What makes someone want to sell toy figurines for a living? Surely someone who is passionate and someone who likes to work with liked minded people. Allow me to introduce you to Andrew from Toy Dreamer an online toy store, based in Melbourne, Australia.
How long have you been collecting Smurfs?
I have been collecting Smurfs for about 20 years. Can’t remember the exact day, but do remember waiting for ages to get my first box of Smurfs off eBay.
I think I started around 1999. I do remember I bought my first Smurfs off eBay. I also remember not properly checking the photos, but was impressed with the cheap price. When the Smurfs came and most of them had paint rubs, were missing bits and couldn’t stand, I understood why the price was so cheap. One good Smurf in the lot, so I had the start of a collection, though.
What’s the appeal?
I like the fact that there is a Smurf for everyone or every occasion. Different sports, jobs, happy, sad etc
How many do you have now?
Eeek! Being that I also sell them an collect them, that figure is a complete unknown. I have about 50 or more of certain figures. Rather than a number, let’s say that if my house ever burnt down, a river of liquid blue rubber would run a long way down the street 🙂
What is your favourite item in your collection?
The favourite item in my collection is…. well 4 figures. These were the first three Smurfs. I like Normal Smurf, Gold Smurf and Prisoner. All the same figure, just with different paint jobs. Out of the 3 of them Gold Smurf would have to be my favourite. I like all the original Smurfs in the first 50 or so released. I find the figures much more pleasing. Unfortunately I’ve found that Smurfs have become less appealing over recent times.
Do you ever find yourself having to explain your collection to people?
Umm… the guys give me a bit of grief if ever having a beer and a joke. I’m a reasonably big guy and my mates think it’s a funny thing. I also sell Smurfs in collectables store and most other store people don’t call me by my name but rather ‘Smurf’ or ‘Smurfman’
You probably won’t be surprised to hear that I am always on the look out for anything Smurf related. So if you have any suggestions on articles, let me know.
Keep on Smurfin