Collecting variations is a lot of fun and can also be quite addictive. Always on the never ending quest to look for those slight differences. Whether the differences be in colour, size or production markings, collecting smurfs can be a lot of fun. Its kind of hard to describe the feeling one gets when one discovers a variation. So if you are new to collecting smurfs, you may want to begin by looking at Tennis Smurfette as an example. (Schleich Ref# 20135)
One of the particular attractions of Tennis Smurfette to me is I remember owning one as a child, which I still have. It was released by BP Australia in 1981 in time for Christmas along with Santa Smurf (Schleich Ref# 20124) for just 99 cents. The good thing is that Tennis Smurfette is still easy to find today.
Now back to the tennis with Smurfette playing the back-shot. Standing on an oval white base, wearing white shoes, dress and underwear. The dress will normally have dots on it. Her red tennis racquet is removable and is made out of plastic. It was sold between 1981 right through to 1996.
There are a few things to keep an eye open for when looking for variations with Tennis Smurfette.
The dots on her skirt are either pink or red. Generally pink dots can be found on the ones from W.Germany, Portugal and China. The red dots can be found on the ones from Hong Kong.
The shoelaces will be painted if it was from W.Germany, Portugal and China. Generally if from Hong Kong the laces will be unpainted.
If Tennis Smurfette is from either Portugal or China the base will generally have a slight pink colour to it. It looks a little strange as it looks like a little kid has drawn on the base with a crayon. I am not really sure why they did this.
Like on many of the Smurfette’s that can be found, the colour of her golden blonde hair and blue skin can also vary depending which country it was painted in. Darker colours tend to indicate it was painted in Hong Kong and softer colours indicate it was painted in Portugal.
So as you can see there are many different variations to be found with Tennis Smurfette.
Keep on Smurfin