Grand Bazaar Smurf

This magical looking smurf is a promotional smurf. It was produced in one year only in 1990, exclusively for the Belgium store, Grand Bazaar. The figure wears a red hat and cape, with stars on them. Underneath his yellow shirt, he hides a red ball with “GB” (Grand Bazaar) written upon it. Grand Bazaar is a promo smurf produced as advertisement for a store.

grand bazaar promo smurf promotional

There are other promotional smurfs that have been produced over time. Coca-cola, omo, bp, national gas, McDonalds…. and many more. These smurfs are generally produced for one year only, and available via the shop. They become rare as they are released in limited quantities.

Happy Smurf collecting!

Wind Up Walking Smurf

I love surprises. Especially when it involves collecting Smurfs by BP Australia. My latest acquisition was a wind up walking Smurf. Some refer to this as a Vintage Wind Up Walking Smurf.

Made out of hard plastic and measuring about 8cm tall. My Walking Smurf is in good condition with very little ware. The wind up mechanism still works. But best of all, it came with its original box. Bonus!

My bet is, this would have been one of the first Smurf toys made by Wallace Berrie & Company. Under its feet it tells us it was made in Hong Kong in 1980. No doubt, thousands of these kind of toys were made.

Likewise on the box, it has references to Wallace Berrie and Hong Kong. But on closer inspection there is also a reference to BP Australia. This is small but significent in the eyes of a collector.

For some collectors, keeping the box is just as important as the toy itself. Some say, it increases the value of the toy. I was never fussed by this up until now. Now I feel that the box is part of the toy.

If you collect any Smurf, you want it in as close as perfect condition as it was originally sold. The box itself can you tell you a story as much as the toy.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Hot Dog Smurf

In the early 1990s new child safety laws forced the discontinuation of a number of smurfs that were made with separate, removable, parts. These include Hot Dog smurf, Papa with Pizza, Smurfette with Ice cream, Hamburger smurf, Heart smurf, Gargamel with net, Surprise Cone smurfs and many others.

Today I just wanted to talk to you about Hot Dog smurf first sold by Wallace Berrie in 1983. Wearing his customary white trousers and hat, while holding out in front of him with both hands a large hot dog bun, with a red hot dog and mustard. Wallace Berrie only sold Hot Dog smurf for two years 1983 and 1984.

Hot Dog smurf was also sold by Schleich in Europe but only for two years; 1984 to 1986. This was made in West Germany and also in Portugal.

If you like to collect smurfs based on their markings, be mindful that with Hot Dog smurf the markings are on the body of the smurf and not under their feet. So as far as I am aware it can be found with the following markings:

  1. Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co © 1983 Peyo
  2. Made in Portugal Schleich S © 1982 Peyo
  3. W.Germany Schleich S © 1982 Peyo

There appears to be very little difference between the Wallace Berrie and Schleich ones except for the colour of the hot dog bun. The Hong Kong made ones tend to have a lighter hot dog bun compared to the Schleich ones which are a darker brown colour. You may also have a hot dog that has more mustard depending if the painter liked mustard or not.

I am always curious to see how smurfs were made when they included a seperate or removable parts. Hot Dog smurf was no exception to this, as I always thought that the hot dog bun was glued to the smurf’s hands until I received this one. In this picture you can clearly see that the hot dog bun is connected by a piece of mould on the smurf that is inserted into the bottom of the hot dog bun. It’s almost like the smurf has an extra finger. This smurf has W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1982 markings.

I have also been able to find a Hot Dog smurf with a Schleich CE label/tag written in Italian. This is thought to be released around 1986 when Schleich had a large surplus of smurfs. The other smurfs I have seen with an Italian Schleich CE label/tag include Smurfette with Ice cream, Skipping Rope and Plumber. No doubt there are others out there. 

All this hard work is making me hungry, must be time for a snack. Please feel free to share anything you like regarding the Hot Dog smurf.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Quality Control – the smurf way

Don’t be alarmed if you come across a smurf that has a coloured paint dot under their foot. This was something Schleich introduced to smurfs around 1978 as a way of quality control. This practice continued right through to 2004.

The paint dots can be found on the feet or base of the smurfs to indicate which country the smurf was painted in and then later on if the smurf was made out of a new PVC formula.

Some say that the paint dots were introduced to smurfs after a National Benzole promotion in the UK in 1978.Upon where Schleich was accused of using high levels of lead in the paint used for their smurfs.

At around this time, Schleich had also opened up a new factory in Hong Kong due to demand for smurfs. By doing this it also allowed Schleich to produce smurfs at a lower production cost.

sm20041The story goes that some children were becoming sick after playing with their smurfs. The paint used for the smurfs contained higher levels of lead that was above the specified limit for the UK but not considered dangerous.

To avoid this type of thing happening again Schleich introduced the paint dots to smurfs as a method of quality control. This appears to include only smurfs painted outside the EC and sold within the EC that received a paint dot.

There are a number of different paint dots that can be found, one of the most interesting ones is the mustard paint dot. Mustard paint dots represent smurfs painted in Portugal. These are probably the most commonly found ones.

What makes the mustard paint dot ones the most interesting is that they can vary in size and colour (light yellow to mustard). This makes me think that within the mustard paint dot there were other key quality control indicators that were used.

In the beginning the factory in Portugal was used just to paint smurfs though as the demand increased for smurfs, Portugal also started making smurfs.

Between 1978 to 1987 smurfs painted in Portugal were given a mustard paint dot. After 1987 Portugal started using a black or white paint dot.

Red paint dots represent smurfs painted in Sri Lanka. Due to the high demand for smurfs in the USA, the Sri Lanka factory was opened to assist the operations in Hong Kong around 1982. This continued right through to 1987.

The red paint dot is generally smaller and does not vary in colour like the mustard paint dots that can be found.

Green paint dots represent smurfs painted in Tunisia. These were smurfs painted between 1982 through to 1987. A number of Bully marked smurfs can be found with a green paint dot.

The green paint dot is generally smaller and does not vary in colour like the mustard paint dots that can be found. Smurfs given a green paint dot are generally considered the hardest to find.

Between 1988 and 1999, black and white paint dots were used for smurfs painted in Portugal and Tunisia. The small black paint dot was used for smurfs that had a white or coloured foot/base. The white paint dot was used for smurfs that had a black foot/base.

sm20487Between 2000 and 2004 smurfs were given a blue paint dot to indicate a new pvc formula was used. It was around October 2000 the old type of PVC could no longer be used to manufacture in Europe, so a new pvc was introduced.

It was also around this time that Schleich started making smurfs in China again. This was between 2001 to 2004 and then stopped. However since 2013 new smurfs have be made out of China.

Who would have thought that the introduction of the paint dot used for quality control would become something that adds to the thrill of collecting smurfs.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B






What are Promotional Smurfs?

Promotional Smurfs are probably the most interesting smurfs to collect. Promotional Smurfs were made to promote a company or organisation. Some were licensed and some were not but that is what makes them so interesting to collect.

Promotional Smurfs Mcdonalds SmurfGenerally Promotional Smurfs are smurfs that are generally found with the company/organisation’s name or logo imprinted onto the figurine. Though this has not always been the case.

Regular Smurfs, Super Smurfs and Smurfs on pedestals have all been used as Promotional Smurfs. However it has been prominently been regular Smurfs.

Companies that have had Promotional Smurfs made for them include BP, McDonalds, Omo, Merkur Bank, Colgate, Schimmel Pianos, Schonwald Smurfs on pedestals and others.

Promotional Smurfs Medic Smurf

Organisations that have had also used Promotional Smurfs made for them include Deutsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross), ASB – Arbeiter Samariter Bund (Workers Samaritan Federation) and others.

Quite often a Promotional Smurf was made using an existing mould and sometimes by adding a colour variation or adding different attachment to promote the company/organisation. This was particularly the case in the ones made in the 1980’s. Also generally these were released individually.

In the 1990’s fewer Promotional Smurfs were made, though for some of these new moulds were made. Also in the 1990’s we saw whole sets of Promotional Smurfs released.

Probably the most well known ones released in the 1990’s were produced by McDonalds in 1996 and 1998 upon where each smurf had a “M” symbol embossed onto the back of their head.

The good thing Promotional Smurfs are still being made today. However not to the same degree as in the 1980’s when Promotional Smurfs were at their peak.

Promotional Smurfs Football Smurf

Last year Schleich released three smurfs, to celebrate the 2014 World Cup Soccer. Two are based on New Soccer Smurf (20454) painted in the colours of Belgium and Holland also a Devil Smurf (20213).

There has always been some debate about some Promotional Smurfs and whether they are authorised or unauthorised. The lack of official records also adds to the confusion. However with the release of collector books and online forums/shops have helped overcome this as best as they can.

For me one of the things that makes Promotional Smurfs interesting is learning about the company or organisation. This always creates a point of interest and conversation for those who are not familiar with smurfs.

Some collectors also find that by specialising in only collecting Promotional Smurfs can be very satisfying and in a way of having a collection within a collection.

Another reason why Promotional Smurfs have always been highly collectible is that for some there were only limited numbers produced or were only released in a particular country. This can result in pushing up the prices and creating some very sought after smurfs.

There are many different promotional Smurfs to collect, a few of them are listed here.

Keep on Smurfin





















What makes a Smurf Cry – Crying Smurf

Crying Smurf

Ever wondered what could possibly make a smurf cry? Gargamel and Azrael are one thing, but there are not are not a lot of other things as Smurfs are such happy little fellows. Smurf number 20018 is crying Smurf and was first released in 1972. He was made from 1972 -1974 and then again in 1977 -1984.

crying smurf

20018 crying smurfThe main release version of 20018 Crying Smurf shows the Smurf holding a yellow hanky and wiping away a tear from one eye, whilst a white tear rolls down the other cheek. This is the most common version, but is still quite a hard Smurf to find for your collection as often the hanky was damaged on these old models and broken in some way.




Smurf Crying 20018The variation of 20018 Crying Smurf shows the Smurf figure holding a white hanky. This is the rarer variation of the two figures and worth approximately 75% more than the yellow hanky Smurf.




There is an episode in the Smurfs series entitled Crying Smurfs which is all about crying smurfs. Many Smurfs have a cry in the episode… and even Gargamel has cry.

Quotes –

Gargamel: [Crying] Believe it or not, no one respect me. Not my fellow wizards, not my mommy, not even Azrael. [Cries out in tears]

Azrael: [Meowing in confusion]

Weepy Smurf: Ah you poor wizard you…


But things all finished far more happier!