Thursday, May 23, 2013

Restored "Iggy Normous" Cave Troll


In the 1960s, the largest Dam dolls on the market were known as the "Iggy Normous" trolls.  They were anywhere from 10.5 to 12 inches in height (not including the hair).  Probably the best known of the Iggy Normous Trolls was Dam's Cave Troll.  This 1964 version of the Cave Troll originally had a 2-inch, (cream colored) plastic, sharp-tooth or bear-claw piece hanging from his neck.  "Ugh" was missing this before I got him - so, I replaced it with an authentic Bison (American Buffalo) tooth.  White Icelandic mohair now takes the place of his once rotting gray hair.  Real rabbit fur, dyed in a leopard pattern, now covers his body - instead of the original deteriorating costume.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HAPPY, HAPPY, JOY, JOY!  I will soon be retiring from over-the-road trucking and will soon be free to return to my troll hobby (and the wonderful on-line community associated with it).

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Centaur Troll

In 2005, the moderator/member of DAMTHINGS Yahoo Group suggested that a "Centaur Troll" be created. The moderator, Goblin King (AKA Adam), then followed up on his suggestion by writing to the Danish maker of modern Dam trolls.

Many of us in the troll community crossed our fingers, hoping to see this new collector's item become a reality. Unfortunately, either because the prototype would be too complicated or too expensive to manufacture, the Centaur Troll was never even put on a drawing board.

In 2006, I tried to put together a simple Centaur design. My artistic daughter, Candace, drew the idea. We then e-mailed the proposed troll and sketches to the then APS (formerly Norfin) Company in Denmark.

Alas, the Centaur troll was not to be . . .

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Restoration of an Animal Troll

This is an underside photo of a large Dam donkey, severely marked and with rotting hair, before restoration.

This an underside photo of the same troll, after ink-removal treatment and with mane & tail replacement. "Vee have vays of making zee schribbles go kaput . . ."




He is one Dam handsome donkey!

Monday, June 18, 2007

A Dam, Damn Rare, Animal!



Folks, I had to wipe the drool off of my chin when Sherill (a fellow collector) shared this EXTREMELY RARE animal with me! This LARGE, WHITE, reindeer is just one of only a hundred that were manufactured in Denmark during the 1960s - and he is the only one known to reside in the United States. The newer "hang tag" around his neck was signed and given to Sherill by the son of Thomas Dam, Niels Dam (who also verified this masterpiece's authenticity).

Thursday, August 03, 2006

My 2006 State Fair of Texas Entry




I could not resist! My 1965 Scandia House edition of the large (6.75 inches) tailed troll will be entered in this year’s doll show at the Texas State Fair. This bigger version of Dam’s doll with the fur-tipped rear appendage has uniquely detailed finger and toe nails. Many of the larger tailed trolls were dressed in burlap tunics with brown yarn belts tied around them. Sometimes, there were various “charms” strung on the belt. Generally, the charms were made of either felt or plastic. A red felt diamond, two types of green felt leaves, a plastic four-leaf clover and a plastic lantern filled with colored rings are just some of the charms I know of.

Tailed trolls are highly prized among collectors with the smaller (around 3 inches) versions being “all the rage” and selling for hundreds of dollars. Most of them were originally sold “in the buff”, but a few petite individuals with “butt extremities” were also dressed in burlap garments.

Monday, February 27, 2006

A Dam Trollish Santa


Dam's BIG Santa! Posted by Picasa (www.theplaymakers.com)