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SUPER MARIO TCG (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 268

album: Super Mario TCG (Panini)

cards: 252 (1-252)

starter pack: binder + 3 packets + 2 cards limited edition 9,90€

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

value pack: 24 cards 8,50€

Mario forever! Maybe the most loved videogame of all time, certainly one of the few that has been able to renew itself and always involve new and old fans. Not to mention that it has become cartoons, toys and much more merchandising.

Many years have passed since the legendary Panini album, almost 30 years. Back in 1993 they were classic stickers, now they have become card. Mario, Luigi and all the other characters are always them, not aged at all.

We are preparing an article that you will find in the coming days on our site, where we ask ourselves what future lies ahead, from our point of view, for our beloved stickers. Starting from the consideration of the settings of the new collections and the increasingly high cost of the packets. An important cost also in the case of Super Mario but an argument must be made. Staying at Panini and taking the World Cup Qatar 2022 album as an example, 5 ultra-light low-quality stickers at a cost of 1 euro. Here we find 8 good quality cards, also beautiful to look at, at a cost of 3 euros. If we have to “scream scandal”, the main problem is not the cost of this collection.

Another important consideration is the graphics work which in this case seems very good to us. What often makes us angry with Panini is when .. he doesn’t make Panini. There are important details that must be emphasized and appreciated. We refer to the insert attached to the binder where the collection is presented in an attractive and comprehensive way. This also helps to encourage you to continue shopping, other publishers limit themselves to a trivial check-list of the cards, wrongly.

In the insert we find the first pages dedicated to all the characters of the videogame, large images with brief characteristics of the good and the bad. Do you remember them all? There are the super classics and also the most recent ones: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Peach, Daisy, Toad, Birdo, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Bowser and Bowser jr, Wario, Waluigi. Good and bad, monsters and princesses, all together!

The series consists of 252 cards, an important but not overflowing number, which allows you not to leave the possibility of completing the collection only to the dream. After the disasters of Fortnite (first series with practically 1/3 of the unobtainable cards), after the impossibility of ordering the missing Fantasy Riders, after the senseless series of Captain Tsubasa by Tomy, here it seems we can go back to the classic. Back when in Modena they boasted the famous phrase “a Panini collection is always completed”. Maybe not the limited editions, maybe not special or out-of-number variants, but, as you read in the insert, the great hope is that later you will be able to buy the missing cards on the Panini website.

We use once again the well-made insert to present the collection, consisting of 180 basic and 72 special cards. From 1 to 36 rundown on the characters, first in their image that we know well, then with a close-up as if they had fun taking selfies with the phone.

We hope you like Yoshi, Toad and Toadette or you will have problems with cards from 37 to 54, here you really find all the colors. The graphics are cartoonish, like modern video games. Following a real invasion of enemy cards, if you know the game an invitation to recognize and remember them all. There are 54 cards, from Birdo to Stordino. Shy Type our favorite.

The collection continues with 18 group cards (with the characters put together, both the good ones and the bad ones), as much object and to follow the gold and silver ones. Nice gold cards where our heroes (or anti-heroes ..) come out of a porthole, or try (Donkey Kong would hardly pass with his head!), The silver cards instead must be observed with care, do not settle for the image printed on the guide, the silver wall shows brick by brick many different familiar faces of the Mario Bros universe.

Over the years Mario has become a protagonist in the world of video games, including sports, making him play football, tennis, drive racing cars and much more. Could they be missing from this collection? Obviously not, from the large number of sports represented in the 36 cards, let’s say we are at the Nintendo Olympic Games.

From cartoon to comic, the 27 cards from 217 to 243 are drawings, a parallel but equally functional way for the world of Super Mario. The graphic layout, apparently simpler, actually allows you to give life to the characters in a really effective way.

Grand finale with the puzzle page where, after completing the 9 cards, we can enjoy a nice overall picture with Mario, Luigi and many others who almost seem to want to greet us, until the next opportunity at least. This solution is always welcome, in the Frozen album we had several puzzles and if you wanted you could also make the same choice here to create more than one, perhaps limiting some other parts of the collection.

Indeed, we dare to think that one day it would be cool to have a whole collection of just puzzles. Maybe double, to be enjoyed both on the front and on the back. About the back of the cards, mention for the choice to characterize them based on the type. We like the details and we like to point them out, it is a single strip of different color (silver card, sport card, enemy card, etc.) but it is functional, as well as having the card number on the back. The 9 puzzle cards on the back instead reveal the complete image, more than an improvised spoiler it seems to us an even stronger push to find them all.

Less than two months from our annual ranking of the best albums by category released between December 2021 and the end of November 2022, at the moment we can already anticipate what the card album of the year will be, except for sensational and unexpected news. A deliberate choice, it is not linked to the fear that otherwise Donkey Kong may come knocking on our door!

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 60th

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 267

album: The Amazing Spider-Man 60th (Panini)

stickers: 192 (1-164, F1-F28) + 60 cards (C1-C60)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

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

“From great power comes great responsibility”. In this case, the great power is being able to make an official Spidey sticker album for his 60th birthday (brought very well!), The great responsibility is to do it well, credible, complete, to satisfy both the occasional audience and the fans, young and old. old, from Marvel Comics. In the knowledge that making everyone happy is impossible.

Did they succeed? No spoilers, to know you have to read all the reviews 🙂 A premise is important, however, whoever writes this review is a long-time comic book enthusiast, impossible to tackle this article without being biased, the heart is not commanded and the glorious Spider-Man is a milestone in world comics, especially if you were children when the legendary books of Editoriale Corno and / or later those of Star Comics then Panini Comics arrived in Italy.

Curious about Panini’s marketing choice, this album recalls Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary, you can read it on the cover but not in the title. Perhaps to bring the younger audience closer to these celebrations. History is still present, indeed, from that “The Amazing Spider-Man”, the famous magazine where our hero was not born (first appearance is on Amazing Fantasy, a similar name, it cannot be a coincidence) but then it is become a legend.

Panini does not only make stickers but also comics, it is the Italian house of Marvel, this certainly allows him to have all the possible and imaginal material to pay the right homage to the character. The album is divided into decades where, as it should be, the first years, those who entered the myth, the so-called “golden age” of Marvel comics, find more space and even some more insight, with important captions to understand the evolution of the character but without undermining the role of the stickers, absolute protagonists.

Another strategic choice by Panini, the various decades of Spidey’s publishing history are interspersed with the “Focus on” pages which, as the term says, focus on a certain aspect of the comic, from great enemies, to great battles, to great alliances with other notes more curious, like the evolution of the costume, even in its most unlikely moments.

First part with the classic (and beautiful) stories of the 60s, 70s and early 80s. With the outside world rapidly changing (Spidey and Marvel comics in general have never been immune to it), in the second half of the 1980s, even comic stories decide to upset the characters. If you have never read “Secret Wars” it is a clear invitation to do so, from there comes the black costume and to follow one of the most beloved anti-heroes of the new millennium, Venom!

This path will be even more exponential in the 90s with the long saga of the clone, even today, 30 years later, there are very conflicting opinions among fans, between those who loved it, those who hated it and those who maybe he rediscovered in adulthood. All these “highlights” are not forgotten by the album, thanks to stickers taken directly from the comic strips.
The Spider-Man saga continues and our little stickers friends do it accordingly.

Another touch of class, grant us the term, is to somehow separate the story of the traditional Spider-Man from that of the multiverses created over the years, even if far from all the variants we have known with the DC Comics Universe. They could not be missing in this album because it would have made it incomplete, but they are apart, in the central pages with a separate numbering.

Openable central poster summarizing the many Spider-Man we have known in the classic universe and in the alternative worlds. Shaped stickers that must be attached with care, to make them match perfectly with the image below. Not easy, but after all we are talking about super heroes, won’t you hold back for so little ?!

If you love comics, you also know how to appreciate the details, almost always nothing is left to chance. The central poster is also the appropriate detachment of the album, between the Marvel of the twentieth century and that of the New Millennium. New characters, new origins to try to approach potential new readers, for a comic that was still reaching 40 years of publishing production. In the second part of the album space for the last 20 years, from our point of view rightly proposed in a more summarizing way than in previous decades.

Grand finale with a comic story to be completed with the shaped stickers but absolutely legible even with an empty album. We did it, with 12 pages available you cannot create too complex scripts, the story is enjoyable, not at the level of the previous one that appeared on the Marvel Versus album but in any case it is good that there is, also because it traces the concept ” super heroes with super problems ”which has allowed us, at times, to be able to identify with a hero in costume.

The format of the stickers mirrors the one already used previously in the Marvel encyclopedic albums, however it seems to us with images that are all different and chosen with a logical and effective care. We are not great lovers of adding cards to the sticker collections, but here they are an added value. 60 cards or the 60 most significant covers in the history of The Amazing Spider-Man.
Another detail that maybe not everyone notices but we do, Panini could fall into the error of inserting covers from other series (Web of Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, etc.) and instead does not. 60 cover cards don’t even allow you to really have all the fundamentals, but that’s a nice representative number. The problem is to find them all, also given Panini’s choice to send the box of just 24 packets to newsstands. We hope at least, when requesting missing stickers, the rule of only 5 cards that can be ordered will be lightened.

Yes, they succeeded (haven’t you come to read the last line right away?!?), The album is beautiful, a passionate and overwhelming 60-year story of the iconic character of American comics. We appreciated, unlike other previous Panini collections, that the world of cinema has been completely omitted, now subject to a separate one, with a life of its own and more and more often with a different audience.

It’s just a pity that once again the unlikely quality of the paper degrades the great work of graphics and logical preparation of the album a little. Panini is wrong and continues to be wrong on this point, especially on a product of this kind which, more than collectors of stickers, could attract fans of comics, where the quality of the paper is an undisputed value.

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PINOCCHIO AND FRIENDS (Tridimensional)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 266

album: Pinocchio and friends (Tridimensional)

stickers: 192 (1-192)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 4,90€

box: 36 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,90€ each

Pinocchio forever! Collodi’s masterpiece knows no age, no crisis, generation after generation new products and projects are born that keep it alive, strong, on the one hand in the name of tradition, on the other updating it in some way with the times with new characters that in the original book was not there.

The world of stickers has known several albums dedicated to Pinocchio, surely each of us has his memories and his favorites but it is undeniable that, perhaps even more than the Disney film (from which Panini made a historic album), for us Italians Pinocchio’s album linked to the RAI drama remains an unforgettable moment. Not only for a majestic Nino Manfredi in the role of Geppetto, but for an album that made history and trends, with the Panini brothers who decided to focus on this television drama, in the lack of conviction of many. We know how it went well, the album is among the 10 most important albums made by the Modenese house, aside from football (maybe).

On Pinocchio there are cartoons made everywhere, from the USA to Japan, this new production is an all-Italian pride, made by Iginio Straffi (the same of the famous Winx Club), which you can watch on RAI channels.

Inspired by the famous book, this series set in the new millennium and alongside the classic characters, Pinocchio, Geppetto, the Jiminy Cricket and the “villains” Mangiafuoco, the Cat and the Fox, find new characters, starting with the young pirate Freeda. History does not repeat the classic adventures, it renews them and also makes them suitable for the duration of the various episodes.

The graphic layout of the album is interesting, the publisher likes to mix the themes, there are of course the pages dedicated to the main characters but not sequentially. Of course, at first you will immediately find Pinocchio and Geppetto (could it be otherwise?), But to discover the others you have to browse the various pages.

In the other pages we find both the presentation of this updated world of Pinocchio and Friends, and references to some episodes of the TV series. The captions are minimal, graphic choice to give as much space as possible to the stickers. Each page does not need the intervention of the Blue Fairy to come to life, but stickers to be attached, larger in size than other collections.

Standing ovation for the album paper, no glossy paper but an excellent rough matte that prevents us from unpleasant creases or worse with which we often have a hard time living with other albums. The format of the stickers is varied, classic, glitter, shaped, puzzle, in short, for all tastes.

The quite small total number of stickers, without useless cards or other fancy flights, make this album pleasant and at the same time easy and fun to collect.

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WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 265

album: World Cup Qatar 2022 (Panini)

stickers: 670 (00, FWC 1-29, 1-20 each team)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

priced album: 2,50€

box: 50 packets (5 stickers per packet) 1,00€ each

The most unlikely and discussed world championship in the history of football has finally arrived and with it the usual Panini album, present on newsstands for 52 years, from that distant and mythical Mexico70. Honestly, this review is not simple, the Qatar World Cup is the furthest thing from football that you can imagine, at least for the oldest of us, for many reasons, including social and ethical ones, also upsetting the times, the memories, the memories of those who, in their lives, marked the time that passed from world to world.

It is also the second consecutive album without Italy, a detail that is not such and is not a pretty sight. Clearly in our country, it was not possible to avoid taking it to newsstands (luckily, we add) but for Panini Italia it is not the flagship product, that will arrive in three months, the Calciatori, with all the anticipation and curiosity that has always distinguishes him, the subject of discussions, discontent but also emotions, year after year. It is his beauty, after all.

Returning to the Qatar2022 album we are aware and almost resigned to the current costs of stickers, between the paper problem and the increasingly expensive demands of those who own the rights, but also thinking about the more direct competition, the effort to put at least 6 stickers per packet it would have been greatly appreciated by those who, however, have supported Panini and its collections for many years.

Especially considering the quality of the sticker, in the beginning it was the sticker with the tissue behind it, now it is a tissue that acts as a sticker. Thickness to a minimum, if you open a bag even just breathing with your mouth open be careful, the stickers could fly away. On the other hand, the world card market must be considered, where Italy, unlike what many think, is not a leader. We also have Ferrari and Lamborghini factories in Italy, but we are not the main market for this, not even at a European level, and in Europe we are far behind England, Germany and perhaps others. It is an important detail and one that answers the classic question “we, who have Panini at home ..”.

The global vision of the “figurine” allows us to try to understand the choices of the Modenese multinational, things must be seen from a far broader perspective than that of the “Boot”. Basically, if the global market responds positively to the product, it is difficult to change things.

As already happened with the Anteprima album, there are some important improvements in the quality of the paper. We continue to dream of a return to matte paper, but on a product printed in millions of copies it is pure utopia. The presence of three central staples and a thicker paper make us say that the album is not a disappointment, then the hardback versions, limited, in human skin will come for those who want, even if we do not know how many of these will be available in Italy ( at the moment we do not know if there is a hard cover version of the Italian edition).

After this very long preamble, looking specifically at the graphics of Qatar2022, we notice some interesting and different aspects from the past, although, as far as we are concerned, we like the World Cup album has a classic style. Already in 2024 with the first Topps we will certainly have a different European album (even in size), at least this World Cup remains “faithful to the line“.

The increasingly massive presence of national teams can only lead to forced choices, limit the number of players per team or limit everything else, so as to avoid an album that comes close to 700 stickers, too many. What do you prefer? Difficult to answer, the memory of the albums of the past with the very rich introductory part between mascot stickers, official posters, stadiums, cities or, like now, 20 stickers per national team? Whatever the answer is, it makes someone unhappy, sure.

The introductory part then presents the stickers of logos, the world cup and the 8 protagonist stadiums, future “cathedrals in the desert” or parking lots, as has already happened for a country that thrives on football like Brazil. For us, stadiums are the heart of football, in sticker albums, at least those of international competitions, they should always be present, so great news.

Then the many pages for the 32 participating national teams start, with 20 stickers each, team, championship and 18 players. We wrote how much we like tradition in these types of albums, but we find the constant lack of the trainers’ sticker here too is truly incredible. Think of an Espana82 album with Bearzot’s sticker or that of Germania2006 with Lippi, just to think about Italy. A lack that makes itself felt and how.

The stickers are graphically different than in the past, goodbye classic frame in favor of the image of the player as if it were cut out, shaped. Around the logos of the competition and the national team and the basic statistics, such as the role on the pitch, the debut in the national team, the year of birth, etc. The club they belong to is not mentioned, on the one hand a non-fundamental fact because we are talking about national teams, on the other a curious and useful fact to sometimes discover where the players play, especially the lesser known ones.

We would therefore have added the detail of the club, reading the first comments on social networks we already know we are going against the tide, but we do not mind this graphic choice. The background has a more suitable color than the unlikely yellow or orange seen in the past. The image of the player stands out but also the statistical data around it, the logos are always a beautiful sight. Of course, the real background from the playing field remains the top, but difficult to see with national championship albums, let alone for a world championship.

On the other hand, we are sorry not to find any reference, printed on the album page, to the statistics of the national team at the previous world championships, you can see it above all in the pages of the teams that have won at least one and here there are many, indeed all of them, unfortunately only the ‘Italy.

Probably among the collectors there are those who appreciate the choice, but to us dividing the numbering of the album by team (except the beginning and end of the album) we find it almost “annoying”, a useless complication, except perhaps for those looking only the themes, so he knows that to have Argentina it is enough to find the stickers from ARG1 to ARG20. Modena likes the idea, we don’t, in this case we see no reason to have applied it (Russia is out of the World Cup when the playoffs were still in progress) but we can get over it.

The album closes with a brief history of the World Cup, edition after edition, great if it is edited by the Fifa Museum in Zurich, the detail of the object of the memorabilia under the photo of the team will perhaps be noticed by few but it is very welcome. Unless the choice was made not to transform all the national champions into stickers, only 10 out of 21 editions, less than half. The rest is printed.

A World Cup album, it could not be otherwise, must be collected regardless. We see flaws but also interesting aspects, certainly not acceptable to everyone. In our opinion, perhaps the economic effort of putting an extra card in a packet (considering the price of the packets and the box alone 50) could have been enough to make everything, even in our latitudes, more palatable.

For all collector friends of this World Cup 2022 we remember our appointments with the Figurine Day at Edicola Birra and the great events of Figurine Forever:
FIGUCON ROMA c/o Music Day, 24-25 september 2022, Roma
COMICS FAIR, 15-16 october 2022, Bologna
FIGUCON X EDITION – 15 january 2023, Bologna

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Dragon Ball Super Hero TCG (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 264

album: Dragon Ball Super – Super Hero TCG (Diramix)

cards: 162 (1-162)

starter pack: album + 1 packet 7,90€

box: 20 packets (6 cards per packet) 2,00€ each

Easier to find Haaland’s rookie than to understand all the Lamincard collections released on the ever-beloved Dragon Ball character! Even just the Diramix editions, even worse if we start from the legendary Edibas which has the merit of being the first to truly believe not only in the character but also in this transparent version of the cards, the lamincard, Italian pride.

Finally, after so many years, Diramix creates cards that are recognizable from the previous ones, in a simple way. Not only for the title of the series that we find on the individual cards (which, however, might not be enough if another super hero is subsequently made) but because the year of production is finally reported, in this case 2022.

It is a detail that we have always reported in our reviews of previous collections, we do not have the bravado to think that this change is related to someone in Diramix who has read our site, but we were probably not the only ones to have reported the problem.

The 162 cards are the classic standard of the Diramix collections, the specials seem to us to be higher in number than the norm. We find them scattered in the collection and they are all from number 127 onwards. The choice, up to a certain point understandable, of having 9 rare golds, the last of the series from 154 to 162, is also renewed. only to give an indication on the development of the game which, honestly, we think interests a small part of the potential buyers.

Compared to the previous series, one card less for the same expense of 2.00 euros. Yet another collection of Dragon Ball cards?!? If they continue to release them and at an average of two per year, it means that they have a good audience of loyalists and true believers.

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BLUEY (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 263

album: Bluey (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) 0,80€ each

Between stickers and kangaroos! The album of the successful cartoon TV series Bluey arrives, made in Australia and which owes so much to those beautiful and distant lands. The target is the very young, but the episodes use the charm of animation and animals to also tell about their country, its culture.

The protagonist is Bluey, a 6-year-old dog and her cheerful family, starting with her younger sister Bingo, from these two characters the structure of the album evolves, which follows the now classic canons of Diramix products on cartoons. The four Bing albums released so far are proof of this, although, fortunately, the mistake of the latest, maxi format, was avoided.

The first part of the album is dedicated to introducing Bluey’s world, family, friends, etc. We are fans of Diramix for the quality of the albums from a graphic point of view, their ability to bring products that know how to be simple but not trivial. The care of the captions, which accompany practically every sticker, allow you to entertain both the child who already knows how to read or hopefully the adult who can tell the story by helping the little ones to attach the stickers.

Second part of the album dedicated to the adventures of our friends, which reflect the stories told in cartoon episodes. The page we have chosen to show (above) is not by chance, in the first packets we have not yet found the right ones, but we are very curious to see what Bluey’s big dollar stickers are like. Another important aspect is creating interaction with the child, the album must be fun not only by attaching the stickers but as a whole.

Another typical feature of Diramix albums is the central attachment where you can attach the 20 stick & stack stickers and then create new stories with our new Australian friends. On the first page, the five stickers A to dress up as you like Bluey and Bingo, on the last page, the five stickers C to tidy up the bedroom. The central poster with the ten stickers A to invent stories in the four different scenographies. If Diramix always proposes it again, it means that you like it, go on like this.

Good quality album, nice cartoon and also modern, Diramix is ​​one of the last stoic publishers that still presents packets at relatively low prices. Above all the right number of total stickers, we will repeat it to the point of boredom, it is no longer time for monumental albums, also considering the vast and extensive proposal on newsstands and the availability of families always contained.

“This is the way”, we are not in Star Wars, but in the real world and the world of stickers, which we adore, we want to have a future, towards infinity and beyond.

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Moto GP (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 262

album: Moto GP (Panini)

stickers: 240 (1-240)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

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

Panini takes to the track! More stickers publishers are welcome, they make the market more sparkling and interesting, with more proposals and with, not always but often, a preparation work to make the products more interesting and break through an important but very varied and fragmented market.

We like to think that without the Topps F1 albums, perhaps in Panini they would never have thought of an album on motorcycling (finally!) and without having the presumption that in Modena they read our reviews taking ideas, we like to think that the improvements in contents, on this album compared to that of F1, may also be the result of our comments and many other collectors on the internet.

Panini therefore takes its cue from the product of the American factory and makes it more complete, more varied and even more celebratory. The world of engines also lives a lot of memories, stories, myths, an album without this aspect is an incomplete album and so, despite the excellent Topps production (also in relation to quality / price), in the F1 albums it was always missing and strongly more than something.

First applause, the 20 single stickers of all the circuits of the world championship, with a brief introduction that sometimes seems to repeat itself but presents in a captivating way the historical and new tracks where the centaurs whiz by. If in the Calciatori albums we always want the stickers of the stadiums, in those of the engines not to include them the lack would be felt. With their characteristics, including curves, straights and ups and downs, they are the absolute protagonists with the riders and motorcycles.

All teams have broadly the same number of stickers and feature the pair of pilots with giant photos as an introduction. Each team therefore has a special silver sticker with the driver’s number, which is very much from the 1980s and the stickers that many of us kept attached to their scooters, simple (perhaps) but with a real passion. The classic sticker with bust photo of the rider with the detail of the victories between the three different categories, stickers of the helmet, the motorcycle and the rider with the motorcycle on the track. The overall sticker is also beautiful, with the bike on the track seen from the front and the face of its rider in the background.

The graphics of the pages are essential but unlike other albums we do not feel the need for extra colors and images, we are of those who “the stickers always stick” but really on this occasion only upon completion the album explodes with all the its charm. You could take a further step, perhaps with some shaped, possible ideas for the future, but perhaps the overall view of the pages would have been affected.

Final part of the album with the stickers of Moto 2 and 3. The riders are presented in stripes as we have seen in recent football albums. An appropriate choice to be able to insert them all without making the album too heavy. Second applause for the Legends stickers, it is impossible to put all the great champions of the recent or remote past, but being able to attack the stickers of Giacomo Agostini or Vale Rossi is always a pleasure. The world championship is also a legend, just to evoke it, just to be part of the album.

Personally we would have avoided the 25 stickers that trace the first part of the history of the current world championship. From Panini’s point of view it was certainly a need to make the album more full-bodied, from our point of view on the contrary it would have brought the whole to be just over 200 stickers, a number suitable for current collections. Also counting the cost and the choice that we do not share of the box of just 36 packets (luckily at least it is not 24), a box created to contain 50.

We remain of the idea that although we cannot hope that the collection can be completed with a box, the box should contain a number of stickers in line with the total of those on the album. Of course we speak as passionate collectors, not as a company that thinks about profits, but we must also create the conditions so that our beloved world can have a rosy future.

No (useless) cards, but in this case perhaps because an Adrenalyn series will also be released. The quality of the album paper is more than acceptable, perhaps Panini has emptied the warehouse with the previous paper. We hope, as we hope this album will have a following also in the next few years, the passion for the world championship deserved an album of stickers!

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MINIONS 2 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 261

album: MINIONS 2 (Topps)

stickers: 160 (1-160)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 4,99€

box: 36 packets (6 stcikers per packet) 1,00€ cad.

Dear Topps, do you like to win easy ?! The Minions are among the most brilliant ideas in the animation world of the new millennium, the release of their new film is a perfect opportunity for an album that can have great potential. So we could limit ourselves to doing a standard job, maybe the product can sell regardless, instead we find ourselves in front of a really interesting collection.

The album graphics are very varied and fun, leafing through does not give you a feeling of something repetitive, on the contrary, each page is different from the previous and the next. An explosion of colors and lyrics that cannot leave you unharmed, it almost seems to have a minion leafing through the album with us and telling us in our ear “Do you think you’ve already seen everything? See what happens on the next page! “. With the backgrounds you have the feeling of visiting a modern art exhibition.

Spoiler! The album is closely linked to the story of the film, alternating with curious pages where Topps helps us get to know the world of Minion. We believe it is one of those albums where, at least for the older ones, we understand that it is impossible for children to do so, it would be better to wait, find all the stickers and then start attaching them following the layout of the album. Can’t you? So our advice is to complete it and then take a little time by rereading it from the beginning.

If you’ve seen the trailer at the cinema, great prominence is given to the Minions’ adventure in the airport world. We are not sure that anyone would really dare to get on the plane of such a company but who knows, in the current delirium of the transport sector, maybe it would even be fun. The album also dedicates space to this story in history and it is really impossible to remain serious.

An album that we certainly recommend, the quality of the paper is not exactly excellent, but much more acceptable than what is (sometimes) seen around. You know that we are fans of shaped stickers, in this case the format is only classic, even if in two sizes. It could certainly be an added value, but it would probably have changed the graphic layout of the product and honestly, we already like it that way to imagine it different.

At the beginning we wrote about “easy winning”, certainly in the individual stickers, many are beautiful and fun, really fun to open the packet to discover the new Minions that can appear. Speaking of packets, for some time now, with some exceptions, we have decided not to dwell too much on the cost, the cost of living is striking everywhere and the increase in card costs does not help. Topps makes some choices that deserve applause: packet of 6 stickers with always a bright giant present; album that does not become impossible to complete, no cards (THANK YOU!) that weigh down (not always but often) the product and make it more complicated and unrealistic compared to the current market. Even the total number of stickers (160) and the box of 36 packets, allows us to hope that with the purchase of a box you can have good hopes of going very close to the complete set.

In our humble opinion, the box must contain a number of packets strictly related to the total number of stickers, they are two aspects that cannot travel separately or the real risk is that after a negative experience, especially parents (but also collectors) will try somewhere else..

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ANTEPRIMA CALCIATORI 2022/23 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 260

album: ANTEPRIMA Calciatori 2022/23 (Panini)

stickers: 216 (1-216)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 2,90€

box: 24 packets (6 stickers per packet) 1,00€ cad.

This album has very little to do with last season’s edition, of course it is a matter of taste, to us it seems a substantial and important improvement both in form and in content, so much so that seeing this edition, someone may look for the previous one.

This album has nothing to do with the classic Calciatori if not for some defects that unfortunately continue to grip the Panini collections in recent years, the folds in the pages are not a pretty sight. Someone has already written that the central page comes off easily, honestly in the copy in our possession we have not encountered this problem. We also tried to hold the page with the full weight of the album (empty) suspended in our hands and it holds up without problems. Maybe something changes with the stickers attached, but the presence of three staples for a medium-small album seems to us at least an attempt to improve. For the quality of the paper, at this point, all you have to do is wait for the contract with the current printers to expire (Panini hasn’t printed albums on site for years) and for someone from the Modena-based company, perhaps even spending a little more, to go to look for higher quality elsewhere. The short circuit between the (low) quality of the paper and often the excellent work of preparation and graphics of the Panini albums, sooner or later, hopefully sooner, will have to end, right?

We apologize for the long introduction, we only hope that in December with the new players we will already see substantial improvements. Having said that, “accepting” these small problems, the album is very interesting, we like it and we will try to explain why.

The greater number of stickers and also the greater space available, allows us to present our Serie A in a more complete and more articulated way. Last year each club had just 4 stickers and only four players, now we have two pages per club where, correct choice, you do not see a copy of what we will see in December. Indeed, we like to think that some stickers can also be tests to be used in the main album.

Each club has 10 stickers, the newly promoted Monza has the same number as the Italian champions of Milan. Exactly as it happens, albeit with a much higher number of club stickers, with the classic Calciatori. Right! And each club has a page with more engaging graphics than last year’s more basic one. It couldn’t be otherwise, thanks to the biggest album. Also interesting are the choices, the phrase of a player that reflects the values ​​or love for the team where he plays, a brief introduction to the possible results of the new season and a photo with a detail of the curve. The choice to put some clear photos and others blurry, from Diego’s lovers, is a beautiful detail on the page of Napoli of a flag with the face of the Pibe de Oro.

We come to the stickers, after all they are always the absolute protagonists. Looking at the album, the first for the team is a close-up of the “flag” player, often not exactly as such, but the words that are written next to him are his. The sticker is unveiled on the album, Panini will not like the combination but they are reminiscent of certain albums by the South American publisher Navarrete.

The next three are the team roster, 5 players per sticker, fifteen in total. In other areas not suitable but in this preview album a valid way to present a good number of players. Of course, as with the cards, the release in August brings several players back to the wrong teams, for example Simeone no longer in Hellas Verona but moved to Napoli.

The following stickers are in our opinion the most interesting, we like the Club Identity stickers, which ranges from details of the curve to the game jerseys, it lacks a bit of uniformity between the various pages, but on the contrary it is precisely the differences that make the whole. more pleasant.

The next two are the news of the club (for Juventus, for example, we find the newly acquired Angel De Maria) with a double image of the player, with the game shirt and often on arrival at the new club, in civilian clothes, sometimes with the club scarf on display. The second sees the champions in training. The last three stickers on the page focus on the champions in action, in some ways they refer to the Adrenalyn cards but applause is the choice of leaving the original background where you can savor the smell and passion of the stadiums and stands.

Speaking of cards, the initial pages of the album are dedicated to the top performers, even here the players portrayed in action with an important statistic (after all there is a reason if we find them here). Particular graphics, as if the players had taken the super speed of Flash, perhaps it is a tribute to the DC Comics comics, recently passed to Panini.

Compared to the first edition, the album is larger, more defined, more colorful, more complex, for us a clear step forward. Of course it becomes a more challenging album to complete. Making a comparison between the costs of the packets is unrealistic, given the completely different format. The price of 1 euro for 6 stickers makes you tremble a little thinking about the players, but now and unfortunately that’s where we are going. The solution of the 24 packets box clearly makes it impossible even to approach the completion of the collection with a single box. For a product linked to football and with possible potential, it was possible to dare and make boxes of 36 packets.

The advantage for Bolognese collectors is that they will be able to come to the appointments of the Figurine Day organized by Figurine Forever at the Edicola Birra, a good opportunity to try, through swaps, to find the missing ones. Whatever happens, there are always Comics Fairs and for the most “true believers” our FIGUCON on January 15, 2023 in Bologna, without forgetting the appointment in Rome on September 24 and 25, 2022.

In stickers we trust, yesterday, today, tomorrow, always

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CALCIATORI ADRENALYN 2022/23 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 259

album: Calciatori ADRENALYN 2022/23 (Panini)
cards: 471 (1-471) + 27 limited edition + 5 cards momentum
starter pack: binder + 5 packets + 3 cards limited edition 8,00€
box: 24 packets (6 cards per packet) 1,00€ each
tin box: cards 41 + 4 limited edition 11,99€
special packets: Premium 5,00€ (tbc), Premium Gold 10,00€ (tbc.)
packets PLUS: from october with cards plus, specials and trainers 1,00€
limited edition: read article

In a truly strange season for the world of us collectors, as well as the championship, the Adrenalyn collection also arrives on newsstands while many are still filling beaches and cities of art. Strange because the unlikely winter world championship is looming in Qatar, which has partly upset all the programs, apparently not those of Panini, both for the cards and for the classic players, the exit period remains the standard one. Choice also made easier by the encore of non-classified Italy at the final stage of the World Cup, which certainly makes the World Cup album uninteresting for the Italian market. Clearly not for us, collectors of the albums of the competitions by nations, who would buy the album even if in Qatar there were only Bolivia and Kazakhstan (with all possible sympathy for the two countries mentioned, of course).

The Adrenalyn collection, already last year, is trying to renew itself, with more captivating and different graphics, for this season with references also to the colors of the various clubs, following the line of the European cards. We are still a long way from other products, but it must also be said that they are born from a different perspective. This is The Collection of cards of the Italian Serie A championship, in addition to the substance, the form is also important, the total number of cards is always important and even if it is not as complete as the Calciatori stickers, it gives a good idea of ​​our football.

After the preparation in July, he has some players who are no longer protagonists (for example De Ligt who moved from Juventus to Bayern), but it could not be otherwise. The confirmed presence of the plus cards is important in this sense, although the release in October is quite premature. On the other hand, the flagship Calciatori arrives in December and (luckily, we add it) it is still the most important collection of the year.

The sections of the collection find great classics such as Stelle or Portieroni and every year new sections come to light which then only time will tell if they will be appreciated to such an extent that they will remain the following year. For 2023, the new cards on which Panini seems to focus more are the Momentum, 5 exclusive cards outside the numbering and, unfortunately, cannot be ordered later. Italian football is not experiencing a moment of maximum splendor, even these cards highlight it, with all the good you could want from Bonucci or Luis Alberto.

Among the novelties, part of the numbering of 471 cards, we point out the Team Scudetto card that celebrates the 19th AC Milan championship and the Super Top Player, also linked to the past season. The Fantastelle can be potential future rookies, less captivating than the Magic 4 with precisely four players together, too many all together. More than the new and old sections, interesting the different realizations of the cards, including silver paint, metallic material, metallic gold. The presence of the 20 cards with the club logos is always a choice that we appreciate.

In general, it seems like a good collection for lovers of the genre. Rightly different from products more for “professional collectors” such as the Score or the Donruss. This collection is more designed for a young and very young audience that maybe, we hope, growing up also goes to the collection of stickers as their parents did. On the other hand, the novelty of indicating the rarity index (the Rarity Index) on the front of the cards is nice, who knows that it may not be a fundamental point in the great experience of exchanges, inevitable and also protagonists of our Figurine Days.

Worthy of note are the many promotional initiatives connected to the collection, from the completion of the virtual collection to the registration to Serie A Adrenalyn. Perhaps secondary aspects for the “older” of us, but certainly an added value for the younger ones.

Limited Edition Release Summary:

Starter Pack: Zakaria, Matic, Onana
Tin Box: Mancini, Lukaku, Danilo, Pedro
packet Premium: Immobile*, Pellegrini*, Hernandez *, Martinez *, Quagliarella, Toloi, Cabral, Rrahmani (* also signed)
packet Premium Gold: Igor, Pasalic, Veloso, Bastoni, Anguissa
Bomber magazine: Kvaratskhelia (august, Alvarez (september), McKennie (november)

Last thing, the very limited choice in requesting the missing cards is always questionable and hard to agree. While understandable on the one hand to limit “speculation”, on the other hand it is not very useful for those who simply want to complete their binder. Fortunately, there are events all over Italy such as those organized by Figurine Forever at the Edicola Birra in Bologna 😉

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SATANIK – all the covers (Gazzetta dello Sport)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 258

album: Satanik – All covers (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

stickers: 231 (1-231)

album and first 4 stickers: € 5.99 with Satanik in color nr.1

subsequent releases: € 6.99 per volume for 70 planned

It is predictable that after Kriminal also Satanik would have his own dedicated series and consequent sticker album. The two characters created by Max Bunker and Magnus are the history of Italian comics, interesting that after so many years there is still interest that leads to these editorial news.

The choice of color is questionable, which could make sense if the coloring was done by a team connected to the story of the character, who knows her. Here’s simple coloring that’s a punch in the stomach at work in black and white. Certainly everyone has their own tastes, but if a product is born in black and white, it must remain, unless there is the intervention of experts or enthusiasts.

The comment on the editorial choice is linked to the considerations of having a missed opportunity in front of you. As with Kriminal, if you are only interested in the sticker album, the total expense is demanding. Although more affordable than “the skull”, simply because the Satanik comic series has far fewer numbers.

The album is still interesting, the 1970s covers are small works of art, just think of those created by Luigi Corteggi, also seen at work, for example, with the covers of Bonelli’s Piccolo Ranger. The layout of the album is simple but effective, the stickers do their part.

Too bad only for the editorial choice, as a work we prefer the previous one in hardcover, more faithful to the original. Only for true fans or those who simply want to read the Satanik saga without looking for the original, rare and much more expensive books, without worrying too much about the quality of the print.

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MATCH ATTAX 101 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 257

album: Match Attax 101 Uefa Nations League (Topps)

cards: 224 (CD1-101, IS 1-99, YP 1-13, DC 1-10, MA1) + 15 limited edition (LE1-LE10, MW-MW 1-3, WW1-WW2)

starter pack: album + 20 cards + 2 card limited 8,99€

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

multipack: 25 cards + 1 card limited 4,99€

mega tin: 56 cards + 4 card limited 12,99€, variant blue, silver

booster box: 25 cards + 1 card limited 4,99€

mini tin box: 30 cards + 2 card limited 7,99€, variant red, green, blue

The world is often divided in two, even that of stickers is similar. Except for sporadic cases, there is an unwritten rule that for now continues to be such, for stickers contact Panini, for cards better Topps. Perhaps this collection is not fundamental, but it is Topps’ first since it acquired the Uefa rights and if a good day starts in the morning, Euro 2024 could have a collection of cards of a much higher quality than the recent Panini, even if, at unlike the repetitive Adrenalyn Calciatori, with European and World Cup more than something good Panini showed it.

Here, however, we are on another planet. An opportune choice not to make it very broad, for this reason it is part of the shorter series 101; probably obligatory choice but unfortunate to get it out in the middle of summer. However, if we take into account that from September to December we will have players, Champions League and above all the World Cup in Qatar, it could not be done otherwise.

The collection suffers, like that of the stickers, of not being able to use the official jerseys of practically the most important national teams in Europe, with the result that the players of Italy, England, France and Germany are very few and with unattractive unicolor jerseys. We really hope this problem can be solved, if only out of respect for the fans. Clearly they are questions of rights and consequently questions of money (a lot). We hope that Topps and Panini can find an agreement before 2024, perhaps also for Qatar 2022 because we would not like Topps not to give image rights to some of the national teams involved. However, taking into account that Topps has not given the go-ahead to Panini for 20 years for the English national team, it is understandable if Panini will do the same now.

The collection is above all a testing ground for what it will be, which is why it is interesting. We have the distinct feeling that the American publisher wants to tell us “guys, this is Topps!”. However, the basic cards have valid details, as did Panini, when it comes to national teams it is always exciting to see the flag in the background. The back is also appreciable, not the same for all, but where the national team and also the role of the player are specified. These are perhaps small attentions, which however make the collection more interesting and cared for.

Different speech for the specials, where we really find extremely intriguing news, in particular the relic coin cards that include a souvenir coin, we are very curious to find one to be able to touch with hand. Other very interesting cards are the chrome shields, 10 shaped cards that we had already seen in the Topps collections and we personally like them. The problem often (see Adrenalyn) is repetitiveness, here at least we try to present something different. Looking at the US market, there is still a long way to go, but it is a great start!

Those who decide to buy this collection, rather than try to complete it, will try to find the top players. With all the good we can wish for the European champion Chiellini, that he is seen as the most representative Italian player is a bit disarming. We miss the times of the Totti, Baggio, Zola and Del Piero, just to name a few.

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F1 TURBO ATTAX 2022 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 256
 
album: F1 Turbo Attax 2022 (Topps)

cards: 179 (1-179) + 21 limited edition (LE1-LE21) + others limited

starter pack: album + 20 cards + 1 card XXL 8,99€

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

multipack Max Verstappen: 25 cards + 1 card limited 4,99€

multipack Lewis Hamilton: 25 cards + 1 card limited 4,99€

value box: 25 cards + 1 card limited 4,99€

mini tin box 36 cards + 2 card limited 7,99€

F1 Turbo Attax are back! You can decide to collect in two different ways, complete the basic set, fortunately not too large, or embark on the adventure of really finding them all, a costly operation but not too complicated if we limit ourselves to the classic 21 limited. Just purchase all the different Turbo Attax releases, hoping to be lucky enough to find the missing ones. The autographed cards, the twenty SS, are not written in how many copies have been made but certainly few. Give up your holidays this year and maybe you can buy them all from the lucky ones who will find them in the bags.

In our card reviews, we don’t give too much consideration to the gaming part, knowing that most of us actually only care about finding all the missing cards. In this case, however, it does not seem a secondary aspect to us, the dashboard / poster where the cards are stored has the shape of a circuit but we older ones certainly also remind us of the mythical and immortal Game of the Goose. At the same time the rules are simple, the different cards can allow you to play again up to almost infinity.

The section of the cards related not only to the drivers, but also to the Team Principals as well as beautiful photos of the cars has also been expanded. All this, added as said to the different strategy cards, makes the collection very interesting. Perhaps for those interested in just collecting, they would have preferred more photos, but we find this solution more effective.

The graphics are very captivating, the 20 of the riders with the particular helmet also are a beautiful sight. For each team we have the card logo, the car, the team manager and three per driver. With the first 99 cards you will have this complete mini set, from 100 to 121 the drivers of the F2 and from the 122 to the 131 also those of the F3.

From 132 to 179 the “extras” that go into more details and curiosities, always very appreciable the 10 cards where the teammates are put together. Two important details, at least for us, the first is the photos of the drivers, posing as a card, which stand out well on our little paper friends, the second is the presence of the team logo on the back which does not make them all the same. It will be a detail but we believe it is an excellent choice and we appreciate it.

As with the sticker version (out in August), the album is affected by two aspects to which space is not dedicated, the circuits and the great champions of the past. If for the Turbo Attax it may be understandable to limit the number of cards, for the classic stickers it could be a not insignificant added value.

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BUZZ LIGHTYEAR (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 255

album: Buzz Lightyear (Panini)

stickers: 192 (1-182, H1-H10), 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

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

mini box of 5 packets 4,99€

“To infinity and beyond!”. From the legendary Toy Story animated films, finally revealed the true story of our favorite space ranger. Did we really need it? All the children, even us adults, in recent years we had already imagined him to travel in space and fight the bad guys, aliens and not. Now it is time for Pixar to dedicate the original film and we support the choice!

However modern animation, if you peeked at the trailer at the cinema like us, the film looks very interesting. The sticker albums dedicated to feature films can be of two different types, in one case they can take the place of a very pleasant preview, in the other they tell about it.

This album is the second case, at this point you can choose whether to attach the stickers and then go and see the film, like after reading the comic or the book that inspired it, or wait and, as we had already written for the album of Jurassic World, stick the stickers remembering the epic moments.

It is also the ideal starting point to appreciate this album, the funny cartoon story transformed into stickers. The rectangular format amplifies the cinema effect, the high quality “frames” like all Disney films also work well with our little paper friends.

In our opinion it is a well-curated album, important captions that accompany the story, the specials in particular to present the characters. Double central poster, with the inside for the ten H stickers. The album paper is a small step back on quality, but still acceptable compared to other horrors seen mostly in 2020 and 2021. Small, but effective stickers, albums that after being completed it certainly makes the impact well, to be browsed page after page.

It would have been great with a sticker-only version (so 5 and not 4 per packet), with a lower cost. The cards honestly do not excite us, also taking into account the box of just 24 packets, the solution of making “only” 36 cards could help.

The day when the market rules will no longer make it necessary to do so often (often, in fact, sometimes it is an added value) this mix of stickers and cards with the sole result of raising costs for buyers and making it much more complicated to complete the collection, that day will be a good day, but unfortunately we fear that we will never see it.

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JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 254

album: Jurassic World Dominion (Panini)

stickers: 216 (1-154, P1-P62), 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 3 packets + 3 cards limited edition 2,99€

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

mini box of 5 packets 4,99€

Some albums make your heart beat faster, it doesn’t always happen, less often than we would like, but this time it did. Not because of a close encounter with T-Rex (luckily ..) but because of this new album dedicated to the latest film in the Jurassic World / Park saga. Curated, full of information, exciting, as if the domination of the dinosaurs were really a reality and finally with a glossy paper without creases or problems easily recognizable to the touch and sight.

“Where were we left?”, Thus the album starts and it could not be otherwise. Coexistence with dinosaurs is no longer utopia, in the previous film a little girl wanted to give them freedom and now they are among us, after all it is man’s greed and thirst for money to have recreated them, a sci-fi but damn current warning how much the hand of man, of the powerful, can affect the future of our planet and our very existence.

The strength of this album is knowing how to relaunch what has already been seen in previous albums making it more captivating, targeted and particular. If the Jurassic saga has not only been a success for many years, but it is a true passion for many, especially children, it is mainly due to the curiosity that these creatures arouse, because, let’s face it, everyone has wanted at least once to be able to see a dinosaur. live (let’s be satisfied with cinema, comics and literature, which is better).

This collection is therefore a perfect mix of science and science fiction, page after page the cards of the dinosaurs protagonists and alongside the salient phases of the film. The cards of the animals are really delicious, they are not abstract, like in a school book, but they are a guide to get to know these prehistoric beings, taking the “frame” of the film.

Classic rectangular stickers, but also shaped and illustrated. We know, the shapes are difficult to attach and it is an adventure to fit them exactly with the design printed on the album, but they are their beauty. Enthusiasm for the mini stickers, necessary for the classification of the dinosaurs and the sample of the skin, had it been embossed or rough to the touch we would have reached the apotheosis but even so the idea works. In short, it is certainly a fun album to complete for children of all ages.

We do not intend to reveal too much to spoil the pleasure of the film, it is difficult to understand if it can be more appropriate to browse the album, reading all the details, the locations, the secrets of the film and then get excited go and rediscover them on the big screen, or resist, wait to go to the cinema and then run home to attach the stickers to remember through our little paper friends all the emotions we experienced while watching the film.

Several times you have read in our reviews the doubts about making albums that are too long, even less if they are also connected to a set of cards. This is not the case, in the meantime the album has an acceptable number of stickers, considering that we are talking about a blockbuster, secondly there are no parts that could have been skipped, indeed of the two perhaps a few more pages could also fit, but better thus, taking into account that, if it is true that the album contains “just” 154 stickers, the gigantic poster must also be considered.

The central poster is, in fact, a second album, the inside contains 62 stickers, if we are not at a record we are certainly close. Are we the only ones who imagine having the original copy hanging at home?!? So follow the movements of the dinosaurs based on the sightings (for those who clearly have been able to come back to tell it). An alternative solution to create this maxi poster could be to make the printed map and the various dinosaurs as stick & stack stickers so to allow them to be moved, the children would surely have liked it. If anything, it is difficult to correctly attach 42 (forty-two) stickers next to each other. Here you have to rely on Panini quality, an incorrect cut would lead to disaster, worse than the passage of a Brachiosaurus!

The poster is a pleasure to read even in its external part, a real guide to recognize and if possible, when necessary, avoid the less tame dinosaurs. Does a sign prohibiting riding a Triceratops seem superfluous? Maybe, but when in doubt, better underline it. Brilliant poster, the mix between fiction and reality that almost makes us doubt where one begins and the other ends.

In addition to the 216 stickers, we also find 50 cards. We are often against this solution, because we fear that it is only a means of making the collection more expensive by adding something superfluous. This is not the case in our opinion. We do not cry for a miracle, but compared to other Panini productions, even the cards know how to be an added value. The album lived very well even without it, but they still make themselves appreciated. The top would have been to create a set of survival cards, taking up themes, texts and images from the central poster. Perhaps by creating a combination of the two objects, perhaps even a game, even a super classic one such as the “Gioco dell’Oca” (Jurassic Goose, of course). Dear Panini, take it as a suggestion for a possible future album; what will there be? In our opinion, yes.

The total of the cards is actually 55, adding at least 5 limited edition cards, 3 attached to the starter pack, 2 exclusively on the Panini website by purchasing a box of 24 (the same one that is on newsstands). To understand if more will come out, as already happened with the last Harry Potter.

The worst mistake you can make in collecting this album is just sticking the stickers, really enjoy it, reading all the captions, you won’t regret it. Another tip, for the central poster, to avoid possible problems, collect all the stickers and then give yourself to the completion or at least do it when you have found a whole row of stickers, horizontal or vertical 😉

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UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE 2022/23 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 253

album: Uefa Nations League 2022/23 (Topps)

stickers: 244 (1-244)

starter pack: album + 30 stickers 4,99€

box: 50 packets (8 stickers per packet) 1,00€ each

mini box of 5 packets 4,99€

Could you imagine the Euro 2024 album, the first published by Topps, without the stickers of Italy, France, Germany and England? For 20 years Panini was unable to use the official England logo and shirts for their albums (with unfortunate results, remember the stickers of the 2002 World Cup?). Now the situation has been reversed, we hope that Topps can find the necessary agreements, because an album of the Europeans without the official logos and jerseys of the four main European football teams (only the fifth queen, Spain, is missing) would really be a half album.

Or in 2024 we shall find the official Euro album made by Topps and another album, made by Panini, with direct agreements with the federations. It is not the first time, the most striking case was USA94 where the original and official album was that of Upper Deck, but no one remembers it and this fact, honestly, should make the American multinational’s legs tremble a little.

Meanwhile, here is this Nations League 2022/23 album, rightly Topps takes advantage right now to send a salable product to the newsstands (something Panini did not do with the European female, in Italy), he does it by upsetting the parameters of the classic album on a competition, it looks more like a version with sticky stickers of the cards, where the players are divided, more or less, by role and even the graphics of the pages reflect the Match Attax.

It is a pity that the players of the four main national teams are present in a very limited number and with unicolor jerseys (“shirt of health” model) like certain albums we have seen in the past and which, we hoped, not to have to see Italy again in a unlikely white jersey, Germany in an even less black jersey and then France and England. These limitations allow you to see different stickers of footballers often little considered by this type of album or collections, if you then only look for the stickers of Haaland or Cristiano Ronaldo, well, they are there.

On the coats of arms, Topps has found a trick, instead of using the logos of the federations, here are the flags, on those Panini or anyone else, of course he cannot boast exclusive rights. The first pages of the album open with these stickers, it seems to have returned to certain mythical albums of the 60s, if you have ever wondered what the Andorran flag was like, for example, you can find it here.

Subsequently, a large part of the album is dedicated to the players divided by role or by “impact” on the pitch, from goalkeepers to top players, passing through the great forwards or defenders. Precisely according to what was written above, the photos printed on the album do not consider the great champions of the four national teams. Strange feeling, it’s like we have a Footballers album without printed photos of players from Inter, Milan, Juventus and Napoli.

Afterwards, the shaped stickers with the uniforms (obviously four are not the officers) of all the national teams and the reference to the country, its capital and the inhabitants. Conclusion with a part dedicated to the very recent history of the Nations League, highlights, curiosities, statistics and various stickers.

The most interesting aspect, also in view of the future Euro 2024 album, are the stickers with graphics that may have potential but must be improved. We’re not big fans of the information-filled stickers printed above but in this case we are really at a minimum. In perspective and if he wanted to, Topps could upset the canons by making all the shaped stickers. An idea that on the one hand intrigues us, on the other disturbs us, loving in the European and world albums that basic tradition for which we do not welcome epochal upheavals (the transition from Panini to Topps already seems more than enough).

The cost of the packets is interesting, 1 euro for 8 stickers (in any case two less than the Champions League packs), compared to the Panini parameters, a really positive date, who knows if it will be maintained in two years. Of course, we hope that by then agreements will have been reached to have a complete European album in all its parts, but the more we think about it, the more we believe there is a serious possibility of having two, where maybe together, they don’t make one ..

Must-have album? It depends on the point of view, for us it is still and somehow part of the European family, but at the same time a good collection of albums. on major international competitions, it can also be valid without, especially due to its setting, also far from the Panini RTWCs.

Collectors friends, the road ahead of us is all uphill!

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WOMEN’S EURO ENGLAND 2022 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 252

album: Women’s Euro England 2022 (Panini)

stickers: 370 (1-366, C1-C4)

album not distributed in Italy

While the world of football rightly goes, at least in this, in the logical direction by giving a well-defined role to women’s football, Panini Italia goes against the trend and snubs the event, limiting the availability of this album, in our fundamental opinion, to the world only of the web.

Understandable if, although extremely painful for us, the commercial policy had been to definitively sink the relationship with newsstands, closing even more within their four walls and dedicating themselves mainly to selling on their own site. This is not the case, currently on newsstands, we have wonderful Panini albums (Jurassic World Dominion, for example) and other questionable ones that we strongly doubt will have the appeal but also the sales of the European women’s.

Let’s dispel another myth, Italy has not been the heart of the world of stickers for many years, the strongest European markets are others, England, Germany, perhaps even Spain and France. We are just the country that hosts the most important sticker factory in the world, should we therefore deserve a little more respect? Difficult to say, for sure the players deserved more respect, especially those of the Italian national team and all the fans.

In fact, a not insignificant detail, in this album we find Italy, in the one at the end of the year of the men’s world cup in Qatar, as we well know no. Another detail, so to speak, is being the last album on Europeans (men or women) made by Panini, Euro 2024 will be branded Topps. It will probably be just a goodbye but the change is epochal, even if only in the format of the album, except, it would be beautiful, the American house did not maintain what we have known well since Euro 80.

The classic is what we want to find in the albums of Europeans as well as those of the world championships, here is everything. It is not in these collections that we expect big changes and, honestly, we tremble at the very idea. Not only that, in its small way, this Women’s Euro 2022 is better than the men’s Euro 2020, just as Women’s France 2019 was better than the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The first pages are a little limited compared to the beautiful albums of the 80s and 90s, but the calendar is always present and next to it the stickers with the logos of the cities that host the matches. Since the stadiums are not the usual ones in men’s football, the sports facility stickers would have been a nice addition. All special silver stickers, certainly intriguing page with the stickers attached (yes, we are still among those who attach the stickers ..)

The four groups are then presented, as has already happened, for example, with the men’s Euro 2016, here there are stickers that normally find space on the pages of the national teams. The 16 stickers of the teams are a good choice, the right introduction to the album.

Rest of the album that presents the 16 teams and where we also find the always beloved league titles, with the national team logos. Those are that we always want them together with the players (and players, as in this case). Each national team has 20 stickers (22 stickers, also counting the team and the shield).

There is a lot of information on stickers, having learned geography with “figurine”, we would have put their city of birth in place of the height of the athletes. Nice idea to keep on the sticker the drawing with the role on the pitch that we also find printed on the album, with also the info on the appearances in the international tournament or the announcement of the absolute debut.

16 teams, the graphic choice of giving the same space to the last national team is appreciable and guessed, given the disqualification of Russia for the war which was then replaced by Portugal. These stickers are available with the upgrade set. The coup de class is to provide the stickers to complete the album not only with the 22 stickers like the other clubs but also with the adhesive writings to make the completed album uniform. Gorgeous choice, which we really enjoyed. The Portugal stickers are therefore 26 (number 25, from 241 to 261 and from C1 to C4).

As we wrote, unfortunately the album is not available on Italian newsstands. We have pointed this out in other reviews as well. we understand the very high costs to cover the supply to the many Italian newsstands but the solution, in our humble opinion, is, if desired, simple: through distributors, Panini, like all publishers, can have the sales data of the individual newsstands of the whole Italy, therefore, as it did with the recent Score, could decide to supply only the “virtuous” ones. We hope this is the path they will want to take in the future.

At least, for once, Panini Italia presents a proposal on the web that kills the parallel market. We too have fallen into the “trap” of buying the set from foreign retailers (released 2 months ago, while here in Italy the web offer is quite recent), the offer of the box of 75 packets plus the priced album (english or german, Italian edition dose not exist) and, above all, the Portugal update set as an amount to 80.00 euros, which must be purchased separately abroad, is an advantageous economic proposal, given the times. Certainly more attractive than the prices found on the international market, at least until, it happens soon, the special pack will be sold out. Of course, everything is fine if it will also be possible in Italy to buy the missing stickers.

We thank Panini for the proposal and for main part of the choices on the album, but not having brought it to Italian newsstands, the house of stickers, even more so than the Modena factory, we just can’t accept it.

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FROZEN 2: Album story

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 251
 
album: FROZEN 2 album story (Panini)

stickers: 192 (1-192) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

box: 25 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

mini box 5 packets 4,90€

We have lost count, there are so many albums dedicated to Frozen, so much so that they can be considered an independent part of the Disney production. It is certainly a much loved product, probably the biggest hit since the time of the Lion King in Disney cartoons.

Could such a large production of sticker albums or cards make sense without a third chapter of the saga on the horizon? Of course yes, even if the story is now known. In fact, this album does not hide any secrets, a bit like illustrated books, it just tells the second adventure of Elsa and Anna, with a small preamble to mention where we were left after the first feature film.

The album is divided into chapters, faithfully reflecting what happens in the cartoon. Most of the stickers seem new to us, even if we remember several images in the cards, after all the “frames” of the film are those, they cannot invent others. But it is an album that you may like, especially the graphic layout is interesting, standard, special and shaped stickers that alternate.

The sore point is that Panini does not know how to go beyond the fixed pattern, the one already seen, perhaps not even with a certain foresight regarding the potential success of the album or it is simply more the obligation to release periodic products to maintain the rights. Hence the presence of the cards, which give a contribution to the quality of the album equal to nothing, essentially a repetition of what has already been proposed by the stickers.

With the pejorative fact that they only raise the cost of the product, making it unappetizing, also taking into account that we are towards the summer and The Kingdom of Ice has a much more Christmas theme. We think that an album with a much lower number of stickers (140? Even less) and without cards (50 are, almost always, an exaggeration, but perhaps it is the “minimum questionable” to maintain the famous rights) would have been much more suitable.

Pleasant album, nothing more. Staying on the Frozen theme, the previous “Crystal Edition” is much more appropriate.

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LEGO NINJAGO TCG Series 2 (BLUE OCEAN)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 250

album: LEGO Ninjago TCG Series 2 (Blue Ocean)

cards: 256 (1-252) + 4 cards LE

starter pack: binder + 1 packet + 1 card limited + 1 card XXL 9,99€

box: 25 packets (5 cards per packet) 1,50€ each

tin box: to be announced

Exactly 2 years after the first series, the new collection of Lego Ninjago cards arrives on newsstands. The first was fantastic, the second is also excellent. One might wonder why two years go by, but if we think about what has happened in the world in the last 24 months, then we really understand if, by hypothesis, Blue Ocean has decided to postpone the release.

The German publisher has a different approach than others, if the request for missing cards follows the same line as the first series, limited and (perhaps) platinum cards aside, it is relatively easy to complete. Considering that the Italian edition is in any case less rich than the foreign one, with fewer variations, Germany from this point of view is a world apart.

Also of quality is the rich starter pack full of information with the confirmation of the central mega poster with all the photos of the cards. The information is many and varied to help not only understand the collection but also the different types of cards, divided, in order of numbering between heroes, villains, epic battles, action, trap and vehicle. As collectors of stickers, we give more weight to images than to the rules of the game.

Final part of the puzzle card binder, three different images for cards 226-252. Returning to the rare cards, the platinum cards (numbered from 253 to 256) are defined as “extremely rare”, the limited ones (numbered LE1-LE4) instead “super rare”. The Italian language is beautiful, it seems to us that “extremely” is a stronger concept than “super” and perhaps they are actually hard to find.

Especially if they cannot be ordered from the publisher, while instead the limited ones, in reality, it is probably enough to buy the upcoming tin boxes and perhaps, as already happened with the Series 1, two different starter packs even if the guide inside does not specify it. A detail that honestly leaves a little perplexing.

For LEGO fans almost a duty, for card fans a valid and above average collection. Lovers of small bricks, run to the newsstand!

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RAINBOW HIGH card book (OFFICINA EDICOLA)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 249

album: Rainbow High animated card book (Officina Edicola)

cards: 150 (1-150)

starter pack: album + 1 packet 4,50€

box: 25 packets (4 cards per packet) 1,50€

The way for Officina Edicola’s card collections is effective, we had already noticed it with the previous albums dedicated to Lyon, the first was so incredibly successful that Panini was forced to buy the rights for the future productions of the famous Youtuber. At least in our country without even remotely reaching the results of that first album.

By the way, Panini in January 2021 brought to newsstands a first album by Rainbow, accompanied by Unicorns, part of the same brand. It was a pretty good and colorful album, it seems to us that this collection also follows the line.

Lyon, Rainbow, two albums where the stickers are Panini, the Officina Edicola cards. Both companies are in Modena, more than a question of competition, we think that the link is different, perhaps on some products the multinational releases certain products for others.

The card container, instead of the ugly, obsolete and even polluting plastic pockets, is a nice format with the space to insert the cards as if they were photographs. Who knows, perhaps in 2050 Panini, Topps and other companies will have emptied their warehouses of plastic binders and will be able to devote themselves to solutions that are not only a smile on the environment, but that are objectively and far more pleasant to collect, more “cool” and in the end even more accurate, as in this case.

This is not possible for sports collections, both due to the high number of cards and because often (except for the dull Adrenalyn, for example) even the back has its importance.

It seems we have taken this review away but in reality we believe we have got the point, the interior graphics are not repetitive (as happened for example with the first Lyon) but rather they are an integral part of the collection, a bit like it happens with many of the albums. of classic stickers.

Finally, the cards are small but very nice, varied, special and will make little girls happy because they look good even alone, with their 3D or transparent images. Number of total cards which in our opinion could be even more limited but in general, for fans, a product that is still valid.

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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.

UPDATE: after some checks also made by other collectors, RCS’s crazy choice not to provide the missing stickers service, this necessarily causes not only the considerations on this collection to change suddenly but also puts a big question mark on any future collections. Bad, really bad and completely without logic, especially if you wanted to open a cycle.

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 unti