The People of Laaf

The People of Laaf are a race which turned up in Efteling in 1990, seeking out a nicer place to live.  Their village is located in the Fairy Realm in the park, and there you can visit the Laafs and watch them go about their everyday business, including baking, wine making, and attending school.  Here is a nice long story about how the Laafs came to be, so grab yourself some Laaf beer (or ordinary beer…) and enjoy…

Written by: Ton van der Ven
Former Creative director of “de Efteling”

Once upon a time….long, long ago, the peace-loving Laafs lived in a land that was heaven on earth. This land was located somewhere above the North Pole, where the Laps now live.

In that time, the North Pole was delightfully warm and the Laafs lived outdoors, not needing to build houses for shelter. Wild goats wandered the hillside and provided the Laafs with milk and cheese. Fruits and berries grew in abundance and streams of clear, cool water flowed across the countryside of the Laafs. It was truly the land of milk and honey. The Laafs all share the same mother and father.

Father Laaf, patriarch of the clan married Mother Lot. Mother Lot is a very important person to the Laafs; not just because she is their mother, but because she also gives all Laafs their immortality. The Laafs are very remarkable folk, but when they grow old, they run out of steam. When this happens, the Laaf must go to Mother Lot who then gives the Laaf some of her steam. The Laaf is rejuvenated by this steam and can then begin life anew.

Father Laaf was the first to run out of steam. This happened at a time when the earth was growing cold. Gradually, the North Pole became covered with ice, as we know it today. The cold turned some of them into a frightful blue color. Father Laaf realized that although a Laaf is a strong creature, temperatures below zero could kill them, so he came up with a solution. The Laafs would dig deep into the earth to where the hot lava bubbled.

When the Laafs had accomplished this task, Mother Lot gathered all of her Laafs who were still above ground and brought them down into the warm safety of the earth. But Father Laaf did not realize that Mother Lot had already gone below. He thought she was still above ground gathering her children.

As he searched for his wife and children, the temperature dropped to a breathtaking 60 below zero. Realizing that Mother Lot must have gone below, he stumbled towards the hole in the earth, but it was too late and he became a victim of the cold just inches before reaching his destination. The Laafs retrieved their frozen father and began the underground journey that would last for thousands of years. Little is known about the travels of the Laafs below. From time to time, they would burrow to the earth’s surface to take a look at the world above, but they could never find a place that appealed to them. Everywhere the Laafs poked a hole in the surface to peek out, a stream of molten lava would come gushing out. Soon there were mountains of lava, which today we call volcanoes, dotting the entire world.

One day, in the year 1989, the Laafs heard cheerful music and laughter coming from the surface above them. They had tunneled below a place called the Efteling in the Netherlands. The Efteling is one of Europe’s oldest and most attractive theme parks. The Laafs decided to investigate the source of the music and made their tunnel to the surface. When they saw the beauty and the colors of the Efteling, the Laafs knew they had finally found a place where they could be happy again.

The Laafs have enjoyed living in the Efteling. There is always something to see and do. From their hiding places, they listen to the stories of the visitors in the park. Some of these visitors come from nearby villages or towns, while others are from very far away. The Laafs, who listen to tales from far away lands have become curious and eager for adventure. They long to see places beyond the boundaries of the Efteling. Mother Lot, always sympathetic to the feelings of her children, is allowing some of her children to now travel to places such as the United States in order to find new adventures. Mother Lot will check on the progress of her children from time to time and asks all who see them to be kind; they have so much to learn after all those years spent underground.

(With thanks to the Efteling for providing the above text on the history of the Laafs.)

© 1990 de Efteling
© 1990 NIOP

De Efteling® and the Laaf People ® are registered trademarks of: De Efteling B.V.Europalaan 1, 5170 AA Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Many years ago, the park sold smaller versions of Laafs (smaller being on average 70cm) which you could ‘adopt’ and take home with you.  There are garden Laafs and house Laafs, and each one serves a purpose, such as a bird feeder, a dog bowl and many more.  Each Laaf came with its own passport and Laaf coin, as well as an ‘L’ somewhere on its person, to show that it was an authentic Laaf.
A few years after the original Laafs were produced for adoption, smaller Laafs were introduced to stores, including garden centres worldwide.  I believe that they were made smaller to fit into homes easier, and to not take up as much space as the originals.

An original Laaf called Lastpost, rescued from eBay!  He tells you to wipe your feet as you walk past, how kind of him.

The Laafs were created by Ton van de Ven, who was also the brains behind the Dreamflight, Fata Morgana, and countless other attractions at Efteling.  At one time, there were also Laaf clothes, dolls, clocks, ornamental houses, and even Laaf beer!

Above are some of the Laaf houses along with their original prices.

As mentioned, the Laafs are helpful souls, and carry out many duties around the home and garden.  Above, you can see some garden Laafs, a house Laaf, and some water Laafs.  The water Laafs can be hooked up to hoses and water fountains etc, to help add character to your garden and/or pond.  One of the garden Laafs can be seen carrying flowers, whilst another carries eggs.

59 thoughts on “The People of Laaf”

  1. thisdale linda said:

    J’AIMERAI FAIRE L’ACHAT DES LAAFS. COMMENT FAIRE?

  2. Cindy Westbroek said:

    I would like to become a distributor for Laafs here inthe US. Anyone know how that might come to be?

  3. Jennifer said:

    I have the Lumen collectible. With Laaf Passport & Adoption Certificate. In the orginal box. I am curious how much is it worth?

    • Is it a large Laaf or a small one? The larger ones tend to go for a fair bit of money on eBay, sometimes up to the £100 mark. Having the passport and certificate is definitely going to be on your side if you are trying to sell! Of course, it depends what someone is willing to pay for it, but there does always seem to be a lot of bids on the Laafs that show up on eBay. I know that there are some people on our Facebook page who were looking for Laafs if you wanted to upload a photo or something.

      Good luck!

  4. have a leprechaun paper towel holder laaf im interested in value and if i could acquire adoption papers and certificate for it
    thanks

    • Do you have a photo? If you don’t have the adoption papers I don’t believe that there is a way of obtaining them, since Laafs have not been in production for many years. Even without these though, Laafs can bring a decent amount of money on eBay, as they are very sought after!

  5. I too have a laaf, I have had it for over 20 years, it is a toilet roll holder and so cute, would love to know how much he is worth he is sitting on a toilet with a very pained expression on his face, very heavy. if someone can help me out I would be ever so grateful. Cheers lynne Australia.

    • Hi Lynne! Thanks for reading the site. I think I know exactly the Laaf you mean. It is hard to say how much they are worth exactly, as it all depends if you find the right person at the right time. If you check out the ‘completed listings’ on eBay, that should give you a better indication of how much they are going for on there. Of course, I have no idea how popular these little guys are in Australia! I’m surprised that they even made it over there. I hope that you have good luck selling him!

      Efteling UK

  6. Funda Bacınoğlu said:

    Hİ,

    I have some laafs and I’m looking for some else because I believe thay brings me chance. So would you please help me; where or how can ı find some functional and decorative ones?

    • We’ve found some useful ones on eBay before. Other than there, we don’t know of another way to get them, so just keep checking eBay 🙂 thank you for contacting us 🙂

  7. Please bring the Laafs back into production…

  8. iris van proosdij said:

    Dear sir. Madam,

    I have a laaf in my collection but he misses something in his hands, i hope you can tell me what he is missing, his serial number is: f.50060.01.027a3.

    With kind regards,
    Iris

  9. We have two living happily in our garden, it is so sad they are no longer in production we love them 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting the site! We’d love to see a photo of them!

      • Have a Laaf gnome that has an electronics malfunction with the motion sensor. Where can one obtain replacement parts for this?

      • Hi Rex! Is it the Laaf that tells you to wipe your feet? Unless you can somehow fix it yourself then I’ve no idea, since Efteling don’t make Laafs any more. Have you tried Googling it? If its just the sensor then maybe it can be replaced on its own.

  10. Thanks for the reply.
    The gnome in question belongs to someone else I am helping.
    What is this particular gnome named?
    Per your reference, for what would I Google?

  11. If you don’t mind, what is the price you are asking for Lastpost?

  12. HI,I have a few Laaf gnomes,some small (fridge magnets),some bigger..they all have series number,three of them have a little paper attached to their neck with description in Dutch and the bigger ones have a stamp as well…I would like to know more about them…how can I know whether thez are original or not, price,place to sell etc.Thank yu very much!

    • Hi, thanks for checking us out! If they have a serial number and a stamp they are most likely original. Do they have a little passport with them too? Actual laafs do and we have some Christmas decorations that also have one. Do you have a photo?

  13. Thank you for your reply!I have some photos as well. What exactly is a passport in this case?Sme of them have some sort of certificate attached…

  14. Cher Strachan said:

    Hi there, I have Lain Laaf, an adorable young salesman. He has been safely in his box in storage until today when I thought it was about time he showed his face. When I extricated him from his original packaging I found he has a broken leg. Can you please tell me how I can repair him. I would love to have him back in my garden for Autumn. the only way he was damaged is if he was dropped in transit as I have shifted a couple of times
    Kind regards
    Cher

    • Hi, thanks for getting in touch! One of ours has head his head knocked off twice now (poor guy) and we just used superglue. He’s been fine ever since!

  15. Cher Strachan said:

    Thanks 🙂 I tried to send you photos of him but wordpress ran into a problem

    • Feel free to e-mail us info@eftelinguk.com the super glue should work though 🙂

      • Hola,yo tengo un laaf y me gustaría saber que valor tiene,si es original y cual es su historia, se le rompió la herramienta que tenia en sus manos…gracias

      • Hola, lo siento, no hablo español! Si él tiene un poco de moneda pegada a él, y tiene un pasaporte, que es la cosa real. También buscar un número de serie en la parte inferior de él. No dude en enviarnos una foto. muchas gracias.

  16. I am sooo sad that these little ones are no longer in production…!! 😦 My husband started the collection for me a few years ago, but only have 3 of them!! Wanted to add to my lonely group but cant find them anywhere!! 😦

  17. Is there anywhere that I can get pictures of the whole collection so I can start crossing them off when I see them on ebay??

    • Hi Julie. I have a couple of scans of Laaf leaflets I can show you, but there were so many other little ones that I don’t have a whole list. The ones the leaflets show are the larger ones and the slightly smaller ones they made later on. I’ll send them to your e-mail. Thanks for checking out the site!

      • PATSY FARMER said:

        I HAVE A LARGER LAAF#003874 CALLED TGE POSTMAN. WHERE CAN I FIND A POSSIBLE PRICE FOR HIM IN CASE I DECIDE TO PART WITH HIM. THANKS, PAT

      • Do you have a photo? It really depends what someone is willing to pay, but larger ones tend to bring more money.

  18. Hi
    My Laaf men one with a basket full of lobsters, one lounging on a hammock and the other singing in the rain love them dearly. We have volcanoes in New Zealand hopefully some will pop up….so sad they are no longer in production…regards

  19. Mary Stewart said:

    I have misplaced my papers on my laaf. How can I search for his name by the serial #

    • Hello and thank you for checking out the site! There is not really any way that I know of of doing this, as there isn’t even an official Laaf website anymore. However, do you have a photo of it? I may be able to help if I see it!

      Thanks.

  20. hi i have 3 laafs lazy art# 19081 scan # 8714661190810, lam art# 19085 scan # 8714661190858 , lood art # 19083 scan 8714661190834 can you give me any info. like year made or are there more of them and what are they called

  21. I love all my little guys, but I am going to have to down size, and am thinking of finding them a new home. I have the door man who has the programmable (well it was, haven’t touched the recorder part in years). I have the towne cryer toilet paper holder (everyone’s favorite), The grumpy faced toilet brush holder, and the chef paper towel holder. I have the passport for Lax (papertowel holder) and Lastpost. Any ideas on pricing I should go for?

  22. i have 15 laaf figures with passports i will probably soon to put on ebay

  23. Tami Scofield said:

    I recently acquired a Laaf figurine that hangs and looks over the fence. I cant find out anything about him. Can someone help me??

  24. Roxanne Augustine said:

    Are these still available to buy

  25. Tiffany Pearsall said:

    Hello I have a larger Laaf figurine of a older Italian Chef it seems to be. His hands are joined in a circle and theres a tree I believe at the bottom of it. I sent you pictures to the email you provided to everyone else. I found him at a Goodwill here in Pennsylvania (USA) and am looking for the name and value basically. Thanks in advance.

    • Those Laaf folk really do get around! Value depends on what someone will pay for it, they’re not in production anymore so if someone really wants it they might pay more, but over in the UK, they go for roughly 30-40£ a Laaf. I’ve replied to your email.

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