Collecting Smurfs can make you feel like a child again. Firstly you will look for any variations, whether it be colour, markings or paint dots. Secondly, especially if you have two of the same kind you will closely examine each one, taking notes of the tiniest differences.
Although by the 1990s these things become harder to find. But just like any canny collector I was determined to find differences with Inline Smurfette #20443. Made between 1997 to 2009 by Schleich.
Inline Smurfette wears a white hat with an orange bandana tied around the hat. Along with blue knee pads, orange shorts, light green shirt, orange and blue gloves. Wearing a pair of black and white rollerblades with silver blades.
Firstly, the orange paint used for the bandana and gloves was a lot darker. Sometimes, the blue paint can also vary but thisn’t as obvious as the orange paint. I have also noted differences with her eyes having eyelashes.
Not all sellers, tell or show a Smurf’s markings. Most likely this is because some collectors don’t care or that the markings are on different parts of the figurine. Traditionally the markings were under a Smurf’s feet which is effective and simple. This is no longer the case which can be annoying when wanting to know the markings.
The first marking was: © 96 Schleich S – located on the back of the shirt. Peyo Germany CE – located on the shorts.
Between 2005 to 2008 Schleich added Made in Germany to the inside of the right rollerblade. Lastly in 2009 Schleich added a date stamp to the figurine, next to the tail.
In addition to the markings, Inline Smurfette can be found with a white or blue paint dot. Such as a white paint dot was used between 1997 to 1998 to indicate a new pvc material. Then between 2001 to 2004 a blue paint was used.
As a consequence of looking for any differences between my Smurfs, this has created much discussion amongst my friends. Trying to show a non collector the differences can be like hitting your head against a brick wall. If it wasn’t for these slight differences, I am not sure I would collect Smurfs.
Keep on Smurfin