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I found this little smurf in an old bag of my McDonald's Happy Meal toys that were getting thrown out. But I rescued this little one smurf because he looks so jolly. He still is in very good condition- and these toys were manufactured in the 1980s! So they are very durable even with time.
These tough plastic/rubber like material toys were made by Schleich, a Belgian company I presume as Smurfs are originally a Belgian creation.
He only stands at about 1 inch tall just like an actual smurf would do and there is not actually a lot of use for him. It's just a decorative figurine, as he cannot be classed as an action figurine as he does no action, the present cannot be lifted from his hands and is attached and his arms and legs and head are also fixed.
I suppose you can use him as a cute birthday cake topper? A desk mascot maybe? A paperweight?Something a bit kitsch for Valentines day?
They only cost in the range of £2- £3 depending on where you look. I believe there were about 100 of these critters to collect and whoever does possess all of them will fetch quite a mint on the market as there are collecters particularly in the Vintage area as they are selling quite a few of the rarer smurf toys like Papa Smurf and Smurfette in Camden Market currently.
Also, the Smurfs are becoming incredibly popular merchandise again with the revamped 3D version of the film just about to come out this summer so this can be a retro reminder of the good old days?
I started collecting these little blue creatures when I was much younger. I had a lot of the older eighties figures and a lovely mushroom shaped house for them to live in. It is amazing that the Smurfs are still going strong today. Production has slowed down a bit, with just a few being released each year by German company Schleich.
Smurfs are ideal pocket money toys and also good things for action figures to collect, because the price is so reasonable. At two to three pounds per Smurf, there is little excuse not to build a good collection.
One of the newest Smurfs is the Jokey Smurf. I am not sure his name suits his look very well, as he looks more like a gift giving Smurf to me. His trademark features remain intact with the blues and whites stark and eye catching. His present is fixed to his hands and unfortunately cannot be removed. This is a drawback I find with the figure and it restricts play value. The box is basically decorated and quite sweet I guess.
Apart from this box, there is very little to write home about here, this is one of the more basic designs of the newer series. As a collector I find this disappointing that not more effort has gone into him, especially considering some of the elaborate newer Smurf figures. He stands at about an inch in height and will cost about three pounds. He can be bought online from a range of stores.
In terms of desirability, not high up on my list I am afraid. The advantage he does have is that he would be be a lovely ornament for a birthday cake or to stick on top of a gift.