Having two little girls, our house is full of dolls and girlie things.Thankfully we do not have many Barbie dolls as to be honest, I am not a huge fan of them. Young children are impressionable and I don’t think that Barbie’s are very good for young girls. It’s the way she looks and her body shape that I don’t like.
We were recently asked to become ambassadors of the Lottie Dolls, which we are super excited about.
Lottie celebrated her two-year anniversary last month, having made her appearance in 2012 as the first ever ‘pro-girl’ doll.
Designed for girls aged 3 – 9, Lottie was developed with scientific expertise from leading British academics, alongside consumer research, to address parental concerns over negative body image, an increased perception of premature sexualisation, as well as a desire for a return to good old-fashioned creative and imaginative play.
Lottie is the only 7″ (18cm) doll on the market, making her easy to pack and carry about. She also has a healthy childlike body with age appropriate styling and clothes – meaning no scantily clad clothes, high heels, jewellery, tattoos, make up etc – all the things that put me off of other dolls.
Lottie also has soft long hair, flexible limbs and is able to stand independently.
There are two ranges of Lottie dolls.
The Year 1 range featured six dolls:
- Pony Flag Race
- Spring Celebration Ballet
- English Country Garden
- Branksea Festival
- Autumn Leaves
- Snow Queen.
Accessory packs include: Picnic set, Biscuit the Beagle Dog, Pony Flag Race accessories, Seren the Welsh Mountain Pony.
The Year 1 range provoked international debate over the issues Lottie had set out to address, receiving approval and praise from parents, professionals and campaigners alike. She won multiple awards and became a best-seller in over eight countries across the globe.
In 2013, Arklu, the company behind the Lottie brand, took the original ideals a step further, with the introduction of their year two range of dolls that, not only enjoy a fuller lifestyle of mixed and varied activities, but wholly embrace the motto ‘Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You’.
Taking on-board feedback from consumers and retailers, Arklu set about designing a range of dolls that continue to encompass the core principles they had originally set out to achieve whilst embracing new ones. They subsequently created a set of six female dolls which defy conventional gender stereotypes by exploring inspiring, empowering and adventurous themes. This time, each doll also had its own inspiring and educational back story.
The Year 2 range of six dolls feature:
- Robot Girl and the Busy Lizze Robot – inspired by the real account of a science fair project by 8-year-old Allie Weber from the US.
- Pirate Queen – inspired by the life of real life 16th Centruty Irish pirate Grace O’Malley.
- Lighthouse Keeper – inspired by women and girls associated with lighthouses throughout history, including Grace Darling in the UK.
- Kawaii Karate – inspired by Sensei Debi Steven, founder of PeeWee Karate in London. Kawaii Karate encourages girls to be bold and brave and get interested in being active and learning karate.
- Butterfly Protector – helping introduce science and conservation in a fun and engaging way.
- Pandora’s Box – helping teach children about the care and nurture of animals.
Year 2 accessory sets include: Busy Lizzie Robot, Pirate Queen, Pandora the Persian Cat, Girls United Outfit, Body Boarder Outfit, Blue Velvet Outfit, Raspberry Ripple Outfit, Raising the Bar Outfit, Sweet Dreams Outfit.
We reviewed the Lottie English Country Garden doll.
Her dress is suitable for her age, as are her flat shoes. Both Abigail and Zachary took an instant liking to her. She is just the right size for little hands to play with, and pops in to a bag or pocket.
I was really impressed with the Lottie doll. I love how she depicts a real life child and therefore the children can relate to the way she looks and dresses. A fabulous role model for impressionable children.
To date, Lottie has won 15 awards in the US, UK and Canada including three prestigious Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards.
Lottie now sells in 30 countries worldwide; the www.lottie.com website appears in 17 language versions, including Chinese, Russian and Japanese.
Lottie dolls retail at £16.99; accessory sets at £7.99
To celebrate their 2nd Anniversary, Lottie Dolls are giving you the chance to win 2 x Lottie Dolls and 2 x Accessory Sets.
To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter entries below. Competition ends October 12th, 2014. The competition is a single competition hosted between myself and the other Lottie Ambassadors. One winner will be selected from all entries to win the aforementioned prize.