Around 1991 Schleich released a special edition yellow car and was sold exclusively without packaging. At first glance this Yellow Car looked more like a toy from a Happy Meal from McDonald’s than something from Schleich.
The light yellow car comes with a black steering wheel, four red, chunky wheels connected by a metal axle. The Smurf figurine is wearing white trousers and a hat with goggles resting on it. It is the same figurine used for Super Smurf Tricycle, article number #40203.
I don’t know the origin of the Yellow Car but its likeness to the Applause Roll-A-Longs is striking. In 1990 in America, the company Applause tried to relaunch the Smurfs but was unsuccessful. The Roll-A-Longs set of 4 included an existing Super Smurf figurine with a new mode of transport.
For example, Skateboarder #40204 now had a bright green rectangle-shaped skateboard with thick grey wheels. Or #40210 had a bright orange car complemented with a bright green steering wheel and thick grey wheels. Each of these accessories was made of a thick plastic with metal rods connecting the wheels. There was also no packaging. Sound familiar?
When I started collecting Smurfs in the early 2000s I was confused by this yellow car. It made no sense to me because this was nothing like the other Super Smurfs cars. To add to this, my favourite collectors websites and online stores would refer to yellow car with the article number 40210. Most still do because it’s easier to group the cars all together.
Yellow Car Facts
Article number 20910
Sold between 1991 to 1993
Yellow car, black steering wheel, light red chunky wheels, connected by a metal rod.
Smurf figurine same as the one used from Tricycle Super Smurf.
Marking on the Smurf: W.Germany Schleich S © 78 Peyo
Marking on the car: Germany Schleich S © 79 CE
Original Box: None. This figurine was sold exclusively without packaging!
Toy companies like Schleich or Bullyland make a variety of character figurines. So it’s not surprising that a vehicle made for one particular figurine ends up with a completely different figure. Everyone has their own right to do this. What I dislike is when someone tries to profit from this and calls it a rare, vintage piece.
Keep on Smurfin