Christmas is just around the corner. Why not make Lottie part of your Christmas gift giving? Lottie is a fairly new range of dolls, providing girls age 3 to 9 with an alternative to Barbie dolls. Launched in the summer of 2012, Arklu, creators of Lottie dolls have used research and the backing of Professor David McCarthy and Dr Margaret Ashwell, to create a doll body that is realistic and based on the actual proportions of a nine year old child. Lottie dolls promote positive body image, creativity and encourage healthy imaginative pretend play.
Since their launch in 2012, Lottie dolls have received 29 international awards including 6 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards and have been the beneficiary of international press coverage.
Each month Lottie Dolls host a competition for members of the Lottie Club to design their own theme doll with an outfit and accessories. Stargazer Lottie, for example, design was the inspiration of 6 year old, Abigail from Canada.
Lottie Dolls- Alternative to Barbie dolls
Lottie Dolls were first released in late August 2012 by Ian Harkin. Harkin saw that there was a niche for a more wholesome alternative to the dolls that were currently on the market. He spent 18 months researching before the launch of Lottie.
Lottie doesn’t wear makeup, high heels or jewellery. And she can stand on her own two feet. This is a life-skill that is important for girls both big and small. Lottie’s motto is ‘Be bold, be brave, be you’.
Lottie dolls feature age-appropriate hobbies, back stories, clothing and accessories. They are ethnically diverse and come in a range of eye, hair and skin colors. For fashion dolls representing girls of color, check out the beautiful dark-skinned Branksea Festival Lottie and Kawaii Karate Lottie, as well as Butterfly Protector Lottie, who’s has medium skin, dark hair, and dark eyes.
The company’s newest release and a friend of Lottie is Wildlife Photographer Mia Doll. Mia has dark skin and textured dark brown hair. She was created to reflect Arklu mission which is that childhood should be an inclusive place, where every child belongs regardless of ethnicity, gender, or ability.
Mia wears a cochlear implant, which is part of her story, as reflected in the Lottie chapter books. Cochlear Implants are “electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear.
Wildlife Photographer Mia is a collaboration with ‘Toy Like Me.” ToyLikeMe is a UK arts and play based not-for-profit celebrating diff:ability in toys. I personally love that companies like Lottie are striving to incorporate small details like this into their dolls
Ballet Lottie Doll
Lottie’s interests to reinforce the message that being a girl shouldn’t limit your aspirations. Of course, my little dancer just loves ballet Lottie. My daughter received ballet Lottie just before she started ballet lessons last spring. Ballet Lottie has olive skin and long brown hair. She is wearing a special ballet costume comprising a 3-layer tutu, sequin leotard, ballet shoes and she arrives equipped with a a bag for Lollie to carry her shoes in. My daughter definitely associates Ballet Lottie with her own experience of dancing and has Lottie doing all kinds of twirls and jumps.
This is the third Lottie doll my daughter owns, and she already has her eyes set on Birthday Girl Lottie.
The Doll: (Pandora’s Box Lottie)
My daughter also owns Pandora’s Box Lottie. Lottie has olive skin and long black hair. She is wearing a duffel coat with pink polka dot lining, a pink corduroy dress with removable Persian cat patch and edged with blue stripes, as well as striped tights teamed with brown and pink edged boots. A cat hat and cat’s eyes glasses complete her look. The clothes are colorful, realistic and well made.
Each Lottie doll comes with a reusable box, which has a role play theme/story on the back. Pandora’s Box Lottie is a volunteer at Branksea Animal Shelter, helping to look after the homeless cats and dogs. One day a cardboard box is mysteriously left outside the front door with a hungry and frightened Persian cat inside. They decide to name her Pandora. Lottie must nurse Pandora back to health and make sure that her furry coat is kept clean and fluffy.
Pandora can teach children nurturing and empathy and the importance of adopting a shelter pet as a family member. With Pandora Box Lottie little girls can act out the shelter role themselves and become a part of the play drama. In addition to the Lottie Doll the Lottie Pandora the Persian accessory cat set adds to the role of pretend play.
Sirius the Welsh Mountain Pony
Arklu encourages imaginative play with their line of Lottie dolls, accessories and play sets. Sirius the welsh pony is a wonderful gift and excellent accessory for Lottie Dolls.
My daughter loves horses. Like Lottie, she loves to ride a pony any chance she gets. Sirius is the latest horse in Lotti’s stable. Lottie loves to be out in the countryside riding her pony. A Welsh Mountain Pony, Sirius is strong-willed, excitable and very determined.
He comes with saddle, bridle, stirrups and numnah. Sirius is a perfect addition to my daughter’s Lottie collection. He was named after the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky. The saddle is a bit brittle, so it is best for kids to leave the saddle on. My daughter learned that the hard way.
Lottie Doll Clothes & Outfits
Also available for Lottie Dolls is Saddle-up Pony Outfit Set. The outfit comes with jodphurs, blue padded riding vest, riding boots and riding hat. The helmet looks like a real riding helmet. Both my daughter and I were really impressed by this feature. The great thing about Lottie is that the dolls & accessories can be interchanged.
Together, Sirius and the Saddle-up Pony Outfit Set are perfect additions for imaginative play.
Snow Queen Lottie
Snow Queen Lottie Doll is my daughter’s newest doll. And it came in time for the Christmas season. Lottie receives a party invitation to the Masked Ball. Given that Snow Queen is Lottie’s favorite fairy tail, Lottie decides to dress as a Snow Queen for the ball. Lottie long blonde hair is set off by a sparkly crown. On her face is a silver, sparkly mask . She is dressed in a magnificent ice blue and frosty white gown studded with silver snowflakes. On her wrist is a matching wrist bag, around her shoulders is a fur wrap and on her feet is a pair of blue ballet flats.
When Lottie is all done at the ball, change her into Sweet Dreams Outfit Set. The set includes all-in-one pajamas, housecoat and pink fleece slippers. After-all, Lottie loves to curl up with a steaming mug of cocoa and watch all the holiday specials on TV.
Lottie Dolls- Alternative to barbie dolls
Since Lottie encourages children to be active and outdoorsy, she has bendable knees and moveable hips, arms and head. This allows Lottie dolls to do all the activities that real children do.
Lottie’s hair has a silky texture, so it doesn’t tangle or knot and the clothing offers great attention to detail with Velcro fastenings that are easy for young girls to dress and undress. At 7.5 inches tall, Lottie is portable and easy for little hands to carry around.
Lottie dolls allow your child to create their own little world and they give children a way to act out the scenes they see in everyday life. For younger children, these are a great starting point for your preschooler to use dolls in pretend play.
Other Lottie dolls in the range:
- Fossil Hunter
- Pony Club
- Muddy Puddles
- Butterfly Protector Lottie
- School Days Lottie
- Rockabilly Lottie
- Kite Flyer Finn Boy
- Autumn Leaves Lottie
- Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie
- Pony Flag Lottie
- Pirate Queen Lottie
- Branksea festival Lottie
- English County Garden Lottie
- Kawaii Karate Lottie
- Lighthouse Keeper Lottie
- Always Artsy Lottie
- Wild Photographer Mia Doll
- Birthday Girl Sophia Doll
- Junior Reporter Sammi Boy Doll
- Forest Friends Lottie Doll
As a mom, I love the Lottie dolls. All in all they encourage girls to enjoy their childhood and not to be in a hurry to grow up. Lottie Dolls are a wonderful alternative to Barbie dolls. They lead to great imaginative play, and show that girls can be whoever they want to be. To each role of Lottie dolls comes a wide array of accessory sets. Most of all, my daughter loves her Lottie Dolls.
Fun Activities and Printables
There are fun activities, and games available on the Lottie website. Arklu have also put together a fantastic resource of great women biographies to share with your kids.
Any of the Lottie Dolls and accessories would make great gifts this holiday season. Lottie Dolls are available in Canada via Amazon.ca and at Chapters. You can also order dolls directly from the Lottie website, as well.
Innovative toy company Arklu, Ltd manufactures Lottie. The company came to prominence in 2011 with the launch of its first product, the Princess Catherine Engagement Doll. The success was swiftly followed by the Royal Wedding Dolls; the Princess Catherine Wedding Doll and Prince William Wedding Doll. As a result of this strong start they spent 18 months of development on the Lottie brand, which included extensive research with kids, parents, retailers, industry experts and academics, with the goal to create a realistic doll that is great fun for both boys and girls to play with. Since the launch in August 2012, Lottie dolls have received 21 international awards including 5 prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards. They are currently available in more than 30 countries worldwide. Today the company creates a range of products including dolls, books, toys and games for children.
I’ll be back with more Lottie soon, but in the meantime, let me know what you think of the dolls featured here in the comment section below. What’s your favorite thing about Lottie dolls?
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