In my early days of collecting smurfs, the prospect of collecting Super Smurfs was really daunting. I wanted to confirm in my mind that the Super Smurf came with the original accessories. Papa Smurf Teacher was one of these….
Like a lot of smurfs made in the early 1980’s, Papa Smurf was made both in Germany (formerly known as West Germany) and Hong Kong. Generally when this occurred two different versions were made. For example if you have a dark brown stand, you should have a chalkboard that displays a stick figure along with the word ‘Teacher’ on it. If you have beige coloured stand, you should have a chalkboard that displays a maths equation on it.
The other thing with Super Smurfs is that the smurf that is sold with the accessories should all be made from the same country. The German made Papa Smurf is made out of a red pvc material, so only his chest, face and tail have been painted. The Hong Kong made Papa Smurf was typically made out of white pvc material and painted in dark shiny colours.
So if you have a dark stand with a maths equation on the chalkboard, it appears that at some stage someone has swapped over the accessories. For some of you, this might not be a big deal but for others this is just considered wrong! I know from my own personal experience I want my smurf collection to be as close as genuine as it can be.
The other thing you need to be mindful with Super Smurfs especially the vintage ones is the type of box that was sold with the Super Smurf. Sadly some people swap over the Super Smurfs inside of the box, so it is always best to check. If the box has Super Smurf!! on it, the Super Smurf should be from Hong Kong and if the box has Super Schlumpf Smurf!! it should be from West Germany.
More recently some of the Super Smurfs have been sold without their accessories and sold as individual smurf adding to the confusion with collectors. If in doubt it is always best to check on other smurf collection websites or online smurf shops. If you are still unsure, just ask me the question!
Keep on Smurfin