Childhood in Q8 Means: Sanafer Figurines!

The year was 1986 or 1987 i am not quite sure… what i was sure of though is the fact that El Sanafer (the Smurfs) were being shown on TV… they were a BIG HIT… and every single child in Q8 was smitten with them…

Then Hardeez had the great idea of distributing these little figurines with their Kids meals. I remember nagging on my parents to take us there and buy us meals just so we could collect the little toys! So many times that we used to end up with doubles like those babies below…

Of course the cartoon we have seen had no babies! The identity of those babies baffled us! Are they baby sanafer we know? or did Sanfoora get married to some sanfoor o have those babies? If so, which sanfoor was it?! Also who was this read head sanfoora below?! When did she appear?! We never got our answers though…

I remember a toy store in old Salmiya, next to the 3alamiya and the family book shop… it was Alwaleed… it used to sell the exact same figurines and they were not cheap… i think one figurine cost one KD or something? We bought one of the nurse sanfooras below while we got the other from a Hardeez Kids meal…

Sadly the few figurines shows is all i have left of those days and memories. We loved them so much we played with them all the time! The other rivalling cartoon, Shanakel, had also started selling their figurenes in Alwaleed as well… we had so many of them! All i have got left are those 2 of my favorite shankoola (oo6a was her name?!)

Their nose/snorkel thing was pliable! It was also very chewable for young boys like my brother who left his vicious mark on the poor shankoola’s snorkel.

I am keeping those toys forever insha2 Allah… i will show them to my children and my grandchildren one day but they are for display only… not to play with!

Do you remember those toys? Or have you ever seen them or played with them before?!

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Well I kinda followed up on the Smurf when I grew up *guilty* and the little pigtails sanfoora is Smurfette’s sister 😉 o nafs el shay sharshabeel created her 😉
    around minute 5:30 –>

    O baby smurf enwilad once in a blue moon! LOL

    I love the Smurfs 😉


  2. ayaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam…
    i miss my childhoood


  3. Posted by Q80BOY on June 20, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    i think i have one!

    i vaguely remember the show as well .. but was it the original? y3ni maybe i watched it in 1996 or 1997 😛


  4. What happened to these guys.. I wish they were still around, The smurfs and the Carebears!


    • Posted by danderma on June 20, 2010 at 5:18 PM

      Ooooh the carebears! I love them so much! I always wished i could have my own carebear to play with! Must look them up!


  5. Allaaah
    l sanafer wel shanakel
    kan 3ndy mnhom video tapes l 9’3ar
    i miss childhood;(((((


  6. umbai!!! thakarteeeeeni feeeehum i used to collect them toooo! and that shanakil woman one i had also used to chew her nose too loool…walaht 3ala ilsanafir!(


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