I have a girl whose mind is sharp as a needle. A girl who loves to ask questions and learn about the world. A girl who is not satisfied with the appellative princess and who dreams of being a scientist or an explorer when she grows up. A girl for whom Lottie dolls are absolutely perfect as role models and appropriate toys.
What sort of dolls are the Lottie range and what sets them apart form the crowd?
According to the Daily Mail, they are:
“…A range of dolls created to defy gender stereotypes and encourage girls to be adventurous, inquisitive and sporty.
Lottie is billed as a ‘fashion doll with a difference’ because – unlike a Barbie doll which has an impossibly slim figure – Lottie has been designed to look and dress like a child.”
Our love for the Lottie doll range started exactly one year ago, when Emma got the Lighthouse Keeper Lottie for her 5th birthday. I chose it as a significance-filled toy, for Emma as a surviving sibling to Georgie and as our own Lighthouse Keeper, the one who kept us going through the pain of her brother’s cancer diagnosis and the agony of his loss.
Emma loved her for her clothes, so different from the usually pink and frilly “girly” clothes dollies wear these days and for her normal girl size, no over the top boobies nor exaggerated long legs. She loved her for the adventures they got to imagine themselves in, as sailors and airplane pilots when we flew over mountains and endless seas.
The amazing team behind the Lottie dolls saw our pictures on Instagram and understood that they had a real Lottie fan on their hands so this autumn, after we returned from Greece, we were offered the very privileged and much coveted role of Lottie Doll Brand Ambassadors!
As part of our new role, we were sent (coincidentally the week Emma turned 6!), three Lottie dolls of our choice to review and share with our readers as well, as part of a giveaway, here, on the blog!
So, what did we choose from the impressive list of Lottie dolls and why?
When the solar eclipse took place last October and she got wind that there would be a new Stargazer Lottie, Emma literally begged me to put our names down for one. She wanted to look at the sun through the lenses of imaginary play and have a mighty Lottie, expert in all things stellar, show her the stars.
So, of course, the Lottie Stargazer was at the top of our wish list and Emma loved getting it, even a year later! As soon as she saw the box, Emma remarked on Lottie’s warm and comfy clothes, perfect for outdoor activities and as soon as she was out of the box, she asked daddy to put the telescope up so they can gaze at the stars together!
The dolly comes with a mini set of planet cards which will help any aspiring astronomer to remember their names and also, with an information sheet about notable women in astronomy and ways to make the most of what the European Space Agency has on offer for children.
The second Lottie doll we chose was the Fossil Hunter.
What did Emma think of her Lottie Fossil Hunter?
Once again, Emma was impressed with the appropriate clothing and footwear and the handy backpack, any self-respecting explorer has to have one in which they carry their tools! She loves the little shells that come with the doll and has them stored away safely in the above mentioned rucksack.
The doll comes, just like the Stargazer, with a information sheet for budding fossil hunters and explorers. The sheet also provides a list of notable women in paleontology which will come in handy for older girls who love their facts and can draw inspiration from such remarkable role models!
The last doll we chose, and this one will be going to one of our readers, is the Butterfly Protector Lottie.
Just like the other two, this Lottie has a well proportioned body, looking like a young girl rather than a model from a magazine. She wears appropriate clothing for outdoor adventures, is stylish and would make a beautiful toy for any little girl out there.
As I was telling you above, we are truly pleased to be able to offer it to one lucky little girl, all you have to do to win it in time for Christmas is enter the Gleam competition here.
Lottie is available online at http://www.lottie.com (UK Store) and on Amazon. Lottie is available in store at Debenhams and independent toy stores. Lottie doll retails at £19.99. Accessory sets and outfit sets retail at £7.99.
To find out the latest news about Lottie and enter the very exciting competition team Lottie runs regularly, you can sign up to the Club Lottie here.