If you are lucky enough to remember you might recall Tricycle was once referred to as Super Racing by National in 1978 and also by BP Australia in 1980. I don’t recall this but I am lucky enough to have old catalogues and posters that show this. A number of smurfs during this time were given different names to what we now know them as today. To give you some idea I have included a picture of a National mini catalogue from 1980. I just love this kind of thing.
Today I thought I would share some information on Tricycle that was produced by Schleich from 1978 to 1986 and then again 1990 to 1993. It was also made in Hong Kong between 1980 to 1983 and sold in Australia, New Zealand by BP and in the USA by Wallace Berrie. The Tricycle Super Smurf can be found happily riding his red tricycle while his goggles rest on his white hat.
Both versions can be found with no markings on the tricycle. It is not uncommon to find slight colour differences in the red used for the tricycle or yellow used for the wheels. For example the Hong Kong made ones tend to have more of a darker red tricycle and orange yellow coloured wheels. Also when Tricycle was reproduced in the 1990’s much lighter colours were used on the tricycle.
The German smurf figurine can be found with © 78 on the right leg and the Hong Kong version can have W. Berrie Co on the right leg. As the figurine was also used for Super Smurf Log Car #40232 and Yellow Car Driver #20910, I sometimes think they can be easily mixed up with the tricycle. In my opinion you should never find Tricycle with China CE markings. It was also never made in China only in W.Germany and Hong Kong.
In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003, there are two prototypes versions listed. One is a red tricycle with green handlebars and wheels. The other is a green tricycle with red handlebars and wheels. I have never seen these prototypes listed anywhere else so if you happen to find one can you let me know!
Keep on Smurfin