31 Days of Monsters: #12, Road Warrior Troll!

By Shawn Robare

Welcome back to my 31 Days of Monsters Halloween countdown!  In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Ghostbusters franchise, not to mention my love of 80s animation, I’m counting down 31 of my favorite monsters from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon.  These animation cels are culled from my personal collection, and my wife and I tried our best to put them in a not-so-scary to really-freaking-creepy kind of order with the creepiest falling on All Hallows Eve.  

Today I present one of my favorite monsters from the series, the King Troll from from the 5th, first season episode, "Troll Bridge"…

Besides the fact that this is one of the episodes that I remember watching back in the 80s, it’s also one of the few cels that I’ve managed to pick up that feature the Ecto-1…

As for the King Troll, I really dig the character design.   He’s imposing and weirdly satyr-like with his legs resembling a goat’s…

Also, the writers/design artists on the series took inspiration for a weird source when it came to the trolls in this episode.  They drew from Road Warrior imagery, a sort of rag-tag group that’s scrounged pots and pans as armor and they’ve constructed vehicles that look a lot like the stuff in that George Miller film.  You can see the design of the two main villains from Road Warrior in the King Troll as well…

Make sure to come back tomorrow for another installment of the 31 Days of Monsters here at Branded in the 80s.  Also, you can head on over to the Countdown to Halloween and check out lists of a bunch of other sites participating in this year’s Halloween blogging event…


  • Stephen

    Interesting. My first thought wasn’t of Road Warrior, but of the Blue Meanies