Descendants of the 1960s probably would never have guessed that troll toys would make a significant comeback in 2020. Thanks to Dream Works Animation and the voice of Justin Timberlake, Generation X is captivated by these brightly colored, free-loving creatures. Join us as we discuss best troll toys on the market.

Our Top Picks

Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad

Best Overall

Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad

DreamWorks Trolls POD'ular Troll Tree

Upgrade Choice

DreamWorks Trolls POD'ular Troll Tree

How to Pick the Best Troll Toys

1. Recommended Age

Children of all ages can appreciate the trolls’ vivid colors and ridiculous personalities. Still, it’s necessary to choose a Trolls toy that caters toward your child’s developmental age.

If your child is under the age of 3, stick to large, choking hazard-devoid toys like plastic figures and stuffed dolls. If your child is preschooler, they’ll relish toys that inspire them to flex their developing imagination. Dress-up clothes and toy figures are perfect for this age group. Coloring kits and other crafty items are ideal for preschoolers, school-aged children, and individuals who are young at heart.

Toys can help your children master essential cognitive, social, and physical skills. Few figures teach courage, cooperation, and positivity better than the troll’s magenta-haired leader, Poppy.

2. Function

Did you know that a toy can aid a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development? We’ve included everything from Trolls-themed arts and crafts kits to play figures. You’ll find toys that promote fine-motor skills, literacy, music, and imagination. There’s no shame in using Poppy and Branch to hone your child’s new facilities.

3. Materials

Most Trolls toys are made from durable plastic and fabric. We included a few toys with small, fragile elements. However, most of the products on our list can withstand their fair share of abuse.

4. High- or Low-Tech

We’re not averse to battery-operated toys, but most of our selections fall into the low-tech toy category. While children seem to love microchip-embedded toys on the surface, interactive playthings usually fall to the wayside. Stick to low-tech mainstays, such as craft kits, stuffed animals, action figures, and dress-up clothes. Imagination rules the low-tech game.

5. Parts

If you struggle just to find a pair of matching socks in the morning, you’re probably not the type of parent who can keep track of a zillion little plastic pieces. Stick to bare-bones kits that include the essentials, like a doll with one or two accessories. Your kiddo will spend less time fretting over their lost objects and more time acting out their favorite movie scenes.

6. One or More Players

Ask yourself if a toy is better when enjoyed by a single child or a whole group. There are plenty of benefits to playing alone. However, this isn’t the case if every plaything in your house is destined to spark a heated sibling rivalry.

The Winners

#1

Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad

Best Overall

Does your Trolls-loving artist need a little inspiration? The Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad enables kids to re-create their favorite DreamWorks characters. It comes with 12 colored pencils, one graphite pencil, 10 sheets of tracing paper, and 10 Trolls tracing sheets. With a little guidance, your kiddo will learn to draw just like their favorite animation artists. In case you were wondering, the kit works well regular printer paper.

Recommended Age: 6 years and up
Function(s): Drawing, tracing, coloring
Materials: Plastic, paper
High- or Low-Tech: Lights up
Parts: Tracing table, paper, stencils, and pencils
One or More Players: One player

#2

DreamWorks Trolls POD'ular Troll Tree

Upgrade Choice

Remember the magical tree where Branch and Poppy hugged? This 16-inc DreamWorks Trolls POD’ular Troll Tree play set takes place in this colorful Bergen-free zone. There are lots of hanging pods where Poppy and her singing friends can quite literally hang around. The mushrooms, tiara, and other fun accessories will help your kiddo dive deep into their imagination and bring their favorite Trolls characters to life.

 If you want to expand this wondrous world of miniature creatures, you can add on an extra set. DreamWorks has finally put Troll village at your fingertips! Just be sure to rule with rainbows, flowers, and sing-a-longs.

Recommended Age: 4 years and up
Function(s): Imaginative play
Materials: Plastic
High- or Low-Tech: Low-tech
Parts: Tree, Poppy figure, four pods, three mushrooms, bug clip, zip line, tiara
One or More Players: One or more players

#3

Bendon Trolls Imagine Ink Book

Best Budget Buy

Our children love scarring our walls with magic markers. As such, there are very few toys that are more sacred than Bendon’s Trolls Imagine Ink Book. These mythological markers only work on designated paper. That means that your kiddo can enjoy 24 pages of games and activities without creating a mess in your backseat. Have an upcoming trip or an extended waiting period? Stock up on these Troll-themed activity books.

Recommended Age: 3 to 12 years (choose appropriate size)
Function(s): Dress-up, pretend play
Materials: Polyster
High- or Low-Tech:
Parts: Wig and jumpsuit
One or More Players: One player

#4

Trolls Operation Board Game

Best Troll Board Game

Most of us are familiar with the heartbeat-inducing game of Operation. The small metal tweezers and loud buzzer are enough to convince most kids that they don’t have a future as surgeons.

Trolls Operation Board Game can satisfy solo players and groups. Just toss the Trolls-themed charms into Poppy’s pink tresses. Take your turn removing the charms, but do not trigger the buzzer. The idea is to help Poppy collect her lost charms in time for Coronation. The player with the most charms wins!

This  is the same horizontal gameboard and metal tweezers of your childhood. However, this one has a mythological twist.

Recommended Age: 6 years or more
Function(s): Requires fine-motor skills
Materials: Plastic, metal, cardstock
High- or Low-Tech: Interactive digital content bonuses, lights, sounds
Parts: 12 small plastic charms, gameboard, tweezers
One or More Players: One or more players

#5

Dreamworks Trolls Hair in the Air Poppy

Best Troll Toy for Girls

Throw your hair in the air like you just don’t care! Dreamwork’s Trolls Hair in the Air Poppy  action figure features a bendy pink updo. Kids can move it into hundreds of different styles. Poppy’s locks are 14 inches long. The doll comes with a rainbow comb and a flower tiara headband.

Style and brush her hair to activate lights and sounds. Unlock a special song by achieving a specific hairstyle. Poppy deserves to look good even when she is embarking on a dangerous mission or going up against the Bergens.

Recommended Age: 4 years and up
Function(s): Interactive bendy hair for creating fun styles
Materials: Plastic
High- or Low-Tech: Lights and sounds
Parts: Poppy action figure, rainbow comb, and tiara headband
One or More Players: One player

#6

Deluxe Branch Costume with Wig

Best for Boys

This Deluxe Branch Costume is perfect for your home dress-up bin and/or trick or treating. It comes with a colorful and true-to-the-movie jumpsuit and wig/ear headband. Your little lad will love acting out the scenes that star everyone’s favorite survivalist. Remember, a little courage is all he needs to overcome the ruthless Bergens.

Recommended Age: 3 to 12 years (choose appropriate size)
Function(s): Dress-up, pretend play
Materials: Polyster
High- or Low-Tech:
Parts: Wig and jumpsuit
One or More Players: One player

#7

Dream Works Trolls Music Sound Book

Best Sound Book

Any true Trolls fan will tell you this movie is a musical adventure. This book boasts six sound-producing buttons. If you’re looking for a way to promote early literacy or music skills, check out “Get Back Up Again.” At the heart of this children’s story is a heartwarming motivational message. After one read, you won’t be able to stop that feeling inside your feet.

Recommended Age: Baby to 4 years
Function(s): Sing-a-long, early reading skills
Materials: Paper, plastic
High- or Low-Tech:
Parts: One music book
One or More Players: One or more players

#8

Play-Doh Trolls Press N Style Kit

Best Play Dough Trolls

Mold and press one-of-a-kind hairstyles for your favorite Trolls characters, Poppy and Branch with Play-Doh Trolls Press N Style Kit. When it’s time to clean up, cut their hair off with custom scissors, and pack it away in your resealable yellow plastic cans. The trolls get to sit on top of a purple flower while they are pampered. Add some flair with the help of the accessory molds. If you’re feeling especially creative, try your hand at freestyle molding.

Recommended Age: 3 years and up
Function(s): Creative expression and sensory activity
Materials: Dough and plastic
High- or Low-Tech:
Parts: Seven cans of moldable dough, figures, hair molds, salon chair, scissors
One or More Players: One or more players

#9

Trolls Poppy Dress

Best Troll Dress

Dress like a leader with the one-of-a-kind Trolls Poppy inspired princess dress. The sparkly blue fabric adds a dramatic effect during impromptu song and dance presentations. Pair this ensemble with a magenta wig and a flower tiara. It is tiny enough for children between the ages of 4 and 6.

Recommended Age: 4 to 6 years
Function(s): Dress up, pretend play, roll play
Materials: Polyster fabric
High- or Low-Tech: Low-tech
Parts: One dress
One or More Players: One player

#10

Sugar Glitter Headband with Troll Hair

Best Trolls Headband

Instantly transform yourself into a free-loving, glitter-loving, singing troll. A magenta poof of gravity-defying hair sits on top of a glitter-covered headband. Perriwinkle blue flowers tie it all together nicely. Sugar Glitter Headband with Troll Hair is a must-have accessory for the most diehard Trolls fans. No one lifts spirits and hair follicles like everyone’s favorite troll leader.

Recommended Age: 4 years and up
Function(s): Dress up
Materials: Fabric, plastic, glitter
High- or Low-Tech: Low-tech
Parts: One hair-covered headband with flowers
One or More Players: One player

#11

DreamWorks Trolls Hug 'N Plush Doll

Best Troll Plush Toy

With her untamed positivity and wild locks, Poppy is a true kid hero. However, adults can also learn a lot from this small, mighty troll leader. The DreamWorks Trolls Hug ‘N Plush Doll  is perfect for cuddling. Our children also enjoy playing the role of Poppy’s hairstylists. Poppy is wearing her signature light blue romper and a flower chain. DreamWorks has released several of Poppy’s friends in this plush toy collection. As such, your little one will have no trouble coordinating Hug Time!

Recommended Age: 4 years and up
Function(s): Pretend play
Materials: Polyester fabric
High- or Low-Tech: Low-tech
Parts: One doll
One or More Players: One player

Quick Decision

Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad– Best Overall
The Crayola Trolls Light Up Tracing Pad inspires children to dream and create. This kit is perfect for little artists who need a little spark of confidence before they can put their pencil to paper.

 DreamWorks Trolls POD’ular Troll Tree – Upgrade Choice
A marvelous playset for parents with big budgets and little dreamers.

Bendon Trolls Imagine Ink Magic Picturebook – Best Budget Buy
If you want to evoke Troll madness without breaking the bank, check out the budget-friendly yet fabulous this pick will distract your little one during long car rides and flights.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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