Smurfs are known for being loveable, blue cartoon characters that burst onto television screens in the 1980s.
But a Pascoe Vale man got more than a dose of nostalgia when a man dressed as Papa Smurf asked him for a cigarette last month.
The 37-year-old man had bought a packet of cigarettes from a convenience store at the intersection of West and Pascoe streets about 1am on December 16.
Have you seen these Smurfs? .... Police have released CCTV images of the men. Photo: Victoria Police
Police said after he left the store another man dressed as Papa Smurf approached him and asked for a cigarette. The man offered him a smoke but the Smurf insisted it be lit before he handed it over.
Police said the man refused and noticed the man dressed as a Smurf was with three other men, who were also dressed as Smurfs.
A police spokeswoman said the Pascoe Vale man was then bashed but it was unclear if the alleged offenders were the group in fancy dress.
She said police were hoping to speak to the men dressed as Smurfs in the hope of learning what happened to the man.
"We are trying to piece it all together to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the assault," the spokeswoman said.
"Because the men dressed as Smurfs spoke to the man before the assault we are interested in talking to them to find out what happened."
The group in fancy dress appeared to be trying to jump start a white VS Commodore and had asked for assistance from a woman at a nearby car park before they met the Pascoe Vale man.
CCTV images and footage of the men dressed as Smurfs has been released in an effort to further the investigation.
People with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers.com.au.