For many collectors, the classic heavyweight player of the 1970s is simply THE Subbuteo figure.

The classic heavyweight began to appear in 1967, and replaced the previous short sleeved player type very quickly.

This is important, because some of the club colours change around this time, meaning that some of the earlier colours were produced in the new figure for a very short time.

The inherited kits were mainly standard footballing colours used by teams the world over.

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However, this did not stop Subbuteo from selling them, and they continued to turn up throughout the 1970s. The first batch increased the teams from 81 to 106.

As with most things Subbuteo, there is no real rhyme or reason to the process of replacing teams. This page gives us the Dutch sides, and most of the Italian ones from this expansion.

It inherited a range of fifty-two teams, and the 1966 World Cup range.

The 1967-68 catalogue is the one that crosses over, with teams painted in both figures.

The design was successful and led to the development of the similar Class 320 and Class 322 units for use by Strathclyde PTE and Stansted Express (now used by Northern) respectively.