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

American Footballer Smurf

This smurf is holding the football close to his chest in one hand, while his other arm is stretched out – ready to defend himself. American Footballer smurf or Football smurf as Wallace Berrie referred to it was a popular smurf back in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  

First released by Schleich in 1981 to 1986, then 1992 to 1994 and then again 1998 to 2000. In the 1981 Schleich catalogue American Footballer was wearing a yellow helmet with a chin strap, red top with the number 3 not painted, white pants and black shoes. It wasn’t until 1986 that they changed the picture of American Footballer and showed one wearing a red top with the 3 painted. 

Wallace Berrie sold American Footballer from 1981 until 1983. Not surprisely, it was referred to as Football. Like the Schleich one, it can be found wearing a yellow helmet with a chin strap, red top with the number 3 painted, white pants and black shoes. 

What to look for:

It appears only W.Germany marked ones have the number 3 unpainted. The yellow on the helmet is quite often a light colour as is also the brown football. It can also be found with a mustard paint dot which tells me it was painted in Portugal. 

The ones from Portugal can be found with the number 3 painted and not painted. The yellow paint on the helmet can vary as well. This is hard to capture in a photograph though is noticeable when they displayed together. It is also possible to find ones made in  Portugal with a red paint dot, which indicates it was painted in Sri Lanka. 

I have two from Hong Kong, one with W.Berrie markings and the other with just Hong Kong markings. With the Hong Kong made ones the number 3 is always painted yellow. The paint used for their blue skin is often described as extreme or really dark blue. 

I also have American Footballer with Hong Kong markings that was produced as a keyring. I think it was the only Hong Kong made ones sold this way. 

Markings

The markings for American Footballer can be found under his feet.  In the 1990’s American Footballer was no longer being made out of Hong Kong or W.Germany, so it can only be found with Portugal markings and with a CE mark. 

Fakes

There have been many different fake American Footballers made over the years, from all different parts of the world and the quality can vary greatly. The most sought after ones are referred to as CNT’s (Comic No Toxico) from Spain. Like other CNT’s the quality of these are of a high standard.

Lastly, can someone tell me why they used the number 3 on their shirt? They also used 3 on the Baseball Batter, so if anyone knows the answer please drop me a line.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf Cottages from 1996

The other day I was doing some Spring cleaning and somehow had mixed up my smurf cottages. I am referring to the cottages that Schleich released in 1996. For some unknown reason I decided to give them all a good wash at the same time, which resulted in the roofs being separated from the bases and the butterflies let lose. You would think by now I should know better.

I have acquired my smurf cottages in many different ways over the years. Some were acquired complete in their original box, others just came without their box or missing their butterflies.  So you don’t fall into the same trap I did, I have created a mini checklist for each cottage. 

4.9011 – Red Cottage

Roof Colour: Red and yellow

Butterfly: Red

Door Colour: Dark brown with a bell shaped window and red curtains

Base: Apricot

Roof & Base Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © 78 Peyo CE 

OR

Roof Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © Peyo 78 CE

Base Markings: Made in China CE © 78 Peyo Schleich S Am Limes 68 D-73527 Schw. Gmünd with time stamp.

In 1995 and 1996 Irwin Toys in America and Canada also sold this smurf cottage with the smurf figurine Snappy (#20401) in their own special packaging. 

4.9012 – Blue Cottage

Roof Colour: Dark blue and red

Butterfly: Light blue 

Door Colour: Dark brown with a bell shaped window and yellow curtains

Base: Light blue 

Roof & Base Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © 78 Peyo CE 

OR

Roof Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © Peyo 78 CE

Base Markings: Made in China CE © 78 Peyo Schleich S Am Limes 68 D-73527 Schw. Gmünd with time stamp

In 1995 and 1996 Irwin Toys in America and Canada also sold this smurf cottage with the smurf figurine Flautist (#20048) in their own special packaging. 

4.9014 – Smurfette’s Cottage

Roof Colour: Dark purple and with light purple

Butterfly: Yellow 

Door Colour: Dark brown with a heart shaped window and yellow curtains

Base: Light pink

Roof & Base Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © 78 Peyo CE 

OR

Roof Markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany © Peyo 78 CE

Base Markings: Made in China CE © 78 Peyo Schleich S Am Limes 68 D-73527 Schw. Gmünd with time stamp

In 1995 and 1996 Irwin Toys in America and Canada also sold this smurf cottage with the smurf figurine Baby Smurf with toy car (#20215) in their own special packaging. 

Boxes:

The smurf cottages can be found in two different boxes. 

  1. Smurf Head logo with dancing smurfs pattern
  2. Peyo Creations logo with dancing smurfs pattern. 

When buying the smurf cottages with their boxes, the Smurf Head logo boxes should contain the cottage with the Made in China Schleich S Germany © 78 Peyo CE markings and the Peyo Creations logo boxes should contain the cottage with the Made in China CE © 78 Peyo Schleich S Am Limes 68 D-73527 Schw. Gmünd with time stamp. 

I hope this helps, though if you have any other tips or you feel something’s not quite right, please send them through so I can these to the checklists. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurfs on Holidays

For many of us, Summer is the best time of year to take a relaxing holiday and the smurfs understood this with three Super Smurfs showing us how it can be done. Smurf in Hammock #40226, Smurf on Holidays #40261 and Smurfette on Holidays #40262. For others a relaxing holiday may mean going on adventure but we can talk about those smurfs on another day.

Smurf in Hammock

First released in the USA by Wallace Berrie in 1983, we find a smurf lying on a hammock held up by two wooden poles on a grass pattern base. This smurf is holding a yellow drink with a white straw, while wearing red bathers and has both eyes closed and a sheepish smile. It wasn’t until 1985 that Schleich started selling Smurf in Hammock and then ended up selling it for the next 30 years until 2015. This would probably one of the longest selling Super Smurfs that Schleich ever sold. 

Very little changes were made over the years it was sold, though little differences can be found such as the yellow paint used on the drink, the length of the straw, the material used for the hammock. Possibly the biggest difference is that the German version is made out of blue pvc material and the Hong Kong version is made out of white pvc material. 

Smurf on Holidays

Smurf on Holidays was first released by Schleich in 2001 and was sold up until 2015. Lying under a palm tree, the smurf is wearing his sunglasses and his red bathers on a yellow beach towel with his arms behind his head.  If you look close enough you will see a little ‘S’ on his bathers. Also on the yellow towel are two red and green stripes at both ends of the towel.  In regards to the markings, the smurf’s are on his back, on the bottom of the palm tree and there are none on the towel. 

Smurfette on Holidays

Also released in 2001 and sold until 2015 Smurfette on Holidays is a never smurf that on some days make you feel jealous. Smurfette can be found wearing pink bikinis and is sitting on her red beach towel under a palm tree. On her white hat is a red star fish and the towel has a green and yellow stripes at both ends. In regards to the markings, Smurfette’s markings can be found under her legs, on the bottom of the palm tree and there are none on the towel. This is a very cute Super Smurf!

Back in 2001, blue paint dots were added for the first time to some smurfs to indicate a new pvc material was used in production. Around the same time, shiny blue paint was also used on some smurfs and Super Smurfs. So both Smurf on Holidays and Smurfette on Holidays can be found with a blue paint dot under their foot and painted in shiny blue paint. If you are lucky enough to buy these smurfs in their original boxes they should also display a blue dot. 

I hope you all have had a relaxing Summer break whatever takes your fancy

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Surfer Smurf this Summer

What’s your favourite smurf in your collection? Not surprising to most, I have more than one but as the temperature rises this Summer I have to say Surfer Smurf,  first released back in 1982.

Surfer Smurf was released by Schleich between 1982 to 1994 and then again from 1998 to 2000. It was given article number #20137. This version was made out of blue pvc material and the smurf carries a 6.2cm surfboard with a rounded tip. The markings on the smurf can be a little tricky to read as they are between his legs. There are no markings to be found on the surfboard. 

Surfer Smurf was also released by Wallace Berrie in 1982 in the United States. It was only sold for two years by Wallace Berrie but can be found with two different Hong Kong markings – W.B.CO. or W.Berrie Co. This version was made out of white pvc material and the smurf carries a 7cm surfboard with a rounded tip. The markings on the smurf can be found on it’s back and on the outside of the surfboard – Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1981 Peyo.

When Surfer was re-released in 1998 Schleich made changes to it’s markings by adding a large thin CE marking to the smurf’s back and removing the W in front of Germany, but made no obvious changes to the smurf. With this version can be found with a 6.5cm long surfboard.

I also have a Surfer that is extra special as it is painted in the most beautiful light blue colour and only has markings on the surfboard – Made in China © Peyo 1991 IMPS CE. I have not come across any other smurfs with this marking. 

In the book Der Schlumpf Katalog IV, published in 2003 we see a picture of a surfer carrying a red surfboard and yellow bathers. In the book they refer to as a test version. The surfboard is identical to the yellow board just painted red instead. Like many other smurfs this is on my ‘most wanted’ list. 

So if you have a favourite smurf that you would like us to discuss in 2019 or have any suggestions/feedback for any posts just send us a message.  2019 is going to be a big year as it marks the 40th anniversary of when smurf mania hit Australian shores, stay tuned. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Christmas Smurfs

As we gradually head towards Christmas I wanted to share with you the different Christmas themed smurfs Schleich released. These were originally sold as a counter display carton, with the article number 20833. What is interesting is to see the number of smurfs increase each year, which goes to show how popular they were.

In the first year – 1983 only two smurfs were released, Santa #20124 and Santa Smurfette #20153. Santa is wearing a red jacket with a yellow belt, white pants, a red hat with a white pom pom while carrying  a sack of toys including a doll. Depending where Santa was painted will determine the colour of the pom pom on the hat and also the colour of the doll’s face. Santa Smurfette is wearing a long hooded red coat with a white trim, while holding a large rectangle shaped present with a red ribbon around it.

In the second year – 1984 two more smurfs added. This included Christmas Smurf #20207 and Christmas Smurfette #20208. Christmas Smurf is also referred to as Christmas Candy & Gift which really isn’t surprising as the smurf is carrying a big candy cane and a green present wrapped in a red ribbon. Christmas Smurfette is wearing a short red coat with a white trim while holding a square shaped present with a red ribbon around it. In my opinion out of all the Christmas themed smurfs these two are the hardest to find.

 

By the third and the fourth year – 1985/1986 Schleich introduced two other Christmas themed smurfs, Christmas Smurfette #20200 and Christmas with Lantern #20201. This Christmas Smurfette is wearing a long green coat while holding out in front of her a white rectangle shaped present with a thin red ribbon. Christmas with Lantern can be found wearing a light brown jacket with a white trim and matching brown hat with Christmas Holly attached to the side. In his right hand he is holding a green square shaped present with a red ribbon and a red & yellow lantern in his left hand. 

The next time we see the six Christmas themed smurfs is in the 1990 Schleich catalogue. This may have something to do with Schleich declaring bankruptcy in the beginning of 1987. 

When thinking of Christmas smurfs most people think only of the ones with a gold cord. Most collector’s sites will display these Christmas smurfs in their own section, where as the Schleich Christmas smurfs are just listed with their other smurfs. This may explain why some of these Christmas themed smurfs are considered rarer and are harder to find. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Diver Smurf also known as Frogman

This smurf is sometimes referred to as Frogman. This was the name National gave the smurf when it was first released in the UK back in 1981 and for some collectors the name has stuck. Wearing his orange wetsuit, black flippers & goggles, red snorkel and a silver spear gun.

There are not many variations of Diver, the main difference appears to be with the tip of the spear gun with some curving forward or back. However this is most likely how the smurf has been stored as the tip is quite flexible.

Diver was one of the last smurfs made by Bully back in 1979. In 1980 Schleich had the rights to produce all the smurf figurines, so they continued to sell Diver with Bully markings right up until 1984. After 1984 Schleich removed the Bully marking and added their own marking under the flippers. Schleich continue to sell Diver up until 1990.

Diver was also made out of Hong Kong and was sold in Australia, possibly New Zealand and in America. In America Wallace Berrie only sold Diver for two years, 1982 to 1984. So it is possible to find with Hong Kong markings and also Hong Kong W. Berrie markings. 

There are appears to be very little differences between the W.German and Hong Kong versions as it appears they both used the same mould but like a lot of smurfs produced in the early 1980’s the difference lies in the type of paint used. 

For example the Diver sold in the UK was typically painted in Portugal (mustard paint dot) and has matte paint colours. The Hong Kong ones were painted with darker shiny paint colours. Diver was also painted in Tunisia, so possible to find with a green paint dot.

Like many smurf collectors, I have a ‘Most Wanted’ List  of smurfs that instead of decreasing in size appears to get bigger everyday. There are two Diver smurfs that are on this list and they include a Spanish (CNT) Diver in an all red diving suit, flippers and goggles. The other is often referred to as ‘Prototype’ and displays Diver with flat feet compared to the ‘regular’ Diver which has it’s back foot raised. I am pretty confident that I am not the only one out there that would love to have this ‘Prototype’ Diver.

In 2000 Schleich released a new generation of smurfs including Scuba Diver (#20466). Though they may share a similar name both Divers are very different from each other, making both worth collecting. I am a big fan of both, though if I had to chose I would probably say Diver is my favourite just because of his expression on his face, especially his eyes. The smurfs made back then seem to have more of a comic disposition to them compared to the smurfs made in the last twenty years.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Christmas Smurfs

I have often wondered are Christmas Smurfs more expensive in December than any other time of the year? Though I have many smurfs within my collection, I still don’t have all the Christmas themed smurfs as I always get distracted buying other smurfs throughout the year. By the time it reaches December I always feel that I have left it to late. Where does one start, when looking for Christmas themed smurfs?

There are twelve different themed Christmas Smurfs. Released by Schleich from 1983 to 1985 and then again in 1992 to 2001. The Christmas smurfs were also released by Wallace Berrie in the USA but as they don’t appear in their catalogues I am not really when – possibly around 1982 to 1985!

Now depending on how you collect your smurfs will determine which path you go down when looking out for Christmas Smurfs. If you collect smurfs based on their markings all twelve Christmas Smurfs can be found with Portugal markings. Some can be found with Hong Kong markings, some with Portugal CE markings and some with China markings.

The Christmas Smurfs are sometimes referred to as the Christmas ornaments with cords. Typically the older ones can be found with their original golden cord or at least with an eyelet for the cord. The eyelet can be positioned on different positions on the smurf. A good example is Christmas Tree Smurf where the older version has the eyelet between the head and the tree. 

For those who like to collect smurfs with different colour variations, the Christmas Smurfs are good value because they were painted in different countries. I like the matte colour paint colours compared to the dark shiny paint colours. Santa Claus is a good one to keep a look out for, as the China version has a white pom pom on his hat compared to a yellow pom pom. Santa Claus was also made out of white or red pvc material.

It is also interesting to note that some of the Christmas Smurfs have been produced as fakes. This includes Wreath (5.1906) Candy Cane (5.1907) Praying Smurf (5.1910) and Praying Smurfette (5.1911). It can be hard to tell a real from a fake and I still don’t remember all the differences. It can also be hard to tell by just looking at a picture, so buying from experienced seller such as Toydreamer can put your mind at rest. At least they can tell you when buying whether it is real or fake, so it takes the guesswork out of the equation.  

There have been other Christmas themed smurfs produced over the years by Schleich. These are just as cute and sometimes more collectible as they don’t have a whole in their head where the eyelet once sat.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Baby Smurf with Blocks

People say that childhood experiences can have an impact on the choices you make as an adult, so what better smurf to discuss today than Baby Smurf with Blocks first released in 1985. We first see Baby Smurf with Blocks in the 1985 Schleich catalogue. Wearing white pyjamas, sitting playing with three colourful blocks. A yellow block is raised in the right hand, a green block is in front of him and a red block is on his left hand side.

We continue to see this version of Baby with Blocks up until 1989 in the Schleich catalogues.  In 1990 Schleich decided to show us a different colour version with a blue block in front of him instead of green. However back in 1991 Schleich decided to go back to the green coloured in front and continued to use this version until 1998. 

Baby with Blocks is considered one of the last smurfs released into the USA by Applause (formerly known as Wallace Berrie) in 1985. Baby with Blocks was released as a pair with Baby with a Car. The Applause version is painted in lovely pastel colours and like all the other baby smurfs released by Applause in 1985 painted in a sky blue colour. Some of the letters and numbers on the sides of the blocks have also been painted. 

If you like to collect smurfs based on their markings the Baby with Blocks with pastel coloured blocks will have the markings – Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1985 Peyo under the blocks. This version is also considered the hardest to find as it was produced for such a short period. 

Baby Smurf with Blocks was also part of the Jubilee series released in 1985 by Schleich. This was to celebrate 20 years Schleich had been producing smurfs. The series consisted of 19 pieces, individually blister packed. Each Smurf chosen to represent its year of production, is stamped in gold on the back of it’s head with a design consisting of leaves, date of issue and Peyo’s signature. Also each blister pack also contained Smurfs Jubilee postage type stamps. The Jubilee Baby with Blocks can be found with both green and blue blocks. 

Don’t be alarmed if you come across a Baby with Blocks that appears to be made out of an odd white/yellow pvc material. When I first received this one, I thought it’s previous owner used to be a smoker due to the colour of the smurf. Later I found out this was actually how it was made. I have one that has a blue block in front with the markings W.Germany Schleich S © 1984 Peyo.

The other cute thing about Baby with Blocks is the colour of the buttons on it’s pyjamas back flap. Typically if it has a green block in front, the buttons on the back will be yellow and if you have a blue block in front, the buttons on the back will be red. Little things amuse small minds!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B