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Nottingham world record breaker wants more Smurfs
Stephen Parkes surrounded by smurfs
Stephen Parkes has entered the Guinness Book of Records for 2011

A Nottingham man who entered the Guinness Book of Records for owning the largest collection of Smurf memorabilia is searching for more figures.

Mr Parkes, 44, now has over 1,200 items in his collection but is "very desperate" for the less-common figures.

He said: "It depends on the Smurf and how rare it is. [But] I have paid upwards of £800."

Stephen, who started his collection at the age of ten, is still searching for over 40 items including a Smurf castle.

It was 34 years ago that Stephen first set his eyes on the little blue figurines with the white hats.

They were only available at National petrol stations where 'You'll get service with a Smurf!' was a familiar slogan.

Fatefully, Stephen's grandma lived next door to one of the garages.

"There was a big display of Smurfs and that's where it all started," said Stephen.

"My favourites are probably the promotional Smurfs which were produced in much smaller, limited quantities, so they're quite sought after."

Stephen's collection is worth thousands and is under lock and key, split between two properties.

The coveted Smurfs which Stephen requires include a spy Smurf, a judge, a tennis player, a golfer, a teacher, a jester and many more.

The Smurfs were the creation of Belgian cartoonist Peyo, in 1958.

In 1981, American TV network NBC broadcast the first Smurf cartoon which ran for nine years.

If you have items that Stephen might be interested in, please visit his website: www.nationalfriends.co.uk




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