Monday, September 2, 2013

2011 Smurfs figures from McDonald's plus one Smurf Movie figure .

I loved watching the Smurfs as a kid back in the 80's when it came on Saturday mornings on NBC. Clumsy Smurf is the only version from the first Smurfs motion picture movie, and the others are based on the hit cartoon series. I purchased Clumsy at a local Target store, he was in the clearance section. The others were purchased at a local thrift store.
I know they are from McDonald's restaurant's Happy Meal franchise because on the bottom of their feet reads " Peyo 2011 Made for McD's China CWB China". Also every one except Clumsy has their name printed on the bottom of their foot. For those of you who may not be familiar with the details, Peyo is the creator of the Smurfs franchise. McD's is abbreviated for McDonald's, and I have no idea what "CWB" stands for. 
As mentioned earlier, Clumsy is the only figure based on the live action film, whereas the others are cartoon based. The following pic is a comparison of how the movie and cartoon versions differ. The only difference I notice are the eyes, as I compare the movie version of Clumsy Smurf to the cartoon version of Vanity Smurf. 
Size wise neither version tops over 3 inches. The cartoon figures are slightly taller than the movie figures, as evidently shown by comparing Clumsy in height to his buddy Brainy Smurf in the following pics. 

As for the names of the characters in these pics, Farmer Smurf is the one with the farmer's hat, holding his shovel with a red bird sitting on the edge of it. Of course I'm sure everyone knows that's Papa Smurf with the telescope. Brainy seems to be holding what appears to be either a cell phone or a walkie talkie. And the only thing that'll disappoint you about Vanity is that his mirror has no reflection. It is painted a silverish gray type color.

(1) ARTICULATION - Clumsy is the only articulated figure whereas the others are not. Clumsy's arms and legs move up and down. No sideward outward movement. His head can turn all the way around with no looking up or down feature.
(2) STANDABILITY - All characters stand very well without balance issues. However Clumsy will fall if you try to pose him in a standing bending position. 
(3) WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT ALL OF THESE SMURFS FIGURES ? As for Clumsy, the fact that he's articulated is good enough for me. Although limited articulation, but articulated non the less. The cartoon Smurf figures look really cool and are great for displaying. 
(4) WHAT I LIKE LEAST ABOUT ALL OF THESE SMURFS FIGURES ? I have nothing to dislike about none of these figures, however there is room for improvement.
(5) WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO MAKE THESE FIGURES BETTER ? For Clumsy, some up and down head movement would've been nice. As for the others, articulation period would have been nice, along with the ability to hold and remove accessories. And if Vanity Smurf's mirror was a real mirror that would've been a neat feature. 
(6) GRADING SCALE - On a scale of 1 to 10 I give Clumsy a 9.0. Would've gotten a perfect ten if he had up and down head movement along with either articulated fingers or have his hands posed where he could hold items.  The others get a 9.0 also with lack of articulation being the only reason for not receiving a ten.
(7) FINAL ANALYSIS - Overall I love all of these figures, they look cool and make great display pieces . For those of you that purchased all of the Smurf figures from the live action movie franchise and may want to add a few more Smurfs to your collection, these cartoon figures may fit in well for some of you, despite the slight height difference. So what are you smurfing for ? Smurf on over to E-bay or Amazon and smurf up some extra smurfs for your collection. 

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