Troll Dolls were actually introduced and reached their biggest peak of popularity back in the mid-60s, but they were resurrected in the 90s and I would bet that most of us had one or two of those creepy little things stowed away somewhere. The biggest change in the 90s-remixed dolls was that the manufacturers tried to market this toy towards boys.
That’s right, boys and girls—this was My Little Pony for boys.
The positives of Troll Dolls? There was a wide variety, of different characters, colors (well, hair color at least—like My Little Pony, the hair seemed to be the most defining feature of the toy), and sizes ranging from pencil-topper size to over a foot tall. This made them a good collector item for those who were so inclined to do so (ie: not me). There were the ‘rare’ Trolls and also, for those of us who just liked to twist and twirl and try to braid the hair (ie: me), the smaller, dirt-cheap variety.
The negatives? Trolls Dolls were UGLY with a capital U, and didn’t really do anything. At least My Little Pony was ridiculously, sickeningly adorable.
It is at least equally as creepy (in my opinion more so), so I can understand the confusion.