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UK SERIES 1

Ever since the launch of Corinthian's figures in 1995, collector's have always asked about the possibility of producing a smaller version. On the 12th February 2001, after over 2 years of product development, MicroStars were born!

Corinthian had reached an exclusive agreement with the UK's biggest producer of Easter Eggs, Magna Confectionary Ltd, to pack and release the MicroStars figures inside a hollow chocolate shell, called Powerpodz! The figures were packed into a clear sachet and then placed into a plastic capsule, along with a collector's information leaflet.

The cost to pack the figures inside a hollow chocolate shell was only marginally more than releasing it in a clear sachet or window box, and less than the cost of a blister pack. Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Powerpodz was that they were able to be sold in a much broader rage of high street stores, with major retailers like WoolWorths, Asda, Sainsbury's and a whole host of newsagents and garage's, meant MicroStars were literally everywhere!

The main difference that MicroStars have over Headliners/ProStars is that the under the base was some player skill ratings. MicroStars were predominantly aimed at a younger demographic, with a price point of just £1.49, so a game was devised, which started out as a 'One On One' and evolved later into The World Club League.

The 5 base ratings were Dribbling, Shooting, Tackling, Passing and Crossing, with the goal keepers having 2 ratings, Save Shot Left and Save Shot Right. The figures were initially released on 6 different base colours, Green, Red, Blue, White, Silver and Gold with the base ratings increasing with the rarity of the base.

The rarity of each base colour was 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 40

As with Headliners & ProStars, the MicroStars figures were also assigned collector codes, which began with MC, with the goal keeper figures having 4 different MC codes for each base colour.

UK Series 1 was released on the 21st February 2001, backed up by a heavy TV advertising campaign which started on the 26th February, we all fondly remember the song, sing it with me 'Football Crazy, Chocolate mad, grab a powerpodz and play football with the lads!'

The initial release of Powerpodz featured 21 different MicroStars figures, it was intended to be 23 with the inclusion of Alan Shearer and Gary Speed for Newcastle United, however due to a small delay in production they did not make the initial release, so were delayed until Series 2.

A dreadlocked version of Henrik Larsson for Celtic was planned for the range, however he chopped of his famous locks just as Corinthian had begun production, so this version was cancelled and we would have to wait until Series 3 to get a shaven headed version of the super swede striker.

And so we come to the infamous Tore Andre Flo in Chelsea home kit! Flo transferred to Rangers just after Corinthian had finished production, efforts were made in the factory to remove him from the shipment but according to Corinthian, 4,600 had already been packed!

 

 

I have always been extremely sceptical about that number but given the sheer volume of powerpodz produced it is also plausible that it is accurate. Most collectors consider this Chelsea version of Flo an unreleased figure, and is regarded by many as a 'grail' piece.

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MC003

MC044

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  • UK Series 1

MC085

MC126

MC167

MC208

Gary Pallister

Middlesbrough

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MC004

MC045

MC086

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC127

MC168

MC209

Ian Harte

Leeds United

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MC005

MC046

MC087

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC128

MC169

MC210

Christian Ziege

Liverpool

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MC006

MC047

MC088

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC129

MC170

MC211

Jaap Stam

Manchester United

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MC007

MC048

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  • UK Series 1

MC089

MC130

MC171

MC212

Lorenzo Amoruso

Rangers

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MC008

MC049

MC090

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC131

MC172

MC213

David Beckham

Manchester United

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MC009

MC050

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  • UK Series 1

MC091

MC132

MC173

MC214

Christian Karembeu

Middlesbrough

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MC012

MC053

MC094

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1 - Super Rare Edition

MC135

MC176

MC217

Frank Lampard

West Ham United

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MC014

MC055

MC096

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC137

MC178

MC219

Tim Sherwood

Tottenham Hotspur

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MC015

MC056

MC097

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC138

MC179

MC220

Gustavo Poyet

Chelsea

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MC016

MC057

MC098

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC139

MC180

MC221

Harry Kewell

Leeds United

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MC017

MC058

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  • UK Series 1

MC099

MC140

MC181

MC222

David Ginola

Aston Villa

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MC023

MC064

MC105

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC146

MC187

MC228

Sergei Rebrov

Tottenham Hotspur

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MC024

MC065

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  • UK Series 1

MC106

MC147

MC188

MC22

Michael Mols

Rangers

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MC025

MC066

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  • UK Series 1

MC107

MC148

MC189

MC230

Dion Dublin

Aston Villa

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MC026

MC067

MC108

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1

MC149

MC190

MC231

Dennis Bergkamp

Arsenal

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MC027

MC068

MC109

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1 - Super Rare Edition

MC150

MC191

MC232

Paolo Di Canio

West Ham United

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MC029

MC069

MC110

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1 - Super Rare Edition

MC151

MC192

MC233

Tore Andre Flo

Rangers

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MC029

MC070

MC111

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1 - Super Rare Edition

MC152

MC193

MC234

Michael Owen

Liverpool

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Shay Given

Newcastle United

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MC031 MC034  MC037 MC040

MC072 MC075

MC078 MC081

MC113 MC116

MC119 MC122

MC154 MC157

MC160 MC163

MC195 MC198

MC201 MC204

MC236 MC239

MC242 MC245

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  • UK Series 1

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David Seaman

Arsenal

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MC032 MC035 

MC038 MC041

MC073 MC076

MC079 MC082

MC114 MC117

MC120 MC123

MC155 MC158

MC161 MC164

MC196 MC199

MC202 MC205

MC237 MC240

MC243 MC246

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  • UK Series 1

  • Japan Miniatures Series 1 

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