Calciatori RipartiAmo (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 128

album: Calciatori RipartiAmo (Panini)
stickers: 20 (R1-R20)
album + complete set: € 9.90 (on sale ONLY on the Panini.it website)

comment: Panini’s good initiative in this difficult period with this release linked to Calciatori 2019/20 that seems to never end. In fact, it can be defined as complete only at the release of the latest “Film del campionato” stickers, scheduled for the end of August, when we will finally have all the verdicts (to date, the third promoted to Serie A is still missing and, potentially, we could still have an Italian team that wins a European cup)

The stickers feature one player per team depicted with the symbol or a monument of the city where he plays. While appreciating the initiative, the result is not always satisfactory, some did not turn out very well, Lukaku’s was not beautiful (is it possible in Milan that the photograph of Pirellone should be used? As monuments there is not only the Duomo, used for Milan). The sticker of Criscito/Genoa is probably real, to allow a full view of the Lantern, the exact opposite of Kevin Lasagna where perhaps only a Friulian can recognize the monument behind

Most have a nice emotional impact, however, a photograph of our country that we too often forget how full it is of treasures to visit, see and review. And be proud of it, from North to South, without any distinction.

Having seen this album the question arises: dear Panini, then you can take full-body photos of the players, why not use them for the 2020/21 footballers? Perhaps repeating this beautiful idea of ​​monuments as a background. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, go and see the Calciatori 78/79 again; other times? Maybe, but the time for beautiful stickers should never go out of style

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HOLLY & BENJI (Gazzetta dello Sport Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 127

stickers: 148

album: € 2.99 with the first DVD

subsequent releases: 36 (DVD + 4 stickers) € 9.99

comment: the albums linked to the Gazzetta dello Sport have become a sub-collection, rather expensive if interested only in stickers. At least and luckily over time they have improved and are more refined and interesting inside pages. After 3 of Tex, 1 of Zagor, 1 of Alan Ford, the one linked to the world of football by Holly and Benji has their good reasons.

Not being able to present covers, the album is set on the story and the various series that created the myth of Captain Tsubasa (the original name of the manga). For those few who still don’t know it by heart, better wait to watch all the episodes before attacking the stickers!

Much of the album is related to the classic series of the character, Holly’s arrival at the New Team and friendship with Benjamin Price, the role of the brazilian top player Roberto (I’m the only one who thought he was in love with the mother of Holly while her husband was at sea ??) and all the exciting and long games until the final match against Mark Lenders’ Muppet.

The stickers are images taken from the same cartoon, so some sin of quality. Then the beautiful and much loved international championship games, with Japan playing against the great European and South American champions.

Final of the album with Holly, Mark and Benji, adults and footballers established in major European clubs, even if for reasons of image rights Hutton’s Barcelona has been renamed Catalonia.
Nice album, we chose this formula to tell the story in stickers, another solution could be the stickers of all the characters as found in the booklets attached to the DVDs (well done, to be kept). It could have been an equally interesting solution.

For those who are not interested in the DVD collection, better wait to find the album later and spend much less (probably), for those who want to watch all this unforgettable saga from the beginning, an opportunity not to be missed

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HELLO KITTY & FRIENDS (Sbabam Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 126

album: HELLO KITTY and friends (Sbabam)

cards: 80 (1-80) + 88 extra (32 cards, 32 stickers, 24 tattoos)

album: € 2.50

packets: € 1.50 (7 cards + 3 stickers)

tin box: € 7.99 (28 cards + 12 stickers + 3 special cards + 1 brilliant card limited edition)

comment: it is not easy to review this album, more than others I probably pay my age no younger because I definitely don’t see the qualities that a teenager notices.
It is certainly an unusual, particular, different album (as the advertisement itself says), given that the extras are more than those that find space inside: 88 the first, 80 the second!
First of all, it is not an album of stickers but of cards, the 80 numbered cards find space inside using the cut corners. Appreciable that there is no presence of plastic, but for example it could be made more complete by giving space also to the 32 stickers.
Pages are nice and colorful in the Hello Kitty tradition, a character who makes “no sense” his strong point. The cards are very simple, of a quality similar to those released over the years combined with various supermarket initiatives.

For sure who wants to have the whole collection is not facilitated, in fact the stickers like the extra cards and the tattoos are not numbered, have fun for those who want to look for them all.
It is not clear whether from October it will be possible to order only the missing cards among the 80 numbered ones or even the rest. Price not very popular, especially the album at 2.50 without even a free packet.
We recommend the purchase of the tin box made in three different versions (lilac, pink, red) which in addition to the stickers is a nice object to be used to keep your secrets.

Non-collectors will probably appreciate the many extra usable stickers where you prefer, for us the old school remains more than a few doubts

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The 100-Goals tournement (Panini/Disney Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 125

stickers: 100 (1-100)

starter pack: Topolino magazine + album + 40 stickers € 4.90

packets: 10 stickers each

comment: all the quality of Italian Disney! Our school is among the most appreciated in the world, since the post-war period (Romano Scarpa, Gian Battista Carpi, just to name two authors) has been able to give us stories that have become great classics, in turn they are also printed in the USA. In particular, we have become aces in creating parodies or adventures of goslings and mice taking inspiration from reality, cinema and literature.

We add that Disney Italy is part of Panini and it was almost a duty that the great imagination of the authors perfectly matched the great tradition of the stickers. I invite everyone to read the story and not just to attach the stickers, because they would lose a very good part of the value of this initiative. The basic idea is spot-on, to grab a sports center at the cutting edge of Paperopoli (Duckburg), a tournament is organized between six youth teams created for the occasion. All the big rich ducks organize one, funny the names and affinities of the owner’s social and intent colors, for example the Scrooge’s Klondike FC, with a dollar green kit!


Two outsiders will try to give a hard time, the team of the Beagle Boys (hilarious Grandpa Beagle who invites the young players not to trust the referee ..) and above all the ramshackle 313FC led by Donald Duck and Fetry Duck and which ranks in its 11 holder Huey, Dewey, Louie.

If we add that Scrooge’s team has as coach Gladstone Gander it seems the final victory is already decided, but who knows ..

The album is very nice and takes up the style of the classic Calciatori, each team has 16 stickers: badge, double squad, 11 players, president and coach. In the stickers of the players (mixed teams, good Disney!), Attention is also paid to the attention to detail with the club emblem, the shirt number and role.

The nightmare of all collectors of football stickers is to find the pages of the calendar subsequently compiled, here the risk is very high, in fact every episode of the story is connected to a round of the tournament with results to be written and ranking to be updated. A lot of curiosity in waiting for the second release, given that we will have real packets with 10 stickers each.

It is also appreciable that Panini limits the distribution of the necessary stickers in a few extra releases, bearing in mind that Topolino magazine should also be purchased to read the story connected to the album, we only find the stickers in two other issues. To complete the album and know how the tournament will end, you have to wait less than a month, the last packet with the last 10 stickers is scheduled for July 8 with Topolino number 3372.


I do not add anything else in order not to take away the pleasure of reading the story and discovering the album, given the previous experiences (for example the football-themed cards of a few years ago, which were immediately sold out), I recommend everyone to run to the newsstands in order to avoid to remain in the mouth, or rather the beak, dry.

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EURO 2020 PREVIEW (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 124

stickers: 568 (1-28 per team)

starter pack: album + 5 packets € 3.90

packets: 0,80 € (5 stickers)

comment: here it is, the most original album in history, or the album of something that is not there. Controversial in the sense that many do not agree with the choice, strange because surely we will not see one the same, indeed we hope not, or that sport like everything else should no longer stop for health reasons like this year.

In a particular situation like this, I personally take the side of Panini and I agree with the choice to release the album anyway. As it was also written on our website “passion knows no quarantine”, this romantic aspect was certainly not the reason why Panini sent the album to print, but undoubtedly economic reasons.

It is not known the commercial agreements, but as pay TVs have not received discounts from sports institutions, so the Modena-based company had already paid to make the album. The fact that, more specifically, albums and stickers had already been printed is not said but is irrelevant. I was really very curious to touch this product by hand; before this review, even more than I normally do, I leafed through it carefully and came to some conclusions that I share here, personal reasoning, not certainties.

Panini could simply print an “x” album, using the material already prepared (even if not printed, surely the art work was already ready for some time), instead by professionals such as they have tried to present a still decent product.

Almost 600 stickers (568), we wanted to maintain more or less the classic standard, the lack of teams from the play-offs (not yet played) allowed us to have 28 stickers per national team. For each team we find badge, two double stickers (squad and team in action), the captain’s special glitter and 22 other players. The squad of players is, as far as possible updated, is not the same used for Adrenalyn. For example in Italy in this album we do not find Zaniolo, currently injured.

The numbering is not the classic 1-568 but it divides nation by nation and the teams are in alphabetical order in english. Alternative solution, probably linked to practical needs in the management of the album rather than a marketing choice. It is certainly one of the other particular aspects of this album.

The stickers are the classic bust ones, of higher quality than those of Russia 2018 even if light years away from Calciatori (as always, moreover). A little trick: they could be made with different materials, badges and captains. Instead of 568 you could get to 584 stickers and also have stickers from the play-off teams. Ultimately a fairly good album, from an album of Euro as for the World Cup I love the classic, or are products that must be closely connected to tradition, for the best attempts that Panini has fun with Fifa365 or other productions.

In the year where Panini made a sensational card album, because Adrenalyn Euro2020 is truly splendid, even the classic stickers in their own small way have their say. I find that something can be done on the pictures of the players, for example by putting the background flag as for the cards, but on the other hand it would be without the tradition of which I wrote a moment before. It is an atrocious and personal doubt that I cannot answer. Of course, I admit it, for the first time ever, as a traditionalist this year I am also enthusiastically collecting the Adrenalyn version.

Among the many doubts I have only one certainty, this little considered and mistreated album will one day become an object of research and cult as much as if not more than other albums. It is not a “road to”, it is something unique and not even a duplicate, the term “preview” is the right one.

At this point in Panini the challenge, next year, to make something different and original, with all due respect to us traditionalists.

The criticisms, if anything, are other and are an entirely Italian matter, namely the lack (as it seems) of the special 120-sachet box on sale in most of the other major European countries. It is not very edifying to see how often Italian collectors are considered to be Serie B compared to other countries, often considering the little attention paid to making extra products also for the Italian market.

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LEGO NINJAGO trading cards (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 123

cards: 256 (1-252 + 4 limited edition)

starter pack: binder + 1 sachet + 1 limited + 1 XXL card 8,99 €

packets: € 1.00 (5 cards)

comment: I will not do as Paganini and I repeat myself. Collecting cards and stickers of football only is too restrictive, often, especially when it comes to Panini, they are other collections that make your eyes shine for their variety and quality.

The new Ninjago collection is really well made, the starter pack (although absolutely not cheap, Panini could make the effort to at least add one or two more sachets …) is really fun to read the various inserts and discover all the peculiarities of the collection.

Every single card is made in many details, useful for the game, indeed for the games, but also beautiful to keep. The back is the same for all, therefore irrelevant.

Let yourself be carried away by all the information present in the starter pack, each card has both attack and defense scores, after the basic set (heroes, enemies, heroes vs enemies, action, trap, vehicle) we have the special Mega, with details silver and shiny, certainly the 16 most beautiful cards of the entire collection and very useful also for playing.

Another really interesting detail are the card puzzles, three cards for scenography with many epic battles at Legolandia. The 4 card limited edition collection closes, the first is in the starter pack, the other three will be released later.

The checklist is an additional strength of the starter pack, a mega poster to be attached behind the door of your room and to be updated when the missing cards are found!

A really nice collection, fantastic!

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MATCH ATTAX 101 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 122

stickers: 280 (240 cards + 40 stickers)

starter pack: binder + album + 16 cards + 8 stickers € 8.99

packets: € 2.00 (11 cards)

tin box: € 11.99 (50 cards)

comment: later than the rest of Europe, the 101 collection, the third production for this year dedicated to the Champions League and Europa League, is also released in Italy. The name already explains the intentions, a collection dedicated to the 101 most important players of the season in the two European club competitions.

Despite this, the collection is very rich with over 240 cards, honestly reading the check list I would not be able to say if the players are exactly 101 or someone more. Of course, to release three albums on the same theme is not customary, Topps tries to derive the greatest result from the only salable football product on which he has the rights, after losing the Premier League and destroying the Bundesliga, with albums, especially of stickers , not at the height for the important German market.

The most intriguing novelty is the mix between cards and stickers, in fact in the starter pack we have not only the binder but also a mini album for the 40 stickers, where we find page by page the best footballers on the continent and some celebrating the last edition of the Champions League.

As already seen in the Trolls World Tour album (our review https://figurineforever.com/en/2020/04/17/trolls-world-tour-topps-2/), Topps introduces the formula of adhesive stickers above the cards. Difficulty for those who collect the sets apart, but no problem for us of the old school who follow the rule “the stickers must always be attached”. How to recognize cards with stickers on them? Simple, they have a black outline. Stickers and card are related to the same player (see photo below)

This aspect is certainly the most interesting and original. There are also several limited edition cards, on sale in the tin box, in special packages and some that can only be purchased on the internet on the Topps website.

In general, perhaps not a fundamental album, cards similar to the previous collections, but in this lean period it can still be a fun pastime, although the concomitance with the Panini Adrenalyn Euro 2020 (splendid collection) does not help

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FROZEN 2 – XXL CARDS

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 121

cards: 48 (12 magnetic + 36 interactive)

starter pack: album + 12 cards € 9.90

packets: € 2.50 (1 magnet + 3 XXL cards)

comment: third Panini production linked to Frozen 2, certainly the great success of the season even if the Christmas times 2019 seem, for various reasons, very far away. Strong of the positive feedback on the mega cards of the previous album, this presents a collection of 48 XXL cards, 12 of which are made up of magnets.

Observing only the starter pack you fall into a misunderstanding, rest assured, you cannot find a giant magnet to attach to the fridge! (I already imagined dozens of desperate mothers …), this type of card has inside them several magnets to detach and play with and, perhaps, to attach some of them also on the fridge. We actually think the aim is to allow children to always create new stories, not to upholster appliances.


In addition to the 12 magnetic cards, we find the other 36 “activity cards”, so called because if the various characters of the story resume in the front, they are born in the back to involve in small games, from coloring the drawing, to leaving the labyrinth, to perhaps returning to use or the magnets or mini figurines that were part of the previous collection.

Attention to the numbering, not sequential, but only per set, therefore 1 corresponds to the Elsa cards, 3 to the Olaf ones etc. (see photo below). The collector is also useful for storing previous collections, not only Frozen 2 but also, for example, Dragon Ball Super or going further back in time, the maxi cards of Calciatori albums.


I would have avoided all the use of disposable plastic, it is a false belief that the problem is the binders, born to be stored, but all the wrappers of the cards or stickers. Production, however, only for fans.

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DRAGON BALL SUPER 2 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 120

stickers: 204 (1-192, P1-P12)

starter pack: album + 5 packets: € 3.90

packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

comment: it’s always Dragon Ball mania! The albums of the famous Japanese manga can be defined as a collection in themselves, many have come out over the past 25 years, even worse if it extends to the cards and even more to role game cards.

So difficult to create something new and original, Panini then turns to the guaranteed used and creates an album in some way summarizing the Super universe. Extremely different product, for example, from the one made for Harry Potter Saga, a choice probably due to the fact that the market is already saturated with Diramix lamincards or simply a matter of rights.

It therefore comes to think that it is a choice more dictated by the need to put on the market a title that still sells anyway. The album is still nice, in the first part we have all the heroes of Dragon Ball, from the legendary Goku, to Vegeta, to everyone else. The main ones have over 5 stickers each between puzzles and specials, surely no fan is unhappy. After a (much) faster rundown on the enemies, the album ends with the epic sagas we have enjoyed over the years: the battle of the Gods, the resurrection of F, the Champa saga, Trunks of the future, the tournament of power, the survival of the universe.

Double central poster, inside there are 12 numbered stickers P.

The format of all stickers is classic with red outline (I sincerely prefer the “widescreen” versions used for example for the Avengers, when making albums on films or cartoons), special glitter and some nice shaped, necessary to make the completion of the album more funny.

Standard album, good starting point to get to know the Super universe of Dragon Ball.

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BING 2 (Diramix Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 119

stickers: 258 (1-233, A1-A8, B1-B12, C1-C5)

starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.99

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers)

special packets: € 1.99 (1 packet + 1 gum)

comment: Welcome back Bing! The cute rabbit and his friends return for a new Diramix album, after the first one released in 2019. One of the most loved characters by children is always a guarantee, even the album traces the concept of the cartoon, that is, small life lessons in the adventures and small disasters of everyday life, always caused by Bing!

Compared to last year’s album, we find some interesting news, in particular the central poster where to play with stick & stack stickers on three scenarios, an initiative already present in the first album but expanded here. This formula seems to be finding some appreciation from the public, since all publishers have recently used it. At this point, as a longtime collector I dream of another return: the transfers (trasferelli)!

The stickers are always 258, therefore more than the classic 192 of similar albums, naturally very colorful, special, shaped and pure pelosine. The images are simple but effective, with the various characters clearly visible.

The album allows you to play on every single page, following Bing’s misadventures and very often the providential intervention of friend Flop to put things right.

There are no long stories, each page is in its own right, but without this affecting the fun. After all, it is the trademark of the cartoon, simple and direct stories with the aim not only of having fun but also of giving children indications on reuse and on always living their days with a smile.

Novelties of this edition are the gums (“gommine”, the answer to the Calciatori “gommaglie”), perhaps thanks to the subjects, but honestly these are nicer.

Note for Panini: instead of doing an encore of the kits, why didn’t you use the idols printed on the cards?.

Nice and well-made album, suitable for all children, but also fun for parents in helping to complete it and sharing the many games present page by page

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TWO PLAYERS ONE CONSOLE (Sbabam Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 118

stickers: 180 (1-180) + 32 cards (1-32)

starter pack: album + 2 packets € 2.99

packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers + 1 card)

comment: the world of stickers and youtube meet again, even for Steffo and Pherenike it’s time for their album. The couple is famous on the internet for the presentation of video games, a passion of both transferred to the internet and has now become an appointment for many fans, over a million! Natural that the album is also closely connected with video games, the basic idea is very nice, the couple is catapulted into a video game, created especially for them, by the cat Nino, so as to get rid of them and have the whole house for self.

The adventure is therefore consequential, Stef and Phere will have to overcome 3 different levels to be able to go out and return to their daily life, not too different in reality, since videogames are a fundamental part of it.

There are therefore two different types of stickers, the real ones with our characters in various poses and phrases and the much more captivating ones with the cartoon scenes of the video game, mostly shaped and that allow you to interact and feeling totally involved.

Not only that, the album has other games, the stickers from 81 to 100 are stick & stack. Stef, Phere and the other cat Camille, who also ended up in the video game, have the possibility of having the powers enhanced thanks to special stickers that allow you to add accessories and weapons. Being stickers stick&stack, the game has several variations. Including the special sticker (no. 101) where you can draw on your face or whatever you prefer and interact even more directly with our heroes.

The idea of ​​giving a double life to the same back of the stickers is also nice, the back of each allows you to play. You don’t need a high number of packets, you just need two to be able to play against each other. In the end whoever has scored the most points wins, the album does not say it but it could be even more competitive to give away the same disbusted stickers!

Then we have the cards, 32 total of which the first 16 monster cards and the following hero cards. The game is connected to the story of the album, the goal is therefore to bring Stef and Phere back to reality and also convince the “evil” cat that we must love each other.

Attached to the starter pack is the special rainbow card with the cat Nino. Too bad that (at least my copy) is attached to the cardboard and detaching it behind is ruined. Better for the future to find an alternative solution.

The album is made by Sbabam, a company well present in newsstands with many toys, gadgets and more. This should allow a widespread distribution of the product. To not be purely a sticker publisher, the album is well made, the story is nice, colorful and well built.

Certainly they can improve, with the stickers perhaps adding other details (a praise to the shaped ones, the best ones since always even if they are scabby to be attacked correctly, but the fun is right there), the cards are so light, taking into account that they are also and especially a game, better think in the future of a type of card of greater thickness.

An album created not to do it alone, so children need not only to convince their parents, but also those of friends! 🙂

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GORJUSS 3 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 117

stickers: 184 (1-166 + extra specials G1-G18)

starter pack: album + 5 packets € 4.99

packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers)

comment: third release of the Santoro dolls, also for Panini. Just as for merchandising distributed all over the world, stickers can also have hundreds of variations, in fact you could have an album every six months for years without ever having to repeat it!

Panini learns from the flaws of the previous album by improving it, special mention for the stickers, the special extras are far more beautiful than the previous ones. They are more cared for and better made, they are created to be able to embellish your personal objects with the possibility of being personalized, by writing your name on them. Another important detail, they are numbered (G1-G18) so as to eliminate problems with previous albums, especially for those who wanted to order the missing ones.

Assuming that now the cost in general of the stickers has become important, but in line now (sigh) with the cost of living, at least in this case they have their why. Basically these packets have a lot more reasons at 1 euro than many other collections at 0.70-0.80. In this collection the stickers are the added value, in large format, different specials with raised or rough details. They were born to be attached to the album, but if desired, they are suitable as an object in their own right, really beautiful.

Speaking of the album, always a giant format and quality paper, Panini implements it here too, making every single page a game, so much so that I would invite mothers to buy two albums (by purchasing the starter pack, the actual album is free), one to complete it with stickers and the other where the girls can use it to complete all the games. Not so easy, actually, because different activities are related precisely to having the stickers on the album. In short, good luck finding the least invasive solution possible!

Super interactive album, simple games, but also more articulated and linked to dreams, passions, desires and everyday life. Test, art attack and much more. Note of merit for the first page where Panini invites the girls to connect names of great women of the past, all in their context and in their epoch have contributed to female emancipation.

The choice to make a collection that is not too long is also appreciable, the total number of stickers does not exceed 192 standards for non-sports albums, this helps not to have to go crazy too much to complete it, on the other hand it also allows Panini to create several in a short time .

Last consideration, adding cards to this collection would have been a forcing, it is already so beautiful and the stickers, somehow, are already cards in their own way. Nice, really.

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TROLLS WORLD TOUR (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 116

stickers: 199 (1-167, cards 1-32)

starter pack: album + 3 packets € 4.99

packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers + 1 card)

comment: the Dreamworks Trolls are back. After the great success of the first film, we should have seen the new chapter in the cinema, unfortunately the cinemas are closed. As for other albums of this complicated period, Topps comes out with this production anyway and it is excellent thing since it is really made in a nice and colorful way.

Let’s start from the bottom and the big news: the sticker-card. It is not an adhesive card (it would not be new) but it is a card with an additional sticker on it that can be detached and is part of the album collection. With all due respect to the lovers (never understood by myself) of collecting empty albums + separate sets. In fact, by slightly raising the lower right corner, you can check the card number (see photo). High-quality stickers and card as the first can be repositioned without damaging it and the second remains uncut by removing the sticker above. Nice idea, approved!

This new adventure is linked to the world of music and it is really fun, based on your favorite genre the stickers can also become a detail to stick on diaries or other. Not only for personal musical preferences, but those rock and metal are absolutely the coolest; so let’s hope Queen Barb manages to fill the Troll universe with hard rock music, will she succeed? No spoilers, enjoy the movie.

The album is extremely colorful, ample space is left for images with minimal but effective captions, with lots of curiosities about the cartoon. Rock, Pop, Techno, Country, Funk, Classic, Hip Hop here are the genres and the various kingdoms that populate the Troll world. In some parts the album seems to repeat itself, it is probably just a feeling that will change when the album is complete.

Note two aspects, the pages “engine, clapperboard, action!” where you are catapulted into the middle of the film and the nice final pages with really funny quizzes and stickers to discover the records of the world of the Trolls, the touring characters and even the emojis.

In the center, the poster to play with the cards, an extremely basic game, frankly, better try to collect all 32 cards regardless.

Size does not always make a difference, in this case the stickers are small square, but personally I find them effective for the type of album. After all, we are talking about Trolls, not Giants! The special stickers are very beautiful, not so much the classic glitter but those in fabric with raised parts. Attention to detail and almost to be collected separately.


Too bad the unfortunate release period, this album would have really deserved more luck (as well as especially the film), but since the newsstands are open, don’t miss it!

UPDATE: warning, by ordering the missing numbers from Topps, stickers and cards ARE SEPARATE, therefore both must be ordered. For fans, you should order all the special stickers because they have the numbered tissue paper while in the back bags they have the cards

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EURO 2020 ADRENALYN (Panini Italy) // UPDATE

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 112

cards: 491 (1-468 + 23 limited edition)

starter pack: € 9.90 (binder + 4 packets + 2 cards ltd edition)

packets: € 2.00 (8 cards)

tin box: € 12.90 (includes 4 cards ltd edition)

comment update: some say that the night brings advice and perhaps putting the collection cards in place (I purchased starter pack, tin box, Bomber magazine and a few single packets) has contributed, but it was an opportunity to rethink the review, written straight and on the emotion of this difficult period, for everyone, everywhere (or almost).

I asked myself what the role of the stickers is (stickers or cards, it changes little), I thought about their primordial task, their first purpose: fun and pleasure in collecting them, inserting the cards in the appropriate spaces of the binder or attaching them on the album.

In this period of great sacrifices and renunciations, why give up this too?Collecting was not born to live it alone, the involvement of other fans, including the legendary “gotgotneed” in making the swap, is an integral part of the whole, that will also come, but for now we leave the stickers their task: to give us serenity and light-heartedness. For this reason I take back what was previously written and I thank Panini for having brought out the collection, despite the fact that the event is postponed. Of course, Panini did it for economic reasons, for the need to try to sell the material already produced. Not only this, as a passionate I can recognize the work done, it is not just a matter of being professionals, but you can still see that passion that, in the Modena offices, still shines through.

The album is incredibly beautiful, as a collector of sticky stickers rather than cards, I can notice the quality, but also the taste in presenting the various teams. I add one thing, made the necessary differences, I think it will be really hard that the album of traditional stickers can be better. What happens with Calciatori is different here: for the first time, probably, the cards surpass the stickers and perhaps they would have done so also in terms of sales. I add a detail, do not stop only on the cost of the packet, they are 2.00 euros but there are 8 cards inside, so individually they cost less than before.

Below is the previous written review, revised and corrected:

although Euro2020 has become Euro2021, Panini has decided to release the Adrenalyn collection. Mandatory choice because all the material had already been printed and in some parts of Europe it was already in distribution. We do not share the promotional approach: on the web there is no reference to the one-year postponed tournament, at least not on the material already printed it was possible to have a different approach.

Pity. Too bad especially because the collection is really beautiful, the starter pack is of great impact, the poster checklist is a small trick but of great charm. Interesting, nice and also useful. The official guide is really well made and allows you to get passionate about all the peculiarities of the collection. In the 468 cards we find classic themes, but also novelties. The base cards are really beautiful, the background with the flag is splendid, much more intriguing than previous ideas. Only the captains are represented in the classic bust photograph. The quality of the cards is very good with the use of a lot of special material. Panini’s work is undeniable in trying to improve the collection and, compared to the past, also try to make it different from the previous ones.

Special mentions for the MULTIPLE cards with three champions together for national teams, the PLAY-OFF TEAMS right realization since we did not yet have the complete list of the finalists and allows us to also have the cards of national “news” such as North Macedonia and Kosovo . Interesting the HOST CITIES even if the real photos of the stadiums were better, finally the 9 RARE with a hidden player.

The issues planned with limited editions at the moment are:

Starter Pack (Immobile, Ramsey), Tin Box (Donnarumma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lukaku, Mbappè), Bomber Magazine (March 31 Zielinski, Eriksen – April 16 Szczesny, Sergio Ramos – May 9 Calhanoglu, Modric), Premium packet (De Bruyne, Sancho , Saul, Lenglet, Havertz, Verratti, De Jong, Joao Felix) and Premium Gold packet (Fabian Ruiz, Reus, Van Dijk). ATTENTION: for the Premium Gold packet the sale is provided ONLY online.

In addition to the Limited Edition, we have cards released only in some parts of Europe: NORTHERN EUROPE from 469 to 480 Nordic Heroes, UK & IRELAND with the cards of Eire (IRL1-IRL18), Northern Ireland (NIR1-18), Scotland (SCO1- SCO18)

What will Panini do in 2021? At this point the most likely idea is that a second Adrenalyn collection will be released, even if the teams of this “current” one are absolutely out of date. Paradoxically, for example, the presence in the Italy cards of Nicolò Zaniolo, seriously injured at the moment, will hopefully return to be the protagonist in 2021.

Will the stickers version come out at this point? Hope yes. In this event-poor summer, without knowing when we can go back to meet and embrace each other again, our beloved stickers, once again could make the difference

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IN SEARCH OF VESUVIAN TREASURES (Esseci Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 113

stickers: 612 (1-590, MC1-8, Lions1-4, DM1-5, treasure chest sticker 1-5)

album: distributed free of charge in the areas involved

packets: € 0.50 (6 stickers)

comment: Italy is a country full of thousand-year-old treasures, traditions and jewels; a lifetime would not be enough to visit it all. Since you have to leave somewhere, why not take inspiration from this album dedicated to the countries around Vesuvius?

Realized by the Editorial Cooperative ESSECI, it is incredibly full of information and attention to detail. It is also a hymn to fight ignorance, in all sincerity I discovered myself very little aware of the treasures of the Vesuvian area, so much to be desired as soon as possible to visit.

We are of course talking about an educational album, intended for school children or anyone who wants to attack stickers while having fun and learning at the same time. The stickers allow you to complete a volume that even without it is impossible to define empty, the captions and the story in comics accompany us page by page making reading exciting.

The protagonist of our trip is Enea, a young explorer accompanied by the dog Orazio. During the various legs he will make incredible encounters with great characters of the present and the past but also Nature that comes to life to introduce him into stories and legends.

Almost like a Calciatori album, no town belonging to the Vesuvian area and the Lattari Mountains has remained outside this album and each one is praised through their own great little wonders created by man or nature over the centuries. Of course, speaking of Vesuvius, we cannot forget the eruptions that have hit this area hard over the centuries, not only on 24 August 79 AD. but until more recent times with the events of 1944 and 1972. Telling a dramatic story and putting it at the beginning of the album is an appreciable choice, a painful but equally necessary introduction.

Subsequently, our page after page travels through a densely populated area. In order not to fail in the setting of the album, absolutely shareable, this review will cite all the towns involved in the project, each is dedicated from 2 to 12 pages based on the space needed to present their characteristics (here are just a few , they are a lot!):

Pietrarsa with its National Railway Museum; Portici with its palace; Ercolano with its famous excavations and its Vesuvian villas; Torre del Greco, the city of coral, with its basilica and monastery, accompanied by the poet Giacomo Leopardi; Torre Annunziata and the villa of Poppea; Trecase accompanied by Bacchus the God of wine; Pompei and the ruins of its ancient city famous all over the world; Gragnano and its maccaroni with lots of didactic fairy tale about pasta, set in neapolitan (fantastic!); Boscoreale and its archaeological wonders; Terzigno destroyed three times by the eruptions; San Giuseppe Vesuviano and its sanctuary; Ottaviano and his churches; the Vesuvius National Park rich in fauna, flora and natural beauty; Palma Campania and its carnival; the splendid Nola accompanied by the philosopher Giordano Bruno; Somma Vesuviana and its Borgo; Santa Anastasia and her first miracle of the bleeding Madonna; Cercola with its orchards; Pollena Trocchia and its villas; Massa di Somma and its Piennolo cherry tomatoes; San Sebastiano al Vesuvio and its church; San Giorgio a Cremano and his two saints, where our heroes meet the never quite late Massimo Troisi, so the album also gives us the cartoon sticker of the famous neapolitan actor.

Not only Troisi, in the final part of the album we find the two homage pages to Naples and cartoon stickers of De Crescenzo, Totò, De Filippo, Maradona, Pino Daniele, etc. Creepy pages with the famous phrases of texts or songs, strictly in neapolitan and dedicated to this beautiful city.

The album is made thanks to the fundamental aid of some sponsors, the last pages are proper cartoon stickers connected to the main supporters: Mondo Camerette (MC1-MC8, Lions Club (Lions1-Lions4), Di Maio Medical (DM1-DM5). On the sidelines we have 5 treasure chest stickers, which do not find space in the album but are used to participate in the competition for schools. Schools are direct protagonists of the whole project, involving teachers and children in completing the album and learning with it.

We hope the current situation throughout Italy has somehow allowed not to block the initiative, after all the newsstands continue to be open and the kids have a lot of free time and the album has been distributed since the end of last year.

Speaking of newsstands, the album is distributed in the Neapolitan province of the Vesuvian area (from Portici to San Giorgio a Cremano in an anti-clockwise direction plus the areas of Gragnano and Nola), but it can be ordered from the publisher at raccoltatesorivesuviani@gmail.com

Nature, ancient Romans, culture, gastronomy, religion, traditions and much more in one album, made really well. It is part of a series of albums with already made “In search of the treasures of Irpinia” and “In search of the treasures of lower Lazio”, already reviewed in the past days.

Recommended for everyone and at all latitudes!

Final judgement: 10/10

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IN SEARCH OF THE TREASURES OF NATURE (Esseci Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 114

stickers: 708 (1-668, Le Torri1-4, Conad1-4, DM1-2, Lodi1-2, Onorati 1-2, Già Sai1-2, Miami1-3 + sticker for free entrance to Miami Beach park, Solac 1-16, chest 1-4)

album: distributed free of charge in the areas concerned

packets: € 0.50 (6 stickers)

comment: “all roads lead to Rome”, whether true or not, if you are from the parts of the eternal city then take a few days to visit the area of ​​lower Lazio, the Ciociaria and the Latina area, the protagonist of this album of stickers .

The young explorer Enea and the faithful dog Orazio immerse themselves in nature, which this area of ​​Italy is full of. If the album on the Vesuvian treasures, already reviewed ( https://figurineforever.com/en/2020/03/29/in-search-of-vesuvian-treasures-erreci-italy/ ), was still very focused on the work of man, this is instead a tribute to pristine beauties or almost, where the presence of the human being is an added, not predominant factor.

Indeed, page after page, one has the impression that the charm of this area is also due to the ability, for once, of knowing how to live with the land and its elements without overwhelming it.

The album is very interesting to read, a lot of comics and fewer real photographs than other educational albums, not for this reason a defect but rather an added value. It makes reading even more exciting. Attacking the stickers, on pages already full of history and captions, is used to complete an extremely refined scenario, where no notion is left to chance. On the contrary, if desired, certain information instead gives the starting point for more detailed research.

We find many stories and adventures disconnected from each other, the common denominator is of course the place, or the wonders of the lower Lazio, as reported by the title.

We can divide them into three major themes:

. nature: stories presented by landscapes, mountains, lakes

. animals: stories through the help of several once-speaking animals (all living in this area, not “random”, important detail)

. legends: stories to go back through the centuries with tales of miraculous waters, sirens, ladies, ancient Romans and ancient knights

The final part of the album dedicated to the sponsors who made possible the creation, another important factor, the synergy of the publisher with the territory, to which the special numbered stickers are dedicated, which also allow you to participate in various promotions. Collaboration also with local newspapers (Latina Oggi, Ciociaria Oggi) directly involved in the creation of the Giornale dei Tesori.

The main recipients are of course the students and the schools, with whom many interesting initiatives related to the album and its completion are proposed. I would also add the scouts, it could be an interesting formula the knowledge of a certain location and album at hand, go to visit it in person.

The album has been released since the end of 2019 so we hope the kids and schools have had time to get to know it before the beginning of this difficult period. It can be found in the provinces of Latina and Frosinone, but can be ordered from the publisher at the email raccoltatesorivesuviani@gmail.com

Wanting to find fault, it is sincerely too impressive, if the album on the Vesuvian treasures could be defined as complete, because each town was dedicated to some pages (just don’t leave anyone out), here it could be divided into two releases.

Over 700 stickers are too many, two albums of 350/400 stickers would perhaps have been more effective, to be presented in two consecutive years.

Final judgment: 8/10

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PLANET X (Chimpazee Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 111

album: PLANET X (Chimpanzee)

stickers: 155 (1-155) + 48 cards (B1-B48)

starter pack: € 2.99 (album + 1 packet)

packets: € 0.60 (4 stickers + 1 card)

comment: this album has only one bad luck, to be released in the midst of the Covid-19 emergency and therefore risk going quietly, it would be a shame. The correct term is however PlayAlbum, the stickers are an integral and important part of the product, but the album is really much more.

Those who write, by now you know it, have a soft spot for didactic albums, the real ones, believing that even today, through the immortal charm of the stickers, it is possible to teach younger generations themes of various kinds such as culture, environment or in this case even science. Planet X is in fact created in collaboration with ALTEC of Turin, the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company, cool!

The story from which the album starts is also a warning: “Captain Banana”, a nice star monkey, ends up in Planet X, a place that has become very dangerous due to the machinations of the perfidious Doctor Bongo who caused environmental disasters, a planet very similar to our Earth, even with its problems.

Albums with so much text have rarely been seen, but a serious mistake would be to simply stick to the stickers without following the story and especially without taking part in the game. Game absolutely well made because interactive with crossroads, so based on the choices you make, skip or go back in the various chapters of the album. This clearly allows you to be able to play several times without ever repeating what you have done before. Speaking of games, the album is obviously full!

In addition to the 155 stickers, we find 48 “Catch the Blaarg” cards for the game board that we find in the center of the album. They are divided into trap cards, trick cards and blaarg cards. 10 cards are enough to participate. A not insignificant detail, the game board is made of cardboard, therefore made to last over time and it is not even necessary to remove it from the album. The whole album is generally of excellent workmanship, coated paper, you can see the great work in making it.

In short, in this period where we are all closed at home, the newsstands are still open, so I invite not only families to make the purchase, but also the teachers themselves could use this product remotely, helping children learn while having fun.

For all information: https://www.chimpanzeeitaly.com/

Final judgment: 8/10

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IN SEARCH OF IRPINI TREASURES (Esseci Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 115

stickers: 685 (1-672, MC1-MC8, chest stickers 1-5)

album: distributed free of charge in the areas involved

packets: € 0.50 (6 stickers)

comment: come on, Wolves! This beautiful animal is not only the symbol of the Avellino sports teams but of all Irpinia, an area of ​​Southern Italy full of history and traditions. Many have passed through these parts over the centuries: Romans, Etruscans, Normans, French, Spanish, Arabs, with monuments and palaces of clear reference also from the medieval and Renaissance periods.

Our heroes Enea and the dog Orazio, already met in the albums on the Vesuvian treasures and those of lower Lazio (see reviews), this time go far and wide for Irpinia. The area is characterized by many villages and small towns, inhabited even by a few thousand people, nature is perhaps less dominant than other parts of Italy, but as small and big stories, nothing is missing.

Not even the great characters, so much so that the album opens with the meeting of our heroes even with Virgil (yes, he, the author of the Aeneid), a great connoisseur of the places having spent a good part of his life there. Page after page, country after country, it is incredible to note how many different populations have left their mark, even to think that Irpinia can be a valid example of the history of the entire Mediterranean.

The peculiarity is how much these small villages are still inhabited, in fact in many cases they are synonymous with belonging, thanks to the many religious festivals and events that remember their history. Another interesting aspect, especially present in the second part of the album, is the great gastronomic tradition of the area, certainly better to visit it not while you are following a diet!

Most of the stickers are real photographs of the various monuments, palaces and churches; unfortunately the adventurous stickers of the comic that retraces the album are not many, a few more would have been good. Unlike other albums, some pages almost seem like a repeat; it is clear that we cannot invent what is not there, but perhaps some villages and towns could be grouped together on the same page, so as to limit the very high number of stickers on the album. On the other hand, the excellent didactic work is so well done that perhaps cutting parts would have made everything less exhaustive.

In addition to Virgil, during the album we find other famous historical figures, especially Francesco De Sanctis, a professor and politician to whom the Aula Magna of the University of Naples is also dedicated. De Sanctis accompanies our heroes through different pages and villages.

Last pages for the old and new main city of Irpinia: the historic Atripalda and the current Avellino, eight pages for a nice guided tour of the various interesting aspects of the capital, including sporting brackets to remember the Partenio Stadium and the teams of football and basketball.

Album created thanks to the sponsorship of the Mondo Camerette shops, to which the last eight numbered stickers MC are dedicated. Finally, the five chest stickers that do not find space in the album, but serve to complete some of the many initiatives aimed at schools.

The album has been released since the end of 2019 so we hope the kids and schools have had time to get to know it before the beginning of this difficult period. It can be found in the province of Avellino, but can be ordered from the publisher at the email raccoltatesorivesuviani@gmail.com

Final judgment: 8/10

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GORMITI ACTION CARDS (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 110

cards: 180 (1-180)

starter pack: € 9.99 (album + 4 packets)

packets: € 1.00 (5 cards)

comment: ATTENTION, IT IS NOT A NEW ALBUM. In fact it is the same already released in 2019, the cards are the same, at least the ones we have checked. Panini does not send out the same folder (this is dated 2020) but the cover image is the same, perhaps to avoid the risk that someone bought it thinking it was a novelty.

In reality it is not really a crystal clear behavior, in the web presentation there is no mention of a reissue and one thinks that “warehouse funds” are being used, the packets are the same, in fact they are dated 2019.

In short, we do not know how to define it, not however, it is not the first time that Panini sends successful editions to newsstands, so let’s not make a drama out of it.

The cards are lamincards like those of the competing Dragonball, which we sincerely prefer. No limited cards or anything else has been added, an interesting initiative only for new collectors.

Final judgment: – (without a vote)

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LASABRI (Diramix Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 109

stickers: 179 (1-165, A-N)

starter pack: € 2.99 (album + 2 packets)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers)

comment: new album for a web star, the youtuber Sabri. In 2014 she opened her channel talking about her passion for video games, she became a star talking both about playful themes (fashion, travel, etc.) and social themes (racism, homophobia, etc.).

Today he has over 2 million followers and is probably the number one for girls aged 10 to 15, almost normal that he reaches the great milestone of his personal album of stickers.

The album is nice, colorful and engaging. It traces the stories told on the web, from small daily experiences to sports, fashion, travel, animals, family, friends, complete with a special section for the many tattoos that color the body of our youtuber.

Taking into account our solidarity project for Madagascar, a special notion for the four pages of the album dedicated to the experience in Africa and to the support children in Kenya that our Sabri carries out. Brava!

As a fan of comics, the cartoons that we can read page by page are also very nice, another small trick to involve the girls in reading. In the center, double poster with stickers on both sides to discover the world of the youtuber. The stickers are mainly live, taken from the scenes of the same videos with in addition the special glitter and transparent shapes.

If you are lucky you may find the party cards to win an autographed backpack or even a meeting with her, cross your fingers.

In general, a very nice album, make your daughters happy and take it home!

Final judgment: 8/10

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L.O.L. FASHION FUN! (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 108

stickers 204 (1-187, BB1B5, F1-F12) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 5 packets)

packets: € 1.00 (4 stickers + 1 card)

comment: the L.O.L. previously they were albums of stickers and card albums, now Panini joins forces and creates the first mixed album, raising the level and probably creating the best of the series.

The theme is fashion and the girls will surely have fun in completing the pages and dressing the LOLs, an album not only super colorful but many special stickers, shaped with images to be completed, “scratch and discover” subjects thanks to the special GLAM: the collectors more hardened will surely have to look for them double, a copy as they appear and one with the subject revealed. In addition, glitter stickers and splendid fabrics, in short, 50 special out of 204!

At the center of the album is a poster for the numbered stickers BB and F on a double poster with on one side also the historic Gioco dell’Oca version of the fashion show. The album is a continuous game, each page deserves more than a moment of attention to fully enjoy it and many spaces to complete with your thoughts, desires and .. secrets.

The cards are less flashy than other collections (for us Spiderman Far From Home and Harry Potter Saga remain the top), but they are made for the game “bedtime”, in the 50 cards we find different sets with the aim of completing them to win the game.

Small fundamental detail, attached to the album, we also find the card holder to be detached to store the 50 L.O.L. card.

This album is a blast, the best in the series, one of the funniest of the year. Beautiful, nice, engaging, colorful, “lolly” fun!

Final judgment: 10/10

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DRAGONBALL Z LAMINCARD (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 107

card: 162 (1-162) + 10 maxi cards (1-10)

starter pack: album + 1 packet € 5.90

standard packet: € 1.00 (5 cards)

maxi packet: € 5.00 (9 cards + 1 maxi card)

comment: Diramix releases dedicated to Dragon Ball continue, after the last Super collections here is the Z one. The formula may seem similar but in reality some details make it different from the previous ones.

The base is still the same, 162 cards divided into characters (Single), battles (Versus) and special holographic. Lamincards work, always have their charm, national pride having been invented in Italy, the only drawback is that the more the outputs increase, the less ease in recognizing which collection they belong to, at least in the immediate term.

The big news of this edition are the maxi packets, from the cost of 5.00 euros each with the guarantee of finding three specials among the nine present and above all a maxi card.

The maxi card is not used for the game, but is purely collectible and there are 10 in all, with unpublished and special images created for the occasion. Reading on the internet, the purchase of the box of maxi packets does not guarantee to find them all (except of course always desired lucky moment)

A detail that seems such, but personally I have greatly appreciated, concerns the collector. Finally goodbye to the stickers to be attached to number the pages, but the same are already printed on the bottom right. Someone will obviate the fact that there is still talk of plastic, however believing that the album is not disposable is sincerely welcome, a little less the useless envelope that contains it, maybe Diramix will find a solution for the next releases.

Great job Diramix, now a pleasant confirmation in the publishing field!

Final judgement: 8/10

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YOOHOO (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 106

stickers: 188 (1-170, H1-H18)

starter pack: album + 5 packets + 1 3d figure € 4.90

flow pack: 1 packet + 1 3d figure € 1.90

packets € 0.80 (5 stickers)

comment: the idea of ​​this cartoon is absolutely interesting and in step with the times. Mother Nature, tired of seeing the planet destroyed by the blindness of human beings, convinces Father Nature to do something. How? Transforming 5 executives of the Nasty Corporation (already the name, a whole program ..) into little animals with the aim of sending them around to save the world and its inhabitants (first of all the same innocent animals) from the nefarious work of man .

Our “heroes” will have to find the gems planted by Father Nature in the various places they visit, only by collecting all of them can they request to return to being human.

Panini mainly dedicates the album to the “animals to save” aspect, actually forgetting the pollution issue, but thanks to the stickers it tells and teaches children also to make small discoveries of the various regions of the Earth that our people will visit.

We can define it a new generation didactic album, that is without real images, but thanks to cartoons many notions about the animal world and the realities where they live.

Very colorful album, some shaped stickers and the classic glitter. Honestly, the stickers are perhaps the least appealing side of the collection, the album and its lyrics give the impression that it could be an excellent album, but by opening the packets you lose a little enthusiasm.

In short, all very nice, but nothing exceptional. Central poster for the stickers H1-H18 which is perhaps the best part, we do not find spaces already numbered on the poster but you have to find out where to attach the stickers based on the various clues that can be discovered in the album pages (in the poster there are the solutions anyway).

Linked to the album we also have a collection of 12 3d animals, all the main characters of the animated series.

Final judgement: 7/10

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MATCH ATTAX EXTRA (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: REVIEWS nr. 105

cards: 293 (287 + 6 limited edition)

starter pack: binder + power play packet € 5.99 + 1 card limited edition

tin box pack: tin box + special packet 15 cards € 14.90 + 1 card limited edition

blister: € 3.00 (3 packets) + 1 card limited edition

packets € 1.00 (6 cards)

comment: when it comes to Topps there are always conflicting thoughts. If the stickers are a disaster, Topps honestly has a higher gear with the cards. After all, they have been making them for years more than the competition, they are beautiful and rich. But.. perhaps marrying too much the American line where the sets are not completed but only specific athletes or teams are sought, the collection is in some way a mess.

The same checklist inside the binder is limited compared to the many cards made, one thinks that (as several collectors have already pointed out on some forums) the extra packages are used to complete the set.

The writer admits all its limitations in this case, who is part of the old school is faithful to the classic version: there is an album with a tot of stickers to complete it, that’s all. Applies to both stickers and cards, the addition of limited and extra editions is something out of the ordinary, but acceptable.

So this review is absolutely atypical, it does not present the album and its peculiarities but it is a more articulated reasoning almost as if to give advice to two multinationals. To Topps to give a decisive change to its presentation policies and product creations, because in the face of very nice cards, they are often chaos. To Panini, to put more effort into making the card products, the Adrenalyn Calciatori are static images and far less captivating than those created by Topps. They know how to do it, the cards of Spiderman, Harry Potter and other collections are splendid, just to give some examples.

By the way: Topps Match Attax Extra 6 cards packet for 1 euro, Panini Euro 2020 8 cards packet for 2 euro. The brand is always UEFA, can there be all this difference in price?

Final judgment: 7/10 (8/10 for the quality of the cards, 6/10 for the setting of the collection)

P.S. all the cards purchased by the Association for this collection will be made available for exchanges at our office and during the events we take part in. At the end of the season they will be donated to our international campaign STICKER RAISING FOR MADAGASCAR, in order to raise funds for long distance adoptions

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MIRACULOUS (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 104

stickers: 204 (1-180, L1-L14, M1-M10)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

packets: 0,70€ (5 stickers)

comment: sometimes they come back. If we have not done wrong, we are on the fourth album of this very successful animated series.

After the album made by Panini, there were two made by Topps and now back to Modena. These returns are sometimes good for quality, because the publisher feels (maybe it’s our guess) to make a better album than the previous one.

So it was, the album is really rich and fun, page after page allows children to interact not only with the album but also with the stickers. In fact, some games can only be completed after having attached the reference stickers.

All this work make the product not a boaring repetition of what has already been achieved in previous albums.

Page by page all the main characters are presented, sublime the many shaped stickers and also the special ones with glitter effects to highlight specific points of the image.

Very nice new the central poster like a school diary, where children can indulge in attacking, where they prefer, the 10 stickers M. Probably the target is a female album, especially the central poster is more suitable for girls than for boys.

Here we also return to the traditional album, classic stickers and no cards. Excellent choice by Panini, also because in this case it would have been a forcing and damaging from an economic point of view.

Miracoulous everywhere! Thanks to the 14 extra decorative stickers, numbered L, which do not find space in the album but can be used to embellish books, mobile phones and more. Dear moms and dads, preparations to find stickers attached everywhere …

A really nice project, recommended!

Final judgement: 9/10

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ME CONTRO TE – THE MOVIE (Diramix Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 103

stickers: 180 (1-172 + A-H for the central poster)

album + 2 packets € 2.99

packets € 0.70 (5 stickers)

comment: new album for youtube stars Sofi and Luì. After the stickers and cards, we return to the traditional stickers on the occasion of their first cinematographic effort. Blockbuster film and this also bodes well for the success of the album.

In the 180 stickers we find really everything, shaped, sparkling, glitter, special stickers, the strong colors (fuchsia in particular) are the protagonists of this very nice and funny album.

The advice, however, is to collect it after going to the cinema, in fact page after page we discover the adventure of ours and you risk discovering everything first.

Note on the shaped stickers and those with comic characters, an album in the album that makes it even more nice. After all, the film itself is a mix between real and animated characters.

The battle against Mr. S until the final battle! In short, this great success for the little ones can be shared or not, but the care in making the album and making it fun to complete remains without a shadow of a doubt.

Note of merit for Diramix, purchasing an entire box of 5 stickers completes the album. This should be a solution always used when buying an entire box for albums with not many stickers, good Diramix!

Final judgment: 8/10

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AMICI CUCCIOLOTTI 2020 (Pizzardi Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 102

stickers: 600 (1-496 + 12 doubles + 72 parlottini + 8 mini + 12 stickers)

album + packet + giant sticker € 1.00

soft album + 3 packets + giant sticker € 3.00

maxi poster for the giant stickers + 8 packets + 1 giant sticker € 5.90

packets € 0.60 (6 stickers + 1 parlottino) € 4.80 (8 packets + 1 sticker)

comment: the Amici Cucciolotti collection is a story in itself, every year it reappears and every year is a success.

It should be underlined by Pizzardi Editore to always make it very rich and connected to initiatives in favor of our animals thanks to the synergy with ENPA, but also for the protection of the sea and for children hospitalized in hospitals.

Three good, very good reasons, to buy albums and packets, regardless.

The album is always super colorful and fun, about 600 stickers to complete it. It is interesting that Pizzardi page by page also indicates which stickers should be attached, although they are numbered. A little help to not get lost in the search for the number.

Of course, children have to become noses too, like the comic friends who accompany the album pages. Special stickers, shaped, glitter, transparent, there are so many particular stickers that it would be almost easier to tell the classics, you do it first!

As a comic book lover, the stories in the album are much appreciated, with Westie, godmother of the Cucciolotti, who lives many adventures thanks to the Nose-Machine.

It would not seem but it is also and above all an educational album that allows the game to get to know curiosities and details of the animals and the places where they live.

The album, both paperback and soft version is another trademark and synonym of quality.

In addition to the 496 stickers that are needed to complete the album, have the usual extras:

.72 little “parlottini”, present in each packet, very nice idea to communicate with friends through stickers

. 12 “doppioloni”

. 8 ministickers with letters, numbers and symbols

That’s all? No, because there are 12 giant stickers! To have them all you can simply buy the complete special box and in addition to finding them all you have a nice number of stickers to complete the album. Don’t forget the maxi poster of the magic mirrors where to stick the 12 giant stickers.

If we add that the cost of the packet is lower than other products (0.60 for 7 stickers) and that the purpose is social, we find no reason not to run to the newsstands

Final judgment: 9/10

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EURO ’68/’72 (Qubotondo Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 101

stickers: 500 (not numbered)

album + complete set of stickers € 99.00

comment: it is really difficult to find a better album to inaugurate this 2020, certainly a rich vintage since we will have Euro, Copa America and maybe even an album on Copa Africa. Football will really be at the center of the stickers world!

For the friends of Qubotondo we have so much respect, so much so that we have given them the graphic management of our Celebrative Stickers, work that they are carrying out in an excellent way, just as this album was made.

Finally, after Euro76 (always Qubotondo), the Europeans of 1968 and 1972 also have their album. It is not an anastatic product (there is nothing released then), the amateur concept here is valid only in terms of the incredible passion with which Daniele, deux ex machina of Qubotondo, makes his albums.

The luck of a post album is the power to set it based on the results on the field, giving greater importance to the national teams that have reached the final stages. Always keep in mind that we are talking about competitions not like the current ones. Only semi-finals and finals were organized in a single country, previously all of Europe was involved in the tournament. We can also speculate about the enormous difficulty in finding the images to prepare the stickers, especially with the smaller national teams. Also from this point of view the work has been excellent. The choice to unify the two editions is due to the need to make the album full-bodied, the choice to make it in English is a wise idea to go beyond the border. Scoreboards, statistical data, period photos, stickers as a fantastic fill.

The album opens with Euro 68 and of course with the European champion Italy (only once, at least so far), 27 total stickers of good quality and attention to detail. Following Yugoslavia, England and the Soviet Union, all with three pages of images and stickers, it is difficult to find even almanacs of the time with the same images. Following the other protagonists who did not reach the final phase, 18 stickers each for Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain. The other national teams are presented by qualification group in which they participated, from 4 to 1 stickers per national team but there are ALL! Grand finale with the scores of all the qualifying matches of the groups and their scorers.

Euro 72 is Franz Beckenbauer’s West Germany European Championship (who will also win the 1974 World Cup against their favorite Netherlands). Unlike the ’68 we find stickers of moments of the final match between West Germany and the Soviet Union, then many stickers of the two national teams and the other two semi-finalists: Belgium and Hungary. Honestly, finding all those images of different players from Hungary and the USSR for 1972 and 1968 must not have been easy at all. Here too the album continues with 18 stickers from other great national teams such as England, Yugoslavia, Italy, Romania and finally all the others, from 4 to 1 stickers per national.

Some may not agree on the limited number of stickers for the other national teams, but in addition to a certain difficulty in finding the images, the album would have become monumental. Moreover, it is set up as the Panini of Euro80, in relief the national teams reached the final stage and in the background the stickers of the other unqualified.

Even the choice not to number the stickers (probably linked to economic reasons) makes research more exciting, discovering the names and faces of footballers of an era that seems really light years away from today. In addition, the album is sold with the complete set so there is no spasmodic search for the missing sticker of a standard product.

And now? Of course we hope for the release of another unified album for Euro 60/64, perhaps on the occasion of Figurine Forever 4 in January 2021. In order not to remain just a dream, it would be necessary to help Qubotondo in finding the necessary images and maybe .. in making them know that THAT must be the next album!

Simply unique, always limited edition, pleasure for a few, but absolute pleasure

Final judgment 10/10 (praise will be added to the announcement of the album 60/64 :P)

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Sentimento Granata – 100 YEARS SALERNITANA (Creatiwa Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 100

stickers: 353 (1-353)

packets: 0.70€ (5 stickers)

box: 5,90€ (10 packets), 16,90€ (25 packets), 29,90€ (50 packets)

comment: it is not wanted, but we are happy that the review nr. 100 matches with this well-made album on the centennial of Salernitana. I had seen some photos and images on social media but being able to touch it with my hand was a pleasure.

Meanwhile, the editorial choice to make it paperback and not stapled, certainly an extra cost that immediately bears fruit and maintains the idea of what we can imagine was in the intentions, not only an album of stickers but a small encyclopedia, to be kept in the library in plain sight. An album that is also a story, of a father who tries to explain to his son the love for a team and its colors.

The fans of Salernitana do not want it, but from a distance it seemed an “exaggeration” to celebrate a team, certainly loved, but still with a history of sport not of a high standard. Well they thought not to present the album for decades or similar, but creating a sort of “best of” in the history of the team, dividing the album into chapters that were not strictly connected to precise historical periods.

Front pages of the album of great graphic impact, reviewing famous badges and shirts and their evolutions over the years. A drop of Romagna in the album with the next chapter entitled Fellinian “Amarcord”, dedicated to the memories and the most ancient history of club. The captions that allow you to discover anecdotes and curiosities are also very interesting, often the lifeblood of our beloved football, at all levels.

From here on, the players who made the history of Salernitana follow each other role by role: captains, bombers, goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, fantasy players and forwards.

Finished album? no, still missing a lot because it is an album all over the world of Salernitana, not only the players and therefore here are the great victories, the winning teams, the trainers (in these parts Gianpiero Ventura remains very loved), the presidents and of course the twelfth man in field, the Curva Sud, the heart of the grenade supporters.

The album ends with the current team, 2019/20 season, fighting to bring Salernitana back into the gotha of Italian football.

The graphics of the entire album are captivating, pages full of colors where the passion of those who made this product shines through, surely with a thought more to the heart than to the wallet.

We come to the stickers, certainly here too has been done a good research and appreciable attempt, successful, to make sure that the album was not monotonous. Color photos, black and white, players in action, posing players, shirts, choreography, matches. Not all of them are perfect, for example those of the matches we have found one that is certainly a still image photographed by the TV (with bad results), but on the other hand they are very good.

Another important detail, after the release of the album some important errors were discovered, of text, of players instead of others, etc. Further effort by the authors who made extra free packets to replace the stickers. Deed? In theory yes, in practice it was not obvious and is absolutely welcome.

The great work behind this project can also be found on the website (www.sentimentogranata.it), of good quality and with lots of information (I am also convinced that it will be further updated in these months). The promotional videos with historical images of the team and its fans are also exciting.

Not only that, the album is on sale in Salerno but can also be purchased on the internet. Two sales phases, the first one, in progress now, is the Gift Box with album + box of 50 packets for only 29.90 (39.90 including shipping), subsequently it will be possible to buy only the album or single packets at the points sale scattered in various parts of the city.

Finally for the more technological, the ability to download the album app and interact with the stickers by discovering hidden sides, videos and more.

This is a job for enthusiasts but also for professionals, when these two worlds meet, often, as in this case, the result is excellent.

Final judgement: 10/10

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FORTITUDO PRIDE (Corriere di Bologna, Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 99

stickers: 50 postcards size 10 x 15

album: distributed with the Corriere di Bologna on 21 December 2019

packets 0,99€ + Corriere di Bologna, 9 issues until February 2020

comment: it’s always Basket City! Corriere di Bologna (Corriere della Sera) celebrates the return of the derby of the Italian capital of basketball in Serie A1 with 2 celebratory albums, this is the one dedicated to Fortitudo. An appreciable choice compared to the one made many years ago by Repubblica, which put the two teams together with a certain regurgitation from both supporters.

The Bologna derby is also felt in the world of stickers!

The album is really well made and cared for, 50 figurine (stickers) seem few, but in reality a deeper analysis makes their beautiful .. figure (sorry for the italian word game). In fact, these are postcard size 10×15 stickers, so much so that they might not even seem adhesive, given the quality and thickness.

As it is right that ample emphasis is given not only to sporting deeds, but to the uniqueness of Fortitudo and its people, a team so viscerally loved by many fans, not only from Bologna, although only for a short period it has been a winning club .

“Poor but beautiful”, the first part of the album is very romantic in the years from 1961 to 1977, the arrival in Serie A of 1966 and Gary Baron Shull, an idol still today and a symbol of that Fortitudo pride enough to name the curve hotter than supporters. Sticker number 4, brought with him in bloody triumph after a heated derby against the rich cousins, alone is worth the purchase of the album.

Second part of the album entirely dedicated to the 80s, even the sponsors become epic enough to be remembered today: Mercury, I&B, Latte Sole, Yoga. It is the period of the “Fortitudo elevator” which often goes up and down from A1 to A2 and vice versa. These are the golden years of supporters, although not a winner, this working team gathers many fans especially among the youngest, bringing it to the center of attention of Italian basketball for the warmth and love of its people, more than for the results on the field.

The 80s end with two great satisfactions against Virtus, overtaking in an unforgettable derby in the playoffs (April 13, 1988) and a -32 “the big chill” (March 5, 1989), celebrated in shirts that have become the object of the years collectible.

The 90s, the next part of the album, are introduced with the sticker of Teo Alibegovic, savior of Fortitudo one step away from relegation, thanks to a monumental game won in Reggio Emilia, which saves the team and lays the foundations for what will be in the years to come. These are incredible years in Bologna, two very strong teams that are the same and that present great champions on the field, many of which then became even bigger in the NBA.

The happy ordeal at Fortitudo begins, suffering for all hearts F with a series of defeats in the playoff finals, the first in 1996, but also with the great victory in the 1998 Italian Cup.

In the fourth part of the album, before the stickers celebrating the first historic championship of 2000, the number 31 is undeniable the most original of the album: it takes up a famous choreography of the Fossa Dei Leoni (the ultras group born in 1970) before a derby, the symbol of the other team from Bologna, a large V not black but pink (we will post the sticker here and on facebook as soon as it comes out, impossible to describe it better).

The end of the album is a hard and pure Fortitudo spirit, the club experiences ten years of great economic problems that make it disappear, only to be reborn from the minor divisions as a club from scratch, the privileged way by acquiring the sports law of another club is rejected by its people. Ten long years, ended on March 31, 2019 with the return to A1.

The Eagle has returned to fly, in reality it had never stopped.

Splendid album, as well as the one made on Virtus, is a pleasure for all basketball fans. Historical photos thanks to the Fortitudo archive, RCS and the Bologna Film Library.

Album that exudes pride in every page and stickers.

Final judgment: 10/10

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FROZEN 2 cards (PANINI)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 97

cardS: 206 (1-198 + 8 Limited Edition)

starter pack: € 6.90 (album + 3 packets + 1 card limited)

tin box: € 9.90 (with 4 limited cards)

packets: € 1.50 (6 cards)

Frozen Magazine: nr. 48 and 49 € 3.90 (1 packet + 1 limited card each)

box 24 packets

comment: the Disney + Christmas cartoon combination is almost always a guaranteed success, even more so if the cartoon is the sequel to one of the greatest hits of the new millennium. Panini knows this well and after the album stickers + card ( https://figurineforever.com/en/2019/12/09/frozen-2-panini-2/ ) in a few days it doubles with a collection entirely of cards.

The album is well made but some doubts remain, the nice choice to unify the traditional stickers with the most modern cards in one collection was very effective and the result was successful, so much so that it was defined as a really nice album to collect. This card only version does not have the same appeal.

Not only that, the cards of the first collection are sincerely more beautiful and cared for, these having to follow the story of the film (like the stickers in the previous one) are more standard by necessity. The special silver or glitter details are still a nice product, but we remain convinced that in terms of quality the first product could be enough, in terms of quantity and also of marketing, Panini is certainly right. “Better beat the iron until it’s hot.”

However, this collection is very structured, almost like the Adrenalyn Calciatori, in addition to the 198 basic cards (including 100 regular, 54 magic, 44 glitter) there are 8 limited edition cards! Cards that to have them all, do not forget to buy the various products related to the collection, 2 limited are within the starter pack, 1 each in the Frozen magazine nr. 48 and 49, 4 in the dedicated tin box which also has three different images printed on the box.

Collection not easy to complete, some numbers are hard to find and be careful to buy more boxes together, because it can happen to find practically the same ones repeated.

Some alternative advice? Buy the starter pack and use the binder to put the 100 cards of the previous version plus collect the 8 limited of this which are really beautiful. It cannot be defined as complete, but it will make a good impression in your collection.

Final judgment 6.5 / 10

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CALCIATORI 2019/20 (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 96

stickers: 903 (1-827, C1-C28, M1-M48) + 20 card

starter pack: € 3.90 (album + 5 packets)

packets: € 0.80 (6 stickers)

packet GOL: 1 shield + 1 card

box: 100 packets

deluxe box: 60 packets

extra from January: Gommaglie packet, hard cover album with box

comment: welcome back Admiralty! The world of stickers is varied, there are so many beautiful and important albums, but only for one is it possible to get up early in the morning (once you could sleep more) to go to the newsstand and get it fresh out of print, this can only be the CALCIATORI, of course! That we then have to take the car and go to our friend Luca’s to Edicola Birra because the one under the house barely knows what I’m talking about is a detail (NO COMMENT ..).

The concept “the richest album ever” is often used by Panini, in this case it could be really well chosen. Let’s start from the bottom, Panini has listened to fans and collectors and after a few years of purgatory, the Serie C schields are back! It is not something to be underestimated, there are few more stickers, 4 together, but there are and it is a great victory for those who in recent years have supported the cause of the “province” of Italian football.

Leafing through the album we can see how much Fifa365 has been a test bench to probe the moods, already from the graphics of the pages, in fact every player has the image of the face in half and beside the number of the sticker, interesting effect, attention only to attack the right ones! Four pages for each club, 22 stickers of footballers, schield, double team, jersey, absolute novelty and very nice the double sticker of the team bus! Nice and because when you think about it the designer buses have become famous, they are often the protagonists of the tv programms, since they are always filmed when they arrive and leave. It’s not over yet, we also find two vertical strip stickers with the top players in action. 28 Serie A club stickers, not bad!

We come to the captions, also here following the indications of the many fans, the career tables return in the pages of the teams. The space is to the detriment of non-fundamental stickers present in previous years and of graphics and printed images less large, not bad. The pages are even more compact.

The most significant news is the trainers but we will come back by browsing the album.

At the bottom of the second page always confirmed the Calciatoripedia notes, this year linked to the 90 years of Serie A, personally much appreciated, not only for the news and curiosities, but also and above all for the pleasure of reviewing the stickers of other eras and great champions of the past.

The calendar also returns (and with him the nightmare, in years, of finding someone who still fills it out …) at the end of the 582 (five hundred eighty-two) Serie A stickers and immediately after 28 Championship Movie (Film del Campionato) stickers. Here it will really take all your effort not to forget the outputs of the packets as there are 6 of them (3 stickers each) and that the last three, from C26 to C28 will be sent free of charge to all those who make a request for missing stickers (attention, only for those who make a request for missing stickers until June 20).

Stickers format Updates confirmed also for this year, with 48 stickers connected to the Sky “Calcio Mercato” program. Another nice news, the pages of women’s football, increasingly followed by fans, doubled the pages with a much more captivating graphics that also incorporates the top players team by team.

Serie B always has its classic space, shield, team and 18 players in 9 double stickers. Wikipedia also for the B series with an image of stickers of team of the past. The presence of the Serie B and in such a rich way is one of the reasons that makes the album Calciatori unique in the world, which for example makes it not comparable to the new Premier League, where however the equally important clubs of the Championship, the english Serie B.

The final part of the album is extremely rich and inviting, before we talked about the trainers, here they are, all grouped together, a novelty that will certainly not be appreciated by everyone, but on the other hand it also allows you to have the stickers of the cadet series trainers. Hazardous choice?

The Italian national team is back in everyone’s heart, Panini rewards her with two very nice dedicated pages, vertical stripe stickers with 30 players, beautiful! Moreover, the page of the Calciatori 2018/19 with the Under21 and Women stickers had been very appreciated, just to propose them again for the men’s national team.

The next page is the eyelet to the cards, it is not necessary for a game but here there is space for the Top Performers of the Serie A with the highest index of technical performance. Since we also find in the back of all the stickers. Personally not fundamental page but certainly it will appeal to the younger generations and to the lovers of statistics and data.

It is not over yet, other strip stickers with the protagonists of the Gran Galà del Calcio, 22 total stickers, equally divided between male and female. Congratulations to Panini for the choice!

The stickers? Of excellent quality, to the touch they seem lighter than last year, but perhaps it is only a feeling of 6.30 in the morning. Many specials, many infos on the Serie A stickers but not invasive, a white background not exactly idyllic but the writer dreams of the return of the stickers taken with behind the stadium, the trees or even (happened) the light poles, a solution no longer feasible because the photos are almost always provided by the clubs. Memories of different eras, more romantic without a doubt.

It really is the richest album ever, before a question came up it was about what extras there would be: will we have the GOL packets? Will we have the Gommaglie? Will we have Football Gifts? Well, “clamorous at Cibali”, there are all of them this year! GOL packets contain a scudetto and GREAT NEWS the Serie A mascot cards! Here too Panini listened to the fans, the mascots are the ones we have seen in recent months on the facebook page of Calciatori Panini, a highly appreciated design that, as was requested, has turned into a card! For copyright reasons it was not possible to make stickers and insert them into the album, Panini found a brilliant trick and frankly they are much more interesting than the usual 20 top players in other editions, where the real top players were genuinely very few. Please note that these extra cards cannot be requested from Panini, good hunting! UPDATE IMPORTANT: attention to the badges in the GOL packets are different from those of the traditional packets! They have an interior in GOLD while the normal ones have a SILVER interior, which is why .. attention to what you attach to the album!

Football gifts, Gommaglie, Hard Cover available only on order from January (book your copy at the newsstand), Panini Tour confirmed. Honestly, the higher cost of the packet for the benefit of an extra sticker (so from 0.14 we have gone to 0.13, cannot be defined as a price increase) is an absolutely superfluous detail.

The cover is perhaps the only neo (not exceptional), even if in real life it is less true than in picture. But it must be acknowledged to Panini to have listened to the collectors, with the Serie C badges, with the return of the tables in the pages of the teams, with the mascot cards, with the return of the Football Gifts and the same Gol packets.

We give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, there will always be criticisms but this album is simply pure joy.

Final judgment 10/10 (with honors)

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VIRTUS LEGEND (Corriere di Bologna, Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 98

stickers: 50 postcards size 10 x 15

album: distributed with the Corriere di Bologna on 20 December 2019

packets 0,99€ + Corriere di Bologna, 9 issues until February 2020

comment: it’s always Basket City! The Corriere di Bologna (Corriere della Sera) celebrates the return of the derby of the Italian capital of basketball in the Serie A1 with 2 celebratory albums, this is the one dedicated to Virtus. An appreciable choice compared to the one made many years ago by Repubblica, which put the two teams together with a certain regurgitation from both supporters.

The Bologna derby is also felt in the world of stickers!

Virtus Bologna is one of the most representative Italian teams, defining it Legend is not out of place, being with Milano, Varese and Cantù also among the most titled in Europe.

The album is really well made and cared for, 50 figurine (stickers) seem few, but in reality a deeper analysis makes their beautiful .. figure (sorry for the italian word game).

In fact, these are postcard size 10×15 stickers, so much so that they might not even seem adhesive, given the quality and thickness. The photos / postcards / stickers retrace the history of the club starting from the first championship won in 1946 and continue quickly until 1973, giving much and justified space to the second half of the seventies and eighties where the club often win.

Small break between 1984 and 1988 and then ample space dedicated to the decade until 1997, the years between Sugar Leonard and Danilovic, the captions of the whole album are often a comparison with the cousins of Fortitudo, great emphasis is also given to the symbol of the Danilovic ‘s three fingers, forgetting the political significance for a Serbian, in a very complicated period for the area of the ex – Yugoslavia era.

Another block of photos / stickers from 1998 to 2002, the years of patron Cazzola and winning Virtus in Europe. Last golden period before the descent in A2, the end of Virtus and the rebirth with the sporting right of Progresso Castelmaggiore, which at that moment arrived sensationally in A2. Few stickers for the last 15 years with a grand finale the victory in Europe in 2019.

Really nice album, historical photographic archive of the club, RCS and the Cineteca di Bologna.

A nice item for all basketball fans.

Final judgment: 9/10

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ARTONAUTI 2 (WizArt Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 95

stickers: 324 (1-324) + 25 twin cards

starter pack: 3,50€ (album + 3 packets)

packets: 0,60€ (5 stickers  + 1 card)

comment: Artonauti are back! The 2019 event album returns with new adventures in the art world. If the first one crossed the various historical epochs, this is dedicated to the twentieth century.

First consideration, given the success of the previous one, the authors did not sit on their laurels but rather tried to improve it, the book is of excellent quality.

“Where we were …”, the story continues with the return of our heroes Ale, Morgana and the dog Argo. But the return where? Yes ok, there is the grandmother but it is not their time, once again are in the past, exactly in 1943 in the midst of the drama of the Second World War.

There is also a film with George Clooney on the “Monuments Men”, a special departments that dealt with the preservation and recovery of works of art, at great risk of disappearing due to the bombing or the many thefts that took place during the war. Here begins the adventure, in the oval room the President of the USA Roosvelt, in person, sends our heroes on a mission.

In the following pages is a succession of immortal works of art and, as the album rightly says, “heritage of humanity”, not only of a particular country (this clearly does not mean that an “x” country can take home the work that is in a particular country!). The album is extremely captivating, practically all the stickers are shaped and must be applied correctly on the paintings, the pages (for example) dedicated to impressionist painters are not easy!

The best of 900 painting: Matisse, Munch, Kandinsky, Klimt, Picasso, Modigliani and many others. The pages dedicated to the painters (on average 4 for each artist with often images that cover two sides) are alternated by pages where the adventure of ours heroes around the “old continent”, naturally in stickers.

Alongside the captions, many pages have small quizzes or games with which kids can interact, not only, we also find QR codes to listen to explanations, almost like we were in the Louvre or the British Museum.

Also this time we find 25 cards of art, stroke of genius of the authors, in how much they are defined “twin cards” and consequently to find of the double in the packets is not a bad, indeed. In fact, you need two copies of all the cards to create the deck and be able to play with the Memory of the Artonauts.

About packets, even competitive price, to encourage people to make the collection, each packet has a cost of 0.60 and contains 5 stickers and 1 card. What to be honest, there are a thousand other reasons to collect this album beyond the cost of the packets.

Album suitable for all ages, the “didactic” definition is just right. An invitation to everyone to collect it, a means to learn and love art and understand the importance of its care and conservation.

Simply beautiful!

Final judgment 10/10 (with honors)

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110 JAHRE Sk STURM (Sturm Graz Austria)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 93

stickers: 113 (1-110, N1-N3)

comment: the writer is a lover of celebrative albums, those not only linked to a particular season but to the history of a club, mixing old black and white photos with the most “human” players with recent ones much more colorful and often with players who have just been to the hairdresser.

110 years of Sturm Graz, the club of the second Austrian city, perhaps not a first-rate team in the international panorama, but the city center is Unesco heritage, so a good visit with an annexed stadium may be a good solution.

The album is made directly by the club, of excellent quality, complete with a poster holder on the back cover for a beautiful picture of the whole SK squad. The setting is made for a young public, the Pucky mascot, the panther of the stylized cartoon club that introduces young collectors (not only them) in the club’s history through the stickers.

It’s not a Japanese production, but this review will be atypical, starting from the bottom of the album and going backwards. Why this? To leave the best at the end, of course.

Of the total 110 stickers (a sticker for each year of the club’s life) those from 110 to the 75 tell us the world of Sturm Graz, from the women’s team (now fixed presence, rightly so, of all the official albums of the clubs), to the youth teams, to the sports center , to the fans, etc .; from 33 to 74 the first team, all the technical staff and the complete squad divided by role (goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, forwards).

The best part of the album is certainly the first, from 1 to 32, where the history of the club is traced, “wie alles begann” (where it all began) to the victories in the Austrian championship of 1998, 1999 and 2011!

There was talk of 110 stickers, in reality they are 113, the 3 extra N1-N2-N3 are not in the packets, but do not worry, they are attached to the album as you can see from our photo. It is not really a historical album, but only for the first 15 pages and 32 stickers, the purchase is valid even if you are not a Sturm Graz fan.

Alles gut!

Final judgement: 8/10

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HARRY POTTER SAGA (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 92

stickers: 216 (1-216) + 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 5 packets + card holder)

packets: € 1.00 (4 stickers + 1 card)

comment: Harry Potter never goes out of style! The saga of the young magician continues to have millions of fans around the world, even if the story and the consequent films have come to an end.

After last year’s Magical Sticker Album (in a little effective tabloid version), Panini celebrates the entire saga with a new album that retraces all the adventures. Appreciable that it is not just a copy / paste of previous productions (after all it could not be, given that not all albums in the past were made by Panini), the stickers have the rectangular format that we had already appreciated for Avengers End Game.

This particular “widescreen” model goes well with the images taken from the various films, each equally represented with a number of equal-sized stickers (6 pages and about 27 stickers for each episode, only the second part of “The deathly hallows” it has a few less).

It is also an album full of captions, so as to resemble almost a book in stickers, it recalls certain productions of the same 80’s Panini where for each sticker there was the explanation below.

In the album there is inside the binder (to be assembled) for the 50 cards, more value of this collection. As for Avengers and Spider-Man, even here Panini maintains an excellent level, not only of card quality but above all for images. Very close-ups (from C32 to C39) of the main characters, captivating the holographs with details to be discovered.

Was another Harry Potter album necessary? Those who already have others will surely do it to complete the collection (but are we sure it will be the last? ..), those who do not have them but love the saga can have a single album in the whole story; who does not appreciate much, surely can find other interesting products in this period of invasion of quality albums at newsstands.

Panini continues the promotion and production of albums with stickers and cards, together, if the results are these, we cannot complain!

Final judgment: 8.5 / 10

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PRO LEAGUE 2019-20 (Panini Belgium)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 91

stickers: 572 (1-572)

starter pack: € 7.45 (11 packets)

album: € 2.90 sachets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

comment: 50 years of Panini in Belgium. Not everyone knows that Belgium was the first country where the Panini stickers were distributed and from 1972/73 the album dedicated to the soccer championship was released, the longest and most historic Panini album after the Italian Calciatori.

The album has changed its name in recent years, from the classic “FOOTBALL” in recent years has taken the new name given to “PRO LEAGUE”. Although Belgian football is not considered a top European championship, the album has always maintained its charm with a rich offer of stickers and a document of a football season.

Each Pro League club is represented with 21 stickers, including a shield, a double team, a coach and a space dedicated to updates. Players are presented in the classic Panini bust with various information on as career, technical characteristics and place of birth.

To follow also the Proximus League (Second Division), double stickers to propose 17 players, coach, badge and team. It is not over yet, ahead of the rest of Europe we also find the women’s Super League with all the 6 teams (Anderlecht, Brugge, Genk, Gent, Leuven, Standard), also with well-19 images (championship, team, coach and 11 players).

The part of the album is splendid, where the vintage stickers are reproduced from 1972/73 until last year, a series of 40 stickers that will surely make football fans and “figurine history” rejoice.

Grand finale with the “road to Euro 2020”, Belgium once again among the big favorites for the final victory, 16 stickers, including a mega 8 puzzle, to push the Red Devils towards triumph.

Last pages with the best of the previous championship and a page where to attach the stickers of your favorite Top 11 (of course, dear collectors, we will leave the page as we find it).

Pro League 21 stickers, Proximus League 11 stickers (17 players), Super League women’s 11 stickers (17 players), celebratory pages from 72/73 to today, this album is really a beautiful collection!

Final judgment: 9.5 / 10

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FROZEN 2 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 90

stickers: 216 (1-192, F1-F12, L1-L12) + 55 cards (C1-C30, S1-S20, XXLle1-XXL le5)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 5 packets + 2 XXL cards)

collector’s tin box: € 9.90 (7 packets + 5 XXL cards)

mega tin box: € 29.90 (HARD COVER album + 7 packets + 3 XXL cards)

packets: € 1.00 (4 stickers + 1 card)

comment: the richest album ever! No, it is not the classic promo of the new Calciatori, but the pleasantly challenging album linked to the Christmas cartoon par excellence (the one yes): Frozen 2. The story is known so let’s go directly to the presentation of this new effort Panini.

The “blockbuster” albums are increasingly becoming an adventure in trying to complete them and above all to be informed about all the connected exits to have them really complete. The main new is also the realization of the hardcover version, presented inside a mega tin box and available ONLY by booking your copy on the circuit www.primaedicola.it, the newsstand distributor.

Don’t worry, for the mega tin box it is not necessary to free up space in the car, the album is small. A sore point for Frozen lovers who wanted to place all the various albums close together in the library (between Frozen and Frozen 2 they came out, we think, another 3 albums), since the first one is rectangular, this is small vertical, in the middle a giant type Calciatori recent years, other standard format etc. etc. Help!

The choice of the small format has its flaws but also the merit of making it similar to a fablebook, of course the advice is to start the collection AFTER having seen the movie, as the album traces the story, there are no pages of introduction with character gallery or other. The story is so beautiful that it has to be told in detail.


Add to this a central giant poster where to place the F1-F12 stickers, unlike other times it is impossible to attack them without moving it from the album, the advice is perhaps to buy 2 starter packs (looking for all the 5 different XXL cards, since it is not clear if the complete set is found in the Mega Tin Box) so as to keep it attached in the copy where the stickers are attached. Or at the newsstand you will also find the album priced at € 2.00.

The stickers are really beautiful, with a colored outline that increases their charm, in addition to the classic ones we find many shaped stickers (stick them with caution!), silver, glitter and transparent! In addition to the 204 stickers for the album (1-192, F1-F12 for the central poster), we find other 12 decorative mini (L1-L12) with small stickers that can be attached where you prefer but are born above all to personalize the back of the cards of the same album.

About cards, we have 55: 30 with all the characters in the cartoon (C1-C30), 20 specials dedicated to Elsa, Anna and Olaf (S1-S20), 5 XXL format. In addition to the Mega Tin Box, we find 3 different standard tin boxes, 2 with Elsa and Anna together (horizontal and vertical), one with the nice Olaf. Tin boxes are naturally also made to hold their own card collection.

After the first disappointment for the format of the album (but later convinced by the choice), it is impossible not to fall in love with both the cartoon and this product. There will certainly be criticisms for the high cost of this product, it is a very open debate, Panini is certainly heading towards the future, uniform stickers and cards in a single collection is the solution to entice new generations and, frankly, do not disappoint not even the most “dated” (for example the album Spider-Man Far From Home had a really splendid collection of cards).

Differentiating the offer (starter pack, box, hardcover, tin box, etc.) does not always mean to force the collector to buy everything. On the contrary, the hardcover only on order is an excellent solution to make products in a much smaller edition compared to what would be needed to cover the national distribution (as was already done with Calciatori). Not having yet “touched it”, we do not add other considerations.

Marvelous movie, beautiful album, Christmas is coming, what do you want more?

Final judgment: 9/10

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AS ROMA OFFICIAL 2019/20 (Euro Publishing Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 94


stickers: 200 (1-200) + 28 pop-up cards (R1-R28)

starter pack: 4,90€ (album + 7 packets)

packets: 0,70€ (5 stickers / 4 stickers + 1 card)

comment: second year for the Euro Publishing album on AS Roma. The format is similar to those already made for Inter, Juventus and Milan. In contrast, each album has unique details that set it apart from those of other clubs.

Curious is the choice of the cover, practically the same as 2018/19, except that the only confirmed player is Dzeko in the middle (also due to force majeure, given that Manolas and De Rossi are playing elsewhere, Florenzi is now a separate player at home).

The always interesting side of these albums is the richness of the images to the delight of all the fans, even here the squad is presented with as many as 25 elements, for each player a page with 5 stickers in addition to the one dedicated to the trainer Fonseca.

Unlike the other clubs offered by Euro Publishing, we do not find stickers on newcomers (only printed photographs) but to the advantage of the final part of the album where there are the beautiful stickers of the cups won and above all a beautiful space in the world AS ROMA with the stickers of the Under 15 Italian champions, the Youth team, the Roma women and the final stickers for the legendary Curva Sud, the heart of Romanist supporters.

Also for Roma, at the center of the album, the poster and the 28 pop-up cards, a very nice and interesting novelty for Euro Publishing products for the 2020 season.

In general the album is pleasant, appreciable to limit the initial space to the new arrivals (they already have 5 stickers in the pages dedicated to individual players) to give more to the rest of the “Giallorossi” club, which is giving so much satisfaction to the club and the fans.

At historical lows the captions, from this point of view some slogans or words as we find in the other albums would have been good.

Final judgment: 7/10

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BIG DINOSAURS (Gamma 3000, Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 89

stickers: 205 (1-205)

starter pack: € 3.99 (album + 2 packets + 1 dinosaur)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers), € 2.50 (1 packet + 1 dinosaur)

comment: another album about Dinosaurs, which never goes out of fashion and are always very fascinating for children and also for adults. The product of Gamma 3000 is very nice and well made, the 205 stickers are all shaped and find space in the album in the various pages where our great friends are divided by type.

In fact, we have carnivores, herbivores, larger and heavier ones, those with affinity for birds, armored animals, those with bony heads, long necks, feathered ones, those with horns and scales, bipeds and quadrupeds, in a succession of pages where you can discover unknown dinosaurs.

The album has a lot of the charm of the retro, which is not a criticism, it recalls certain albums made in the 70s, without too many frills, 205 shaped and funny stickers animated without glitter, special or other modernity. The exact number of the stickers is unclear, as several are with two stickers to attach, so in reality that 205 drops significantly.

In short, an easy album to complete! Attention to the numbering, in the double stickers we do not find two consecutive images, so if it is easy to complete it is not so, in the case, request the missing stickers.

We find 6 models of 3D Dinosaurs, found in special packets for € 2.50. They are small but well made.

Dinosaurs are always dinosaurs, they like and will always like them. By the way, if you come to Bologna, go and visit the Dinosaurs park, it’s worth it! www.dinosauricarneossa.it/sanlazzaro

Final judgment: 8/10

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INTER OFFICIAL 2019/20 (Euro Publishing Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 88

stickers: 228 (1-200 stickers + pop-up cards 1inter-28inter)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 7 packets)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers)

comment: third year of Euro Publishing also for the new official FC Inter album. The colors of the Nerazzurri society help to make the product very attractive and of impact, the basic black greatly helps the quality.

The slogan “Not for everyone” proudly traces the entire first part of the album, particularly the opening page with the 8 puzzle stickers of the squad and the imposing Milan Cathedral in the background.

As already seen with Milan and Juventus, new purchases are subsequently presented, but here in 4 pages, many have in fact been purchases in the summer of 2019.

Following are the pages dedicated to the coach Conte and to all the players, from Handanovic to Esposito, as many as 27 different players have 5 stickers each dedicated, including a double in action and a special glitter. The 28 pop-up cards to be used on the poster at the center of the album make this album a real reality for the fans and make it a non-alternative product but complementary to the next Calciatori Panini.

Many final pages dedicated to the Inter world, from the youth to the women’s (climb in Serie A this year) and to the Inter Campus project, born under the Moratti presidency, in order to help different football schools in the developing countries.

Love her? Attack it (in the sense of the stickers, no to violence)

Final judgment: 8.5 / 10

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JUVENTUS OFFICIAL 2019/20 (Euro Publishing Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 86

200 stickers (1-200) + 28 cards pop up (1J-28J)

starter pack: € 6.90 (album + 7 packets)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers)

comment: after AC Milan, here is the new Euro Publishing album of the “Old Lady”. Cared for and realized to make all Juventus hearts happy.

Interesting the background of the spaces where to attach the stickers that takes up the new jersey of this season, white / black with a red stripe in the center. Naturally the eighth consecutive championship is celebrated and takes place in the front pages, unlike Milan, however, the album starts immediately with 26 stickers of the 2020 squad.

Then each page is dedicated to each player with 5 stickers, including a double in action and a glitter. Even the new coach Maurizio Sarri has his stickers and a great photo in gym suit, almost wanting to maintain contact with the previous style of the coach (now much more often in a suit and tie than in the past).

Given the news, the album pays out too early and so there are also players at the margins of the project (Emre Can and Mandzukic, for example).

Final part of the album dedicated to the world of Juventus, youth and Women. Sincerely, given the great successes of the women’s team and the important number of players also given to the national team, two stickers for girls is very little, they deserved more space.

Last pages for the stadium photo album and the game jerseys.

Then the 28 pop-up cards to be used on the soccer field in the middle of the album is very nice.

Interesting, but given the firepower of Juventus (including, I repeat, the female team) the album could have been produced in a much more articulate and engaging way.

Final judgment: 6.5 / 10

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MILAN OFFICIAL 2019/20 (Euro Publishing Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 84

stickers 200 (1-200) + 28 pop up cards (M1-M28)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 7 packets)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers or 4 stickers + 1 pop up card)

box: 50 packets

comment: for the third year Europublishing realizes the official Milan album, it must be given credit to the publisher to always try to add new news and fun initiatives so as to renew part of the album while maintaining the most classic parts of the team’s presentation.

The album is really enjoyable for all the “Rossoneri” fans and for fans of football and stickers in general, first pages dedicated to the news with 4 gaming jerseys and new arrivals; afterwards, as many as 25 players from the squad are presented plus coach Pioli (instead of Giampaolo who had started the season), a page for each player of the rose with 4 stickers of which a special glitter.

For the nostalgic and lovers of great football, the page of the company is beautiful where we also find the stickers of Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban in a suit and tie.

The usual final album on the Milan world, from the fans, to the nations represented by the many players and the stickers of the Milan Museum with the top players of the glorious history of the team, the stickers of the San Siro Stadium (perhaps the last in this version?) and just homage also to the strong women’s team Milan Women.

The big news this year are the 28 pop-up cards for playing in the field at the center of the album, many will remember them in some Panini albums in the mid-90s. Play or not are nice cards to keep apart, too bad it’s not expected any type of binder.

Inside the packets are found when one of the many special stickers is not present. In general, the stickers are good, beautiful to leaf through, especially for the “Rossoneri” hearts.

Congratulations to Euro Publishing for never presenting the same soup as last year, waiting to review the new releases of Inter, Juventus and Rome.

Final judgment: 8 / 10

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NBA 2019-20 (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 83

stickers: 464 (1-464) + 100 card (C1-C100)

starter pack: € 7.90 (album + card holder + 6 sachets + 5 card limited)

packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers + 1 card)

box: 50 packets

comment: year after year the NBA collection becomes more and more monumental and appealing. For the second year we find as many as 100 adrenalyn cards to which this year also include limited editions. Really interesting album for the many NBA fans in Italy.

First pages of connection to the previous season with highlights, the All Star Game “Lebron vs Giannis”, playoffs and finals. Following the presentation of the teams, each with 13 stickers (8 players, coach and two top players, logo and brand, four special silver and metal stickers).

The 9 basic stickers are all in action with a film-effect outline like if the album was a long sports-themed film. The top players’ specials certainly embellish the album and make it more modern, as an old guard of collectors I would have preferred two more players than the squad even though in basketball the main players are certainly less than other sports.

In the last part of the album we return to the past season with the 2019 awards and great ending with 28 stickers of the international stars that are NBA protagonists and 9 G-League stickers with maybe some possible previews of the great champions of the future.

Perhaps also because we are talking about American sports, the cards have a greater charm, they reproduce in some way the history of the album, first with the best of the players team by team (C1-C60), the international stars (C61-C80), the All-Star Game 2019 (C81-C95) and finally the rookies of the current year (C96-C100).

Above all we have the novelty of the limited editions, 5 cards present only in the starter pack with top-level names (Antetokoumpo, Harden, Curry, LeBron and our Belinelli).

It is not clear if there will be other card limited products throughout the season, but the NBA Film page has disappeared with the stickers that were distributed with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Very good album, it has only the same problem as last year: finding a card per packet, it is really complicated to complete the album. An innovative idea could be to get out of premium packets with maybe only cards in it. Valuable, however, the presence of 5 cards with the card in each bag, in other collections are only 4.

The album is of good quality, it has inside the box to be detached and mounted to hold the 100 cards; attention, the case is only found in the album inserted in the starter pack. The free edition album, distributed for example with La Gazzetta dello Sport, is not provided.

Interesting, with margins for further improvement.

Final judgment: 8/10

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FIFA365 2020 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 81

stickers: 448 (1-448)

starter pack: € 5.90 (album + 7 packets)

packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

box: 50 packets

comment: normally the review is carried out after going to newsstands to buy the album and the first box, in this case instead all the packets were opened first and by making them right can only confirm the beauty of this album.

The Panini Fifa365 can have different interpretations, it is an anomalous album because it is not connected to any precise competition or paradoxically it is connected to all. Now that Panini has taken the rights to the Premier League, we have the elite of European football, as much as the official Champions League album: 4 English teams, 3 Spanish, 3 German, 3 Italian, etc.

If anything, this has limited the presence of other clubs that would have made the joy of many fans, we do not find teams from Belgium, Portugal, Turkey, northern Europe, etc. The door to South America is always fascinating, to underline the presence of the Mexican club Monterrey next to the two Argentinian and the two Brazilians, a little bit to tell the truth, but it is understandable the choice to privilege the teams that in Europe have greater following .

On South America, moreover, the hope is always that, one day, Panini will be able to make the Copa Libertadores album, incredible that apart from some amateur production, the most fascinating tournament in the world doesn’t have its own sticker album!

Speaking of clubs, being a world album, it is impossible not to notice the lack of MLS, J League and Chinese Super League clubs. Without wanting to give marketing lessons, extending the album to Chinese teams could implement the sticker tour in a huge market. From the outside it does not even seem so complicated, just think that Panini, holder of the rights of Inter, with the Chinese property could (we believe) easily ask to include in the album the Suning, where among other things they play footballers known also in Europe like Eder and Miranda.

Having said that the album remains very nice, each team has as many as 33 stickers, they are in large part half as the Serie B of the Calciatori, but in reality they are images larger than the standard. In addition to sweaters and badges, a special motion for the “Living Football” figurines, holographic and of great visual impact. Panini continues to present the stickers in action in blocks of three players, a valuable but not fundamental choice, among other things being 9 elements are not even a complete team. From collectors better without favoring some more clubs.

The album, however, has clearly improved compared to the previous editions, minus single thematic stickers (in the past we also had albums with 6-7 Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi repeated in various forms ..), the last pages see a summary of the world championship per club, fortunately the pages dedicated to the women’s world championship and to that of U20 played in Poland remain.

Also this year we have some variants in certain countries, where we find 442 instead of 448 stickers (those from 5 to 10 are missing, so pay attention to the double numbering!), there are the inevitable extra teams: Crvena Zvezda, Partizan and Maribor (Serbia / Sovenia edition), Young Boys (Swiss edition), with possible further additions and to find out if there are differences in the South American edition.

It is an album that you either love or don’t understand, one wonders what will happen to Panini, if anything, one day he will come back to print the Champions League (a far hypothesis at the moment), for now it remains a very pleasant album to browse and with the possibility of have teams that we rarely find together.

Improved quality, some good ideas, others to review, a nice preview of the Calciatori and Premier League albums scheduled for release at the end of December.

Final judgment: 8,5/10

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TRULLI TALES (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 80

stickers: 192 (1-157, T1-T17, G1-G18)

packets: € 0.60 (5 stickers)

box: 50 packets

comment: the Trulli, just those of Alberobello, become a cartoon TV series created by two sisters, Fiorella and Maria Elena Congedo. All the magic of the characteristic city through the adventures of four little chef magicians.

They will not be the Smurfs but also these characters know how to give us sympathy, combining the charm of the Puglia with the magic of their magic wands and making fun of another Italian landmark like the kitchen, for which we are known and appreciated all over the world.

The cartoon drawing is modern but at the same time classic, suitable for current television formats, the album is a nice continuation. In the first part we find the presentation of the village and its protagonists: Ring, Zip, Sun and Stella, through the places of history, starting naturally from Miss Frisella’s kitchen. And yet Nonnatrulla, Trullosovrano, the tearchers of the school and the enemies (because in a self-respecting cartoon there are always some bad ones) Copperpot and Athenina.

Advice for parents, buy 2 albums because the second one is used to cut out the characters from the back cover and use them for “Il gioco del Trullo” (figurines G1-G18), the Game of the Goose of Alberobello!

A very funny little gem to complete, very colorful stickers, including silver and shaped.

Final judgment: 8 / 10

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BATMAN 8O YEARS (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 79

stickers: 192 (1-192) + 36 cards (1-36)

starter pack: € 4.90 (album + 5 sachets)

packets: € 1.00 (4 stickers + 1 card)

box: 36 packets

Limited Edition: hard cover 1000 copies € 49.90

comment: on some occasions it is fortunate to have to wait a few days before doing the review, it helps to study the product better and not get caught up in a small disappointment instead of new emotions. Panini has decided to change the formula that had characterized previous albums (from Tex to Mickey Mouse), no more paperbacks and no more hardcover for shops. Only stapled standard and limited hard cover edition always in an elegant case.

This editorial earthquake has displaced everyone, wrong to stop at the form, better to think about the substance. Obviously to appreciate the Batman album you don’t have to be only collectors of stickers but also lovers of comics, in this way really getting caught up in the emotions and also by the memories for the less young is a moment.

Semi citing a Woody Allen film: “Everything you wanted to see on the Marvel Super-Heroes album but you didn’t find”. Funny that Panini, publisher of Marvel Comics in Italy, manages to make a great album on “competition”, that is the most beloved hero of the DC Comics universe.

It is limited to call it an album, more correct to browse it like a small encyclopedia of Batman in stickers. The first pages have the flavor of the myth with the first appearances of the Dark Knight back in 1939, which continues with the best of the character through the years. Following the world of Batman, from the Bat-Cavern to the countless gadgets and the Bat-Mobile.

Space also for the many comics characters, with spectacular splash pages with shaped stickers, great heroes and friends Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman, Alfred and James Gordon. The great enemies Joker, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Penguin and many others.

Still missing much at the end of the album, from comics to television with animated series and absolute joy for us “old”, as many as 9 stickers dedicated to the classic TV series with Adam West. From TV to the big screen with all the movies with Batman as protagonist, from the first of Tim Burton to the last “all american heroes” linked to the Justice League.

Comics, TV series, movies … how to finish the album? Of course with the stickers also of video games! Complete, exciting, COOL, with many special figurines, 24 holographic and even more 24 that light up in the dark. There is no more suitable album than this where to put them.

The album though stapled has an internal page in cardboard, after the cover the checklist of all 36 cards, at the bottom of the album the box to be detached to contain them. Also the cards are really beautiful, the first 18 dedicated to the covers from the historical to the most recent ones, from 19 to 27 the various Batman costumes over the years, from 28 to 36 all the cars of the Dark Knight!

Then the limited box set, printed in just 1000 numbered copies. By the way, unlike the previous ones, we find the number even outside, nothing changes, but happy to have an important number like nr. 100. The box contains the hardcover album with a beautiful silk-screen print inside and a second box to put the 36 cards, exposed in all their splendor.

So let’s go back to the starting point, if the first thought was of disappointment for the changes that took place with this Batman and Donald Duck albums, a more detailed analysis makes Panini’s choices not only acceptable but also understandable. The Deluxe Limited has really become an object of high quality and aimed only at collectors, the intermediate versions did not give credit to this choice. Furthermore it is probable that sales of not limited hardcover were not such as to motivate the continuation.

Although Panini does not declare it, I believe instead that the choice to stop producing the paperback with envelopes inside is linked to the need to protect the environment and the progressive elimination of plastic. I think we are right at the beginning of a path that probably Panini will continue in the months and years to come, I want to think and believe it is so, with the absolute curiosity to see what will happen next year with the Calciatori Adrenalyn 2021!

Final judgment: 10/10 with honors (for the limited and for the ecological choice)

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 2019/20 (Topps)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 78

stickers: 595 (1-595)

starter pack: € 3.50 (album + 5 packets + poster)

packets: € 0.70 (5 stickers)

comment: allow a premise, as an Italian seeing a Champions League album start with Atalanta is a source of pride as well as a pleasure. Having the Bergamo team as before allows us to note the first new, the teams are presented in alphabetical order and not divided by country. It is already a step forward compared to the past.

The problem remains of once again having the album not divided into Champions League groups with the teams coming from the playoffs relegated to the last pages of the album. With the new rules at least the teams of the main leagues have dedicated pages, but from football fans, even the so-called “minor” teams deserve the same consideration.

Each team of the first 26 is presented with 19 stickers, a wonderful novelty the glittering stadium stickers, really unexpected and much appreciated. The badges have a much larger sticker format (be careful, not the clubs from the play-offs), the others are small, but the complete pages are a pretty sight.

Updated teams, so as to have, for example, Lukaku and Sanchez at Inter.

The background of the stickers is the same for all the teams and this is not really a happy choice. It makes the whole album a little too repetitive. Top Scorer with sticker in action and in each captain of teams we have glitter stickers.

The paper quality of the sticker is rather poor, they are really very light (close the window if you sit down to attach them), when we think about the cost of a packet we must also always take these parameters into account.

Unlike last year there are no extra stickers in the Italian edition. Different covers in different parts of Europe, have fun finding them all!

In general the album has improved compared to the past but you can do even more for an album as important as the Champions League.

Final judgment: 7,5/10 (one more point for the stadium stickers)

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GORMITI stickers (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 77

stickers: 204 (1-196, F1-F8)

starter pack: € 3.90 (album + packets + poster)

packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

comment: the Gormiti are back with the new series! Panini alternates the card album with that of the stickers for one of the most loved children’s cartoon, an extremely nice and well-made series. Our 4 heroes always working with the Bracers of the Elements to defeat the Darkan villains.

The pages tell the cartoon through his characters and their adventures, starting from Gorm, the ancient fortress of the Gormiti. 204 to complete the album, many are special (maybe I was particularly lucky but I opened a packet and found 3 glitter stickers!), The quality of the print is really good and the colors look great.

Ao-Ki, the guardian of knowledge, takes us to discover the various parts of the album, interesting the central part where the pages dedicated to the various peoples (of fire, ice, rock, wind) alternate with those where we see Riff, Ikor, Trek and Eron training.

At the center the special F1-F8 stickers to present the Gormiti kingdoms; very nice the 36 holographic, of course. To fully enjoy the album it is always better to watch a few episodes of the TV series, so as to feel even more involved in the adventures.

Poster inside starter pack only printed, not sticker poster.

Gormiti, among the best characters of the new generation of cartoons!

Final judgment: 8/10

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MATCH ATTAX 2020 (Topps Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 76

card: 467 (including 14 limited editions, 60 exclusive cards in Tin Boxes)

starter pack: € 5.99 (album + 16 card + LE card Salah)

packets: € 1.00 (5 card) + various tin boxes (see comment)

comment: Topps Match Attax collection is back, this year dedicated not only to the Champions League but also to the Europa League. The choice is very clear, instead of presenting a large number of teams, it is mainly preferred to focus the collection on clubs from the major european championships.

In the Italian edition we have 7 italian teams (Juventus, Napoli, Inter, Atalanta, Roma, Lazio, Torino), 4 spanish (Barcelona, ​​Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia), 4 german (Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig, Bayer Leverkusen), 4 english (Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham), 2 french (Paris SG, Lille) plus Benifica and Genk

In the English edition there were 7 home teams (in addition to Arsenal, Manchester United, Wolverhampton), the italians apart from Inter, a few cards from Roma and the only Cristiano Ronaldo to represent Juventus, with Olympique Lyon instead of Lille, plus a few cards of Galatasaray and Zenit St. Petersburg instead of the Genk.

Honestly it almost seems similar of Panini’s Fifa365 and a half Premier League album for the british market; prepared in advance and not knowing how the play-offs would have gone we find ourselves in the italian edition Torino, that actually did not qualify. Topps could at least avoid putting Zaza on the cover, perhaps replaced by a player from Inter or Napoli.

Having said that the cards are very good, after all at least in the Topps cards it is a guarantee, with a lot of information on the player, useful for the game. The value in euro that we find in the cards is clearly not the real one, but for the Match Attax fantamarket.

Not found any numbering or name check list, we will wait to take reference from the one that will publish Last Sticker. Not all clubs have the same card number.

There are also four different tin boxes, each with a price of 12.00 euro, they contain 60 cards each, they are 4 different and must be purchased all:

GAME CHANGERS tin box (includes 15 card “game changers” and the Limited Edition of Hazard)

STRIKERS tin box (includes 15 card “strikers” and the Limited Edition of Mbappè)

SUPERSTARS tin box (includes 15 “superstars” cards and the Limited Edition of Cristiano Ronaldo)

WONDERKIDS tin box (includes 15 “wondekids” cards and Sancho’s Limited Edition)

There will then be other special releases for the next 10 Limited Editions to complete the collection.

Of the cards we have said, the price is in line with that of the market, above all the starter pack is very good, if it were not that the binder itself is the small standard one that does not allow to insert in each sheet a single card, to make them all stand you have to put them both in front and behind (32 sheets for 9 cards are 288 .. the suggestion is to put front and back the base and the other single ones, but it is just a personal reasoning).

Collection of excellent quality, it’s a pity that the official collection of the Champions League can be defined, for that it is better to turn to the classic stickers, always printed by Topps.

Final judgment: 8/10

 

FORZA SPAL! (Panini Italy)

album: FORZA SPAL! 2019/20

stickers: 106

hardcover album: € 1.90

packets: distributed only in Coop supermarkets (4 stickers)

comment: good ​​from Ferrara! SPAL makes an album like Panini already offers in other countries of Europe (especially France, Belgium and Switzerland) of excellent quality and very interesting.

Hardcover edition only, available for purchase at all COOP in the province of Ferrara (ONLY) at the extremely popular price of just € 1.90. Given the quality it is really a gift. Inside we find 106 well-subdivided stickers, an approximate product has not been made, we notice both the care and the passion for the blue-white team of those who prepared it.

The packets are NOT for sale, they are given free every 15.00 euro spent at COOP supermarkets, in the province of Ferrara, of course. If you have any distant relatives living in the area, it is the right time to re-establish relations 🙂

The album starts with the stickers dedicated to the Mazza stadium, which is located in the center of the Estense city, then the stickers of the company staff and then coach and 28 players, for each two stickers, a special silver “In action” and a shaped head in the classic pose of the Calciatori albums.

The choice to present the printed images of the players on which to place the stickers is very fascinating, one of the cases where, if desired, even the album has its charm! (but being of the old guard I always remain of the idea that the stickers are born to be attached).

In the final part of the album, the history of the club, the supporters and the stickers of the great ones who dressed in the colors of the SPAL, on the field or on the bench. Any name? Fabio Capello, Osvaldo Bagnoli, Luigi Delneri, everything then became winners also as coaches.

Really nice, the nice SPAL turns out even more after having browsed these pages. Too bad that other clubs, at least until now, have not wanted to involve Panini in similar projects.

Album to collect and keep in bookstores over the years.

Final judgment: 9/10

L.O.L. 2 (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS NR. 73

cards: 193 (1-184 + D1-D9)

starter pack: binder + 3 packets + ltd edt card € 9.90

packets: € 1.00 (6 cards)

premium packet: € 10.00

packet + magnet: € 2.90

tin box: € 9.90

comment: continue the L.O.L. mania! Costume phenomenon beloved by little girls and also by older girls, Panini does not miss the opportunity to launch another colorful collection on the market. What is the female version of the Adrenalyn? Who knows, the point remains that even with the L.O.L. we have the Tin Box (as for the first album) but also the Premium bag, essential purchases to have all 8 limited edition cards; in fact 2 are found in the starter pack, 4 in the tin box and the last 2 in the premium bags.

The collection is varied and very nice, we must admit that for products like this the cards are much more attractive than the classic figurines from all of us so loved. It can also be seen in the 100 basic cards (B.B. BFF cards) but even more in the 50 GLITTER cards and always better in the 25 NEON BRIGHTS cards with fluorescent colors.

Apotheosis with the 9 MAGIC MOVES cards (animation moving them) and the 9 transparent cards with which to dress the BFF cards mentioned above. These 9 have a separate numbering, from D1 to D9.

We have already written about 8 limited edition cards, with sparkling gold and two mysterious colors that Panini does not reveal and you can only find out by purchasing the Premium bag available.

Not satisfied yet? As for the Calciatori 2019 you can also buy bags + magnet and to the delight of everyone another collection to complete.

Ok, they’re not footballers, but it’s dangerously fun!  

Final judgment: 9/10

ASTERIX 60 ANS (Panini France)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS NR. 62

stickers: 124 (1-120, A-D)

packets: distributed in the Carrefour supermarkets ONLY in France

album: hardcover, sold only in French Carrefour supermarkets

comment: C’EST MAGNIFIQUE !!!

Important premise: the writer is biased, I love and read the Asterix comics as a child and I am proud of my complete collection. Precisely for this reason too, the album released only for the French market is a MUST to have.

Asterix is ​​the most important and widespread comic strip of the Franco-Belgian school, its name in France is comparable to that of Mickey Mouse in the USA, trying out an album dedicated to roosters is therefore a monumental operation and Panini France has hit the mark.

The album traces all the adventures of our heroes, as you will know many are the journeys of Asterix and Obelix (sometimes accompanied by Idefix and Panoramix), in this album we find them all, from the Celts to the Britons, from the Egyptians to the Courses, from the Swiss to the Goths, etc. with of course an important part dedicated to Roman “enemies”.

Attaching the 124 stickers, even if they seem few, is absolutely fun and also a commitment. Lots of shapes that must be affixed perfectly over the images, the cut is of excellent quality, I have not found errors in this sense. In the classic rectangular figurines we also find special silver and satin (amazing).

Not only that, the album is full of information, games, quizzes and “dulcis in fundo” two comic strips, whose first one, from memory, seems to me unpublished (it represents Obelix and Asterix as young people inside the village) but I could also be wrong.

The album is NOT distributed outside France and being a Panini / Carrefour product, like all previous cases, it is unlikely to be available online on the Panini website subsequently.

Can it be an album, not intended for newsstands and distributed only in France, the album of the year? Yes!

Final judgment: 10/10 with honors

EUROPEAN CUP 1956/1986 (Qubotondo Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 57

stickers: 600

album + complete set of stickers € 99.00

comment: the friend Daniele, “deux ex machina” of the EdizioniAmatorialiQubotondo, combines another of his realizing an incredible album (after the splendid one made for Euro 76) dedicated to the first 30 years of the Champions Cup.

To call it an amateur production is right in form, but ungenerous in substance.

The quality is really good, starting with the inaugural edition of 1955/56 the winning teams are presented, both with stickers that draw the highlights of the most important matches, and with the stickers of the 11 champion players. On the sidelines for each edition the top player of one of the other clubs protagonists of the event, sticker that we find in almost all the pages until 1978/79.

To complete all the tables with all the results and the final.

The stickers are not reproductions of previously made albums but they are mostly unpublished photos, all with an excellent quality both of printing and of the album as a whole. If anything the problem, probably to contain costs and not wanting to put the information on the front, is the lack of the numbering of the stickers. This however helps to linger more in the search for players, to recognize or discover for the first time the big names that have made the history of European football.

Final page with 8 great champions who never participated in a Champions Cup final: Riva, Reisenbrink, Charles, Dzaijc, Deyna, Netzer, Blokhin, Masopust.

Finally, an excellent choice to make the album in English so that it can be an interesting and internationally readable product.

Congratulations! Remind our members have special discounts for all Qubotondo releases!

Final judgment: 10/10

FORTNITE stickers (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 70

stickers: 352

starter pack: album + 5 packets € 4.90

packets: € 1.00 (5 stickers)

comment: after just a few months, as expected, after the card collection, Panini doubles and also releases the sticker book of the FORTNITE blockbuster. The Epic Games videogame is an incredible phenomenon that goes far beyond the classic video game, with tournaments worldwide and also with rich prizes available.

When was the video game made? 2017, in just 2 years it has dug out the competition. Panini creates a particular and original product, starting from the same album, well above the classic Panini standards. Hard cover and glossy paper inside with central poster.

Given the ignorance of those who write about video game characters, this at least allows them to be impartial and look at the collection as a whole as a “figurine” enthusiast. The stickers are of good quality, above all they make species ¼ of the total of special silver figurines. Here, wanting to be able to ask for a greater difference between the many specials, they are all actually silver but we have no variants (satin, fabric, etc.) that have characterized many recent albums by the Modena-based company.

The album traces the evolution of the game from the first to the seventh season, as if it were a TV series and somehow it is just that. The luck of this game is to make you feel part of the same, inserted with both hands in the actions of its protagonists, which are certainly not few, I didn’t count them but I would say that the characters presented are a hundred.

The writer is a lover of stickers rather than cards, but we must say that in this specific case the modern collection surpasses the classic one, making it more connected to the original game. But in this version we find a hilarious central poster with rare images, seen few times and seasonal costumes. Following the evolution of the album is challenging, but also a lot of fun.

Although the quality is very good, just to help the sticker version that is still valid, Panini could put a hand on his heart and not bring the bags to 1.00 euro. On the other hand, it must have cost little to acquire the rights of this video game universally loved and not only by the very young. As for the cards, a second album is also likely during 2020.

Final judgment: 8/10

CALCIATORI ADRENALYN 2020 (Panini Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 68

cards: 469 (basic set)

starter pack: binder + 4 packets + 2 cards ltd edt € 8.00

packets: € 1.00 (6 cards)

comment: while the flagship Calciatori travels towards the age of 60 (for the 2020/21 edition we expect great things, understood Panini ?? 😉), the prodigal son Adrenalyn celebrates its tenth anniversary. Ten important years because, season after season, the success of the cards has become increasingly significant, far from the biblical numbers of the stickers, but it is absolutely unlikely that, sooner or later, we can even get overtaking.

The Adrenalyn collection was born under a different spirit than the stickers, it does not have the complete squad of the Serie A and often had criticism for the shirts worn by the players. In reality the need to leave at the beginning of September entails the closure of the press at the end of July, with the result that the photographs are taken in some friendlies match of the various teams and often in the summer the clubs use away shirts. Of course it is really strange to see Brescia in green jersey or Spal in a practically white jersey, but better these “defects” than the wild use of Photoshop.

Furthermore the Adrenalyn are a game, it has an average audience that is very young and the search for completing the album does not have that final and absolute purpose that has been valid since 1961 instead for the stickers. For the older generations they are sometimes indigestible, actually the choice of Panini to let them come out in September, then 4 months from the new Calciatori, allows in many families to collect both.

As for the presence of away and third jerseys, in many teams we have the presence of players who have moved elsewhere or other champions are not present yet (Lukaku for example). Having the updated teams would mean going out in November so you can’t do otherwise, then the PLUS cards will come out to update the teams. As well as the other cards that will bring the basic set probably updated to 520 total stickers.

From the graphic point of view, the cards always remain of good quality, we don’t find big news compared to the previous year, if not for some new captivating sections like DIAMANTE (young promises) and BLITZ (new arrivals in Serie A). Cards that have even more meaning when viewed in the context of the game and not only of card collecting.

The news are actually others, to celebrate the tenth anniversary Panini will realize a special Tin Box Platinum with as many as 10 limited edition cards, cards that will be found only in this package. They are special cards because they are celebratory and present 10 players who were already present in the first 2009/10 edition (Buffon, Quagliarella, Criscito the names that have already been announced). Furthermore, only in this box we will find 15 basic cards plus that are not inside the standard bags. Virtually all 25 cards are limited editions.

So this year we have two tin boxes. The special premium packets and the limited cards attached to the Bomber magazine are also confirmed. Possible that there will be further additions.

Another news, the TOP PLAYER cards, which had made the collectors go crazy last year, this year can be ordered in Panini (Handanovic, Cristiano Ronaldo, Piatek, Koulibaly, Quagliarella).

Very appreciable that the cards follow the same logic of the stickers, in the basic set each club has the same number of cards (18), this means that the UNBEATABLE DUO card in some cases is really risky .. but in short, someone had to put it, not ?

Important detail, buying a box we found very few doubles, the free version packets that instead are found in the starter pack often have duplicates (not in the same packet, of course). Material, however, always good for exchanges!

In summary, here are the outputs already provided with card limited:

Allan, Under (in the starter pack)

De Vrij, Luis Alberto, English (in the standard tin box)

Muriel, Godin, Ramsey, Bennacer, Zielinski, Diawara, Murillo (in the premium packets)

Immobile, Bernardeschi, Belotti(in the gold premium packets)

Freuler, Romero (Bomber magazine nr. 23)

Dijks, Berardi (Bomber magazine nr. 25)

Dragowski (Bomber 26)

Godin, Ramsey, Zielinski gold signature (in premium packets, 5000 copies per player)

Premium Tin Box (contains 25 limited edition cards)

Final judgment: 9/10