Nostalgic Smurf Review #20031 Mailman Smurf

What Smurf best reminds you of your childhood? For many, Mailman Smurf is one that often comes to mind. Mailman toots his yellow horn and holds a letter up high. While carrying a satchel full of envelopes over one shoulder. In my opinion, this is what nostalgia looks like.

Most envelopes have a love heart on the envelope, others have Christmas holly and others are blank. Though even with the Christmas holly and blank envelopes, you can still see the outline of a heart. 

Sold between 1978 to 2000 then again in 2011 by Schleich. Wallace Berrie also sold Mailman Smurf throughout it’s entirety, 1979 to 1984. Nobody knows how many were produced but it must have been a lot. 

I had no idea Mailman Smurf with Christmas holly on the envelope, was first sold in the UK. In December 1978 by National Benzol. It wasn’t until February 1979, that Mailman Smurf with the heart on the envelope came available in the UK. I would love to know which one sold the most. (No pun intended)

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

In my opinion, I am going to give Mailman Smurf with a heart on the envelope a score of 21 Papa Smurf. Not really rare but still still worth collecting.

But Mailman Smurf with Christmas holly on the envelope 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

Super Smurf Review: #40223 Volleyball Smurf

Looking for a Super Smurf to add to your collection? How about #40223 Volleyball Smurf? Wearing red shorts and a white singlet while spiking the white volleyball over the yellow net. On the end of the brown shoe there is a peg that slots into the base. The peg is thick that prevents it falling over. Not like the Basketball Super Smurf.

Volleyball Smurf was first sold by Wallace Berrie in 1982. It wasn’t until 1986 Schleich showed Volleyball Smurf in their catalogue. Same mould but slightly different paint colours used for the Smurf. Then there was a break of six years before Schleich released it again.

There were two different Super Smurf!! boxes by Wallace Berrie. The first box had Volleyball Smurf with a maroon ball. I don’t think this actually it exists. Maybe it was a prototype! I have only seen Volleyball Super Smurf with a white ball.

Production Years:

Wallace Berrie – 1982 to 1984
Schleich – 1986
Schleich with CE – 1992 & 1993/1996

Most Volleyball Super Smurfs found today, come with the Smurf head logo with dancing smurfs pattern box. These ones should have a CE marked Smurf not one with Hong Kong markings.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

In my opinion, I am going to give Volleyball Super Smurf a score of 2 Papa Smurfs. Rare – but not too difficult to find.
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

Super Smurf Review: #40248 Stork with Baby Smurf

Today I am reviewing Stork with Baby Smurf, first seen in the 1986 Schleich catalogue. Never sold by Wallace Berrie or Applause. In 1985 a Farmhouse included a Stork with Baby Smurf. Good chance Schleich used the same one for the Super Smurf and Farmhouse.

The stork stands high in a nest, with a baby Smurf wrapped in a yellow blanket in its beak. The Super Smurf comes in two parts, the stork and the nest. The stork’s legs are inserted into the centre of the nest. The nest is painted a yellowish brown colour. Very simple and very cute.

There are two marking and three box variations.

  • W.Germany Schleich S 85 Peyo on nest. No markings on stork
  • W.Germany Schleich S 85 Peyo CE on nest. Small CE on stork
  • Front: Super Schlumpf Smurf !! Back: Schtroumpfs A Schtroumpfs
  • Front: Super Schlumpf Smurf !! Back: Schtroumpfs A Schtroumpfs. Side: CE sticker
  • Smurf head logo with dancing Smurfs pattern.

In 1996 Schleich sold a new Farmhouse that included a Stork with Baby Smurf. Painted in darker brown colours. However, the Stork with Baby Smurf was not sold as a Super Smurf. I write this as a gentle warning to collectors.

If you like your comics, The Baby Smurf is worth a read. First published in 1984 by Dupuis in French. More recently Papercutz published a version in 2013.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

In my opinion, I am going to give Stork with Baby 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

Favourite New Smurf of 2023

What was your favourite new Smurf of 2023? Schleich only released six new Smurfs for 2023, which was little disappointing, but at least they are still producing new figurines. From my experience, people can’t believe Smurfs still exist. Especially in Australia.

Smurfs from 2023

#20839 Dimwitty Smurf
#20840 Scaredy Smurf
#20841 Wild Smurf
#20842 Vanity Smurf
#20843 Keep on Smurfin Smurf
#20844 Taking Care of Earth Smurf

In the beginning I really like #20844 Taking Care of Earth Smurf. However, at the moment I really like #20842 Vanity Smurf. But that’s quite typical for me to change my mind.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

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 

Review: #20433 Horsewoman Smurfette

Today is the Melbourne Cup, my home town. It’s also a public holiday which allows me to have a bit more time to indulge in my Smurfs.

Before any ride, Horsewoman Smurfette wants everyone to know that she takes her riding uniform very seriously. From the red tailored shad belly coat with yellow buttons, white shirt to match her white breeches. The navy blue helmet with chin strap to her navy blue riding boots.

In her right hand she carries her oversized horse whip and in the left hand she has a brown saddle and light grey stirrups. The stirrups are there to support the rider’s feet while riding and aid them in mounting the horse. 

Schleich only produced Horsewoman for three years, between 1995 to 1998. The markings are under her boots, but can be hard to read – Germany Schleich S © 94 Peyo CE. Some also have a black paint dot. Some collectors have picked up on little variances. Such as the paint colours on the coat, saddle and stirrups. These are not always clear to see online, because of the light and the quality of the photograph.

At the same time, Schleich also released #20432 Horseman Smurf. But I prefer Horsewoman Smurfette because she portrays a more horsey character. Maybe it’s the white breeches and riding boots.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

In my opinion, I am going to give Horsewoman Smurfette 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

https://www.smurfs.com.au/smurf-update/melbourne-cup-smurfs/


Review: 2023 Schleich Smurfs

It’s been a long and excruciating wait for 2023 Schleich Smurfs, but they have finally arrived. Schleich released six new Smurfs for 2023. Like the others made in 2022 these are also from Romania. Firstly, does anyone know what is the theme for the 2023 Smurfs?

I have decided to keep the Schleich tag on each new Smurf. Not sure why as it doesn’t increase their value or improve the look. Or perhaps it’s because it adds a splash of colour when displayed. For now, I am going to write a quick review for each Smurf. These are only my thoughts, which will most likely change over time.

#20839 Dimwitty Smurf

Dimwitty Smurf, is a character from the 2021 cartoon series. But to be honest I am not a fan of these kinds of characters. Just because he takes a little to understand things doesn’t mean he is dimwitty.

Back in early 2023 when I first revealed the name of the new Smurfs to my friend, he thought I was being insensitive. However, once I explained the character it helped put it into context.

Schleich has created a good portrayal of Dimwitty Smurf. A simple design, with nothing outlandish about it. Would I buy another one, probably not.

#20840 Scaredy Smurf

My first impression of Scaredy Smurf is that portrays a frightened Smurf. With his hand held up to his face and his mouth wide open. Again not a big fan of Scaredy Smurf, probably for the same reasons of Dimwitty Smurf.

However, if I was a kid perhaps I would find the character more interesting. With one day wanting Scaredy Smurf to show the others, how brave he is.

#20841 Wild Smurf

On face value, Wild Smurf is close to a perfect Smurf. Great detail with his leaf like helmet, the angry expression on his face, clenched fists and lion cloth. Nothing like any other new Smurfs released of recent times. Yet Wild Smurf is not a new creation, it was first created by Sbabam from Italy in 2016.

#20842 Vanity Smurf

I was pleasantry surprised with Vanity Smurf. Some are referring to Karl Lagerfeld, a German fashion designer with this Vanity Smurf. Unlike previous versions of Vanity Smurf, this one depicts style and confidence.

Wearing black glasses, fingerless gloves and a matching flower on hat, though it’s the hand on the hip that I adore the most. Sometimes called a power pose. Well done Schleich, bring us more Smurfs like this.

#20843 Smurf with Sign (Keep on Smurfin’)

The markings confirm that this one is exactly the same as the 2020 series (#20823 Smurf with Sign). Just a different saying on the board. A little disappointing, though not a complete surprise. In fairness to Schleich, I would imagine they probably sell lots of these. A perfect Smurf for a work desk or a small thank you present.

#20844 Sustainability Smurf

Some are also calling this one – Taking care of Earth Smurf. Likely considered the most popular 2023 Smurf by collectors. From my understanding, it was produced as part of Sustainable Development Goals campaign.

Only last week it was also used on a pedestal for the recent Belgian Smurf Fair. Though it was not official release by Schleich, the pedestal will be highly collectible.

For more on the 2023 Schleich Smurfs check out my previous reviews

http://www.smurfs.com.au/smurfs/first-talk-of-2023-smurfs-by-schleich/

http://www.smurfs.com.au/smurf-figures/2023-first-pictures-and-names-of-smurfs-by-schleich/

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Classic Review: #20014 Sunbather Smurf

Back in 1979 Schleich started making Smurfs in Hong Kong. To cut costs, Schleich would use spray paint on these Smurfs. This included Sunbather Smurf with yellow & black striped bathers and green & black striped bathers. Both sold by BP in Australia and New Zealand.

But did you know there are at least three different marking versions of the Sunbather Smurf made in Hong Kong?

  1. Schleich emblem © Peyo
  2. Hong Kong Schleich emblem © Peyo
  3. Hong Kong Schleich S © 1970 Peyo (emblem removed)

Schleich did also produce a painted version of Sunbather with green and black striped bathers. When looking for differences between the two, look at the back of the head where the Smurf has his hands. Also check the paint finish of the black stripes on the bathers. Lastly the painted version has a cavity number on his back.

In my opinion the Sunbather Smurf sold in Australia was only ever the spray painted variant.

Finally did you know Wallace Berrie referred this Smurf as Sleeping Smurf. Sold between 1979 to 1981.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

I am going to give Sunbather Smurf a score of 2 Papa Smurfs

Rare – but not too difficult to find

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

Comparing the 2017 Smurf with Bouquet to the 2001 original

Do you know difference between Smurf with Bouquet #20798 and Smurf with Flowers #20469 (also known as Bouquet Smurf)?

In 2017 Schleich released the Occasion themed Smurfs, that included Smurf with Bouquet. Holding out with one hand a bouquet of flowers while the other hand is behind his back.

Back in 2001 Schleich released Smurf with flowers. A Smurf carries a huge bunch of flowers, hiding his face.

The biggest and most striking difference between the two Smurfs is their faces. On Smurf with Bouquet his eyes are joined together, whereas Smurf with Flowers has two separate eyes. I really like Smurfs painted with two eyes compared to their eyes painted together. This gives the Smurf more character because of their pupils.

Also in 2017, Schleich changed the design of the Smurfs body to a more scrawny shape. By doing this, it gives you the impression the head is really big and his ears stick out. Even the Smurf’s tail appears to have dwindled in size. It’s at least half the size it was back in 2001. Like many, I was not a fan of this change.

Lastly at least both Smurfs are wearing their customary white trousers and hat. Thank goodness some things haven’t changed.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf markings

Smurf with Bouquet #20798
1. Made in China Am Limes 69 D-73527 Schw. Gmund Schleich S © 2016 Peyo CE markings with a date stamp

Smurf with Flowers #20469
1. Made in China Schleich S Germany Peyo © 00 CE
2. Made in China Am Limes 69 D-73527 Schw. Gmund Schleich S © Peyo 00 CE markings with a date stamp

Can you spot a fake Smurf?

Can you spot a fake Smurf? We look at the differences between a genuine and fake #20541 Dracula Smurf, first sold in 2006. For example, we have listed 5 things to look out for with Dracula Smurf. Let me know if you of any other things to look out for!

  1. The genuine Dracula Smurfs have their eyes joined together. Where as the fake Dracula Smurfs have their eyes separated.
  2. Check the markings on the underside of the cape. The Schleich made ones are from Germany and not China.
  3. Inspect the quality of the paint colours. Genuine ones are painted with matte colours and not shiny colours.
  4. Similar to the paint colours above, check the edges of the moulding. If buying in person also feel the texture of the mould.
  5. Check if the cufflinks are silver, if not painted most likely it is a fake.

Recently I deliberately purchased a fake Dracula Smurf. It was very cheap and was in good condition. But what I like most is the misspelling of China. On these it shows as Chian. It’s a shame the markings aren’t on the back of head for everyone to see.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B