Before we start to give our opinions and two bobs worth on the 2018 soccer smurfs I thought we should look back to 2008 when the Party smurfs were first released. The Party Smurfs were a set of eight smurfs that were also referred to as the Anniversary or 50 Jubilee set. This is because the smurfs were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
#20701 Jubilee or Anniversary was the first one released. Wrapped like a present with a yellow ribbon wrapped around itself and ready to give a hug.
#20702 This description was given to Party Gargamel and was taken from the Schleich website back in 2008 ‘Gargamel is tricked out in his party hat and handful of posies’.
#20703 ‘With a bow on his tail and a hat on his head, Azrael is a real party animal’. Before you all start to moan at the sad joke, it is important to remember that the description was taken from the Schleich website back in 2008.
#20704 Out of the eight smurfs released as the Celebration set, Surprise Smurfette is the only one that refers to the number 50. When pictures were first released of Surprise Smurfette was shown with the two dots next to the 50 as being painted pink and the two candles right in the front where yellow and blue. Though when it was actually released the two dots next to the 50 were unpainted and the two candles in the front were yellow and purple. If you are lucky enough there was a limited release of Surprise Smurfette sold with the candle flames being painted yellow. Typically they are found with an orange yellow paint colour.
#20705 Party Smurf can be found blowing a green party flute with red polka dots on it while wearing a red and yellow party hat.
#20707 Trommel was also referred to as Drummer or Party Drum, wearing his checkered drum with the words Happy Birthday written in the centre while both drumsticks are raised. Sometimes you can come across this one with the Happy Birthday appearing upside down. I love these kind of errors!
All of these smurfs were only available from 2008 to 2011. So if you are lucky enough you should be able to find two different marking variations.
#20708 Champagne Bottle Smurf was the only one from the Party Smurfs set that was sold right through to 2015. Sometimes this smurf was also called Bottle. Licking his lips at the oversized bottle of champagne that reads Happy Birthday. If you look at the picture from the Toydreamer website you will notice that the label on the bottle is blank. I don’t think these were ever sold like this. Perhaps the smurf licked the label!
Back in 2008 it wasn’t just smurf fans that were excited about the 50th anniversary, here I found an article from the ABC News http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-15/smurfs-celebrate-50-years/1012948
Keep on Smurfin