Some say Baby Smurf is very cute others are more critical calling it basic. However, if you like your Baby Smurfs there is a good chance you will like this one. Wearing white pyjamas, with one hand covering it’s mouth and the other holding a yellow rattle.
I understand that not everyone is a fan of the newer Smurfs. Whether it be due to the quality or nostalgic reasons but we must remember Smurfs are for children to play with. I recall when I was a child I would make up stories centred around my Smurfs. No doubt, this hasn’t changed. Whether it be a new addition of a baby to a family or friends everyone can identify with a baby.
However, if I was to compare this Baby Smurf with Baby White #20179 I would prefer Baby White. I like Baby White’s pyjamas with the two yellow buttons on the back flap and the red rattle. But also like Baby White’s crawling position, which could allow more imaginative stories. While Baby Smurf looks guilty with it’s hand over it’s mouth the sitting position it lacks creativeness.
That said, Schleich has the opportunity to expand on Baby Smurf by adding different coloured rattles or poses. For example I would like to see a Baby Smurf crying or with food all over it’s face.
Cute but not very creative, is the best way to describe Good Luck Smurf first released in 2021. The Smurf wishes you good luck! If it wasn’t for the words good luck on the sign, I would get this confused with Smurf with Sign #20823. Why did Schleich decide to use the same mould for these two Smurfs?
Some say, Good Luck Smurf is a nice present to give someone starting a new job or opportunity. If this was the case why didn’t Schleich produce a blank sign that allows someone to add their own quote. Like they did for Nameplate #20459 back in 1999.
I also would like to know what a child thinks of this Smurf. For me, Good Luck Smurf lacks flair and is a tad boring. I am also not a big fan of how the eyes are painted on the newer Smurfs. In my opinion, the eyes on a Smurf is what makes it unique but not anymore.
What do you think Schleich should create with future releases? Do you like or dislike Good Luck Smurf? Share your thoughts via our Comments field.
There is nothing worse than the feeling of excitement to disappointment. Back in 2021, I felt this when I purchased Smurfette with Flower. I do not doubt that I wasn’t the only one who felt like this.
The first pictures of Smurfette with Flower made her look beautiful, standing underneath a flower. It’s like she was using the flower as an umbrella. Soft paint colours also complemented Smurfette.
However, when I finally received Smurfette with Flower, I couldn’t believe Schleich would not have noticed their error. Typically, the stem of the flower is not flush at the bottom with Smurfette’s feet as it protrudes a few millimetres further. As a result, Smurfette cannot stand up and can only be displayed if supported by something else.
Let’s hope Schleich can find a a solution to this flaw because Smurfette with Flower is such a pretty figurine.
What do you think of Smurfette with Flower? Like? Dislike? Let me know in the comments
Ahead of the 2022 Schleich releases, I thought it would be good to revisit the 2021 Smurfs starting with Vanity Smurf.
Firstly I don’t envy Schleich when it comes to creating new Smurfs. Every new Smurf is reviewed differently by children and adults who like to collect. Vanity Smurf is not a new idea by Schleich, with the first one made in 1972. In the beginning it was called Vanity, but we now typically refer to it as Mirror Smurf. In 2005 the Classic series was released by Schleich and also included a Smurf with Mirror. Lastly in 2013, a Vanity Smurf was released and in my opinion the worst.
Upon reviewing Vanity Smurf, I first went to the Schleich website. The description was unbelievably brief – The Schleich Smurf wears a beautiful flower in his hair! I’m not sure who wrote this, but this like all Smurfs except Smurfette and Papa Smurf doesn’t have hair. The pink flower is on it’s white hat. Maybe something got lost in translation.
Name: Vanity Smurf Article number: 2.0827 First released: 2021 Markings: Made in Romania Schleich S 2020 Peyo with a date stamp
Perhaps the biggest surprise, was the similarity of the Vanity Smurf #20827 and the Classic Vanity #20537. Up until now I had never noticed, both have a similar pose admiring themselves in the mirror and have a pink flower on their hat. The noticeable differences are the position of their left hand and different moulds used by Schleich.
Did you buy Vanity Smurf in 2021? I recommend you should if you want Schleich to continue to make Smurfs and because this one is kind of cute.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
Thanks for reading my current review of 20827 Vanity Smurf. I also wrote this review in 2021 if you want to know more about he 2021 Smurfs.
I was so excited when I first collected Flower Smurf. Up until then, I had only found a Flower Smurf without its flower. Like many Smurfs from the early 1970s, Flower Smurf is simple in design with a touch of colour. The colour is the Smurf’s flower that sits in the corner of its mouth.
The other standout feature of the early Smurfs us they were hand-painted, compared to Smurfs made today. It’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t collect Smurfs that adding eyebrows to a figurine can make a big difference. For example, early Flower Smurfs had no eyebrows like many Smurfs produced in the early 1970’s. It is hard to know if Bully or Schleich painters added the eyebrows.
Another point of difference was the flower. In Germany (then known as West Germany) the flower was attached to pin that was inserted into the side of the Smurf’s mouth. Whereas in Hong Kong, a nylon flower was glued to the side of the mouth.
Different coloured flowers
Do you think the different flowers found with Flower Smurf are genuine? To be honest I am not sure because the catalogues only showed a red flower. However some of the collector’s guide books show different coloured flowers. And what about red plastic flower often referred to as a ‘test version?’
I like to list the markings on my Smurfs because I find it easier to compare them with each other.
W.Germany Schleich emblem Peyo
W.Germany Peyo (emblem removed by Bully)
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1972
Made in Portugal Peyo (emblem removed)
Made in Portugal Peyo 1972 (no reference to Schleich in the markings)
Finally did you know that Flower Smurf was one of nine Smurfs first sold by BP Australia in 1979? No wonder why there are so many Flower Smurfs in Australia missing their flowers. If their original owners were like me, the flower probably ended up at the bottom of the sand pit.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy Flower Smurf as much as I do. What do you of Flower Smurf? Do you think it has the same appeal today as it did back in the 1970’s?
Both Schleich and Wallace Berrie created their version of Bricklayer Smurf using the same mould. Schleich made their Smurfs in Germany (formerly known as West Germany in the 1980s’), typically to be sold in Europe. Schleich also made their Smurfs in Hong Kong, typically to be sold in Australia and USA.
But things changed in 1982 in Hong Kong when Wallace Berrie started to add their marking to Smurfs. This is most likely because BP Australia stopped selling Smurfs.
Here’s a quick review of the Bricklayer Smurfs made by Schleich and Wallace Berrie. Starting with the Wallace Berrie version as I first collected this one.
Wallace Berrie version of Bricklayer
I first saw Bricklayer in the 1982 Wallace Berrie Fall Smurf Collectables Booklet. The Bricklayer is wearing white trousers and is holding a brown brick in one hand and a trowel in the other. While resting his leg on a pile of bricks.
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S 1981 Peyo
Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S 1981 Peyo
Depending how closely you examine the markings their own two different style of Hong Kong markings.
There is also one with a CE hand etched marking. Most likely as it was sold in Europe between 1985 to 1990.
Schleich version of Bricklayer
I prefer the Schleich version, since their are colour variations. Bricklayer Smurf is wearing blue overalls with a white shirt, holding a brick in one hand and trowel in the other hand. Also he is resting his leg on a pile of bricks.
There are two colour variations of the bricks, red or brown. The cement colour can also vary from light to a darker grey. Not so obvious in photographs, the blue overalls can vary from a pale to brighter blue.
Markings and paint dots
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, mustard paint dot
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, green paint dot
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, red paint dot
Summing up Bricklayer
More than 40 years on, both Bricklayers are still easy to find. However, the prices can vary depending on what version you want. For example, the Schleich version is more expensive in Australia than the Wallace Berrie one but don’t let that put you off.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
P.S Check out the painted tail on the Bricklayer with a mustard paint dot!
Can anyone tell me why we call this Flautist Smurf? This Smurf wears a red shirt and white ttrousers and plays the flute larger than itself. But the flute looks more like a recorder.
In the 1979 Schleich catalogue, it refers to #20048 as Flöten Schlumpf. Using Google translate in German to English Flöte becomes flute. Even in the Wallace Berrie catalogues they called the figurine Flute Smurf. This oversized instrument looks nothing like a flute!
When I first started collecting, I had never heard of the movie The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. An animated film that was first released in Belgium in 1976, the United Kingdom in 1979 and the USA in 1983. In my opinion, this figurine was the connection between the film and Schleich.
Schleich: 1979 to 1992 Wallace Berrie: 1981 to 1983
I am not sure if Flautist Smurf was ever sold by BP in Australia or New Zealand. There is a good chance it was because it was made in Hong Kong. If you happen to know, please leave a comment for us.
W.Germany Schleich S Peyo
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1978
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1980 (Blocked out 1979 on the foot and added 1980 to the hand – very strange!)
W.Germany Schleich S Peyo 1978 CE
M.China Schleich S Peyo 1978 CE
In my opinion, Flautist is a simple designed figurine, nothing flashy or ordinary. The oversized instrument is the standout because it’s ridiculous but adorable.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
What do you like about Flautist Smurf? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
The Smurf Collector’s Club International (SCCI) tells me there are only three variations of Harp Smurf #20070. However, a friend of mine tells me there are six different variations. What do you think?
The first question one must ask oneself is how you determine your different variations. Some of us will look at colour difference, whereas others look at markings. But others will look at both.
Sometimes understanding who produced a particular Smurf can help you. Harp Smurf was first made by Bully between 1976 to 1979 then Schleich from 1980 to 1986. Along with Wallace Berrie/Applause in 1983 and 1984.
The Smurfs must be one of the few figurines that have the markings of one company but are made by another. For example, a Smurf with Bully markings was also sold by Schleich between 1980 to 1984. Fortunately, there were other details that Schleich adopted for Harp Smurf to differentiate it from earlier ones made by Bully. Such as a wider face and darker blue skin. Also, the early ones had no eyebrows.
One could say that Wallace Berrie used the same technique because they painted Harp Smurf with shiny dark colours.
SCCI Harp Variations
Here are the three different versions listed by SCCI in newsletter 10 published in Fall 1986.
Note the SCCI rarely talks about marking variations only colour differences. In some cases, I find this is odd because I would have thought this to be an easy way to explain variations pre-internet.
My friend’s Harp Variations
Peyo on the back of the harp
Bully under the foot (hand etched) and Peyo on the arm (hand etched)
Peyo on the arm (hand etched). W.Germany Bully under the foot (printed). without/with eyebrows
W.Germany Bully Peyo under the feet (printed). Peyo on arm (hand etched) is blocked out. with eyebrows
W.Germany Schleich S Peyo. (Schleich S covers Bully marking). The other markings are the same as version 4
Hong Kong W. Berrie &Co. Schleich S 1974 (totally new markings) Peyo on the arm (hand etched)
In my opinion, there are five variations of Harp Smurf based on the five different markings. I like to collect Smurfs with different markings and will look at this first when considering adding a Smurf to my collection.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
What do you think of Harp Smurf? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments!
How does a villain catch a Smurf? With a net of course. I’m not sure where the idea came from, whether in the comics or cartoon series. But it’s a great way to portray Gargamel the figurine. Without delving too much into details, in my opinion there are three versions of Gargamel with a net #20181.
Variations of Gargemel with net
W.Germany Schleich S 1983 Peyo Black PVC, yellow handle and net, smooth oval green base
Portugal Schleich S 1980 Peyo Skin colour PVC. brown handle and a yellow net, smooth oval green base
Hong Kong W.Berrie Co. Schleich S Peyo
Each one three different things to be aware of when considering adding to one’s collection. For example, the one with a brown handle and a yellow net can be in a curved shape. It was manufactured like this and was no accident. Sadly, though I have found this causes Gargamel to become unsteady and can fall over if not supported.
I also found that the base can vary; smooth to grass pattern base.
So what makes Gargamel with net worth collecting? In my opinion, it captures the image of a baddie really well. Like a lot of villains portrayed in comics and cartoons, Gargamel is not the most intelligent. To be able this into portray this into a figurine is no easy feat. – Well done & thank you Schleich!
I never really watched the cartoon series that was on television back in the 1980’s. Even now I haven’t really sought them out to watch. Most people find this quite surprising considering I like to collect Smurf figurines. So imagine my surprise when I found out about the story behind the making of Puppy.
In 1987 Schleich declared bankruptcy but somehow managed to release eight new Smurfs. One of these was Puppy #20405. In the Smurf Collector’s Club International (SCCI) newsletter issue 7 it goes into detail how Peyo had not approved some of the colours on the figurines. It goes onto to say that the SCCI wrote to Peyo voicing their objections and opinions.
One of their objections was to do with the figurine Puppy. “Puppy’s ears on the cartoon are different in colour. Also his body appears to be greyish and not brown like the figurine”. What’s interesting to note that Peyo wrote back to the SCCI to confirm modifications would be made. Two years later, Puppy was produced in grey.
Upon reading this, I knew I had look out for Puppy brown or grey I didn’t care. But luckily for me my first Puppy was a brown mould. Soon after that I had two grey moulds with different markings. I also knew it was in my best interest to learn more about the origins of Puppy.
What to look out for with Puppy
When looking to add Puppy to your collections, there are a couple of things to take of note.
Firstly, the markings are found on Puppy’s stomach and not on his feet.
Secondly, Schleich and Applause both produced versions of Puppy. Both produced brown and grey moulds.
Lastly in 2011 a board game included Puppy with a very light brown mould. Some say only 250 board games included this version of Puppy. In spite of that I was able to find one in The Netherlands in 2019.
I guess it just goes to show that behind every Smurf there is a story.