The LIMITED EDITION group of  troll animals were offered for sale by the Norfin Fan club (a total of 400 pieces each of– cow, elephant, lion and horse). Per the advertisement, these replicas were made from Thomas DAM’s original 1965 animal series. While there are definitely vintage cows, elephants and lions that were made in the 1960’s, I confess that none of the DAM collectors I know of, has ever had (or seen) a vintage DAM horse that was made in the 1960’s.

 

   The LE troll animals ALL have brown plastic eyes and synthetic hair, the one exception is the HORSE who has genuine mohair. The LE troll animals also came with gold paper tags that had the DAM logo on one side and LIMITED EDITION on the other side (see photos of tags below). Shown below are examples of MINT LE animal trolls with their original tags and bags, that are still owned by the original collector who purchased them either directly thru the club order form or from a collectible specialty toy store back in the early 1990’s when they were released;

 

   In the 1990’s the DAM company manufactured a LIMITED EDITION group of  troll dolls and troll animals, as requested by E.F.S. Marketing Associates (an officially authorized DAM distributer located in Farmingdale, NY) these LE’s were geared for sale to the Norfin FAN Club members. These limited editions came with gold paper tags that had the DAM logo on one side and LIMITED EDITION on the other side. The original advertisement states that the Norfin club- had only 500 pieces of each (boy & girl) and were offering them to fan club members before they offered them to anyone else (eg– collectible doll stores & other specialty stores) for $50 each. A limit of 2 pcs was allowed per order with no choice in hair color or style. Also offered were some of the animals which were limited to 400 pcs of each style. The LE’s were advertised as being exact replicas of those trolls made by DAM in the mid– 1960’s. Many collectors assume that only 500 pcs were made, but the advertisement doesn’t really say this (see scan of original ad at bottom of this page). The Norfin club was offering these trolls and simply HAD that quantity to re-sell. The true number of these LE trolls made by DAM is unknown and could be much higher than previously thought, or could possibly be limited quantities of all the different styles or variations within the series.

 

   The DAM boy & girl troll doll came in different versions. Even though the original ad states that the dolls are replicas of the 1965 version in all details, we know that there were two body versions produced in this series- one with arms out (the traditional pose) and one with arms down (it should be noted that vintage DAM troll dolls were not sold with an arms down body style). The arms out bodies are exact replicas of the 1961 Lyketrold body (not 1965 as the ad states). Another difference is that the LE’s have “cone” shaped heads (see photo below of bald LE), the vintage DAM trolls from the 1960’s had “flat” surfaced heads (where the mohair/pelt is attached). Some less commonly found LE’s (arms out version only), do have the 1961 stamp on the bottom of the foot (see photos for examples). LE trolls have the Thomas DAM logo on their back… but the logo by itself does not distinguish a troll as an LE, because the same back stamp can be found on many other DAM Trolls. All of the LE troll dolls DO however, have a unique stamp which does not appear on any other Dam Trolls (they all have it – even the trolls with synthetic hair) – it is a circular stamp located behind the left ear, at the base of the ear (see stamp photo below, it says ©  DAM THINGS Denmark). If a doll does not have this stamp, then it is probably not an LE. A few trolls that look-like the LE’s have surfaced occasionally without the ear stamp, it’s hard to say if these oddities were truly a part of the LE series or if they were possibly extras that were left over and sold after the series limited edition quantities were completed.

    To make matters more complex: some of the girls had non-removable jumper-dress with thong and shirt, others had a two-piece removable felt jumper-dress with shirt, while other girls had only a simple felt dress which was glued at the back. Boys came with non-removable shorts with a strap and a shirt with either short or long hair. Most of the LE girls and boys had real mohair, but there were others which had the synthetic hair. Some LE trolls have the orange-yellow glass eyes and others have the brown, dark yellow or dark orange plastic eyes. Both LE boys and girls stand about 9” high and only their heads are moveable. Boys have the pointy ears and girls have rounded ears.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Limited Edition BOY Trolls- shown are several examples of the LE boys. Notice that they came with both short  (cropped) or long hair. They can be found with arms outward (like the 1961 Lyketrold version) as well as arms down and at the sides. The picture at the lower right shows two boys with the arms out, but notice how the left arm on the one boy drops lower than his brother, this picture also shows a good example of how one has (amber) glass eyes, while the other has the (brown) plastic eyes. Boy trolls always have the large pointy ears. While they are consistent in having felt shirts and pants, the straps can be either over the left or right shoulder. Also worthy to note is some of these had a brown air-brushing above their eyes (see above photo of boys with short hair and arms down).

[pictures shown are posted with permission from current owner]

Limited Edition GIRL Trolls- shown are several examples of the LE girls. Girls had long hair. Like the boys, they came with arms outward (like the 1961 Lyketrold version) as well as arms down and at the sides. They can be found with glass eyes, or plastic eyes. Girl trolls always have the smaller more rounded ears. Dresses were either a plain felt one-piece dresses (which was glued in the back), a non-removable jumper-shirt (with thong) and open shirt or a simple removable jumper-skirt (no thong) with open shirt combination.

[pictures shown are posted with permission from current owner]

     Due to the limited number made, these LE boys & girls are great finds for DAM collectors. They re-sell on the secondary market for anywhere from $75 and up depending on the condition they are in and if they still have their original hair, clothing and the elusive gold paper LE tags. It should also be mentioned that some of the arms down LE’s usually have a white sticker on their foot that says “MADE IN DENMARK”

Limited Edition ELEPHANT Troll- shown at the right is an elephant with his original plastic bag and gold LE tag. He has synthetic pink hair on his head and brown plastic eyes. These elephants came with a felt scarf on their neck, only the head is moveable. Elephant stands about 6 1/4” high and is marked– MADE IN DENMARK DAM PATENT

Limited Edition LION Troll- shown at the right is a lion with his original plastic bag and gold LE tag. He has brown plastic eyes, synthetic hair on his mane and tail. His body style is similar to the European DAM lion (low short body, close to the ground), only the head is moveable. Lion stands about 4 3/4” high and is marked on his right foot– Made in Denmark Gjol & on his left foot– DAM PATENT

Limited Edition COW Troll- shown at the right is the LE cow with her original plastic bag and gold LE tag. She has synthetic light beige hair on her head however, some of these cows can be found with darker hair color and brown plastic eyes. These cows came with a felt scarf on their neck, only the head is moveable. Cow stands about 6” high and is marked on her back right foot– MADE IN DENMARK Thomas DAM

      Many DAM troll collectors assume that the LE idea came from the DAM company and there are even “rumors” that there was an European version of the LE’s produced, however, I contacted the DAM factory and was informed  by their CEO that the LE idea was implemented by the E.F.S. Marketing Associates Inc (even the gold tag shows the year 1990 and says it is “distributed” by the E.F.S Marketing Assoc. Inc). There is noEuropean LE” version. Scan of the original advertisement from E.F.S. Marketing Associates and the order form that appeared in their SUMMER 1991 Norfin News letter sent to fan club members is shown below. At the time the newsletter was printed pictures of the Limited Edition replicas were not available and so they used pictures of the actual “vintage” trolls (from 1960’s with genuine mohair) as samples.

      Although the sample pictures in the advertisement show a leather collar & bell on the cow and elephant, the actual LE replicas came with a FELT scarf. Many members/collectors thought that the “replicas” would be just like the vintage trolls and be faithful reproductions complete with the genuine mohair and glass eyes, it was a little disappointing for many who received the replica trolls which had the fake hair and plastic eyes.

      The order form allowed club members to order a maximum of TWO of the model 504 Troll (boy or girl) and only ONE of each style of the troll animals at $50.00 each, due to the limited quantities. Offer was only good while supplies lasted. Specialty toy stores charged higher prices on these LE’s (around $59.99 each, plus shipping charges).

       Group photo of all the Limited Edition DAM troll animals. These LE animals are prized by many DAM collectors and can re-sell for anywhere from $75 and up on the secondary market.  The horse usually goes for a much higher price (four to sometimes seven times higher) than the other LE troll animals.

      Final fetching $$$ on any of these LE’s depends not only on the condition, but if the troll comes with all the original accessories and how much a buyer is willing to pay for the troll.

 

If you’re not sure if your LE’s have glass or plastic eyes, it’s easy enough to twist head off and then put it back on. Photo on top row show outside view of eyes. Bottom shows eyes inside the head: far left is troll with the orange-yellow GLASS eyes, middle photo shows the brown PLASTIC eyes and the last photos show the dark yellow & orange PLASTIC eyes. Notice the pupils on the glass eyes appear slightly smaller than those with the plastic eyes.

Unmarked “ear” DAM trolls– every once in awhile an abnormality surfaces. Shown at the left is an example of a boy and girl with NO ear stamp, yet they have the same clothing as worn on the other LE’s which do have an ear stamp. This boy and girl were obtained on the secondary market, so there is no way to verify that they were purchased from the Norfin Fan club with the gold LE tag (as shown on the boy’s wrist in the photo at the left). It’s possible that the gold paper tag could’ve been put on him at a later date, as the gold tags on all LE’s (troll dolls and animals) were identical and easily interchangeable. 

    Are these un-marked trolls also a part of the LE’s? Did someone forget to put the ear-stamp on them? Or was the ear-stamp idea an after thought on later LE’s? Or are these un-marked ear trolls perhaps just factory left-overs sold after the LE’s limited quantity or cut-off numbers were reached? Only the E.F.S. company or possibly someone from the DAM factory when these trolls were made would be able to clear this mystery up.

[pictures shown are posted with permission from current owner]

 

Boy and girl look-a-likes with NO ear stamps

Top photo shows the “cone” head which is common to the LE’s as well as the modern DAM trolls.

Body stamps/marks; First photo shows the common BACK stamp (found on the LE’s, as well as many other DAM trolls). The middle photo, is the unique stamp found behind the left ear of all LE trolls. The last photo is the less common 1961 (raised) stamp found on the right foot of some of LE the “arms out” body-style trolls (eg-those which are replicas of the vintage “Lyketrold” dolls from 1960’s).

This page was last updated; 18 Feb 2013

DAM Hobby Horse Head– Photos above obtained from the DAM website shows a rare hobby horse head sold only in Denmark that was made in the 1970’s. Sculpting similarities on this head match the LE Horses shows above.