FRANCE NATIONAL

February 1997 saw Corinthian release a set of figures painted in the France national home kit. There were 17 figures released initially in March and a further 4 released later in June. All the figures in this set were first time sculpts with the majority being used for the French club side series or the Serie A Superstar range. The figures were distributed in France by toy manufacturer 'IDEAL.'



In this set are 2 figures which were never again released by Corinthian, those two being goalkeeper Bernard Lama and legendary left full-back Bixente Lizarazu. The Lama sculpt was a very fine one with a distinctive hair style that had him sculpted with a stump like ponytail. Lizarazu is regarded as one of the worlds best ever left full backs and it is amazing to learn this is the only figure Corinthian made of him and many a repaint has appeared of him in the kit of Bayern Munich.



Also released for the first time was Christian Karembeu, a very memorable and popular figure, due largely to his massive dreadlock hairstyle, something which made this figure prone to falling over as it is simply top heavy! He was due to be released for Sampdoria in the Italian SuperStars range, however it was cancelled when he left the club to join Real Madrid.



Unusually Corinthian released both goalkeepers and what was stranger still is the fact that they released one in the home jersey and the other in the away jersey.



The figures released in March are the more commonly found ones, the exception being the Thierry Henry figure. Henry was not released as a single blister and was only included in the randomly packed 12 player pack, making him very difficult to find, couple that with his increasing popularity and the fact the figure had him sculpted with a huge afro and you can soon see why the figure is so rare.



The 4 figures released in June were - Bruno N'Gotty, Robert Pires, Franck Gava and Jean Pierre Papin. These figures were made in smaller volumes than the other 17, making them much rarer and far more valuable in todays market. Papin was released in February but only as part of a 4 pack, the single blister was released in June.



Corinthian also produced a redemption figure for this release, it was chosen to be Jean Pierre Papin the white France away kit, although it was originally planned to be Youri Djorkaeff in the away kit, as it was Djorkaeff who was pictured in the collectors information file as the redemption figure. To claim one of the redemption figures you needed to collect the 'points' found with the figures, 1 point per blister and 12 points was enough to claim the redemption figure.



According to the 'Corinthian Collector Club Collector's Rating Values And Trading Price Guide 2000' Corinthian released 7 different 4 player packs as well as a 12 player pack. The 12 player pack was randomly packed from the figures in the range, the only time Corinthian randomly packed a 12 player pack.



Each figure came with a collectors card as well as the collectors information file. Corinthian also released a sealed sachet product, 16 France national figures were included, with the CDU containing 24 sachets. The sachets had a clear window which allowed you to see which figure was inside.



One thing which may have escaped many collectors notice is the fact that the Home kit version of Jean Pierre Papin was released with 2 different squad numbers. Papin was first released in a 4 player pack in February 1997 and later as a single blister in June 1997. The Papin found in the 4 player pack has him painted with a light Brown almost Blonde hair, with his squad number being 27. The single blister of Papin was released in June and this figure was painted with dark Brown hair and his squad number was 9. The Collector Cards for both versions are exactly the same.



To get a light haired Papin purchase a 4 player pack and to get the darker haired version purchase a single blister


The full line up of France National kit figures is:

  • FRA001 - Bernard Lama - France - Home
  • FRA002 - Fabien Barthez - France - Home
  • FRA003 - Marcel Desailly - France - Home
  • FRA004 - Laurent Blanc - France - Home
  • FRA005 - Bixente Lizarazu - France - Home
  • FRA006 - Lilian Thuram - France - Home
  • FRA007 - Alain Roche - France - Home
  • FRA008 - Zinedine Zidane - France - Home
  • FRA009 - Christian Karembeu - France - Home
  • FRA010 - Vincent Guerin - France - Home
  • FRA011 - Didier Deschamps - France - Home
  • FRA012 - Reynald Pedros - France - Home
  • FRA013 - Sabri Lamouchi - France - Home
  • FRA014 - Youri Djorkaeff - France - Home
  • FRA015 - Patrice Loko - France - Home
  • FRA016 - Christophe Duggary - France - Home
  • FRA017 - Thierry Henry - France - Home - 12 Pack Exclusive
  • FRA026 - Jean-Pierre Papin - France - Home - #27 - 4 Pack Exclusive
  • FRA026 - Jean-Pierre Papin - France - Home - #9 - Blister Pack Exclusive
  • FRA030 - Franck Gava - France - Home
  • FRA032 - Robert Pires - France - Home
  • FRA034 - Bruno N'Gotty - France - Home
  • FRA026 - Jean-Pierre Papin - France - Away - Redemption Figure

Bernard Lama

France

Home

FRA001


Fabien Barthez

France

Home

FRA002


Marcel Desailly

France

Home

FRA003


Laurent Blanc

France

Home

FRA004


Bixente Lizarazu

France

Home

FRA005


Lilian Thuram

France

Home

FRA006


Alain Roche

France

Home

FRA007


Zinedine Zidane

France

Home

FRA008


Christian Karembeu

France

Home

FRA009


Vincent Guerin

France

Home

FRA010


Didier Deschamps

France

Home

FRA011


Reynald Pedros

France

Home

FRA012


Sabri Lamouchi

France

Home

FRA013


Youri Djorkaeff

France

Home

FRA014


Patrice Loko

France

Home

FRA015


Christophe Dugarry

France

Home

FRA016


Thierry Henry

France

Home

FRA017

12 Pack Exclusive


Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Home

FRA026

#27 - 4 Pack Exclusive


Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Home

FRA026

#9 - Blister Exclusive


Franck Gava

France

Home

FRA030


Robert Pires

France

Home

FRA032


Bruno N'Gotty

France

Home

FRA034


Jean-Pierre Papin

France

Away

FRA026

Redemption Exclusive


France 4 Pack A

Youri Djorkaeff

Jean-Pierre Papin #27

Bixente Lizarazu

Didier Deschamps


France 4 Pack B

Christian Karembeu

Didier Deschamps

Marcel Desailly

Youri Djorkaeff


France 4 Pack C

Zinedine Zidane

Laurent Blanc

Bernard Lama

Robert Pires


France 4 Pack

Back Of The Pack


France 12 Figure Team Pack


France 12 Figure Team Pack


France National CDU

CDU & Sachet



Top Of Box


Side Of Box


Back of Box

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Open Box & Sachets