We were delighted to be chosen as Ambassadors for Lottie dolls recently. These dolls have won 15 awards so far in the US, UK and Canada, so I was very keen to see why this relative newcomer (launched two years ago) is so special.
Meet Autumn Leaves Lottie.
Isn't she just adorable?! Well, our 9 year old girl thinks so too; she has been carrying her almost everywhere, and constantly combing her hair. She barely lets our 7 year old girl have a look in with her (hmm, I can see a purchase of a separate Lottie doll being needed soon), and this is from a girl who has previously shown very little interest in playing with any of the existing types of doll figures.
So what's different about her? The size, for a start. Lottie dolls are just 18cm tall, which means she is easy to hold and easy to pack to take out. There are currently no other dolls on the market this size, and yet it makes perfect sense. She has been designed for girls age 3-9 but I'm quite taken with her myself!
The other main difference is that she has been made to have a healthy, childlike body. She's intended to be 'wholesome', with no make-up, jewellery or high heels, so children are able to relate to her and pretend she does the same things she does. There's no need for children to grow older younger, they are fine just as they are, and this doll comes without any forcing recognition of body image issues. There are 12 dolls in total to choose from, ranging from beautiful Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie through to Butterfly Protector Lottie and on to Robot Girl Lottie. They come in beautiful presentation gift boxes too:
Her hair is lovely and soft and doesn't tangle or get frizzy like other dolls' hair does - I think that's why Tamsin likes combing it so much! She is flexible and is also able to stand on her own two feet (see what they did there...) and sit independently without too much fussing. The clothes she wears are everyday type clothes, but they are fabulous quality and with great attention to detail - the tiny buttons on the coat are so cute. All the clothes are easy to get on and off (some with velcro fastenings). Our doll (Autumn Leaves) came with a coat, hat, scarf, long sleeve top (with removable patch on the front), skirt, tights and boots. Tamsin's only wish was that she could have some separate wardrobe/clothes packs for the dolls so she can change her for different role-play scenarios. Luckily, I've just checked the website out and they've already thought of that, so I know what's going on her Christmas list! There are also other accessory sets such as dogs, cats, picnic sets and even a pony.
I'm so pleased to be able to tell you that we, along with the other Lottie Ambassadors, are offering the chance to win two Lottie dolls and two accessory sets from the existing range. Please see full terms and conditions below the Rafflecopter entry box. This giveaway is running between 14th September and 12th October 2014, and is being moderated by Lottie dolls themselves.
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For more information on the Lottie dolls, do check out their website www.lottie.com and their Facebook page www.facebook.com/lottiedolls. You could even tweet them @Lottie_dolls to say if you're impressed - we certainly are!
We were sent the above product for the purpose of this review, but have not received payment. All the views expressed here are our own.