Baseball Smurf variations

What sport do you first think of when you think of America? For me its baseball. So it’s not surprising at all that Baseball was one of the first American themed Smurfs to be released back in 1981. 

Variations of Baseball

Baseball #20129 is considered highly collectible because of the different colour variations that can be found. In the Smurf Collector’s Club International Newsletter, edition 22, released in 1991 they list six. How many do you think exist?

Variations: #20129 Baseball Batter

  1. Black shoes, red socks and belt, white uniform, 3 painted on back of shirt in red, dull brown bat.
  2. Black shoes, orangey/red socks and belt, white uniform, 3 is not painted in on back of shirt, dull brown bat.
  3. Black shoes, red socks and belt, white uniform, 3 painted on back of shirt in red, shiny brown bat.
  4. Black shoes, red socks and belt, white uniform, 3 painted on back of shirt in red, tan bat.
  5. Same as #4, ivory bat
  6. Same as #5, new blue

Baseball was very popular in America and also in Europe. It was sold by Wallace Berrie/Applause from 1981 to 1984. During this time it was also sold as a keyring and a triangle pedestal. Schleich sold Baseball from 1981 to 1986/1992/1996 and 1997. It’s also interesting to see that the different coloured bats were shown in both Wallace Berrie and Schleich catalogues. 

Baseball Promo Smurf

If you have a keen interest in promotional smurfs. Then the Silan marked Baseball is worth collecting. A promotional Baseball Smurf was produced for the Belgian Fabric Softener company Silan. It can be found with light cream bat or dark brown bat.

  1. Light cream bat – Made in Portugal Schleich S © Peyo 1981 with red paint dot
  2. Light cream bat – Hong Kong W. Berrie &Co. Schleich S © Peyo 1981
  3. Dark brown bat – Made in Portugal Schleich S Germany © Peyo 1981 CE

You don’t have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy the different variations to be found with Baseball Smurf. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

What happened to Lover Smurf

I am at a loss to explain what happened. For some reason Lover Smurf was never sold by National Benzole in the UK back in the late 1970 early 1980’s. In South Africa, BP released Lover on Valentine’s Day in 1980. So how did the Brits celebrate Valentine’s Day?

It is easy to assume that all the Smurfs that were made by Schleich in the late 1970’s to the early 1980’s were also sold in the UK. This I have found is not true. One such Smurf was Lover first produced by Schleich in 1979 right through to 1992. 

This shy Lover Smurf holds out a bouquet of red flowers, with his eyes closed while wearing his customary white trousers and hat. Early versions of Lover also can be found with no eyebrows which was quite common at that time. Also different shades of red and green were used on the flowers. But perhaps what sets this Smurf apart from all other Smurfs is the outline of his heart on his chest. 

Lover Smurf, article number 20044.

Lover – Made in Hong Kong

Lover was also made out of Hong Kong and was sold by BP both in Australia and New Zealand and also by Wallace Berrie for the USA. It was produced out of Hong Kong between 1981 to 1984, so there are at least four different markings that can be found.   

For some reason, Smurfs made out of Hong Kong with a mould year earlier than 1980 they changed the year marking to reflect 1980 and then shortly afterwards changed back to the original year. So it’s possible to find a Lover Smurf with the year 1979 or 1980.

Lover – CE marking

Around 1991 they started to add a CE marking to Smurfs. But before this Schleich added a hand etched CE marking to their Smurfs. This was due to regulations that were about to introduce to anything produced with Europe and also due to the high number of existing Smurfs they had on the shelves. 

Lover has also been a popular Smurf to copy and repaint. There are versions with a red or yellow painted heart or with yellow flowers. Some of these are beautifully painted and can fetch high prices such as the CNTs from Spain.   

So back to my original question  – How did the Brits celebrate Valentine’s Day? The answer to this is that National Benzole used to refer Postman #20031 to as Valentine’s. Perhaps the Smurf’s shyness would lead to too many questions being asked. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

My first Bundesliga Smurf

It’s no secret that the Bundesliga Football Smurfs are one of the most sought after by Smurf collectors. With all different coloured variations to be found, you don’t even have to be a football fan to appreciate these Smurfs. 

After close to 20 years of collecting Smurfs, I finally added my first Bundesliga Smurf to my collection. This was Karlsruher SC Smurf (#43128) wearing a white shirt, blue shorts and white socks. In the past I have always been a tad wary of fakes, repaints or the prices have been too high. For these reasons I have tended to stay away from them.

The Bundesliga Smurfs were first released by Schleich in 1980. Each one would come in its own special box that displayed the club’s coat of arms. Along with the box was a plastic green box that included clips to allow you to construct the Bundesliga ladder. In 1982 they added three additional teams. So all up there are 22 Bundesliga Smurfs to collect. 

What to look for

Though mine did not come with its own special box, I still very chuffed to have one. Due to the interest for the Bundesliga Smurfs and other football Smurfs it is important to know what markings one should look for. The last thing you would want to do is to buy a fake! 

The Bundesliga Smurfs have the Schleich S marking on the back of the right arm, © Peyo on the left hand side of his tails and W.Germany on his right leg. There should be no paint dots. 

The UK/International Teams are also West Germany marked but should have a mustard paint dot. These were produced for the 1978/79. These also have a coloured dot on their shirt. These have been wrongly identified in the past in the Der Schlumpf Katalog as USA teams.

Except for the NZ All Whites Footballer produced  in 1982. The NZ Footballer has Hong Kong on the front of shorts, Schleich S © 1980 on the back. 

I love collecting smurfs in their different colours and I feel this footballer is probably available in more colours than any other Smurf. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Ballerina Smurfette

Ballerina Smurfette #20098 was the second Smurfette figurine that was first produced by Bully in 1978. After Bully lost the licence to produce Smurfs at the end of 1979, Schleich continued to produce Ballerina Smurfette from 1980 right through to 1992. It was then rereleased in 2011 as part of the 1970 to 1979 Decade Box Display set.

Ballerina Smurfette was also produced out of Hong Kong from 1981 to 1984. It was sold by both BP Australia and BP New Zealand and also Wallace Berrie for the USA. From my opinion it looks like the same mould was used by Schleich and Wallace Berrie.

Sold by Schleich

In 1980 Schleich won the rights for producing Smurfs back from its rival company Bully. It appears part of this agreement included not changing the markings on the Smurfs until around 1983/84. So it is highly likely if you have a Ballerina Smurfette with Bully markings it was actually sold by Schleich.

After 1984 Schleich started to produce Ballerina Smurfette with their own markings. After 1991 Schleich started to produce Smurfs that included a CE marking. This version of Ballerina Smurfette is considered extremely rare.

In 2011 when Ballerina Smurfette was included in the 1970 to 1979 Decade Display Box it appears they made the base thicker. This was probably stop it falling over like some of the early ones tended to do.

Made in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong marked Ballerina Smurfette can be found with very strong paint colours. You will also sometimes find that the markings can be very faint or bold under the base. 

In the beginning as it was produced for both BP and Wallace Berrie. So you will be able to find Ballerina with just Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1977 Peyo markings. After 1982 they started to add W. Berrie Co marking to the base. This is because BP stopped selling Smurfs. 

Variations

Shade variations of Smurfette’s hair will be found from dark yellow to pale yellow. Shade variations of the green base will also be found.  

More recently coloured variations have been found with Smurfette’s ballerina outfit and base. These are not genuine variations and some say they are a copy of the Spanish fakes that were made in 1980s.

Ballerina Smurfette was also used on triangle pedestals and podium with cards. So it’s hard to imagine how many Ballerina Smurfettes have been actually produced over the years. I guess if you are onto a good thing why stop.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Windsurfer Super Smurf

Does anybody know how to get the Windsurfer Super Smurf to stand up? I can’t get them to do it unless I have them leaning against something. Even though I constantly have this battle with the Windsurfer, I just adore this one.

There are many different styles of stitches on the sail, a different size of the printed number or without printed number, harder and softer boards. There is so much to look for when looking to add the Windsurfer to your collection. Or then you have the different markings and paint dots to look out for!

Schleich version

The Windsurfer Super Smurf (#40215) was first produced by Schleich in 1980 and sold between 1980 until 1993. Both the figurine and board can be found with markings. The Schleich version was only produced out of Germany and was typically made out of blue pvc material. However, it is possible to find one with a mustard paint dot which indicates that it was painted in Portugal. These were typically sold to the UK. 

As the Windsurfer was produced after 1991 it is possible to find with a small CE marking on the figurine and board. 

Hong Kong version

The Windsurfer was also produced out of Hong Kong from 1981 to 1984. In the beginning it was sold by BP Australia, BP New Zealand and also Wallace Berrie for the US market. So the Windsurfer can be found with Hong Kong markings and also Hong Kong W. Berrie Co markings. The Hong Kong Windsurfer was only ever produced with a white pvc material. 

One thing that intrigues me about this Super Smurf what does the S71 on the sail represent? If someone out there know, please let me know as I am sure I am not the only one who has often asked this question. 

The Windsurfer Super Smurf is still considered very popular by most collectors. This is good news if you are looking to add this one to your collection as it means that it is not hard to find one complete and with its box. Amazing – as there aren’t many Super Smurfs that have this claim to flame. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf in Cage

It’s 2020! Let’s get excited! Smurf in a Cage, #40212 is one of my favourite Super Smurfs but to be honest I know very little about it. I also find it one of the most frustrating ones to put together. Getting the top on before one of the bars pops out – very annoying. It also one of the few Super Smurfs that I have been able to collect without its corresponding box. 

The Smurf in Cage can be found wearing his customary white trousers and hat while the Smurf stands behind a square shaped cage with bars. The Smurf also has an anxious look on his face. This Super Smurf has also been referred to as Prisoner Smurf in Cage in some catalogues and posters.

Smurf in Cage was sold by Schleich from 1980 to 1986. I have two different Schleich versions, with only markings found on the Smurf figurine. 

  1. W.Germany on the inside of the left foot and © Peyo underneath the left foot. This one also has a small mustard paint dot under the right foot. This is painted with dull blue paint. 
  2. W.Germany Schleich S on the inside of the left foot and 1980 © Peyo on the inside of the right foot.  This is painted with a more shiny blue paint.

Smurf in Cage was also produced out of Hong Kong and sold in Australia by BP Australia and in America by Wallace Berrie. It was produced between 1981 to 1984. There are two Hong Kong versions that can be found. 

  1. The first version only has the markings on the Smurf figurine – Hong Kong Schleich S © 1980 Peyo. These markings can be found on the arms. 
  2. The second version has the markings on both the Smurf figurine and on the cage. The Smurf’s markings are Hong Kong Schleich S © 1980 Peyo and the cage’s markings are Hong Kong W. Berrie Co Schleich S © 1980 Peyo. 
Super Smurf Boxes

There are only four boxes that can be found with the Smurf in Cage. Like any Super Smurf that can be found with its original box it can be considered quite rare. The picture on the box with the Smurf in Cage with the ring attached to the cage, is considered extremely rare. I have seen this one in anyone’s collection. To be honest, it may not even exist!

  1. Front: Super Schlumpf. Back: Schtroumpfs a Schtroumpfs
  2. Front: Super Smurf Schlumpf. Back: Schtroumpfs a Schtroumpfs
  3. Super Smurf (UK box)
  4. Super Smurf!!

 

Je Collectionne Les Schtroumpfs magazine 

In 2006 the French magazine Je Collectionne Les Schtroumpfs also included a Smurf in Cage. This version was made in China and is painted in lovely matte paint colours.

For 2020 one of my Smurf resolutions is to find a Smurf in Cage with its box and if I am lucky in mint condition. Actually any Super Smurf with its corresponding box in mint condition. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B





Christmas Smurfette which is which!

When it comes to giving Smurfs names that celebrate Christmas you kind of limited to what you call them. Perhaps this may explain why there are two Christmas Smurfette’s. A good thing for us collectors is that they don’t look like anything alike.

Christmas Smurfette – #2.0200

Wearing a long green gown with white shoes, while holding out a white parcel with a red bow around it. This Christmas Smurfette was first released in 1985 in both Europe and the USA.

After this it was only sold by Schleich in 1986 and 1990. There appears to be no changes made during this time and can only be found with the one marking – Made in Portugal Applause Schleich Div WB and Co Inc © 1984 Peyo. 

When Applause (formerly known as Wallace Berrie) sold Christmas Smurfette they paired this with Christmas Smurf with lantern #2.0201. This appears to be a common trend with how Wallace Berrie sold their seasonal special release Smurfs.

Christmas Smurfette – #2.0208

Out of the two Christmas Smurfettes this is probably my favourite. Wearing a short red coat with a white trim and hat with a stem of holy on the side while carrying a green box with a red ribbon wrapped it. The markings on this Smurfette are Made in Portugal W. Berrie Co Schleich S © 1982 Peyo. So its possible it was first released in 1983 or 1984 in the USA. Then later by Schleich in 1985, 1986 and 1990 like the other Christmas Smurfette.

When Applause (formerly known as Wallace Berrie) sold Christmas Smurfette they paired this with Christmas Smurf #2.0207. This appears to be a common trend with how Wallace Berrie sold their seasonal special release Smurfs.

A version of Christmas Smurfette was also sold by Joux Joux in Switzerland. Joux Joux makes potato chips and gives away a free miniature toy, a bit like what Kinder Surprise does. There are a total of ten Christmas themed Smurfs, Joux Joux released.

In France in 1985, both Christmas Smurfettes were sold as a Christmas decoration with eyelet and gold cord.  So there is no need for alarm if you end up finding one with a small slit in its head.

Whether you love Christmas or it’s not really your thing, both of these Smurfette’s are a nice addition to any collection because of the beautiful colours they both offer. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Santa Smurfette

Santa Smurfette is wearing a long red hooded coat with a white trim and white shoes. In her hands she is holding a rectangle green present with a red ribbon with a bow around it. Santa Smurfette was given the article number #20153 by Schleich. 

Santa Smurfette is unique as it was one of only a few Christmas Smurfs made out of Hong Kong. When it was released by Wallace Berrie in 1982 it was sold with Santa Smurf (#20124) as a seasonal pair. Santa Smurf was also made out of Hong Kong.

When Santa Smurfette was first sold by Schleich in 1983 it was also sold as a Christmas pair with Santa Smurf. In the 1983 Schleich catalogue they started to promote their seasonal Christmas Smurfs. The Christmas Smurfs were given the article number 20833 and their own special counter display box consisting of 36 Smurfs. 

By 1984 Schleich added two more Christmas themed Smurfs to their special seasonal Christmas Smurfs . This was Christmas Smurf (#20207) and Christmas Smurfette (#20208) 

Both Schleich and Wallace Berrie released other Christmas themed Smurfs that included a gold cord. Wallace Berrie released a beautiful display box that was in the shape of a Christmas tree that displayed the gold corded Smurfs hanging like baubles. 

It is unclear why Santa Smurfette was never included in this special release.  So from my understanding Santa Smurfette was never officially released with a gold cord. 

Joujoux Smurfs from Switzerland

However Santa Smurfette was included in a special release by Zweifel for their Joujoux potato chips in Switzerland. A bit like Kinder Surprise these Christmas themed Smurfs came as a surprise toy within your packet of chips. They are approximately 3 to 4cm high and are made out of a hard plastic. There was a total of ten released as part of the series.  

If you are ever looking for a Christmas themed Smurf, Santa Smurfette is worthy for consideration. Not only is it a very cute looking but the red colour of her winter coat means she stands out when displayed with other Smurfs. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Plumber Smurf

Plumber Smurf is wearing his customary white trousers and hat while carrying a silver wrench in his right hand and his red-brown toolbox in his left hand.

We first see Plumber in the 1984 Wallace Berrie catalogue. It appears only the tools in the back of his toolbox are painted silver. The paint used is more glossy than the Schleich made ones.

In the same year Plumber Smurf is sold by Schleich in Europe with the article number 20187.  The same mould appears to have been used by both Wallace Berrie and Schleich. Schleich produced Plumber Smurf from 1984 to 1989 and then again in 1999 and 2000.

In the beginning when Schleich made Plumber Smurf it was made out West Germany and Portugal. The version made out of West Germany I believe is the only one where all the tools in the box are painted silver. Also typically the Portugal version is painted with more dull paint colours.

When the Plumber Smurf was re-released in 1999, Smurfs were painted a brighter blue colour. By this stage Schleich only produced Plumber Smurf out of Germany.

Not to be confused with Handy Smurf

It is easy to be confused when collecting Smurfs. Sadly but not surprising people use different names when referring to particular Smurfs. A good example of this is referring to Handy Smurf as Plumber Smurf and vice versa. This may have something to do with Wallace Berrie as when they released Plumber Smurf they referred to it as Handy Plumber.

Handy can be found wearing his grey overalls , while carrying his brown toolbox with a white handle in one hand and a grey hammer in the other. He also has a yellow ruler tucked under the arm and an orange pencil tucked behind his left ear.

Plumber Smurf may not be the most colourful or exciting Smurf available but it is still a nice addition to any collection. I like it because of the many marking variations that can be found.

Keep Smurfin

Kath B

Clown Smurf wants you

When the Smurfs were introduced to the UK back in 1978 they teamed up with Pierre the Clown to teach children about road safety. This campaign was known as ‘For a safety with a Smurf’. Pierre the Clown also known as Mr Chitty Chitty Bang Bang allowed National Petroleum to campaign not only to children but politicians. Via his school visits and popularity National Petroleum was able to promote children welfare issues of the day.

Because of this, I have often wondered if this was the idea behind creating the Clown figurine (#20033) first produced back in 1978. Wearing big yellow pants with red stripes and suspenders, a big red bow tie, large big clown shoes and make up around his face. The Clown Smurf figurine was one that was not just popular in the UK but throughout much of the world. 

Schleich – 1978 to 1986.

Schleich sold the Clown from 1978 to 1986 and then again from 1991 to 2000. No major changes appear to have been made but slight colour variances can be found with the pants, the stripes, bow ties. 

Due to the high demand for Smurfs especially in the early 1980s the Clown Smurf was produced in West Germany, Portugal and Sri Lanka. For example I have a Clown that was made in Portugal and painted in Sri Lanka (red paint dot)

It was also used on a number of triangle pedestals both in Europe and the United States of America. 

Hong Kong – 1979 to 1984

In Hong Kong the Clown was made for both BP and Wallace Berrie. It was first released into the USA by Wallace Berrie in 1979 until 1984. BP Australia started selling the Clown possibly in early 1980. Not sure if it was ever sold in New Zealand. 

It was in Hong Kong that they started to experiment with spray painting the Smurfs. I have a few Clown Smurfs that you can see they used spray paint on the eyes and sometimes the white paint around its mouth. 

Brazil and Argentina

Both Hering in Brazil and Minimodels in Argentina produced a Clown Smurf. These are extremely rare, especially in a good condition. 

Schleich – 1991 to 2000

With the reunification of Germany and the opening up of Europe, the Smurfs were in demand again. This time the Clown Smurf was made both in Germany and China. No major changes to be found!

This is one of my favourite Smurfs and it was one I remember fondly from my childhood. If you looking for something to cheer up your day add a Clown Smurf to your collection. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B