos and the whole world of Lyon.

The central part of the album is a nice surprise, comic stories are back! After Tex and the superheroes, Lyon also has a comic story (unpublished) to be completed with the shaped stickers. Just 8 pages but that little bit more than in an album of this kind can make the difference.

Second part of the album even more interactive than the previous one, after selfies, tests and a cruise trip (here too all the stickers are shaped), we venture into crimes and misdemeanors, a sector that will probably make each album different from the other. In fact, the 30 stickers numbered L do not have a precise sequence and can be attached at will in the five stories narrated. However, there is a logic and the directions on the back of the stickers must be followed, but after this aspect, maximum freedom of choice!

Speaking of free stickers, even the 10 numbered P with the ingredients to create potions do not have a predetermined sequence. You can find them around the album and you can attach them as you like (in the spaces provided, do not overdo it).

It’s not over yet, the album closes with more classic pages, seen in many albums and a grand finale with other shaped stickers. An end that is not final, on the last page Panini already plans to release a subsequent album. It is not over yet also because we have not told you everything.

In several pages we find interactive games and quizzes, we invite you not to go to the last page to see the solutions, as is done with crosswords. The stickers are very funny and colorful, another big difference with the first album of card, this album clearly distances itself from the bigger brother Minecraft (perhaps also because now the publisher is the same ..) and becomes in effect a mix between game, comic and cartoon.
The stickers are an added value, if you smell strange don’t worry, you will probably have one of the special stinkers in your hands (orange frame). For the magical ones, you will have to use the warmth of your fingers to find out what’s underneath. We wonder who knows what estate they will have over the years ..

Central poster integral part of the album with stickers to be attached on both sides. Discover the investigator in you, this part is in fact connected to the pages of crimes and misdemeanors and, if you have noticed that some of the L stickers remained there, this is where they have their own space. No extra stickers, they are all destined to complete the album!

Finally (yes, this time it’s really the end) we have the 36 cards. Meanwhile, good indeed excellent that Panini is limited to making 36 and not 50, we find the creatures protagonists of the Lyon universe, also different here from those made by Officina Edicola. In general they are two albums born and developed with two very specific different types, undoubtedly we prefer this one by lovers of comics and cartoons.

After all, it’s simple: are you passionate about Lyon? You will have fun completing this sticker album. You don’t even know who Lyon is? You will have fun all the same!

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LND women’s football 2020/21 (Akinda Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 183

album: LND WOMEN’S FOOTBALL 2020/21 (Akinda)
stickers: 1193 in four different albums
(Group A 1-297, Group B 1-339, Group C 1-286, Group D 1-271)

packets: 5 stickers € 1.00
album: € 3.00

Football is (also) a woman. There are sticker albums that need a broader interpretation than the simple review of a product, the social aspect and the message are just as important if not more than the stickers they contain. First of all, don’t be afraid of the nearly 1200 stickers, it’s a total of four albums sold separately.

This is the first important point, Akinda and LND (National Amateur League) had two hypotheses: to create a single one by limiting the space for each club or to make four different albums allowing to expand the squad of players as much as possible, team by team. As collectors, we probably would have preferred the first option, but we must return to the concept with which we opened this review, namely the importance of the message and the widest possible participation.

Right to have followed this path, thus giving the possibility to a very high number of athletes to be present with their own sticker in the album. Above all, this allows you to collect not the entire collection but only the one connected to your favorite club, the sale at sports clubs is the logical consequence, based on where you go to buy it, you will find the reference album. In Bologna, for example, you can find the album C. It is still possible to request the others by contacting the publisher directly (http://it.akinda.com/en/).

Women’s football is mostly amateur, but don’t be fooled, in this album you will also find the female versions of Serie A men’s clubs, beloved by the fans. It is probably our mistake to dwell on redundant names when the growth of the movement is thanks to sports clubs that have started to support women’s football before other more well-known ones arrived later.

In Serie C we find the women’s teams of clubs such as Torino, Spezia and Genoa (Group A); Triestina, Venezia, Padova and Spal (Group B); Bologna, Pistoiese (Group C); Palermo, Lecce and Pescara (Group D). At the same time we also have here “fallen nobles” who in the past have won championships such as Trani and Sassari Torres.

Not all teams have the same number of stickers, this is due both to a wider range of players and also to the presence of trainers, assistant coaches, athletic coaches and sometimes club president. There is no clear rule, we can imagine that the publisher has worked on the information and material sent by the LND and by the individual clubs.

An important detail, the numbering restarts from 1 to each album. A little extra trick could be to print the reference album on the back as well, if you have any doubts, each lot still has an identification number at the bottom, ID7094 Girone A, ID7095 Girone B, ID7096 Girone C, ID7097 Girone D.

The sporting and social importance of this initiative makes it difficult to point out some defects, but they must be said, in the hope that this album will only be the first of a new series and that therefore certain precautions may eventually be considered for future productions. The album could have more information inside, for example the club index and possibly the match schedule could be a valid addition. The massive presence of commercial spaces is not accidental but linked to the sponsors of individual clubs, sponsors committed to supporting women’s football and therefore welcome.

The stickers in turn pay for the sometimes invasive white background and probably the difficulties encountered by the publisher in working on the material received from the companies. Taking into account that official photos provided by the club are also used in the Footballers album, we think that the defects come from sources. It is also clear that a graphic processing in the smallest details would have involved a much longer realization time, as we must take into account the fact that the period is certainly not the most suitable.

In a different period, probably the same publisher could have gone to the various clubs for photographs. Activity that is already in their DNA as you can read on their interesting website. The price of the packets is in line with the current prices. In this case, there is certainly also the need to make up for the important economic commitment in carrying out the initiative.

However, these details and criticisms are overwhelmed by the splendid smiles of the many athletes present in the album, you have the distinct feeling of their happiness of being part of an album, important because with the jersey of their club and important because it is an official product of the National Amateur League. We hope it is the first not only of a series but also a starting point for other albums dedicated to football in pink.

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LUPIN III (Gazzetta dello Sport/Yamato)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 182

stickers: 252 (1-252) sheets of 4 stickers with the DVDs (63 issues) € 9.90
album with the first release € 2.99

The younger ones will not understand, but those who are olders will understand the pleasure of starting to write this review by looking on youtube for the legendary and unique PLANET O, the historical theme of Lupin III, nothing to do with the classic cartoon themes. , but with that female voice that all of us (without exception!) dreamed of having Fujiko in front of us watching us while she sang it and the refrain that entered our heads over 40 years ago and has never abandoned us again ..

Closed the nostalgic parenthesis, are you ready for the absolute edition of Lupin III? 50 years of Lupin III! 54 if you refer to the manga created by Monkey Punch, half a century if you take into account the first television appearance in Japan.
The Gazzetta dello Sport albums, although very simple, are getting better each time. We find an abyss between those made on Tex comic (for example) and the latter. An album that retraces the path of the television series and DVDs to which it is attached. For the first time, the six TV series all together, starting from 1971 to the last one in 2018.

The difference between the previous products and this is the inside, much more refined, something valid had already been seen in the Holly & Benji album, here we are at a different level. Key captions to understand the stories but also the evolution of the character and the authors who have followed one another in the various series.
The stickers are cartoon “frames”, so it is likely that some suffer from a rather limited quality, we will see with the continuation of the releases, everything has a very 80s flavor and is a blast for the writer!
Although the first series is from 1971, it arrived in Italy in 1979 and was a real television earthquake, despite not having the best schedules of others such as Grendizer or Mazinger Z, on Rai Tv and at perfect times (if before it was finished doing my homework ..)

First pages therefore dedicated to the first legendary series and so on with the following ones, under each sticker we find the note to which episode it refers, a not insignificant detail that takes the product to a higher level, we do not want the younger ones but it is It is clear that the target to which the editors are aiming is that of the “boys of the past” and the world of collectors. Alongside the stickers, the aforementioned captions explain the events and the stylistic path of the series. Another nice detail are the famous phrases of the various characters, reported in quotation marks.

In addition to presenting the various series in chronological order, we find specific pages on Lupin, Jigen, Goemon, Fujiko and the legendary Inspector Zenigata. Not only that, the pages on all Lupin’s cars and jackets are amazing, if we were meticulous we would also have seen a page with all Fujiko’s clothes, which in Italy we knew as Margot.
Speaking of Italy, Jamato Video also does an excellent job of characterizing the album with respect to the television history in our country. It should be noted that the Fourth Series (actually the Fifth, taking into account the separate series called Fujiko) is set in Italy, Lupin and friends around the beautiful country!

If interested in the sticker album alone, the expense is really high, if interested in the product as a whole, a double pleasure. Also taking into account that in reality in Italy, in terms of stickers, Lupin did not have much luck, only an album in 1996 by Merlin (now Topps), very little for one of the cult characters of Japanese cartoons, always present on television with the various series that have followed over the years.

As mentioned, the stickers are quite simple, we would have avoided the doubles, fortunately few, given the not exactly perfect cuts (at the time of the Tex albums we saw real horrors), in general an album that is not wrong to define encyclopedic of the saga of our beloved thief in a jacket and Cinquecento.

“do nothing, just listen to your heartbeat” (Fujiko)

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HARRY POTTER – Welcome to Hogwarts (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 181

cards: 216  (1-216)  + 9 card limited edition

starter pack: binder + 3 packets + 3 limited edition 9,90€

packets: 6 cards 1,50€ (box of 24 packets)

box Patronus 16 packets + 3 card limited edition 29,90€

box Giratempo 16 packets + 3 card limited edition 29,90€

Welcome, indeed welcome back to Hogwarts! Harry Potter is always a hallmark of success, despite the fact that the films have been finished for years the demand for material is always high. Panini cannot ignore this, luckily raising the bar each time. Last year’s Absolute (stickers + cards) which re-proposed the whole saga of the young magician was among the best-performing albums of 2020 and the 50 cards had left excellent sensations.

Now it’s time to go back to an entire card album which, again, traces the history of the 8 films but fortunately not as a simple repetition of what has already been seen so far. The collection follows a logical thread starting from the Philosopher’s Stone of 2001 up to the double Deathly Hallows of 2010 and 2011. In reality we must be happy that after 10 years material is still being published, while Panini has known (when he wants .. ) greatly improve the quality of their cards, 10 years ago probably the result would have been very different.

The album guide is monumental, each single card is presented with its own description, perhaps a superfluous job for someone but well done and fun. If you know the saga, we invite you to look at the images of the cards, try to guess which movie and moment of the same they refer to and only then, if necessary, go and read if your memory plays a bad joke.

216 really well-made cards, as were already those of last year’s album, indeed in our opinion we see a further improvement. The thickness is significant, much better than those of Adrenalyn Calciatori, the same images are effective and exciting, re-proposing both moments of the films and the many characters, many more, from the cards we have seen, than the usual ones. The added value are also the cards dedicated to the objects and animals that populate the saga. Even if something is certainly missing, like last year’s one, it can be said that this collection is a must for all collectors. The print is of excellent workmanship, a pleasure for the eyes and also to the touch. Recalling various recent experiences at Panini we can only be satisfied.

Also important is the number of special cards, 60 among those in relief, rainbow, silver and gold. Speaking of special cards, worth mentioning are the nine limited editions, three are found in the starter pack, the other six in the two Patronus and Giratempo boxes, sold only on the Panini website.

We do not know how to predict a success, perhaps the character is more dated than others more recent, from our point of view and given the current market prices it can be a very fun collection to try to complete, expensive but less exaggerated than others and above all better organized. .

Do you want to let us dream? So we think that such a product can also be repeated with other sages, just as Panini has revived the Jurassic Park / World universe. Which? Not having the rights to Star Wars, a definitive edition of all Marvel movies until the fall of Thanos could be very appetizing, at least for us!

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ADRENALYN 2021 KICK OFF (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 180

card: 405 (1-405)  + 22 card limited edition (italian edition)

starter pack: binder + 4 packets + 2 limited edition 9,90€

packets: 8 cards 2,00€ (box of 24 packets)

packet Premium 5,00€

packet Premium Gold 10,00€

tin box: 5 packets + 4 limited edition 12,99€

Our reviews always start from the assumption that we are lovers of classic stickers, adhesive ones to stick, while we have more hesitation about modern cards. This starting point sometimes puts us in difficulty because it is undeniable that, more and more often, some collections of cards far exceed those of traditional stickers in quality. If the price of the packets of the Euro 2020 stickers were also confirmed, the only strong point of the tradition would be a greater completeness of the collection, thanks to the much higher number of players present. We’ll be back when it comes time to review the stickers version.

We liked last year’s edition a lot, the detail of the flags behind the players, for example, was a beautiful sight. Of course this new edition could not be a copy. In the basic set the teams are at a minimum, just 8 players, a figure not comparable with the 2020 edition for the simple fact that the national teams are all represented, last year there were no players of squads from the playoffs.

There is not even the card with the emblem, in its place the “second skin” with the national team jerseys. There is not much more to say about the basic set consisting of 192 cards, among the many information on the front the positioning of the card number, at the top right, which helps to recognize them immediately. The relatively low number of the base set allows for many more specials, 213 of which 72 are linked to the ever-present Fans Favourites.

72 favourite fans are a little too many, really many, but the particular background with the national flag that we appreciated so much in 2020 makes the choice pleasant. Another confirmation is the Power with the players represented by role, in these Panini he dares to try something new in the graphic presentation, not too guessed the character of the names on the cards of the attackers, but it is a personal opinion.

We have arrived at the card number 342, from here on we find the most interesting. The 36 Multiple take up ideas already seen several times, to underline the choice of “Maestros & Prodigies” where we find a couple made up of a great champion already established and a potential new idol. Perhaps not all the players chosen are the most suitable, some are rather the need to put them on the album, however a nice idea compared to the Trios that often are not the better choices possible.

The last 27 cards of the album are the ones worth dwelling on the most. In these Panini dares more, creating interesting products, however part of the collection and not limited editions. The Jewels are mirror cards, the Shining Stars light up in the dark and the Secret Heroes, on the contrary, must be illuminated to discover the champions hidden below, a list present in the check list but you are not obliged to make a small spoiler.

Little thing (fortunately) compared to other countries but also in Italy we find 22 limited edition cards, here is the list:

starter pack: Cristiano Ronaldo, Barella

tin box: Insigne, Lukaku, Calhanoglu, De Ligt

with magazine Bomber: Kulusevski (march), Kjaer (april), Zielinski (may)

packets Premium: Mertens, Eriksen, Maguire, Giroud, Depay, Milik, Cancelo, Ramsey

packests Premium Gold: Modric, Ansu Fati, Donnarumma Card Premium on line

only on italian Panini website: Florenzi, Chiesa

Will Instant cards also come out as for the Calciatori Adrenalyn? The fact that it is not mentioned in the album guide does not mean that there will not be, on the contrary, in our opinion something extra could come out .. maybe in Italy and maybe if Italy goes on in the tournament .. or in other countries.

Interesting album, in our opinion the 2020 edition remains more beautiful and better realized, where we found several positive aspects so as to define it “incredibly beautiful”. Here the difference is made above all by the last 27 cards, a significant change compared to the past. The road to reach the top is still long, we believe we will have to wait for the world championship in Qatar, far (we hope!) From emergencies and pandemics, interesting album but not for a definitive judgment on Panini and its new editorial path

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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.

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BING 3 (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 178
stickers: 190 (1-170, A1-A5, B1-B10, C1-C5)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.99
packets: 5 stickers € 0.70 (box of 40 packets)

There is no 2 without 3! New episodes on tv for the Bing rabbit and new sticker album. We are big fans of Diramix products, for several years they have been making interesting albums, it is a pity that they too fall on the quality of the paper. Maybe we have become boring and repetitive but really all those folds leafing through the pages is a blow to the heart, probably the children will not notice it, we collectors will.

Now in the third album, Diramix has treasured past experiences and there are both confirmations and some differences from the previous ones. The album is smaller, conforming to similar products, a detail that is genuinely not important, the size is the right one.
The format is instead confirmed, in the first pages presentation of the characters and to follow the images in stickers of the new adventures of Bing and his friends. The stories are interspersed with more interactive pages where children can play with the cute bunny; the format of the cartoon is re-proposed, small stories from the everyday life of each child, useful for learning even through the small inevitable mistakes and .. messes, memorable to the point of dedicating two pages to the end of the album. Bing wants to know about its little collector friends, so here are the games to write your name and favorite ingredients.

The central insert with the stick & stack stickers has been confirmed, a strong point that is always very fun, difficult to find doubles for exchanges because, rightly, children use them all to play with. Another not insignificant detail is the decrease in the total stickers, from 258 in 2020 to 190 of this album. An appropriate and correct choice, limiting the number of stickers does not imply a loss of quality or completeness of the album, on the contrary. Except for some cases it is advisable to keep, for this type of album, under 200 stickers.

Small but nice stickers, it’s a pity that for this edition the “pelosine” are no longer present, to the touch they were fun and in relief they made their figure. Instead, the classic glitter and the shaped ones are confirmed, complicated but always the most fun to attack.

Bing is one of the most successful characters of the new generation of cartoons for the little ones (adults like it too!), Nice album to complete, a pity only for the poor quality of the paper.
Diramix, don’t do that anymore!

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METEOHEROES (Idea Lab Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 177
stickers: 180 (1-170, A-L)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 3.50
packets: 5 stickers € 0.70 (box of 40 packets)

Meteoheroes is an ambitious project, teaching children the importance of protecting the environment through a cartoon, made in Italy. The cartoon is made by Meteo Expert, the most important private structure for the research and forecasting of meteorological and climatic events. As often and fortunately happens, the pleasant continuation of the project is the printing of a sticker album. Once again, our little paper friends can make a difference.

The Meteoheroes are a group of 6 children who discover they have superpowers, all linked to atmospheric agents, they are a bit of a mess but thanks to the director Margherita Rita they are trained to fight pollution. Director of what? Of the Meteo Expert Center, of course! The cartoon is interesting because starting from a fantasy situation (the superpowers of children) it connects to everyday reality, including the scientist Andrea Giuliacci, meteorologist and presenter of the series. The adventures are set in many negative situations that our planet has to face in every part of the world. The villain on duty could not be missing, Dr. Makina and his perfidious maculans, as if there was someone specific behind so many disasters, we know that we are instead a little bit complicit in what is happening, the album reminds us, inviting the child to help parents in managing consumption in a more practical, ecological and environmentally safe way.

The album traces the episodes of the TV series (broadcast on Cartoonito), each page presents a specific adventure, they are samples of the individual stories but well simplified. The formula is effective, when an alarm is found in a precise geographical point of the planet, our little heroes go in action, defeating the maculans and final selfie to celebrate the great result.
It is certainly not a static album, forget the classic rectangular stickers, of course there are also those but together with many shaped ones. It takes a certain commitment to attach them all well and it takes attention to read the captions, which are essential not only to understand the story but also to read the messages for proper care of the environment.

As many as 12 adventures are present in the album, in addition to the initial presentation of the six Meteoheroes, the central part that takes up the initiative to which this production is connected is fundamental: saving the bees. For each packet purchased, we will contribute to the construction of a house for our little friends. Bees that have a fundamental role in the ecosystem, their survival is also ours.
Central poster necessary to discover the Meteoheroes headquarters with the stickers with the letters from A to I, no Monte Fuji like some beloved Japanese cartoons but our Gran Sasso. Italian production, but with heroes from all continents, it is up to the Italian Giorgio to represent Europe.

We realize that this review of ours is very introductory and perhaps not very dedicated to the characteristics of the album, those small and large details that every collector wants to know. In this case it seemed important to underline the didactic aspects and the aims of the project. Certainly we are happy to note the quality of the product, well-made albums without creases or other annoying problems (once again we find ourselves underlining that quality exists, when you want), beautiful stickers to look at and very colorful. We hardly ever refer to the cost of the packets, but it is undeniable that the effort to sell the packets for 0.70 with five stickers inside should be appreciated.

Albums to browse, study, collect and even listen to, thanks to the Spotify app. Commendable project, album that is a candidate among the top 10 of 2021, linked to the Lega Ambiente’s “Save the Queen” campaign, to protect bees, to be supported and supported.
As they once said: run to the newsstand!

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L.O.L. Surprise OMG (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 176
stickers: 216 (1-164, M1-M52) + 50 cards (C1-C50)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.90
packets: 1 card + 4 stickers € 1.00 (box of 50 packets)

It is always L.O.L. mania, if we have not miscalculated we are on the fifth album in less than 3 years. Stickers, cards and then together for productions where let’s face it it takes a certain ingenuity to make them always different and interesting. After all, the characters are many, the settings as well, we are pretty sure there will soon be a sixth album.

If Panini prints continuously or has a halter contract or the product sells, among other things, the Modenese house is increasingly satisfying these types of albums rather than sports ones, even in terms of the quality of the album and the stickers themselves. The comparison between L.O.L, Poopsie and the NBA album is truly epochal.

Surely the L.O.L. OMG is fun and hilarious, even in attacking stickers. It is not so much the glitter, fluo, holographic stickers that are necessary, but also the round, rectangular, square and shaped ones, so much so that the stickers to really stick are more than 216, probably we will exceed 300!

Extremely interactive, we suggest parents to buy two copies, the first where to attach the stickers and try to complete it, the second leaving free rein to the children’s imagination in coloring, drawing, compiling, responding to the many additional parts of which the album is full.
Speaking of additional parts, the central novelty with the Magazine in stickers is very nice. Important and appreciable detail: the insert is attached to the album only with the upper clip, this allows you to remove it, if desired, without causing disasters.

Each page of the album is a specific theme, listing them all would also be boring and would take away the taste of leafing through the album, honorable mention anyway for Tiny Toys (invasion of round stickers!) and the final pages with the L.O.L. in concert and the four seasons.

The album would already be as good as that without the addition of the 50 cards, but there are those too. The novelty is that they are all connected, where one continues the other so that, put close together, you have a mega giant puzzle.

All very nice and fun, after the Poopsie, another 2021 production by Panini that bodes well for the future.

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NBA 2020/21 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 174
stickers: 500 (1-500) + 100 cards (C1-C100)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 4.90
packets: 1 card + 5 stickers € 1.00 (box of 36 packets)

NBA basketball is much loved and followed also in Italy, perhaps even more so than the Italian championship, we believe that Panini should take this into account and therefore produce an album that matches it, the same album is sold all over Europe. Unfortunately this is not the case, meanwhile the dripping of the quality of the paper continues, it is now a year that we carry out our “complaint”, every now and then Panini encourages us with products worthy of the name of the Modenese house, then the blows arrive, immediately after.

It is unthinkable that in 2021 we cannot have an album that is beautiful to leaf through and not full of creases. At the same time this year not even the stickers are saved, the thickness recalls certain amateur productions that some friends make in South America and now they are also small. Fortunately, at least the cards are more interesting than usual, with the very valid back showing information about the players, the number of the card itself, a detail of the photo and even the flag of the country of origin. Very nice, nothing spectacular, but improved compared to the past.

The album in general is very classic. The first part is, as always, dedicated to the past season with the highlights, the great events with naturally large space at the ALL STAR GAME, the two teams Lebron and Giannis and the final part on the playoffs, snapshots of the matches up to the final between Lakers and Heat. 2020 ends with 20 drafts, potential rookies of future great champions from colleges or the international scene.

The Atlanta Hawks open the second part of the album dedicated to clubs, for each team we find 13 stickers, four of which are special. In the packets that we have opened, all the players are shown in action, not a bad choice, given how dynamic American sport is. Too bad, really too bad, that miniature stickers take away a lot of the emphasis and excitement in attacking them.
The Utah Jazz close the album, with no further additions apart from the NBA logo with 6 stickers, the initial part being richer, it is quite obvious that in the end nothing will be found, especially taking into account that in the meantime we have reached 500 stickers.

Innovation at all costs is not part of our way of seeing things, indeed the classic albums that follow tradition are always welcome in these parts, too bad that the scrap paper of the album and the stickers probably printed in Lilliput are a punch in the stomach to fully enjoy this album.

It is not our role, it is not our purpose and it is not even in our characteristics to make controversy and report many problems. We are in love with Panini and like all lovers it hurts us when it makes mistakes.
In stickers we trust? We still do, elsewhere perhaps they no longer truly believe in it.

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TREASURES OF ROMA (Esseci Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 173
stickers: 360 (1-360)
starter pack: album + stickers 1-50 € 6.00 (from 13 February)
subsequent biweekly releases: 4 boxes (stickers 51-130, 131-210, 211-290, 291-360) € 6.00 each.
Albums and boxes distributed in newsstands in the provinces of Rome, Latina and Frosinone
Complete album set + 360 stickers € 30.00 from the end of February on https://www.allaricercadeitesori.it/

All the stickers lead to Rome. Important premise: we had already seen the proofs, there was already a collaboration to have this collection available also in Bologna, we would never have imagined finding our logo on the cover in the final version! A sign that our work is appreciated, in such a complicated period it is a panacea. Getting involved with Rome for Esseci is certainly a great adventure, doing it in this period without postponing to better times is applause. We like the general layout of the album, the themes are mixed, so you avoid finding, for example, all the monuments first and then the rest. This is not a symptom of chance, the album follows its own precise path, even the release of the stickers based on the numbering is the logical consequence.

A little advice, when you have the album in your hands, leaf through it and attach the stickers with the background of the many artists who have sung Rome: Venditti, Fiorini, Barbarossa, Manfredi and all the others. Close your eyes and it will be like eating a coffee granita (with cream!) near the Pantheon.

ROMA FIGU MUNDI, Esseci has treasured (forgive the pun with the title of the series of their albums) of the errors of the previous albums, in various aspects. The most marked criticism, especially on the “Vesuvian Treasures”, were the cuts of the stickers that did not marry correctly with the image below with unedifying results. In general it is very difficult to find the perfection between the stickers and the image below, the shaped ones are beautiful but, let’s say, complicated. The problem has been solved, all the stickers have the border, without this becoming a negative aspect when the album is completed, indeed, as you can see from the images, the final effect is successful. Another aspect was the enormous number of stickers, laudable in intentions, but impractical in reality. One of the unwritten rules, in our opinion, is that “the quality of a sticker album is not due to the total number of stickers it contains”. At 600 of the previous albums, with Rome we are at an optimal 360, almost a sticker a day. A standing ovation for the quality of the album paper, a policy that we hope will be rewarded, textured paper, a pleasure to the touch, no lines or other problems encountered in the productions of other, more renowned, publishers. The quality, if desired, exists. Well done Esseci!

Several illustrations in the album are bordered like the stickers to be attached, this gives an idea of ​​how monumental the collection could have been, with all the problems that would have ensued (including the final cost of the work). The choice to leave the border even for many illustrations is the right choice, they give a sense of continuity throughout the album, even on pages where the stickers are not present. When the album is completed, there is a very good general uniformity. We would have avoided pages completely without stickers, you could distribute the stickers in a different way so that almost every page had “something to stick”, but it is still a successful solution for the dynamics of the album.

An important aspect is the distribution policy, no packets but 5 outlets on newsstands with the stickers divided into blocks that allow you to complete the album without duplication. We love to open packets and swap, but it is undeniable that this is a solution “in step with the times” that unfortunately we are experiencing. Optimal solution also for the type of album, its educational path and also to meet families in limiting the total expenditure.

Within the album, a lot of space was given to Romanism, to those many aspects of Rome that perhaps not even the Romans themselves know fully. Many captions, perhaps too many, in some pages “overflow”, but we realize that leaving certain explanations halfway would probably have been worse. Taking into account that the didactic aspect is dominant, it is a product linked to the schools of Rome, in fact a production that is a cross between a sticker album and a guide for children; the captions, therefore, are good for us and indeed must be there.

A complete guide of Rome is almost impossible, the central part of the album “The history of Rome” suffers a little from a lack of space, in our opinion it could be both expanded and enhanced by the presence of stickers and not just illustrations. This, however, gives hope to possibly have in the future an album entirely dedicated to the history of Rome, eternal, epic and beautiful. However, it should be emphasized that the central part is only an addition to what the album already dedicates to the history of Rome, the first pages, for example, tell us about its foundation, the Lupa, the 7 Kings and every monument, theme or character told in the subsequent chapters has its historical place. History is a basic and ongoing part of the entire collection.

An important aspect must always be considered, the incredible graphic work that all Esseci albums have, if most of the stickers are photographs, the printed part is comic strips, unpublished, made for the occasion. Before we also defined the album as a guide for kids, much is due to this dynamic and cartoonish setting that makes reading very pleasant. All Esseci albums are an adventure in the time and places of Enea and Orazio the dog, it is impossible to define the final result “simply” as an educational album.

Rome is many things together, to live, to know and probably an entire life would not be enough to visit it all. The mix of the album is effective, we have dutiful pages dedicated to the great monuments and history of the city, to the most modern beauties such as Villa Borghese and to culture in the broadest sense of the term. Culture also understood as popular, here are the pages dedicated to the corners of Rome such as Trastevere, Garbatella, Parioli and the Castelli Romani. Culture also in the kitchen, the last pages of stickers are dedicated to Roman cuisine, from every era.

A leap into the world of sport could not be missing, the derby of the capital ends in a draw, one page each and two pages is dedicated to As Roma and Lazio, the Foro Italico, temple of Tennis and the Olympic stadium.

A feature of the Esseci albums is renewed, indeed expanded: the interaction of Enea and Orazio with illustrious names that guide them through the story. From San Pietro to the Emperor Hadrian, from Alberto Sordi (the two pages dedicated to the great actor’s gallery are beautiful) to Enrico Fermi, from Giordano Bruno (happy return, already appeared in other albums) to the poets Catullus and Trilussa, up to to many characters of today’s Roman daily life such as the traffic policeman or the host and of the past. Listing them all would not even be correct, we leave you the pleasure of discovering and recognizing them by browsing the album. The initiative with Solac milk is linked to the album, a collection of points to receive the bottle of Enea and Orazio and the memory cards, not an integral part of the album but a separate gadget, therefore not present in the various boxes or in the complete set. We avoided another problem with previous albums where some stickers to complete the album were distributed only with commercial products other than the packets.

Are we biased? It is useless to deny the opposite. We are biased first of all because we are always on the side of the stickers, the traditional ones, the beautiful ones to stick in an album; we are biased because we must thank and support those who in the new millennium still decide to promote culture through these little paper friends, understanding the social impact and the diffusion that stickers still have today, 2021. We are biased because teaching is the history and symbol of our beloved world, as much as football or cartoons, indeed they were born before. We are biased because we have in front of our eyes a quality work, always improving, but well done and with purposes that go beyond the already important role of albums of this genre, given that part of the sales will be destined to support school activities. Among other things, inside the boxes sold in newsstands, there are free tickets to guided tours of the capital on panoramic buses and the Tiber, a truly commendable economic commitment.

We are proud and happy to be partners of this beautiful adventure. Esseci started from the province (album on Latina, Irpinia and Ciociaria), passed through Naples (album on Vesuvian treasures), now it has gone up to Rome and who knows if next year it won’t go a few hundred kilometers further north to reach Bologna .. Spoiler? Anticipation? “You call them if you want, emotions” and projects. In stickers we trust, after all 🙂

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I LOVE THE ANIMALS (Gamma 3000 Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 172

stickers: 60 (1-60)
starter pack: album + complete stickers set € 4.99

A new album from Gamma 3000 after the one released in November 2020 (https://figurineforever.com/en/2020/11/02/i-love-the-animals-gamma-3000-italy/), probably had its success as the publisher is back with a new collection, dedicated to farm animals. An opportune choice, given the limited type of stickers, to thematize it more specifically with respect to the entire animal world which is truly immense. Solution that also give chances to subsequent albums.

The format album plus complete set of stickers for less than € 5.00 is a great opportunity to bring even the little ones closer to the magical world of stickers, learn characteristics and curiosities of the animal world while having fun. The quality of the paper is not optimal but given the final price, in this case, it can be safely accepted.

Each farm animal is present with a dedicated chapter, the captions are useful for understanding, essential but necessary above all for an audience of very young kids, even the graphics pursue this target. Rabbits, cows, sheep, horses, pigs, chickens, birds and even dogs and cats. Very nice the final page with typical animals but from other farms around the world such as Alpaca, Lama, Reindeer and Yak.

Curious detail, the total of the stickers is actually 64, because four are double. Minimal album like the previous one, a good starting point for newcomers to the world of stickers.

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GENOA LE FIGURINE 2020/21 (Galata Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 171

stickers: 300 (1-240, 48 fig. The best Genoa, 12 updates)
starter pack: album € 1.00
packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers – 50 packets box)

Album on sale only in Genoa and its province

It is the first album that we have the opportunity to review on Genoa and therefore we apologize if it is actually similar to that of previous years. Being the same publisher of Sampdoria, someone will have informed the red&blue club of the celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Sampdoria championship and they did not want to be outdone. After all we are talking about the Genoa Cricket and Football Club, the oldest in Italy. They have so many stories to tell!

First part of the album (stickers from 1 to 167) dedicated to the 2020/21 championship with an incredible number of players represented, 38! From this point of view, certainly the richest album among the various dedicated to clubs, from Mattia Perin to Steeve Eyango, two for each page and each players with four stickers. It is a commendable choice, it also makes the album different from the Calciatori, it allows for a much higher number of players and stickers than can only be found in this edition. The policy of President Preziosi certainly helps, Genoa in recent years has been synonymous with a truly exponential movement of players.

The second part is very interesting (stickers from 168 to 240 plus extra), four steps in over 100 years of history, ample space for the star’s missing shield. It is a story that we know well, because our association lives in the city of the club “executioner” of what happened, of course they think differently in region Emilia. It almost seems to be talking about the millennial dispute between Bologna and Modena about who invented tortellini (you already know the answer, of course!). 1925, almost a hundred years have passed but the wound for the Rossoblu fans is still open.

Always fascinating are the stickers in vintage black and white, shots from the matches and the great footballers. 6 pages and 13 stickers are dedicated to this historic championship and the long confrontation between Genoa and Bologna. Great prominence for a distant page of our football that we feel ours, because more than one of those protagonists are destined to become our Celebrative Sticker, for now, we have printed the great Angelo Schiavio.

Subsequently, the album takes a leap of 50 years and traces the rebirth of the Griffin, from Montevarchi to Anfield, from Serie C in 1970 to the unforgettable victory at Anfield in 1922 in the Uefa Cup. 22 highlights stickers traveling through 22 years of Genoa history. The pages of memories through the images of the matches and the players continue in the following pages, the victories in the derbies from Milito to Lerager and again the last 15 years with memorable moments, fluctuating seasons but always with the Curva Nord to win for their heat and the colors of the supporting.

“The best Genoa in our life” is the final part of the album, we had seen something similar in the Napoli album but here it is even more emphasized. 48 stickers are printed, 4 for each role, including the coach. Precisely the latter are the starting point, the most loved footballers in the years of Genoa coached by Silvestri, Simoni, Bagnoli and Gasperini are chosen. The fan collector can create the four favorite teams, from best to least best (worst, it seems a wrong definition).

To give you an idea of ​​the names we took the liberty of choosing the ideal eleven, they are not mysterious stickers, as the 48 names are written in the album, here is ours: Martina, Torrente, Nela, Rosato, Signorini, Ruotolo, Eranio, Maselli, Simoni, Milito, Aguilera (coach Bagnoli). But it was tough!

Finished the album? Not yet, we also find space for 16 update stickers that will be printed later. Really a great album, the only flaw is the internal graphics really reduced to the minimum terms, however an applause also to the quality of the album paper, hard cardboard cover and glossy paper interiors, not our favorite, but at least we don’t see here folds and other horrors seen in albums by other publishers.

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SAMPDORIA le figurine 2020/21 (Galata Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 170

stickers: 252 (1-252)
starter pack: album € 1.00
packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers – 50 packets box)

Albums and stickers for sale ONLY in Genoa and its province

An important year for the Sampdoria hearts, the usual official album could not ignore it. This is why we have a product that is current but also celebratory, it is in fact 30 years since the Sampdoria championship, a team that has become legendary and that thanks to those successes still has fans in all parts of Italy.

Among other things, a good choice, better a single album than two separate ones, in theory more captivating, but in practice very risky for economic reasons. We still remember the splendid album made by Panini for the 30th anniversary of the Hellas Verona championship, with poor sales results and therefore without a sequel of other clubs.

Fortunately, Galata Edizioni takes care of it, making this year’s album a gem to be preserved and treasured with care, even for those who are not Sampdoria fans but love celebratory albums. We must congratulate this product, cardboard cover and interiors with glossy paper but without the unpleasant creases that we have found in other releases, especially around Modena ..

The first part of the album (stickers from 1 to 175) presents the 2020/21 team, in addition to coach Ranieri each player has their own page with 6 stickers, the usual presence of a bust sticker, in action, autograph, etc. Setting similar to all the other releases dedicated to individual clubs, but it cannot be otherwise. From Audero to Quagliarella, 26 players in the squad have their own stickers. The Sampdoria world, the youth teams and the rest are missing, but to the advantage of the last pages, glorious and celebratory as mentioned.

The second part of the album (stickers from 176 to 252) is entirely dedicated to the 1990/91 season, currently the only championship title in the club’s history. The great victories in the league, that of overtaking at the beginning of the season against Milan and that of May 1991 at San Siro against Inter, remembered with 6 collage images for a total of 19 stickers! Who’s writing was present that day at San Siro but in the black and blue curve and the penalty missed by Mattheus he still remembers it, as a fan of football stories it was just like that.

If the first part of the album were all single stickers, in this second part they are all puzzles of 2, 3 or 4 stickers. We have no ability to control but we hope the cut is excellent so that the final image can be as perfect as possible. The headlines, the curve, the celebrations, all in stickers.
That Sampdoria was a very nice team, just to celebrate the coach Vujadin Boskov by remembering the famous phrase “penalty is when the referee whistles” but also the “exploits” of the players, first in extra sporty clothes and then all blond for a promise made at the beginning championship.
It is also right to remember the father of the championship, the President Paolo Mantovani, the stickers 242 and 243 should be put in a picture to hang, the merit of that perhaps unrepeatable season is all of this great character of Italian football.

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POOPSIE/RAINBOW SURPRISE (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 169

stickers: 176 (1-156, X1-X20)
starter pack: album + 3 packets € 2.00
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers – 36 packets box)

In the beginning they were the Unicorns .. we can be optimistic about 2021 for stickers. After months of disasters, a well-made album arrives on newsstands, paper quality worthy of a Panini album, paper that takes us back to the golden years, compact, thick, no creases, a pleasure for the eyes and to the touch. The presence at the center of the album of postcards to be detached has certainly made this choice of material necessary, but we hope it will be a new course for Panini, a return to the quality that has (almost) always distinguished it!

The sticker albums are a truly varied world and it is the beauty, we have sports albums, cartoons, films, celebrities, fashion, toys, educational and in recent times the explosion of the Youtube world. There is no subject that cannot turn into stickers! With this spirit, here is the album of these characters from the world of slimes and toys (a term now obsolete, actually), an interesting choice because they are also and above all produced for sale in newsstands, therefore they have always been the home of stickers and so we hope it will remain in long.

In the beginning it was the Unicorns, then the Rainbow dolls also arrived. Very colorful album like those to create slime, glitter everywhere as if there was no tomorrow. The first part of the album is dedicated to dolls, to introduce and make known the Rainbow family with lots of information. We really like the varied setting of the stickers, it is certainly not a static album, so many special, shaped ones, it will be difficult to find doubles to exchange because they are beautiful stickers to stick anywhere, to the joy and desperation of the poor parents.

In the second part of the album we find the Unicorns, impressive to see how many there are and honestly it makes us laugh to think imagining the Panini staff busy creating the graphics, probably having fun (for us it would have been so) in discovering the various aspects of this world of fantasy, fashion and colorful.

Another interesting aspect is the presence in practically all the pages of interactive inserts, of the classic ones as we like them, no QR code or other virtual solutions, here children have to color and create, leaving free space for imagination, as an album should be with a target for the little ones.

Central insert with postcards, here too free space for children’s creativity, the stickers from X1 to X20 are destined to embellish these postcards but without predefined spaces, that’s right!

The stickers in general are a pleasure for the eyes, we have already said that they have a double use, they can be used to complete the album but also to give life to your school diary, notebooks and possibly no walls in the house 🙂
Of good quality, necessarily larger than other collections. Someone will have to object to Panini’s recent choice to sell boxes of 36 packets instead of 50, it is probably a necessary act to limit the return of unsold packets, for collections that are not expected to have an exponential impact; wishing from the packets present in a box, one could hypothesize which Panini collections are targeting the most, but this is not necessarily the case, it is often also linked to the total number of stickers to complete the album.

In slime we trust!

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CUCCIOLOTTI 2021 (Pizzardi Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 168

stickers: 512 (1-492 M-S 1-12 T 1-8) + 72 cards
starter pack: album + 1 packet € 1.00 / hardcover + 2 packets € 3.00
packets: € 0.60 (6 stickers + 1 card, box 100 packets)

Welcome back Cucciolotti! Some might answer that Pizzardi only makes one album a year, but he does it well! In this period where other publishers are disappointing on various fronts, this Cucciolotti 2021 is a panacea to hope that next year will be spectacular.

We honestly don’t have the historical knowledge of the Cucciolotti to make comparisons with 15 years of editions, but we can point out many positive aspects. Already from the starter packs the sensations are good, the paperback album of good quality (how nice to review a sticker album without creases), the hardcover is no longer soft and in our opinion it is an improvement, hardcover for only 3 euro with two packets. Here this is one of the cases where “only” is not a mocking term.

The packets still at 0.60 with 6 stickers + 1 card. Within the album, the publisher is keen to specify that with a box of 100, it cannot guarantee the complete set, but it is certain that there will be very few stickers to complete the album. The right reward for aficionados who buy a whole box should be an unwritten rule.

Contemporaneity is important, today the album is out on shops and online we find the site completely updated with even the possibility of ordering the missing stickers right away. It is true that we do not find speculators here (those who continually buy the same sticker .. like Zaniolo / Calciatori) but it is excellent that one can buy multiple copies of the same issue.

In addition to all this, the fundamental contribution that Pizzardi, year after year, has given to the associations for animals and to the protection of the environment, thanks to the sale of the stickers. “The stickers that make the difference”, we say it too, but in the case of Cucciolotti it is truly incredible (donated over 5.5 million euros!).

What has been written so far would already be worth buying, in reality the interior removes any doubt. If our animal friends and the Nasoni people are always the same, so are the various pages. Impossible to list them all, from the new journey of megadirectress Westie to Nasopoli that she introduces to the album.
We do not believe an album can be defined more interactive than Amici Cucciolotti, each page must be read and reread because you always discover different details. It is equally important that parents can linger with their children in reading and not just attach the stickers, captions and comics to tell us about our world and the varied animal and plant kingdoms that populate it. The many pages on “extraordinary trees” are beautiful. Ergo, it’s not just us humans!

Not only respect for nature, the album is full of good messages and that strong dose of positivity that this year, even more than usual, is needed. Honorable mention for the page “the energy of Italy”, we do not know if it is an absolute novelty but a little bit of national pride is always good for us.

We have said some interesting pages on the big trees in the world, very beautiful also those of the looks, special stickers to put on the faces of the various animals. The more didactic themes are also interesting to help learn a few words of English, help memory and much more.

Final part of the album that will surely delight many fans of the fantasy world with dragons, magical creatures and the mythological puzzle. The 72 cards with the best of the most popular images from previous years are dedicated to this theme.

The stickers are always varied, special, colorful. Usable in the album but several doubles also elsewhere. Over the years Pizzardi has increasingly limited the extra stickers to numbering or to the album itself, a popular choice, this year we find 8 adhesive patches, on the back it is specified to first ask permission from the parent, who knows if someone over the years has written to the publisher complaining about what the children were up to with the doubles .. No notion about the presence of big stickers (Figurone), as far as we are concerned we will not miss them.

Thanks Pizzardi for this great end of year!

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CALCIATORI 2021 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 165

stickers: 864 (1-743 P1-P20, MVP1-MVP9, X1-X23, sticker Tim, M1-M48, C1-C20)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 1.00
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers, 100 packets box)
tin box: € 9.90 (15 packets)
hardcover: € 19.90 (from January)

Welcome back Queen of Stickers! We like this album, Panini would have passed the exam again this year. Indeed, it would have done it better than in previous years, in our opinion, were it not for practical problems that affect the result. In fact, confirmation arrives from many parts that the quality of the album is very poor, so much so that the central pages are lost on the first breath. We hope Panini’s policy has not become that of distributing an album deliberately of poor quality for the benefit of other products on sale and this year we have even three: the priced (the exact same BAD quality of the free version album), the limited edition (not still out but announced as finely worked) and the hard cover. All beautiful, Panini is free to make an album in human skin, but the standard version that arrives in newsstands MUST be of good if not excellent quality. At least, by writing to Panini’s customer office (CONTACTS on the home page of the site) it is possible to request a new copy of the album, which however could have the same problem, often happens. Given the widespread disaster, a “mea culpa” and not this deafening silence would have been lawful, correct and dutiful. In addition, at least the priced version had to be reprinted, truly a fall in unimaginable style, especially in the year of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Panini.

Yes, this is an important year, 60 years of Panini, 60 years of Calciatori. Who knows what Panini had in mind if we lived in a different period. Maybe we would have had a Panini Tour full of surprises, not being able to do otherwise Panini tried to make an album that could satisfy both nostalgics and modernists, maybe many of you will not agree, but in our opinion they have achieved the goal. It is certainly not perfect, but the perfect does not exist and making everyone happy is impossible. Then, in the details, we have something to say, you will find it by continuing to read.

SERIE A

Four pages per club, as in recent years, with some differences. In the first two pages we find the rich squad of 22 players, in some cases with three goalkeepers present, perhaps the first time in a Calciatori album. The photo under the name of the club is splendid with a sort of “hall of fame”, to be perfect it had to re-propose only stickers, perhaps, but it remains a beautiful sight. The most important note, the most captivating aspect, are the stickers themselves, no more white background but a reference to the team colors.

We like the second part, only three stickers from the packets and a mysterious numbered P that we will find in the update set: “the most loved Panini”, makes us hope that in Modena they have found a way to get the stickers of great champions from the past authorized, one per team. Or it will be something else, let’s hope not. Last year’s bus were a nice novelty but repeating it would have been too much, just as reporting the team with a single sticker is an excellent choice. The trainers’s sticker is also back in its right place, a fundamental part of the clubs, right here and not in other parts of the album. The graphic impact is not bad, the most beautiful remains that of 2018/19 but not repeatable, inserting the tables of the players in these pages, as requested by many collectors.

We believe it is really too much to insert the photos of the eGamers, at least there are no stickers like for Fifa365. We would have preferred the photos perhaps of the most promising young players (those good with the ball, not with the joystick), certainly it is a marketing need linked to entice the younger generations or perhaps there are simply commercial reasons behind it, perhaps at the invitation of the Lega Calcio itself. . Avoidable, however.

The Serie A calendar closes, for the sake of the traditionalists and the nightmare of those who in 20 years will find perfect albums but with written results. Who knows if there will be blatant errors like last year, let’s leave the statistics lovers in control and indeed we invite you to report it to us, thanks! 🙂

SERIE B/LEGA PRO/WOMENS

Essential Serie B, well crafted, the team is just a printed image, the trainers as well, as necessary as for A in order not to make an album of 1000 stickers. Players always in blocks of three stickers, separated so as to make it more fun to complete the album. The great news is the return to the big badge also for B. Perhaps the graphics of the players could have followed the line of A, but being much smaller the effect was probably different. So Panini solved it by making the background of B as the stickers of the players of A.

In an album where not even the B has a team sticker, it is right that for the Lega Pro there are only the badges, but there are! We complained in all possible ways and occasions when Panini took them off years ago, now they are back for the second year and we hope they will stay forever!

There were rumors about the lack of women’s football, fortunately this is not the case. There are only the stickers of the teams, perhaps it would have been nice to add the badges, perhaps in double.

OTHER CONTENTS

The extras are an important part of the Calciatori albums, they are often a source of debate among fans, sometimes considered superfluous, sometimes useless, sometimes successful. After last year’s disasters, downsized, indeed restructured, the “Film del Campionato” chapter, the stickers are 29 (last year they were 28) but they are divided into two sections, great news are the MVPs, one per month, nine total, distributed three at a time with Sport Week as well as the Film del Campionato with 20 stickers.

The updates part is very rich, the new arrivals are the usual 48 but in the set we will also find the P stickers we talked about before and the X of the Top Teams, 23 players chosen by a jury of experts and fans. Maradona, Van Basten, Baggio, Zoff, Facchetti, Rossi, Totti .. we had never seen them all in the same album! As for the P’s, we are very curious to see what kind of Panini sticker will be able to propose. On the Top Team page there is also the space for a TIM sticker. For those who have the contract with TIM will arrive at home or it will be possible to collect it in stores, for all the others it will be ordered like any other missing stickers.

Already seen on other occasions but it is only fair that the album opens with the stickers of 60 years of Calciatori covers, this time in a silver version. It’s never exactly a repeat, over the years the covers naturally increase, so that’s okay.

We come to the most discussed page of the entire album, 22 stickers dedicated to the Italian Singers National Team. On our Facebook and Instagram page, many disputed the choice, we think differently. The reasons? We like it when (just sometime over the years) the Calciatori goes out of the standard and proposes something connected to football but which Calciatori is not exactly, we had appreciated the Disney stickers of a few years ago, for example. Right to celebrate 40 years of this reality that has been able to do a lot in the field of solidarity and awareness. We are biased since, taking into account the monumental differences, we in turn make cards of singers as players, in our case joking about them, inserting them within their favorite teams. Finally, if there is a phenomenon that moves the hearts of Italians at par if not more than football, it is Music, represented here by some of its representatives. Beside that, the stickers are not memorable, they could have come out better in colors and in the background (Music is anything but a white abstract ..), right to select various artists who have made the history of the National Singers in forty years, on the most recent more than a doubt about some selected ones. We would have linked this page to a specific solidarity initiative by inserting information, we imagine Panini contributed to the fundraising but it would have been nice to allow collectors to do the same. Page that maybe will be repeated in 10 years, good idea, at least for us.

THE STICKERS

We have already written about the novelty of the backgrounds in Serie A players. In general the stickers seem lighter than last year, the badges are beautiful, perhaps not very “special” but for this very reason beautiful, we like to call them elegant. The satin shirts are a nice novelty, among the stickers we really like those of the trainers.

No more Gift Boxes this year (60 packets for the price of 50), replaced by Tin Box with 15 packets. Nice idea, especially for the price. The boxes are well made with the album covers of the various decades in relief. Hundreds of thousands of them will have been made, but it is likely that they will run out (this does not mean that they will ever take value), so not really a new Gift Box but something different could appear later in the newsstands. The box with the 6 Tin Boxes contains the six variants.

Stop with “Gommaglie”! If Panini continues to make them, it will mean that they have their success, de gustibus .. Fortunately we saved ourselves from the extra stickers of last year where the badges were a mere repetition and the idols / mascots would have made sense only if put inside the album itself and as stickers. No points collection, coupons needed to vote for the Serie A champions and participate in the final draw. So good!

In general, it is a good album, higher quality paper than the horrors of the latest albums released on newsstands, but as written at the beginning of the review, there are major problems with the holding of the central page and related staples. Unfortunately not only limited cases.

Particular year, of transition, without the health emergency perhaps Panini had different projects in mind, probably also different commercial proposals, perhaps even less advantageous than the current ones, we will see what will happen in 2022. For now we appreciate Panini trying to propose something new and different, without ever abandoning that taste of classic and traditional necessary in our beloved football players.

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NAPOLI LE FIGURINE 2020/21 (Erredi)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 167
stickers: 288 (1-288)
starter pack: album + 1 packet € 2.00
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

We don’t always have the opportunity to view the album dedicated to SSC NAPOLI, so let’s assume that our review may be inaccurate compared to the products of the past years. The 2021 edition is really interesting, it has a setting where the present and the past have their space, so we can separate this editorial issue into two distinct parts. The album is on sale ONLY in Naples and its province.

In the first part of the album (stickers 1-172) we find the current Napoli, it is a fairly classic part for all the albums dedicated to a single club, even if here is the sticker of the president De Laurentis, unusual compared to other teams, but not for Napoli, knowing the charisma and character of the owner of the Neapolitan club.

After coach Rino Gattuso, each player has their own page with 6 stickers, 26 players, from Ospina to Milik. Each sticker has its own theme, from personal data to football history, from autographed to the shirt, etc. Having only one packet available, we cannot know if there are also special stickers.

In the second part of the album (173-288) we find the history of Napoli through its great champions, thus making room for nostalgia. Nice separation, 12 stickers for the Neapolitans DOC (Ferrara, Insigne, the Cannavaro brothers, Bruscolotti and all the others) and 36 for the foreign champions, in double stickers with the player in action, from Altafini to Careca, from Krol to Higuain but NOT Maradona! Diego is present but not as sticker, just a photograph. This has already happened in past years, a symptom that the relationship between the Argentine champion and the Napoli club was not idyllic.

We recall that the album was printed before Maradona’s death, who knows if things will change in next year’s edition. Also taking into account that a space in the album should be given to the new name of the San Paolo Stadium, perhaps it will also be an opportunity to see Diego in the sticker again. Even just the famous and immortal one of his entrance to the stadium crowded with fans on the day of its presentation.

Final part of the celebratory album of the 2020 Italian Cup but above all to the Dream Team. A commendable initiative that will drive collectors crazy, the 21 most winning and loved formations in the history of Napoli are presented. The curious aspect is that in the pages you do not find the consequential numbering but it is repeated A and B (stickers from 240 to 281). The fan is therefore free to attach the stickers of the various formations according to their taste, from the first to the last favorite.

The album helps by specifying why the formations were chosen, we go to the first Napoli 1926/27, the year of the foundation, to last year. Can we predict that in many albums we will find the 1986/87 lineup first? The first Scudetto and with Maradona .. you never forget 🙂
In the introductory caption we talk about 22 formations but in reality 21 are listed and also the space is for 21, who knows which will be the twenty-second forgotten.

The stickers are simple, more beautiful than those of the time and during the game phases. In each packet there is also a coupon to donate points to your school or sports association, the most voted will receive material donated by Napoli Calcio. The pressure closure of the packet also damaged the stickers inside. Since our only packet is the free version inside the album, we do not know if the problem is repeated in the other ones as well. Rarely, the cost of the packet has dropped compared to the past.

Interesting album, especially for the part on the history of Napoli, it could be more captivating with fewer stickers, inserting 5 or even 4 instead of 6 for actual squad. However, in our opinion improved compared to those we have seen in recent years .

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GIANMARCO ZAGATO (Promotional Srl Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 164
stickers: 168 (1-168)
album: € 3.50
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

A new album of youtubers in stickers! Since Zagato has made himself known through the paranormal and the mysteries, maybe he could tell us who is behind “Promotional Srl”, also publisher of the DINSIEME album. Is there a big publisher who prefers to remain anonymous for commercial or other reasons? Panini? Topps? No, let’s think more about Giochi Preziosi (it would be a return to the world of stickers) but also Fabbri or Mondadori, publishers of the books by Dinsieme the first and Zagato the second.
This doubt comes from the very hidden management of these albums, we do not find a site, we do not find even an email and even on google we have not found any reference to Promotional Srl. Funny if we think of sticker albums dedicated to web stars! The management of the sticker request (only via postal order, very vintage) is entrusted to a company that provides services to publishers. The mystery remains …

Promotional Srl albums are interesting because they are direct, seemingly simple, without too many stickers, without special stickers, without additional cards (thank you!). They are classic albums even if linked to the web, which is absolutely modern and current. The youtuber from Padova writes that he has worked a lot on it and it shows, as with other similar albums it is clear that there is a multi-handed work, certainly that of the publisher but with the indications of the protagonist.
GZ owes its success to its videos on mysteries, on the paranormal and on the Ouija board, it is appreciable that the setting of the album is much more personal, only the final part is dedicated to “darkness”. After all, if you visit his youtube channel you will find much more, very funny videos related to unlikely purchases on Amazon. His attempts in the kitchen are almost disturbing, more terrible than horror stories! 🙂

GZ is also smart, the album starts with the fashion pages (in addition to the stickers, for those who also want to buy his t-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.), it turns personally with photos of the family, his animals and the first video experiences , since childhood and then on with the whole world of GZ.
We would have to open many packets to get a precise idea of ​​the stickers it contains, it is not a didactic album, only nice notes that allow Gianmarco to interact with fans. The formula used by others also works, in our opinion. The album is made up of photographic stickers and as in any photo binder, who hasn’t added phrases and thoughts? The idea is all here, simple, but effective.

The important thing is not to take himself too seriously, in his search for perfection Gianmarco admits that he is not and this makes him nice and between shopping, surgical operations (which we do not share), mysterious videos and everything else, ends up making it much more real than he himself can imagine.

Advice for Promotional SRL (or whoever behind ..): change the editorial line to sell the album only without packets attached and at a cover price out of the market. Make good old starter packs! 😉

What to say.. baciones!

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MINECRAFT (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 166
card: 230 (1-230)
starter pack: album + 3 packets + 2 LE cards € 9.90
packets: € 2.99 (8 cards, 18 packets box)

Was the chicken or the egg born first? We know that the programming of an album is six-monthly if not annual, but we like to think that this Panini release is linked to the great success of the LYON album (linked although not officially to the world of Minecraft), not so much in terms of ways, but in timing. That is, that it came out earlier than expected? 🙂

Certainly times are risky, if it is true that Minecraft has an exponential success with millions of game lovers, releasing such an expensive product simultaneously with the Queen Calciatori leaves us some perplexity. The second doubt is more personal, this review would certainly have a different setting if it were a good follower of the game, this is not the case, so forgive us the mistakes and above all the shortcomings. Certain details and details would not go unnoticed by fans.

The collection consists of 230 cards, divided between 7 genres, compared to those of Fortnite it seems more structured and refined. The binder insert is interesting where every single card is not only mentioned but has a small caption, the purpose is certainly to help understanding the game and make it more appealing.

Good Panini to sell the starter pack with the paper bag, the binder instead is plastic and we believe it is the solution that will remain so in the near future. We cannot think of an optimal alternative solution if not the infamous boxes which, however, take away all the pleasure of putting in order and inserting the cards. We are sure it is a fundamental part of the collection for everyone, even in the most traditional stickers, even those who do not attack them (we do not understand but we adapt) keep them in binders. Ordering cards is a pleasure that cannot be resisted, as well as being quite fun.

8 cards per packet, good quality, better than Adrenalyn, but 3 euro per packet risks driving away more than a few curious people. According to the category we find both simple and special cards, what unites them all is the presence on the front of the card of a small symbol that refers to one’s role in the game. Special mention for the first 9 cards, divided into three allow you to create the panoramas of the Minecraft world. They differ from the others because they have an image on the back that allows you to have an overall view even if you are physically missing the other parts to complete the panorama. Even the glow-in-the-dark cards have additions on the back, still others have hidden images. Most have characters, objects, places from the Minecraft world, who is passionate will easily recognize everything.

Division of the cards:

1-9 Panorama cards (specials)

10-45 Mobs & Players cards (standard)

46-81 Face glow cards (specials)

82-108 Structure cards (standard + specials)

109-135 Mobs foil cards (standard + specials)

136-207 Item cards (standard)

208-230 Action cards (3D)

To these must be added the LE cards, at least 6 (2 in the starter pack, 4 exclusively on the Panini website)

A curated collection, better than other similar productions by Panini itself, there remains the doubt of having chosen the right moment and the right commercial proposal. In terms of graphics and quality of the cards, it fully wins over other competitors, but sometimes it is David and not Goliath who wins.

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SAINT SEIYA CLOTH SERIES (SSV Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 162

stickers: 35 (1-34 + sticker cover)
album + complete stickers set € 20.00

Behind this album there is passion, a lot of passion. When we were contacted by the Saint Seiya Vintage Italy Association, we appreciated that they followed our site and even more that they wanted to inform us about their editorial initiative. We are the first to be stubborn in carrying out our projects, so we wanted to give our small contribution by purchasing a copy and doing the necessary review, we consider it an honor rather than a burden.

The stickers are just 34, as if it were a negative aspect, for some time we have been carrying on the firm belief that it is not the length of an album or its amount of stickers that makes it interesting and enjoyable, sometimes publishers exaggerate, perhaps adding the (not always) superfluous cards or other.

The album reflects the reason why the association was born, the collecting of toys (ok, the term is limiting, but to make everyone understand what we are talking about) released in Japan and Italy since the end of the years 80. Not all toys, but the specific Saint Cloth Series collection starting from the first series that we find here represented. We apologize to the boys of the association if we have written inaccuracies. It is a world parallel to ours, we know it, but we are certainly not experts.

The album is a catalog book containing 17 characters from the series, Pegazus, Dragon, Swan, Andromeda, Phoenix and the 12 Golden Knights corresponding to the zodiac signs. Each with two stickers, a photo of the front of the box and the inside with the character still in its original packaging. If Mr. Preziosi has been able to buy Saronno, Como and finally Genoa Football Club over the years, it is also thanks to the great commercial successes of his company such as the Knights of the Zodiac!

The surrounding photographs are also beautiful, certainly from private collections and not found on the internet. They also write it on the album but it is clear that there is a great job behind it, that passion we were talking about at the beginning of the review. Final pages with many curiosities and details for those wishing to venture out in search of these small jewels related to Japanese animation (and in turn to manga, but in reality the toys portray much more the characters as they are represented in the TV series rather than in the comics).

Interesting project, commitment to be supported, the main flaw is the size of the stickers, rather small which do not do justice to the work behind it and above all do not allow you to fully appreciate the details inside the boxes. Probably an obligatory choice, linked to the indications of those who printed albums and stickers.

We allow ourselves to make two additions:

  1. there are 34 stickers but we wrote 35 because you can also find the sticker of the album cover. It does not have a space inside but is still, in our opinion, part of the collection
  2. we name it volume 1, the copy in our possession is part of the first reprint. We hope the success of the initiative will push this handful of collectors to repeat the initiative and propose another album. Maybe to be presented at a future edition of Figurine Forever Fair where we would certainly like to have them with us 😉

Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the album can contact the Association directly by visiting their interesting website http://saintseiyavintage.it/

For Athena! For the stickers!

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CAPTAIN TSUBASA (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 160

stickers: 192 (1-168, P1-P24)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 3.90
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers – box of 50 packets)

“Don’t call me Holly!”, Forget also about Benji, Landers and Becker, it’s time to get to know the real names in the most loved and followed football cartoon of all time. It is not an absolute novelty, manga readers know the comics that kept the Japanese names even when published in Italy. The album is not a revival but is linked to the recently made reboot, the story is always the same but the graphics are modern and all the characters are also offered in Italy with their original names.

In leafing through the album, Panini rightly makes no mention of English-style names, for some until the sticker is found difficult to understand who the caption is intended for. The older of us will find another way to have fun!

We like the setting of the album very much, the story is the same as the first series, the risk of making an album similar to the previous ones (although it has not been made for many years) is well avoided by Panini by creating a product where in the Captions and titles could almost look like a classic football album were it not for the animation in the stickers.

The first pages feature the top players, Tsubasa (formerly Holly Hutton), Genzo (formerly Benji Price), Taro (formerly Tom Becker) and Hyuga (formerly Mark Lenders). In the many stickers, scenes from the various episodes are re-proposed, but also special glitter, shaped and for some the splendid circular emblems. We admit that we have not yet seen the new version on TV, but a lot of space is given to Roberto (he, being Brazilian, keeps the same name as the classic series), an important character, but less charismatic than the many other young players in the series, the best here summarized on one page.

In the second part of the album the series and the acrobatics of our champions are dealt with, instead of summarizing the salient episodes, the album enjoys involving the collector with a series of captivating “screams” (in action! come on! what a goal and what saves!), plus some focus on moments of glory, not only the final between the two teams (clearly not called Muppet and New Team) but for example the golden couple Tsubasa / Taro with satisfaction of the writer, among the various characters I have always had a soft spot for Taro / Tom Becker.

The idea of ​​interacting with children is also nice, inviting them in the various pages to write their own ideas and passions about football, even better in two specific pages with lots of tests, the first dedicated to attack or defense, the second to how much you know the series. In reality, it is enough to be good and if you have been careful in reading the album captions, you should know all the answers.

Particular mention was made of the double central poster for the P stickers, there was too much curiosity not to detach it from the album and see it in all its grandeur. Side A proposes the Top 11 of the players in the series, the ones we will then all find together in the national team; side B the players in action.

Good quality album, even the paper although not perfect yet, is better than the last Panini albums. The stickers reproduce the moments of the series, the special ones and especially the shaped ones are beautiful. If you really wanted to be tax, you could have given more space to the other characters and less to the protagonist, but in reality we seem to see that, having already opened about twenty packets, even the supporting actors have several appearances. Just a detail, given that the album is CAPTAIN TSUBASA, as you can also read on the cover, why write Capitan (in Italian) inside? Detail, just to be a pain in the ass 🙂

We have just released the TOP TEN 2020 (for albums released from December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020) and perhaps we already have the 2021 winner in the cartoon category. Being only the first series, the hope of seeing other albums in the future is high, even Panini seems to believe (hope) given the box of 50 packets while lately he has often used the 36 one.

Come on Japan!

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DAY DREAMER (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 159

stickers: 140 (1-140)
album: € 2.00 (waiting for the starter pack)
packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers – 36 packets box)

The Turkish answer to Elisa of Rivombrosa? Completely different historical period and location, but this TV series has certainly made the hearts of many go crazy even in Italy, thanks also to Can Yaman, the leading actor.

The mix is ​​the ever-present classic, the beautiful and intelligent lady, of humble origins, and the handsome, gloomy rich man, at the request of his father who became a businessman, but in his heart, a free and wild spirit.

Of course, everything revolves around the great passion between the two protagonists, several will try to put the couple in difficulty. In the end, as in all fairy tales, classic or modern, it will be Love that wins. The series is currently airing on Canale 5, pending the second season, already made in Turkey and scheduled in Italy for 2021/2022.

The album introduces us to the characters, from Albatros (no, not Bianca & Bernie’s) to Sanem, from brothers and sisters to friends and those not exactly nice to meet. After a double giant poster in the center (unfortunately no space for stickers), the album continues with pages dedicated to some of the highlights of the story. The last page is nice where, if you want, you can learn some phrases in Turkish, suitable if by chance you fall in love in Istanbul!

The stickers are mostly frames from the same TV series. Larger than the standard size, special with glitter effect but nothing more. Unfortunately we have to make some negative notes:
. the poor quality of the paper, equal to the latest printed albums, which unfortunately denote a lack of care and even consideration for those who buy (we are also experiencing the problem of paper with other publishers)
. the cost of the packet at 1 euro for 5 stickers, honestly too much. The only advantage could be if, by purchasing the box of 36 packets (therefore 180 stickers), the complete set is found as the stickers are just 140. Maybe we would like to remove the curiosities 🙂

Panini has organizational and graphic skills well above the average, here it probably put in a little bit of effort. Too bad, because it could have good potential, it didn’t take much, a few more interactive pages, the poster with stickers, etc. There could even be a small didactic part to discover that beautiful country that is Turkey.

Then of course, we are always just passionate and not a multinational, but it is a bit like at school when teachers tell parents “he’s good, but he doesn’t apply”

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JUVENTUS OFFICIAL 2020/21 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 163

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 32 cards (J1-J32)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 3.50
packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers or 4 stickers + 1 card – box of 50 packets)

As expected after Milan and Inter, Euro Publishing also releases the Juventus album. The cover is already curious, there is no image of the trainer, a particular choice taking into account that Pirlo is much loved by Juventus fans and beyond. Another detail is putting McKennie in the center and the ever-present Cristiano Ronaldo behind, maybe CR7 is not happy 🙂

We reiterate what has already been written in other reviews, an applause to Euro Publishing in knowing how to prepare different albums year after year (we are in the fourth) and also different between the three clubs, waiting to see if the AS Roma album will be released for 2021 too, however, for sale only in the Eternal City.

Let’s start from the bottom, who knows if anyone at Juventus has read the criticisms of the 2019/20 edition present in our review, however more space has finally been given to the female team, both with a few more stickers (including specials) and with the presence in the cards of the top players Gama, Girelli and Bonansea. A very just tribute to the leading squad in Italy and that through these players (not only them .. for example the goalkeeper Giuliani is missing) brings a fundamental contribution to the success of the national team too. Maybe next year we will have the stickers of the entire squad of the black and white girls!

The first pages of the album highlight the new arrivals with many stickers on Chiesa, Morata, Kulusevski, Arthur and the coach Andrea Pirlo. Following the celebration of the ninth consecutive Scudetto, the next page is an interesting novelty with stickers linked to QR codes where you can rediscover the salient moments of the recent Juventus history. The page is also present in the Milan album but in that case with no stickers attached, only printed images.

Following space for the complete squad, 22 players, from Szczensy and Buffon to Ronaldo, Dybala and Morata. The lower number of players compared to the Milan and Inter albums is what allows you to have the pages of stickers with QR codes and more space for women, probably.
The album ends with the Under 23 team and the Juventus “vivaio”. It is appreciable that even for team B, engaged in the Serie C championship, we find stickers dedicated to individual players, who knows that they will not become important rookies of future great champions.

The 32 cards are a nice addition, taking into account that they do not affect the cost of the packet which has remained unchanged at 0.70 (good Euro Publishing!). Great to add the three queens of women’s football, for next year instead of the repeated logo and jerseys, maybe they could think of paying homage to the greats of the past, an appointment to be repeated year after year so as to cover part of the many champions who have dressed the black and white jersey.

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INTER OFFICIAL 2020/21 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 161

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 32 cards (I1-I32)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 3.50
packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers or 4 stickers + 1 card – box of 50 packets)

After Milan, here is the Inter album, also in its fourth edition by Euro Publishing. Juventus is also coming, who knows if the final classification of the championship will be the same as the releases, certainly the many Rossoneri fans hope so!

A virtue of Euro Publishing is not only to try to make different albums year by year, but also not to make them perfectly the same between clubs in the same season. Clearly the setting is the same, but for example the first Nerazzurri pages are different. In particular we find a mega photo of 8 stickers with the 2021 team. Here, the Inter album wastes no time, immediately the team, immediately the protagonists that after last year, Mr. Conte hopes to bring them into triumph after so many years of disappointments.

An album dedicated to a single club must be as complete as possible and therefore the entire squad of players is rightly presented, fortunately updated to the latest transfer market news, well presented in four dedicated pages with extra stickers of Hakimi, Kolarov, Darmian and Vidal.

Subsequently 6 stickers for each player plus Mr. Conte, bust, glitter, double, in action, too bad that unlike the first editions, the rest of the technical staff do not find space. From Samir Handanovic to Lautaro Martinez, unpublished stickers also of possible future champions such as Filip Stankovic (yes, the son of the great Dean); 26 players in all with 4 goalkeepers. Nobody is missing!

Final pages for the Inter world, the women’s team, the Primavera and more generally the men’s and women’s youth teams, teams that over the years have given the club great satisfaction even if sometimes they have not helped to prevent mistakes (see the Zaniolo case …) . Always underlining the great commitment of the “Biscione club” to solidarity through the Inter Campus.

In the Milan album, space was also given to the San Siro stadium (with a strong didactic emphasis) and to the memories of the great victories, here the first is not named and just so after the space dedicated last year for the tenth anniversary from the mythical Triplete.

The cards are also back, more classic than the pop-ups of 2019, perhaps not fundamental but they do not affect the cost of the packets (always € 0.70, well done Euro Publishing!) and are a nice solution to have the complete squad also in this format. Maybe, instead of making 5 cards of the logo, you could make those of the great club flags, from Facchetti to Zanetti, from Meazza to Zenga, from Corso to Mazzola, the unforgettable players are so many!

A collection that will surely warm the hearts of the many Nerazzurri fans.

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MILAN OFFICIAL 2020/21 (Euro Publishing)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 158

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 32 cards (M1-M32)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 3.50
packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers or 4 stickers + 1 card – box of 50 packets)

It was not taken for granted, given the situation, but the official AC Milan album, also published by Euro Publishing, is back this year, so we can expect the next release of Inter and Juventus, on a national scale.

The first impression left us a little perplexed, given the additional choice of cards (it’s true, there were also last year, but in a pop-up version, therefore a slightly different product), the combination of sticker + card is not always necessary, on the contrary. On the other hand, like last year, it did not lead to an increase in the cost of the packet, while most publishers have moved towards 0.80, Euro Publishing is good at keeping the price unchanged.

Not all the packets contain cards, it is not a defect, being few (just 32) so you avoid finding many doubles against the real stickers.

An album dedicated to a single team, now in its fourth year, cannot be expected to be original and innovative, it is still pleasant, with a pleasant visual impact and we imagine a joy for the eyes of all the Rossoneri fans. Always positive side is the presentation of the squad as wide as possible, here we have 27 players, all with the same number of stickers (5 including specials, in action, doubles + 1 present in the double page summary), an important and welcome detail , although we still dream of an entire album dedicated to the great career of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In that case, however, we would not be talking about Milan alone.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a focus of this album, it couldn’t be otherwise. Two extra stickers are dedicated to him at the beginning, after the pages dedicated to kits, stadium (always popular stickers) and the new arrivals, a somewhat enlarged concept since we also find Daniel Maldini (son of Paolo and grandson of Cesare) having already played in the last championship.

For rookie fans, the spotlights will be on Daniel Maldini and Lorenzo Colombo, potential great promises of Italian football. Usual final pages on the Milan world: the women’s team, which in our opinion deserves more space, the Primavera team, the beautiful initiative of the Milan Foundation and waiting to return to win a blast from the past with some stickers of the glorious history of Milan, here we find the sticker of Paolo Maldini (nr. 211) and Gunnar Nordhal (nr. 215).

There is not much to add on the 32 cards, just a useful outline especially for having the complete Milan squad even in hardback version. They could be made interactive, perhaps with the QR code where you can see the player in action. Little advice if any for next year’s album.

Among the emblematic captions the presentation of the San Siro / Giuseppe Meazza Stadium, celebratory and fiery as if it were written by the Fossa dei Leoni of the South Curve, despite the fact that even the ultrà leaders would have had to go to the dictionary to discover the meaning of “hieratic stadium” 🙂

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LYON (Officina Edicola Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 157

cards: 150 (1-150)

album + 1 packet 5,00€

packets: 1,50€ (5 cards – box 24 packets)

Lyon Gamer also arrives at his album, it is our firm belief that it is a good thing that the new myths of the very young, while “living” thanks to the virtual, try to probe their presence on shops with the very material stickers, whether they are adhesive or card . They are often hit albums and this bodes well that the immortal charm of our little paper friends will remain so for a long time to come.

If you have, like the writer, a 6-year-old nephew, you cannot fail to have seen the youtube channel WhenGamersFail at least once. Behind the pseudonym of Lyon lurks the very Italian Ettore Canu, coming from the beautiful Sardinia. Another important detail is to know what Minecraft is, one of the most successful video games in the world.

It is not the role of Figurine Forever to make judgments on the value or otherwise of a program or a TV series, sometimes maybe we joke about it, we usually prefer to talk about stickers. Reading some information on Lyon Gamer it seems to us that in reality one can not share the tastes but not the form, which is linked only to healthy fun without, for example, gratuitous verbal violence, Lyon’s “shouting” during the videos is only part of the character.

You may be thinking “ok, that’s fine, but when are you talking about the album?” 🙂

Well, more than a card album it is a card binder. It seems a detail but it is not, in fact the album has space to contain the 150 cards closely related to the game “The mystery of the cruise ship”. The characters, objects, rooms and skill cards are presented.

Binder as the pages are intended to contain the cards without the presence not only of captions but also of images not related to the game, they only repeat the cards to be placed on top. It is an album about the game and not about its creator and his partner Anna and their youtube channel. Choice that perhaps confirms the attitude of our Lyon, less inclined than other web heroes to show off, mainly giving space to the game.

40 minimum cards are necessary to be able to play, an argument must also be made on the cost of the pack which, in our opinion, should not be compared with other sticker albums but with other collections of trading cards. The same setting of the packet is particular, of the 5 cards inside you are sure to find 1 Holo, 2 Metal and 2 normal. Very important detail: cross your fingers to find the card no. 101, 104, 112, 141 the ultra rare that are NOT part of the missing service!

Album more suitable for videogame and card game followers than for stickers/cards fans, but as always for Figurine Forever, if the cards (or stickers) have an album, we will review it!

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PREDATORS OF THE EARTH (Sbabam Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 155
stickers: 200 (1-200) + stick & stack
starter pack: album + 2 packets + toy € 4.99
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

Intriguing the choice of this album, Sbabam is a leader in products for newsstands when it comes to small toys, models and surprise bags. Among these, the Kreaturex toys which has seen a myriad of outputs including marine animals, dinosaurs and much more. The success was so significant that the publisher decided to make an album out of it.

The album is dedicated to the predators of the earth, yesterday and today. Compared to the other collections of stickers on animals that we find on shops here our friends are all represented with illustrations, at least in the packets that we have opened there are no photographs.

The chapters of the album are divided into settings: forest, jungle, prehistory, ice, savannah, dinosaurs and skies. The abysses are missing. The captions are essential, lots of information on animals that are didactic but also and above all curiosity.

The album is completed by the double central poster for the stick&stack stickers.

In the 200 stickers we find many shaped, the total number is actually higher as the stick & stacks are not counted, we will investigate how many there are and update the review.

Nice album, useful to promote the cause of our beloved stickers.

Too bad that Sbabam is also affected by the poor quality of the album paper, after Panini and Diramix they too fall into this mistake.

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2020/21 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 154
stickers: 582 (numbering per team)
starter pack: album + 3 packets € 3.90
packets: € 1.00 (10 stickers)

The long-awaited Champions League album was also released in Italy. The latest one made by Topps? These are the rumors of “radio figurine”, we will see. It certainly doesn’t look like a farewell album (just think of the havoc of the latest Topps albums on the Premier League), instead it is made in an interesting way, even with some flaws, some repeated over the years.

The mother of all problems is always that of the layout of the album, being linked to a specific tournament, the division of the clubs for the various groups is greatly missed. The order of the teams is by country, Spain, England, Italy, Germany, France, Russia, followed by all the others. Or rather the few others because the clubs from the play-offs are relegated to the bottom of the album in cold and abstract pages.

Too bad because the graphic layout of the other pages is interesting, large photos of two (or three) top players, valid captions to learn about the history of the club in the Champions League and in the national championship of the previous year. Graphics that are not repeated the same in the most photographic part, for some clubs we have two champions compared, in others the trio of the most prolific scorers of the previous season, for others the historical graphics of the last 10 years.

Another particular caption is that relating to the 20 players team by team where the first appearance in the major European competition is highlighted, this also involves a lot of “debut season” writings.

The page is completed by the special badge of the club and the giant one of a top player, compared to last year we no longer find the stickers of the stadiums and the kits are printed directly in the album.

The pages of the teams coming from the POF cannot be commented on, frankly they are small, certainly they have a different effect with the stickers attached, but it remains an absolutely questionable choice, even if it is true that this year, due to Covid, the qualifications lasted longer. expected.
After all, even the club squads are dated and this is even more annoying if you want. While understanding the technical times for printing stickers, an album as important as that of the Champions League should be treated better.

In a period where there is so much interest in the new stars of world football, the “rising stars” page with players from the main European leagues is an apt choice, the Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni representing Serie A and Italian football.

Already used in the past, also by Panini for Fifa365 and also for Euro2020 Preview, the numbering of stickers by team and theme has no advantage other than a useless complication in collecting the album. We don’t like it, maybe others think differently.

A key note is Topps’ choice to offer a packet for 1.00 euro with 10 stickers, a policy also followed in the Topps album of F1 and the Bundesliga. Devastating impact on the “figurine” market, really interesting and excellent choice. We hope others follow the line, especially in albums where the quality of the stickers is similar or sometimes even worse. Another detail is the quality of the album paper, good when compared to that of other albums of this period.

If Topps is quitting the Champions League (all to be verified), let’s say he’s leaving the competition with a certain style. If it continues, we hope it will finally know how not to repeat some errors and settings that collectors have been complaining about since 2016.

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F1 2020 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 153
stickers: 232 (1-232)
starter pack: album + 1 packet (with 5 stickers) € 1.99
packets: € 1.00 (10 stickers)
blister: € 7.99 (8 packets)
tin box: € 9.99 (9 packets + 1 Jumbo sticker)

Competition is welcome! The idea that there is only one editor to publish all the main collections is never a good solution, the quality and the offer certainly pay for it. Then of course some interesting material has to be made.
In the period in which Panini leaves behind several missteps, here is Topps who comes out with a valid album, at a very low price and on an important brand like Formula 1.

How many years have we waited to get F1 album back? A long time, too much! Finally someone has thought about it and the result is good. Too bad he goes out after the maximum time, in mid-November when the championship is practically concluded. Inside the album it is reported that the compilation of the collection ended on 1 July 2020, we wonder why not to release it in mid-September. Mysteries of publishing …

All pilots are presented with the same number of stickers, which is appreciable. 10 stickers on a double page with lots of information and captions, statistics. The idea of ​​the shaped helmet sticker is beautiful, followed by 5 stickers for the driver and 4 for the car. Images both posed and taken inside the passenger compartment and in the pits. The car stickers are rectangular, highlighting the aerodynamics.

The texts are naturally updated until the end of the 2019 championship and this is fine, too bad some imperfections that are noticeable immediately. For example, the country of birth is not always translated into Italian, in Vettel’s page we find Allemagne instead of “Germania”, in Gasly page France instead of “Francia”, etc. They are trivial errors but for this reason easily avoidable.

To complete the album, a nice quiz page and four finals dedicated to the Formula 2 championship.

The stickers are of various sizes, square and rectangular, special silver and shaped (the aforementioned helmets). The extremely positive note is the cost, compared to the packet at 1.00 euro we find 10 stickers. Record!
It is true that the stickers are very light, the comparison with Panini should not be made on the Calciatori but, for example, on Euro 2020 where with a cost of 0.80 we found only 5 stickers, the quality of the paper practically equal to this one, indeed the stickers were also smaller in size.

This is why competition is important, can you imagine a scenario where only one publisher has the whole market in hand? It’s already happening with comics, let’s hope it won’t happen with stickers.

General summary with our YES and NOT which were appreciated in the Fifa365 review

YES

. the price ratio of the packet and the number of stickers inside, an absolute record
. the quality of the paper, not yet optimal, but much better than that of the last Panini albums
. the rich pilot pages with many statistics, leaving total space for the image on the stickers (finally!)
. the variety of stickers, especially helmets and cars . the limited number of stickers to complete the album (we leave the vicious circle that monumental albums are needed to make beautiful albums)

NOT

. the total lack of F1 history
. the total lack of circuits, however understandable this year. We hope for the next!
. the total lack of the F2 car stickers and the F1 and F2 team logos
. the variety of pilot stickers per pilot, a pros but also a cons. It was possible to insert one stickers less than the cars to the advantage of those of F2.

The contract signed by Topps with F1 is multi-year, next year we hope all the good things done this year will be confirmed and maybe some of our suggestions will be listened to. Who knows, maybe the world championship will also be added ..

Give your engines breath!

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ELETTRA LAMBORGHINI (Sbabam Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 152
stickers: 144 (1-144)
starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.99
packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

Let’s start with the right spirit in reviewing this album, first of all we really like Elettra, second she is from Bologna as our Association. Maybe one day we will be able to ask her to be the godmother of an initiative or, who knows, become the protagonist of our Fan Forever Card, of course in the role of a Milan player of which she is a great supporter.

A star like Elettra goes very well with the project of a sticker album, we like to think that every single page and even sticker has been designed and shared with her. In the videos and interviews, we have the impression that he is a sincere person, perhaps and sometimes beyond the limits, but still true. Given his work, being unconventional is sometimes almost a necessity as well as a choice.

Page after page we discover the world of Elettra with its passions, thoughts and interests. The desire to have fun is clear, but also the intention to always send positive messages to the very young and to live life with enthusiasm, after all we only have one.
We also appreciated the choice of photos, we still have to open many packets but it is already clear that, alongside the classic photos from a photo book, we find many photos that could be part of anyone’s life. As cartoon fans a big LIKE the photo with Tigger, probably taken during a visit to Euro Disney.

The album is very rich, many shaped stickers, especially the really funny cartoon ones. Very curious are the stickers on music, where Electra’s favorite artists find space, including Giorgia, Tiziano Ferro and many others. Text only, but in such an engaging album they still fit. Speaking of singers, the album also includes the stickers of Elettra’s collaborations in the world of entertainment, for example Giusy Ferreri who we imagine appreciated being immortalized in a “figurina” of her own.

This is a particular review that reflects the peculiarity of the album, in fact without discovering the various stickers you can only get an idea of ​​the images contained, there will probably be several occasions to be surprised. We are absolutely certain that Elettra fans will appreciate the setting.

The stickers are not many, just 144, finally we add. It is not always necessary to make long alb