Without a doubt Jokey with Trick Box is the most sought after Smurf by the majority collectors. For me, it took close to 20 years to add one to my own collection. Even then its latch on the box was broken and the Super Smurf came with no box. But this didn’t phase me at all, I finally now could say I have my own Jokey with Trick Box.
Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S © 1983 Peyo
Jokey with Trick Box #40247 was first released in 1985 by Applause. Jokey with Trick can be found with a Smurf wearing his white trousers while holding a yellow plastic trick box with a red ribbon around it. Inside the box is Gargamel’s head on a metal spring. On the box there is a small latch on it, that allows you to close the box. Typically this is painted in darker colours. They used the same mould for Apple Smurf #20160.
The Applause version of Jokey with Trick Box can be found (if you’re lucky) with a light blue Super Smurf Applause box. Only six Super Smurfs were ever sold with this box.
W.Germany Schleich S © 1982 Peyo
Like the Applause version, Schleich also produced a Jokey with a Trick Box around 1985. Schleich sold Jokey with Trick Box between late 1985 and 1986. For a short time Schleich re-released it in 1994 with a hand etched CE marking. It was painted in lighter colours and can be found with the Super Schlumpf Smurf !! box. Schleich also used the same mould for Apple Smurf #20160.
Because Jokey with Trick Box is highly collectible, it is best to keep your wits about yourself when considering to add this one to your collection. When inspecting the Smurf ensure the Trick box is connected to the Smurf by a small piece of a red piece of plastic. This is inserted into a hole on the Smurf’s stomach. Also Jokey with Trick Box was never sold with a paint dot or has Made in Portugal markings.
I adore my Jokey with Trick Box and can’t wait to get another, just to compare the two. But this time I am going to make sure that the trick box closes or comes with its box!
Keep on Smurfin