May 212013
 
Trundle, the Troll King
Trundle, the Troll King

Trundle, the Troll King has gained his kingdom though sheer ingenuity and deceit; though bludgeoning his way is always an option. This goes hand in hand with other activities he prefers, like baseball. Besides, his personality also includes a mysterious dark past and a liking for apocalyptic waste. If you plan to smack enemies from one fountain to the other, then choose a fitting style with his skins’ review.

Lil’ Slugger Trundle
Lil' Slugger Trundle Splash Art Lil' Slugger Trundle Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Trundle as a baseball batter.
Model: Major model changes for Trundle and new model for his club.
Particles: New particles and golden trophy for Pillar of Ice .
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background offers a simple depiction of a forest that despite all its blurriness does give an idea of the setting. The coarse catcher goes with the mood of the piece, and art style, but the setup doesn’t seem very comical. Trundle stands fiercely, holding his bat, presumably waiting for the pitcher’s move. The portrayal evokes a caricature and while the quality is reasonable it looks washed out. Add to this that his old-styled clothes don’t match his modern in-game outfit and we are left with an improbable piece. In the end, it’s a nice piece with an interesting style. However, it suffers from bland colours and lack of faithfulness to its source.
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Conclusion: Lil’ Slugger Trundle is a simple but nice skin. The concept is a good fit but doesn’t impress either. The clothes are reasonable and colourful while the club is polished and finished with nails. Maybe the nails are to echo the brutality of Trundle’s features and manners but they actually detract from an otherwise clean look; like the holes on the shirt. Moreover, Trundle’s ice abilities remain intact and even if the new Pillar of Ice is a good touch the combination is undoubtedly rough. On the whole, it’s a good looking skin with a clear concept so if you don’t mind the rough edges it’s a fine choice.

Junkyard Trundle
Junkyard Trundle Splash Art Junkyard Trundle Model
Category: Regular
Price: 750 RP
Concept: Trundle as a junkyard dweller or wasteland mutant.
Model: Major model changes for Trundle and new model for his club.
Particles: New particles and column of trash for Pillar of Ice.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: In spite of the extreme blurriness of the background a junkyard is discernible. Still, details are scarce and largely masked by the rough quality. Trundle displays not only the effects of his curse but also the consequences of living in such an environment. His expression may also lead one to believe that his sanity is compromised; which is a good touch. Regardless, his outfit doesn’t match his current wasteland mutant look. Additionally, colours are diffuse and dull so the piece comes off as drab and boring. All in all, it gives a very general idea of the concept but it’s neither useful nor exciting.
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Conclusion: Junkyard Trundle has little in common with the original idea. This skin presents Trundle as a post-apocalyptic wasteland mutant that has scavenged his own survival. The sock seems a weird choice but the makeshift gear and weapon are very well done. Trundle’s aspect is also adapted with a mohawk hairstyle and eye-patch which ensures a convincing aesthetic. Therefore, it’s disappointing to see him wielding ice magic; despite the suitable Pillar of Ice. In general, the skin provides an attractive look but it’s necessary to excuse it’s classic legacy.

Traditional Trundle
Traditional Trundle Splash Art Traditional Trundle Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Trundle as a cursed troll.
Model: Major model changes for Trundle and new model for his club plus Pillar of Ice.
Particles: New decay particles for Chomp, Frozen Domain, Pillar of Ice and Subjugate.
Animations: New animation for his laugh.
Sounds: New voice-over for Trundle.
Splash Art: This piece is rather crude with a certain obsession with decay. The background shows an environment that succumbs to pollution and Trundle doesn’t seem to be an exception. Nevertheless, the setting is rather obscure so most of the decay has to be inferred instead of appreciated. Trundle stands in front of his last meal, with dripping club and mouth to match his curse. The idea is consistent but such emphasis also carries broken nails, rags and scaled skins. All this elements may be a part of Trundle but also overload his aspect. It’s surprising then that his hair seems so dry and clean. Furthermore, his depiction is a bit sketchy: from the proportions to the shading it all seems forced to be rough. Ultimately, the piece is consistent and manages a look that approximates the one displayed in-game. Nonetheless, it’s a piece that does its job but doesn’t make Trundle exciting; it’s just content with showing decay.
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Conclusion: Traditional Trundle is a rather nice present to say farewell to the classic Cursed Troll. The refined aspect is well done mixing flesh and skin without exaggerations. The club is also polished yet remains brutal and crude. Additionally, the ragged clothes fit Trundle even if they stick to his classic style. It’s also nice to hear his former voice and see his decaying abilities as they work a good deal towards rounding the theme. In general, it’s a nice layer of polish for the Cursed Troll.
Unfortunately, the particles mix ice with decay and so the skin seems a touch incomplete. For instance: Pillar of Ice erupts surrounded by snow, while Subjugate starts with ice particles and then switches them for green ones; though the enemy remains frosted. This is a real pity as the skin it’s a near perfect gift for nostalgic players. In its current form it’s a vastly pleasing skin for those that remain attached to the Cursed Troll. However, the visual glitches stain the clean aesthetic. In the end, it’s definitely a good skin but also deserving of some indispensable finishing touches.

Conclusion

Trundle’s release skins are rather nice as they offer appealing concepts with adequate executions. All of his skins suffer from frosty remnants in the form of his classic abilities but as far as looks go they work. In essence, his skins have rough edges but still are good choices.

Lil’ Slugger Trundle is a convincing and nice baseball batter while Junkyard Trundle presents himself as an attractive wasteland mutant. In either case the theme isn’t developed much past the model yet they are certainly well done. In the end, Trundle fans will find both skins interesting as long as they can excuse their issues.

  10 Responses to “League of Legends: Trundle Skins’ Review”

  1. Thank you for great reviews to every champion, it has been very interesting following this page.

    I really think they should have updated all Splash Arts for Trundle, since they are completly not fitting with the new models. Also, if they would have put more work into Slugger and Junkyard they could have gottwn more sold. The ice theme just doesn’t fit them, but they are still nice ingame. It’s just Frozen Domain which is the greatest problem.

    • Not at all, it’s been a very interesting trip. Hope you stay because we plan to keep improving the site and add more useful content. Also, feedback is always appreciated.

      We agree that Trundle needs new splash arts, just ask Nidalee. Besides, the classic ice particles aren’t fitting in any of the skins. Still, they are more evident and disappointing in Traditional Trundle as they could’ve fully recreated the old decaying effects. Indeed, the models are good but the mishmash of concepts is a bit puzzling.

  2. Both Junkyard Trundle and Lil’ Slugger Trundle have new pillars.

    • Actually, Traditional Trundle also has a new model for his Pillar of Ice. However, only Traditional Trundle has new particles for it: the other skins keep his classic ice particles. That’s why the new model for Pillar of Ice is included in model changes only.

      We plan to explain everything better in a review FAQ so that skin changes can be better appreciated and understood. Still, thanks for the notice.

      • That is not true for Lil’ Slugger Trundle, I just tested it in a custom. The classic skin has blue particles, the Lil’ Slugger skin has brown. I don’t own the Junkyard Trundle skin, but the particles for his pillar seem to be brown as well.

        Perhaps you should consider mentioning that Lil’ Slugger’s pillar is a golden trophy, I think that might be interesting for people considering which skin to get.

  3. Traditional Trundle now has flame particles instead of the ice on his club. You should take a look on him again.

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