Back in 2008 a special promotional Smurf was created by Schleich for BASF, referred to as Dr Dinch. The Smurf can be found wearing protective glasses, a white lab while pouring a test tube into a beaker. BASF is a large international chemical company based in Germany.
But what makes this Smurf a little usual, is that it is one of the few promotional Smurfs produced by Schleich since 2000. This special smurf was given away at a trade show in 2007 and was never sold directly to the public. So when it first sighted for sale on eBay there was much excitement about this new promotional Smurf.
This was also one of the few promotional Smurfs that was given it’s own special name – Dr Dinch. BASF explains the name like this:
Dinch: Di-Iso Nonyl-Cycle-Hexane.
Every Smurf contains Hexamoll DINCH, the unique plasticizer manufactured by BASF for sensitive applications.
Each Dr Dinch Smurf also comes with a coloured tag. The tag attached to his leg reads, BASF The Chemical Company / SMURF © Peyo – 2007 – I.M.P.S (Brussels). BASF does research for the real world. www.basf.com The tag can be found in six different colours: light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, orange and red.
The markings fortunately can be found under his feet not on the back of his head. Made in Germany Schleich S Germany © Peyo 2007 CE.
So if you had the opportunity to buy a Dr Dinch promotional Smurf without it’s coloured tag, would you buy it? Or do you feel that without its tag it is less valuable and not worth collecting? Also without its tag, how would you know this was a promotional Smurf made for BASF. These are questions only you can answer, as it comes down to how you collect.
For me, I don’t think it really matters. But I have kept the tag on him so people can see it was a special Smurf made for BASF.
Keep on Smurfin