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SMURF FIGURINE BASICS
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... How is a Smurf figurine made? ... What are the different types of Smurf figures?
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Smurf Figure Basics
How do you make a Smurf figure?

Step 1. The Sketch. A Smurf figurine starts with a sketch - a cartoon Smurf drawn on a piece of paper. This sketch will be used as a guide to design the actual figurine.



Step 2. The Model. An artist carves a gypsum or wax model based on the sketch. It is then that a three-dimensional Smurf figurine comes to life.

Step 3. The Mold. Next, a steel mold is created from the gypsum/wax model. This mold will be used to mass produce many copies of the Smurf figurine. A steel engraver performs precise final modifications to the steel mold.



Step 4. The Raw Figure. The steel mold is placed into an injection molding machine. After the PVC injection, a
"raw" (unpainted) Smurf is produced and removed from the machine.

Step 5. The Smurf. At last, a Smurf is born! The raw Smurf is painted by hand and the Smurf figurine is complete! A brand new Smurf figure goes from an idea to a finished product in about three months.

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What is a Regular Smurf?

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Regular Smurf is the "normal" Smurf figurine that makes up the majority of Smurf figurine collections. Regular Smurfs are made of PVC plastic rubber and measure about 2 inches tall. They do not come in a box, nor do they tend to come with removable accessories, but they do come with lots of smurfiness! There are hundreds of Regular Smurfs (including Smurfette too!) to collect. Each one has a unique ID number that makes collecting easy and fun!
What is a Super Smurf?

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Super Smurf is a Smurf that originally comes in a box and has fun extras or attachments separate from the regular figurine itself (such as a car, helicopter, hammock, piano or wheelbarrow - just to name a few). They are super-duper fun to collect... and play with too!
What is a Promotional Smurf?

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Promotional Smurf is a Smurf figurine manufactured specifically for advertising or promotion purposes. Companies or organizations produce a set number of Smurf figures that highlight a brand name or trademark image. The molds used to produce promotional Smurfs are usually the same molds used for regular production Smurfs - often only the painting, or the object the Smurf is holding is changed. What a fun way to promote a favorite brand - with a cute Smurf!
What is a Fake Smurf?

A Fake Smurf is any unlicensed Smurf figurine. There are two categories of unlicensed Smurf figurines: fakes and knock-offs.
Fake Smurfs are "Smurf-like" creatures manufactured (usually in the 1980s) with alternate clothing or coloring. Orange Smurfs from Empire Toys fit into this category. Although fake Smurfs look similar to Smurfs, they are different enough in appearance to be instantly distinguishable from the real thing. These fake Smurfs were usually sold in toy stores, at a discount, along side real Smurfs. Knock-Off Smurfs are forgeries or counterfeits which attempt to pass themselves off as true-blue Smurf figures. Most often, these knock-offs are poorly made but some professional looking counterfeit Smurfs have been manufactured. Caveat emptor!

Read more about these phony Smurfs in our unlicensed counterfeit Smurfs guide here!
What is a Smurf-a-gram?


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Smurf-A-Gram is a Smurf figurine that stands on a triangle pedestal, platform or stand with the printed text of a smurfy message displayed. What a way to make a statement with a Smurf!

These novelty figurines make great trophies and ideal gifts for every special ocassion imaginable... like a Birthday, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or just to tell someone to "Get Well Soon". You'll see fun ones like, "I HATE Mondays" or "Wanna Smurf Around?". There are even Smurfagrams for declaring "The World's Best Baseball Player", "I Love Soccer" and more. And did you know there is even an Elvis Smurf-A-Gram!
Tips for Collecting Smurfs

1. Collect what you love - Whether you are beginning your Smurf Collection or adding to a long-existing one... always remember why you started - you just love those little blue Smurfs! You simply can't go wrong when you add a new item if it brings a smile to your face. Value is not just the monetary value, but think in terms of the "smurfiness value". If you love it, then don't worry about "book value" because you can't put a price on true-blue bliss!

2. Condition, Condition, Condition - In real estate they always say, "location, location, location", but when collecting Smurfs you should think "condition, condition, condition"! A mint or near mint Smurf will always be more valuable than a chewed-up, broken-down mess-of-a-Smurf.

3. Watch out for Fake Smurfs! - Be careful that you are not investing your money (or your heart) in a Smurf that turns out to be a fake! Unfortunately, there are unlicensed reproductions of Smurfs out there. Sometimes if it seems too good to be true - it is! While many Smurf collectors do love to collect the
"Fake Smurfs" like the orange or purple Empire "Smurf" Gnomes or the obviously poorly-made "Knock-Off Smurfs", make sure you know what you are buying before you make the purchase. The best way to ensure you are getting a licensed Smurf is to: A) Look for obvious signs of poor painting or an odd feel to the rubber plastic and B) Always check for the proper markings on the Smurf, such as "(c) Peyo".

4. Expand your Smurfy Horizons - Don't limit yourself to shopping in the same-old places for Smurfs... go to garage sales, car boot sales, flea markets (I cannot be resposible for what else you might bring home!) or even ask your friends and family to keep a look-out for Smurfs. Many on-line stores offer Smurfs for sale and eBay is always a terrific place to buy new and unique Smurf items. On eBay, you can choose from Smurfs from around the world or from a place just around the corner. The Smurf items for sale on eBay are constantly changing so there is always something new (and smurfy) to look at!

Read our comprehensive eBay guide here.
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