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The inclusion of Uruguay as part of the 2014 World Cup range SoccerStarz was initially over looked by most, as it was first reported that there would be just 3 Uruguay SoccerStarz released, those being Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan, however as it transpired a full team of 11 plus the manager would be released!

 

The trio of Suarez, Cavani and Forlan are of course the most instantly recogniseable of Uruguay stars and therefore the most commercial, so it made sense to do them as part of the range, however an image appeared depicting a couple more Uruguay SoccerStarz along with a 12 figure list, things were getting interesting!

 

So who were the other 9, well collectors were treated to goal keeper Fernando Muslera, WBA's Diego Lugano, Gaston Ramirez of Southampton, Diego Godin of Athletico Madrid, Maxi Perreira of Benfica, Juventus' Martin Caceres, Cristian Rodriguez, Arevalo Rios and manager Oscar Tabarez, everybody loves a manger sculpt, i personally feel a manager figure completes the set.

 

After communicating with those at SoccerStarz it was revealed that indeed there would be 12 Uruguay SoccerStarz released as part of the 2014 World Cup range, however the other 9 would be EXCLUSIVE to Uruguay and not available outside their homeland, news that shocked collectors.

 

It was not long before images of the 12 Uruguay SoccerStarz appeared on a China site, this further fulled collectors ambitions to acquire these elusive SoccerStarz. All 12 Uruguay SoccerStarz were released as single blister packs on a GREEN base and came issued with a Collector Card. SoccerStarz also produced a 12 figure team pack, this would prove to be incredibly popular amongst collectors and was the easiest and indeed cheapest way to acquire the full set of 12 Uruguay SoccerStarz. All figures in the 12 pack were on GREEN base and came accompanied by the collector cards.

 

The blisters released in Uruguay varied to those released in the UK, the 'warning' label which covers the base on UK blisters was not on the Uruguay packs, it was instead found above the collector card, different rules apply with regards health and safety warnings in different countries. Suarez, Cavani and Forlan were of course released on UK packaging and SoccerStarz managed to get some stock of Arevalo Rios and Martin Caceres and pakced those into UK compliant packaging, so any collector who bought all versions of the blister pack had the 12 Uruguay versions and 5 UK versions to collect.

 

The Uruguay SoccerStarz were distributed throughout Uruguay via supermarkets such as 'Supermercados Devoto' and released on the 7th of April. Collectors were frantically looking to acquire stock and it was not long before a few appeared for sale on Ebay by people in Uruguay, with a much inflated price i must add! It was not long before the stocks were being exhausted, with the manager Tabarez becoming increasingly harder and harder to find. Suarez and Cavani were also to be found inside the Tournament Edition Blind Bag, available on GREEN base only.

 

For me the Uruguay collection of SoccerStarz is a perfect set for many reasons, it features a starting 11 and also the manager, what more could you want. I think a manger sculpt is essential and would rather have the manager sculpt over another 10 players sculpts, such as the German release. The box set is a great touch and a superb pack, a real collectors piece as not many were made and the entire stock went to Montevideo in Uruguay. The Uruguay release gave collectors something to search for and a few rare pieces to add to the collection and left many wondering the same thing, would SoccerStarz release figures exclusively in other countires again, only time would tell!

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SoccerStarz also produced a very nice 12 figure display stand to accompany the Uruguay release. The Display stand was released exclusiveley in Uruguay. The stand was the perfect finish to a great set of figures and a must for any collector.

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