Like most toy makers, Schleich have not only made smurfs but they have also made accessories for the smurfs. So like Supersmurfs, the playsets are highly collectible if they still have their original box.
Since 1978 Schleich has been continually been adding all sorts of playsets. Everything from garden furniture, petrol pumps, a drummer, Smurfette’s bedroom, Gargamel’s lab and many more.
The petrol pump playset is an interesting one, especially those of you who love a bit nostalgia as this was originally made for National Petrol in the UK around 1979. The early version also included Cleaner Smurf (20052) with the National Petrol logo on his white overalls and also on the petrol pump.
This was later produced for BP with their version including the Cleaner with the BP logo on his white overalls and also on the petrol pump. Some say this was released in Australia, though I do not recall this as a child and have as of yet not seen it for sale within Australia.
This was also released as a regular playset by Schleich in the years 1979 to 1988 then also 1992 – 1994.
In 1998 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the smurfs, (1958 – 1998) Schleich released the Anniversary rock band. The set included Drummer Smurf and drum kit, Keyboard Smurf and keyboard, Bass Guitar Smurf, Lead Guitar Smurf, Singer Smurf. The set also included a stage, speakers and a banner. Watch of the band members wore silver pants and a fluro coloured top.
For the really passionate smurf collector if you are looking for something truly amazing it is hard to go by the Moon Explorer playset (ref#40604). This can also sometimes be referred to as the Astro playset. The set includes a space shuttle, moon rocks, USA flag, smurf moon buggy, telescope and a special Astronaut Smurf. I believe this was only sold for possibly one or two years around 1984/85.
This playset in my opinion is the most highly sought after playset especially in mint condition, fully complete and with its original box. I know for sure it’s high on my wishlist.
In 2009 Schleich released only two playsets, Gargamel’s lab (ref# 40601) and Drummer Smurf (ref# 40623) and have not released any since.
Gargamel’s lab playset came with a stove, orange pots and utensils, a bed-size table, stool, podium, candle and magic books. The set included its own Gargamel figurine that sees him sitting down reading some notes.
The Drummer Smurf’s playset included a 7 piece drum kit, including the circular base, foot pedal and microphone along with the shiny cymbals and various drums. The set also included its own Drummer Smurf sitting on its own drummer stool. The Drummer smurf can be found wearing purple pants, an orange singlet and holding two yellow drumsticks.
For whatever reason Schleich has not made in any playsets since 2009. It is unclear why they decided to stop but let’s hope that they change their minds.
Keep on Smurfin