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 

Spring Gardening with The Smurfs

The outside of the carton box intrigued me:
Spring Gardening 23/08/2023.
Miniature Garden Figurine Collection
The Smurfs
Store in Cool, Dry Place

If the outside box was intriguing then the pink sticker attached amused me:
NEW LINE EXPRESS
Woolworths
URGENT PLEASE
Place on show within 12 hours of receipt – Thank you

Then taking a closer look at the tag attached to the Smurf miniature figure was both intriguing and amusing for me:
Warning! Choking hazard – small parts. Adult Supervision required at all times. This is not a toy. For decoration use only.

Typically my weekly grocery shopping is never this fun. Today was a happy day collecting all nine of the Smurf figures, across three different Woolworths supermarket stores in my local area. I soon discovered there were two sets I needed to collect. I also quickly identified these have been officially certified – Peyo 2023 Licensed through I.M.P.S (Brussels) www.smurf.com

Set 1 included six miniature Smurf figures, each selling for AUD $8.00. Similar to the ones sold last year by Woolworths. But this year’s range included a Gargamel and Azrael.

Though in Set 2 each Smurf carries vegetables and wears a Woolworths apron. These are selling for AUD $12.00 each and only include three miniature Smurf figures.

Like any devoted Smurf collector, I have abided by the conditions stated:
Store in Cool, Dry Place
Place on show within 12 hours of receipt
For decoration use only.

Keep on Smurfin
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.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

2019 Classic Smurfs Review

The new 2019 smurfs released by Schleich have been given the theme name of Classic, which came as a complete surprise to me. The other surprise was that four of eight smurfs had been released two years earlier. I was now suspicious what other surprises laid install for me as I inspected each one.

Back in 2017 Schleich released smurf sets to coincide with some of the main characters of the film – Smurfs The Lost Village. Each of the smurf sets would consist of three smurfs. At the time I took mine out of their boxes which I now regret. If I had known Schleich was going to release Clumsy, Hefty and Brainy as individual figurines I would have left them as a set in their original box. These smurfs made up the set known as Smurfs The Lost Village Movie Village Set 1. (#20800). 

Clumsy – #20810

I am not a big fan of this Clumsy figurine. For me he doesn’t really portray clumsiness he appears to be more bored than anything else. 

Hefty – #20811

This version of Hefty is good but nothing amazing. It would have been nice to see Hefty in a different pose. 

Brainy – #20812

My opinion of Brainy is similar to the ones I have with Hefty. The figurine is OK but lacks imagination. 

Smurfette – #20813

This is the same Smurfette figurine that was used in the Smurfs Lost Village Movie Set 2 (#20801) in 2017. The more recent versions of Smurfette have presented her more plainly. For example they could have added in coloured paint dots on her dress. 

Papa Smurf – #20814

Of recent times Papa Smurf’s white beard appears to be getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps this has something to do with the smurf’s head being bigger than the rest of his body. At least it is a new Papa Smurf figurine!

Greedy – #20815

This is my favourite by far, as it has a little bit of silliness to it.  For example it looks like a bite has been taken out of the cake and his mouth appears to be full. I also like how they show him wearing a white apron. All the others are wearing their customary white trousers and hat except Smurfette and Papa Smurf of course. 

Smurf with Present – #20816

Again I feel Schleich lost a trick with this one, as they could have shown this smurf differently. The similarities of this figurine and Classic Jokey (#20538) are too much for my liking. 

Smurf with Heart – #20817

Could this be the last smurf that Schleich ever make? Let’s hope not, as smurf is cute but lacks imagination in its design. Perhaps they could have painted the heart a brighter red colour or had an arrow going through it. 

Each of these smurfs can be found with the markings on the back of their head and under their feet. Each of these have been made in China and do not have cavity numbers. 

My conclusion:

I am glad to add these smurfs to my collection but wish they could have been more colourful. Once again these smurfs all appear to have a big head and small bodies which I find strange.

This is just my opinion and would love to hear your thoughts of the new smurfs; the good, the bad or the ugly. 

The new 2019 smurf figurines from Schleich are now in stock at Toydreamer

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

Identify your Smurf

Everyone discovers a smurf sooner or later that is hard to identify. Where does one go to? A good catalogue guide is always helpful, and are well worth buying. The amount of times I have referred back to them is worth the cost. The disadvantage of books in most cases they tend to only display items that were produced by the major manufacturers; e.g Schleich, Bully, Plastoy etc

There are also number smurf collections online whose owners are very passionate about their smurfs. However keep in mind don’t trust everything you read on the internet, as anyone can post something online. However researching online also has some advantages as if you are not sure what keyword to search for, use resources such as Google Images. Think about how one would describe a smurf. Don’t just type in smurf or blue, think about what is the smurf doing; e.g playing football or an instrument. 

About a year ago I came across a weird looking Smurfette that had no markings but was made out of pvc material like the Schleich ones. It was also slightly larger in size and had plug like things on the back of her head. I took some photographs and asked the question on the Blue Cavern Forum but had no response.  I placed this Smurfette with my collection of fake smurfs until I could identify her.

Then one afternoon I came across a smurf collection someone was selling online. It is fair to say that the collection of smurfs had seen better days as a large number of smurfs were either covered in grim, missing accessories or the blue paint had worn away. Upon closer inspection of the collection was a yellow plastic flute which had a smurf and smurfette attached to it. This was the same as my Smurfette! 

The flute had the markings © Peyo BP Australia 80 Made in Hong Kong and measured about 20cm long. Like any old toy it had quite few scratches and marks but the two smurfs looked like they were in pretty good condition.

If you find a smurf that you are having problems with identifying, just send me a picture along with any information you may have and I will see what I can find. The satisfaction of identifying something especially a smurf can be really satisfying and keeps you on your toes. As they say you never stop learning.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B 

Soccer Smurfette kicking goals for The Matilda’s

If it wasn’t for the Australian Matilda’s Soccer Team beating the U.S.A Team for the first time in 27 encounters this week, I probably would not have written this piece on Soccer Smurfette. It’s amazing what can inspire you to rediscover particular smurfs.

It may surprise some of you but Soccer Smurfette was first produced by Wallace Berrie in the U.S.A in 1983. Wearing white shorts, white shirt with a peach and red trim with white shoes with peach and red trim while kicking a white soccer ball.  The Hong Kong version did not come on a base. Sadly most of mine require something to lean against one being displayed as they fall over. 

In Europe Schleich produced their version from 1985 to 1990 with a smooth oval light green base. It was made both in Germany (back then it was West Germany) and Portugal. I am not sure if there is a version with a grass effect oval base at all. I have never seen it but who knows.

Overall it appears there is not a lot of variances between the W.Germany and the Hong Kong W. Berrie figurines. Both are wearing white shoes with orange and red trim, white shorts, white shirt with orange and red trim. The soccer ball varies slightly as the W.Germany version has larger hexagons than the Hong Kong one.

I also have a Soccer Smurfette that has two different markings. Smurfette with the markings: Hong Kong W.Berrie Co Schleich S © Peyo 1983 and the Base: W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo. In the Gian & Davi Collezioni – The Smurfs Official Collector’s Guide this version is listed but to be honest I am not sure if it was meant to be made like this.

My theory is that some collector got tired of their Soccer Smurfette falling over and decided to attach to a spare base they had. If that is the case, I could not really blame them as I hate it when I can’t display my smurfs the way that I would like.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

Ballerina Smurfette with green lipstick!

When I first read about a green lipstick variation of Ballerina Smurfette, I was determined to find one. My initial thoughts was that it was just a paint error but the more I looked into this, the more I thought it could be an actual variation.

Bully first sold Ballerina Smurfette back in 1978. Looking back it is hard to believe Bully only produced two Smurfettes between 1974 to 1979, flirting Smurfette (#20034) and Ballerina Smurfette. Now days when Schleich produces a new themed set, it is not uncommon to find one or two Smurfette’s. The Olympic theme back in 2012 is probably a good example, where three of the ten Smurfs were Smurfettes.




Little was changed with Ballerina Smurfette over the years it was sold. Like a lot of Smurfettes, you can quite often find shade variances with her hair from lemon yellow to dark yellow. The green round base can also be found with different shades of green. These small differences are more to do where Ballerina Smurfette was painted as it is not uncommon to the Hong Kong version with darker colours and the Bully marked ones with lighter colours.

In 2011 when Schleich released their decade display boxes, Ballerina Smurfette was included in the 1970 to 1979 display box. With this Ballerina Smurfette it appears that the same mould may have been used for the figurines but the base was thicker and more robust to stop it falling over.

Now back to the Ballerina Smurfette version with the green lipstick,  do you think it was this a paint error or was it meant to be like this? It does seem like a strange choice of colour for lipstick. But the lipstick is also lighter green than the one used on the base, which makes me think it was intentional.

I have seen this green lipstick version on a few different collector’s websites. As the lipstick is hand painted onto the figurine, the thickness of the lipstick can vary greatly. I also noticed that with mine, it has a tiny bit of red paint underneath the green lipstick. So mine could have been a repaint! My other theory is that if you combine blue and yellow paint together it makes green! So is it likely that the green and yellow paint colours were mixed together to create green lipstick! 

It is these kind of things that make collecting smurfs a lot of fun. Paint error or intentional, it really does not matter. I would like to think that Schleich still does some hand painting of their smurfs just to ensure that every smurf has it’s own personality. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Village Review

Buckle yourselves  in, the smurfs are back with their new movie Smurfs – The Lost Village. It has been four years since the last smurf film and this time it was going to include no human characters – hooray! So other than watching an odd preview here there I really had no expectations with this film, which was probably a good thing. 

This fully animated story is mainly focused around Smurfette and her quest to know who she is. We are gently reminded that the all the other smurfs are given their name by their personal trait. We are also reminded that Smurfette was made by evil wizard Gargamel until Papa Smurf saved the day.

 

The real adventure begins upon the discovering of a mysterious map that sets Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy on a journey through the Forbidden Forest to the find the Lost Village, with Gargamel close behind. Like all good baddies Gargamel is the one that keeps the movie rolling with his silly antics. 

Then within the Forbidden Forest, Smurfette and her three friends come across the Lost Village, that contain only female smurf like creatures. But danger is never far behind…….

It is fair to say that the film is aimed for people who are ‘more than three apples tall’ (as tall as a smurf) and adore pop sings with all the right moves and bright animated colours. The film is also aimed for people who are happy to go with the flow of the movie and not worry about the predictable storyline. 

Without the juggernaut of merchandise that comes with these kind of movies, it is fair to say that these films would never be made in the first place. Perhaps to a small degree we should be happy for this as it gives us new smurf things to collect or for some to rediscover the smurfs from their childhood. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B

 

 

 

Smurfette – my hero

It’s hard to imagine a world without Smurfette. So imagine a smurf collection without Smurfette. By today’s standards the original Smurfette created first by Schleich in 1972 may look a little average, however this does not stop some collectors in their interest in this figurine. 

Smurfette (Ref# 20034) was first released by Schleich and is one of handful of smurfs that have the Schleich Emblem under their feet. When Schleich lost their licence to produce smurfs around 1973, Bully started to produce Smurfette with red or white high heeled shoes. It is not unusual to find this with the markings W.Germany © Peyo and the Schleich emblem blocked out.

Around 1975 Bully produced their own version of Smurfette who is more affectionally known as Flirting Smurfette. With one hand on golden blonde hair and one on her white dress, red lipstick, this version of Smurfette was and still is highly sought after by avid collectors. 

 

When Schleich started to produce smurfs again in the late 1970’s for companies like BP Petrol and National Petrol in the UK, Smurfette was one of the first smurfs to be made. These were commonly made without any markings and only a cavity number. It is important to remember many smurfs have been produced without markings in the early days as they were given away as promotional items by companies. 

In Australia, the majority of our smurfs were being produced in Hong Kong. You will tend to find Hong Kong made smurfs will have  darker blue skin than ones made in Portugal or West Germany. Smurfette is no exception to this. 

Depending if you are stickler for details, you can find Smurfette with different styles of her smile, eyes, with or without eyelashes and most importantly high heels. In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003 there are 12 different variations listed. Who am I to argue with this?

Schleich last produced Smurfette in 1986. Though since then a number of different versions of Smurfette’s have been produced. From a cowgirl, mermaid, baseball batter, to just about everything. The interest in Smurfette continues to grow especially as she is the only girl in the Smurf Village. Imagine 99 boys to 1 girl in a whole village.

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B 

 

 

 

 

Hula Smurfette controversy

We first get a glimpse of Hula Smurfette as a sketch in the 1988 Schleich Catalogue along with #20229 Foreman, #20230 Wild as actual figurines and #20228 Fitness as a sketch.  Hula Smurfette could be found dancing in a grass skirt, flowers on the edge of her hat and a lei around her neck.

Screen Shot 1988It was not unusual for Schleich to show prototypes or sketches of figurines in their catalogues. This is because the catalogues were generally produced a year or so before the actual release of the smurfs.  The sketch shown above is from the 1988 Schleich Catalogue.

So imagine the surprise for collectors when Hula was released and it was quite different to the one shown in the 1988 Schleich catalogue as a sketch and as actual figurine in the 1989 Schleich catalogue.

For whatever reasons the version shown in the 1989 Schleich catalogue was never actually released. Some say that it was never actually approved by Peyo or that it was just a little too sexy.

The other odd thing about Hula Smurfette was that in the first production her hair is the same colour as her grass skirt. Later productions this was corrected so Hula Smurfette’s hair was yellow.

The first production version can be a little harder to find and bares the markings: W.Germany Schleich S Peyo © 88 with a black paint dot.

The commonly found version where Hula Smurfette has yellow hair and is made of a harder pvc material bares the markings: Made in China Schleich S Germany Peyo © 88 CE

sm20231Hula Smurfette was produced between 1989 to 1995 and then again in 2000.  Surprisedly Hula Smurfette can still be easily found today and it does not carry a high price tag. So for those of you who like their variations this is a good one to keep an eye out for.

Like a lot of prototypes Smurfs made by Schleich there are those out there who feel there must be at least one version Hula Smurfette that was made but never released. I guess we will never really know…..

 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B