I married into an awesome family- one that values each person and will be there for you no matter what, just because you are family. While I love them dearly, those silly people left me with little chance to birth a baby girl (the last girl born in the family was 60+ years ago!). Good thing I love my boys to the moon and back anyway! So when I had the chance to review a Lottie doll by Arklu, I was a bit out of my element. But when I looked into Lottie further, I knew that this was the doll I would want my own little girl to have (and by the way, my boys LOVED her too).
Meet Lottie, a wholesome doll alternative for girls aged 3-9 with a correctly proportioned body (except for her head) and childlike features (no makeup, high heels, or jewelry, and she can literally and figuratively stand on her own feet). She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image. Lottie embraces the idea that girls can be strong, smart, bold, and powerful, and can essentially do anything a boy counterpart can do in life. In other words, she encourages girls to Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You.
We received a Pirate Queen Lottie to try out at home and see how great she was. And, can I say, I was impressed! The first thing I noticed when I took Lottie out of her box was how different she felt in my hands than a traditional Barbie or Bratz doll. Her skin and hair were much softer, her feet were flat, and she was just over 7 inches tall. She had more of a straight waist, a flat chest, her knees were bendable, and her hips were an actual ball-and-
socket joint. Plus, she comes in a cute, re-usable doll box bag with handles to carry her and her accessories around in.
We also received an extra outfit for Lottie- the gymnast Raising the Bar outfit. I loved how many accessories there were, and my boys had a blast dressing her up with all of the different accessories. Everything was made of brightly colored materials, easy to put on, and had lots of attention to all of the small details. I also noticed that all of Lottie’s clothes were pretty modest compared to some other dolls currently on the market, and that’s something we value in our family.
Reese spent a lot of time playing with Lottie’s soft Saran nylon hair, and attaching different pieces to her outfit like bows, award medals, and pirate logos. Aiden enjoyed trying the different outfits on Lottie and posing her differently around the living room. In fact, Lottie was so much fun for them that they ended up fighting over her and we had to set up a timer system. Boys…
Lottie is available globally in 14 different countries including the US, and can be found on Amazon.com, the Lottie website, or your local neighborhood toy store (in 2014). She has won 15 awards in the US, UK, and Canada, and has the approval of many industry and child development experts.
Lottie dolls make a fun Christmas gift and are affordable with a price of $19.99 per doll and just $9.99 for each accessory kit. You can choose from a variety of smart and savvy professions, outfits, and activities such as Robot Girl Lottie, Butterfly Protector Lottie, Kawaii Karate Lottie, Girls United outfit (soccer), Body Boarder outfit, Raspberry Ripple outfit, Sweet Dreams outfit (pajamas), and even Biscuit the Beagle or Seren the Welsh Mountain Pony accessories set.
Arklu has offered to give one lucky reader a Lottie doll and an additional outfit. Enter the giveaway below and remember to Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!