World Cup starts

Opening match is Brazil against Croatia.

Neymar against Modric.

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New Red Devils promo

For many collectors it is a bit odd that Schleich used the devilsmurf to make a promo for the Belgium soccerteam. The reason for this is that the team is called Rode Duivels or Red Devils in english. Schleich gave it articlenumber 82915 and calls it Little Devil. 🙂

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If you compare it with the very rare 20213 devil with the addressmarking( only a few were made since they stopped making the devil just when they had started with the addressmarking) you find one very important difference.

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The old devil from 2009 is made of pink material and is painted red. The new devil is made of red material and painted pink. Therefore it is a big difference in the looks. One is pink and one is almost purple. This will also make it hard to fake the new promo to the old one. 🙂 My guess would be that more new promos were made compared to the old devil with addressmarking??? :))

Backside of 20454 smurfs

Here are the variations sold of this smurf. Top row was made in Germany, then the last three were made in China. The one with the darkred shirt has the made in China marking on the back of the shorts. The new promos with the addressmarking has the made in China marking under the shoes.

Articlenumbers are 20454 for the normal ones, 82650 for the dutchpromos made for the Euro Cup 2000 ( I think both with keychain and without has the same number??). The new promos for Belgium and Holland has the numbers 82914 and 82917.

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Numbers on the back of the profisoccersmurfs

A funny thing collectors should notice on the new promosmurfs for the World Cup is that the dutch smurf has number 14 on the back. This is because the most famous dutch soccerplayer Johan Cruyff played with number 14 on his jersey.

All of the other of these smurfs have number 10 on the back. Like the last ones sold with the french and german smurfmagazines in 2006 and 2008.

However the dutch promo soccersmurf with keyring from 2000 has no number on the back. Same with the TV Herlikofen soccerplayer.

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