Vanity Smurfette, simply gorgeous

Like many Smurfs, you may call this something different such as Smurfette with Mirror or Comb and Mirror Smurfette. For this piece I am going to call her Vanity Smurfette #20182 because it was used in the The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide, published in 2013.

We first see Vanity Smurfette in the 1985 Schleich catalogue wearing a pink nightgown while brushing her golden blonde hair and admiring herself in a purple mirror. Schleich continued to sell it for another fifteen years.

In many ways, this is a classic Smurfette worth collecting. Not only is it Smurfette’s portrayal of her admiring herself, which is the kind of thing we expect from her. But it’s the slight colour differences of the nightgown and mirror. I also like that Smurfette’s eyelashes have been hand-painted onto the figurine. I am unsure if they still do this for newer versions of Smurfette.

The Smurfette’s Bedroom playset #40602 was available for a brief period in the USA from Applause in 1985. The Applause version was also quite different from the Schleich one.

Firstly, the Applause Smurfette’s Bedroom playset had hand-painted details on the furniture that the Schleich playset does not. Applause also used Vanity Smurfette. Some would say her nightgown and mirror match with the furniture. Schleich used the Smurfette from the Super Smurf Vanity Table #40234.

Vanity Smurfette’s markings

W.Germany Schleich S © 1983 Peyo

Made in Portugal Schleich S © 1983 Peyo, mustard paint dot

Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S © 1983 Peyo

W.Germany Schleich S © 1983 Peyo CE

Please let me know if I have missed any markings for Vanity Smurfette.

Lastly I wanted to share with you one of the most strangest looking Smurfette’s I owe. You will see in one of the photographs that Vanity Smurfette’s pink nightgown has faded but nothing else. How bizarre!

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Kath B

Smurfette with flower

If you have got time, I recommend that you sought through your Smurf collection. I am doing this right now and though it’s a little bit overwhelming, I am rediscovering some hidden gems. Such as Smurfette with Flower #20421, sold between 1993 to 2015 by Schleich.

The first thing I noticed about with Smurfette with Flower, was the lovely colours she was painted with. Wearing white sandles with a pink bow to match with her white dress with pink polka dots. On her right arm she carries a pink bag with white polka dots. In her left hand she holds a white flower with a yellow centre out. A very cute and simple designed Smurfette.

In the beginning, the stem on the flower was longer than others produced. The stem was about 6mm long but was later changed to 4mm. I should know as I measured it after staring at two versions of Smurfette with Flower for 10 minutes.

Typical of Smurfs released in the 1990s, the blue paint can vary slightly. However, apart from this there are very little differences to be found. Though this should not put you off from adding Smurfette with Flower to your collection. Compared to the more recent versions of Smurfette, this one looks like she should be. I have found in the last few years, Smurfette has looked really strange. One only has to look at the 2017 Smurfette Bride with her arms stretched out in front of her.

It can be easy to dismiss Smurfs made in certain era’s. I don’t have the nostalgia feeling for Smurfs made in the 1990s though I do like to collect them. This is because of the variety of colours that Schleich used on the figurines, especially their clothing and shoes. Some would say, that the Smurfs were dressed up to look like us.

What markings to look out for?

Germany Schleich S © 93 Peyo CE

Made in Germany Schleich S Germany © 93 Peyo CE

Made in Germany Am Limes 69 D-73527 Schw. Gmund Schleich S © 93 Peyo CE, date stamp

It can also be found with a black or blue paint dots.

What’s your favourite Smurfette from the 1990’s? Perhaps it’s Disco Smurfette, Snowboarder or Inline Skater, there are many great ones to choose from.

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Kath B

Schleich 2021 Smurfs Surprise of the year

Schleich has released six new Smurfs for 2021 once again made in Romania. The theme of each new Smurf is nothing new but I like them. In some cases, it is nice to see a remake on certain Smurfs. I understand some collectors won’t agree though coming up with new ideas for the Smurfs would be no easy task.

#20827 Vanity Smurf with mirror

Schleich hasn’t changed the concept of this Smurf for over the last fifty years. A Smurf is admiring himself in a mirror. However, this one is slightly different to past versions because of the pink flower on his white hat.

#20828 Smurfette with Flower

Sadly this one had so much potential but it failed for the simple fact that it cannot stand up on its own. A cute looking Smurfette is standing a big lavender coloured flower. Let’s hope Schleich remake this, so it doesn’t fall over because it’s quite pretty.

#20829 Good Luck Smurf

This Smurf may look familour to those that purchased the 2020 Smurf with a Sign. Actually on closer inspection you will see that they share the same markings. One could say that the makers were short of ideas when making this Smurf. It’s pleasant enough but not amazing.

#20830 Baby Smurf

Schleich has always had a fascination with Baby Smurfs. Eversince 1984 Baby Smurfs have been a feature with a new one being created regularly. I like this one, especially with the hand covering over it’s mouth and the rattle beside him. One can only imagine why is Baby Smurf looking so guilty.

#20831 Chef Smurf

The appeal of cooking is a global thing, one only has to see how many cooking shows are on television. It has been a while since Schleich has made a Chef Smurf. Like the other Smurfs from 2021, this one is going to make a pleasant birthday present for someone. If anything, a little bit more colour on this Smurf would have been good. For example a little colour representing some food or sauce on his apron would have been a nice touch.

#20832 Handy

Another option for a birthday present, Handy Smurf will appeal to many. It is little unclear what trade is Handy Smurf representing but that’s when the imagination can come into play. All we need now are some new mushroom cottages to complement Handy.

In my opinion, I like the Schleich 2021 Smurfs as they have given a fresh lease of life to some of the more popular Smurfs from the past. The 2020 Smurfs looked a little tired and weird but I cannot say that about the 2021 Smurfs. With a little bit of tweaking of the design and colour the Schleich 2021 Smurf may just surprise you.

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Kath B

Azrael the cat

If you like collecting variants of Smurfs, Azrael the cat is one for your collection. Sold between 1992 to 2014 by Schleich Azrael #20411 can take collectors by surprise when looking for variations.

At a glance, Azrael is an orange cat with a white stomach and inner ears. He is licking his lips and appears to be on the prowl. But just like any Smurf made over 20 years, Schleich progressively made changes.

The most obvious one is the orange pvc material used for Azrael. From a dark orange-red colour to a light orange colour. There is also a rare variant with its fur painted.

The next most noted difference is to do with Azrael’s ear. Some have a notch in the right ear. In my opinion, this version is fairly common and is easier to find comapred to one without a notch in its ear. Another thing to look out for is whether Azrael has a blue paint dot on the end of its nose. Some also refer to the thickness of Azarel’s whiskers or the red colour of the tongue. Again both are not always to identify in photos.

Variants of markings

Some collectors like to collect Smurfs with different markings. The markings on Azrael are on its stomach and back left leg. For example, with the one made out of China, it has the China mark twice on the leg. Also the size of the CE mark can vary due to toy specifications.

Though Azrael was also made out of Germany, paint dots were also used for quality assurance measures. The black paint was added to Smurfs between 1988 to 1999 to indicate that it was painted in Portugal or Tunisia. The blue paint dot was used between 2001 to 2004 for Smurfs mostly made out of China. After 2009 a date stamp was also added to the markings.

Despite the changes made to this version of Azrael, the characteristics of the figurine did not change which is a good thing. In my opinion the more recent versions of Azarel have taken away the beauty of this evil character. One only has to look at the 2020 Azrael to see the difference.

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Kath B

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.

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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.

Nostalgia Alert! Hiker Smurf

One of my favourite Smurfs is Hiker, first produced in 1978. There are two Schleich versions of Hiker though I am really familour with only one. Wearing a yellow jackey with a green backpack but most notably has a red flower attached to his hat.

I have fond memories from childhood of Hiker. Playing in a sandpit and going on pretend adventures with Hiker. Back then I didn’t care too much for colour or marking variations. This fascination came later when I rediscovered the Smurfs as an adult.

In the late 1970s through to the early 1980s, the demand for Smurfs globally was massive. For example, Hiker was made in four different countries by Schleich; West Germany/Germany, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Portugal. I can’t think of any toys in 2021 that are made in four different countries.

In addition, due to the high demand for Smurfs counterfeit versions were also made. Some of these Hiker Smurfs are worth more than the Schleich ones. Such as the Comic no Toxico (CNT) with the soft matte paint colours or the Polish ones with a red stick.

I am a big fan or recycling and use this as an excuse when buying vintage Smurfs. Nieces and nephews are bemused by my collection of 60+ Hikers. I recall trying to explain that each Hiker was different. If I was child, I would have been excited just to see so many Hikers. Or that someone else appeciated going on the adventures with Hiker Smurf.

Possibly the other reason I adored Hiker was a mini story book called The Wandering Smurf. It’s about a Smurf who decided to go on adventure outside the Smurf Village. Papa Smurf also gave him a magic whistle to bring home again. Nostalgia is a powerful feeling that is never far away with Hiker Smurf.

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Kath B

Who was Gutsy Smurf?

Gutsy Smurf first appeared in the 2011 The Smurfs 3D movie. Created solely for the movie and does not appear in the comics or cartoon series. Wearing a blue kilt over his white trousers and a white smurf hat with matching blue pompom. He also sports bushy orange sideburns and eyebrows.

To begin with I was confused by Gutsy Smurf #20732. Like the other Smurfs released for the movie it was clear these were not your ordinary Schleich figurines. By the time I saw the movie it made more sense who Gutsy was. A tough guy who had a kind heart type of character.

Just like the other Smurf figurines made for The Smurfs movie, each one was larger than the average Smurf. Each one has large feet and is striking their own stance/pose. Gutsy is no different with both hands on his hips.

The other Smurfs made for The Smurfs 3D movie included Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Dreamy Smurfette, Brainy and Grouchy. In addition to being sold individually a special scenery display box which included all six was released. Made Between 2010 to 2012 this was quite common by Schleich to sell Smurfs in these display boxes. Was this aimed for children or collectors? I will let you be the judge.

Even though some collectors didn’t like them at thee time, most were happy to have new Smurfs. Some preferred the older cuter cartoon look rather than the new ones. Comments like ugly or gnome looking were common. However once collectors received them, the comments were less negative.

Facts on Gutsy

Gutsy was a popular movie character. Possibly because of his Scottish ascent and jokes about wind blowing up his kilt. Gutsy also made a small appearance in the second Smurfs movie. Other merchandise sold at the same time also jumped on the Gutsy Smurf band wagon.

Schleich sold Gutsy from 2011 to 2015, just like the other movie Smurfs. If you adore the Smurf movies, Gutsy is worth collecting. In contrast if you are traditionist Smurf collector best to stick to the authentic Smurf figurines. For me, I have grown to like Gutsy but he definetly not one of my favourites.

Did you know the German name for Gutsy was Mc Tapfer.
Do you also know the French name for Gutsy was Costaud which roughly translates as strong.

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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.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my blog but if you feel something is not quite right let me know.

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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.

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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