We first see the School Patrol Smurf in the 1983 Schleich catalogue. Wearing his customary white pants & hat, with a white plastic stop sign inserted into the hands.
This figurine is the same one used on #20101 Fisherman. So sometimes School Patrol can be found with West Germany Bully © Peyo markings. It is also mentioned as a version in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV, though I feel this is not technically correct.
School Patrol was never made out of Hong Kong or ever sold in Australia or the USA. I have often wondered why this was the case, because Fisherman was. This may have had something to do with the fishing rod being part of the mould and not as a seperate piece.
In the early 1990’s new child safety laws were introduced, which stopped a number of smurfs being made. These were mainly smurfs that were made with seperate, removable parts such as Traffic Smurf, Smurfette with Ice cream, Surprise Cone Smurfs and many others. Sadly School Patrol Smurf was also a casualty of these new laws.
However a credit to Schleich as in 1999, they redesigned School Patrol so the white plastic school sign included a thickened end so it could not be easily removed from his hands. It was sold like this for two years, 1999 & 2000. I also noticed in the 1999 Schleich catalogue they refer to this smurf as Lollipop Smurf and then in the 2000 catalogue they call him Patrol Crossing. It is only since the publication of the Gian & Davi Collezioni – The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide that I have started calling this one School Patrol.
In my time that I have been collecting smurfs, I have also came across School Patrol Smurf being confused with Traffic Smurf (#20155). This may have something to do with Traffic Smurf holding a plastic triangle crosswalk sign with both hands. The sign is white with a red border and shows the symbol of two people walking in the middle of the sign. The smurf is also wearing his white pants & hat.
So as a tip, it is always best to check with a picture of the smurf than just going by one’s name, as you will never be sure what you may get.
Keep on Smurfin