Classic Smurf Question: Spy Smurf #20008

Spy Smurf wears a red cape and a black mask to hide his identity. He has his finger over his mouth, in a shushing motion. Like a lot of early figurines made by Schleich, the origins of Spy was from the comic The Smurf King.

Today instead of reviewing a Smurf, I would like to ask collectors a question about Spy Smurf. I am no expert when it comes to collecting but I do have over 50 Spy Smurfs. That kind of makes me some what knowledgeable or a freak!

Do you consider the Spy Smurf with the pink inside the cape a variation?

I have some Spy Smurfs with a pink shade inside of the cape. Is this a variation or discolouration?

Some say it’s the red paint that discoloured the pvc material. Similar to the Postman’s mail bag or underneath the Drummer. But some think it’s impossible for paint to go through think plastic and discolour it. So is it more like an undercoat of paint?

Highly sought after by collectors is the Spy with red inside of the cape. It is thought Bully started this between 1973 to 1977 to some Spy Smurfs but not all. Typically Spy has white inside of the cape but some have a pink tinge inside.

One theory is that the pink colour is from undercoat of the red paint. Later removed by Schleich painters around 1977/78 who were removing the red paint inside of the cape. In my opinion, I call this a variation even if it wasn’t intentional.

What are your thoughts on Spy Smurf?

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

If you like to collect Spy Smurfs, please find some other pieces I have written about Spy.

http://www.smurfs.com.au/random-smurf-thoughts/smurfs-discover-australia-1979/

http://www.smurfs.com.au/smurf-figures/masked-smurf/

Review: Flower Smurf

I was so excited when I first collected Flower Smurf. Up until then, I had only found a Flower Smurf without its flower. Like many Smurfs from the early 1970s, Flower Smurf is simple in design with a touch of colour. The colour is the Smurf’s flower that sits in the corner of its mouth.

The other standout feature of the early Smurfs us they were hand-painted, compared to Smurfs made today. It’s hard to explain to someone who doesn’t collect Smurfs that adding eyebrows to a figurine can make a big difference. For example, early Flower Smurfs had no eyebrows like many Smurfs produced in the early 1970’s. It is hard to know if Bully or Schleich painters added the eyebrows.

Another point of difference was the flower. In Germany (then known as West Germany) the flower was attached to pin that was inserted into the side of the Smurf’s mouth. Whereas in Hong Kong, a nylon flower was glued to the side of the mouth.

Different coloured flowers

Do you think the different flowers found with Flower Smurf are genuine? To be honest I am not sure because the catalogues only showed a red flower. However some of the collector’s guide books show different coloured flowers. And what about red plastic flower often referred to as a ‘test version?’

Markings

I like to list the markings on my Smurfs because I find it easier to compare them with each other.

  1. W.Germany Schleich emblem Peyo
  2. W.Germany Peyo (emblem removed by Bully)
  3. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1972
  4. Made in Portugal Peyo (emblem removed)
  5. Made in Portugal Peyo 1972 (no reference to Schleich in the markings)

Finally did you know that Flower Smurf was one of nine Smurfs first sold by BP Australia in 1979? No wonder why there are so many Flower Smurfs in Australia missing their flowers. If their original owners were like me, the flower probably ended up at the bottom of the sand pit.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy Flower Smurf as much as I do. What do you of Flower Smurf? Do you think it has the same appeal today as it did back in the 1970’s?

Flautist Smurf

Can anyone tell me why we call this Flautist Smurf? This Smurf wears a red shirt and white ttrousers and plays the flute larger than itself. But the flute looks more like a recorder.

In the 1979 Schleich catalogue, it refers to #20048 as Flöten Schlumpf. Using Google translate in German to English Flöte becomes flute. Even in the Wallace Berrie catalogues they called the figurine Flute Smurf. This oversized instrument looks nothing like a flute!

When I first started collecting, I had never heard of the movie The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. An animated film that was first released in Belgium in 1976, the United Kingdom in 1979 and the USA in 1983. In my opinion, this figurine was the connection between the film and Schleich.

Production Years

Schleich: 1979 to 1992
Wallace Berrie: 1981 to 1983

I am not sure if Flautist Smurf was ever sold by BP in Australia or New Zealand. There is a good chance it was because it was made in Hong Kong. If you happen to know, please leave a comment for us.

Markings

  1. W.Germany Schleich S Peyo
  2. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1978
  3. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1980 (Blocked out 1979 on the foot and added 1980 to the hand – very strange!)
  4. W.Germany Schleich S Peyo 1978 CE
  5. M.China Schleich S Peyo 1978 CE

In my opinion, Flautist is a simple designed figurine, nothing flashy or ordinary. The oversized instrument is the standout because it’s ridiculous but adorable.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

What do you like about Flautist Smurf? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

First Aid Smurf

I like to collect different colour variations of Smurfs. In the beginning, this was more accidental than intentional. I was just fascinated and still am in collecting Smurfs painted or made in different countries. One of the best examples is First Aid Smurf #20054.

In the beginning, I only knew of the First Aid Smurf carrying a white case with a medical cross. This variant was made in Hong Kong and sold by BP Australia in the early 1980s.

Colour variations of First Aid

It wasn’t until I started to collect Smurfs as an adult that I discovered Schleich their version of First Aid Smurf. Their first version of First Aid Smurf was with a brown case without a medical cross. Then a brown case with a medical cross. Around 1984 probably around 1984 possibly earlier, Schleich started to paint the case yellow.

Schleich was very proud to show us that each Smurf was individually hand painted. One only has to look at their 1984 catalogue and the lovely photos to get a glimpse of the process. http://forum.bluecavern.com/viewtopic.php?t=12765

I always thought that Schleich was more adventurous when painting their Smurfs. There appears to be more colour variations by Schleich compared to Wallace Berrie. Was this intentional or accidental?

Some of the many variations of First Aid Smurf

Not surprisingly First Aid Smurf has also been used for different promotions. The colour of the case on these ones also vary in colour and can be fun to collect. Then there is also the hand painted fakes…. endless fun depending on what you like to collect.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf Crossword 1st edition answers

In my previous post I created a crossword, to test your knowledge on your Smurfs. I hope you enjoyed this as much I did creating this. But to be honest, at times I found it hard to know which Smurfs to use and which ones to leave out.

Across Clues

Row 2, Column 13: Likes to smoke a pipe
Row 4, column 17: Was also known as Rock n Roll
Row 7, Column 2: First Super Smurf
Row 6, Column 16: Likes to cheer for the Smurfs
Row 9, Column 10: Plays the drums
Row 8, Column 20: Sold in Australia by the name of Convict
Row 10, Column 2: Holds a handkerchief in hand
Row 11, Column 13: Bully super hero
Row 12, Column 6: Never happy
Row 13, Column 15: Won a gold medal at the London Olympics
Row 15, Column 2: Papa Smurf’s apprentice
Row 16, Column 17: Carries a thermometer
Row 17, Column 5: Gargamel’s cat
Row 18, Column 19: Creator of the Smurfs

Down Clues

Column 19, Row 2: Likes to wear a red or yellow scarf
Column 21, Row 3: Has been found with green lipstick
Column 3, Row 6: A Smurf never released in the UK
Column 13, Row 8: Wears a kilt
Column 16, Row 8: Was sold by the name of Soda Pop in the UK
Column 7, Row 10: Wears a green apron
Column 20, Row 10, Only female in Smurfland
Column 10, Row 12: Also known as money

1234567891011131415161718192021222324252627
2TYROLESE
3HXB
4GUITARIST
5V X L
6LCHEERLEADER
7BOBSLEDR X A
8VGBPRISONER
9EDRUMMER X I
10CRYINGTESN
11ASMURFERMAN
12GROUCHYU
13DOWINNER
14IIF
15BRAINYNE
16EDOCTOR
17AZRAELT
18PEYO

Please let me know you thoughts on the crossword.


Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Smurf Crossland – 1st edition

Across Clues

Row 2, Column 13: Likes to smoke a pipe
Row 4, column 17: Was also known as Rock n Roll
Row 7, Column 2: First Super Smurf
Row 6, Column 16: Likes to cheer for the Smurfs
Row 9, Column 10: Plays the drums
Row 8, Column 20: Sold in Australia by the name of Convict
Row 10, Column 2: Holds a handkerchief in hand
Row 11, Column 13: Bully super hero
Row 12, Column 6: Never happy
Row 13, Column 15: Won a gold medal at the London Olympics
Row 15, Column 2: Papa Smurf’s apprentice
Row 16, Column 17: Carries a thermometer
Row 17, Column 5: Gargamel’s cat
Row 18, Column 19: Creator of the Smurfs

Down Clues

Column 19, Row 2: Likes to wear a red or yellow scarf
Column 21, Row 3: Has been found with green lipstick
Column 3, Row 6: A Smurf never released in the UK
Column 13, Row 8: Wears a kilt
Column 16, Row 8: Was sold by the name of Soda Pop in the UK
Column 7, Row 10: Wears a green apron
Column 20, Row 10, Only female in Smurfland
Column 10, Row 12: Also known as money

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2
3 X
4
5 X
6
7 X
8
9 X
10 X
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

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Kath B

Carpenter Smurf

Carpenter was one of the last Smurfs produced by Bully in 1979. The Smurf is holding a large piece of yellow timber with a silver saw with a red handle in the other hand. Out of the different markings found with Carpenter, I would say this is the most common. Schleich made this with Bully markings from 1980 to 1984. It is thought this was part of an agreement made when Schleich won the licence to produce Smurfs globally.

It is also possible to find different paint dots with Bully markings. For example, a mustard paint dot indicates it was painted in Portugal or a green paint indicates it was painted in Tunisia.

Between 1981 to 1984, Carpenter was also made in Hong Kong. The paint colours on this version of Carpenter are darker compared to the Bully ones. But apart from this, there are very few differences. Typically the Hong Kong made ones were sold by BP in Australia and New Zealand. These are still fairly easy to find amongst stashed away childhood collections.

If you enjoy flicking through old Schleich catalogues as I do, you should check out the one from 1991. Several Smurfs have the tag Neu Heit 91 above their picture. These were not new Smurfs made by Schleich but re-released ones from the past. Perhaps it had something to do with the reunification of Germany in 1991.

In the Der Schlumpf Katalog IV published in 2003, there is a listing of Carpenter with a brown piece of timber. Up until recently I always this was fake from Poland. However recently I found a photograph of a Carpenter with a brown piece of timber with a yellow saw handle. It was unclear if this was prototype or if it was someone who painted Smurfs for Schleich created their own version.

Years

1979 – 1986/1991 – 1992/1998 – 1999

List of markings

  1. W.Germany Bully Peyo
  2. Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1979
  3. Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie &Co. Schleich S Peyo 1979
  4. W.Germany Schleich S Peyo
  5. Made in China Schleich S Germany Peyo CE 79

If you something is not correct, please let me know. I always love to hear the thoughts and opinions from other collectors.

In summing up, Carpenter may not have the razzle dazzle of other Smurfs such as Carnival or Alchemist but with it’s broad smile it’s hard to resist its charm.

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Gift & Flowers Smurf

It is easy to feel intimidated or that collecting Smurfs will be expensive at the beginning. But’s that’s a complete myth and couldn’t be further from the truth. I recall I wanted to learn about the different markings on Smurfs. Gift & Flowers Smurf was perfect for this because it was available for a long time and inexspensive.

A Smurf is carrying a yellow gift wrapped up in a red ribbon in one hand and a bunch of flowers in the other. The Smurfs have always been known for the kindness and thoughtfulness. What better way to show this by creating a figurine that demonstrates these qualities.

Schleich sold Gift & Flowers Smurf between 1978 to 1991 and 1993 to 2006. Also Wallace Berrie in the USA sold Gift & Flowers Smurf between 1979 to 1984. Both companies not only sold the figurine but other products that included the Gift & Flowers Smurf. For example, triangle pedestals, on suction caps just to name a few. When you add all this up, though you won’t find any rare colour variations, you will find many different markings.

Growing up in Australia, the majority of the Gift & Flowers Smurfs were spray painted and made out of Hong Kong. I recall collecting my first Gift & Flowers Smurf made out of West Germany and comparing it to my Hong Kong one. Same Smurf but so different and not expensive.

Now twenty years plus of collecting my philosophy hasn’t changed. In my opinion, if you enjoy collecting Smurfs that you like that’s all that matters. I like collecting different Smurfs with different markings and that is enough to keep me happy.

My list of markings for Gift & Flowers Smurf

  • W.Germany Schleich emblem Peyo
  • W.Germany Schleich S Peyo
  • Made in Hong Kong Schleich emblem 1978 Peyo
  • Made in Hong Kong Schleich S 1978 Peyo
  • Made in Hong Kong Schleich S 1980 Peyo
  • Made in Hong Kong W.B.CO. Schleich S 1978 Peyo
  • Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S 1978 Peyo
  • Made in Sri Lanka Schleich S 1978 Peyo
  • W.Germany Schleich S Peyo CE
  • Germany Schleich S 78 Peyo CE
  • Made in China Schleich S Germany 78 Peyo CE
  • Made in Germany Schleich S Germany 78 Peyo CE

Please let me know if there are more marking variants that needed to be added to the list

Keep on Smurfin
Kath B

Shiver Smurf, one for the ages

Shiver Smurf also referred to as Winter Smurf #20004. Is a simple designed Smurf figurine released back in 1969. With it’s hands behind his back and wearing a large red or yellow scarf. But what works is a simple tip of a paint to portray its eye pupils. Back then the Smurfs had no eyebrows, so the focus was solely on the eyes.

Shiver Smurf was sold from 1969 to 1986. First sold with a red scarf and a smaller face by Schleich. To begin with Shiver had the markings W.Germany Schleich emblem © Peyo under its feet. When Bully took over the production of the Smurfs, between 1974 to 1977 they blocked out the Schleich emblem. Bully would continue to tinker with Shiver Smurf by selling it with different shades of red scarfs. The mould also varied because some have wide to narrow faces.

Due to the release of the Movie in 1977 the demand for Smurfs was on the increase. Subsequently Schleich started to produce Smurfs in Hong Kong. Both Wallace Berrie and BP benefitted from this arrangement. As an example the majority of Smurfs sold by BP Australia came from Hong Kong. However on Shiver Smurf, you can quite often see the remains of a blocked out W.Germany marking.

It wasn’t until 1979 that Shiver Smurf had a yellow scarf. More likely this was due to a promotion in the UK by National Benzole. Selected Smurfs had a touch of yellow added to them such as Watchman, Bobsled and Chimney Sweep.

Lastly, there are the many different fakes of Shiver Smurf. From the CNT ones with different coloured scarfs to the ones made out grotesque hard pvc material. A simple designed Smurf that appeals to everyone who battles to keep warm on certain Winter days.

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Kath B

Windsurfer Super Smurf

Does anybody know how to get the Windsurfer Super Smurf to stand up? I can’t get them to do it unless I have them leaning against something. Even though I constantly have this battle with the Windsurfer, I just adore this one.

There are many different styles of stitches on the sail, a different size of the printed number or without printed number, harder and softer boards. There is so much to look for when looking to add the Windsurfer to your collection. Or then you have the different markings and paint dots to look out for!

Schleich version

The Windsurfer Super Smurf (#40215) was first produced by Schleich in 1980 and sold between 1980 until 1993. Both the figurine and board can be found with markings. The Schleich version was only produced out of Germany and was typically made out of blue pvc material. However, it is possible to find one with a mustard paint dot which indicates that it was painted in Portugal. These were typically sold to the UK. 

As the Windsurfer was produced after 1991 it is possible to find with a small CE marking on the figurine and board. 

Hong Kong version

The Windsurfer was also produced out of Hong Kong from 1981 to 1984. In the beginning it was sold by BP Australia, BP New Zealand and also Wallace Berrie for the US market. So the Windsurfer can be found with Hong Kong markings and also Hong Kong W. Berrie Co markings. The Hong Kong Windsurfer was only ever produced with a white pvc material. 

One thing that intrigues me about this Super Smurf what does the S71 on the sail represent? If someone out there know, please let me know as I am sure I am not the only one who has often asked this question. 

The Windsurfer Super Smurf is still considered very popular by most collectors. This is good news if you are looking to add this one to your collection as it means that it is not hard to find one complete and with its box. Amazing – as there aren’t many Super Smurfs that have this claim to flame. 

Keep on Smurfin

Kath B