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As with any major tournament a nation always expects and SoccerStarz collectors were no exception, they expected an England collection for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and; with the assistance of TOPPS, they delivered! It was feared that an England SoccerStarz range would not be possible, due to the England license being held by 'TOPPS' who produce their own range of England related products, most notably their trading cards, however a deal was agreed to produce this range of figures.

 

It is worth noting that NO collector cards were produced for the England SoccerStarz, i can only assume this will have been done at the request of TOPPS, who may have felt it infringed on their own range of World Cup trading cards. The absence of the Collector Cards dissappointed some but given the choice between figures and no cards or no figures at all, i think all collectors would forgoe the cads in order to have the figures released.

 

The England SoccerStarz were released wearing NAVY shorts, however for the World Cup they would actually wear White shorts! This kit change was something which will have been completly out of SoccerStarz control, the company will have had a very tight production schedule to adhere to in order to get the figure released prior to the tournament, so i can only assume England did not reveal their kit plans to them until after the production deadline. It was a small detail and something which was unfortunate but also unavoidable.

 

England selection is always a hot topic of debate, something i dare say the SoccerStarz team disscussed at great length, so there was always going to be figures released of players who would not even travel to Brazil. Only 3 players selected by Hodgson were not produced, those 3 being Southampton duo Luke Shaw and Ricky Lambert, with the other being Jordan Henderson of Liverpool. While it is a shame the entire 23 man squad was not produced it is a near impossible task to predict who will and who will not feature, i dare say Hodgson himself changed his mind many times!

 

As for the figures themselves, given the depth of range SoccerStarz already produced for the English Premier League, any England release was always going to comprise of already released sculpts, however it did give us the very first releases of up coming stars Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley and Kieron Gibbs, all would soon after be released for their respective clubs. The 2 England SoccerStarz all collectors wanted to see released were manager Roy Hodgson and Adam Lallana, both sculpts were superb and stood out amongst the repaints. The Lallana was a huge hit with collectors, he was instrumental in Southamptons top 10 finish and one of the leagues most exciting players in the 2013/14 season.

 

In total the England range of SoccerStarz comprised of 30 in Home kit, 8 Away kits and a Manager sculpt. There were 29 single blister packs, 4 varying 4 player packs, a 15 figure team pack and 2 variations of a 24 figure box set, and of course the Tournament Edition Blind Bag release.

 

All outfield players were released as single blister packs, as was Roy Hodgson, however from the 3 goal keepers only Joe Hart was released as a single blister pack, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster were NOT released as single blister packs. All SoccerStarz in single blister packs were done on a GREEN base. No Away kit SoccerStarz were released as single blister packs either. The 8 Away kit England SoccerStarz were found inside the 4 figure packs, they did not feature inside the Tournament Edition Blind Bag. The away kit SoccerStarz were done all on SILVER bases. The 15 figure team pack had all SoccerStarz on a GOLD base but offered the collector nothing they could not get on another format, so it was a release ignored by a large percentage of collectors.

 

2 different versions of the 24 figure box set were prodcued with 23 figures remaining the same in both sets, the ONLY figure which changed was the Goal Keeper, Joe Hart was in both however in Version1 it had Ben Foster and in Version 2 he was replaced by Fraser Forster, could you have found 2 players with more closely spelt names, Forster and Foster! All Soccerstarz in the 24 figure box set were done on a GOLD base. It was a shame that Hodgson was not included in the box set or that they did not use all Home kit figures accross both packs, as it was you were essentially buying another pack simply to get the other goal keeper. The 5 players not found inside the box set were Walcott, Lennon, Lallana, Sterling and Gibbs, they were not included in the 15 figure team pack either,however Walcott, Lallana, Sterling and Gibbs were all included in the 4 figure packs, you could only get Lennon and Hodgson SoccerStarz as single blister packs or inside the Tournament Edition Blind Bag.

 

As for the Tournament Edition Bling Bag it featured all of the Home kit figures, Hodgson and also all 3 goal keepers, however no away kit SoccerStarz. The England SoccerStarz inside the Blind Bag were done on both RED and WHITE colour bases, a nice patriotic touch.  So in total there was 39 different England SoccerStarz to collect, spread accross a few packaging formats and on many base colours, it was not possible to get all England SoccerStarz on a single base colour.

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Phil Jagielka

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Andy Carroll

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Jermaine Defoe

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Glen Johnson

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Michael Carrick

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Frank Lampard

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Steven Gerrard

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Kyle Walker

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Wayne Rooney

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Ashley Cole

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Daniel Sturridge

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Gary Cahill

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Danny Welbeck

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Tom Cleverly

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Phil Jones

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Chris Smalling

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Joe Hart

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Aaron Lennon

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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Theo Walcott

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Raheem Sterling

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Andros Townsend

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Leighton Baines

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James Milner

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Jack Wilshere

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Ross Barkley

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Roy Hodgson

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Kieran Gibbs

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Adam Lallana

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Ben Foster

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Fraser Forster

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Wayne Rooney

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Steven Gerrard

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Gary Cahill

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Andros Townsend

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Jack Wilshere

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Ashley Cole

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Ross Barkley

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Frank Lampard

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Blister Packs

2014 World Cup - England

4 Figure Blister Packs

4 pack a 4 pack b 4 pack c 4 pack d

Pack A:

Townsend - Away

Rooney - Away

Cahill - Away

Gerrard - Away

All figures are on a SILVER base.

Pack B:

Oxlade-Chamberlain - Home

Barkley - Away

Lampard - Away

Walcott - Home

All figures are on a SILVER base.

Pack C:

Gibbs - Home

Cole - Away

Wilshere - Away

Sterling - Home

All figures are on a SILVER base.

Pack D:

Hart - Home

Lallana - Home

Sturridge - Home

Jones - Home

All figures are on a SILVER base.

15 Figure Team Pack

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The 15 figures included in the pack are:

Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Daniel Sturridge, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Andros Townsend.

All figures are on a GOLD base.

24 Figure Team Pack - Version A

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The figures included inside the 24 figure team pack version A are:

 

Andy Carroll, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Phil Jagileka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chris Smalling, Jermaine Defoe, Tom Cleverly, Kyle Walker, James Milner, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Joe Hart, Ben Foster, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill and Danny Welbeck.

 

All figures are on a GOLD base.

24 Figure Team Pack - Version B

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The figures included inside the 24 figure team pack version B are:

 

Andy Carroll, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Phil Jagileka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chris Smalling, Jermaine Defoe, Tom Cleverly, Kyle Walker, James Milner, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill and Danny Welbeck.

 

All figures are on a GOLD base.

24 Figure Team Pack - Version C

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The figures included inside the 24 figure team pack version C are:

 

Andy Carroll, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Phil Jagileka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chris Smalling, Jermaine Defoe, Tom Cleverly, Kyle Walker, James Milner, Jack Wilshere, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Andros Townsend, Ross Barkley, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Joe Hart, Roy Hodgson, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill and Danny Welbeck.

 

All figures are on a GOLD base excpet Hodgson who is on GREEN base.

24 Figure Team Pack - Version D

Tournament Squad Edition

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The 24 figure team pack version D - Tournament Squad Edition, was released in early 2015, with the pack featuring the entire 23 man squad taken to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, along with manager Hodgson. The 24 figures inside the pack are:

 

Joe Hart, James Milner, Phil Jones, Phil Jagielka, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Roy Hodgson, Frank Lampard, Ross Barkley, Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge, Fraser Forster, Ben Foster, Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill and Danny Welbeck

 

All figures are on a GOLD base, except Lambert, Lallana, Henderson, Sterling, Shaw and Hodgson who are on a GREEN base.

Tournament Edition Foil Bag - England Version

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The list above details the England figures which were featured inside the Tournament Edition Blind Bag - England Version.

 

The figures were released on RED & WHITE base, only a couple had been found on a BLACK base.