20174 Papa with Book

Nothing beats a good book, whether it’s a book on magic or a magic book it really doesn’t matter one just needs to look at Papa Smurf with Book for a little bit of encouragement. 

There are only two different marking versions of Papa Smurf with Book. First sold in the USA by Wallace Berrie in 1983 with Hong Kong W. Berrie Co Schleich S © Peyo 1983 markings and then in Europe by Schleich in 1984 with W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1982 . This must be one of the few smurfs made where both countries used a red injected mould for Papa Smurf. Typically smurfs made out of Hong Kong were made using a white pvc material. 

However the differences are to be found with the book, both on the inside and outside. Like any variations that can be found, this will also vary depending on what you classify as a variation. These are the ones that I consider to be variations:

  1. Tan book with black ‘Magic’ lettering on the spine. Red book-mark. Inside of book has black lines.
  2. Tan book with a thicker black ‘Magic’ lettering on the spine. Red book-mark. Inside of book has black lines.
  3. Tan book without ‘Magic’ lettering on the spine. Unpainted book-mark
  4. Orangey yellow book with red ‘Magic’ lettering on the spine. Unpainted book-mark. Inside of book has math equations. 
  5. Orangey yellow book without red ‘Magic’ lettering on the spine. Unpainted book-mark. Inside of book has math equations. 

If you like to browse over old Schleich catalogues it is interesting to see that in the years 1984, 1987 & 1991 we see a Papa with Book with “magic” on the spine in black text. In the years 1985, 1988, 1989 & 1990 we see a Papa with Book with a cream coloured book with red symbols. Check it out at http://www.thecursedcountry.com/schleichbullycatalogues.html

Silan, also used Papa Smurf with Book for a promotion, with their name printed in white under the feet. Silan is a Belgian company that makes fabric softeners. There are five different Silan Promotional Smurf figures available. They are same Smurfs as the number, but with Silan printed underneath their feet.

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Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

Snail in Smurf Village

Every now and then you may come across a snail. I am not talking about the snails you find at the bottom of your garden, I am referring to the ones you find when you are on a smurf hunt. There is a good chance, that at one stage these once may have belonged to a playset.

The snail and cart playset was first sold in Australia around 1980 in BP service stations for $3.95. It was one of three new playsets BP introduced around Christmas time. The other two playsets were the Sail Boat and Well. All three playsets were made in Hong Kong and would be later sold in the USA by Wallace Berrie in 1981. For some reason in the 1981 Fall Wallace Berrie catalogue they used a hand drawn picture for the Snail & Cart playset and not actual photograph!

The Snail & Cart playset was produced by Schleich from 1980 to 1987 then 1989 to 1991 and in 1993 to 1997. No major changes were made during this time, though small variances can be found with the snail’s feelers and the shades of yellow used for the bucket. 

In 1984 Schleich created the Super Western playset where a Cowboy smurf rides his snail drawn covered wagon. Along with the playset was a campfire, cooking pot, a wine barrel and a cactus. This was first sold between 1984 to 1987 and then again 1997 to 2003 by Schleich. From my understanding though it was never released in the USA. It was around 1984/85 that the decline of the smurfs really hit hard in the USA.

In 1998 Schleich decided to introduce a new line of playsets by adding two old playsets and a regular smurf together. The Snail Playset was given article number #4.0622 and included the Snail & Cart and Mushroom playsets and the regular Yoga Smurf. This playset was only sold by Schleich for two years and in my opinion is one of the hardest playsets to be found complete and in it’s original box. This is on my ‘most wanted list’, like many other smurfs!

This is my Snail & Cart playset. It has W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1980 markings under the snail and on the inside of the bucket.

Out of the non smurf figurines that have been produced over the years, Snail, Smoogle, Chitter, Puppy etc I think I like the Snail the best. This may have something to do with not growing up on the smurf cartoons or just the fact that I like the Snail’s disposition. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

2017 Lost Village Smurfs

It was around late September 2016 when we first started to hear about the 2017 Lost Village Smurfs. In the beginning it was just their names that were released, no pictures. Were they sets? What are they? Did they come with accessories? To say details at this point of time were a little vague would be understatement.

#20800 Smurf Movie Set 1
#20801 Smurf Movie Set 2
#20802 Smurf Movie Set 3
# 20803 Smurf House with 2 smurfs

It wasn’t until late December that I saw a picture of some of the new Lost Village smurfs. If there is one thing that collecting smurfs has taught me is that you should never judge a smurf by an online picture. I know the saying “a thousand words describes a picture” but sometimes a picture isn’t always showing us everything.

I recall receiving just this picture taken from the 2017 January to June Schleich catalogue back in January.

Fast forward to November 2017, what do smurf collectors think of the Lost Village Smurfs. Have they kept them in their original boxes or did they take them out to display? Everyone knows that once you have taken them out of their boxes it is almost impossible to put them back. I know at least one collector, who has decided to keep them in their boxes but will eventually  buy another set of each to have loose.

The other thing I heard frequently was that some people didn’t like the way Schleich marketed them. The way to get all of them you ended up with duplicates as several smurfs were repeated in some boxes and others were not. This begs the question, will Schleich sell these smurfs loose in a couple of years down the track. Like Schleich did with their Decade Display Box sets in 2011 and then by 2013 these were sold on individual blister cards or loose.

I was quite impressed with the Lost Village Smurfs, to be honest I think they are best of the movie smurf figurines released so far. Gone are the large feet that accompaned the 2011 The Smurfs 3D and the 2013 The Smurfs 2 sets,  thank goodness! The feet on these movie smurfs just made them look weird. I also love the attention of detail that has been given to each of the figurines. Little things like Hefty admiring his muscle in his arm and Smurfette looking adorable again.

For those interested in the new Smurf House that also contains Papa Smurf and Gargamel & Azrael, this reminds of the large Smurf houses released back in the late 1970’s. Very Smurfy! The Papa Smurf used is the same one as in the Smurfs Lost Village Movie Set 3 and the Gargamel & Azrael used is the same one released as part of The Smurfs 2 set in 2013.  

Thank you Schleich and all of those involved in creating the Lost Village Smurfs and the Smurf House these are simply the best, I can’t wait for 2018 football smurfs to be released.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B