Buying Super Smurfs can be tricky, especially if they don’t come with their original box. Smurf in Bed is a good example of this. Smurf in Bed, #40240 was first released by Wallace Berrie in 1983 and then by Schleich in 1984. The sleeping smurf is lying on yellow mattress with a dark brown frame while wearing a red night gown and matching white hat with a red pom pom.
Wallace Berrie only sold Smurf in Bed for two years, this was around the time that they changed their name to Applause and also the beginning of the end of smurfs in the USA. This version was made out of Hong Kong and the smurf was made out of white pvc material and then later painted. Like a lot of smurfs made out of Hong Kong it has dark blue skin. It was only ever sold with Super Smurf!! box
However in 1996 when Irwin Toys attempted to sell smurfs again in the USA and they sold Smurf in Bed on a blister card. Only six Super Smurfs were ever released by Irwin Toys, all sold on blister cards and all made out of China.
When Schleich first produced the smurf was made out of a red pvc material, and the mushrooms on the bed-frame were unpainted. Later this was changed so the mushrooms were painted red with white spots. As Schleich sold Smurf in Bed for at least 19 years, between 1984 to 2015 there are at six different markings that can be found. Like when buying any Super Smurfs always check if you can that the markings on the smurf correspond with the accessory. The markings on the bed can be found under the mattress.
If you are keen to also collect the boxes, there are at least four different ones.
- Super Schlumpf Smurf – 1984 to 1994
- Smurf head logo with dancing smurfs pattern – 1995 to 1998
- Circular Smurf logo with dancing smurfs pattern – 1999 to 2008/9
- Peyo Creations with dancing smurfs pattern – 2009 to 2015
In 1996 the Belgian Fast Food restaurant also used Smurf in Bed as part of their promotion. These can be found with the Quick logo embossed onto the side of the head of the smurf. There were six different Super Smurfs to be found.
Recently I acquired a Smurf in Bed with a white mattress. This version has always intrigued me as it was never displayed like this in any catalogues or posters but it can be found amongst other collector’s sites. It wasn’t until I was cleaning my smurfs the other day that it finally dawned on me that most likely the white mattress was from the Smurfette’s Bedroom play set. For me it doesn’t really matter as long as the smurf has a pleasant night’s sleep.
Keep on Smurfin