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.
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
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.