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Trolls

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captaintony
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#24871 3 years, 1 month ago
Totem wrote:
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It's mom and dad, I haven't seen you guys since Woodstock!
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#24894 3 years, 1 month ago
Trolls are hot!
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More negative karma please =-)

Re: Trolls

#24897 3 years, 1 month ago
Duuude, when i was a kid i use to have like 20-30 troll dolls. Havent the slightest clue what happened to em tho. Doubt they'd b worth shit.

P.S. REGISTERED AS AN ORGAN DONOR A COUPLE DAYS AGO AT THE DMV. FOR YOU PHIL!!!!!!!
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Re: Trolls

#25097 3 years, 1 month ago
Totem wrote:
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hey those are fragills from Fragil Rock......i thought my 3 year old would like that show because my wife was into it at that age...he said the show was lame i said but mommy likes it ...he said she was lame....
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Re: Trolls

#25127 3 years, 1 month ago
DeadHead420 wrote:
Duuude, when i was a kid i use to have like 20-30 troll dolls. Havent the slightest clue what happened to em tho. Doubt they'd b worth shit.

P.S. REGISTERED AS AN ORGAN DONOR A COUPLE DAYS AGO AT THE DMV. FOR YOU PHIL!!!!!!!


probably shoved them up your butt for fun.
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THE THUMBNAIL GUIDE TO SELLING TROLLS- PART ONE
by: mountainmaid56 ( 810Feedback score is 500 to 999) Top 5000 Reviewer
230 out of 242 people found this guide helpful.
Guide viewed: 20593 times Tags: TROLLS | DOLLS | FANTASY | 1960'S | TROLL ANIMAL

OK. SO YOU'RE NOT AN EXPERT ON TROLLS. IS IT TIME TO SELL THAT VINTAGE COLLECTION OF YOURS, OR THAT YARD SALE FIND? READ ON FOR SOME QUICK TIPS FOR EVALUATING AND LISTING YOUR TROLLS....

Early Wishnik 6 Inch Troll on 1960's Lamp, With Original Cowboy Hat, Chaps and Gun Belt

PART ONE - EARLY TROLLS [THE 60'S TROLLS]

First, a word on what this article is NOT. This is not a collector's guide to the wonderful world and history of trolls, and troll appreciation. Several excellent books have been written on that subject, and the reader may wish to consult such examples as the TROLL Identification & Price Guide by Debra Clark, Hobby House Press, Inc., for a more thorough treatment. [You may find it disappointing to rely on the dollar values in these guides for our purposes, however, since ebay auction values have not been reflective of the Guide values]. The trolls in this article are the more familiar and popular trolls of the 1960's and 1970's [and in Part II, the popular trolls of the1980's and 1990's], and such things as Nyform Trolls and troll animals will be discussed separately, if at all.

This article will give you some quick things to look for in pricing your vintage trolls, and some useful [hopefully] keywords to include in your title.

Age -First of all, as noted above, I've divided trolls into two groups - those made or copyrighted in the early 1960's [DAM (c)1964 is a popular one]; and those from the late 1980's and early 1990's [Norfin and Russ Trolls are typical of this era]. Within the first group, trolls marked for their creator or parent company, such as Thomas Dam, or Dam Things Est. 1964, or Scandia House Enterprises (S.H.E.) on either their back or their feet, are among the most desirable, with Scandia House trolls seeming to command the highest prices. Popular to a lesser degree it seems, are the Wish-niks. These little trolls also appear to date from the 1960's or early 1970's, and are generally marked with a double horseshoe on each foot. "Tab-backed" or tabbed trolls may also date from this era but are generally unmarked and have not been commanding the prices of their counterparts. [Tabbed trolls are so-called because they have a plastic tab at the back of their necks].

Above - Tabbed Back Troll on the Left - Some of These Tabbies Were Actually Wishniks

Height - Most trolls in this early catagory, and seemingly the most popular, are between 21/2 and 3 inches tall. Larger trolls, up to about 12 inches tall, can also be found with the DAM or Scandia House names, and may command higher prices, although with trolls, bigger is not always better. Rarity is a factor which may better be determined by consulting your trusty Troll Guide. Uneeda Wish-nik and DAM also made larger 5 inch to 5 1/2 inch or 6 inch trolls in a variety of styles, including banks, starting in about the early 1970s. These are sought after by some collectors although they have not historically, attracted the greatest interest on ebay.

Pencil-toppers - As the name implies, these little trolls [about one inch tall] were made to fit on top of pencils, and were made and marked by DAM, SCANDIA HOUSE and possibly others. Again, the Scandia House pencil-toppers in good condition seem to command the highest prices, followed by DAM and unmarked pencil-toppers. Note: When displaying pencil toppers or other tiny trolls, it's a good idea to include a REPRESENTATION OF SCALE [a ruler, quarter, etc.] in the picture, in order to alert the bidder to the actual size.

Hair - Hair seems to be a big factor for troll collectors as you might expect - since trolls are often more hair than body. Mohair was the original fiber of choice for trolls, generally attached in the form of a glued-on plug. A full head of hair in two or three colors will usually contribute to a troll's value. If the hair is "replacement hair" (often by the seller), the seller will usually so state in the auction, although this usually does not adversely affect value (Many trolls, it seems, are charter members of the Hair Club for Trolls). Vinyl rooted hair [like Barbie] can add to a troll's value, particularly if it is plentiful. Some unmarked trolls I've seen have a fairly thin layer of vinyl hair framing their faces, which covers a hole in the top of the head. I've often found these with painted on "frog eyes", and their value tends to be significantly lower than those more lavishly made. Also, many trolls suffer from thinning hair - either weak mohair or some not-so-long-lasting woolly or synthetic fibers (think fine steel wool), and this condition will potentially detract from value, unless you're selling them in an as-is lot, where some happy troll-crafters may get into a bidding war). Black and white are common hair colors, followed by pastels and vivids such as reds and oranges. All things being equal, purple, blue or lavendar tend to command the highest prices at the moment. If you have an unusual hair color, you might include that in your title.

Eyes - The most common troll eye color for this era is amber - either glass, plastic or painted-on. Green, blue or lavendar are less common and so more sought-after. Among glass eyes, spiral eyes [with little lines radiating out from the iris] are generally are the most prized. Some collectors will replace amber eyes with a more desirable colors, and most reputable seller/collectors will disclose this in their auctions. Again, I have not seen these after-market upgrades detract from a troll's value.Often if it enhances the aesthetic, it seems to positively affect value. If there's room in your title, eye description should be included if you have one with a rare eye color.

Special Features - Wish-nik made a line of two-headed trolls which are attract quite a following, and DAM and SCANDIA HOUSE offered trolls with specialty outfits such as Playboy Bunnies, Cheerleaders, Vikings or Eskimos. Trolls which are 12 inches tall or taller and marked DENMARK, will also garner more interest and these features should be mentioned in your title.

Two-Headed Troll Marked Uneeda Wishnik 1965 on Left - Dam Donkey Stamped Dam Things Est. 1964 on Right

Clothes - For this era of early trolls, original felt outfits are a plus, and shoes are an especially nice find. Some sellers offer One of a Kind trolls [OOAK] and/or troll outfits, and prices for their lovely creations can be $20 to $120, or more depending on detail and materials . [Fairies, angels, and lovely ladies in poodle skirts or evening gowns seem to have sold well in this early part of 2006, with my personal favorites being a troll in a tiny dinosaur costume, and a dog groomer with pup, selling for about $40 to $80 or more apiece].

Country of Origin - The most popular early trolls will be marked as being from Denmark, if the country of origin is given. Generic brands, including Uglies animals, will be marked JAPAN or possibly HONG KONG and do not generally command as high a price. Less common are a group of trolls that may have come from, or were marketed for, Great Britain. They are marked with a circle on one foot in which the maker's mark appears: "Reg'd DES U.K. No. 904396 and Others". These trolls are about 2 1/2: tall and look very much like the Thomas DAM trolls of the 1960's. Although I found a refernece to some rhinestone-eyed trolls in Debra Clarks Troll Guide on p. 79 with this mark, nothing is offered on their origins or their company.

A Note on ODORS - Some trolls have been much-loved by smokers, and were first popular in the days when almost everoned smoked. The smoke odor can still be be quite pronounced in some trolls as it clings equally well to the plastic, felt and mohair. Because of their age and materials, some trolls cannot safely be cleaned with normal washing, so bidders will usually want to know whether the troll has any odors. Also, if the current owner or seller is a smoker, you can usually assume that the trolls will smell of smoke, and it is recommended that the description at least acknowledge that the troll come from a smoking household.

Some Further Notes on ODORS: I am reminded by a member, that smoke is not the only troubling smell. Mustiness - such as the troll houses tend to collect - are troublesome as well. However, attempts to neutralize, mask or control the odors may cause NEW problems if the chemical cleaning odors don't evaporate as well. Some people can have severe reactions to household cleaning agents, so if the method isn't fool-proof, it may be better to just mention any mustiness in the listing. In the case of our member, some treasured items had to be returned because they had been treated with an air freshening preparation. As a seller, it's often a tough call as to when to clean items, but we may have to assume that with trolls, LESS IS MORE.

KEY WORDS for your TROLL auction might include: the MAKER and MARKINGS of your troll [e.g. SCANDIA HOUSE or DAM], the HEIGHT (Trolls are measured by the body only. If the hair is lovely, long and flowing, that can be noted separately); the vintage or age if known; the eye type and color if desirable [e.g. GREEN SPIRAL EYE], and a good hair description such as PEACH MOHAIR or LONG GREEN HAIR, if applicable. Also, add any distinguishing features such as TWO-HEADED or PLAYBOY BUNNY or CHEERLEADER to catch the serious bidder's attention!

The value for any particular troll may be hard to determine until the hammer falls. However from this range of characteristics, you should be able to check out some auctions for trolls like yours, and get an idea of price, now that you hopefully know what features to highlight. With a good header, supply and demand should do the rest.

If your troll collection or question is not addressed here, perhaps your trolls were made in the 1980's or early 1990's . If so, please check out PART TWO.

And if you have trolls of any kind, you are fortunate, indeed. Whether they are from Denmark or Hong Kong, big or small, hairy or near hairless, chances are, they have crossed cultures and have soaked up much love over the years. And when you are looking into the face of a little troll, it is hard to take yourself or life too seriously!!!

P.S. If you are interested in trolls or troll outfits, you might enjoy some of the very creative offerings on ebay. Word search TROLL OUTFITS VINTAGE. Or try usernames such as unicogoddess or mariebeecher, for some fine examples - and I'm sure your searches will yield even more!

For more information on trolls, and particularly the Russ, Norfin and related trolls, please check out THE THUMBNAIL GUIDE TO SELLING TROLLS - PART II.

Guide ID: 10000000000812987Guide created: 03/22/06 (updated 04/15/11)



THE THUMBNAIL GUIDE TO SELLING TROLLS -PART TWO
by: mountainmaid56 ( 810Feedback score is 500 to 999) Top 5000 Reviewer
123 out of 132 people found this guide helpful.
Guide viewed: 17046 times Tags: TROLLS | DOLLS | DAM | TROLL DOLLS | TROLL ANIMALS

OK. SO YOU'RE NOT AN EXPERT ON TROLLS. IS IT TIME TO SELL THAT VINTAGE COLLECTION OF YOURS, OR THAT YARD SALE FIND? READ ON FOR SOME QUICK TIPS FOR EVALUATING AND LISTING YOUR TROLLS....

PART TWO - THE MODERN TROLLS [THE 80'S AND 90'S TROLLS]

First, a word, once again, on what this article is NOT. This is not a collector's guide to the wonderful world and history of trolls, and troll appreciation. Several excellent books have been written on that subject, and the reader may wish to consult such examples as the TROLL Identification & Price Guide by Debra Clark, Hobby House Press, Inc., for a more thorough treatment. [You may find it disappointing to rely on the dollar values in these guides for our purposes, however, since ebay auction values have not been reflective of the Guide values]. The trolls in this article are the more familiar and popular trolls of the 1980's and 1990's [and in Part One, the popular trolls of the1960's and 1970's], and such things as Nyform Trolls and troll animals will be discussed separately, if at all.

The purpose of this guide is to assist potential sellers in the listing and valuation of their trolls. Because relative values fluctuate, a dollar amount is not usually assigned to any particular type of troll, although in some instances, recent ebay trends and auction results have been commented upon. Where possible, the more and less desirable criteria have been highlighted and the reader may wish to incorporate the more favorable attributes which apply, into listing titles and headers.

In the world of trolls, newer, like bigger, is not necessarily better. Compared to the trolls of the early 1960's and 1970's, the trolls of the 1980's and 1990's are generally bigger, more plentiful, and hence have not generated the interest [yet] that their older counterparts have - at least, what interest there is, has not, for the most part, translated into higher sales. And there are many more styles and makers to choose from.

Size and style - In addition to 3 inch, 5 inch and 9 inch, hard plastic trolls, soft-bodied trolls were made by Russ and others, in 8 inch to 15 inch versions, similar in size and feel to Cabbage Patch Kids, sporting a variety of costumes, team outfits and jammies. In addition, some of these soft-bodied trolls have velvety plush skin, and almost feel like throw pillows. It is also possible to find larger trolls of this era, ranging up to about 17 inches, particularly with some DAM trolls. These will command a relatively high price, particularly if they are marked, "Made in Denmark", rather than China. Clothing seems to be a key feature of this era as well, with most every manufacturer offering trolls with stylish all-occasion or specialty outfits (birthday, wedding, party, beach, Christmas, Trolls of the World, Easter, Save-the-Planet, etc.). Some, like the the Magic Trolls, have molded on clothing in vibrant pastels. Tiny trolls, pencil toppers, earrings, necklaces, charms and baby trolls can also be found in sizes from about 1/2 inch to 1 or 2 inches.

Hair - Modern trolls all seem to have synthetic hair in bright primary and pastel colors, and the thickness and quality does not seem to vary hugely from maker to maker.

Eyes - Eyes are generally plastic or glass and come in a wider range of colors. While many of the DAM or Norfin trolls tend to have amber, brown or black eyes, trolls made by UNEEDA WISH-NIK, RUSS, TNT, MAGIC, APPLAUSE, BRIGHT, SOMA, ACE NOVELTY, and those marked simply, "Made in Korea" or "China" often feature lovely pastel eyes in pink, blue, green, or yellow. Unlike the trolls of the 1960's and 70's where eye color may add to value, eye color for these trolls does not seem to influence value.

Country of Origin - Many of these modern trolls have been made in China or Korea as indicated by the markings on their feet. Norfin or DAM trolls seem to have been made both in DENMARK and in China, and those marked "Denmark" will usually be more attractive to bidders. In many cases, the only difference in these trolls is the marking, so one cannot tell from looking at it's little Dam picture, whether it was made in China or Denmark. Where possible, the seller will do well to include a photo of the incised maker's mark if the troll was made in Denmark. This can usually be found on the back of the neck, or back, or on a foot. If that is not practical, featuring the words MADE IN DENMARK, or just DENMARK, in the title will usually increase interest.

Popular Makers - Norfin, which continued the THOMAS DAM line, makes some of the most popular trolls in 3 inch, 5 inch, 9 inch, and up to 17 inch sizes. The smallest of these [aside from the pencil toppers] come in one-piece felt outfits, with translucent bodies and assorted hair colors. They are quite lovely and again, were made in both China and Denmark. The relatively small number that were made in Denmark usually sell for several dollars or more, apiece. When listing these trolls for sale, it may be helpful to include the NORFIN and/or DAM name in the title, and, if applicable, made in DENMARK.

The larger trolls in the 5 inch and 9 inch sizes can be found in a wide range of costumes and outfits, including the very popular Storybook themes. UNEEDA WISH-NIK which reissued its earlier trolls in the popular 3 inch 5 inch and 7 inch sizes, generally made its trolls with the double horseshoe mark on both feet. [ These trolls may sometime be found in pairs - such as his and her cave creatures or kids. Supposedly the males have pointed ears and the females have rounded ears, but I have seen a few of indeterminate gender - even for a troll].

Russ Trolls were made in great numbers, apparently, and are notable for their wonderfully imaginative costumes and sizes. Popularly found in the 5 inch size are the RUSS "TROLLS OF THE WORLD" and Troll occupations. Russ also makes a seemingly endless line of holiday, birthday and graduation trolls in sizes from 1 inch to 10 inches, making them about as scarce as zucchinis in August. And sometimes, about as hard to unload.

Baby trolls - If you are fortunate enough to have a seated or lying DAM baby troll in your collection [ These often have short spikey hair], then you have one of the more desirable leaders of the pack. These babies usually have painted on eyes, some complete with "whites", no clothes, and occasionally their original " Adopt a Norfin" tag. They may sell for as much as $10 to $20 each on a good month, depending on the preference of the moment as to hair color, and condition. Russ, and others, possibly, made a line of 2 inch baby trolls, commonly standing or crawling. These however, have not generated the interest of the baby Norfins, which are generally marked.

Some Favorites - While it seems that the interest in these modern trolls is about lukewarm overall, this may offer prospective buyers some great "investment"opportunities. Two or three catagories in particular are worth musing over. Treasure Trolls - so named because of the good luck jewels in their bellies and made by ACE Novelty - are particularly well-crafted and lovable. They come in 3 and 5 inch sizes, as well as larger soft-bodied versions, and may someday earn their place among the more sought-after troll collectibles. They do not seem to have been made in quite the numbers as their counterparts, but do have some very nice accessories and companion collectibles in the pattern and fabric arenas. Similarly, Magic Trolls which were also made in more limited production, have a fabulous line of little accessories, including a beauty shop and some cute little companion riding animals, as well as some larger play dolls. Although they are not yet widely appreciated, their fanciful accessories and well-crafted molded-on clothing could generate more doll-house lovers' interest as time passes.

Also of note are the TRACEY and TRAVIS Trolls. These are taller, jointed doll-shaped trolls or, if you will, "puberty trolls" which are dressed rather smartly and stand about 10 to 12 inches tall. Each of these, if fully dressed, may command up to several dollars apiece as of this writing, and are commonly sought after by collectors. Since these also, were not produced in the huge quantities of their RUSS cousins, the demand is likely to outstrip the supply, making them a troll investment worth considering. If you have such a troll, including that information in your title is always a good idea.

There have been some Russ trolls, either original or "re-dressed" which feature a topic so popular, that they sell for $100 or more. In early March of this year, a Russ troll in a bathrobe with coldcream and curlers sold for about $150! But that one truly seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.[ I bought a very cute DAM "spa" troll last year, done up with an herbal "masque", robe, bath rug and kitten, and every bit as cute, for a modest $15, and all of the proceeds went to MissionFish, as I recall - ebay's nonprofit affiliate/clearinghouse/thingy -- so go figure].

So, if you find yourself with a lovely collection of late model RUSS, SOMA, TNT, CALIFORNIA BURGER KING, BRIGHT and/or unsigned TROLLS to sell, the most practical title tag for them is probably: HUGE LOT OF TROLLS FOR SALE! CHEAP!! Enjoy these little guys -at least they don't break! - and keep on listing! Thanks for reading.
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