Smurf Review: #20451 Singer Smurf

For the record, Singer Smurf is having so much fun. Regardless which one you like, both Singer Smurfs are worthy for any collection.

Let’s first look at the regular Singer Smurf wearing a green t-shirt, an orange jacket, black belt with a silver belt buckle and brown pants. Along with white shoes. The microphone has a black base with a red top.

Rock Singer Smurf from the 40th Anniversary set, wears a yellow t-shirt, a black jacket, silver belt and silver pants. Along with black shoes. The microphone has a black base with a purple top.

Both versions also show Singer holding the microphone in one hand and pointing with his other. Looking at his eyes he looks a bit like a dreamer. 

Schleich only sold Singer Smurf between 1998 and 2000. In my opinion, Smurfette would have made a better lead singer of the Anniversary Band. What do you think?

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

For both Singer Smurfs – I am going to give this 5 Papa Smurfs. Very Rare – a legendary Smurf
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

If you like to read more about your Anniversary Band Smurfs

Bass Guitar Smurf

Smurf Review: #20450 Bass Guitar Smurf

Did you know that there are two Bass Guitar Smurfs? Both released in 1998 by Schleich, one as a regular Smurf and one part of the 40th anniversary set. What makes them each unique are their paint colours.

Regular – Bass Guitar Smurf

Wearing black pants with a white belt and a red t-shirt. Along with white runners. The Smurf is playing a tan coloured bass guitar, that has white and black details and silver strings. To complement this cool looking smurf is his green wristband. Sold between 1998 to 2001.

40th anniversary set – Bass Guitar Smurf

Wearing silver pants with a white belt and fluorescent yellow/green t-shirt. Along with black shoes. The Smurf is playing a tan coloured bass guitar, that has white and black details and silver strings. To complement this cool looking smurf is his purple wristband.

For those of you who are not familiar with the 40th anniversary set, this was a special celebration limited edition set. The release was to coincide 40 years of the Smurfs – 1958 to 1998. I read in the SCCI newsletter issue 49, published in Summer 1998 that only 20,000 would be available. Perhaps as a complete set, but in my opinion not as individual Smurfs.

Which is your favourite Bass Guitar Smurf?

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

For Bass Guitar Smurf (regular) – I am going to give this 4 Papa Smurfs. Ultra Rare – requires skill to collect
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

If you like to read more about your Anniversary Band Smurfs

Singer Smurf

Smurf Paint Error: #20075 Quack Smurf

What a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than by sorting through one’s Smurf collection. Then out of the blue (joke!) I find a paint error with a Quack Smurf.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf Review: #20172 Jogger Smurf

Back in the late 1980’s Schleich recycled unsold Smurfs to the European market by repainting to W.Germany colours. The Jogger Smurf wearing a red tracksuit is a great example. By checking for some orange paint under the red jacket or white under the red shoes. The Jogger Smurf will have Hong Kong Wallace Berrie Co. Schleich © 1983 markings. This was intentional.

Firstly, I should explain that with the Jogger Smurf there are at least two colour and marking variations.

  • White trackpants with an orange stripe and orange jacket with white trim. Grey/blue shoes.
    The base should have a grassy effect.
  • Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S © 1983 Peyo on both the Smurf and base.
  • Some refer to this one as the Wallace Berrie version.

  • White trackpants with a red stripe and red jacket with white trim. Red shoes.
  • The base can be either have a grassy effect or be smooth.
  • W.Germany Schleich S © 1983 Peyo on both the Smurf and base.
  • Some call this the Schleich version

Lastly do you think there is a Jogger Smurf with a yellow tracksuit? I have never seen a picture just heard others talk about it. Another Smurf mystery……..

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

For Jogger Smurf – I am going to give this 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

Smurf Review: #20464 Studious Smurf

Did you know that Studious Smurf was first referred to as Swot Smurf by Schleich? Sold between 2000 to 2005 by Schleich. Carrying a stack of books, with a pencil tucked behind his ear, while looking stressed. Wearing white sneakers with red laces, blue jeans and a red t-shirt. 

One of the best things about Studious Smurf is the expression on the Smurf’s face. I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s not a smile or frown. I also like that the colour of the books are different.

When looking for Studious Smurf, keep in mind there are not many colour or markings variations. The colour variation is the blue skin that can vary from shiny to matte colours. The markings are – Made in China Schleich S Germany © 99 Peyo CE. Some also have a blue paint dot.

In 2001, Schleich announced there would be NO Golden 100 figurines for 2001! Schleich decided to not to reissue 100 old figurines, as has been their practice for the previous 10 years. In the year 2001, there would only be fifty figurines in the Smurf Line. A mix of new and old figurines. How times have changed!

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B


Rarity Guide

For Studious Smurf – I am going to give this 4 Papa Smurfs. Ultra Rare – requires skill to collect
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

Classic Smurf Review: #20027 Thinker Smurf

Thinker Smurf is resting his head in his hand, while in a sitting position. With a blank expression on his face, his eyes are looking directly at you. There is nothing exciting or glamourous about Thinker Smurf. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth collecting. It is actually the one that I most identify with.

There are two different types of Thinker Smurf. Some refer to this as either older or newer and small or large mould. Typically older and small are referencing the same Smurf and new and large are also referencing the same Smurf. The big difference between the two, is how the Smurf is sitting. 

Unlike other Smurfs made during late the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Thinker Smurf was never sold by Wallace Berrie in the US.  So you will never find a Thinker Smurf with Hong Kong markings. 

Older Version

Sitting with both legs flat on the floor, while his feet are facing up. With this version, Thinker Smurf has a narrow face and some don’t even have eyebrows. In my opinion, the highlight is the hand painted eyes. One only has to collect several Thinker Smurfs to appreciate how the different painters added the pupils to give each one a different look. 

Newer Version

Sitting on his bottom with his knees bent up while resting one hand on his knee. With this version, Thinker Smurf has a larger and rounder face. Sometimes a collectors also reference that the feet are down. Once again the hand painted touches makes the difference. 

Though never sold as a regular Thinker Smurf, Schleich included one in their #40713 Super Playground Playset. Look out for a newer version with a blue paint dot.

What Smurf do you most identify with? 

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Rarity Guide

I was tossing around whether Thinker Smurf should be three or four Papa Smurfs. But fortunately for me, there are two variants.
  • Older Version – 4 Papa Smurfs
  • Newer Version – 3 Papa Smurfs
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

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