Talk of the Turnstile 2014/15 – Issue 2

Welcome to Talk of the Turnstile, season 2014/15, Issue 2.

It’s only 2 weeks until the Premier League kicks off now, and I’m sure you’re all getting excited. If you hadn’t seen this week, we revealed new teams coming to SoccerStarz in the form of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and our local club Crystal Palace. Add to that Monaco and Marseille from last week and we have an exciting new range of figurines coming your way this season.

Make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook as we still have plenty new figurines to be revealed.


***14 days until the start of the Premier League Season***


The clubs are coming to the end of their pre-season programmes now and I will publish a season preview in next week’s edition.

Let’s update you with some of the best transfer rumours from the past couple of weeks.

  • Apparently Arturo Vidal has completed his medical at Manchester United. As of going to press this hasn’t been confirmed, and it has been such an up and down transfer story anything could happen!
  • Javier Hernandez could be on his way to Southampton
  • Tottenham will look to sign Jose Fonte, from Southampton. The exodus continues.
  • Arsenal give up on Balotelli, and Joel Campbell could be set to go out on loan
  • Marouane Fellaini has agreed to join Napoli


The big transfers that have happened this past week

Didier Drogba Galatasaray Chelsea
Bebe Manchester United Benfica
Dejan Lovren Southampton Liverpool
David Ospina Nice Arsenal
Esteban Granero QPR Real Sociedad
Muhamed Besic Ferencvaros Everton
Divork Origi Lille Liverpool
Divork Origi Liverpool Lille
Romelu Lukaku Chelsea Everton
Stefan De Vrji Feyenoord Lazio
Ryan Bertrand Chelsea Southampton

Don’t forget you can now buy the International SoccerStarz figurines from the SoccerStarz Online Shop by clicking HERE.

Thank you for reading ToTT, and we look forward to seeing you again next week.

If you want to keep up with football news and to air your football opinions you can follow both SoccerStarz and Dominic on twitter.



SoccerStarz commemorate Arsenal’s FA Cup win

Creative Toys to release special edition Arsenal team pack!

Croydon, UK, 11th July – Creative Toys are happy to announce a brand new Arsenal FA Cup Winners Team Pack to commemorate their winning of the trophy in 2013/14 season. After 10 years without a trophy, Arsenal finally brought a trophy back to the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal Winners pack will feature 19 Arsenal players including a team pack exclusive, as Lukasz Fabianski and Tomas Rosicky, who will both be on Black Bases, are only available in this pack. Also included is a Certificate of Authenticity, plus 19 collector cards. This pack is also limited edition with just 800 available!

Head of Marketing Andrew Welch said “It was great to see Arsenal end their unwanted trophy drought, and what better way to celebrate it by releasing an FA Cup Winners pack.

Players available in the Arsenal FA Cup Winners Team pack Wenger, Podolski, Walcott, Koscielny, Ramsey, Ozil, Oxlade Chamberlain, Sagna, Rosicky, Monreal, Arteta, Mertesacker, Giroud, Gibbs, Fabianski, Wilshere, Cazorla, Vermaelen, Jenkinson

Arsenal FA CUP team pack

For more information, please visit


Creative Toys Signs Distribution Agreement with Simba Toys GmbH & CO.KG

Creative Toys Company finalise distribution agreement with Simba Toys GmbH & Co. KG for Exclusive distribution of SoccerStarz throughout Germany.

Creative Toys, a leading distributor of entertainment properties today confirmed a distribution agreement with Simba Toys GmbH & Co. KG, Germany’s foremost Toy Manufacturer.  The agreement sees Simba Toys secure exclusive distribution rights in the Toy Retail market for the hugely popular SoccerStarz miniature football figurines throughout Germany.


Talk of the Turnstile

Another great week of football is behind us, which included Chelsea and Manchester United making their way through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. Chelsea overcame former striker Didier Drogba and Galatasaray, whilst United overturned a 2-0 deficit to record a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford. You can see the draw for the quarter a little later on in this article. But it wasn’t all glory for English teams in Europe, as Tottenham fell to Portuguese giants Benfica, 5-3 on aggregate, with the killer blow the three away goals Benfica scored in the first leg at White Hart Lane.

SoccerStarz were also proud to announce the release of even more four figurine blister packs, as we introduced a first for Brazil and a SoccerStarz debut for Adam Lallana with the 4th England Blister Pack. All these will be available in the near future so keep an eye out on our site and social pages.

Some brief headlines

– Fernando Torres has fuelled speculation that he could leave Chelsea in the summer for Atletico by saying it would be great to work under Diego Simeone

– Carlo Ancelotti backs Real Madrid’s Jese to come back stronger, following, a possible cruciate knee ligament injury

– Alvaro Negredo has been voted “buy of the season” in the Premier League

– Brazil’s 1958 winning captain Bellini has passed away aged 83

Below you can see all the mouth-watering Champions League and Europa League quarter-final ties.

Champions League Quarter-Final draw, (ties to be played on either 1st/2nd April & 8th/9th April)

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund

Paris St. Germain vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich

Europa League Quarter-Final draw (ties to be played on the 3rd and 10th April)

AZ Alkmaar vs Benfica

Lyon vs Juventus

Basel vs Valencia

Porto vs Sevilla


Some brilliant ties for the Quarter-Finals of both the Champions League and Europa League, comment below on who you think will qualify for the Semi-Finals of each competition.


Also a shout out to last week’s competition winner, Natasha Moore, who won both an orange-based Cesar Azpilicueta and a black-based David Luiz Blister pack.

Natasha sent us the image below.

Natasha Moore

This is Talk of the Turnstile and we will be back next week

Today’s transfer headlines – Jan 15th

Bryan Ruiz joins PSV on loan until the end of the season.

Grant Holt confirmed at Aston Villa, until end of the season.

Carlton Cole extends his contract at West Ham United for a further 18 months

sticking with West Ham, Fulham have failed with a big for Ravel Morrison

Draxler has been linked with Arsenal, with Schalke claiming they cannot prevent the bid. Especially if they meet his buy-out clause.


25th November – NEWZ as it happens

Welcome to the last week in November. We start on a sad note,

Bill Foulkes, whom was one of the survivors of the Munich air-crash, passed away aged 81 early this morning. A true legend for Manchester United, he played 688 games for the club in total.



Rumours are circulating that Tottenham have agreed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in January.

Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Xabi Alonso.

Tony Pulis has taken charge of Crystal Palace today. Palace won their second game of the season by beating Hull City at the weekend.

Arsene Wenger denies that Theirry Henry is set to have another loan spell at Arsenal