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?
- Schleich emblem © Peyo
- Hong Kong Schleich emblem © Peyo
- 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.
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Rare – but not too difficult to find
|1 Papa Smurf
|Not really rare but still worth collecting
|2 Papa Smurfs
|Rare – but not too difficult to find
|3 Papa Smurfs
|Extremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one
|4 Papa Smurfs
|Ultra Rare – requires skill to collect
|5 Papa Smurfs
|Very Rare – a legendary Smurf