2020 Smurfs collector review

What do you think about 2020 Smurfs? It’s only taken me until to August 2021 to get mine but I am glad I did. There are eight in the series, all made out of Romania which is a first. The reaction has been mixed by collectors, however I am just grateful that Schleich are still making Smurfs.

The first thing I noticed is the paint work. The quality is there, but I doubt they are still being hand painted. It has the tradtional Smurf look unlike past series, such as the Halloween ones from 2006. Similar to past years, the eyes are joined together and the eybrows sit below their hat. These Smurfs have a hard firm texture, which I dislike. In my opinion, I prefer a softer PVC material because it gives the figurine more character.

Smurf with Butterfly #20818

The Smurf is admiring a red and yellow butterfly on his outstetched left hand and has his right hand behind his back. The Smurf has a wide smile showing us his red tongue and his pupils sit at the bottom of his eyes.

Smurf with Good Luck Charm #20819

The Smurf is carrying a red and white mushroom across his body. I am more confused by its name more than anything else because I had never heard of lucky mushrooms before. There is some similarity with Umbrella Smurf #20118 but this one is not as cute.

Smurf with Tooth #20820

Smurf is carrying a large tooth with both hands in front of him. The Smurf has a big smile on his face showing off his red tongue. You have all heard of the tooth fairy but this is the tooth Smurf!

Smurf with Bottle #20821

The Smurf is hugging a bottle of Champagne to celebrate an occasion. Again it’s very similar to Champagne Bottle #20708 which is disappointing. When it was first released, some reported that there were two variations of the label on the bottle. Some labels showing as The Smurfs and others showing as Smurfs. Upon closer inspection of both this is more likely because of bad printing on the label.

Smurf with Medal #20822

Admiring his gold medal around his neck and in his right hand, the Smurf seems rather pleased with his efforts. Not sure why he has his left arm outstretched. Also wearing green pants and a white top, so its unclear what sport he represents. The idea is similar to the one used for Winner #20745 from 2012 Olympic series.

Smurf with Sign #20823

The Smurf is carrying a sign with the words “I Love You” displayed on it. Love is displayed as a big red heart. It is kind of cute though there are other Smurfs I would buy before this one for my husband.

Gargamel with Net #20825

With a raised large net over his shoulder, Gargamel appears to be hunting for Smurfs. Wearing a black gown with white patches along with red tights and shoes. The atttention to detail given to Gargamel is spot on, everything from his facial expression to his hands. Without a doubt this is my favourite from 2020.

Azrael #20826

There is very little personality with this version of Azrael, one only needs to look at its tail to see that. Comparsionments with Kinder Surprise or Albert Heijn Supermarket versions of Azrael, are not far off the mark which is a pity. After such a good version of Gargamel, Azrael seems to be lacklustre.

In conclusion, I am happy that I have purchased the 2020 Smurfs. It was the highlight of my week considering I am currently in lockdown due to Covid-19 restrictions in Melbourne. Smurfs regardless they are old or new still bring a joy to my life and an interest by others who are also in lockdown. Thank you Schleich.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

P.S – For some reason there is no Smurf with the article number #20824. If someone knows the back story of what happened to this, I would love it if you could share this with us.

Celebrate with Champagne Bottle Smurf

Nothing beats a good mystery, especially when it comes to the release of the 2020 Smurfs. Not only has it taken until September for the 2020 Smurfs to become available in most parts of the world. But there has been a delay with Smurf with Bottle #20821. So far no explanation has been given by Schleich. So while we wait patiently for the arrival with Smurf with Bottle, let’s go back in time and celebrate Champagne Bottle Smurf, #20708.

Champagne Bottle Smurf was released in 2008 as part of the Celebration set made by Schleich. Licking his lips at the oversized bottle of Champagne that reads Happy Birthday. Sometimes this Smurf was just referred to as Bottle. This may have something to do with the rights and using the word ‘Champagne’.

The first version that can be found has lighter golden colours and has the markings: Made in Germany Schleich S Germany © 07 Peyo CE.

The second version that can be found has darker golden colours and has the markings: Made in Germany © 07 Peyo Schleich S Am Limes 69 D-73527 Schw. Gmund CE + date stamp. It was last produced in 2014.

There is also a Chinese fake version of Champagne Bottle Smurf. These are easily identifiable fakes, as they are poorly painted and are made out of very hard pvc material. Around the same time (I think it was 2011), the Halloween and Indian series were also produced out of China as fakes.

I have always liked Smurf with Champagne Bottle, because of it’s cheeky disposition. The good thing is that it can still be easy to find and makes for a good cake topper Smurf.

What we know about Smurf with Bottle

If we can go off the photo from Schleich, this Smurf looks a little different to Smurf with Champagne Bottle. To begin with, the Smurf has a shy little smile (no tongue licking his lips) and the bottle reads ‘The Smurfs’. This is the blurb from Schleich about Smurf with Bottle – You should open the bottle the Smurf is bringing you on a very special occasion.

Let’s and wait see shall we………..

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

P.S If you know what has happened to Smurf with Bottle, please let me know. The suspense is killing me…………