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Troll dolls, originally known as Leprocauns and also known as Dam dolls, Wishniks, Treasure Trolls, and Norfins, became one of America's biggest toy fads beginning in the autumn of 1963, and lasting throughout 1965. With their brightly colored hair and cute faces, they were featured in both Life Magazine and Time Magazine in articles which commented on the "good luck" they would bring to their owners. A cover of Life Magazine from 1911 Life has been the name of two notable magazines published in the United States. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...

Trolls became fads again in brief periods throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with as many as ten different manufacturers (such as Russ Berrie, Jakks Pacific, Applause, Hasbro, Mattel, Nyform, Trollkins and Ace Novelty) creating them. Gregory, a teddy bear made by Russ Berrie and Co Russ Berrie and Company, Inc. ... Jakks Pacific, Inc. ... Hasbro (NYSE: HAS) is an American toy and game company. ... Mattel Inc. ...


Originally created in 1949 by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam, the dolls became popular in several European countries during the early 1960s, shortly before they were introduced in the United States. The originals, also called "Dam Dolls", were of the highest quality, featuring sheep wool hair and glass eyes. Their sudden popularity, along with an error in the copyright notice of Thomas Dam's original product, resulted in cheaper imitations and knock-offs which flooded the American market. Thomas Dam is a Danish woodcutter who designed and invented the Good Luck Troll which was the fore-runner of the troll doll. ...

These imitations, also known as Uneeda's "Wishnik Trolls", "Treasure Trolls," "Norfins" and other tradenames, commonly shared the signature tall hair and shiny navel gem. It was not until 2003 that a Congressional law allowed the Dam family of Denmark to restore their original U.S. copyright and become the only official manufacturer once again.

Many people collect trolls; the originals maintain the highest value. Some collectors have thousands of troll dolls, ranging in size from miniature gumball machine prizes and pencil toppers to dolls over one foot tall. This has been acknowledged and prominently featured on the TV sitcom The Drew Carey Show, in which one of the characters, Drew's nemesis Mimi, collects them and keeps them on her desk at work. Another troll lover is Joy Miller from the movie The Beautician and the Beast; she is a beautician who is interested in making new hair styles for her trolls. A troll doll is also featured in the Toy Story movies. But this troll neither talks nor plays a significant role because of questions at the time regarding the doll's "public domain" status, which would eventually return ownership by the Dam family. The trolls are also seen in the movies The Borrowers, Tank Girl, Whore (1991 film), 54 (film), Over the Hedge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Snow Day, TV series Gomer Pyle, USMC, Living Single, The Nanny, Step by Step, 7th Heaven, The Treehouse Trolls, The Simpsons (episodes Flaming Moe's, Bart's Girlfriend, and I Am Furious Yellow), and the album The Bathroom Wall by Jimmy Fallon. These troll dolls also inspired a girls television show called Trollz which star five trolls who lives in a world of ogres, gnomes, dragons, and a bit of magic-but who have the same problems to deal as teens everywhere: boyfriends, pimples, clothes, money, school, and figuring out what it means to grow Trollish. The Drew Carey Show was a long-running American sitcom (set in Cleveland, Ohio) that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004 and was known for its everyman characters and themes. ... The Beautician and the Beast is a 1997 family comedy film directed by Ken Kwapis and starring Fran Drescher and Timothy Dalton as the title characters. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... The Borrowers (book cover) The Borrowers is a novel by Mary Norton about tiny people who borrow things from normal humans and keep their existence unknown. ... cover art to Tank Girl: The Odyssey Tank Girl is a British comic character written by Alan Martin and originally drawn by Jamie Hewlett; currently by Ashley Wood. ... Poster for the 1991 film Whore Whore, also known as, If Youre Afraid to Say It. ... Template:Infobox Film Fuckyou wikipedia, you are gay 54 is a 1998 film starring Salma Hayek, Ryan Phillippe, and Neve Campbell. ... Over the Hedge is a computer-animated film based on the United Media comic strip of the same name. ... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a 2003 film, a re-imagining of the 1974 film The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. ... Mark Webber and Emmanuelle Chriqui in Paramounts Snow Day. ... Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. was a television series that ran on CBS from 1964 to 1969, with episodes rerun in mid-1970. ... Living Single was an American television sitcom which aired for five seasons on the FOX television network from August 1993 until January 1998. ... The Nanny was a 1965 British suspense film starring Bette Davis as a psychotic governess suspected of killing one of her charges. ... Step by Step was an American television sitcom which was aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and with a network change moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Flaming Moes is the 10th episode of the The Simpsons third season. ... Barts Girlfriend is the seventh episode of The Simpsons sixth season. ... I Am Furious Yellow is the eighteenth episode of The Simpsons thirteenth season. ... The Bathroom Wall is the first album by Jimmy Fallon, that was released on August 27, 2002. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Trollz is also a fictional band in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novel, Soul Music. ...

During the doll's period of popularity in the 90's, several attempts were made to market the concept to young boys. This included action figure lines such as the Troll Warriors, Battle Trolls, Stone Protectors, and even Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Trolls. Success at these endeavors was marginal at best. Treasure Trolls were also marketed through other merchandise like T-shirts and even a gummy bear-like candy. A platform computer game was released in 1993 on Amiga and PC. The trolls are still produced today by toy manufacturer Russ Berrie. Zarbon action figure of from Dragon Ball Z made by Bandai An action figure is a posable plastic figurine of a character, often from a movie, video game, or television program. ... Greetings Traveler, I have been unable to find much of any information on Hasbros The Origional Battle Trolls. ... Stone Protectors was a line of action figures released by the Ace Novelty Company in 1993 as the last and greatest attempt to market the Troll craze to young boys. ... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures have been produced by the company Playmates Toys since 1988. ... Gummy Bears are a rubbery-textured confectionery, roughly 2cm long, shaped in the form of little teddy bears. ... Gregory, a teddy bear made by Russ Berrie and Co Russ Berrie and Company, Inc. ...

See also

Trolls with an abducted princess (John Bauer, 1915). ...

External links

  • Troll Dolls at the Bad Fads Museum
  • "Timeless Toys: They're Baaaaaaaaaaack!"

Trolls 1993 Computer game at MobyGames MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ...

  Results from FactBites:
Troll Dolls - The Bad Fads Museum (239 words)
In 1959, Dam could not afford to buy his young daughter a birthday present and instead carved for her a doll inspired by the legendary trolls which were believed to live in the Nordic forests and would bring luck to any humans who could catch them.
The doll attracted the eye of a Danish toy store owner and soon Dam was selling versions of the doll all over the world, selling more than a million of the in the United States in 1964 alone.
Danes believed the dolls were so ugly that you had to laugh at them and if you were laughing, nothing bad could happen to you.
What we did to a Troll Doll (84 words)
When Menya was diagnosed with cancer, we decided we needed something to take it out on.
The troll became a symbol of the disease, and we did all kinds of nasty things to it: we slammed its head in drawers, we stamped on it, we ran over it in the car - any time we needed to vent, we did something horrible to the troll.
When Menya lost her hair, so did the troll.
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