This week I had the opportunity to get a sneak of the 2018 January to June Schleich catalogue. I already knew about new football themed smurfs due to be released in January 2018 but what I find more interesting is what smurfs will be no longer made by Schleich. Sadly the Jungle themed smurfs will be retired at the end of 2017.
The Jungle themed smurfs were first released by Schleich in 2016 to mixed reviews by collectors. Here are some observations and my thoughts on the Jungle themed smurfs.
#20776 Jungle Smurfette
It was disappointing to see the approach Schleich had with Jungle Smurfette as ” what should a woman do in the jungle if not putting on make-up”.
For those who love to find paint or marking errors, Jungle Smurfette can be found with a couple of marking errors. On cavity number instead of © Peyo on the back of hat is Pevo and on cavity number 2 instead Schw on the back of the hair it displays Scnw.
#20777 Jungle Papa Smurf
I must confess I am a little disappointed with this Papa Smurf as I would have liked to see something that looks new. Sadly this Papa Smurf looked like #20760 Captain Smurf and #20769 Manager.
#20778 Jungle Brainy
If it wasn’t for Jungle Brainy wearing his black glasses I would have thought this to be Vanity Smurf with what looks like a mirror in his hand. I think it was meant to be a magnifying glass!
#20779 Jungle Tired Smurf
I always thought this one reminded me of New Hiker but with a jungle theme. Perhaps it was the sweat on the cheeks.
#20780 Jungle Explorer
With this smurf, the suitcases are secured to the side of his shoes by a small notch. This was something that Schleich did when they re-released Miller Smurf as part of the Decade smurfs back in 2011.
#20781 Jungle Nature Watcher
This is probably my favourite one out of the Jungle themed smurfs.
#20782 Jungle Adventurer
Where is his traditional white hat and trousers?
#20783 Jungle Native
This smurf always looked like a cross between Angry Smurf (small mould) and Jungle Smurf. Some thought it looked a Swoof.
I must confess I was little surprised that Schleich has decided to produce the Occasion themed smurfs for another year. As avid collector I found these smurfs a little disappointing. Bring on 2018 Football themed smurfs!
Keep on Smurfin