New Hiker & Adventurer Smurfs

Who would you prefer to go on hike with, New Hiker or Adventurer? Both were released in 2001 by Schleich until 2005.

Let’s start with New Hiker

Carrying a heavy pack on his back, sweat running down his cheeks, while wearing a long sleeved red shirt with a yellow pocket, grey pants and brown hiking boots. His white hat also has yellow visor. There is also another Hiker #20041 in the smurf village but this New Hiker is a lot more serious.

The first release has grey between the shoelaces has shiny blue skin and was only available for a very short period. After this, all other New Hikers do not have grey between the shoelaces. It can also be found with either shiny or matte blue skin.

New Hiker can only be found with the markings © 00 Schleich S Germany © 2000 Peyo Made in China CE. It is also commonly found with a blue paint dot under it’s feet. However it is unclear why they included two years as part of the markings – 00 and 2000!

Schonwald Resort also released their New Hiker in March 2004. There were only 600 pieces released.

Adventurer, is my favourite smurf from the ones released in 2001. On more than one occasion an Adventurer Smurf has been on a hike with me and my husband. 

Holding a compass in the right hand and carrying a pack with his sleeping bag on his back. Over the years Adventurer was available it does not appear any changes to the figurine were made. The markings can be found under the feet – Made in China Schleich S Germany © 2000 CE with or without blue paint dot.

So who would I prefer to go on hike with? – I would have to say Adventurer as he appears to be having more fun and has a smile on his face. New Hiker looks a lot more serious and looks like he needs well deserve rest. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Super Racing or Tricycle Super Smurf

If you are lucky enough to remember you might recall Tricycle was once  referred to as Super Racing by National in 1978 and also by BP Australia in 1980. I don’t recall this but I am lucky enough to have old catalogues and posters that show this. A number of smurfs during this time were given different names to what we now know them as today. To give you some idea I have included a picture of a National mini catalogue from 1980. I just love this kind of thing. 

Today I thought I would share some information on Tricycle that was produced by Schleich from 1978 to 1986 and then again 1990 to 1993. It was also made in Hong Kong between 1980 to 1983 and sold in Australia, New Zealand by BP and in the USA by Wallace Berrie. The Tricycle Super Smurf can be found happily riding his red tricycle while his goggles rest on his white hat. 

Both versions can be found with no markings on the tricycle. It is not uncommon to find slight colour differences in the red used for the tricycle or yellow used for the wheels. For example the Hong Kong made ones tend to have more of a darker red tricycle and orange yellow coloured wheels. Also when Tricycle was reproduced in the 1990’s much lighter colours were used on the tricycle. 

The German smurf figurine can be found with © 78 on the right leg and the Hong Kong version can have W. Berrie Co on the right leg. As the figurine was also used for Super Smurf Log Car #40232 and Yellow Car Driver #20910, I sometimes think they can be easily mixed up with the tricycle. In my opinion you should never find Tricycle with China CE markings. It was also never made in China only in W.Germany and Hong Kong.

In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003, there are two prototypes versions listed. One is a red tricycle with green handlebars and wheels. The other is a green tricycle with red handlebars and wheels. I have never seen these prototypes listed anywhere else so if you happen to find one can you let me know! 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Sleepwalker

With winter now behind us and warmer days are becoming more frequent, it is time for me to buy new pyjamas. So what better smurf to give me inspiration than Sleepwalker Smurf first produced by Schleich in 1972 seen wearing a long white nightgown with a yellow pom pom on his hat. Sleepwalker appears to be sleepwalking as he has both arms stretched out in front of him with eyes closed. 

During the time Bully produced smurfs, 1974 through to 1977 they sold Sleepwalker with a red pom pom on his hat. During this time Bully changed the colours on a number of smurfs they acquired from Schleich. By the time Schleich started producing smurfs again in 1977 they painted the pom pom yellow  or green. 

In Australia, Sleepwalker was first sold in 1980 by BP Australia and was made in Hong Kong. This most likely around the same time it was sold by Wallace Berrie in the USA. This version of Sleepwalker only ever was produced with a yellow pom pom. 

In the Smurf Collectors Club Newsletter 2 published in 1986 they list a version of Sleepwalker with a black pom pom. I never heard or seen a version with a black pom pom, so I presume it never actually existed. Also in the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003, they list a version of Sleepwalker with an orange pom pom. This is considered a fake by most serious smurf collectors. 

Bully also produced a series of mini Sleepwalker smurfs for a variety of boardgames. Each figure can be found with a red, green, blue, black or yellow body with white pants and hat, with a round base it is standing on. Underneath the base are Bully © Peyo hand etched markings. 

Around 1980/81 Schleich also produced their own version of a mini Sleepwalker with a loop on the top of the hat and © Peyo marking on the base. These came in a variety of solid colours such as black, blue, green, yellow, orange, red and also produced transparent coloured one. 

Sleepwalker was last sold in 1984 by Schleich and is one that most adults recall having as part of their collection when they were a child. Now back to looking for new pyjamas without anymore distractions.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

Aeroplane Smurf

This week Brussels Airlines announced that The Smurfs would become their 5th Belgian icon to be displayed on their new A320 aircraft due to be launched in March 2018.  Upon hearing this news, I decided to explore Aeroplane Super Smurf first released by Schleich in 1982 right through to 1999. 

If you are the kind of collector who tries to buy pieces to complete their Super Smurf, for example Aeroplane be mindful that the parts are different  in the Hong Kong and German versions. The most notable difference between the two is to do with the red wings as they have a different connection to the hull of the aeroplane. The Aeroplane can also be a little fragile so it is not something that I would recommend pulling apart.

The Aeroplane Super Smurf can be found with a pilot smurf wearing googles and a red scarf while flying a grey/silver aeroplane with red wings, with a spinning yellow propeller. 

The German version can be found with or without markings on the hull of the aeroplane – W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1981. The German version of the aeroplane is a lighter grey colour and has slightly thinner red wings compared to the Hong Kong ones. The Pilot Smurf can also be found with different paint dots, mustard and red indicating that it was painted in Portugal and Sri Lanka. There is also a version with a Ce mark that I don’t yet have.

I have 2 versions of the Hong Kong made planes and smurfs, one with W. Berrie and one without. Both markings can be found on the smurf and on the hull of the aeroplane. Wallace Berrie sold Aeroplane only for two years, 1983 and 1984 in the USA and I am unsure if BP Australia ever sold the Aeroplane Super Smurf. The Hong Kong aeroplanes are a much darker grey almost silver like colour and typically the yellow colour is different between the propeller and wheels. My bet is that they used the same yellow wheels as used on the Car Driver Super Smurf. 

There is a lot to like about Aeroplane no matter what age you are. For kids who like to play with their smurfs or for collectors who like to display their smurfs. So up in the air with Aeroplane Smurf!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

Super Smurf Bobsled

Spring is finally here, so now it is time to sort ones smurf collection. So I thought I would start with Super Smurf Bobsled, #40201. For people new to collecting smurfs, a Super Smurf is a smurf figurine with an accessory and should come in it’s own individual box.

Bobsled was first released in 1978 by Schleich. In 1978 there were six Super Smurfs released by Schleich. These also included Chimney Sweep #40202, Tricycle #40203, Skateboarder #40204, Skier #40205 and Gardener #40206. It should also be noted that Bully never produced Super Smurfs. 

In Der Schlumpf Katalog IV and Gian & Davi Collezioni – The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide it tells us that Bobsled was available from 1978 to 1993. In Gian & Davi Collezioni – The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide it also tells which boxes are to be found. This is really useful as I have five Bobsled Smurfs but only one came in a box.

I don’t have the first one Schleich released. This one has no eyebrows or any markings. I think there is a cavity number on the smurf. 

The early Bobsled smurf has the markings W.Germany Schleich emblem © Peyo (signature style) on it’s stomach. The scarf is orange red like colour and the bobsled is generally a dark yellow colour and has the markings W.Germany Schleich emblem © Peyo (signature style)

I also have one with a yellow scarf with the same markings and also has a mustard paint dot under one of the feet. The bobsled is a dark yellow colour and has same markings as before. This yellow scarf was especially made for the UK market. 

There is also a Bobsled Smurf with the markings W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo which I don’t have.  Perhaps this version was the one that was sold in the USA by Wallace Berrie between 1982 to 1984. But to be honest I am not really sure, I just know they never made a Bobsled Super Smurf in Hong Kong. 

The most recent Bobsled smurf has bright shiny colours and a lemon yellow bobsled. The markings Schleich S © Peyo 1978 can be found on the smurf’s stomach and also on the bobsled.  

The good thing about the Bobsled Super Smurf is that it is still easy to find today and in some cases still with it’s original box. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

 

Smurfs retiring at the end of 2017

This week I had the opportunity to get a sneak of the 2018 January to June Schleich catalogue. I already knew about new football themed smurfs  due to be released in January 2018 but what I find more interesting is what smurfs will be no longer made by Schleich. Sadly the Jungle themed smurfs will be retired at the end of 2017.  

The Jungle themed smurfs were first released by Schleich in 2016 to mixed reviews by collectors.  Here are some observations and my thoughts on the Jungle themed smurfs. 

#20776 Jungle Smurfette

It was disappointing to see the approach Schleich had with Jungle Smurfette as ” what should a woman do in the jungle if not putting on make-up”. 
For those who love to find paint or marking errors, Jungle Smurfette can be found with a couple of marking errors. On cavity number instead of © Peyo on the back of hat is Pevo and on cavity number 2 instead Schw on the back of the hair it displays Scnw.  

#20777 Jungle Papa Smurf
I must confess I am a little disappointed with this Papa Smurf as I would have liked to see something that looks new. Sadly this Papa Smurf looked like #20760 Captain Smurf and #20769 Manager. 

#20778 Jungle Brainy
If it wasn’t for Jungle Brainy wearing his black glasses I would have thought this to be Vanity Smurf with what looks like a mirror in his hand. I think it was meant to be a magnifying glass!

#20779 Jungle Tired Smurf
I always thought this one reminded me of New Hiker but with a jungle theme. Perhaps it was the sweat on the cheeks. 

#20780 Jungle Explorer
With this smurf, the suitcases are secured to the side of his shoes by a small notch. This was something that Schleich did when they re-released Miller Smurf as part of the Decade smurfs back in 2011.

#20781 Jungle Nature Watcher
This is probably my favourite one out of the Jungle themed smurfs. 

#20782 Jungle Adventurer
Where is his traditional white hat and trousers? 

#20783 Jungle Native
This smurf always looked like a cross between Angry Smurf (small mould) and Jungle Smurf. Some thought it looked a Swoof. 

I must confess I was little surprised that Schleich has decided to produce the Occasion themed smurfs for another year. As avid collector I found these smurfs a little disappointing. Bring on 2018 Football themed smurfs!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Artist Smurf

Nothing beats a good clean up and this week we decided to give the site just that. So what better smurf to discuss than Artist Smurf. Artist Smurf can be found holding two paintbrushes and a paint palette in his right hand while holding a raised paint brush in his left hand. 

I recall when I was first collecting smurfs, I found Artist one of those confusing smurfs as it was also used as a Super Smurf; Artist with Easel #40239. It wasn’t until I started collecting smurfs based on their markings and flicking through old catalogues did it make more sense. For some of you this may not be a big deal but I like to know the origins of my smurfs that make up my collection. 

artist smurf

#20089 Artist Smurf – adding the final touches to his masterpiece

Artist Smurf was sold by Bully between 1976 to 1979 and then 1980 to 1984 by Schleich. In around 1979 Schleich won back the rights to produce all the smurf figurines. It is interesting to note though that Schleich did not change the Bully markings on the smurfs until late 1984. Possibly something in an agreement made between Bully and Schleich. With this in mind, Artist Smurf is typically found only with Bully markings. I have seen a picture of this Smurf with Schleich markings but this is considered very very rare. 

Artist Smurf was as never sold in the USA as a regular smurf but only as a Super Smurf, Artist with Easel between 1984 to 1986. After this time, these moulds were later sold in Europe with blocked out Hong Kong markings.  As a general rule you should never find Artist with Easel with Bully markings because Bully never made Super Smurfs. 

Artist Smurf or Painter Smurf?

It is not unusual for people to get the Artist and Painter Smurfs confused. Similar names and activities but the big difference is Painter Smurf is right handed and Artist is left handed. Of course the true artist of all the smurfs would have to be Peyo, creator of the blue little guys.

I would appreciate hearing your thoughts on Artist Smurf or any other  smurf that tickles your fancy

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

Butterfly Catcher Super Smurf

Today, we find the Butterfly Catcher walking along with a butterfly in his net. What a way to spend your day catching butterflies. If only we could find the time to do such a thing. 

The Butterfly Catcher is wearing his customary white pants and hat. The butterfly net & stick and butterfly are made from a yellow plastic. The yellow plastic used can vary from a really light to a dark yellow shade. Sometimes the net can be found painted brown. The butterfly’s wings can be found painted with tinges of red or not at all. The butterfly’s eyes can be found painted in red, black or not at all. It is also quite common to find only one side of the butterfly’s eyes painted. Not sure why they did this!

The Butterfly Catcher was only sold by Schleich between 1979 to 1984 and was given the article 40209. The Butterfly Catcher was never sold in Australia or the USA. So I do not believe this Super Smurf was ever made in Hong Kong. Perhaps there was concern that it posed a safety risk with the net & stick being removable.

The differences you will find with this one is to do with the net and the butterfly. It appears little changed with the actual smurf. When looking around at other sites I have found at least four colour variations. 

1. Light brown net, unpainted eyes, red painted wings
2. Light brown net, butterfly with black eyes, wings unpainted
3. Dark brown net, butterfly with black eyes, red painted wings
4. Brown net, unpainted eyes on one side, red eyes on the other side, red painted wings

So far I have only come across three different marking variations. I have never really understood why they positioned the markings Schleich S © Peyo between it’s legs and the W.Germany under it’s right foot. Very strange!

1. W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo
2. W.Germany Schleich S © 79 Peyo
3. W.Germany Schleich S © 79 Peyo + mustard paint dot

Sometimes the Butterfly Catcher can get mixed up with Traveller #20088. The big difference between the two smurfs is that Butterfly Catcher holds his net in his left hand and has his mouth open. Traveller holds his stick in his right hand and has his mouth closed. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

2018 Football Smurfs

What’s more exciting than finding out what new smurfs Schleich will be releasing in 2018? Some would say, the Australian Matilda’s Girls football Team beating USA, Japan and Brazil at the Tournament of Nations. For me, both are exciting as each other.

This week we heard about Schleich’s new releases for 2018 and I am excited. I am very curious to see what these 2018 Football Smurfs will look like. Will they be remakes of past smurf moulds or are we going to get completely new smurfs. I wonder if Brainy Smurf be the Coach or the Referee? Or do we see the return of Papa Smurf as Coach! What will Football Smurfette look like? Will she be wearing the Matilda’s colours. 

The 2018 Football Smurfs

#20804 – Football Smurf Coach
#20805 – Football Smurfette
#20806 – Football Smurf with Ball
#20807 – Football Smurf with Trophy
#20808 – Smurf Goaly
#20809 – Smurf Referee
#20810 – 30 2018 Football Smurfs

This really should not be really surprising considering that Russia will be hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup. Schleich has had a long association with producing football themed smurfs, with the first one produced back in 1978. Bully also produced their own football themed smurf with Kicker. 

But then again Schleich might decide to release smurfs half way through the year like they did in 2016. Who would have thought that the Halloween Smurfs would be produced again. The Halloween Smurfs were first produced in 2006 and were only made until 2008. So it was quite surprise when these appeared out of no where. 

It is also unclear at this point of time if new versions of Gargamel and Azrael will be released. Maybe they will re-release Angry Gargamel (#20425) or Azrael (#40211) as both these were quite popular. 

No news what smurfs will be retired at the end of 2017. My guess is possibly the Lost Village themed smurfs, since the movie really didn’t up to expections. Only time will tell.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

P.S: Last night I was emailed this anonymously. 

2018 football smurfs

Still no pictures but at least we now have a date of when they will be released. We also know Papa Smurf will be the Trainer and not Brainy Smurf. 

 

Soccer Smurfette kicking goals for The Matilda’s

If it wasn’t for the Australian Matilda’s Soccer Team beating the U.S.A Team for the first time in 27 encounters this week, I probably would not have written this piece on Soccer Smurfette. It’s amazing what can inspire you to rediscover particular smurfs.

It may surprise some of you but Soccer Smurfette was first produced by Wallace Berrie in the U.S.A in 1983. Wearing white shorts, white shirt with a peach and red trim with white shoes with peach and red trim while kicking a white soccer ball.  The Hong Kong version did not come on a base. Sadly most of mine require something to lean against one being displayed as they fall over. 

In Europe Schleich produced their version from 1985 to 1990 with a smooth oval light green base. It was made both in Germany (back then it was West Germany) and Portugal. I am not sure if there is a version with a grass effect oval base at all. I have never seen it but who knows.

Overall it appears there is not a lot of variances between the W.Germany and the Hong Kong W. Berrie figurines. Both are wearing white shoes with orange and red trim, white shorts, white shirt with orange and red trim. The soccer ball varies slightly as the W.Germany version has larger hexagons than the Hong Kong one.

I also have a Soccer Smurfette that has two different markings. Smurfette with the markings: Hong Kong W.Berrie Co Schleich S © Peyo 1983 and the Base: W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo. In the Gian & Davi Collezioni – The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide this version is listed but to be honest I am not sure if it was meant to be made like this.

My theory is that some collector got tired of their Soccer Smurfette falling over and decided to attach to a spare base they had. If that is the case, I could not really blame them as I hate it when I can’t display my smurfs the way that I would like.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B