They were so ugly they were cute – but when everyone else consigned trolls to toy fad history, one obsessive mother carried on collecting. And collecting.
Almost 30 years later, Michelle Kerrins has more than 3,000 of the sub-nosed, spiky-haired plastic creatures – which have now taken over her home.
The 38-year-old L.A. gymnastics instructor began collecting troll dolls at age 10 and her 14-year-old daughter helps with the collection, but her husband, Dean, is less enthusiastic. He considers it a turn-off when Kerrins puts on a troll-doll mask and bikini and tries to flirt with him.
She has even worn a troll mask to bed but claims the disguise plays no part in any amorous activities. ‘Trolls make me really happy when they are all looking at me,’ she told the TLC show My Crazy Obsession.
‘I think they are so ugly they are cute. I like the odd things in life. I can never have enough troll dolls.’
Mrs Kerrins started collecting the toys at the age of ten but her army of miniatures is still growing as she spends four days a week scouring flea markets for more items. Three hours of every morning can also be taken up hunting for new trolls online.
The gymnastics instructor from Los Angeles even has her own ‘troll sanctuary’ – a spare bedroom that’s a showcase for her huge collection – and where she will spend several hours a day.
The number is now so large her 14-year-old daughter, Delaney, is roped in to help clean the plastic dolls, which can even be found lurking in the cupboards of her kitchen, drawers and in the freezer.
‘They like to see me, and know that I’m there,’ Mrs Kerrins added.