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SKIFIDOLL trading cards (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 366

album: Skifidoll trading cards (Panini)

cards: 140 (1-140)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 5,00€

box: 24 packts (5 cards per packet) 1,50€ each

ecoblister: 3 packets 4,50€

Probably few people missed them but Skifidol are back! An irreverent collection, if we want a little out of time and which probably fascinates a niche of diehard fans of horror-style collections such as Skifidol, Sgorbions and similar. It’s been a long time since a new collection of this type appeared on newsstands, which is why it was even more unexpected to see it arrive: we thought that at the beginning of the 2000s they had exhausted their momentum and instead here they are!

Starting from the cards, the material is excellent for preventing them from getting damaged: the cards are shiny, with rounded edges and the images are clear and occupy the entire card apart from an adequately sized space in the upper part bearing the name of the subject represented. It’s infuriating to see a higher quality in the Skifidol cards compared to those of Marvel Battles: these cards don’t get damaged because they are thicker and can be handled easily. The rounded margins probably help them avoid chipping, which is sometimes almost forced given the type of album that the manufacturer chose: no albums with pockets but pages with slots in which to insert the cards, as was once done for photographs.

We tried inserting the cards and it actually seems that the solution holds, also thanks to the choice of placing 5 cards per front and back page in the same position so that they reinforce each other. Also appreciable as a more ecological option. Graphically you may or may not like the drawings: certainly if you are a fan of the series they are of excellent quality, with a refrain for each character on the back. The choice to insert the 40 so-called stink-scratch cards is nice: if you scratch them in a specific point they will give off a characteristic stench of the little monster: they are not very different smells but the idea of ​​reintroducing them is nice, they increase the slightly retro emotions since the beginning of the millennium that gives us this collection.

As regards the album, defined as “Skifo-Book”, as already mentioned the cards must be inserted into the photograph-style slots and each page is full of stories and curiosities relating to the most disparate topics that try to stay on topic: it is mentioned at example the phenomenon of the Great Stink that hit London in 1859, some historical notions are given such as the history of toilet paper or the history of the bidet, as well as scientific notions regarding bacteria, animals, and more. Our favorite page, however, is the one that mentions all the streets of Italian cities with the most bizarre names. In short, for a product probably intended for a niche, the commitment was substantial and it shows.

In conclusion, if you like skifidol this album will not disappoint you, on the contrary, it will entertain you with all the curiosities present in the pages and you will be able to have fun discovering the characters on the skifo-cards. Otherwise, forget it: in these cases there is no middle ground: either you like them or they disgust you.

(AM)

BLUEY 2 (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 364

in collaborazione con Edicola Birra Fumetteria

album: Bluey 2 (Diramix)

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

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,99€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(AM)

THE SMURFS 2 (Tridimensional)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 360

album: The Smurfs 2 (Tridimensional)

stickers: 160 (1-160)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 4,90€

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

There are cartoons that have a limited duration in time, others know no age, they certainly renew themselves, adapt to changing times, but they are there and will probably always be there. Even more so than characters like The Smurfs, born from a successful comic series, which over time have also become collector’s items. Who has never had a Smurf toy at home at least once? Or tasted Smurf ice cream or much more.

The album follows the first collection released last year which had given excellent sensations, captivating graphics, colorful pages full of details, the Smurfs in their maximum splendor, at least the current one, created with computer graphics. We hold onto the Smurfs designed by Pejo, but we understand that to keep up with the times, we need to live them in some way.

You immediately notice the increase in the cost of the packet, which has gone up to 1 euro as many publishers do. It certainly helps you avoid having to deal with too complicated bills and bills when you go to the newsstand, but it is still a significant expense. In reality, completing the album costs less than the previous one. This is due to the fact that despite the higher cost of the packets, the stickers went from 210 to 160, so we are not very good at mathematics but the overall budget should have remained unchanged if not even decreased.

The album has a nice layout which traces the calendar year, from January to December. Each month naturally has its own characteristics and the stickers and Smurf friends remind us of this. If we think about February for example, what comes to mind and which Smurf could be the right one? Valentine’s Day is the most popular theme for the month of love, but incredibly you will also find Gargamel’s big face!

However, the columns are numerous and quite entertaining: ideas from the diaries of some of the most famous Smurfs, of course they can’t all be there; special events at the village and much more. The strength of this album is the variety of pages and stickers contained, special and many shaped. Along with quizzes, interactive games and more. Surely boredom cannot be part of this album.

Central page with the “best of” of the most famous Smurfs, do you remember them all? It’s a page that leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth because partly with the stickers printed on the album, on the other hand it would have irremediably increased the total number of stickers to attach and consequent increase in costs. So we easily forgive Tridimensional. A little less so due to the poor quality of the paper, although it is the matt version which often leaves fewer problems than glossy paper, in this case it is not very suitable, in some ways it almost seems as if it has picked up moisture.

In general, an album that confirms the good intentions of the previous one, certainly helped by the charge of the little blue men who are impossible not to love, even when opening the packets, you’re likely to smile when you look at the stickers. A collection that will certainly have its large number of fans, including children, sticker collectors and Smurf enthusiasts, we are among them!

(EN)

ORIGINAL SQUISHMALLOWS stickers collection (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: LE RECENSIONI nr. 349

in collaborazione con Edicola Birra Fumetteria 
album: Original Squishmallows (Panini)

Stickers: 188 (1-173, S1-S15) + 8 cards limited edition
Starter pack: album + 5 packets + 4 cards limited edition 3,90€
Box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each
Ecoblister: 5 packets + 1 card limited edition 5,00€

Squishmallow mania is raging from the United States! Collectible puppets that can be crushed and then regain their shape, colorful and with sweet, peaceful and relaxing features. They are certainly a product suitable for children but they are dangerous if they begin to like them as adults. For us collectors the desire to put them all together is always around the corner and in this case the Panini album can come to the rescue both for us and for the parents!

We have not been able to understand how far this craze has actually reached Italy: on the internet you can find almost exclusively American channels, both for exchanging puppets and for showing the sometimes impressive collections of American webstars. We are therefore not sure that everyone knows what we are talking about: could Panini have seen it too far?

In America the Squishmallows brand is very strong, so much so that it has had collaborations with McDonald’s with surprises in the legendary Happy Meals, with Pokemon with dedicated characters and an ongoing one with Puma and hundreds of other gadgets and accessories ranging from stationery to hair accessories and costume jewellery.

Moving on to the collection, inside the starter pack there are also 4 limited edition cards and if they had only been these it could also have been a nice idea: instead there are 2 other limited cards available randomly in the eco blister packs and 2 other limited cards obtainable only by purchasing the blister combo plus 5 Squishmallows eco boosters on the Panini website. A little too sincerely, even if we now have to resign ourselves to the fact that this is the policy on limited editions, but this does not mean that we will stop, in our small way, being a thorn in the side of sticker publishers, when we deem it appropriate.

The paper does not disappoint, the pages are thick, suitable for children to browse without getting too damaged, in the album there are several interactive games to enter more into the world of Squishmallows even if there could have been even more! The figurines are very colorful and there are also special figurines: classic brilliant, shaped, holographic with the colors of the rainbow and also the welcome and appropriate return of the furry figurines, particularly suitable for this specific album given the protagonists, (even if only 12 in total). On the other hand, the fact that there are so few makes them even more special!

Each basic sticker has the name of the protagonist listed so you can know them all. The size of the stickers is large enough to make handling pleasant even for children. In the album there are some pages dedicated to the most famous and longest-standing Squishmallows and others in which the so-called squads are presented to us, the Squishmallows are in fact divided into groups, our favorite is the food squad, made up of mallows and form of fruit, vegetables or various sweets. The pleasure of discovering them all is yours!

There is also a central poster where smaller stickers are attached, from S1 to S15, which create a nice colorful effect once filled. If your children like these soft and sweet squeezable characters, they will surely have fun with this album.

(AM)

PEPPA PIG (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 325

album: Peppa Pig (Panini)

stickers: 220 (1-211, X1-X9) + 40 family cards (C1-C40)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 6,90€

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

Peppa Pig never goes out of style! In reality, it had been several years since the cartoon, much loved by children, had released a new sticker album; the wait is over and the result is monumental, it can be seen as a flaw but also as an advantage.

The basic idea is to present a collection that recalls family albums, the ones that each of us has at home, before the advent of social media and cell phones and the almost disappearance of printed photographs. In reality, as in many other things, we are returning to the past a little and many, even among young people, are rediscovering the pleasure of touching memories first-hand, leafing through page after page. A sensation that not even the latest generation computer or telephone will ever be able to give.

Peppa Pig serves the same purpose, both in form and substance. Big size for this album, matte paper that makes it more familiar, very good overall quality, large format stickers, central poster with family tree. An experiment that parents could do with their children is to teach the little ones how to compose an album of memories and photographs, through the example of Peppa Pig.

Leafing through page after page, the episodes of the TV series are not presented again, but the theme dominates everything, which actually contributes to feeling involved. Peppa with friends, with family, at the playground, celebrating Christmas and much more. Stickers as if they were photographs and space for games and moments of interaction between those who collect and Peppa Pig.

There are particular pages where there is space for stickers without a precise position, leaving children free to choose how to insert them. Be careful though, they are not “stick & stack”, once attached to the album it is impossible to remove them! We like the idea, it makes each album different, we like to imagine children showing theirs to another little collector and telling them; each sticker and where it was placed probably has its own story behind it, a moment of free imagination that we adults often need too.

The last pages dedicated to travel around the world are very nice. They also remind us of the large illustrated plates of Richard Scarry’s books, perhaps we have unlocked a memory in the less young among us. Here everything is big, imposing. The work carried out by Panini is truly commendable, perhaps the character doesn’t have much to tell again, but the graphics have really worked hard this time, at least that’s the feeling.

Those who read our reviews know that we are rarely supporters of the album formula with stickers and cards together, considering it not to improve the final product, only increasing the costs and the difficulty in completing the collection. On this occasion the formula is certainly interesting, the family cards are both mini puzzles and a game, not images as an end in themselves. Within such a complex collection, they fit in well.

The problem with this album is the same that makes it captivating, over 200 stickers, 40 cards, very demanding for a product intended for a very young audience, especially demanding for families’ wallets. However, it is a collection that certainly ranks above similar products released on newsstands this year, it deserves a chance.

(EN)

PAW PATROL big truck pups (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 321

album: Paw Patrol – Big truck pups (Panini)

stickers: 176 (1-153, P1-P23)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,50€

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

We left the Paw Patrol busy with dragons and knights, we find them in their more traditional world and which we probably like even more. Not many months have passed since the last collection of stickers, Panini’s choice seems like a necessary act (due to the usual problems of maintaining rights) but in reality the opportunity is given by the upcoming film.

In an era where everything passes at the speed of light, it is pleasing to note that some cartoon characters continue to remain on the crest of the wave, which means that the product is liked by children who take the place of those who have become a little older.

This album is also the bearer of good news: it contains a limited number of stickers (176), there is no trace of cards (THANKS!), the price of the pack at 0.80 still makes it interesting on the market. Very active and full world of stickers in these last months of 2023, it seems like a losing race right from the start, but the Paw Patrol has experienced much more complicated adventures and has always come out well. Who knows that this time too, thanks to the help of his little fans, he will be able to leave his mark.

Central poster aside, the album has the classic format connected to the television series. First pages, our favourites, which feature protagonists and follow many stories that children have been able to see on television. The album is of good quality, for collections related to cartoons the choice of matte paper is welcome, the limited number of pages allows this solution compared to glossy paper, necessary for monumental sports albums.

The stickers will certainly entertain the little ones, including the shaped ones, our favorites. Compared to other collections it is a less interactive album, not many captions, there are no games, quizzes or parts to draw. Space completely left to history but also, through the stickers, to imagination. Children and even some adults will surely know how to fill it with emotions and personal content.

(EN)

L.O.L. Surprise – We are queens! (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 319

album: L.O.L. Surprise! We are queens! (Panini)

stickers: 188 (1-172, P1-P16)

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

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

“The world seen through the eyes of a child” sang Eros Ramazzotti many years ago. The same concept can also be considered for sticker albums. L.O.L. it is certainly one of these cases, think of the happy and dreamy look of a little girl even just looking at the starter pack of this album full of colors and characters with big eyes and an overwhelming smile.

It is starting from this reasoning that we can approach the review of an album of this genre, it is not a point of view but a suggestion. Let yourself be overwhelmed by innocence and let yourself go, for once again, becoming children again.

The L.O.L. and the world of stickers is a relationship that has been going on for years, with mixed results, but surely if we still find them on newsstands they will have something to say (and to sell…). First we had the stickers, then the cards, then (no.. thanks) the stickers together with the cards, now we return to a more traditional album of stickers only and with a cost which is, although significant, among the lowest on the market. market. One packet, 5 stickers, 0.80 cents. It feels like we’re back in 2018!

Not only that, the stickers are large, but the variety of the stickers also makes the difference, 60 special out of 176, but the captivating graphics cover the entire collection. If we want we can also define it as a meaningless album, that is, one that doesn’t have its own path, this on the other hand makes each page a small solo adventure.

The central poster is very nice, a particular choice was also made so that only one side contains stickers, but perhaps that has its reason. It may seem to you that this review is going nowhere, a set of words and concepts without explaining what album it is. It’s intentional, if you know how to go back to being children you can find out for yourself.

Speaking more generally about Panini, there is an aspect that we cannot fail to underline and that we had already noticed in the past. For a product intended for the little ones, who theoretically are not particularly attentive to details and particulars, an album is created with excellent quality paper, the central insert even more so. For other products, intended not only for an adult audience but above all for many potential collectors, we cannot even remotely notice the same care.

You almost have the feeling that around Modena there has been a short circuit going on for some time or, simply, at Panini they are great admirers of wine Lambrusco and make good use of it 🙂

(EN)

BARBIE – together we shine (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 318

album: Barbie, together we shine (Panini)

stickers: 176 (1-176)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

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

blister: 5 packets 5,00€

What world would it be without Barbie? Fresh from the incredible success of the film, Panini takes advantage of the opportunity to propose a new album dedicated to the Mattel doll. Considering that a few months have passed since the last album there is no other explanation. It’s a shame, we imagine for rights reasons, that there is no trace of the film on the album. Even just a dedicated part would certainly have created a lot of interest.

Over the years, creating a Barbie album has required increasingly diversified research to arrive at a product that can be captivating. Many years have passed since the first Panini albums released in the 80s. The Modena publisher’s graphic designers certainly had fun with this mix of stickers, glamour, interaction and even memorabilia.

The cover is among the best created by Panini in recent years, not so much for the choice of the image, which is quite standard, but for the shimmering effect and pleasant to the touch. The quality of the album paper is finally worthy of the name while remaining shiny and not opaque.

Of course, after so many years and after so many albums, it’s difficult to invent something new and original, difficult but not impossible. In our opinion, Panini succeeds. Leafing through the pages we find ourselves catapulted between Brooklyn and Malibu, alternating the adventure with chapters on the world of Barbie and the characters that populate it. Space for images in stickers but also a set of captions that make the completed collection almost like an illustrated book.

If anything, the album lacks a certain repetitiveness in the format of the stickers, always horizontal rectangular (which feels very 80s) but perhaps the choice is intentional, as if leafing through the pages were a film or, if desired, a photo novel, or rather a “figuromanzo“. Second part of the more diversified album with self-contained pages, this time the stickers become vertical rectangular and the always cute and fun shaped stickers are added.

This standard format is also repeated in the central poster, which is also important for keeping the album compact, certainly the most successful part of the album, where little girls can dream (why do they stop as adults?) of the job they would like to do when they grow up.

The other interesting aspect is the mix of stickers, if the same in format, different in content. “Real” Barbies, comic and cartoon Barbies, small and large fans of the most loved doll in the world. The page that introduces us to some of the many models created over the years by Mattel makes us think that that could really be a winning idea or at least something that breaks the mold.

Bring the sticker album with all the dolls produced over the years to newsstands and, why not, toy shops, or rather adding the rare and never distributed ones, as the recent film at the cinema also suggested.

Standing ovation for the choice, for once (and in the case of an album like this the risk was very high), not to load the collection with useless cards. Although the cost of the sachets remains the now consolidated 1 euro, at least the collection of 176 stickers, with a bit of luck, could allow, with the purchase of a box of 36 sachets, to partially complete the collection, with only the addition the purchase of the few missing stickers directly from the publisher.

Unless of course you don’t pass through Bologna and you can take part in our sticker exchange days and even more so in the great FIGUCON event scheduled for Sunday 14 January 2023 at the Estragon Club.

Anything to add? Barbie forever!

(EN)

Cry Babies magic tears (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 305

album: Cry Babies magic tears (Panini)

stickers: 180 (1-180)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

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

blister: 5 packets 3,90€

The return of the Cry Babies! Characters loved by the little ones are also once again the protagonists of a sticker album, excellent that this happens when it seems that Panini has finally found the right way in setting up sticker albums, starting with the quality of the paper.

It must also be said, in reality, that even with the first album released in September 2020, the choice of matte paper was good news. The clear conviction remains that it is often with these types of albums that the Modenese publisher demonstrates imagination and variety of proposals, much more than in static sports albums.

The album looks good, considering the target it is aimed at, we believe it is a product created for children and parents to play together, the many captions can be an opportunity to spend time with the family, with mum or dad who can read to children the story that accompanies the figurines. Take advantage of the opportunity!

Rightly so, the album is also full of moments of leisure, quizzes, games and more. On the first pages, a nice introduction to the world of babies, as if they were football players, each with their own card. Following are pages that introduce more and more details of this fun little world, while in others we can experience the adventures of our little heroes, complete with references to other myths of comics and cartoons.

Central part with opening poster, set up as if it were a photo album, to the point that there is also space to attach your own. The quality of the paper in this case is the glossy one, therefore lighter, to be handled with care. However, even this part, in the general context, is guessed.

The format of the stickers is the classic one, there are no shaped stickers but many special stickers, with special glitter and others to colour. In times of very light stickers that fly away with a breath of wind, a pleasure to discover in this case more substantial and very colorful and nice stickers. Perhaps born not only to be attached to the album but also to notebooks and a little everywhere.

Compared to other productions, the total number of stickers (180) and the relatively low cost, if compared to the rest of the products, make it a valid and interesting album.

(EN)

The Smurfs (Tridimensional)

EDICOLA NEWS: EDICOLA REVIEWS nr. 294

album: The Smurfs (Tridimensional)

stickers: 210 (1-210)

starter pack: album + 3 packets 4,90€

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

If memory serves us, it had been several years since an album of stickers linked to the famous comic characters created by the Belgian Pejo had hit the newsstands. From comics to animated series the step was short and if you were a child in the 80s you will remember that it was all a smurf.

The new Tridimensional album has the advantage of, of course, referring to the latest television productions but also retracing history through the presentation of the individual characters. Not all of them, it would be impossible but the most famous are there and space is dedicated to each of them. It’s like having a puffy little encyclopedia. The texts are targeted and effective, to know all the features.

Historical smurfs but also second generation smurfs. For years we have wondered how could it be possible that there was only Lucille Bliss? Now the “girl power” is dominant with other girls to lend a hand to the “queen”. Excellent graphic work by Tridimensional that makes the album fun to complete, indeed we could say exciting. If you like very dynamic albums, this is definitely bread for your teeth. Square, shaped, special stickers, puzzles .. no page is the same as another!

Could the Smurfs exist without Paul Winchell and the ravenous cat ?!? As with all comics, next to a superhero there is always a super villain. Over the years the family has expanded, the album does not forget him and indeed helps us to get to know him better.

Good job by the publisher also in filling the pages with additional content with quizzes and other games, often achievable only by finding the expected sticker, as it should be! Central apotheosis with the Game of the Goose, or rather of the Smurf. Not a separate poster but pages from the album to be completed in order to arrive first at the Blueberry Festival. Do you find the “bonus” stickers? Well, if you roll the dice and land on the right square, you attack the card and double the score.

Absolutely pleasant album, if you love or have loved the Smurfs it cannot be missing from your collection. Rough paper always chosen happier than the glossy one, a series of details that put together, in our opinion, make it a candidate for being one of the albums of 2023. A flaw? Perhaps the too high number of stickers, 210 for such a collection, make it a little challenging. However, leafing through the pages of the album we find it hard to choose which page could be defined superfluous.

(EN)

MASHA and THE BEAR (Diramix)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 291

album: Masha and the Bear (Diramix)

stickers: 190 (1-170, A1-A5, B1-B9, C1-C6)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,99€

box: 30 packets (5 stickers) 0,90€ each

Welcome back friends! In a slightly unexpected way, a new album on the famous Russian cartoon reappears on newsstands. A sign that the adventures of the little girl and her friend the bear continue to be very successful among the little ones. In reality, they are nice stories even for us grown-ups, although, admit it, we are all on the bear’s side, a bit like what happens with Wile E. Coyote and Beep Beep.

Someone could point out that the cartoon albums made by Diramix always follow the same pattern, with the central part dedicated to stick & stack stickers to create stories. It’s not bad! It’s a formula that works, Diramix is ​​among our favorite publishers because it manages to create products that appear simple but are not. No extra useless additions, no cards (it rarely happened), a truly family-friendly product.

If we remember correctly, this album is the first released by the Milanese publisher on Masha and the Bear. It is therefore right to start from the beginning, in the first pages we find the introduction to the characters, the two absolute protagonists and their friends. Simple but colorful and fun stickers, if you wish you could have made some shaped ones that make the “work” of attacking more and more challenging but also satisfying, it depends on the result.

The rest of the album is a mix of tracks from the many episodes of the cartoon where, also taking a cue from the features and settings, Diramix doesn’t just tell but also tries to make children interact with the characters. You have the sensation of entering the cartoon a little, think how nice it is to go and visit Bear in his home, humanized as if it were the same as ours.

We live in difficult times, it is important to use every opportunity to try and teach the children (and also the adults who participate in completing the album) some good notions for safeguarding nature. Everyone has to do their part, pages 26 and 27, leafing through the album, maybe it’s right to go back and read them again. These are simple suggestions, but fundamental for our future. Well done Diramix to introduce this important novelty in their albums!

Fun album, the stickers are loved (we always need to love our little paper friends!), the images inspire sympathy. A little more effort could have been made by adding, as written, the always appreciated shapes. The central part with stickers to stick & stack are a Diramix trademark and are always welcome to us.

Price of the packet which unfortunately follows the trend of (almost) all publishers. Once with a Diramix box it was practically possible to complete an album, now with the 30 sachet box it is no longer possible. So let’s hope for a season of changes.

(EN)

PAW PATROL – Rescue Knights (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 287

album: Paw Patrol – Rescue Knights (Panini)

stickers: 176 (1-149, F1-F27)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 2,90€

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

For the glory of Barkinburg! For about 10 years Paw Patrol has been a cartoon that warms the hearts of many children, generations go by but Ryder and his puppies always know how to conquer new fans who perhaps take the place of those who have “grown up” and so the cartoon has reached the ninth television season, plus movies, spin-offs and more.

Thanks also to the authors who have been able to create new adventures. The album refers to the new television season where our heroes are catapulted into fantasy, between dragons and princesses. An original solution and one can also say spot on, given the result.

The first pages of the album introduce the new characters, could a dragon be missing? Here comes Sparks! The only “wild beast” who is crazy about marshmallows. Already from this introduction it is understood that it is not only an album of stickers, but also of games, to be colored. Indeed, if you are a bit fanatical like us, maybe buy two albums, one to have the children attach the stickers, the other to fill it with colours, drawings and much more.

An interesting aspect compared to other similar albums is the presentation of some stories which in this case are best told. Not the usual classic 2, but even 6 pages! Nice graphics that also mimic video games. Fewer adventures but more space to get to know them better.

The interaction between young collectors and the album finds new life on each page, the breaks between the adventures told are in fact pages where stickers and games come together for a moment of healthy and light fun.

The central opening part is spectacular! In some way it is a summary of what was seen in the album, only having followed the stories carefully can you answer the quizzes, only by attaching the stickers is it possible to complete the rest of the games. We believe this is the right way for an album of stickers intended for a very young audience, effective, interactive, not too many stickers and no useless cards, very colorful and lively, without a moment of boredom from the first to the last page.

The stickers are appreciated, it almost seems like the Paw Patrol want to get out of the paper and play. We like the details and there are plenty of them here, the red frame stands out well, the special glitter with the silver frame just as well. Shapes are always a pleasure. Worth noting is the quality of the album, rough paper like it used to be. Too thick to be used in the monumental Calciatori but that should be a rule for all albums at least under 200/250 stickers.

Absolutely pleasant album to collect, a pity about the price of the packets, which denotes the fact that the presence or absence of the cards is no longer even an added value, but just a useless complication for those who want to collect the album.

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COCOMELON (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 248

album: Cocomelon (Panini)

stickers : 192 (1-192)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BABY SHARK (PANINI)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 244

album: Baby Shark (Panini)

stickers: 196 (1-196)

starter pack: album + 5 packets 3,90€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE GRUFFALO (Gazzetta dello Sport)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 241

album: Il Gruffalò (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,50€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gruffalo Forever!

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METEOHEROES 2 (Idea Lab)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 240

album: MeteoHeroes 2 (Idea Lab)

stickers: 160 (1-160)

starter pack: album + 2 packets 3,50€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A strong candidate for our Top Ten 2022!

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PUPPIES & ME! (Panini)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 189

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

starter pack: album + 5 packets 4,90€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE CARTOON WORLD (Gamma 3000 Italy)

EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 188

stickerss: 30  (1-30)

album + complete set 3,50€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CRY BABIES (Panini)

EDICOLA: THE REVIEWS nr. 139

stickers: 180 (1-180)

starter pack: € 3.90 (album + 5 packets)

packets: € 0.80 (5 stickers)

What fun! Someone will think that doing reviews of particular albums, especially non-sporting ones, can be boring, in reality it is much more fun and rewarding. Especially because, if you want to do a good job, you go in search of information and often you discover cartoons or characters that you would never have known otherwise.
Every so often at Panini they make “simple” albums, like those of the past, 180 stickers, without cards and without packets or special stickers to look for elsewhere. It was needed!
Not only that, after the poor quality of the paper of the last albums (Marvel 80th, Animals), the return to the non-glossy paper album and the quality gains a lot.

Album for the little ones, dedicated to this world of baby girls who, in addition to cartoons, are having success in the field of toys and school products.
It seems to understand that they are all female, in short, a village of miniature Amazons. They are somewhat reminiscent of Masha & the Bear’s little girl but are so much sweet and friendy. Above all they are many, many.

The first part of the album is dedicated to the main Babies and to all the other inhabitants of the Biberon Valley.
The second part, which also includes the central opening poster, tells us about their world.
The basic idea is always to make small collectors interact with the Babies, the stickers are large and very colorful, with many beautiful faces in the foreground, really nice.

In the third part, here are the adventures! Short episodes of two pages but very effective, with images both on the album and on the stickers to get to know how it end.

Of course, there is no shortage of special stickers, the classic glitter and the increasingly used “scratch & off”, the most strongest collectors must have two copies, one to be left dark and the other with the image under relief . Good research.
We also have a contest and so be careful to throw away the tissues, finding the 10 different characters on the back, you can win one of the 250 winged houses.

Minimal album, but in the positive sense of the term. Beautiful!

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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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