Smurfette with Tea Set

I can’t stand when people try to flog incomplete Super Smurfs. A couple of good examples of this is Smurf in Bathtub #40235 where people try to sell just the smurf without the bathtub or Smurf on Raft #40246 without the raft. However back in 1990 Applause did just this as they sold the Smurfette with Tea Set without the table.

Smurfette with Tea Set was first sold in the USA in 1984. Around 1984 Wallace Berrie had also rebranded itself with the new name of Applause. So this possibly why you can find Smurfette with Hong Kong W. Berrie Co markings but sold in an Applause box. From my understanding only six Super Smurfs were sold with this Applause box. So this is considered extremely rare especially outside the USA.

Like a lot of smurfs made out of Hong Kong, Smurfette is a dark blue colour. She is wearing a light pink apron, and is holding a lavender cup and teapot. It comes with a light pink table top, lavender cup, dark brown bread. The under side of the table is brown. 

Markings on Smurfette: W.Germany Schleich S © 84 Peyo CE. No markings on table.

It wasn’t until 1986 that Schleich started selling their version of Smurfette with Tea set. In the end it was sold by Schleich right through to 1993, so it is possible to find a version with a CE marking. Smurfette can be found painted in a lighter blue colour, pink apron, pink cup and teapot. The table cloth is a darker pink colour compared to the Hong Kong version and underside of the table is same colour. 

Smurfette markings: China Applause ™ Peyo CE

In 1990 Applause released their last smurfs in the USA. In the SCCI (Smurf Collectors Club International) newsletter they called them ‘The Eleven Figurines’. All eleven smurfs are old releases with new markings China Applause ™ Peyo CE. As part of the release they included Smurfette with Teapot (without a table).

It is unclear exactly why Applause decided to do this, one suggestion is that it could have been a child safety issue with the small loose items such as the teacup and bread that previously would be displayed on the table.  

This is a very cute Super Smurf and is well worth collecting whether it be with a table or without. Displaying Smurfette can be a little tricky especially if you have one that leans to the left, like I do. Lucky for me I have been able to find a little wooden box to display her which helps her from falling over. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

Cowboy & Cowgirl smurfs

Do you recall the song ‘ I wanna be a Cowboy’ by artist Boys Don’t Cry released back in 2002. In the song it had infamous line – ‘I want to be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’. Don’t worry too much if you don’t as it is not really considered a classic song to most, but for some reason I always think of this line when I think of Cowboy smurf #20122 and Cowgirl Smurfette #20147.

Surpisely Cowboy was first released in Europe in 1981 and then in the following year it was released in Australia and America in 1982. There are at least three different variations to be found with Cowboy.  This may have something to do with Cowboy being made W.Germany/Germany, Portugal and Hong Kong.

  1. Brown shoes, red pants, black belt, brown gun, white rope, brown vest, red bandanna, brown hat, white injected mould. Typically found with shiny paint colours. 
  2. Brown shoes, red pants, black belt, silver gun, tan rope, brown vest, red bandanna, brown hat, blue injected mould. Commonly found with dull paint colours.
  3. Light brown shoes, red pants, black belt, silver gun, tan rope, light brown vest, red bandanna, light brown hat, blue injected mould.

Cowboy was also released as a boxed pen set being a horse’s head. Wallace Berrie #7905

In both the Schleich and Wallace Berrie catalogues from 1983 the Cowgirl looks the same as both are wearing brown cowgirl boots and vest, white ruffled dress, a white cowgirl hat with a red strap tied under her chin. In her right hand is a raised plastic brown lasso.

The thing you can’t see is whether it is a triple or single knot in the lasso. The one with the W.Germany markings tends to be a triple knot and the one with the Hong Kong markings tend to be a single knot. 

In 1989 Schleich released  Special Smurfs Box Sets and both Cowboy and Cowgirl were included in Box 4: The Smurfs Aventures in the Far West theme. The other smurfs included in this set include Indian #20144, Violin #20159 and Indian Smurfette #20167. This was given the Schleich article number 20853 and is on my ‘most wanted list’. 

Both can still be found easily today, though I tend to find the Cowboy with a mustard paint dot (painted in Portugal) the blue paint used for the arms look like they have stretch marks. This isn’t really shouldn’t be surprising considering their age and is only noticed when you closely examine the smurf that you see this.

So do you want to be a Cowboy?

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

Still looking for the 2018 Football Smurfs?

For the past week I have been eagerly waiting for a special delivery of smurfs. These are not any ordinary smurfs these are the highly anticipated 2018 Football Smurfs released by Schleich. I first heard about them was back in August and have been counting down the days ever since. That’s approximately 230 days no more no less!

#20804: Football Papa Smurf Trainer
Something has happened to Papa Smurf’s head as it seems to be bigger than in the past. Wearing his customary red hat, navy blue suit with a white shirt and matching red tie. While wearing red and white shoes, with the left leg forward and the foot on the ground and the right leg is back and the foot rests on tips of his toes with the heal raised. Both of his hands are clenched into fists. 

#20805: Football Smurfette
When I first heard about this one, I was really excited by the news as I have fond memories of playing football  when I was younger. Sporting her white hat and blonde hair, while wearing a dark pink shirt with black shorts. The right foot is resting on top of the ball and the left foot on the ground. I really like this one but I wish they had painted her hair with shiny yellow paint instead.

#20806: Football Smurf with Ball
This one is probably the one I like the least as it looks like he is in trance with his arms stretched out in front of him. I think the concept was to display him in motion with his right leg back and his left foot resting to the ball. Wearing his white hat, yellow polo shirt, black shorts and black shoes with white strips on the sides and the cleats underneath.

#20807: Football Smurf with Trophy
When trying to take a picture of this smurf, I found that because of his stance with his left foot resting on his heal and the right foot resting on the toes that it was a tad wobbly.  Wearing a white hat, with a red polo shirt and black shorts while waving the trophy in his right hand and his left hand clench in fist; you can tell that this smurf is excited due to his big open smile.

The trophy is gold in colour, with engraved laurel wreath pattern.

#20808: Football Smurf Goalkeeper
Eyes open, looking down towards the ball he is hugging close to his chest. His mouth is closed in a smile. Wearing his customary white hat, a long sleeved green shirt with an orange collar and matching orange gloves and brown shorts. Like the others he is wearing black shoes with two white strips on each side and cleats underneath.

#20809: Football Smurf Referee
It was no surprise to discover that Brainy is the Football Smurf Referee as we can tell by his black glasses. Holding a red card out in his right hand while blowing on a silver whistle. Wearing his white hat, black long sleeved shirt and grey shorts. 

My thoughts…….
This isn’t the first time Schleich has produced football smurfs. It would be fair to say that not all collectors were thrilled by more football smurfs being produced. One of my dear friends summed up the sentiment with saying ‘seriously, how often do we need football smurfs’. Though this did not stop him or me buying the new football smurfs. Secretly I think he was quite impressed with them as he ending up getting two sets. Recently he sent me a picture of his football smurfs displayed around his desk at work with the comment – Go the Soccer Roos!

For this blog to continue to thrive, I would really appreciate you taking the time tell us your thoughts on the new football smurfs. I have told you mine, so now it’s your turn.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Policeman Smurf

 

An Austrian man faces a €160 fine for describing police officers as “smurfs” in a warning about speed checks posted on Facebook. The man maintains the term “smurfs” was meant as a harmless joke rather than an insult, and plans to defend the charge.  

So if you like to collect different colour and marking variations then Policeman smurf is one to look out for. First released by Schleich in 1981 until 1989 and then from 1993 to 1998. Policeman was also released in the USA from 1982 to 1984 by Wallace Berrie.

The first version of the Policeman can be found wearing a white jacket and helmet, black pants and blowing a red whistle and waving his brown baton in the left hand. This one typically can be found with the markings: W.Germany Schleich S © 1981 Peyo. It is also possible to find this one with a mustard paint dot which indicates that it was painted in Portugal. Most likely this one was originally sold in the UK. 

Around 1985 Schleich decided to change the colour of the baton from brown to white. Most likely around the same time the Policeman was also being made out of Portugal as well W.Germany. 

The Policeman smurf was also made out of Hong Kong and was sold in Australia & New Zealand by BP and also in the USA by Wallace Berrie. Wearing a shiny black jacket and helmet, white pants while blowing a silver whistle and waving a brown baton in the left hand. This can be found with three different Hong Kong markings. First with just Hong Kong markings then after 1982 W.B.CO. were added and then the markings were changed completely with the W.Berrie Co markings. 

  1. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1981 Peyo
  2. Made in Hong Kong W.B.CO. Schleich S © 1981 Peyo
  3. Made in Hong Kong W.Berrie Co Schleich S © 1981 Peyo

In the beginning I only ever thought that the black jacket and helmet version of the Policeman was only ever made out of Hong Kong. This appears not to be the case, as only more recently I discovered this was also made out of Portugal. I don’t have this version but have seen pictures of this. Most collectors considered this Policeman as extremely rare. 

In 1985 Schleich released their Jubilee smurfs celebrating 20 years association with producing the smurfs. Both the white and black jacket versions of the Policeman can be found stamped in gold on the back of it’s head with a design consisting of leaves, date of issue (1981) and Peyo’s signature.

In 1993 when the Policeman was re-introduced it was made wearing a white jacket and helmet, black pants and blowing a red whistle and waving a thicker white baton in the left hand. The blue paint that was used is also a brighter blue than previously used. This was made out of Portugal and can be found with a CE marking on the side of his foot. 

The Policeman smurf was also used as a promotion for OMO, made out of blue pvc material and measuring about 2cm tall. A total of sixteen smurfs were  made like this and were included in a packet of OMO washing powder.

Obviously the man who called the police officers ‘smurfs’ didn’t really know his Policeman smurfs afterall.  https://www.standard.co.uk/news

 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B 

 

 

Motor Scooter Super Smurfs

This week in Melbourne, Australia’s first scooter ride share business was launched calling themselves Scooti. Like others such as Uber it operates on a ride sharing app to connect with scooter drivers and passengers. Already their has been a reference to the smurfs as the scooters are a bright blue colour.

Like any passionate smurf collector, upon hearing the news my instant reaction was to find my Motor Scooter Super Smurfs, that were originally released in 1999 by Schleich.

In 1999 Schleich released five new Super Smurfs that included both of the Motor Scooter Smurfs. Some have referred to these smurfs released around this time as the New Generation smurfs. 

Motor Scooter Smurf, #40253 can be found riding a red scooter with the number plate S – 1, while wearing a green jumper, navy blue pants, black shoes, yellow safety gloves and a white helmet. Schleich sold this between 1999 to 2004. 

Motor Scooter Smurfette, #40254 can be found riding a purple scooter with the number plate S – 2 while wearing a pink jumper, brown pants, green socks, white shoes with black laces, brown gloves and a white helmet. Surprisedly Schleich only sold this one between 1999 to 2002.

The markings Made in China Schleich S Germany © 98 Peyo can be found under the feet and the Ce marking is under their bottoms. There are no markings to be found on their scooters. 

There appears to be at least two different variations to be found with Motor Scooter Super Smurfs, one with lighter colours and one with slightly more darker colours. Typically the one with the darker colours can be found with a blue paint dot under the foot. This version was released around 2001.

If you are also keen to collect the Super Smurf boxes, both Motor Scooter Smurfs came with a circular smurf logo with a dancing smurfs pattern and should include a picture on the top of the box. 

In my opinion these are both cleverly designed and beautifully painted Super Smurfs. A lot of thought must have gone into the design and making of the scooters as such they rarely full over when displayed. Little things such as an indent into the seat where the smurf sits and the stand underneath the scooter that it allows it to be  displayed without detracting from the scooter. 

If the idea of the scooter taxi service is to get around Melbourne more quickly just imagine how much more time that leaves me for collecting more smurfs.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B 

 

Beer Smurf

Most of us have more than one favourite smurf in their collection and to celebrate St Patrick’s Day instead of writing about St Patrick’s smurf I have decided to tell you about Beer smurf. First released by Bully in 1974.

When the Beer figurine was first produced by Bully it had no markings or eyebrows. This was quite common back then for early releases by Bully. Then Bully marked it with © Peyo on the beer stein or on the back of the right arm. This must have a popular smurf as you can find this also with three other Bully markings. Some people also refer to the Bully ones as the small mould.

In 1980 when Schleich won the global licence to produce smurfs, just like with the other Bully smurfs Schleich sent the old moulds to Hong Kong and only kept the last Bully version in Germany. In 1981 Wallace Berrie sold the Beer smurf with Hong Kong Bully markings and by 1983 they started selling the Hong Kong Schleich version. 

Schleich continued to sell Beer smurf right through to 1992. The Schleich marked ones are commonly referred to as the large mould. During this period Beer smurf was also sold as a keyring, sockel/pedestal just to name a few. Along with the many fakes!

In 1985 Schleich produced their Jubilee smurfs celebrating their 20th anniversary. Schleich selected the most popular and best selling figurines to be represented in the Jubilee series for each year! Beer smurf was selected for the year 1974.

In Australia Beer Smurf was only sold on the Congratulations orange sockel/pedestal, this was around 1981/82. By looking at the two I have it looks like they used the one with Hong Kong Bully markings. 

Now some feel that Beer smurf is not really appropriate for children. Some feel with his happy disposition and beer stein  full to the brim with frothy beer is encouraging under age drinking. Obviously those people are not familiar with the Smurfing Beer song released in 1982 by Father Abraham on the Father Abraham in Smurfland album. The chorus has the following lyrics:
“Beer Beer Smurfing beer – You don’t get drunk and isn’t dear”

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Freaky Friday with Azrael

There is a little bit of Azrael in every single one of us, wouldn’t you agree? Azrael is Gargamel’s cat or more like his trusty campion trying to capture the smurfs and like any evil villains they always seem to get in each other’s way just at the pivotal moment. Previously Azrael had only been released as a Super Smurf with Gargamel, article number #40211 between 1979 to 1986. 

Azrael was first released as its own figurine in 1992, article number #20411. This version included Azrael on the prowl licking his lips. The orange pvc material can vary and you can also find version ones with a notch in the right ear or without a notch. It should also have a blue paint dot on the end of his nose.  This was sold by Schleich up until the end of 2014. So still quite easy to find.

 

In 1996 another Azrael figurine was released, this time it was called Azrael Frightened, article number #40239. By the looks of this figurine it looks like it has just done the ice bucket challenge! This one is harder to find out of two as this Azrael was only sold by Schleich up until end of 2000.

It wasn’t until the 50th anniversary that a new Azrael was released this time Party Azrael, article number #20703. I was never fan of the green bow on his tail as for me this looked odd. 

In 2013 when The Smurfs 2 movie was released a combined Gargamel & Azrael figurine was released, article number #20759. I really liked the portrayal of Azrael on this one but not so much Gargamel. For me he looks like Statler from the Muppets Show. You may recall him as one of the two old men used to heckle Fozie and other acts from on The Muppets Show. His offsider was called Waldorf. 

The same Gargamel & Azrael figurine were included in the Smurf House with Gargamel and Papa Smurf, article number #20803 as part of The Lost Village movie sets.  I was little disappointed when I found this out but also found it quite understandable. So my disappointment didn’t last too long as the Smurf House is just amazing such high quality.

Lastly as I didn’t grow up reading the smurf comics or watching the NBC cartoon series, I was quite surprised to learn that when Azrael was first created it was female and then in the cartoon series they changed it to male. After this Azrael was also portrayed as male in the comics. In the movies Azrael has always been male. Freaky!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

Congratulations Smurf vs Heart Smurf

If you were to ask me what smurfs are hard to buy online, you might find that my answer may surprise you. My answer is Congratulations and Heart smurfs and it is not because of their rarity but because of their similarities. Both wearing white trousers and hat, hands outstretched just to name a few.

From my own experience it wasn’t until I had Congratulations smurf and a Heart smurf without a heart that it finally clicked on what other more experienced were referring when it came to discussing their hands. This is why buying these smurfs online can be tricky especially if you are dealing with inexperienced seller who has no idea.

The difference with Congratulations and Heart smurfs is to do with the position of their hands and fingers. With Congratulations smurf the hands and fingers are contoured and shaped to fit the hand of Champion smurf. The idea was to give it the appearance they were shaking each other’s hands. With Heart smurf the hands are closer together and flatter in shape. Inside the hands is more slot shaped. This is because it was designed to accommodate the heart.

Congratulations smurf was first released in 1980 and can be only found with one marking: W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1979. The marking W.Germany can be found between the legs, Schleich S on the inside of the left foot and the © Peyo 1979 can vary as it can appear on the outside of either leg. It was sold by Schleich between 1980 to 1986.

With the Heart smurf, there are three to collect each with a saying in English, German & French. It appears there is no differences to the figurine only to the heart they are holding. The text is always in black.

1. Have a Heart !
2. Ein Herz Für Kinder 
translated means A heart for children
3. De Tout Mon Coeur
translated means Of all my heart

The markings to be found are W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 80. It was sold by Schleich between 1981 to 1986. It can also be found with a mustard paint dot. I have also have one that has a gold oval sticker under the foot that reads Painted in Portugal.

If you are wanting to ensure that the smurfs in your collection are the correct ones, it always pay off to buy from an experienced seller. No question may be silly in the eyes of an experienced seller as they too can appreciate the finer things with smurf collecting. Just try it for yourself, just ask Andrew.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Smurfs celebrate 50 years in 2008

Before we start to give our opinions and two bobs worth on the 2018 soccer smurfs I thought we should look back to 2008 when the Party smurfs were first released. The Party Smurfs were a set of eight smurfs that were also referred to as the Anniversary or 50 Jubilee set.  This is because the smurfs were celebrating their 50th anniversary.

#20701 Jubilee or Anniversary was the first one released. Wrapped like a present with a yellow ribbon wrapped around itself and ready to give a hug.

#20702 This description was given to Party Gargamel and was taken from the Schleich website back in 2008 ‘Gargamel is tricked out in his party hat and handful of posies’.

#20703 ‘With a bow on his tail and a hat on his head, Azrael is a real party animal’. Before you all start to moan at the sad joke, it is important to remember that the description was taken from the Schleich website back in 2008.

#20704 Out of the eight smurfs released as the Celebration set, Surprise Smurfette is the only one that refers to the number 50. When pictures were first released of Surprise Smurfette was shown with the two dots next to the 50 as being painted pink and the two candles right in the front where yellow and blue. Though when it was actually released the two dots next to the 50 were unpainted and the two candles in the front were yellow and purple. If you are lucky enough there was a limited release of Surprise Smurfette sold with the candle flames being painted yellow. Typically they are found with an orange yellow paint colour.

#20705 Party Smurf can be found blowing a green party flute with red polka dots on it while wearing a red and yellow party hat.

#20706 Papa Tuxedo, is also known as Papa in tails. Wearing a matte black tuxedo, green bow tie and shiny black shoes. I am not sure why he is only wearing a white glove on his right hand.

#20707 Trommel was also referred to as Drummer or Party Drum, wearing his checkered drum with the words Happy Birthday written in the centre while both drumsticks are raised. Sometimes you can come across this one with the Happy Birthday appearing upside down. I love these kind of errors!

All of these smurfs were only available from 2008 to 2011. So if you are lucky enough you should be able to find two different marking variations.

#20708 Champagne Bottle Smurf was the only one from the Party Smurfs set that was sold right through to 2015. Sometimes this smurf was also called Bottle. Licking his lips at the oversized bottle of champagne that reads Happy Birthday. If you look at the picture from the Toydreamer website you will notice that the label on the bottle is blank. I don’t think these were ever sold like this. Perhaps the smurf licked the label!

Back in 2008 it wasn’t just smurf fans that were excited about the 50th anniversary, here I found an article from the ABC News http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-01-15/smurfs-celebrate-50-years/1012948

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf Greetings

“You’re Smurftastic”, “Happy Birthday”, “Get Well Soon”, “Congratulations”, “I Love You”, do these phrases sound kind of familiar to you. They should as these are the phrases that were added to the triangle pedestals first released back in 1981 in Australia by BP Australia. Back then these were sold for just $1.99

Like the majority of smurfs made for Australia, the Greeting Smurfs were made in Hong Kong and the markings can be found on the inside of the triangle pedestal: Schleich S © Peyo Made in Hong Kong Wallace Berrie Co Inc. I don’t think the Australia ones were ever sold in the USA after BP Australia stopped selling smurfs in late 1982 but I might be wrong.

By looking around at old catalogues, posters, reference books and personal smurf collection sites, I believe there were about 13  to 15 Greeting Smurfs produced. Here I have created a list, if you feel something is not correct please let me know.

  1. #20005 Gold Smurf on orange pedestal
    Congratulations
  2. #20020 Gymnast on pink pedestal
    Get Well Soon
  3. #20036  Hang Glider on pink pedestal
    Get Well Soon
  4. #20039 Mallet Smurf on yellow pedestal
    Happy Birthday
  5. #20040 Gift Smurf  on orange pedestal
    I Love You
  6. #20044 Lover Smurf  on orange pedestal
    I Love You
  7. #20051 Bowler Smurf on orange pedestal
    Congratulations
  8. #20054 First Aid on pink pedestal
    Get Well Soon
  9. #20056 Card Player on red pedestal
    You’re Smurftastic
  10. #20078 Beer Smurf on orange pedestal
    Congratulations
  11. #20100 Cake Smurf on yellow pedestal
    Happy Birthday
  12. #20102 Archer Smurf on red pedestal
    You’re Smurftastic
  13. #20124 Santa on red pedestal
    Happy Christmas
  14. #20127 Superman on red pedestal
    You’re Smurftastic

By looking at the list, it looks like 3 smurf figures were used on the same triangle pedestal except for the Santa Greeting Smurf. 

I should also point out that just because in Australia we called them Greeting Smurfs doesn’t mean these were called this in other places. In Europe they quite often referred to as  a Sockel which is the German word for base. In the USA they were called Smurf-A-Grams. More recently they have been referred to as stands or pedestals. 

One of the challenges when buying triangle pedestals is knowing if it is genuine or not. I know I have been caught out before buying one with the Policeman on the pedestal and the German phrase ‘Zur Geburt des Küken HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWUNSCH!’ Which I later found out the phrase translated into English meant ‘To the birth of the chick! Congratulations’. My guess is that this was not an official smurf  triangle pedestal but belonged to another smurf figure!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B