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

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 

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

Super Smurf Review: #40243 High Diver Super Smurf

This is one of my favourites, High Diver Super Smurf. Wearing red bathers, with his hands held together the Smurf is preparing to jump off the high diving board. Is it just my imagination, but is the Smurf also taking in a deep breath before he dives.

When considering adding High Diver Super Smurf to your collection, there are a couple of things to be weary of. Both Schleich and W.Berrie created their own versions of High Diver Super Smurf.

Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S (c) 1983 Peyo

  • Both the Smurf and pool have markings
  • Painted in darker and shiny colours
  • The ladder is typically shorter, measuring 7.4cm high
  • The edge of the pool has two stick plugs for the ladder
  • Smurf is made out of white pvc

W.Germany Schleich S (c) 1982 Peyo

  • Only the Smurf has markings
  • Painted in lighter and matte colours
  • The ladder is typically longer measuring between 7.5cm, to 8cm high
  • The edge is the pool has two holes for the ladder’s stick plugs to slot into
  • Smurf is made out of blue pvc

Therefore a Schleich ladder cannot connect to a W. Berrie pool. I learnt this the hard way.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

I am going to give High Diver Super Smurf, a score of 3 Papa Smurfs – Extremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one.

Rarity Guide
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

Review: #20122 Cowboy Smurf

A long weekend is the best way to indulge yourself with your Smurf collection. Whether it’s buying new Smurfs or rediscovering old ones, spending time with your collection can be rewarding. For me I have rediscovered there are at least four different variants of Cowboy Smurf.

Here is my list of variations of cowboy Smurf, listed in no particular order. 

  1. Blue PVC, khaki rope, silver gun in holster, red bandana painted at back
  2. White PVC, white rope, brown gun in holster, red bandana not painted at back
  3. Blue PVC, light tan rope, silver gun in holster, red bandana painted at back
  4. White PVC, beige rope, silver gun in holster, red bandana painted at back

Lastly I want to share an ad from the BP Summer Getaway Guide from 1982. It shows Cowboy Smurf was available for just 99 cents. How many of you recall as a kid getting Smurfs from BP Service stations? Happy days. 

Keep on Smurfin
Kath

I am going to give this a score of 2 Papa Smurfs. Rare – but not too difficult to find.

Rarity Guide
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 Collector Question: #20003 Astro Smurf

Yesterday, I decided to sort through my incomplete Smurfs and I found this Astro Smurf. If you like to collect Smurfs based on their different markings, this is a question for you.

The markings are: Hong Kong under the one foot and Schleich S Peyo 1969 under the other foot. It also has Hong Kong on the back of the arm.

Mine, never had a space helmet but most likely it had one.

I have never seen this Astro Smurf on any websites or books. Like many Smurfs it is a bit of a mystery, that requires solving.

Does anyone know anything about this Astro Smurf with a red zipper? Please add any information in the Comments field.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf Review: #20159 Violin Smurf

There is a lot to love about Violin Smurf, but not all are the same. As regular readers will know, I like to collect Smurfs with different markings. With different markings comes different variations.

I first learnt about Violin Smurf by reading about it in the SCCI newsletters. In the beginning and still today, I find the SCCI newsletters invaluable. Within the newsletters, I like to read about the variations, for Violin Smurf there were two. There are some collectors, who have noted at least six variants of Violin Smurf.

Most collectors, list the different shades of brown paint used for the cowboy hat. From light tan to dark brown and anything in between. Others mention the different coloured plastic bows. Again anything from an orangey brown to a dark brown bow.

Today when I started writing about Violin Smurf, I discovered something new about Violin Smurf that is never mentioned on the websites. With the Schleich version the thumb is completely around the bow, holding into place. Where as the Wallace Berrie version the hand is only partially around the bow. Also only the Schleich version is the bow is glued to the violin.

In summing up, would I buy one Violin Smurf that has a variance with the bow? Probably not. Though I did like finding a difference between the Violin Smurfs that others have not mentioned. 

Final Thoughts

I am going to give Violin Smurf a score of 2 Rare – not too difficult to find

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

What do you think of Violin Smurf?

Rarity Guide
  1. Not really rare, but still worth collecting
  2. Rare – not too difficult to find
  3. Extremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one
  4. Ultra Rare – requires skill to have this one
  5. Very Rare – a legendary Smurf

Super Smurf Review: #40228 Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair

Can you believe March is almost over? Today, we are reviewing #40228 Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair. Papa Smurf is relaxing in his rocking chair, while smoking his pipe. (Not vaping) First released by Schleich and Wallace Berrie in 1983. 

Super Smurfs are unique, as both Schleich and Wallace Berrie created their own versions. For example Papa Smurf’s Rocking Chair made by Schleich has no markings on the chair. Whereas, Wallace Berrie added a marking underneath the chair. Both Papa Smurfs were made using PVC but used different colours, blue by Schleich and white by Wallace Berrie.

Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair

You can always check the tips of a Smurf’s fingers or nose to see the pvc colour. Using zoom to enlarge a picture can also help. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than having a mixed up Super Smurf. Where someone has combined two different components from two countries to make a Super Smurf. Not a big deal for some collectors but for others it may feel like they have been duped.

1996 was a big year for Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair. Firstly, Irwin Toys released six Super Smurfs on blister cards instead of boxes.

Also Quick a fast food restaurant from Belgium released six Super Smurfs. Each figurine has the Quick logo embossed onto their hat. These Super Smurfs did not come in boxes but plastic bags with their meal boxes.

These Quick Super Smurfs are the same exact ones being featured by Irwin Toys. Except for #40235 Bath Tub came with a uniquely different Smurfette figurine, taking a bath and sitting in a tub, with soap suds in her hand. The Smurfette figurine used was #20448 Smurf Bathing, sold in 1997.

Final Thoughts

In summing up I like Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair because it’s a simple and an easy Super Smurf to ensemble. But I do not know if parents in 2023 want their children to have a Papa Smurf smoking a pipe.

I am going to give Papa Smurf in Rocking Chair a score of 2 Rare – not too difficult to find.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

What do you think of Super Smurfs? Let me know of your favourite Super Smurf!

Rarity Guide
  1. Not really rare, but still worth collecting
  2. Rare – not too difficult to find
  3. Extremely Rare – you’re lucky if you have this one
  4. Ultra Rare – requires skill to have this one
  5. Very Rare – a legendary Smurf