At what point does a Smurf become vintage? Some say that an item should be at least 100 years old to be defined as an antique. If an item is no older than 100 years old but not less than 20 years it falls into the category of vintage. Others say anything 50 years or older is vintage. So does that make 2000 Millennium Smurf vintage?
Back in late 1999 Schleich released a special Smurf to coincide with the new millenium. A Smurf happily riding on a red and yellow ‘rocking’ 2000. There were two different versions released, one measuring about 7cm in height and one 4cm in height. The smaller version was also a keyring.
At the time there was a lot of interest in both, especially since they were promoted as a limited edition of just 10,000 for worldwide distribution. There was also the thought that anything released especially for the year 2000 would become highly collectible.
In my opinion, though both versions of the Millenium Smurf are not common like a Postman Smurf they are also not all that rare. This may also have something to do with the fact that collectors do not think the year 2000 as vintage. Or perhaps the new generation of smurf collectors don’t give a hoot of something displaying the year 2000.
My definition of a vintage Smurf, is one made before 1970 so to call the Millenium Smurf vintage is just wrong !!! Anybody who does this, really doesn’t appreciate Smurfs and their origin.
Keep on Smurfin