Snappy, Slouchy, Sassette and Nat are affectionally known as The Smurflings. Snappy, Slouchy and Nat used to be regular smurfs, then one day they became trapped in Father Time’s backward running grandfather clock and became Smurflings. Sassette was then created by the Smurflings, so Smurfette could have a friend.
The four Smurflings are:
Slouchy wears a loose fitting red shirt and slouched hat. Slouchy appears fairly laid back. Schleich gave this reference number 20402.
Nat is short for natural, who loves the outdoors and cares for the wildlife. Nat wears brown overalls and a straw hat. Schleich gave this reference number 20403.
Sassette wears her hair in piggy tails and is seen in pink overalls. Was considered a tomboy like character in the cartoon series. Schleich gave this reference number 20404.
The four Smurflings were first released by Schleich in 1987 along with Puppy. These were all available right through to 2000.
In 1990 Applause which was a division of Wallace Berrie produced their own version of the Smurflings. Though it appears the same mould was used, small differences can be found with the paint colours they used especially with Sassette.
Sassette is probably the most interesting one for those of you who like to collect variations. Sassette can be found with bright red hair and freckles, dark red hair with or without freckles and light orange hair & no freckles. The version with the bright red hair is considered extremely rare by most collectors.
Snappy can also be found with two different versions; one with the storm cloud painted onto the shirt and one with an outline of the storm cloud visible.
Both Slouchy and Nat only have slight variances from dull to shiny paint colours used.
In 1995 Schleich released Slouchy with a surprise cone (Schleich reference 20434) and Sassette with a surprise cone (Schleich reference 20435. Both of these were sold by Schleich up until 2001. Though these were only released Schleich as by 1995 Applause were no longer producing smurfs.
It is a little unclear if the Smurflings were originally created just for the American cartoon series back in the 1980’s or as a comic. Though since then cartoon books can be found with stories about the Smurflings.
One of the cartoon smurfs episodes to feature smurflings was Papa’s Day Off / The Smurflings
Keep on Smurfin