UK SERIES 1

Corinthian launched their MicroStars range on February 12th 2001, with MicroStars being smaller than their ProStars counterparts, at around 2" in height. The first series contained 21 different players to collect, however 23 were initially planned, but due to a very small delay in production, Alan Shearer and Gary Speed for Newcastle would have to wait until Series 2 for their release.


The MicroStars figures were released inside a chocolate shell, which was wrapped in foil, this product was called POWERPODZ. Inside the chocolate shell was a plastic capsule, which contained a randomly packed MicroStars figure (which was in a sealed clear plastic packet) and a collector's information leaflet, which detailed both the figues in the series and also how the base rating and MicroStars game worked.


MicroStars were released on 6 different base colours, which were Green, Red, Blue, White, Silver and Gold, with the production ratios for each base colour being as follows:

  • GREEN - 1 IN 2
  • RED - 1 IN 5
  • BLUE - 1 IN 8
  • WHITE - 1 IN 10
  • SILVER - 1 IN 20
  • GOLD - 1 IN 50


Under the base of each figure was a set of skill ratings,with the different base colours being relevant when playing the MicroStars World Club League, as the skill ratings increased with the bases rarity, so Green base had the lowest ratings and Gold the highest.


The 5 Skill Ratings for outfield players are - Dribbling, Tackling, Crossing, Passing and Shooting

The Goal Keeper figures had just 2 Skill Ratings, which are - Save Shot Left and Save Shot Right


MicroStars were designed with the younger collector in mind, however they were still highly collectible amongst older collectors. Base colour wise most looked to collect them all on a single base colour, usually Green as this matched up with the Headliners and ProStars figures, however some chose a club specifc base colour, so Arsenal on Red, Chelsea on Blue etc, while some preferred to go try collect them all on the rarest base colour, Gold!


This first series proved a smash hit with young and old, new and exisiting collectors alike, i think we can all still recall the original TV advertisment, 'Football crazy, chocolate mad, grab a powerpod and paly football with the lads'


The full line up for MicroStars UK Series 1 is:

  • Arsenal - Dennis Bergkamp, David Seaman
  • Aston Villa - Dion Dublin, David Ginola
  • Chelsea - Gustavo Poyet
  • Leeds United - Harry Kewell, Ian Harte
  • Liverpool - Michael Owen, Christian Ziege
  • Manchester United - David Beckham, Jaap Stam
  • Middlesbrough - Christian Karembeu. Gary Pallister
  • Newcastle United - Shay Given
  • Tottenham Hotspur - Tim Sherwood, Sergei Rebrov
  • West Ham United - Frank Lampard, Paolo Di Canio
  • Rangers - Michael Mols, Lorenzo Amoruso, Tore Andre Flo


The Powerpodz were sent to shops in a CDU (Counter Display Unit) with each unit containing 16 Powerpodz, with stock selling as swiftly as it was put out on display.

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Tore Andre Flo

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Here we have the 6 different base colours, along with the production ratio and rarity of each base colour.

Magazine adverts which were used to promote the product