I will not lie to you.
The long time toy love of my life is not G.I. Joe or Transformers.
It is not Legends of the West or Marvel Legends.
It is and probably always will be...The Smurfs!
Ever since I was a small boy, I would go into a frenzy when new Smurf toys arrived at retail. My parents even created a large painted Smurfs village setting for all of my toys and gave it to me for Christmas one year. Though, I am not a die hard Smurf collector like those over at Bluebuddies.com.
I do not collect every little piece.
I usually just want the most accurate representation of the character in toy form. I outgrew the old statue like PVC figures of my youth and rejoiced when Jakks Pacific released a line of articulated figures from the show. I have gone nuts tracking all of the pieces down and there are still a handful of overseas variants that I haven't gotten my hands on.
These are by far the best Smurf figures ever done!
Each one is incredibly show accurate.
Jakks Pacific has been expanding this line for years now.
Just a year or so ago we got a Gargamel's Castle and new vehicles.
A few years ago they even introduced a brilliant concept of interlocking puzzle style pieces to create your own Micro Smurf Village!
WHY DID THIS TAKE SO LONG TO HAPPEN???!?
These are the Smurfs toys I had waited my whole life to acquire.
My buddy and I went everywhere buying out stores of sets
so that I could create a massive village for myself. In my opinion it is is still to small.
My favorite set was the Toysrus Exclusive, Garagmel's Castle!
Sadly this line was cancelled and no more pieces were made.
I hold out hope that one day they will return to this concept with the Smurfs.
Well...with the new movie Smurfs: The Lost Village opening on April 7th...I am gearing up for some new smurfy friends to come home and join my collection.
I already picked up a few, but there are so many more coming!!!
At Toy Fair in NY...
And sets that have only been seen in Europe so far...
You can pick up some at Toysrus right now...including blind bags, a box set, and two packs!
I am really looking forward to the movie and it is also my birthday weekend.
Maybe my wife will make these for me again this year...
Well...now that I have written this...I am off to grab a Smurf Happy Meal, find some Smurf toys and gear up for the movie next week!
Here's to another burgeoning Smurf collection.
Thanks to Jakks Pacific for updating, expanding and keeping this brand going for so long..