It’s funny how things happen. In 1999 a special limited edition pair of Ice Hockey Smurfs were released in Canada. The story goes that the Ice Hockey Smurfs were distributed by Party Pigs, the Canadian division of Schleich. Approximately 2000 were thought to have been made until they were pulled by Schleich as they were not properly licensed.
Ice Hockey Player 1
This Smurf is made out of blue pvc material. Is wearing a white helmet, with white and black uniform and red details. Initially given article number 20458 by Party Pigs.
Ice Hockey Player 2
This Smurf is made out of blue pvc material. Is wearing a navy blue helmet, with red and navy blue uniform and white details. Initially given article number 20459 by Party Pigs.
In the Smurf Collector’s Club International Newsletter Issue #54 they make mention of the special release. However, there is no mention in future newsletters of the special release being pulled.
It’s hard to resist these Ice Hockey Smurfs even if you know nothing about the sport. I was to lucky enough to buy mine as a pair over ten years ago. But as time goes on, the pair of Ice Hockey Smurfs are getting harder to find.
Watch out for coloured ice hockey sticks
What most people don’t realise is that the Ice Hockey Smurfs were never actually sold like this. The coloured sticks were made for Sniks and feature the puck on the right hand of the stick. The Ice Hockey Smurfs were only ever made with a brown stick with the puck on the left hand side.
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Keep on Smurfin
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