Today I thought I would like to share and discuss some information on Aerobic Smurfette. But which one? As there are two Smurfettes that share the same name but not the same aerobic exercise. Which one do you prefer, the first one with her arms outstretched, wearing a pink leotard and leg warmers (#20183) or the second one where she is lying on her back, with her raised while wearing matching pink leotard and leg warmers (#20457)?
Aerobic Smurfette – #20183
Aerobic Smurfette was first released in 1984 and was sold up until 1995 by Schleich. The interesting thing is that Aerobic Smurfette started with light coloured leg warmers and in the years 1987 to 1990 they were displaying her with darker coloured leg warmers.
In 1985 Schleich included Aerobic Smurfette as part of the Jubilee Set that was released to celebrate their 20th anniversary producing Smurfs. The set consisted of 19 Smurfs, individually blister packed. Each Smurf chosen to represent its year of production, is stamped in gold on the back of its head with a design consisting of leaves, date of issue and Peyo’s signature. Each package also contains Smurfs Jubilee postage type stamps.
Aerobic Smurfette was also produced by Applause (formerly known as Wallace Berrie) in 1984 and 1985. In 1984, Smurfette was extremely popular in the US. One only has to flick through an old catalogue to get an idea on how popular Smurfette was. One such campaign was referred to as Smurfette Boutique.
As you will find with this Aerobic Smurfette, there are nice coloured variations to be found. The most obvious colour variations is her leg warmers. From light lavender leg warmers to pink to dark purple. Collectors who like different markings will also not be disappointed.
Aerobic Smurfette – #20457
In 1999 Schleich released a new Aerobic Smurfette. In the beginning it was only sold for two years. The Smurfs produced in 1999 were at the time known as the New Generation Smurf Series. This was mostly because some of these new Smurfs had been produced earlier by Schleich and had received a completely new makeover.
Aerobic Smurfette was later re-released in 2011 as part of the 1990 to 1989 Decade Box Set. At the time I took the Smurfs out of their display boxes as I wanted to see what markings were used, I now regret this.
In 2013 Aerobic Smurfette along with the other Smurfs used as part of the decade box series were either sold individually on a blue blister card.
What do you think?
What are your feelings about new Smurf figurines that are produced with the same names as figurines that were produced previously? In my opinion as both Aerobic Smurfette’s are quite different from each other I don’t have a problem with it. At least it keeps you on your toes when you are looking to add more Smurfs to your collection.
Keep on Smurfin