Sunday, 5 February 2012

Troll-rific



If somebody asked me what I collected as a child, I would probably be most inclined to say Tazos, everything and anything Barbie related and my undying love for Polly Pocket was near borderline obsessive. My 90s childhood was full of glorified plastic tat, and of course brought me, much joy and happiness.



So when stumbling upon a box of my old stuff I was somewhat quite mortified to discover an army of Trolls. Now I do remember the odd Troll here and there, but nowhere near as many as this lot. I think they must have secretly been multiplying whilst they’ve been packed away all this time.



What I just can’t get my head around is the fact that at some point in my childhood I must have played with these (a memory I seem to have now erased), not only have they got wacky and unruly hair in all shades of neon bright, but they are rather freaky looking too, what with their bare bottoms and ogling eyes.



Are we sure Trolls were meant for children?

One thing is for sure, my love of free gifts has been quite apparent from a young age, I ate my way through many boxes of cereal in hope of collecting the full set of pen toppers.



I’m aware a Troll is supposed to be a mythical creature, but they just don’t quite have the sweet nature appeal of Sylvanian families and other well-loved childhood characters. And Trolls wearing clothes, well that’s a whole other concerning matter. Dressing up Barbie and Ken is one thing, but dressing up a troll is kind of strange…no?



The fact that the word Troll is often used as an insult, kind of adds to the dislike for me, even my love of all things kitsch can’t quite stretch this far.

But they obviously must have served some sort of bizarre purpose in my childhood.
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  1. I LOVED these as a kid! my friend has one where the belly button lit up and turned red and green, was very envious of her x

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  2. oh my goodness i used to collect trolls too. unfortunately the only recent experience of trolls i have is my boyfriend often telling me my hair looks like one! xx

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  3. I had some of those too, I seem to remember cutting their hair. Which kid of defeats the purpose when you think about it, because their hair is clearly their best feature!

    xx

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  4. I used ot have a few of these! I'd always try and braid their hair but it was a nightmare. I also used to really want the pencil toppers but never got one : (

    xx

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  5. Wow you had a lot! I can't recall ever owning any of them but I remember my friends having them.

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  6. I remember having a lot of these neon haired monsters too. I threw them all out but last year I started looking for them again at fleamarkets. They turn out to be quite hard to find these days! x

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  7. I love trolls! I still have a couple somewhere. I used to believe the ones with the gem in their belly button had magic powers, lol.

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  8. I loooove Trolls!!
    Do you remember the trolls that came and they had sweets in, they came out via their feet?! I loved them! x

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    1. No! I don't remember those, they sound even more wacky xxx

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  9. Hahahaha! I don't think I ever owned a Troll during my childhood.. I don't even think my older brother did either! I wasn't even a Barbie girl and only had about 4 Polly Pockets. The toys I remember the most were Princess from The Raggy Dolls and the pink power ranger, otherwise I was mostly a stuffed bear kinda girl! I played outside nearly every single day when I was little so I loved the pogo stick and pogo ball! xx

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  10. haha I loved these as a kid too. I used to have loads and some really huge ones! A few years ago I up them in to the loaf but I will be getting them out when I have kids. I think they are really cute :]x

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  11. Oh my gosh so many trolls! I remember I had ONE troll and it would always really befuddle me that it was naked and I'd always try and put barbie clothes on it hahaha!

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  12. Aw I only had one troll who was a butler to my Sylivinan families! x

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  13. oh my!! hahahaha an army of trolls! and i'm sure they're multiplying over the years! oh gosh, look at thoseee bright colorful neon hairs! i think i had one when i was a child but not sure what i did with it or where it had gone to! hehehe

    x susan

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  14. Hahaha - i always love visiting your blog as you nearly always post about something thaty relates to me or things ive bought and yes i was a troll hoarder as a child! I had hundreds and used to ask for them for birhtday presents from the card shop!

    My husband calls them 'monkey scarers' as we once won one as a booby prize on a game at chessingston world of adventures - we then had it in hand when we went to the zoo part and the poor marmoset monkeys freaked out big time when they saw the troll at the window!

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  15. This post is hilarious! LOL Alice! I actually have quite a story about these little things, I remember seeing some in a shop and wanting them so bad purely because of the wacky hair. My Mum was quite horrified at this and refused point blank.

    I was only about 4 or 5 but I ended up stealing two of these! My Mum found out about a week later after seeing the crazy hair poking out of my pocket and made my take them back and apologise! Telling my I would go to prison if I stole anything again.... after that incident I never had any more of these as a child!! xxx

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    1. Omg! That's crazy, I bet your Mum was so angry! xxx

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  16. Now that's something even ancient old me can remember! Trolls were huge in the 1970s, too. I only had one and I bet it's still in the family home somewhere! x

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  17. I loved trolls too! So weird to think about that now. The old ladies at the casino have them and they rub them for good luck..pretty creepy right. I feel like we were brainwashed to like these...hmmmm
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  18. Haha, your attic is probably full of teeny troll babies, swinging from the rafters and getting into the ceiling. You've started an infestation. They're probably one of those toys which will never die, come the nuclear apocalypse there'll still be trolls!

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  19. I don't generally laugh out loud when reading blog posts- thank you for sharing this and making me giggle.

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  20. i hated trolls, although now ironically i find them kind of cute :P x

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  21. Ah yes I remember and was involved in the troll obsession of the 90s!!!

    Victoria xxx

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  22. Oh wow, I *loved* trolls! You always blog about such amazing nostalgic things, bringing back so many awesome memories! I had the pencil trolls, and an amazing wizard troll which I loved.

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  23. As being one of four children, I remember there being trolls of every size in the house (and us having to chuck them out!) BUT I can never remember playing with them too....dun dun dun!

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  24. I remember trolls! I used to love brushing and playing with their hair as its so crazy! I think I only had a pink haired one but my friend used to have loads Xxx

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  25. Me and my sister had trolls, we used to play with the my little ponys at the same time. The game was simple: trolls ponyknapped baby pony, mummy pony went and saved it.
    fun memories :) x


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  26. Ohhh, they're so cute. I also have 3 of them in my closet.

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