2019 Classic Smurfs Review

The new 2019 smurfs released by Schleich have been given the theme name of Classic, which came as a complete surprise to me. The other surprise was that four of eight smurfs had been released two years earlier. I was now suspicious what other surprises laid install for me as I inspected each one.

Back in 2017 Schleich released smurf sets to coincide with some of the main characters of the film – Smurfs The Lost Village. Each of the smurf sets would consist of three smurfs. At the time I took mine out of their boxes which I now regret. If I had known Schleich was going to release Clumsy, Hefty and Brainy as individual figurines I would have left them as a set in their original box. These smurfs made up the set known as Smurfs The Lost Village Movie Village Set 1. (#20800). 

Clumsy – #20810

I am not a big fan of this Clumsy figurine. For me he doesn’t really portray clumsiness he appears to be more bored than anything else. 

Hefty – #20811

This version of Hefty is good but nothing amazing. It would have been nice to see Hefty in a different pose. 

Brainy – #20812

My opinion of Brainy is similar to the ones I have with Hefty. The figurine is OK but lacks imagination. 

Smurfette – #20813

This is the same Smurfette figurine that was used in the Smurfs Lost Village Movie Set 2 (#20801) in 2017. The more recent versions of Smurfette have presented her more plainly. For example they could have added in coloured paint dots on her dress. 

Papa Smurf – #20814

Of recent times Papa Smurf’s white beard appears to be getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps this has something to do with the smurf’s head being bigger than the rest of his body. At least it is a new Papa Smurf figurine!

Greedy – #20815

This is my favourite by far, as it has a little bit of silliness to it.  For example it looks like a bite has been taken out of the cake and his mouth appears to be full. I also like how they show him wearing a white apron. All the others are wearing their customary white trousers and hat except Smurfette and Papa Smurf of course. 

Smurf with Present – #20816

Again I feel Schleich lost a trick with this one, as they could have shown this smurf differently. The similarities of this figurine and Classic Jokey (#20538) are too much for my liking. 

Smurf with Heart – #20817

Could this be the last smurf that Schleich ever make? Let’s hope not, as smurf is cute but lacks imagination in its design. Perhaps they could have painted the heart a brighter red colour or had an arrow going through it. 

Each of these smurfs can be found with the markings on the back of their head and under their feet. Each of these have been made in China and do not have cavity numbers. 

My conclusion:

I am glad to add these smurfs to my collection but wish they could have been more colourful. Once again these smurfs all appear to have a big head and small bodies which I find strange.

This is just my opinion and would love to hear your thoughts of the new smurfs; the good, the bad or the ugly. 

The new 2019 smurf figurines from Schleich are now in stock at Toydreamer

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Teacher Smurf makes his point

Teacher Smurf can be found holding a book in his left hand and points with his point with his right hand. On the first version the book was painted brown with the black letters ABCD on the pages and a yellow bookmark. This was later changed to a red book. Both had the same markings – W.Germany Schleich S © 1980 Peyo markings. Schleich sold Teacher from 1980 to 1986/1991 – 1992/1996 – 1997/2000 – 2001. 

The Hong Kong version has always come with a red book with black letters ABCD on the pages and a yellow bookmark. Some collectors make a note of the thickness of the black letters and the yellow bookmark compared to the Schleich made ones. 

The Hong Kong one was produced with two different markings – Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1980 Peyo and Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co Schleich S © 1980 Peyo markings.  Teacher was produced out of Hong Kong between 1981 to 1983. 

There was also a Teacher made out of China. There are at least two different markings that can be found – M.China Schleich S Germany © 1980 Peyo CE. (small CE) and Made in China Schleich S Germany © 80 Peyo CE (large thin CE)

Not sure if you call this a variation or a paint error. There is one with no letters or bookmark in his book.  It has the markings W.Germany Schleich S © 1980 Peyo markings. 

Check out the old catalogues

In the 1980 Schleich catalogue which was used through to 1984 it shows Teacher with a brown book with black scribble on the pages. It is unclear if Schleich ever released this version. 

In the W. Berrie catalogues, you will notice in 1981 they display Teacher holding a book with red lettering (can’t see the colour of the book).  In the 1982 catalogue they show Teacher holding a red book with black lettering. 

Triangle Pedestals

There are also a number of triangle pedestals that used the Teacher figurine. There are American, English, French, Nordic and promotional ones to be found. From personal experience when buying a triangle pedestal check out the older catalogues to ensure it is genuine first. There is nothing worse than buying a triangle pedestal in a foreign language to find it was not actually released like this.   

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Snippets from the catalogues taken from thecursedcountry.com

Who was Nanny Smurf?

When I started collecting smurf figurines there were some really odd figurines that made no sense to me, some examples of this included Puppy, Smoogle, Chitter and Nanny. For someone who never read the comics or watched the NBC cartoon series I was really miffed on who these characters were.

For today, I would like to just discuss Nanny or as others sometime refer to her as Oma, Granny or Grandma first released in 1990, article #20408. The Nanny figure wears a pink nightgown and scarf around her neck. Nanny has grey hair and wears glasses on a chain. Upon its release there were some who felt that Nanny should be holding a knitting bag as she does in the cartoon.  

The character of Nanny first appeared in the cartoon series in season 8, first aired in 1988 to 1989. Later on Nanny would also appear in smurf comics and books. Similar to Grandpa Smurf she would love to tell stories to the younger smurfs especially the Smurflings. She was also very fond of a pink rabbit like marsupial pet called Smoogle. 

China Applause ™ Peyo © CE markings

In 1990 Applause attempted to relaunch the smurfs to the US market in conjunction of the screening of the cartoon series which was later canceled. Nanny was one of eleven smurfs that were manufactured by Applause out of China. Nanny was also later sold by Irwin Toys in 1995/96 in the USA and Canada. This version of Nanny has a more of mauve coloured nightgown. 

W.Germany Schleich S © 88 Peyo CE markings

Nanny was also manufactured by Schleich around the reunification of Germany so it is possible to find with W.Germany or Germany markings. Around 1991 the W in front of Germany was blocked out on existing moulds. From 1991 smurfs were now showing the country Germany.  It is also possible to find with or without CE marking. The CE marking was added to smurfs around 1990/91. 

The Schleich version has more of light pink nightgown compared to the mauve Applause version.  Schleich continued to sell Nanny right through to 2000. 

If I was honest Nanny is not one of may favourite figurines as I never watched the cartoon series. But for someone who likes to smurfs with different markings, Nanny is one of the more interesting ones. This is because you can workout out the chronological order they were released just by the markings. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Fishing for Smurfs

It’s been one of those weeks, so when it came to the weekend I was wanting to immerse myself in my smurfs. My sister in law refers to my smurf collecting as my ‘yoga’ as it is my way to switch off from everything else and get totally absorbed by my smurfs. Another way, some people switch off from everything around them is by fishing. 

Fisherman Smurf #20101

Fisherman was one of the last smurfs produced by Bully in 1979. After 1979 it was sold by Schleich but continued to be sold with Bully markings until around 1984. It was only sold by Schleich with Schleich markings between 1984 to 1986.

Fisherman was also produced out of Hong Kong, it was sold in Australia and New Zealand by BP and also in the US by Wallace Berrie. Wallace Berrie sold Fisherman from 1981 to 1984. 

In the Smurf Collectors Club International Newsletters Issue 14 and 15 from 1989 they list that there are two mould variations to be found. 

One piece mould. Pole is part of the Smurf mould!

Dark brown rod, yellow/gold line black hook

Light brown rod, yellow line, black hook

Rust rod, yellow/gold line, black hook

Special Note: The hook should be attached to the foot!

Two piece mould!!

Fishing rod is a separate plastic piece. Hook is not attached to foot

Yellow plastic rod and line with hook

Rod has bumps in plastic as would appear as a tree branch

Brown plastic rod and line with hook

Same bumpy appearance

It is thought Schleich had problems with the one piece mould and at some stage changed the rod to a seperate plastic rod. This may have been around 1983 when Schleich started selling Combi Sets. Schleich ceased making Fisherman after 1986 and has not been reproduced since. 

Angler Super Smurf #40207

Angler comes with a yellow fishing rod with a detachable red fish on it, a dark brown log and sometimes with or without a yellow tub. Angler was first produced by Schleich in 1979 and was sold up until 1986. It was later sold as a bonus figurine with the French magazine Je Collectionne les Schtroumpfs in 2007. 

It was also produced out of Hong Kong around 1980 and sold in Australia by BP and the US by Wallace Berrie. I don’t believe this version was ever sold with a yellow tub. 

There is also a very rare version with a brown fishing rod that came without a yellow tub. I am not sure of it’s origins or when it was produced but I know of two other collectors who has this one. 

The Angler was also used by Schleich as part of their Smurf Office Series, released between 1983 to 1986. Angler was part of Smurf Office Series 1 #53101 which included a tray for paper clips with Angler holding a magnet fishing-rod. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the different fishing smurfs there are available to collect. There are some variations of both Fisherman and Angler that I would like to add to my collection, along with many other smurfs. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Greedy Smurf

Did you know that Greedy is one of the few smurfs that was regularly shown in the comics and also throughout the entire run of the cartoon series? This is most likely due to his good nature and love of food. 

Schleich first released Greedy in 1984, wearing a chef’s hat and white apron while sitting on a red stool eating a dessert with a spoon. In the beginning Schleich only released Greedy until 1986, then 1990 to 1994. It was given article number #20165. However, in the 2000’s Greedy had a revival being sold with various magazines and DVD’s in different countries.

Greedy was also produced out of Hong Kong for Wallace Berrie in late 1983 and 1984. It appears that the same mould was used as the Schleich one but it was painted with slightly different paint colours. The most obvious difference between the two, is the brown paint used for the spoon & plate and the pink paint used for the dessert. 

Bonus figurine – Greedy Smurf

At various times Greedy has been sold as a bonus figurine with either magazines or DVD’s. Each time, the same figurine was used and can be found with matte paint colours and is made out of a harder pvc material compared to the ones released in the 1980s. The markings can be located underneath: Made in China Schleich S Germany © 1983 Peyo CE. 

Here is a list I have compiled, that was sold using Greedy Smurf as a bonus figurine. Please let me know if there is something not quite right or if there any others I have missed. 

In France between 2004 to 2006, the magazine Je Collectionne les Schtroumpfs was sold with a bonus smurf figurine. Greedy was sold with their second edition of the magazine.  

In Germany in 2008, the magazine 3-D Schlumpf Mag was sold with a Greedy figurine. This issue was released around June. 

In the Netherlands in 2010, the magazine De Smurfen was sold with Greedy in their first edition. 

In Australia also in 2010, the cartoon series was repackaged and resold as Just Smurfy 2 DVD Box set with bonus figurine. This was first released around November. 

Overall, Greedy Smurf is a great one to add to your collection as most people recognise this smurf whether it be from the comics, cartoon series or even from the Smurfs Village mini game. What’s not to like about someone who makes a cake and then eats all for themselves?

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Super Smurfs from 1999

Back in 1999 Schleich released six new Smurf figurines and five new Super Smurfs. Some of these are now considered highly collectible by collectors due to their short period they were sold and their unique designs.

This week I have decided to discuss the five Super Smurfs that were produced. If you are wanting to read about the regular smurfs, please click on HERE

Super Smurfs from 1999

#40252 BMX Smurf

#40253 Motor Scooter Smurf

#40254 Motor Scooter Smurfette

#40255 Racing Driver (in a red car)

#40256 Racing Driver (in a silver car)

(Please note that #20451 was not used)

Regular Smurfs from 1999

#20455 Tourist

#20456 Sportsman

#20457 Aerobic Smurfette

#20458 Newspaper

#20459 Smurf with Nameplate

#20460 Golf Smurf

Snippets of Information

BMX Smurf: Out of all the smurfs first released in 1999, BMX Smurf was sold for the longest period from 1999 to 2015.

Wearing light purple pants, with lighter green colours, riding a light red bike, with lighter yellow colours on the bike

Motor Scooter Smurf: Only sold for five years from 1999 to 2004, though possible to find with either shiny or matte blue skin. The number plate on the scooter has S1.

Markings under feet, Made in China Germany 98. Ce marking under smurf’s bottom. There are no markings on the scooter.

Motor Scooter Smurfette: Strangely this was only sold for three years, from 1999 to 2002. The number plate on the scooter has S2. Smurfette can also be found with a blue paint dot under her foot.

Some consider this one, the hardest one to find out of all five Super smurfs produced in 1999.

40255 Racing Driver (in a red car): Was produced between 1999 to 2005. The markings can be found under the feet, Schleich S Germany Made in China © Peyo 98. Ce marking under bottom. There are no markings on the racing car.

Racing Driver (in a silver car): Just like the Motor Scooter Smurfette it was only produced for three years, 1999 to 2002. Exact same smurf and car as Red Racing Car.

All of the five Super Smurfs from 1999 were made and painted out of China. They were all originally sold with a Circular Smurf logo with dancing smurfs pattern box.

I hope you have all enjoyed looking back 20 years to see what smurfs were produced. These were the days when Schleich created smurfs with a fresh, colourful, modern look to great effect. It’s unfortunate in my opinion this is no longer the case.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Super Smurf Scooter Smurfette, is my favourite from 1999 because of the beautiful design of the scooter and paint colours used.

Smurf Figurines from 1999

Did you know that in 1999, Schleich released six new smurf figurines and five new Super Smurfs? Some of these smurfs are now considered highly collectible as they were only produced for a very short period and also because their association with other smurf merchandise. 

For this week’s post I will only discuss the regular smurfs and next week I will discuss the Super Smurfs. 

Schleich’s Smurf Figures for 1999

#20455 Tourist

#20456 Sportsman

#20457 Aerobic Smurfette

#20458 Newspaper

#20459 Smurf with Nameplate

#20460 Golf Smurf

Five new Super Smurfs

#40252 BMX Smurf

#40253 Motor Scooter Smurf

#40254 Motor Scooter Smurfette

#40255 Racing Driver (in a red car)

#40256 Racing Driver (in a silver car)

For some reason #20451 was not used and remains a mystery why it was not used. This was not the first or last time Schleich would miss a number when giving smurfs their article number. 

Did you know………..

Tourist Smurf: We first saw Tourist Smurf in 1996 when it was sold as a candy topper.  The figurine was produced using the same exact design and colours as the candy topper.  Tourist was only made by Schleich for three years, 1999 to 2002. It was also the only regular smurf made out of China, whereas the others were made out of Germany.

Tourist Smurf is carrying a satchel full of brochures over his shoulder while holding onto a black camera. He is wearing a light red/orange shouts with white details and his sunglasses rest on his white hat.

Sportsman: No actual markings can be found on the smurf itself, as they located under the base. It was only produced for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Sportsman is running along on a large green grass pattern base, tongue hanging out, with a stopwatch over one shoulder and a towel over the other. He is wearing yellow shorts and a white singlet.

Aerobic Smurfette: Was first released between 1999 and 2001 then later used as part of the 1990 to 1999 Decade Box Set. So possible to find with two different markings. 

Lying her back, Smurfette has one leg in the air while wearing a pink leotard with matching leg-warmers.

Newspaper: Commonly found with a bent right arm holding the newspaper upwards. An extremely rare version was also produced where the right arm is positioned more diagognial. Only sold for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Carrying a satchel full of newspapers swung over one of his shoulders, while holding up a copy of the Smurfs News in his right hand. Has a hole in the bottom of the left foot.

Smurf with Nameplate: Can be found with or without a hole in the white removable sign. The one with the hole, is considered more rarer. Was only sold for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Wearing a yellow shirt, black pants and a white baseball style cap while pointing to a blank white removable sign.

Golf Smurf: Just like Aerobics Smurfette it was first released between 1999 and 2001 then later used as part of the 1990 to 1999 Decade Box Set. So possible to find with two different markings. 

Golf Smurf carries his golf bag over his left shoulder while carrying a white golf ball in his right hand. Wearing a yellow shirt, orange checkered pants and brown shoes.

If you would like to share any other information you may have on 1999 smurfs, please feel free to leave a comment. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Devil Smurf

This week in Germany, there was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest meeting of people in Smurf costume. Within the article it says that 2762 people dressed up like smurfs, all of them had to cover all traces of skin in blue paint, and don the signature curved hat. Which made me think was there a Devil smurf within the crowd? Continue reading

Mermaid Smurfette

When is a smurf not a smurf? For example let’s have a look at Mermaid Smurfette first released back in 1982. 

Mermaid SmurfetteWe first see Mermaid Smurfette is sitting on a light grey rock, with blue and silver scales, red starfish on hat and wearing a pearl necklace in the 1982 Schleich catalogue. This version was typically made out of blue pvc material. 

A version of Mermaid Smurfette was also made out of Hong Kong, which has a dark green scales, orange starfish on hat and is wearing a pearl necklace. It was also made out of white pvc material. This was sold by BP in Australia and New Zealand possibly in 1982 and then in 1983 was sold by Wallace Berrie for two years. 

Mermaid SmurfetteThe markings for Mermaid Smurfette can be found underneath the rock. It can also be found with different paint dots; mustard, green or red which was used as a method of quality control.  It tells us which country the smurf was painted in by Schleich. Mustard indicates it was painted in Portugal. Green indicates it was painted in Tunisia. Red indicates it was painted in Sri Lanka. 

Though it is a strange choice of a smurf figurine, it must have been fairly popular it was sold by Schleich between 1982 to 1988 and then again 1993 to 1996. During this time, it was also used on several triangle pedestals.

OMO back in around 1983 also created a miniature version of Mermaid Smurfette made out of blue material. These miniature smurfs came free inside a box of OMO washing powder.  A total of 16 were produced as part of this promotion.

Plastoy

In 2009 Plastoy produced smurf bath toys which included Mermaid Smurfette with a silver tail. The smurf bath toys were produced as two sets of four different smurf characters. Mermaid Smurfette was part of set 1 which also included a smurf riding an orange fish, Diving Smurf and a smurf sitting in a rubber duck tube. These pieces make a beautiful to your smurf collection especially if you like to display the pieces. 

So what inspired the creation Mermaid Smurfette? Who knows and who cares. Whoever it was, created a beautiful figurine to be admired when displayed with other smurfs. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Biscuit Smurf

When was the last you craved for a biscuit? Sorry, I should rephrase this question, when was the last time you craved for a Biscuit smurf first produced by Bully around 1974?

When Biscuit Smurf was first released by Bully it was given the name of Kuchen Schlumpf which translated from German to English means Cake Smurf. I am not entirely sure when they started referring to it as Biscuit Smurf.  

Like a lot of early smurfs produced by Bully, Biscuit smurf is made out of very soft pvc material and were also sometimes produced with unpainted eyes or without any eyebrows. It is also possible to find them with no markings at all or just © Peyo marking on the arm. 

Biscuit smurf can be found wearing his customary white trousers and hat, holding a large yellow biscuit with a bite taken out of it in his left hand. The smurf can be seen licking his lips with his tongue.  

Bully produced Biscuit Smurf from 1974 to around 1977. Schleich also produced Biscuit Smurf from 1980 to 1986 and was given article number 2.0080. Most of these Schleich ones were sold with Bully markings with the cavity number marked behind the biscuit. It is possible to find with Schleich markings but these are generally considered hard to find. 

Biscuit Smurf was never sold in Australia or United States. There is however an extremely rare version made with Hong Kong markings but I have only ever seen a picture of this one. So perhaps there were plans to release it in the U.S.A but it never happened. This may have something to do with the popularity of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. 

Raw Brown Biscuit Smurf

Biscuit Smurf can also be found in brown pvc material with only his pupils and mouth painted. Some collectors refer to these as Waldbaur smurfs. Waldbaur Smurfs were a special promotion that included a single coloured smurf with some details painted such as pupils, mouth, tear etc within a box of 20 chocolates, released around 1974/75. There is thought to be at least six different smurfs used as part of the Waldbaur promotion. However some collectors believe there are more…..

Biscuit Smurf is a simple designed smurf with lots of character and well worth craving!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B