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.
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.
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