These crazy looking things were actually created in the late 1940s and first became popular in the 1960s, but seem to be a reoccurring fad. I would associate the troll more with the 80s, but apparently they made a reappearance in the mid 90s which could be why I remember them (my cousin had a huge collection.)
I can’t decide if these “dolls” are ugly or cute, and I think it’s the weird mixture that is appealing. The scrunched up face, eager eyes, and fluffy neon colored hair apparently isn’t creepy enough to keep them from being popular more than once. They come in all different sizes: mini, medium, large; and clothed or naked. Unlike a Barbie, its limbs didn’t move and it was perfectly okay for it to roam the toy box in the nude.
But like any good doll, you could style its hair and dress it up to be anything. I always had a hard time styling the hair because my imagination was limited by hair that stuck straight up. Braids and pig tails were always a favorite of mine if you could find a hair tie small enough. Looking back on it I wish I had collected them.
These have truly become icons in pop culture and can pop out at you when you least expect it. Apparently there was a TV show that featured them in 2005 called “Trollz,” which seems like a feeble attempt at modernizing trolls and continuing the fad phenomenon. Why anyone would think that was a good idea escapes me.
All I know is that troll dolls have the cutest butts I have ever seen.
What is your opinion on Trolls?