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.
Handy Smurf rushes to help in an emergency. He swings his hammer like a pro and easily solves any problem! – Schleich online catalogue.
Jack of all trades is possibly the best way to describe Handy Smurf. Wearing blue overalls with a pencil tucked behind his ear while carrying a mallet over his shoulder. In my opinion, Handy is the best one out of the 2021 Smurfs and is going to be a very popular Smurf.
Though Schleich has made other tradesman Smurfs before, I like how they created a new version of Handy. It proves that Schleich can still be imaginative and not rely on old moulds to create a new Smurf.
I would love to see Schleich create a tradesman Smurfette because more diversity we have with the Smurfs the better it is for everyone. Lego can do it with their minifigures why can’t Schleich do it with their Smurfs?
Overall the 2021 Smurfs received mixed reviews. Most found Smurfette with Flower disappointing because she was unstable, preventing her from standing upright unless supported. On the positive Chef and Handy were well received.
Time will tell what collectors will think of the 2022 Smurfs. Maybe it will depend on what type of collector you are; a nostalgic one or someone new to collecting.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
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Back in 1978, Schleich released their first Chef Smurf. It was and continues to be extremely popular amongst collectors. I wonder why it has taken until 2021 to release a new variant of a Chef?
There is always an interest when a new Smurf variant is released. If you are like me, you probably could not wait to compare the two Chef Smurfs. However, today I am not going to do this. I will leave that for others.
Wearing a white apron and Chef’s hat, the Smurf is taste-tasting the contents in his spoon. The Smurf is showing his approval by pinching his fingers and thumb together. Some call this the Chef’s kiss.
As cute as this Smurf is, in my opinion Schleich could have added more colour to this Smurf. For example, by adding some colour to the apron or to the spoon to represent ingredients he is cooking. A bit of red for tomatoes or yellow for egg yolks.
In summing up, Chef Smurf must be doing something right for Schleich because it’s on their homepage. I find this surprising, one would have thought they would shown one of the new 2022 Smurfs.
Thanks for reading my review on Chef Smurf #20831! What do you think of Chef Smurf, do you like or dislike it?
Some say Baby Smurf is very cute others are more critical calling it basic. However, if you like your Baby Smurfs there is a good chance you will like this one. Wearing white pyjamas, with one hand covering it’s mouth and the other holding a yellow rattle.
I understand that not everyone is a fan of the newer Smurfs. Whether it be due to the quality or nostalgic reasons but we must remember Smurfs are for children to play with. I recall when I was a child I would make up stories centred around my Smurfs. No doubt, this hasn’t changed. Whether it be a new addition of a baby to a family or friends everyone can identify with a baby.
However, if I was to compare this Baby Smurf with Baby White #20179 I would prefer Baby White. I like Baby White’s pyjamas with the two yellow buttons on the back flap and the red rattle. But also like Baby White’s crawling position, which could allow more imaginative stories. While Baby Smurf looks guilty with it’s hand over it’s mouth the sitting position it lacks creativeness.
That said, Schleich has the opportunity to expand on Baby Smurf by adding different coloured rattles or poses. For example I would like to see a Baby Smurf crying or with food all over it’s face.
I noticed in the online Schleich catalogue for Canada and the United States that Baby Smurf is not available in Canada. Can any of the Canadian collectors shed any light on this?
Cute but not very creative, is the best way to describe Good Luck Smurf first released in 2021. The Smurf wishes you good luck! If it wasn’t for the words good luck on the sign, I would get this confused with Smurf with Sign #20823. Why did Schleich decide to use the same mould for these two Smurfs?
Some say, Good Luck Smurf is a nice present to give someone starting a new job or opportunity. If this was the case why didn’t Schleich produce a blank sign that allows someone to add their own quote. Like they did for Nameplate #20459 back in 1999.
I also would like to know what a child thinks of this Smurf. For me, Good Luck Smurf lacks flair and is a tad boring. I am also not a big fan of how the eyes are painted on the newer Smurfs. In my opinion, the eyes on a Smurf is what makes it unique but not anymore.
What do you think Schleich should create with future releases? Do you like or dislike Good Luck Smurf? Share your thoughts via our Comments field.
There is nothing worse than the feeling of excitement to disappointment. Back in 2021, I felt this when I purchased Smurfette with Flower. I do not doubt that I wasn’t the only one who felt like this.
The first pictures of Smurfette with Flower made her look beautiful, standing underneath a flower. It’s like she was using the flower as an umbrella. Soft paint colours also complemented Smurfette.
However, when I finally received Smurfette with Flower, I couldn’t believe Schleich would not have noticed their error. Typically, the stem of the flower is not flush at the bottom with Smurfette’s feet as it protrudes a few millimetres further. As a result, Smurfette cannot stand up and can only be displayed if supported by something else.
Let’s hope Schleich can find a a solution to this flaw because Smurfette with Flower is such a pretty figurine.
What do you think of Smurfette with Flower? Like? Dislike? Let me know in the comments
Ahead of the 2022 Schleich releases, I thought it would be good to revisit the 2021 Smurfs starting with Vanity Smurf.
Firstly I don’t envy Schleich when it comes to creating new Smurfs. Every new Smurf is reviewed differently by children and adults who like to collect. Vanity Smurf is not a new idea by Schleich, with the first one made in 1972. In the beginning it was called Vanity, but we now typically refer to it as Mirror Smurf. In 2005 the Classic series was released by Schleich and also included a Smurf with Mirror. Lastly in 2013, a Vanity Smurf was released and in my opinion the worst.
Upon reviewing Vanity Smurf, I first went to the Schleich website. The description was unbelievably brief – The Schleich Smurf wears a beautiful flower in his hair! I’m not sure who wrote this, but this like all Smurfs except Smurfette and Papa Smurf doesn’t have hair. The pink flower is on it’s white hat. Maybe something got lost in translation.
Name: Vanity Smurf Article number: 2.0827 First released: 2021 Markings: Made in Romania Schleich S 2020 Peyo with a date stamp
Perhaps the biggest surprise, was the similarity of the Vanity Smurf #20827 and the Classic Vanity #20537. Up until now I had never noticed, both have a similar pose admiring themselves in the mirror and have a pink flower on their hat. The noticeable differences are the position of their left hand and different moulds used by Schleich.
Did you buy Vanity Smurf in 2021? I recommend you should if you want Schleich to continue to make Smurfs and because this one is kind of cute.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
Thanks for reading my current review of 20827 Vanity Smurf. I also wrote this review in 2021 if you want to know more about he 2021 Smurfs.
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?’
I like to list the markings on my Smurfs because I find it easier to compare them with each other.
W.Germany Schleich emblem Peyo
W.Germany Peyo (emblem removed by Bully)
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S Peyo 1972
Made in Portugal Peyo (emblem removed)
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?
Both Schleich and Wallace Berrie created their version of Bricklayer Smurf using the same mould. Schleich made their Smurfs in Germany (formerly known as West Germany in the 1980s’), typically to be sold in Europe. Schleich also made their Smurfs in Hong Kong, typically to be sold in Australia and USA.
But things changed in 1982 in Hong Kong when Wallace Berrie started to add their marking to Smurfs. This is most likely because BP Australia stopped selling Smurfs.
Here’s a quick review of the Bricklayer Smurfs made by Schleich and Wallace Berrie. Starting with the Wallace Berrie version as I first collected this one.
Wallace Berrie version of Bricklayer
I first saw Bricklayer in the 1982 Wallace Berrie Fall Smurf Collectables Booklet. The Bricklayer is wearing white trousers and is holding a brown brick in one hand and a trowel in the other. While resting his leg on a pile of bricks.
Made in Hong Kong Schleich S 1981 Peyo
Made in Hong Kong W. Berrie Co. Schleich S 1981 Peyo
Depending how closely you examine the markings their own two different style of Hong Kong markings.
There is also one with a CE hand etched marking. Most likely as it was sold in Europe between 1985 to 1990.
Schleich version of Bricklayer
I prefer the Schleich version, since their are colour variations. Bricklayer Smurf is wearing blue overalls with a white shirt, holding a brick in one hand and trowel in the other hand. Also he is resting his leg on a pile of bricks.
There are two colour variations of the bricks, red or brown. The cement colour can also vary from light to a darker grey. Not so obvious in photographs, the blue overalls can vary from a pale to brighter blue.
Markings and paint dots
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, mustard paint dot
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, green paint dot
W.Germany Schleich S 1982 Peyo, red paint dot
Summing up Bricklayer
More than 40 years on, both Bricklayers are still easy to find. However, the prices can vary depending on what version you want. For example, the Schleich version is more expensive in Australia than the Wallace Berrie one but don’t let that put you off.
Keep on Smurfin Kath B
P.S Check out the painted tail on the Bricklayer with a mustard paint dot!