Cricket Smurf is found wearing his cricket whites with his bat raised up like he has just played a cover drive.
Today in Melbourne, Sunday 29 March 2015 Australia will be playing New Zealand in the world cup cricket final. Throughout the tournament Australia only lost once and that was against New Zealand. New Zealand has remained undefeated throughout the tournament. Here’s hoping for a super match.
Though back in 1980 Cricket Smurf was released in Australia. Some can be found with a satin light brown bat that has either red or brown batting grip. This version was made in Hong Kong and was released by BP Australia.
There was also version made in W.Germany. It appears to be the same mould, though the bat colour can vary slightly. From a light brown to a dark olive brown colour. With these ones, you can find them with a mustard paint dot (meaning it was painted in Portugal) and a red paint dot (it was painted in Sri Lanka)
I still have my Cricket Smurf from when I was a child, though it’s missing it’s bat. But I have still kept for sentimental reasons. Sadly people try to sell these without the bat asking ridiculous prices but I would never sell mine.
Cricket Smurf was given reference 20066 by Schleich and was only made until 1986.
For those of you who love their cricket and smurfs, let’s hope for a really good game with Australia winning!
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We were first introduced to Hiker Smurf around 1978 and for many this was one of the smurfs many collectors remember when they were a child. Schleich gave it number 20041.
The first version was released with a brown backpack and wearing an ocher brown shirt. Also the mustard yellow flower on his hat is unpainted on the back. This is can be quite hard to find as it was only available for a short period.
After this, Schleich released Hiker with a green backpack, wearing yellow shirt and has a red flower on his hat.
This version of Hiker was also released by BP Australia in 1980. This is the one I remember as a child. It is still fairly easy to find this one in Australia.
What makes Hiker interesting to collect, is the different shades of paint used for his green backpack, yellow shirt and brown used for his shoes and trekking stick. Also whether or not it has a thin or thick flower stem.
Hiker was made in a variety of countries, which helps explains why it can be found with so many different shades of paint.
In 2001 Schleich introduced a New Hiker (20473) to their range. Though the two smurfs share the same name, they are completely different from each other. The New Hiker is carrying a heavy pack on his back and his sweat on his cheeks.
I think I know which Hiker I would prefer to go on a hike with!
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Within every smurf collection, there is at least one that you know it is important to have as part of your collection but you do not really fully understand why. Gold Smurf is a good example of this.
Gold Smurf was one of three, that was officially produced by Schleich in 1965. It was given the number 20005. All three shared the same mould though were painted differently to create their own character. The other two were Normal and Prisoner. This alone is one reason why Gold Smurf is highly collectible.
Gold and Normal Smurf shared the same markings and production releases until 1985. The only differences between the two were that Gold Smurf had a gold hat and pants; where as Normal had a white hat and pants.
Normal Smurf was released again in 2011 as part of the Schleich decade box set 1960 – 1969 and is fairly easy to find. On the other hand, Gold Smurf has not been reproduced since 1985 and was only available in the USA for two years. Making Gold Smurf a little harder to find.
Gold Smurf can still be found though in most cases the quality of the paint is very poor. This is a combination of the paint quality and whether or not it has been played with. Some Gold Smurfs have a tarnished colour look making them appear more bronze than gold. To find a Gold Smurf that is in mint condition is extremely rare.
Then there is always the markings……but that’s for another day
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