Maureen asked me if all the smurfs sold in the UK by National were marked made in Portugal, since they were made in the Victor Maias factory in Portugal. As I may have told you before the ones sold in summer 1980 for the Oilympics were not marked made in Portugal. They were marked W Germany and had a yellow dot telling it was painted in Portugal. However, a Portugal-marked variation was made later and then sold with the Maia Borges-sticker on the box. This was after the National Benzole promotion had ended though.
Basicly it is the same with all smurfs sold during the National promotion. Painted in Portugal but not marked made in Portugal. Maybe around 1982 the first smurfs with Portugal-markings were sold for the first time. So could be that the last smurfs sold in UK when National still had the license had Portugal-marking??
Today we made this years first Nettle soup. But the we did not have enough Nettle, Urtica dioica, in our garden as you see on the picture. But my wife found a lot close to a tenniscourt nearby. So we had a fantastic first course before todays dinner! 🙂
I went to town today to buy a bluetooth headset with radio for my Iphone. Pod-radio eats battery-power as you may have noticed!! 🙁
Anyway I off course could not pass the toystores without checking the Schleichshelves. 🙂 I bought the new eagle´s nest for my oldest daughter, Edina. Also a eagle for my youngest daughter, Ally. And I also desided to check all the animals on the shelves and see where they are made. To my surprise almost all animals are made in China. Only a few were marked made in Germany. We have also a few with made in Tunesia marking. However I don´t think Schleich use the factory in Portugal anymore.
The smurfs I think are made in Germany now. It will be interesting to see the markings on the new smurfs beeing sold in May. Made in China or Made in Germany?? 🙂
Today it is snowing and it will be cold nights for a few days now. So a bit of a setback for the flowers in our garden. This Puschkinia scilloides don´t like this.
Don´t forget to bring out the candles and switch off the lights at 20.30 today. So do the same as my friends from Hongkong, Germany, Brazil and Argentina and light candles instead!! 🙂
My unmarked spanish candle has half-painted shoes!
It´s finally Friday. Sharing a bag-in-box with friends. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!
Here are all the boxes used in UK during the time BP and National had the license for the smurfs. The first 6 boxes were made in Germany and were the only supersmurfs available in March 1979. The National petrol attendant was also possible to buy then, but I have that box together with the National playsetboxes, and therefore not on the picture. The next 6 supersmurfs were the ones sold before the Oilympics promotion in summer 1980. And then you can see all the 10 sportsuperboxes sold for and together with the oilympics stadium during the summer 1980 when the summer olympicgames took place in Moscow. The next 3 boxes were sold before October 1981, then imported by Coronet but still sold under the National Benzole license. The last 6 boxes were sold after October 1981 in the UK and all these boxes have one thing in common.
They are all marked Maia Portugal. 🙂 I bet many of you had not noticed that. The reason for this is that the Victor Maias factory in Portugal painted and made the smurfs for the UK market. In the beginning German- and Hongkong-made smurfs were sold by National, but after the lead paint scandal in October 1978, Schleich started using Maias factory for the UK market( yellow dots). Later some of these boxes also were sold with a sticker marked Maia Borges, but that I believe was in mid 1980s ( check Maia Borges catalogue 1985).
The name Solito is probably only the company making the boxes( the fireman- and photographer-boxes are only marked Solito, without Maia)
Here is a picture of all the supersmurfs sold in UK in autumn 1981. It is from my Coronet leaflet. As you see Go-cart is not shown but marked to be sold in October. This leaflet also tells us National Benzole still had the license by Peyo and SEPP for the smurfs.
And here are the correct boxes going with that leaflet. 🙂 In the same order.
The airplane-box ( or smurf in cage??)was the last supersmurf made for the UK when National had the license. In 1983 Schleich made new boxes with three languages( german, french and english), replacing the old german/french boxes and also these UK boxes.
Naturi with his new friend. 🙂 The first time we have seen a ladybird this year!
The smurfs have many times been used in promotions for chocolate candy, like for Waldbaur and Kwatta. But never for Cloetta as far as I know.
The reason for the picture is that I have been contacted by Cloetta and they wants to buy this old, large ”plate” or ”sign” from me for their new museum, which opens the 31th of March this year. I put a Waldbaur-chocolate-smurf in front of it so you can see the size. I agreed to sell it to them since I have 3 of them and it could also be fun when visiting the museum in the future seeing it. The company was founded by 3 swiss brothers in 1862. And has had a factory close to where I live since 1901.
Here you can read about the company history: http://www.cloetta.se/en/Cloetta-History.aspx
Got the ”Income tax return form” in the mail today. Will look at it later. We have until the 2th of May to send them back.