For all the things I enjoy about Smurf collecting……..

For all the things I enjoy about Smurf collecting…….. Is that every Smurf is different because of their hand painted touches, that makes each one unique. Especially with the older Smurfs and their eyes. A simple and small touch of difference.

Now it’s your turn, to share what you enjoy about Smurf collecting 

Vintage Smurf Review: #20082 Shy Smurf

Shy Smurf is not fancy like others but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth collecting. On the contrary Shy Smurf holds a special spot for those who like Smurfs portraying a personality trait.

This Smurf portrays someone who is timid and shy. With their head tilted down, eyes closed to avoid eye contact and finger over closed mouth. I bet this Smurf feels awkward or uncomfortable around other Smurfs?

Back in 1973 Bully produced Shy Smurf with no markings or with only a Peyo marking on arm. Some say, back in the early days Bully gave away these kind of Smurfs. However, I like their soft pvc material which makes them more appealing compared to the harder pvc material used today. I also own a Shy Smurf that has no markings with an unpainted tail, that makes it extra special.

Shy Smurfs enjoying each other company

By 1976 Bully created a new mould for Shy Smurf. Some collectors refer to this one being slightly taller but apart from that they are pretty much the same. Also Bully included their markings under the feet. 

In 1984 Schleich released their own Shy Smurf, that included their markings. Up until then Schleich could only use Bully marked Smurfs. Some say, this is rarest Shy Smurf to be found.

What Smurf do you best identify with?

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

I am going to give Shy Smurf a score of 3 Papa Smurfs. Extremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one.

1 Papa SmurfNot really rare but still worth collecting
2 Papa SmurfsRare – but not too difficult to find
3 Papa SmurfsExtremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one
4 Papa SmurfsUltra Rare – requires skill to collect
5 Papa SmurfsVery Rare – a legendary Smurf

Vintage Smurf Review: Judge Smurf #20016

At first, Smurf collecting can seem overwhelming. Collectors are constantly sharing their collection’s online, or the latest Smurf merchandise release is creating a frenzy. Smurf collecting doesn’t have to be a hobby that breaks the bank. Vintage figurines from the 1970’s is a great place to start building your dream collection. For example let’s look at Judge Smurf, first sold in 1972 by Schleich.

I have chosen to review Judge Smurf because it was mass produced. In Australia you will typically find Judge Smurf wearing a red robe with Hong Kong markings. From my experience, these old BP Smurfs are making a comeback. Typically from a generation who are going through their grown up adult child toys.

Whereas in Europe you are more likely to find a Judge Smurf with a black or red robe. In the beginning Judge was first sold with a black robe by Schleich. However,  between 1974 to 1977 when Bully had the rights to produce the Smurfs they changed the robe to red. Ever since the robe has stayed red.

Smurf Tip!

Though buying online has its advantages to getting rare Smurfs, it also has its disadvantages. From my own experience, I was able to buy a Judge Smurf with a red robe, with Portugal markings. The Smurf itself was not expensive but the postage was. Also when it arrived it smelt like disinfectant and had to be aired outside for 2 days. My advice is to get to know the Seller before buying. 

Whether you are just wanting one or starting a collection, there are plenty of vintage Smurfs out there. Most vintage Smurfs are worth collecting and displaying around your house or work desk. Most people are fascinated with vintage Smurfs and will be happy to share their stories with you.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B


Fast Facts on Judge Smurf:

Schleich: 1971 – 1973/1976 – 1985/1991 – 1992, made in W/Germany and Portugal

Bully: 1975 – 1977, made in West Germany

Wallace Berrie: 1979 – 1980, made in Hong Kong

BP Australia: 1979 – 1982, made in Hong Kong

Smurf Crossword 1st edition answers

In my previous post I created a crossword, to test your knowledge on your Smurfs. I hope you enjoyed this as much I did creating this. But to be honest, at times I found it hard to know which Smurfs to use and which ones to leave out.

Across Clues

Row 2, Column 13: Likes to smoke a pipe
Row 4, column 17: Was also known as Rock n Roll
Row 7, Column 2: First Super Smurf
Row 6, Column 16: Likes to cheer for the Smurfs
Row 9, Column 10: Plays the drums
Row 8, Column 20: Sold in Australia by the name of Convict
Row 10, Column 2: Holds a handkerchief in hand
Row 11, Column 13: Bully super hero
Row 12, Column 6: Never happy
Row 13, Column 15: Won a gold medal at the London Olympics
Row 15, Column 2: Papa Smurf’s apprentice
Row 16, Column 17: Carries a thermometer
Row 17, Column 5: Gargamel’s cat
Row 18, Column 19: Creator of the Smurfs

Down Clues

Column 19, Row 2: Likes to wear a red or yellow scarf
Column 21, Row 3: Has been found with green lipstick
Column 3, Row 6: A Smurf never released in the UK
Column 13, Row 8: Wears a kilt
Column 16, Row 8: Was sold by the name of Soda Pop in the UK
Column 7, Row 10: Wears a green apron
Column 20, Row 10, Only female in Smurfland
Column 10, Row 12: Also known as money

1234567891011131415161718192021222324252627
2TYROLESE
3HXB
4GUITARIST
5V X L
6LCHEERLEADER
7BOBSLEDR X A
8VGBPRISONER
9EDRUMMER X I
10CRYINGTESN
11ASMURFERMAN
12GROUCHYU
13DOWINNER
14IIF
15BRAINYNE
16EDOCTOR
17AZRAELT
18PEYO

Please let me know you thoughts on the crossword.


Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf Crossland – 1st edition

Across Clues

Row 2, Column 13: Likes to smoke a pipe
Row 4, column 17: Was also known as Rock n Roll
Row 7, Column 2: First Super Smurf
Row 6, Column 16: Likes to cheer for the Smurfs
Row 9, Column 10: Plays the drums
Row 8, Column 20: Sold in Australia by the name of Convict
Row 10, Column 2: Holds a handkerchief in hand
Row 11, Column 13: Bully super hero
Row 12, Column 6: Never happy
Row 13, Column 15: Won a gold medal at the London Olympics
Row 15, Column 2: Papa Smurf’s apprentice
Row 16, Column 17: Carries a thermometer
Row 17, Column 5: Gargamel’s cat
Row 18, Column 19: Creator of the Smurfs

Down Clues

Column 19, Row 2: Likes to wear a red or yellow scarf
Column 21, Row 3: Has been found with green lipstick
Column 3, Row 6: A Smurf never released in the UK
Column 13, Row 8: Wears a kilt
Column 16, Row 8: Was sold by the name of Soda Pop in the UK
Column 7, Row 10: Wears a green apron
Column 20, Row 10, Only female in Smurfland
Column 10, Row 12: Also known as money

1234567891011131415161718192021222324252627
2
3 X
4
5 X
6
7 X
8
9 X
10 X
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Answers will be provided in next week’s post.

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Kath B

Carpenter Smurf

Carpenter was one of the last Smurfs produced by Bully in 1979. The Smurf is holding a large piece of yellow timber with a silver saw with a red handle in the other hand. Out of the different markings found with Carpenter, I would say this is the most common. Schleich made this with Bully markings from 1980 to 1984. It is thought this was part of an agreement made when Schleich won the licence to produce Smurfs globally.

It is also possible to find different paint dots with Bully markings. For example, a mustard paint dot indicates it was painted in Portugal or a green paint indicates it was painted in Tunisia.

Between 1981 to 1984, Carpenter was also made in Hong Kong. The paint colours on this version of Carpenter are darker compared to the Bully ones. But apart from this, there are very few differences. Typically the Hong Kong made ones were sold by BP in Australia and New Zealand. These are still fairly easy to find amongst stashed away childhood collections.

If you enjoy flicking through old Schleich catalogues as I do, you should check out the one from 1991. Several Smurfs have the tag Neu Heit 91 above their picture. These were not new Smurfs made by Schleich but re-released ones from the past. Perhaps it had something to do with the reunification of Germany in 1991.

In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003, there is a listing of Carpenter with a brown piece of timber. Up until recently I always this was fake from Poland. However recently I found a photograph of a Carpenter with a brown piece of timber with a yellow saw handle. It was unclear if this was prototype or if it was someone who painted Smurfs for Schleich created their own version.

Years

1979 – 1986/1991 – 1992/1998 – 1999

List of markings

  1. W.Germany Bully Peyo
  2. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1979
  3. Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie &Co. Schleich S Peyo 1979
  4. W.Germany Schleich S Peyo
  5. Made in China Schleich S Germany Peyo CE 79

If you something is not correct, please let me know. I always love to hear the thoughts and opinions from other collectors.

In summing up, Carpenter may not have the razzle dazzle of other Smurfs such as Carnival or Alchemist but with it’s broad smile it’s hard to resist its charm.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Woodcutter Smurf now known as Axe Smurf

When did Woodcutter Smurf become known as Axe Smurf? Trying to find the origins of a Smurf can be a challenge but also a lot of fun. Especially when you look back at old catalogues and what names we gave particular Smurfs. Same Smurf but different names depending where you lived in the world. Woodcutter Smurf is a perfect example or should that be Axe Smurf #20087?

Bully and Schleich versions

In 1975 Bully released six new Smurfs. One of these was Holzhacker which in German roughly translates to Lumberjack in English. However I have never seen this Smurf referred to as Lumberjack. The first variant is quite different to the other variations. For example, the axe blade is thick and is not as sharp. The pvc material is also softer compared to the other variants. It also has the Bully © Peyo hand etched markings.

After this, Bully changed the mould and markings on Axe Smurf. For instance the axe blade was sharper and the Smurf appears to be slightly taller. Adding a © Peyo marking to the back of the Axe blade and printed markings under its feet.

Schleich also sold Axe Smurf, from 1980 to 1986. Only two of these years with their own Schleich markings. Like other Smurfs Schleich would just block out the Bully marking and replace it with their own. Unless you really examine your Smurfs for differences I cannot see any between the Bully and Schleich marked ones.

Wallace Berrie and Schleich

BP also sold Axe Smurf in New Zealand, calling this Woodcutter. This version is made out of hard pvc material and is painted with darker colours, most notebly the red axe handle. From my understanding this was sold around 1981 because of it’s markings – Made in Hong Kong Schleich S © 1976 Peyo markings.

Also in 1981 Wallace Berrie sold Axe Smurf, with and without their own markings. It was in their 1982 Smurf Collectables Booklet that I have found the first reference to this Smurf as Axe Smurf. Though Schleich continued to call this Hozhacker in Germany and Woodcutter in English speaking countries in their 1986 catalogue. This was the last time we saw Axe Smurf in any Schleich catalogues.

Jubilee Smurf

However Axe Smurf is possibly best known for being part of the Jubilee Smurfs released in 1985. Axe Smurf was representing the year 1975. Each Jubilee Smurf was sold in a special blister display cardboard package that also included four stamps. Along with this each figurine was stamped on the back of their head with the year of issue and a gold leaf design. Highly collectible and highly sought after by collectors.

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Kath B

Handstand Smurf

Every collector hopes one day to find a rare Smurf ignored and forgotten in the bottom of a box. My discovery was in a snap lock bag with other unloved Smurfs in a collectible shop. Furthermore, it was the Handstand Smurf with red shorts.

As soon as I could I purchased the bag and hurried away to open the bag. I was like a kid with a bag of lollies. But it was the Handstand Smurf that I was most interested in. Even though I had seen photographs of this Smurf I was now pinching myself that I had my own. At the same time I was concerned it was repaint or possibly a fake. Fortunately this was not the case.

Things to Look For When Buying Handstand Smurf

In 1975 Bully started selling Smurfs with hand etched markings – Bully © Peyo. For Handstand Smurf #20084 these are under the hands. Yellow shorts is more common and easier to find compared to red shorts.

It was made between 1975 to 1979 by Bully. Then until 1984 by Schleich lastly it was made by Maia Borges in 1985. Some say there is a larger or small variation. For example we are talking about the difference in millimetres.

In 1984 Schleich removed the Bully marking and added their own. Instead of adding this under the hands, the marking is on the front of the shoe. Therefore a more prominent position than previously. Schleich only sold it with their marking for possibly one year collectors consider this rare. Maia Borges added Made in Portugal marking to the other shoe and a mustard paint dot. Again it’s considered rare due to its short production time.

From my understanding, the Handstand Smurf with red shorts was only sold with Bully © Peyo hand etched markings. However, I have seen it with other markings but the paintwork looked too perfect. Which makes me think that the shorts had been repainted.

The interest in HandStand Smurf Shows no signs of letting up; they are as popular as ever. Most likely because of the Smurf’s big smile and the ability to display it without the Smurf falling over. They just don’t make Smurfs like they used to.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Shiver Smurf, one for the ages

Shiver Smurf also referred to as Winter Smurf #20004. Is a simple designed Smurf figurine released back in 1969. With it’s hands behind his back and wearing a large red or yellow scarf. But what works is a simple tip of a paint to portray its eye pupils. Back then the Smurfs had no eyebrows, so the focus was solely on the eyes.

Shiver Smurf was sold from 1969 to 1986. First sold with a red scarf and a smaller face by Schleich. To begin with Shiver had the markings W.Germany Schleich emblem © Peyo under its feet. When Bully took over the production of the Smurfs, between 1974 to 1977 they blocked out the Schleich emblem. Bully would continue to tinker with Shiver Smurf by selling it with different shades of red scarfs. The mould also varied because some have wide to narrow faces.

Due to the release of the Movie in 1977 the demand for Smurfs was on the increase. Subsequently Schleich started to produce Smurfs in Hong Kong. Both Wallace Berrie and BP benefitted from this arrangement. As an example the majority of Smurfs sold by BP Australia came from Hong Kong. However on Shiver Smurf, you can quite often see the remains of a blocked out W.Germany marking.

It wasn’t until 1979 that Shiver Smurf had a yellow scarf. More likely this was due to a promotion in the UK by National Benzole. Selected Smurfs had a touch of yellow added to them such as Watchman, Bobsled and Chimney Sweep.

Lastly, there are the many different fakes of Shiver Smurf. From the CNT ones with different coloured scarfs to the ones made out grotesque hard pvc material. A simple designed Smurf that appeals to everyone who battles to keep warm on certain Winter days.

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Kath B

Digger Smurfs

Did you know there are two versions of Digger Smurf #20043? Both share the same name but are quite different to each other. Schleich never sold the small Digger because they already had their own version of Digger in 1978.

Bully – Digger

The Bully Smurf is small, arms are crossed in front of his chest and appears to be sleeping on his shovel. Sold from 1974 to 1980.

  • The mouth is painted red or black.
  • Both eyes are closed
  • The legs are together
  • The shovel is small like the Smurf and has a dark yellow blade with a red handle.

Early versions were made without any markings or with just a © Peyo marking on the arm. Later W.Germany Bully © Peyo markings were added under his feet.

In addition the Bully Digger was used as part of the Waldbauer chocolate promotion. It was made out of a solid dark blue pvc material.

Schleich – Digger

Schleich’s version of Digger Smurf is large and is leaning on angle onto the shovel. Sold from 1978 to 1986, 1994 to 1996 and 1999 to 2000.

  • The mouth is painted black
  • Both eyes are closed
  • The legs are apart
  • The shovel is large like the Smurf has a light yellow blade with a red handle

National Benzole never sold the Digger Smurf in the UK. Despite this, Digger was made in Hong Kong. It was distributed into Australia and the United States.

My favourite is the Bully version of Digger because it looks cute and adorable. I also like the early version of Bully Smurfs which are made out of a softer pvc material. However the good news both can still be easily found. What’s your favourite?

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B