RELEASE PERIOD : SUMMER 1992   


In 1992, four years after the fad of the Garbage Pail Kids, Topps tried their luck again with the parody of a new craze, the Norfin Trolls.  Unfortunately, the cards were not released until the very end of the troll hype resulting in a lack of sales and no 2nd Series ever spawned. 
The Trash Can Trolls are a direct parody of the troll doll (or Dam doll) created by Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam, a type of hard plastic doll with rough, pliable hair depicting a troll figure. The troll dolls became a large toy craze in the early 1960s in the States, and were popular between the 1970s and early 1990s where the dolls were marketed under the trade name Norfin Trolls. The art director and editor of the set was Mark Newgarden; the artists included John Pound, Tomas Bunk, Drew Friedman, Richard Mcquire, Irene Rofheart (previously Pigott) and Patrick Pigott. The writers and concept artists included Mark Newgarden, John Pound, Drew Friedman, Frank Santopadre, Jordan Bochanis, Jim Giordano, Sam Henderson, John Mariano, Paul Parducci and Russ Reiley.  The cards come 6 to a wax pack measuring 2 X 3 and are non-die cut. By this time, Topps had stopped placing gum in the packs because it could eventually damage the cards. Although a 2nd Series Trash Can Trolls set was never released a few idea sketches were completed by John Pound but no final artwork was ever assigned.






TRAVELLING TROLLS


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88 CARD SET : NO VARIATIONS


DISPLAY BOX

'NO HAIR' BOX CODE: 1-423-40-01-2
UPC NUMBER: 0-41116-10423-7
BOX ARTWORK : PAT PIGOTT


DISPLAY BOX

'HAIR' BOX CODE: 1-423-40-01-2
NOTE: BLUE, GREEN, ORANGE OR PINK HAIR
UPC NUMBER: 0-41116-10423-7
BOX ARTWORK : PAT PIGOTT



WRAPPER

WRAPPER CODE: 0-423-21-01-2
UPC NUMBER: 0-41116-00423-0
RENDERED WRAPPER ARTWORK : UNKNOWN



WHOLESALER SELL SHEET

8 x 11 TCT SHEET : PRODUCT # 423
CARD ARTWORK : PATT PIGOTT



CARDBOARD CASE

24/36 ct. (BOXES/PACKS) : PRODUCT # 423-1

CASE CODE: 2-423-10-01-2; UPC NUMBER: 0-41116-20423-4







Decipherings, Explanatory Notations and Definitions of the Trash Can Trolls Names



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1.
The Garbage Pail Kids Iconic Characters, 8a ADAM Bomb and 8b Blasted BILLY, can be located on the Trash Can Trolls cards 1a JOEL Troll and 1b Fall-Out PAUL, kicking away last decades card craze, potentially and hopefully creating a new one. Topps jumped on the bandwagon too late.


2. The puzzles have only 12 Pieces for the characters of cards 29a Pyrotech NICK and 29b Independence DAISY and cards 42a DEE Composing and 42b PHIL D. Grave; a 9 piece puzzle would've been perfect for 9 pocket card sheets. There are no Puzzle Preview cards within the set.


3. There are three Unpublished 16th Series GPK concepts from 1988 that were worked into the TCT set, images for cards #2, #4 and #15 (that can be seen within the 16th Series Fun Facts & Tidbits section), the GPK characters were later published in the ANS1 GPK set. Similar concepts thought up by different artists can also be located, cards 3a AL A.Carte and 3b FREDDY Sphagetti is very reminiscent of the later ANS3 GPK cards 3a Saucy SARAH and 3b MARY Nara.


4. The only Nameplate in the set, or any parody series that I'm aware of, that has artwork over the nameplate; for cards 33a Bumbling BEA and 33b LOUISE Bees.

5. A very normal looking Norfin Troll-like Sticker, pictured below (enlarged), could be located stuck to the celophane for TCT boxes with fluff-able hair that came in either blue, green, orange or pink colors. The artist is unknown.


6. The Trash Can Trolls Mascot, located as artwork on the box packaging and as rendered artwork on the wrapper or pack, can be be found on cards 29a Pyrotech Nick and 29b Independence DAISY, as well as card artwork for checklist cards 44a and 44b and as one of the 12-piece completed puzzle card backs within the set.


7. The series has two cards with the Same First Name: cards 17b Siamese LOUISE and 33b LOUISE Bees, cards 19b Repeating PETE and 25a Prickly PETE, cards 20b HY N. Dry and 32a HY Voltage, cards 25b Thorny BARB and 40b Barfin’ BARB and cards 26b Overgrown JOAN and 43b JOAN Throne.

8. Card sample:  28a Generic ERIC and 28b No Frills FRANK; a fantastic parody of mass-produced product.

9. Card 35b MAX Snacks can be found with the 'b' with partially Missing black Ink due to a production error, somewhat like the famous GPK card 355b Semi COLIN which can be found with a missing number or partially missing number and letter, but in this case is rather common.


10. There is an Incorrect Checklist Listing where character name 14b Growin' OWEN is labeled as 14b Shocked SHERRY and the name 15b Shocked SHERRY is listed as 15b Growin' OWEN; the two were accidentally reversed.









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During the concept phase for the backs of the Trash Can Trolls, the flowchart for coupon ideas was called "Troll Products - From the House of Trolls", a title parody of the 1955 novella House of Dolls. Tom Bunk completed the final artwork for the back of cards #14, a Swiss Army Troll, that is similar to the Edwards Scissorhands parody of cards 12a EDWARD Scissorhair and 12b LANCE Scape painted by John Pound.


2. Possibly Tom Bunk's first GPK concept piece, as mentioned by the artist, that was rejected by Topps. The piece was later reworked and became cards 25a Prickly PETE and 25b Thorny BARB of the Trash Can Trolls set released in 1992 painted by Pat Pigott. The original GPK artwork was finally published in late 2011 for the GPK Flashback 3 set as LOST GPK cards with the same names and in the summer of 2013 within the Chrome OS1 set as cards L3a and L3b.


3. Much like the GPK model sheets created by Tom Bunk in 1987 for the 10th Series through 16th Series GPK sets for artists to follow, Bunk created some simple TCT Model Sheets five years later in 1992 modeled after the popular Norfin Troll dolls.


4. Several Color Rough Images (and tight color roughs) were changed prior to the final artwork stage, either subtle changes or drastically. Tom Bunk's 2a Retchin' GRETCHEN and 2b DREW Spew had troll hair changed from green to purple and arm positions re-positioned; the tracksuit stripe was changed to red for the final artwork with blue intestines added.

Tom Bunk's 4a New Wave DAVE and 4b Flush GORDON feet positions are re-positioned and shorts changed to the color purple; the surfboard, having already gone through two iterations, finally ends up being blue; the walls end up being pink, the troll hair changed to a dirty blonde yellow and the fish skeleton moved.


5. Several original TCT Concept Sketches by Tom Bunk which were reviewed by Mark Newgarden (red mark-ups) are pictured below. For cards #8, Newgarden made notes to reduce the size of the character and a pattern was added to the boxer undergarments; the arm & eye positions eventually changed and a crossbones added to the deodorant can. A large drip was added to cards #13 with the hand positions changed. Newgarden made notes for cards #18 for peels to be added to the ground, the coconut on the monkey's head removed, extra hair added to the peeled head sections, for the bellybutton to be reduced and add a stalk of bananas to the tree.

For cards #22, Newgarden made a notation that the tongue be licking away the face of the ice cream troll for the first concept, and added red to the eyeball for the second concept for the piece. The scared and 'sweating' character was changed to 'melting' for the final artwork.


6. Two additional Color Roughs by Tom Bunk are pictured below, where the hair color is changed from green to red and a tongue sticking out added to cards #20. A rope and clothes were added to the piñata concept, the broken arm 'intact' but now broken off, and the kids positions have changed. A similar concept can be seen within the 2006 ANS5 Garbage Pail Kids set for bonus card B12 PATRICK Piñata, also painted by Tom Bunk.


7. Although the 2nd Trash Can Trolls set never materialized, the concepts titles for coupon offers for the card backs had been worked out. The 42 ideas are as follows with the concept artist's initials in paranthesis (full names can be found with in the Comprehensive Checklist below): Troll Performance Art (DF), Toe Nail Clipper (DF), Trolls Traps (DF), Microwave Trolls (JG), Instant Lawn Trolls (JG), Troll WindChimes (JG), VCR Troll (RR), Dashboard Buddy (RR), Troll Shoes (PP), Trolls End Catalog (PP), Troll Head Warmers (PP), Shroud of Troll (SH), Desert Troll Figurines (SH), Stop Troll Vivisection (SH), Troll Massacres (JG), Trolly-o's Cereal (JG), Troll Chips (JG), Dental Scrub Team (RR), Troll of the Month (RR), Garbage Disposal (PP), Covered with Honey (PP), Profound Thoughts (PP), McTrolls (PP), Lab Experimentation Trolls (PP), Psychic Troll Line (PP), Pin the Hair on the Troll (JG), Trolls in Trouble (JG), Troll Trivia (JG), Mr. Troll Head (RR), Skittle Troll (RR), Silent Troll Whistle (RR), Escort Service (FS), Eau De La Troll (FS), Troll Thermometer (JG), Trolls Glasses (JG), Troll Mysteries Book (PP), Know it All Trolls (PP), Linoleum Destroying Trolls (PP), Rock'em Sock'em Troll Bots (RR), Visable Troll (RR), Barrel of Trolls (RR), Air Freshener (RR).






THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION



#
NAME
CONCEPT ART
FRONT
FINAL ART
FRONT
CONCEPT ARTIST
WRITER - BACK
PENCIL & FINAL
ART - BACK
1a
JOEL Troll
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
1b
Fall-Out PAUL
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
2a
Retchin' GRETCHEN
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
2b
DREW Spew
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
3a
AL A.Carte
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
John Mariano
Tom Bunk
3b
FREDDY Spaghetti
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
John Mariano
Tom Bunk
4a
New Wave DAVE
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
4b
Flush GORDON
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
5a
Weepin' WILLOW
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Paul Parducci
John Pound
5b
Stained BLAINE
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Paul Parducci
John Pound
6a
ANNE Tenna
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
6b
T.V. GUY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
7a
Soda RHODA
John Pound
John Pound
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
7b
Fountain Jerk DIRK
John Pound
John Pound
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
8a
Hairy HARRY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
8b
Armpit BRITT
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
9a
Slam DUNCAN
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
9b
Stuffin' STEPHEN
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
10a
GINA Cleaner
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Drew Friedman
DF / Pat Pigott
10b
Dustin' JUSTIN
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Drew Friedman
DF / Pat Pigott
11a
CASEY At-The-Bat
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
11b
GRANT Slam
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
12a
EDWARD Scissorhair
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
12b
LANCE Scape
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
13a
Booger BOBBY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Drew Friedman
DF / John Pound
13b
SCOTT Snot
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Drew Friedman
DF / John Pound
14a
LARRY Lump
John Pound
John Pound
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
14b
Growin' OWEN
John Pound
John Pound
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
15a
TEX Wrecks
John Pound
John Pound
Sam Henderson
DF / Pat Pigott
15b
Shocked SHERRY
John Pound
John Pound
Sam Henderson
DF / Pat Pigott
16a
Performin' NORMAN
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
16b
BOB Slob
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
17a
Unseparated At BETH
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
Paul Parducci
Pat Pigott
17b
Siamese LOUISE
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
Paul Parducci
Pat Pigott
18a
HANNA Banana
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
John Mariano
Tom Bunk
18b
Jungle JIM
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
John Mariano
Tom Bunk
19a
BORIS Line
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
19b
Repeating PETE
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
20a
GERTIE Laundry
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
20b
HY N. Dry
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
21a
Crépe SUZETTE
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
21b
BARBIE Q.
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
22a
Swirly SHIRLEY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
22b
HERBERT Sherbet
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
23a
Burning KENDALL
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
23b
Meltin' MEL
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
24a
BUSTER Open
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
24b
Crash DANNY
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
(puzzle)
John Pound
25a
Prickly PETE
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
25b
Thorny BARB
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
26a
Chia PAT
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
26b
Overgrown JOAN
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
27a
CASS Backwards
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Sam Henderson
DF / Pat Pigott
27b
Crossed CHRIS
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Sam Henderson
DF / Pat Pigott
28a
Generic ERIC
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
28b
No Frills FRANK
Irene Pigott
Irene Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
29a
Pyrotech NICK
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
29b
Independence DAISY
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
30a
Open Heart SERGE
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Paul Parducci
Pat Pigott
30b
CHIP Entrails
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Paul Parducci
Pat Pigott
31a
Clipped TONY
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
John Pound
31b
Fun GUS
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
John Pound
32a
HY Voltage
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
Pat Pigott
32b
Electric BILL
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
Pat Pigott
33a
Bumbling BEA
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
33b
LOUISE Bees
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
John Pound
34a
Lawn JOHN Silver
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
34b
Buried BARRY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
35a
Sharky MARKY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
35b
MAX Snacks
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
36a
Live Bait KATE
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
John Pound
36b
Hook Line & CINDY
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Russ Reiley
John Pound
37a
BRUCE Noose
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
37b
DAVID Lynched
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
Jim Giordano
Richard Mcquire
38a
Furry MURRAY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
38b
Unkempt KARLA
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
John Pound
39a
SY Clone
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
39b
TRICIA Twister
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
40a
Heaving HARRIET
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
40b
Barfin' BARB
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Drew Friedman
Pat Pigott
41a
Mutilated TED
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
41b
Monster KIT
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
42a
DEE Composing
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
42b
PHIL D. Grave
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
Pat Pigott
43a
ROY L. Flush
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
43b
JOAN Throne
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Frank Santopadre
Tom Bunk
44a
Checklist
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Mark Newgarden
(checklist)
44b
Checklist
Pat Pigott
Pat Pigott
Mark Newgarden
(checklist)
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
PRINT
RUN

88 Total Cards