Retro Toys and Games Making a Comeback
The Smurfs -- those little blue creatures, each named for a personality trait -- were introduced as comic book characters called The Schtroumpfs in 1958. The creations of Belgian artist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford secured their pop culture dominance in the 1980s, when kids and collectors stockpiled the tiny figurines in massive numbers. In total, about 300 million were sold.
This month, on the heels of a summer movie that introduced them to a new generation, The Smurfs were further immortalized by having their handprints cemented at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
"The Smurfs have been an important part of pop culture for the last 50 years. It seems only appropriate that their legacy be acknowledged by the Grauman's Chinese Theatre," said Bob Osher, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions in a statement.That PR stunt to drum up sales for the home video release doesn't change the fact that once again anything deemed Smurftastic -- from plush toys to a best-selling iPad game -- is a hot seller once again.
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