Smurf Skatebaorder

Does this smurf look familiar to you? If you were like me, I first came across this smurf without his skateboard leaf and was intrigued by why the smurf had a hole under each foot. It wasn’t until much later that I saw a picture of this smurf with his leaf skateboard that things started to make more sense.

The Smurf Skateboarder was one of the first five Super Smurfs released by Bp Australia in 1980. The Smurf Skateboarder (#40204) can be found wearing a red shirt, white trousers while riding his leaf skateboard. Like a lot of toys, it is easy for things to go missing. So more than likely the Smurf Skateboarder would lose his skateboard and its owner would be none the wiser.

The Smurf Skateboarder was a popular Super Smurf throughout the world. It was initially made out of Schleich’s headquarters in West Germany in 1978 until 1986. During this time it was also sold by National Petroleum in the UK.

The Smurf Skateboarder was also produced out of Hong Kong and was sold by BP Australia, Wallace Berrie for the US market and more than likely by BP New Zealand.

Points of difference

The W.Germany made one has the markings under its feet – W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo. There are no markings to be found on the actual leaf. However on the leaf there are two holes, though I am unsure why.

Due to the quality measures introduced to smurfs being sold in the UK, it is possible to find with a mustard paint dot under the smurfs’s foot.

The Hong Kong version was sold in Australia and can be found with Hong Kong markings under its feet and skateboard. There are no holes found on the leaf. Generally the smurf is found with extreme dark blue skin either in a shiny paint colours.

Around 1982, Wallace Berrie started adding their own markings to the skateboard. So it’s possible to find two different Wallace Berrie markings – Made in Hong Kong W.B.Co Schleich S © 1978 Peyo and Made in Hong Kong W.Berrie Co Schleich S © 1978 Peyo.

The Smurf Skateboarder is a Super Smurf that should be part of every smurf collection. Not only is it a fun looking smurf to display but it’s part of smurf history.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf with Knapsack

When was the last time you went on a wander?  (not to be confused with wonder) Regardless what you call this smurf, Traveller, Wanderer, Tracker, Smurf with Knapsack (#20088) etc, this smurf is one for the ages. A simple design that has stood the test of time. We find this smurf, wearing his customary white trousers and hat while carrying a stick with a knapsack over his shoulder. 

The Smurf with Knapsack was first produced by Bully in 1975. Back then Bully would produce posters with hand drawn sketches of their smurfs they were selling at the time. The Smurf with Knapsack was first shown in 1976 with a brown stick with white knapsack with red spots and was referred to as Wanderer. I don’t think they never produced a figurine like this, which is a shame.

The figurine was only ever produced with an orange stick and knapsack. In the beginning the length stick was about 7cm and this was later reduced to 5.5cm. The other small difference that can be found is with the knapsack. Some of the earlier knapsacks appeared to be flatter on the bottom and the later ones were more rounded. Both small but notable differences!

You may also come across with Wanderer with a yellow, white or green stick and knapsack. This is accessory is from the Jerry figurine (Tom & Jerry).

After Bully lost the licence to manufacture smurfs at the beginning of 1980, Schleich continued to make and sell Wanderer right up until 1986. A version was also made out of Hong Kong but oddly it was never sold by Wallace Berrie or BP Australia. Perhaps it was sold in New Zealand?

Markings

For those who like to collect smurfs with different markings, there are not many to be found with this one. It can also be found with a mustard or red paint dot.

  1. Bully © Peyo (hand etched markings)
  2. W.Germany Bully © Peyo
  3. West Germany Bully © Peyo
  4. West Germany Schleich S © Peyo
  5. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1975 Peyo
Collector’s Tip

When looking to add Wanderer to your smurf collection, ensure that his mouth is closed and that he is holding the stick with his right hand. Butterfly Catcher (#40209) holds his net over his left shoulder and has his mouth open.

Perhaps we all should take a leaf out of this smurf’s book and go for a wander (or should that be wonder?)

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf with little pink pig

For a short time in the late 1970s or possibly in the early 1980s the ‘Viel Gluck Smurf’ was produced. For this they used Congratulations Smurf (#20067) holding onto a cute pink (PVC) piglet. What I would like to know, is there a way to distinguish the genuine one from a fake one? Or was this smurf never sold by Schleich in the first place. 

Facts we know:
  1. Congratulations smurf was first sold by Schleich in 1980 and continued to sell it through to 1986. Congratulations was never sold by BP Australia or Wallace Berrie for the USA. So as a result it was never made out of Hong Kong, it was only ever produced out of West Germany. 
  2. In 1981 Schleich released a blue triangle pedestal with Congratulations holding a pink little piglet. The imprint on the pedestal – Herzlichen Glückwunsch und viel schwein im Neuen lebensjahr*.  
  3. Schleich also produced another pink triangle pedestal using the same figurine around the same time. The imprint on the pedestal – Schleich Wünscht Viel Glück Im Neuen Jahr!!**
What we don’t know for sure:

Back in 1981 the smurfs were in high demand not just in Europe but around the world. Schleich was also producing not just smurfs but another toys such as their ‘Mini’ animal range. One such animal was a pink piglet. 

Now in Germany a pig is a symbol of good luck. Viel Gluck means good luck in German. The symbol of a pig is also quite often associated with Christmas in Germany. So in many ways it would not be hard to add a ‘mini’ range piglet to a Congratulations smurf. 

What I think?

I have two versions of Good Luck Smurf, with each one holding a different kind of piglet. I have never thought of them as genuine but I would never call them fake either. Therefore in my opinion they are just simply adorable.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B 

*English Translation: Congratulations and a lot of pig in the new year of life
** English Translation: Schleich wishes good luck in the New Year !!

Smurf says Have a Heart for kids

No one can doubt the power of advertising, especially when it features the smurfs. I recently came across this one from the New Idea magazine, 2nd October 1982.

Have a Heart for Kids is an international organisation, founded back in 1978 in Germany. One of it’s early campaigns was for more traffic lights, more zebra crossings, limited traffic zones and play zones. The number of children killed in traffic accidents has been greatly reduced since this campaign. Eversince the organization has continued to fight for children’s needs and requirements.


Have a Heart figurine

Have a Heart smurf is unique, as there are three different versions. Each one carries a sign with a heart emblem with a saying in English, German & French written in black text. It appears there is no difference to the actual figurine.

Have a Heart ! – English

Ein Herz Für Kinder – German (A heart for children)

De Tout Mon Coeur – French (Of all my heart)

This smurf can be hard to smurf to buy because of it’s likeness to Congratulations Smurf (#20067). The difference lies with how the hands have been made. The Heart smurf should have the inside of the hands more flat compared to the Congratulations smurf where they are more contoured and shaped. This is to do with how the heart shaped sign is slotted into the hands. Whereas Congratulations smurf is reaching out to another smurf to shake its hand.

The same figurine used for Heart smurf was also used for Traffic Crossing smurf (#20155). Heart smurf was made by Schleich between 1981 to 1986 and was never made in Hong Kong. I don’t think it was never sold in the USA by Wallace Berrie. But as you can see by the advertisement from 1982 there is a high chance it was sold in Australia.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B


#1 Teacher Smurf

Have you ever wondered why this smurf is sometimes referred to as a ‘promo?’ – I know have. As far as  I am aware it is not really promoting a company or organisation like other promotional smurfs produced by Schleich. Or was it just a variation produced by Wallace Berrie for only the American market and was never intended to be sold in Europe by Schleich. 

Perhaps the confusion began when Schleich would refer to the Red Apple with #1 Teacher as a promotional smurf made for the U.S market in some of their catalogues. This was then followed by various collector books and websites doing the same thing.  

I don’t consider #1 Teacher a promotional smurf but a variation. This is similar as the #1 Grad – a variation on the Graduation smurf. But the difference with these two, is that Schleich never gave #1 Teacher its own article number. Whereas #1 Grad was a completely different mould compared to Graduation Smurf and was produced a couple of years later by Wallace Berrie.  

When looking for the #1 Teacher red apple smurf there are a couple of things you should look out for.
  1. This smurf was only produced by Wallace Berrie. It should only be found with Hong Kong markings. #1 Teacher was never produced or painted out of Europe, so it should not be found with any paint dots under its feet.
  2. As the smurf mould was also used by Pumpkin Smurf (#20136) which was first produced in 1981, it is possible to find the Apple Smurf with either the year marking to be 1981 or 1983. 
  3. #1 Teacher Red Apple had two marking variations:
    Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich © Peyo 1981  
    Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich © Peyo 1983  

There is also another red apple smurf that causes debate amongst collectors as to whether it is real or fake. This is the one with the words I (heart) NY written in white on the red apple. Some feel, that it was produced as only a test version and others feel it is a fake. Regardless what your opinion is of this smurf, one would have to be a very passionate collector to buy one, due to the high price tag it demands. 

No matter if you call this a promotional or variation, #1 Teacher smurf is an interesting smurf to add to one’s collection. The red apple complements the green apple variations. Perhaps one day someone will explain why they added #1 Teacher to the apple.  

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Elusive Cheerleader Smurfette

Do you have an elusive smurf, that you have always wanted but can never find? For some this is Cheerleader Smurfette (#20149). 

Cheerleader – Wallace Berrie version. 

This version of Cheerleader is wearing a white dress with reddish ‘S’ on the front, light blue collar and cuffs and waving her reddish orange pom poms. She is standing on a round grass pattern base with one leg slightly raised.  

It is thought that Cheerleader was first released by Wallace Berrie at the end of 1982 or early 1983 and was produced out of Hong Kong. The first one released has a W.B.CO marking and then this was later changed W. Berrie Co under its base. Some collectors have noted a difference of the green paint used for the base; light green to dark green. However all of mine, seem to have a dark green base. 

Wallace Berrie must have produced a lot of these Cheerleader Smurfette’s as they were also sold as key-rings and on variety of triangle pedestals. 

Cheerleader – Schleich version. 

There is very little difference between the Schleich version and the Wallace Berrie version. The most notable difference is that the Schleich one has no ‘S’ on the front of her white dress. 

Some collector books such as the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV states it was first sold in 1989. Which is not correct. If you have a look through old Schleich catalogues you can see it was first sold in 1987 and only available until 1989.

The Schleich version is considered harder to find compared to the Wallace Berrie version. For example I have 2 Schleich ones compared to my 6 Wallace Berrie ones. 

Cheerleader – McDonald’s

McDonald’s also have their version of the Cheerleader. Her white dress has gold spots on it to match with her gold boots and she is waving orange pom poms. M embossed into the back of the head.

It was first used in 1996 to help celebrate McDonald’s 25th anniversary in Germany and the Netherlands. And then again 1998 McDonalds used her to help celebrate their 40th anniversary in England, Ireland. I have also read somewhere that Iceland was included in the promotion in 1998.

Markings
  1. Made in Hong Kong W.B.CO. Schleich S © 1981 Peyo 
  2. Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S © 1981 Peyo
  3. W.Germany Schleich S © 1981 Peyo
  4. © Peyo 96 (M embossed on the back of the head)

Elusive as she maybe is for some, Cheerleader Smurfette is worth collecting. In most cases, it is not exspensive and just requires pataince to find one in good condition. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Wild Smurf – Wild thing

We first see Wild swinging from the tree trunk in the 1989 Schleich catalogue. Wild is seen in the Schleich catalogues right through to 2000.

Wild is a two piece figurine. The tree green base, light brown tree and dark green leaves. The figurine is a blue injected mould, with hand painted yellow shorts and a lime green leaf effect hat. There has only ever been handful of two piece figurines produced by Schleich. For example Bride and Groom (#20746) released in 2013. It was given the article number 20230 by Schleich and was never produced by Wallace Berrie/Applause. 

When considering adding Wild to your smurf collection, there are a couple of things you should be wary of. Some collectors mention variances can be found with the green effect hat. Though this is true, but the variance found with the green paint is minor and in my opinion not even worth noting. This would be the same as the brown paint used for the tree trunk. 

Markings

The majority of the markings for Wild can be found under the base. These can be either W.Germany Schleich S © 88 Peyo CE if produced before 1991 or Germany Schleich S © 88 Peyo CE. The markings for Germany were changed after the reunification of Germany. Schleich started marking their smurfs with Germany instead of W.Germany. On the old moulds they blocked or removed the W in front of Germany.

Only this weekend I have discovered that on the side of the smurf’s foot you can also find a small CE marking and sometimes a black paint dot under the foot.  The black paint dot was added to smurfs made between 1988 to 1998 to indicate that the smurf was made using a new pvc formula and was made either in Portugal or Tunisia. 

Wild is a bright, eye catching smurf to add to your collection. The sturdy base makes it is easy display. No blu-tac required for this one – thank goodness! There is nothing worse than seeing a picture of someone’s smurf  collection on display with the smurfs being held up by blu-tac. It always makes me feel the smurf are standing in their own poo.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Sunbather Smurf saving our oceans

Anyone new to collecting smurfs, will always want to know why there are so many different paint variations, especially of the older figurines. If you are like me and enjoy collecting smurfs made in different countries, in most cases you will also find a paint variation. In most cases smurfs made in Hong Kong for BP Australia and Wallace Berrie were almost painted differently than those made in West Germany by Schleich. Then there are other countries that the smurfs were made in one country but painted in another. 

This will then lead up to the follow up question – ‘How do I know if I have an original or variation smurf?’.  This is not such an easy question to answer as this will depend on where you live in the world. I live in Australia and most of the smurfs originally sold in Australia by BP Australia were made out of Hong Kong. So in one sense, I could refer to these as the original smurfs and the ones made in either West Germany or Portugal are variations. But to be honest I don’t refer to a smurf as an original. 

Sunbather – #20014. 

To give you example of what I am trying to explain, let’s examine the Sunbather smurf first released in 1970 by Schleich. When Sunbather was first sold it was painted with red and white bathers. This continued right through to 1977/78. This is quite interesting as even when Bully had the rights to produce the smurfs between 1974 to 1977 they didn’t change the colours on the bathers. Whereas they did change the colours on other smurfs such as the Judge smurf where’s his robe changed from black to red.

So sometime in 1977/78 when Schleich started producing smurfs again, Sunbather was painted with yellow and black bathers. However in the 1978 Schleich catalogue Sunbather was shown wearing green and black bathers. Also sometime around the same time Sunbather was painted with red and black bathers. 

When they started producing Sunbather out of Hong Kong back in 1979 they originally used spray paint for his bathers. This included two colour variations for his bathers, yellow and black or green and black. These are still fairly easy to be found today but not always in the best condition. 

Which leads me onto this newspaper article I found this week in regards to the Smurfs joining the EU’s fight against ocean pollution in taking part of the Global Beach Cleanup campaign. https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/17/the-smurfs-join-eu-s-fight-against-ocean-waste

So if you have smurfs that aren’t in the best condition don’t just throw them away, see if they can be used in another way. This could be by moving them to the garden, recycling them or something else so they don’t end up in the rubbish bin.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Skipping Rope Smurfette

There is always at least one or two smurfs that create a debate among collectors and Skipping Rope Smurfette is one of those ones. Is the version with a blue skipping rope genuine or not?

Skipping Rope Smurfette was first released by Wallace Berrie in 1983 and was only sold for two years. This version of Skipping Rope Smurfette can be found wearing a white dress with yellow underwear, with a thin white skipping rope with red handles rotated over hear head. The markings can be found under the feet: Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co Schleich S © 1983 Peyo. 

Schleich released their version of Skipping Rope Smurfette in 1984 and continued to sell it through to 1989. This version of Skipping Rope Smurfette can be found wearing a white dress with white underwear, with a thick white skipping rope with red handles rotated over hear head.  The other small difference is under the feet is two small rubber stops under the feet. My guess these were added to stop Smurfette tipping over when displayed. The markings can be found under the feet: Made in Germany Schleich S © 1982 Peyo. 

Blue Skipping Rope Smurfette

I just want to point out the that the actual Smurfette is genuine, and it is the blue skipping rope part that is debated whether this is fake or authentic. Most collectors feel that the skipping rope is not genuine as it feels more like copper wire and it is nothing like the material used for the white skipping rope. Even so, this doesn’t stop people buying this version or paying major bucks for it!

However it is unclear where this version of Skipping Rope Smurfette originated from. The Smurfette used was made in Germany and also has white underwear. In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV they list as a Spanish variant but in other collector books they don’t even mention it! 

Both versions of Skipping Rope Smurfette are worth collecting and being on display.  Like a lot of Smurfette figurines made in 1980’s they all appear to show Smurfette having fun and being portrayed in a slightly flirty way. Sadly in more recent times, Smurfette is still being portrayed as still having fun but less flirty. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

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