Trollbeads Unique Critters Part 2

trollbeads-critter-uniques-part-2I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Trollbeads has the best glass beads on the market and some of my absolute favorites are their critter uniques.  The brand promised amazing designs for 2014 and so far they have not disappointed!  Exactly a year ago, I posted a Popular Trollbeads Uniques feature on the commonly seen critter beads at that point which included turtles, ladybugs, bees, and fish.  Since then, the company has mostly stopped producing those types of animals but instead have expanded on a number of more complicated creatures.

Comparatively, the critters are not as common as other designs, and these beads are much sought after by many collectors so finding them is the hardest part.  Some of the new animals are: Octopus, Caterpillar, Starfish, Killer Whale, Frogs (green, purple, orange), Lizards (blue, orange), Dolphin, Teddy Bears (blue, clear), Dragonflies (yellow, clear), and the reappearance of the upright Butterflies.  There are also less recognizable species like the Fern Creature and the Dino/Rat/Pig.  I previously featured the Octopus, Caterpillar, Starfish, Whale, and Dino in the Trollbeads Small and Beautiful 3 post, but these have since become more available.  The “newer” critters are still rather rare and mostly sold in sets by retailers or at a premium on the secondary market.

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Starting with the ocean creatures, the Octopus has only come in one type – orange on a blue background, he’s got big eyes and 5 tentacles.  The Killer Whale initially appeared as a black whale on a blue core, but they’re now popping up with turquoise and I’ve also seen green glass.  The Dolphin is similar to the Killer Whale but is grey also depicted on a dark blue sea and so far he’s been one of the more rare designs.  The Starfish is very colorful with an ocean seabed background and the spotted starfish in the foreground.

The garden critters are next up, and these caused a frenzy when they first appeared.  The green and orange Frogs are hard to find but the purple Frog is the most elusive.  They are highly textured with the frog resting on top of the glass, especially their bulging eyes, and they are reaching towards a dragonfly featured on the other side of the glass.  The Lizards have come in orange and blue, and they’re a bit texturized though not as much as the frogs; they splay out lazily across the entire surface of the glass.  There’s also a version of the blue lizard that has a red ladybug on the other side which has been scarce.

The Caterpillar only comes in one kind currently, and that’s a long green bug on a black core; he’s a bit cartoonish with eyes and a large red nose.  The Dragonflies are horizontal designs with papery black wings spread wide along the width of the glass.  They come in two variations, one with yellow glass and one that is clear/bluish.  If you’re a Trollbeads fan, then you’ll definitely remember last year’s extremely limited upright butterflies; well they’ve sort of reappeared with a few here and there, but still difficult to acquire.  They are not exactly like the previous version with more solid colors and more symmetrical wings so they can still be told apart.

I’m not sure what to make of the Fern Creature, as they look like the regular fern beads except they’ve got eyes.  Initially they only came in purple, but now there are many different colors including red, yellow, orange, and green.  The Dino/Rat/Pig were also originally made as dark purple on white, and now there are other colors as well.  The Teddy Bear may not be technically a critter, but they’re so cute!  This is another horizontal design showing 5 brown teddy bears with protruding noses.  While these first showed up with a blue background, there is also a white glass version.

Trollbeads is constantly coming out with new uniques though, and this is just a snapshot of what’s currently popular. I’ve even seen a bunny dillo, panda, fly, sideways butterfly (different than before), seahorse, and owl.  I’m hoping these will become more available in the near future as some of them I’ve only come across once.  Are you an avid collector of critter beads like me?  Which one is your favorite animal?

  • Kim

    What a fantastic article and photographs! I wasn’t aware a few of these even existed (the 3 frogs, lizards, new butterfly). My favorite is the dolphin, followed by the orca. I love when you do comparison photographs. They have helped me numerous times in figuring out what to buy, thank you!

    • Leann

      Thank you, Kim! I’m glad you like the photos :D. I love collecting these and it’s fun to show what’s popular out there right now.

      • Kim

        You’re welcome! Your photography has become outstanding! These companies should hire you to take their stock pics, as yours are more clear and true to life than what they put out there. I know taking pics is a lot of time & work, so I thought it would be nice if you heard it is appreciated.

      • Leann

        Aww, thanks so much! It was definitely a steep learning curve for photography. The lighting is the most difficult part actually, haha. I’m glad you enjoy them :D.

  • Bonnie May

    I didn’t realize that the previous critters were going to become so hard to find. I’m glad I managed to get one recently! I also got one of the new caterpillars, on a dark blue background, and cartoonish or not, he’s adorable!! I am currently stalking teddy bears, butterflies, a dolphin & a whale! 😀

    • Leann

      Fun! Oh do take a pic of your blue caterpillar. I’ve only seen them on black. Trollbeads keeps coming out with must-haves for me, it’s so infuriating and exciting, lol.

      • Bonnie May

        Tell me about it!! I really need to stop following Goldmine, TB NYC & TB Delaware (please don’t tell me if anyone else does great bead parties), I’ve been seeing sooo many Uniques that I “Must Have” it’s not even funny!! Here’s the Caterpillar, as well as my current Unique bracelet. Still have a good half dozen in need of a home, plus a few that are permanent fixtures with other beads – like the “flames” with my Lucky Dragon, and all of my celestial themed ones.

      • Leann

        WOW, those are some fantastic uniques!! I haven’t seen a caterpillar with a blue background yet, so thank you for that pic. I can’t seem to get enough of the new designs, there’s always something I can’t live without ;).

  • Kari

    I love the critters!!! I currently have all mentioned here with the exception of the owl and panda. I was very happy to get a seahorse, bear and bunny dillo recently too.

    • Leann

      Lucky lucky! I’d love to see your seahorse! I’m hoping the panda and owl will pop up more frequently.

  • Rebecca Chang

    I just started collecting trollbeads too… Thanks for the information… Trollbeads indeed hv the best looking glassbeads in the market (in my opinion) and I’m so glad singapore has a shop… I’m so hoping they’ll bring more of the frog ones in;) but I’m glad I managed to snag 1 of the only 4 panda beads they have in the shop;)

    you ladies (in the states) are just so lucky… Pandora, trollbeads even redbalifrog (the brand I’m gg to start with soon) is so easily available there… So so jealous…

    • Leann

      I love Trollbeads glass too! Even in the US they’re not that easy to find. I order all my beads online, I only have small dealers near me and they don’t even have all the production beads, no less the uniques! 🙁 Congrats on the panda, it’s so cute!

  • Kim

    I love trollbeads glass. I started collecting pandora but never really loved any of their glass beads. I put some on bracelets to add color but for the most part could take them or leave them.
    Trollbeads on the other hand have amazing glass beads that I cant get enough of. I have been trying to get my hands on a frog, dolphin, caterpillar, and now have added an owl to my search because my best friend loves owls and it would makd a great gift for her. However there are no major shops near me, just one small one. So getting the beads feels like trying to win the lottery, so frustrating but oh so exciting if I ever get lucky :-).

    • Leann

      I understand the feeling! I feel like the hunt is half the fun ;). I have to confine my searching to Facebook bead parties :/. Good luck on your search for those! The owl is also on my list, they’re hard to find! 🙂