“ Manufacturer: Schleich / Type: Action Figure „
It's another happy-go-lucky worry free day in Smurf ... er, World (I'm sure it has a name) and all the inhabitants are about to go to sleep and dream Smurfy dreams when suddenly this monstrosity comes bursting through the village, spewing pumpkin liquids everywhere. As everyone screams and runs for their lives, he spends the rest of his year terrorizing the village, eventually becoming only legend.
At least, that's the story that comes to mind when I see this thing. This pumpkin-headed smurf could be a lot of things. It could be a tie in, released around Hallowe'en originally, along with other Trick or Treat Smurfs like Vampire Smurf and decapitation Smurf, or simply toy giants Schleich simply ran out of ideas for their seemingly endless array of Smurf-related figurines. Either way, this thing doesn't really fit in with the rest of the Smurfs.
A relatively new one, judging from the quality of the figure, it remains the same shape and height of the rest of the smurfs. The paint job remains consistent and the pumpkin on his head is pretty well made and painted, too. It glares with evil eyes at the rest of the world, thus giving it less of a Hallowe'en costume look and more like it really has a pumpkin for a head. Whatever the case, it's certainly one scary smurf.
The people collecting the lot of these characters will be thrilled at this little guy to add to their shelf and, along with the others, he does a good job of brightening up a workspace.
If you have ever seen the demonic film 'Pumkinhead' then you might have some idea where this toy is coming from. It could be a direct movie tie-in, or it could just be a Halloween themed Smurf. Either way, this represents a turning point for the charming Smurf series, with a rather evil looking figure. The last time we saw someone so nasty looking was the angry black Smurf nearly twenty years ago. This Pumpkinhead Smurf could be seen as a step further in a demonic direction, only in that Pumpkinhead the movie character goes round on a killing spree, slashing throats of teens. I cannot quite imagine that happening in Smurfworld!
The toy is one of the newest Smurfs to hit the Schleich lineup. He stands at about an inch in height so falls into line with the rest of the crew. He instantly catches the attention thanks to his sinister looking face. The orange pumpkin colours have been caught with great detail and the etching on the head is to die for. The eyes have been carved very well and the slitty mouth is begging to eat you up.
Despite the static nature of the toy, he still makes for a wonderful display piece. The colours of his skin and hat remain in the traditional blues and whites, but just keep away from any neighbouring Smurfs! Expect to pay about three pounds for this chap. He is hard to get in shops, so the best bet is to shop online for him. Definitely one of the most original and dynamic Smurfs that I have seen for years, a must have for collectors and a lovely idea for a gimmicky birthday present.