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Muster Smurfs
MUSTER SMURFS
Interested in the rare Smurf marking known as Muster? Found a Smurf with an interesting little letter "M" printed on it - read on and learn the compelling history of these perfect Smurf specimens!
MUSTER SMURFS
What is a Muster Smurf?

Musters are Smurf figures that contains a special mark, known as the "muster mark". This rare mark makes Muster Smurfs one of the most highly sought after types of Smurf figurines. Shaped like a stylized, cursive letter M, the muster mark emblazens only the highest quality Smurf figurines. Muster mark Smurfs are the best painted version of a Smurf figurine that you can get! Muster is the German word for sample - in the case of Muster Smurfs, it refers to the highest quality of sample. Muster Smurfs are the "best of the best" quality of Smurf figuine.
Muster Mark Smurfs
Muster Mark Smurfs


Hand painting Smurf figurines can be difficult. Paint must be applied exactly, in the right color, on specific areas of the Smurf - to exacting specifications. Muster Smurfs are considered perfectly painted, and they are used as examples for the other painters to emulate. The "M" label is a factory "control mark", placed on high-quality figures as chosen by the production manager. Muster Smurfs serve as a guide to help in the painting of Smurf figurines. The "M" marking is placed on the figurine in the same way a brand is placed on livestock - it is literally branded / melted into the figure. On some Muster Smurfs, if you look closely, the flecks of melted and burnt polyvinylchloride are visible (especially when the M is branded into a painted surface).

Fake Muster Smurfs exist! However, placing a Muster mark brand into a figurine takes precision and skill. The mark itself is quite nuanced and difficult to fake properly. Despite this, fake Muster smurfs will show up from time to time. To spot a fake Muster, the collector must look for two things: quality of muster mark, and depth of muster mark. The faked Muster marks are often branded too deeply into the PVC of a figurine, leaving a sloppy looking M with a puckered appearance. Look closely when buying a Muster, fakes are out there!

Muster figurines are rare, valuable, and highly collectable. Market conditions will determine the exact worth, but one thing is certain - Muster Smurfs are scarce and always in demand.

What are the known list of Smurf Musters?

Here is the full list of Smurfs that have verified Muster marks. Locations of the Muster marks are placed in square brackets.

Regular Smurfs:

2.0002 Normal Smurf [back of head]
2.0003 Astro Smurf
2.0003 Astro Smurf (Bully mold) [back of head]
2.0004 Shiver Smurf (red scarf) [bottom of foot]
2.0005 Gold Smurf
2.0015 Earache Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0019 Flower Smurf
2.0022 Poet Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0024 Watchman Smurf
2.0029 Money Smurf [heel]
2.0033 Clown Smurf
2.0035 Soccer Smurf
2.0055 Golfer Smurf (Yellow Pants / Black & White Shoes aka spats) [back of head]
2.0057 Thirsty Smurf (SCCI Celebration Smurf I - bent arms and closed eyes / 1990 Gold Pig Smurf) [bottom of foot]
2.0057 Thirsty Smurf (Coca-Cola Promotional)
2.0064 Toothpaste Smurf
2.0064 Toothpaste Smurf (BROXO Promotional)
2.0067 Congratulations Smurf (OMO Box Promotional)
2.0072 Trumpet Player Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0075 Quack Smurf (black - I thought there were no variations)
2.0079 Jolly Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0080 Biscuit Smurf
2.0082 Shy Smurf
2.0083 Hammer Smurf [back of head]
2.0088 Traveler Smurf
2.0089 Painter Smurf [back of paint pallette]
2.0095 Oboist Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0101 Angler Smurf
2.0101 Angler Smurf (Yellow Fishing Pole) [bottom of foot]
2.0102 Archer Smurf (detachable bow and arrow, 3 piece mold) 2.0117 Cornucopia Smurf
2.0121 Ice Skater Smurf [side of head]
2.0125 Heart Smurf - French (De Tout Mon Coeur)
2.0140 Secretary Smurfette (Pink Dress) [back of head]
2.0148 Bricklayer Smurf (Blue Overalls) [back of head]
2.0152 Miller Smurf
2.0153 Santa Smurfette
2.0154 Traffic Crossing Smurf [bottom of foot]
2.0159 Violin Smurf
2.0174 Papa Smurf with Book
2.0175 Clockwork Smurf
2.0179 White Baby Smurf with Rattle [bottom of foot]
2.0182 Comb and Mirror Smurfette
2.0183 Aerobic Smurfette
2.0192 Smurfette with Baby [side of head]
2.0202 Pink Baby Smurf with Rattle [side of head]
2.0203 Blue Baby Smurf with Rattle [side of head]

Super Smurfs:

4.0205 Skier Smurf [back of head]
4.0208 Sign Smurf [bottom of foot]
4.0209 Butterfly Catcher Smurf
4.0211 Gargamel & Azrael [on Azrael]
4.0213 Chain Gang Smurf
4.0216 Fireman Smurf [bottom of foot]
4.0218 Go Cart Smurf (Shell Promotional)
4.0225 Lawnmower Smurf
4.0239 Artist Smurf with Easel
4.0504 Fencer Smurf
4.0508 Boxer Smurf
4.0509 Bars Gymnast Smurf
4.0511 Hurdler Smurf

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