I will give you some historyinformation about this supersmurf from 1978( eventhough the marking says 1982 on the german mold). 🙂
Gerda ( http://www.kickingtheblues.com/) has this fabulous poster from 1978 on her website. She sent me this closeup a few years ago. Here you can see that Schleich gave this supersmurf the articlenumber 40207 at this time. But I don´t think it was ever sold with that number. It was most likely sold first time in 1979 with number 40211.
But eventhough not sold this year it was made in 1978 and looked like this. Notice that Azrael did not have any eyebrows or whiskers on the first variations.
Azrael had this marking in the beginning.
As said no painted whiskers or eyebrows. I have 5 of these and all are painted the same. Old variation above.
Gargamel had his markings on the back of the robe in the beginning. And no yearmarking was used in 1978. 🙂 Unmarked under shoes.
As many of the figurines the paint used for the faces can be very different in colour. Also on this markingvariation.
In around 1980 Schleich added yearmarkings to the old molds and 1978 was added. This marking was probably used in Germany to around 1982.
When making new boxes in 1983 they changed the german name to Gargamel instead of Gurgelhals. Notice also that the old picture on the boxes also has the old paintvariation of Azrael.
When they added the markings under the shoes instead they for some strange reason marked it with the year 1982. Could be because they made the markingchange then??? This was the marking used all the way to the year they stopped with this super in 1986. The last one made was the one with black dot.
As you see these also comes in slightly different skincolours.
Azrael only got this peyo marking instead of the older marking. As you see there are 2 different markingvariations. The one with the larger peyo-marking also has a cavitynumber. These also have painted whiskers and eyebrows.
This was the box used in for example UK, containing german-marked figurines. The box is the same as the W Berrie box but they changed the marking under the box( removed W Berrie articlenumber) and also changed NBC to TV.
NBC started showing the smurfs in september 1981 and in 1982 they sold this super for the first time with articlenumber 6723.
Azrael got the marking Hongkong and Schleich.
Azrael had the same markings all the time, but eventhough only sold between 1982 and 1985 in the US there are actually a few markingvariations( 4-5 variations) on Gargamel. And as on the german figurines the skincolour was changed a few times?? 🙂 W berrie marked to the right.
1978 marking. I think this is the marking used after the 1980 marking. But I believe there is a first 1978 marking also.
As on all smurfs sold in the US they changed the year markings to 1980 in 1982.
Then we have the W.B.Co marked Gargamel.
The last one made in Hongkong was the W Berrie marked Gargamel.
The mold was also used in 1992, but then with CE marking and pink labglas instead. This variation was never sold as a supersmurf.
As you see they just added CE in the beginning on this mold. But to the right you see that they made a new mold later also, then marked made in China also. There are more variations of that one but we get to that some other time. 🙂
BUT Schleich actually sold this Gargamel as a regular smurf without Azrael in Argentina. Made by Minimodels. With white patches on the robe.
This was a licensed figurine by Schleich and got the Minimodels marking. At least half the marking. 🙂
This fantastic variation made in Spain was not licensed, but still among my favorites. 🙂
Azrael is unmarked and kind of yellow-brownish??
No markings at all on the spanish Gargamel.
Let me know if you have seen more variations of these Schleichmolds.