box: 24 packets (5 stickers per packet) 0,80€ each
Miraculous forever! Lady Bug and friends continue their close relationship with our beloved stickers as the years go by and new collections keep coming out. Not only that, we can also add that the quality improves and the editorial offer too.
Sometimes it’s even nice to repeat yourself and we do it. If you want to judge Panini, don’t stop at the static football albums (even by force of circumstances, we don’t even feel guilty about it, on the contrary, we like tradition in this case), but let yourself be carried away by the imagination and variety with which the albums are made on cartoons and comic series. Small and big jewels of the world of stickers.
The new Miraculous album follows the current line that we like to call the New Wave of Panini Albums. Satisfactory paper quality again, the price of the sachets which still settles on human figures, considering the period and without thinking of when the sachets cost 100 lire, other times, very distant, unfortunately, but not only for the cost of the sachets. Above all, it is the editorial proposal that convinces us, no useless and expensive cards, pages full of content, fun stickers to attach, a central poster that acts as an insert and somehow even a story in itself.
Total number of stickers 192, we are at the maximum limit of acceptable stickers for this type of album but we are still in a collection that is not impossible to complete.
The album is renewed giving little space to the individual characters but letting us be carried away in the heart of the animated series, each page is a story. No hesitation, you immediately enter the action! The right mix of captions and stickers that find ample space in the album, luckily at least with this type of collection the trend of not sticking the stickers has not yet arrived, it would be a real shame. The fun is reading the album like an illustrated book and then filling it with content through our little paper friends.
You’ll be spoiled for choice, forget the repetitive format, on this occasion we have rectangular, round, shaped, special stickers. Not as big as in other collections but with that charm that only comic and cartoon stickers can have, since the legendary albums of the 70s and 80s.
Central poster which is a real insert, dedicated to the special episode of the series set in Shanghai. Choice of quality, however, keep the same type of paper, always opaque and therefore resistant, furthermore the total opening of the pages allows to safeguard the album. It is not necessary to detach the insert, you can easily complete it and keep it intact within the rest of the collection.
Albums among the best of this first part of 2023, the “French cousins” are not only good with Asterix, Blueberry and the masterpieces (among others) of Moebius and Bilal, in addition to the classic comics, they can also have their say with animation series !
MIRACULOUS Super Heroes Team (PANINI)
EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 207
album: MIRACULOUS Super Heroes Team (Panini) stickers: 192 (1-192) + 50 cards (C1-C50) starter pack: album + 2 packets + 4 cards limited edition 2,90€ box: 24 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ cad.
Commercial choice or editorial need? Let’s think, in our small way, the second. That is the maintenance of the rights agreements for stickers and cards by making a single album, when no significant sales are expected to make one, let alone two. Understandable for Panini, the reference company gains (in this case Zagtoon), the collectors and lovers of stickers are the losers, adding families and children accordingly. It is obviously not a matter only related to Panini, all publishers fall into this vicious game.
If there is no other way to print albums with this logic, is it equally necessary to make 50 cards? It is not a war against cards, but except in special cases it is an unnecessary increase in spending, difficulty in completing the collection and the combination of the two perhaps makes the quality work that the Panini staff created with the graphics useless.
We say this strongly, the album is very nice, after several Miraculous albums this new release is very interesting, a kind of wikipedia of all the characters in the series, finally not only the main ones but all, or almost all. The “Justice League” of Miraculous in a single album, each hero with his own page and stickers dedicated. All in very colorful and dynamic pages, equally nice stickers, pages that when completed exude stickers from every angle. The album is cool, too bad for the above.
In the center, the insert dedicated entirely to Marinette, the only exception to the world of superheroes, opening central page. Among other things, improved paper quality compared to albums released at the same time. The cards add very little to the quality of the collection, indeed they limit it. It is not being against cards but we believe that certain albums, intended for a younger audience, should start from the assumption that they are also (relatively) simple to complete and economical.
Too bad, any advice? Take the album and calmly wait for some offers on the web to buy just the stickers. If you are passionate about cards and do not have particular budget problems, do not consider our reasoning and enjoy this beautiful collection. Miraculous forever!
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 …