The world is far from business as usual right now. So what better Smurf to discuss than Quack first released by Bully and sold in 1974. It was supposedly the first Smurf made by Bully in 1973.
The Quack Smurf #20075 can be found wearing a black robe with a white muscot, a large black hat with a white hat-band. Quack holds up a white synringe in one hand while he has raised his other hand as if making a point. Many believe Quack is Brainy Smurf wearing black glasses.
When it was first produced it was only sold with a © Peyo marking on the arm. This was quite common for a number of Smurfs first made by Bully. It also has a thicker synringe compared to the other versions of Quack. Around 1976 Bully changed the markings to under the feet and this time they included a printed Bully marking – W.Germany Bully © Peyo.
Also with this Bully version you can find different size connections between their feet. Not a big deal for some collectors but for others it is another variation to be found.
After Bully lost the licence to manufacture Smurfs at the end of 1979 Schleich continued to produce Quack right up until 1986. However it was only between 1984 to 1986 that it could include the Schleich marking. It’s also possible to find Quack with a mustard, green or red paint dot.
Strange but true
Oddly enough Quack was never sold by Wallace Berrie in the USA. But there is a version of Quack with Hong Kong markings. This version is considered extremely rare. I don’t think it was ever sold in Australia but may have been sold in New Zealand.
Who is a Quack?
A quack is often considered a person who dishonestly pretends to have medical skills. Now why would a Smurf pretend to have these skills……
Keep on Smurfin