Troll dolls were...weird. They were everywhere in the 90's, and as a young boy at the time, I wasn't sure what to make of them. They seemed like a girls toy, but I still didn't want to miss out on the newest popular thing! Now, as a fully grown boy, I can admit I'm still not sure why these were so huge, but my wife happily tells me I don't know what I'm talking about. She also has a troll collection buried deep in the confines of her parents attic.
The first Troll ever made was carved in 1959 by a Danish woodcutter named Thomas Dam who couldn't afford to buy a Christmas present for his daughter. He whittled this little goblin and, soon, every kid in the town wanted one. He launched a company and named the toys "Dam Dolls" (nice). They became popular in Europe in the 1960's and had a brief but popular stint in the United States. Maintaining their success in Denmark they continued production, and once the 90's rolled around in North America, these little weirdos caught on like their hair would if exposed anywhere close to an open flame.
The Trolls had NES and SNES video games, a cartoon show, and a direct to video musical movie. After the magic of the 90's died down, the Dam company (nice again) tried a few unsuccessful attempts to revive Trolls, before selling them to Dreamworks Animation. The rest is history, and now they're forever remembered by the kids of today as part of that movie with that huge song by Justin Timberlake. To kids of the 90's, they're part of a world that included Furbies, Pogs, and a Justin Timberlake who had equally objectionable hair.