Greedy Smurf

Did you know that Greedy is one of the few smurfs that was regularly shown in the comics and also throughout the entire run of the cartoon series? This is most likely due to his good nature and love of food. 

Schleich first released Greedy in 1984, wearing a chef’s hat and white apron while sitting on a red stool eating a dessert with a spoon. In the beginning Schleich only released Greedy until 1986, then 1990 to 1994. It was given article number #20165. However, in the 2000’s Greedy had a revival being sold with various magazines and DVD’s in different countries.

Greedy was also produced out of Hong Kong for Wallace Berrie in late 1983 and 1984. It appears that the same mould was used as the Schleich one but it was painted with slightly different paint colours. The most obvious difference between the two, is the brown paint used for the spoon & plate and the pink paint used for the dessert. 

Bonus figurine – Greedy Smurf

At various times Greedy has been sold as a bonus figurine with either magazines or DVD’s. Each time, the same figurine was used and can be found with matte paint colours and is made out of a harder pvc material compared to the ones released in the 1980s. The markings can be located underneath: Made in China Schleich S Germany © 1983 Peyo CE. 

Here is a list I have compiled, that was sold using Greedy Smurf as a bonus figurine. Please let me know if there is something not quite right or if there any others I have missed. 

In France between 2004 to 2006, the magazine Je Collectionne les Schtroumpfs was sold with a bonus smurf figurine. Greedy was sold with their second edition of the magazine.  

In Germany in 2008, the magazine 3-D Schlumpf Mag was sold with a Greedy figurine. This issue was released around June. 

In the Netherlands in 2010, the magazine De Smurfen was sold with Greedy in their first edition. 

In Australia also in 2010, the cartoon series was repackaged and resold as Just Smurfy 2 DVD Box set with bonus figurine. This was first released around November. 

Overall, Greedy Smurf is a great one to add to your collection as most people recognise this smurf whether it be from the comics, cartoon series or even from the Smurfs Village mini game. What’s not to like about someone who makes a cake and then eats all for themselves?

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Super Smurfs from 1999

Back in 1999 Schleich released six new Smurf figurines and five new Super Smurfs. Some of these are now considered highly collectible by collectors due to their short period they were sold and their unique designs.

This week I have decided to discuss the five Super Smurfs that were produced. If you are wanting to read about the regular smurfs, please click on HERE

Super Smurfs from 1999

#40252 BMX Smurf

#40253 Motor Scooter Smurf

#40254 Motor Scooter Smurfette

#40255 Racing Driver (in a red car)

#40256 Racing Driver (in a silver car)

(Please note that #20451 was not used)

Regular Smurfs from 1999

#20455 Tourist

#20456 Sportsman

#20457 Aerobic Smurfette

#20458 Newspaper

#20459 Smurf with Nameplate

#20460 Golf Smurf

Snippets of Information

BMX Smurf: Out of all the smurfs first released in 1999, BMX Smurf was sold for the longest period from 1999 to 2015.

Wearing light purple pants, with lighter green colours, riding a light red bike, with lighter yellow colours on the bike

Motor Scooter Smurf: Only sold for five years from 1999 to 2004, though possible to find with either shiny or matte blue skin. The number plate on the scooter has S1.

Markings under feet, Made in China Germany 98. Ce marking under smurf’s bottom. There are no markings on the scooter.

Motor Scooter Smurfette: Strangely this was only sold for three years, from 1999 to 2002. The number plate on the scooter has S2. Smurfette can also be found with a blue paint dot under her foot.

Some consider this one, the hardest one to find out of all five Super smurfs produced in 1999.

40255 Racing Driver (in a red car): Was produced between 1999 to 2005. The markings can be found under the feet, Schleich S Germany Made in China © Peyo 98. Ce marking under bottom. There are no markings on the racing car.

Racing Driver (in a silver car): Just like the Motor Scooter Smurfette it was only produced for three years, 1999 to 2002. Exact same smurf and car as Red Racing Car.

All of the five Super Smurfs from 1999 were made and painted out of China. They were all originally sold with a Circular Smurf logo with dancing smurfs pattern box.

I hope you have all enjoyed looking back 20 years to see what smurfs were produced. These were the days when Schleich created smurfs with a fresh, colourful, modern look to great effect. It’s unfortunate in my opinion this is no longer the case.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Super Smurf Scooter Smurfette, is my favourite from 1999 because of the beautiful design of the scooter and paint colours used.

Smurf Figurines from 1999

Did you know that in 1999, Schleich released six new smurf figurines and five new Super Smurfs? Some of these smurfs are now considered highly collectible as they were only produced for a very short period and also because their association with other smurf merchandise. 

For this week’s post I will only discuss the regular smurfs and next week I will discuss the Super Smurfs. 

Schleich’s Smurf Figures for 1999

#20455 Tourist

#20456 Sportsman

#20457 Aerobic Smurfette

#20458 Newspaper

#20459 Smurf with Nameplate

#20460 Golf Smurf

Five new Super Smurfs

#40252 BMX Smurf

#40253 Motor Scooter Smurf

#40254 Motor Scooter Smurfette

#40255 Racing Driver (in a red car)

#40256 Racing Driver (in a silver car)

For some reason #20451 was not used and remains a mystery why it was not used. This was not the first or last time Schleich would miss a number when giving smurfs their article number. 

Did you know………..

Tourist Smurf: We first saw Tourist Smurf in 1996 when it was sold as a candy topper.  The figurine was produced using the same exact design and colours as the candy topper.  Tourist was only made by Schleich for three years, 1999 to 2002. It was also the only regular smurf made out of China, whereas the others were made out of Germany.

Tourist Smurf is carrying a satchel full of brochures over his shoulder while holding onto a black camera. He is wearing a light red/orange shouts with white details and his sunglasses rest on his white hat.

Sportsman: No actual markings can be found on the smurf itself, as they located under the base. It was only produced for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Sportsman is running along on a large green grass pattern base, tongue hanging out, with a stopwatch over one shoulder and a towel over the other. He is wearing yellow shorts and a white singlet.

Aerobic Smurfette: Was first released between 1999 and 2001 then later used as part of the 1990 to 1999 Decade Box Set. So possible to find with two different markings. 

Lying her back, Smurfette has one leg in the air while wearing a pink leotard with matching leg-warmers.

Newspaper: Commonly found with a bent right arm holding the newspaper upwards. An extremely rare version was also produced where the right arm is positioned more diagognial. Only sold for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Carrying a satchel full of newspapers swung over one of his shoulders, while holding up a copy of the Smurfs News in his right hand. Has a hole in the bottom of the left foot.

Smurf with Nameplate: Can be found with or without a hole in the white removable sign. The one with the hole, is considered more rarer. Was only sold for two years, 1999 and 2000. 

Wearing a yellow shirt, black pants and a white baseball style cap while pointing to a blank white removable sign.

Golf Smurf: Just like Aerobics Smurfette it was first released between 1999 and 2001 then later used as part of the 1990 to 1999 Decade Box Set. So possible to find with two different markings. 

Golf Smurf carries his golf bag over his left shoulder while carrying a white golf ball in his right hand. Wearing a yellow shirt, orange checkered pants and brown shoes.

If you would like to share any other information you may have on 1999 smurfs, please feel free to leave a comment. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Devil Smurf

This week in Germany, there was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest meeting of people in Smurf costume. Within the article it says that 2762 people dressed up like smurfs, all of them had to cover all traces of skin in blue paint, and don the signature curved hat. Which made me think was there a Devil smurf within the crowd? Continue reading

Mermaid Smurfette

When is a smurf not a smurf? For example let’s have a look at Mermaid Smurfette first released back in 1982. 

Mermaid SmurfetteWe first see Mermaid Smurfette is sitting on a light grey rock, with blue and silver scales, red starfish on hat and wearing a pearl necklace in the 1982 Schleich catalogue. This version was typically made out of blue pvc material. 

A version of Mermaid Smurfette was also made out of Hong Kong, which has a dark green scales, orange starfish on hat and is wearing a pearl necklace. It was also made out of white pvc material. This was sold by BP in Australia and New Zealand possibly in 1982 and then in 1983 was sold by Wallace Berrie for two years. 

Mermaid SmurfetteThe markings for Mermaid Smurfette can be found underneath the rock. It can also be found with different paint dots; mustard, green or red which was used as a method of quality control.  It tells us which country the smurf was painted in by Schleich. Mustard indicates it was painted in Portugal. Green indicates it was painted in Tunisia. Red indicates it was painted in Sri Lanka. 

Though it is a strange choice of a smurf figurine, it must have been fairly popular it was sold by Schleich between 1982 to 1988 and then again 1993 to 1996. During this time, it was also used on several triangle pedestals.

OMO back in around 1983 also created a miniature version of Mermaid Smurfette made out of blue material. These miniature smurfs came free inside a box of OMO washing powder.  A total of 16 were produced as part of this promotion.

Plastoy

In 2009 Plastoy produced smurf bath toys which included Mermaid Smurfette with a silver tail. The smurf bath toys were produced as two sets of four different smurf characters. Mermaid Smurfette was part of set 1 which also included a smurf riding an orange fish, Diving Smurf and a smurf sitting in a rubber duck tube. These pieces make a beautiful to your smurf collection especially if you like to display the pieces. 

So what inspired the creation Mermaid Smurfette? Who knows and who cares. Whoever it was, created a beautiful figurine to be admired when displayed with other smurfs. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Biscuit Smurf

When was the last you craved for a biscuit? Sorry, I should rephrase this question, when was the last time you craved for a Biscuit smurf first produced by Bully around 1974?

When Biscuit Smurf was first released by Bully it was given the name of Kuchen Schlumpf which translated from German to English means Cake Smurf. I am not entirely sure when they started referring to it as Biscuit Smurf.  

Like a lot of early smurfs produced by Bully, Biscuit smurf is made out of very soft pvc material and were also sometimes produced with unpainted eyes or without any eyebrows. It is also possible to find them with no markings at all or just © Peyo marking on the arm. 

Biscuit smurf can be found wearing his customary white trousers and hat, holding a large yellow biscuit with a bite taken out of it in his left hand. The smurf can be seen licking his lips with his tongue.  

Bully produced Biscuit Smurf from 1974 to around 1977. Schleich also produced Biscuit Smurf from 1980 to 1986 and was given article number 2.0080. Most of these Schleich ones were sold with Bully markings with the cavity number marked behind the biscuit. It is possible to find with Schleich markings but these are generally considered hard to find. 

Biscuit Smurf was never sold in Australia or United States. There is however an extremely rare version made with Hong Kong markings but I have only ever seen a picture of this one. So perhaps there were plans to release it in the U.S.A but it never happened. This may have something to do with the popularity of Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. 

Raw Brown Biscuit Smurf

Biscuit Smurf can also be found in brown pvc material with only his pupils and mouth painted. Some collectors refer to these as Waldbaur smurfs. Waldbaur Smurfs were a special promotion that included a single coloured smurf with some details painted such as pupils, mouth, tear etc within a box of 20 chocolates, released around 1974/75. There is thought to be at least six different smurfs used as part of the Waldbaur promotion. However some collectors believe there are more…..

Biscuit Smurf is a simple designed smurf with lots of character and well worth craving!

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Random Thoughts on Smurfs

Some collector’s sites mention different coloured material when speaking about variations, like white material or blue material. Have you ever wondered what this means? Or how you can tell the difference. 

This is referring to the different coloured pvc (Polyvinyl chloride) the smurfs are made from. Typically smurfs are blue or white but there are other base colours used. 

Blue PVC – W.Germany Schleich S © 1981 Peyo.
White PVC – Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S © 1981 Peyo

A really good example is Mermaid Smurfette (#20142), as she comes in both blue and white pvc and can easily be seen by looking underneath the rock. 

Some figures are easy to tell as there might be an unpainted area on the figure but others are more difficult to tell as they are completely painted. Typically you will find the W.Germany version with a blue pvc material and the Hong Kong version with a white pvc material which is then painted. 

In the early days when they were producing smurfs out of Hong Kong they would oftern use spray paint to paint the smurf. This may have been something to do with the huge demand for smurfs in the early 1980’s. A good example of this is Painter Smurf (#20045) and can be easily seen by looking around the smurf’s waist. 

A good tip it to look closely at the face especially the eyes and the hat to see if they have been painted and also at the bottom of the feet to see of there is paint missing. 

Here are just some that I have noticed:

#20142 Mermaid – blue or white

#20065 Rugby – blue or white

#20176 St Patrick – green or blue

#20001 Papa Smurf – red or blue

#20137 Surfer – blue or white

#20167 Indian Smurfette – mustard or white

#20180 Papa Smurf with Pizza – blue or white

#20122 Cowboy – blue or white

#20108 Sauna – blue or white

#20213 Devil – pink or white

No doubt there are others that I can be added to this list……

Depending what base material was used on the smurf can make a big difference when it comes to adding to one’s own collection. The best example of this is Rugby Smurf, especially with the ones in the South African team colours. 

More recently you are unlikely to find their variances with the base material like the ones produced in the 1980’s. This is because the smurfs are  now produced out of the one place and not multiply places. The other thing is that Schleich is producing smurfs for shorter periods. 

Happily collecting smurfs can never be called boring.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Put a little Smurf in everyone’s Christmas

If you are still looking out for the ideal Christmas gift cast your an eye over this advert from BP Australia that appeared in the Victorian TV Week, 22 December 22 1979 to get some inspiration. 

 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Christmas Smurfs

As we gradually head towards Christmas I wanted to share with you the different Christmas themed smurfs Schleich released. These were originally sold as a counter display carton, with the article number 20833. What is interesting is to see the number of smurfs increase each year, which goes to show how popular they were.

In the first year – 1983 only two smurfs were released, Santa #20124 and Santa Smurfette #20153. Santa is wearing a red jacket with a yellow belt, white pants, a red hat with a white pom pom while carrying  a sack of toys including a doll. Depending where Santa was painted will determine the colour of the pom pom on the hat and also the colour of the doll’s face. Santa Smurfette is wearing a long hooded red coat with a white trim, while holding a large rectangle shaped present with a red ribbon around it.

In the second year – 1984 two more smurfs added. This included Christmas Smurf #20207 and Christmas Smurfette #20208. Christmas Smurf is also referred to as Christmas Candy & Gift which really isn’t surprising as the smurf is carrying a big candy cane and a green present wrapped in a red ribbon. Christmas Smurfette is wearing a short red coat with a white trim while holding a square shaped present with a red ribbon around it. In my opinion out of all the Christmas themed smurfs these two are the hardest to find.

 

By the third and the fourth year – 1985/1986 Schleich introduced two other Christmas themed smurfs, Christmas Smurfette #20200 and Christmas with Lantern #20201. This Christmas Smurfette is wearing a long green coat while holding out in front of her a white rectangle shaped present with a thin red ribbon. Christmas with Lantern can be found wearing a light brown jacket with a white trim and matching brown hat with Christmas Holly attached to the side. In his right hand he is holding a green square shaped present with a red ribbon and a red & yellow lantern in his left hand. 

The next time we see the six Christmas themed smurfs is in the 1990 Schleich catalogue. This may have something to do with Schleich declaring bankruptcy in the beginning of 1987. 

When thinking of Christmas smurfs most people think only of the ones with a gold cord. Most collector’s sites will display these Christmas smurfs in their own section, where as the Schleich Christmas smurfs are just listed with their other smurfs. This may explain why some of these Christmas themed smurfs are considered rarer and are harder to find. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Diver Smurf also known as Frogman

This smurf is sometimes referred to as Frogman. This was the name National gave the smurf when it was first released in the UK back in 1981 and for some collectors the name has stuck. Wearing his orange wetsuit, black flippers & goggles, red snorkel and a silver spear gun.

There are not many variations of Diver, the main difference appears to be with the tip of the spear gun with some curving forward or back. However this is most likely how the smurf has been stored as the tip is quite flexible.

Diver was one of the last smurfs made by Bully back in 1979. In 1980 Schleich had the rights to produce all the smurf figurines, so they continued to sell Diver with Bully markings right up until 1984. After 1984 Schleich removed the Bully marking and added their own marking under the flippers. Schleich continue to sell Diver up until 1990.

Diver was also made out of Hong Kong and was sold in Australia, possibly New Zealand and in America. In America Wallace Berrie only sold Diver for two years, 1982 to 1984. So it is possible to find with Hong Kong markings and also Hong Kong W. Berrie markings. 

There are appears to be very little differences between the W.German and Hong Kong versions as it appears they both used the same mould but like a lot of smurfs produced in the early 1980’s the difference lies in the type of paint used. 

For example the Diver sold in the UK was typically painted in Portugal (mustard paint dot) and has matte paint colours. The Hong Kong ones were painted with darker shiny paint colours. Diver was also painted in Tunisia, so possible to find with a green paint dot.

Like many smurf collectors, I have a ‘Most Wanted’ List  of smurfs that instead of decreasing in size appears to get bigger everyday. There are two Diver smurfs that are on this list and they include a Spanish (CNT) Diver in an all red diving suit, flippers and goggles. The other is often referred to as ‘Prototype’ and displays Diver with flat feet compared to the ‘regular’ Diver which has it’s back foot raised. I am pretty confident that I am not the only one out there that would love to have this ‘Prototype’ Diver.

In 2000 Schleich released a new generation of smurfs including Scuba Diver (#20466). Though they may share a similar name both Divers are very different from each other, making both worth collecting. I am a big fan of both, though if I had to chose I would probably say Diver is my favourite just because of his expression on his face, especially his eyes. The smurfs made back then seem to have more of a comic disposition to them compared to the smurfs made in the last twenty years.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B