School Patrol Smurf

We first see the School Patrol Smurf in the 1983 Schleich catalogue. Wearing his customary white trousers & hat, with a white plastic stop sign inserted into the hands. Schleich gave School Patrol, 20154 article number and this smurf is also sometimes referred to as Patrol Crossing. It is quite likely that they released Traffic Crossing (#20155) around the same time. Traffic crossing can be found holding a plastic triangle crosswalk sign with both hands.

The School Patrol smurf was first released by Schleich from 1983 to 1986 the 1992 to 1993 and 1999 to 2000. I do not believe this smurf was ever released by Wallace Berrie into the USA. Perhaps they thought that the stop sign was a child hazard. 

The first version produced can be found with the markings West Germany Schleich S © Peyo under its feet. West Germany in circle. Schleich S © Peyo printed markings. The old Bully marking has been blocked out with a white stripe. 

The figurine used for School Patrol was also the same one used on Fisherman (#20101) . So sometimes School Patrol can be found with West Germany Bully © Peyo markings. Though this is mentioned as a variation in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV, I do not believe this is technically correct. 

Later the markings, possibly after 1984 were changed to just W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo. This version was only sold until 1986.

In the early 1990s new child safety laws forced the discontinuation of many smurf figurines which included a seperate or removable parts. So this meant when School Patrol was re-released in 1992 by Schleich the stop sign had to be redesigned to make sure it meant new child safety laws.  This was achieved by adding in a thicker handle with a stopper at the end.

There are two different marking versions that can be found with this new stop sign. The first one is Made in Germany Schleich S Germany © 79 Peyo CE and the last one produced Made in China Schleich S Germany © 79 Peyo CE. 

For some of you, School Patrol smurf is a little plain and lacks imagination. For others, it can really complement their display by showing it with their car driving super smurfs. Both versions can be still be found today, though can be a little harder in places like the USA where it was never originally sold.  

I have a soft spot for both School Patrol and Traffic Crossing smurfs as I believe they could be a great tool to teach children about road safety. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Guitarist Smurf

We often talk about the different colour and marking variations that can be found on a particular smurf. But rarely do we talk about the different names a smurf has been given in its life time….. Until now! Let’s have a look at Guitarist Smurf, article number 20023. 

Guitarist could be found playing an electric guitar, with his mouth wide open and his eyes shut while wearing his customary white trousers and hat. In the beginning it was produced with a small leg stance though overtime the leg stance became wider. It can also be found with many different colour variations, from peach coloured guitar to a dark red guitar. The chords on the guitar can also vary from yellow to brown.

Markings: W.Germany Schleich emblem © Peyo and a mustard paint dot.

When Guitarist smurf was first released by Schleich it was referred to as Beat Schlumpf. It was referred to as Beat Schlumpf from 1977 to 1994 in the Schleich catalogues. Even in Der Schlumpf Katalog IV which was published in 20013 they still referred to it as Beat Schlumpf.

In 1978 when National Benzole started selling smurfs in the UK, they gave it the name Rocker.  They sold a couple different colour versions, light pinkish orange guitar with yellow chords and a red electric guitar with brown chords.

When Wallace Berrie started selling Guitarist in 1979 they referred to it as Bass Guitar. This may have something to do with Lute smurf being referred to as Guitar. By 1982 Lute was no longer being sold in the USA and Guitarist is now referred to as Guitar in the collector’s booklets but in the Dealer catalogues they still referred to it as Bass Guitar. This appears to be the case right through to 1985 when they stopped selling smurfs in the USA.

Markings: Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1977 Peyo

BP Australia also sold Guitarist and used the name Bass Guitar on their posters. Like the ones sold in the USA these were made out of Hong Kong with a red electric guitar with yellow chords.

In France, MAFI who was the main distributor smurfs in 1984 used the name Rock n Roll for Guitarist.

In Brazil when Hering were making smurfs sometime between 1984 to 1986 they referred to as Guitarrista. These look very similar to the ones produced for Wallace Berrie in the USA. 

In Spain during the 1980s they referred to as Guitarra. It is unclear whether these were licensed or not.

In 1996 McDonalds was celebrating it’s 25th anniversary in Germany and The Netherlands. Guitarist was included in Series 1. These smurfs had the ‘M’ and the golden arches embossed onto back of their head. 

In 2013 when Gian & Davi Collezioni published The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide they referred to as Guitarist. On the Toydreamer website it has been given the name of Rock n Roll. 

So I guess it really doesn’t matter what you call your smurfs, as long as you know that’s all that matters. Rock on!!!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Rollerskater Smurfette

Here’s a list of everything you should keep in mind when searching for Roller Skate Smurfette and not all are obvious!

First released by Schleich in 1981 and sold until 1994, with article number 2.0126. It was also first made in Hong Kong in 1981 and was sold by BP Australia, BP New Zealand and Wallace Berrie in the USA until 1984. Wearing a short white dress, red-wheels roller-skates and her blond hair is in pigtails. While both her arms are stretched out either side of her.

The white shoes may have two red horizontal or diagonal lines on each shoe. This is representing a shoelace.

If made in W.Germany or Portugal the red rollers will be smooth, sometimes referred to as continuous.

If made in Hong Kong the red rollers are more defined.

All have a plain white dress and white underwear except for one where she is not wearing any underwear.

The one without underwear is highly sought after and has © Peyo hand etched into the right thigh. If seeking one, without the underwear ensure that you cannot see the outline of the underwear under the blue paint. I am unsure of the original origins of this one, though most likely made in Europe.

Her golden blonde hair are in pigtails with a red ribbon. Again the colour of her hair may vary depending where it was made. Lighter yellow hair commonly indictates it was painted in W.Germany or Portugal whereas darker golden yellow hair indicates it was painted in Hong Kong.

Roller Skate Smurfette was also briefly made and painted in Sri Lanka, so it is possible to find this Sri Lanka markings or with a black paint dot under the rollers. The Sri Lankan made one is similar to the Hong Kong made ones, all made around the same time.

The China made one, is quite different to all the others available. She has completely red roller-skates and no eyelashes, which makes her look a little freaky in my opinion. This Roller Skate Smurfette is a little harder to find.

Due to the popularity of Roller Skate Smurfette many fakes have also been made. These have included a Spanish fake with a dark pink skirt, with silver roller-skates, a Mexican fake made out of a yellow transparent material and no doubt there are many more.

Roller Skate Smurfette is still as popular as ever and can be found fairly easily. When it was first sold by BP Australia it was available for just 99 cents!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Baseball Catcher vs Baseball Pitcher

Baseball Catcher and Baseball Pitcher, are one of those rare smurfs that were made especially for the US market and never originally sold in Europe. Like a number of rare smurfs that was made just for the US, in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV it does not mention what years they were available.

Baseball Catcher was sold between 1982 to 1984 by Wallace Berrie. The Baseball Catcher is wearing a black face mask, white uniform, vest, knee pads and a brown thick padded glove. He is also in a crouching position. 

Baseball Catcher can be found with two different markings. The first version was produced with the markings Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1981 Peyo and the second version has the markings Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie &Co. Schleich S © 1981 Peyo. Apart from the markings there is very little difference between the two. 

Until recently I always thought that the only differences to be found were with the brown catchers mitt. From dark shiny brown to more of a dark olive brown. Then I was shown a picture of Baseball Catcher was a very light lilac uniform in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV on page 88. Was this real or fake? Was this a prototype or painter playing with colours? I will let you decide….

Baseball Pitcher was only sold by Wallace Berrie in 1983. Standing on a grass pattern oval base, wearing black shoes, red socks, white pants, black belt, red shirt, brown high gloss painted glove, while holding a white baseball with black stitching. Like the Baseball catcher the biggest varaiance can be found with the colour brown used for the baseball glove. 

By the time Baseball Pitcher was released in 1983, the smurfs being out of Hong Kong were only being sold by Wallace Berrie so the only markings to be found for Baseball Pitcher is Made in Hong Kong W.Berrie Co Schleich S © Peyo 1983. The markings can be found underneath the base and on the figurine. 

By most collectors, both Baseball Catcher and Baseball Pitcher are considered rare, especially outside the United States. If anything if you were to compare how rare they both are, I would say that Baseball Pitcher is considered rarer as it was sold for one year. So expect to pay a little more for this. But both are worth collecting, even if you aren’t a sports fan just because gives you glimpse into American culture back in early 1980’s. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Scot Smurf

Just when you think you have got your head around the different colour variations on some of the smurfs, someone asks you a question that stumps you. Is the Scot smurf with brown pipes on his bagpipes, is this genuine or just a repaint? I am not sure why they had to ask me this question as I have never claimed to be an expert, but here goes……

Scot was first produced by Bully back in 1979. Wearing a red and green tartan gown and hat with a green pompom while playing the bagpipes. This version we also see Scot with white socks. 

When Schleich started selling Scot they started painting the socks green and gave article number #20105. Schleich sold this with Bully markings until 1984 in Germany. After 1984 they were able to add their own Schleich marking to the smurfs and sold Scot until 1989. Oddly enough, the Schleich marked one with green socks is typically considered rarer compared to the Bully marked one with white socks. 

Scot was also produced out of Hong Kong with white socks. The Hong Kong made Scot can be found with W.Berrie and without. So quite possible it was also in other countries apart from the USA. Wallace Berrie only sold Scot for two years between 1981 to 1983 and referred to as Bagpipe. 

Now before I answer the big question  – Is the Scot smurf with brown pipes on his bagpipes, is this genuine or just a repaint? It’s important to understand a little a bit of smurf history that I feel is pivotal. In 1979 Bully lost the rights for the smurfs and was not allowed to make any more smurfs after 31st December 1979. From 1980 Schleich were they sole worldwide maker and seller of the smurfs.  We first see a picture of Scot with brown pipes on his bagpipes in the 1980 Schleich catalogue. So there is a good chance the pictures for the catalogue were taken some time in 1979. It is also highly likely that Schleich were experimenting with different colours or accessories on some of the Bully marked smurfs around the same time as they had just won the rights to produce the smurfs.

So in my opinion, yes this variation of Scot is genuine and exists as it can be found in 1980 Schleich catalogue. It is just a pity there are some rogue people out there who are taking advantage of their rarity by adding their own paintwork. After all its up to you and the kind of smurfs you like to collect that really matters.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Bowler smurf

Like so many unsolved mysteries, can anyone tell me why Bowler smurf was first released without any country markings? Bowler smurf is one of only a few smurfs that were made without W.Germany markings, first released in 1979. In the beginning it was just Schleich S and  © Peyo signature markings on the back of the arms. Oddly enough also Bowler was never released in the UK by National.

The Bowler Smurf holds his red bowling ball ready to knock all of the pins down, while wearing his customary white trousers and hat. The smurf’s tongue can also be seen. The colour of bowling ball can also vary from orange to light red to dark red, depending when and where it was painted. For example my older ones have a more orange coloured bowling ball, where as the ones made out of Hong Kong have more of a red coloured bowling ball.

At some point, they added the year marking 1979 to the leg. It is unclear with Bowler why the markings were never added under the feet like the majority of others smurfs released during the early 1980’s. Perhaps it was meant to be used as a promotional smurf?

Bowler was released by Wallace Berrie in the USA in 1980 and was made out of Hong Kong. I have more than one Bowler smurf made out of Hong Kong with what appears to be two cavity markings. All the markings can be found under the left foot: Schleich S © 1979 Peyo Made in Hong Kong. Like many early smurfs made out of Hong Kong sometimes you can find the 1979 blocked out and replaced with 1980 then changed back. Wallace Berrie sold Bowler between 1980 to 1983.

Strangely though Bowler was never released by BP Australia as a regular smurf. It was only ever sold as an orange pedestal with Congratulations imprinted on it.

Bowler was released by Schleich from 1979 to 1986 and then once again in 1992. When it was released in 1992 they added a small CE marking next to the year marking on the leg and also one under the foot.

In 1996 when Irwin Toys attempted to sell smurfs again in the US they’re-released Bowler. This one is found with M.China on the side of the foot and kept the Schleich S © Peyo on the arms and the 1979 CE to the leg.

Bowler is a great smurf worth adding to one’s collection, as it can still be easily found today at a reasonable price. It is also a good one to display especially if you have a few of them. I have mine displayed in a row, so they all look like they are about to release the bowling ball at the same time.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Lion Tamer Smurf

Today, I wanted to share with you a variation of Lion Tamer that you might not be aware of and this is not even mentioned in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV. Its Lion Tamer, #20115 with a short whip.

Lion Tamer was first released by Bully in 1979 for possible only six months. It was then sold by Schleich with Bully markings until around 1984. The first version has a yellow and red drum, with a yellow loincloth & whip. The size of the whip can be found both short and long. Sometimes this version can be found with four black spots on his loincloth. 

When Schleich got the mould they changed the colours of the drum to green and black, with an ocher coloured loin cloth & whip. Schleich also made a green drum version with a shorter yellow whip. This is considered rare as it is harder to find than the one with the longer whip. Sometimes the Schleich version can be found with five black spots on his lion-cloth.

Lion Tamer was also made out of Hong Kong and can be found with the green and black drum and extreme blue skin. It was sold by Wallace Berrie for two years, 1982 & 1983. Not sure if it was ever sold by BP Australia.

Schleich sold Lion Tamer from 1980 to 1989. It appears very little changes were made to the figurine, just little variances in the paintwork depending where it was painted. I have also seen some people refer to the thickness of the whip but in my opinion this is a very minimal difference that it is not worth mentioning.

A lion tamer is a person who trains and tames lions for entertainment in places like a circus. It is thought that lion taming has been around since the early part of the 19th century. Like other smurfs that have been made over the last 50 years or so it is unlikely that a Liontamer smurf would be re-released due to changing shift in people’s attitude to animals performing in the circus. However a circus themed play-set featuring smurfs, that could be a bit of fun. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Smurf in Bed

Buying Super Smurfs can be tricky, especially if they don’t come with their original box. Smurf in Bed is a good example of this. Smurf in Bed, #40240 was first released by Wallace Berrie in 1983 and then by Schleich in 1984. The sleeping smurf is lying on yellow mattress with a dark brown frame while wearing a red night gown and matching white hat with a red pom pom. 

Hong Kong W. Berrie Co Schleich S © Peyo 1982 markings

Wallace Berrie only sold Smurf in Bed for two years, this was around the time that they changed their name to Applause and also the beginning of the end of smurfs in the USA. This version was made out of Hong Kong and the smurf was made out of white pvc material and then later painted. Like a lot of smurfs made out of Hong Kong it has dark blue skin. It was only ever sold with Super Smurf!! box

However in 1996 when Irwin Toys attempted to sell smurfs again in the USA and they sold Smurf in Bed on a blister card. Only six Super Smurfs were ever released by Irwin Toys, all sold on blister cards and all made out of China.

W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1982 with a mustard paint dot.

When Schleich first produced the smurf was made out of a red pvc material, and the mushrooms on the bed-frame were unpainted. Later this was changed so the mushrooms were painted red with white spots. As Schleich sold Smurf in Bed for at least 19 years, between 1984 to 2015 there are at six different markings that can be found. Like when buying any Super Smurfs always check if you can that the markings on the smurf correspond with the accessory. The markings on the bed can be found under the mattress.

If you are keen to also collect the boxes, there are at least four different ones. 

  1. Super Schlumpf Smurf – 1984 to 1994
  2. Smurf head logo with dancing smurfs pattern – 1995 to 1998
  3. Circular Smurf logo with dancing smurfs pattern – 1999 to 2008/9
  4. Peyo Creations with dancing smurfs pattern – 2009 to 2015

In 1996 the Belgian Fast Food restaurant also used Smurf in Bed as part of their promotion. These can be found with the Quick logo embossed onto the side of the head of the smurf. There were six different Super Smurfs to be found. 

Recently I acquired a Smurf in Bed with a white mattress. This version has always intrigued me as it was never displayed like this in any catalogues or posters but it can be found amongst other collector’s sites. It wasn’t until I was cleaning my smurfs the other day that it finally dawned on me that most likely the white mattress was from the Smurfette’s Bedroom play set. For me it doesn’t really matter as long as the smurf has a pleasant night’s sleep.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Cooking with the smurfs

It isn’t hard not to get confused when collecting smurfs, especially if they all share the same occupation. There are at least three smurf figurines that love to cook; Cook #20073, Chef #20042 and Head Chef #20099. Each are uniquely different from each other which makes them worth collecting all three.

The first one produced was Cook made by Bully in 1974. He is the one holding a large yellow spoon in his right and a pot in his left hand. The smurf is also wearing a white chef’s hat, apron and white bow tie. I have also seen pictures of Cook with a red bow tie and also with a white spoon and a yellow pot, not sure if they are genuine or not. Then of course there are also fake versions of Cook to be found. Like a transparent one without a saucepan from Mexico. 

The next one produced was Head Chef made by Bully in 1978. He is holding a raised large yellow rolling pin in his left hand. The smurf is also wearing a white chef’s hat, apron and a light yellow bow tie. I have also seen this one referred to as Baker by other collectors. Both Cook and Head Chef were never sold by Wallace Berrie in the USA. I don’t think they were ever sold by BP Australia either. There are also different Polish fakes of Head Chef with different coloured rolling pins that can be found. 

Also in 1978 Schleich released their own Chef. He is holding a brown wooden spoon to his mouth as if testing the food, while wearing Chef’s whites. The first version sold by Schleich has red sauce on the spoon but this was later removed. Chef was produced by both Schleich and Wallace Berrie. Chef was also sold by BP Australia, possibly around 1980.

As all three were produced by different makers, here are a few things to keep an eye open for when looking to add one to your own collection.

With Cook it is possible to find this with no markings. This was quite typical for smurfs first made by Bully in the beginning. Later they added their own Bully © Peyo hand etched markings; © Peyo on the back of the arm and Bully under the pot. The hand etched Bully marking remained under the pot, most likely with the agreement made between Bully and Schleich until 1984. Cook was produced by Bully between 1974 to 1979 and Schleich 1980 to 1991 then 1995 to 1999.

Head Chef was only produced by Bully for two years but can be found with at least four different Bully markings under the feet. It was produced by Schleich from 1980 to 1986 and then 1991 to 1993. Head Chef was also made out of Sri Lanka so possible to find with Sri Lanka markings or with a red paint dot. 

Chef is the only one out of the three that is wearing a Chef’s jacket. The buttons on the front of the jacket should be same colour brown as used for the spoon. With the Chef made out of Hong Kong it can be possible to find this with markings on the back or under the feet. It is also possible to find this with the year changed to 1980 on the Hong Kong ones. Not sure why they did this. Chef was produced by Schleich from 1979 to 1986/1991 to 1994/1997 & 1998/2011 and by Wallace Berrie from 1981 to 1984. So there are plenty different markings to be found with Chef and then of course there are also the many different fake ones.

I would like to see a Cafe scene produced one day which includes a new Chef, Dish-hand, Barista, Waitress/Waiter and Smurf customers. I wonder what name you could call the cafe?

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

French Fries Smurf

French Fries smurf was first released by Schleich in 1981. In their 1981 catalogue you will see a smurf wearing his customary white trousers and hat while holding an orange chip in his right hand and a cone of orange coloured french fries in his left hand. The smurf’s tongue is hanging out of his mouth waiting with anticipation of eating his fries. I am not sure how long the orange fries version was sold but they are generally considered harder to find. 

In the same year Wallace Berrie released their version of French Fries smurf with yellow French fries. In their catalogues they referred to it as French Fry. Wallace Berrie sold French Fries smurf between 1981 to 1983. So far I have not been able to find a Hong Kong made one with orange fries. But I am happy to be proved to be wrong.

When Schleich started selling French Fries it was found with a small hole under it’s right foot and W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo markings. It is unsure what the hole under the foot was meant to be used for but this was later removed and the markings were changed to include the year 1981. 

When comparing the markings it is interesting to note the year on the two moulds are different, which makes me think that Wallace Berrie made their version first and then Schleich made theirs. The W.Germany made ones have the year 1981 whereas Hong Kong made ones have 1980. 

French Fries smurf was also made out of China. There are at least three different marking variations to be found. These can only be found with light yellow French fries. I also have a version that was made in China where under the feet you can see that they blocked out the original Hong Kong markings. 

Schleich sold their French Fries smurf in 1981 to 1986/1991 & 1992/1995 to 1997 and then in 2000.

Not surprisedly a number of fakes have been made of the French Fries smurf. I have seen a lovely CNT one with yellow fries, one brown fries with a flesh coloured skin smurf from Mexico, but the one that causes the most debate is the French Fries holding a red cone with yellow fries. Is it genuine or is a repaint? Are the markings W.Germany Schleich S © 1981 Peyo or Hong Kong Schleich S © 1980? 

I am always suspicious when comes to rare paint variations. My approach is simple, happy to collect as long as the price is right. Also happy to admit that I am not always sure if they are fake or genuine or a repaint.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B