We are big fans of Lottie in this house since first being introduced this summer. Lottie is an award-winning doll intended for children aged 3-9 aimed at encouraging a healthy and positive body image. Unlike other “fashion” dolls, Lottie has a ‘childlike’ body, doesn’t wear makeup, jewelery or high heels and can stand on her own two feet. Lottie does all the activities that real kids do; and there are currently 14 Lottie dolls available, as well as 9 accessory sets and 8 outfits.
I’ll be honest, I still like other fashion dolls and I think parenting plays a bigger role in body image than the toys children play with in fantasy play. I generally dislike the options available for dolls made to look “real” as for the most part they come off as sensationalist. That said, I think Lottie is a wonderful doll and I love that she has a childlike body rather than a proportionate adult body. I also think that owning Lottie can definitely be useful in helping to empower girls and to help with positive self esteem and self confidence. Not to mention that she is just the cutest doll I’ve ever seen!
I love how relateable Lottie is for young girls and how varied her interests are just like any other little child’s interests would be. Her body is based on the average proportions of a 9 year old girl with the exception of her head (which has been increased to accommodate hair play). Lottie loves ballet, ponies, kittens and butterflies just like real girls do but she also really enjoys practising Karate, working at the lighthouse, pony racing and is one serious Pirate. She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, and not growing up too quickly.
New to the Lottie line is School Days Lottie who comes dressed in a A navy pinafore with a white shirt, bow tie, tall socks and navy mary jane shoes. She also comes with a pair of striped glasses, a striped red and white scarf, a cute cat-themed school bag and 10 special collector cards featuring leadership tips for girls.
I’d also like to introduce to you Kite Flying Finn who is an amazing doll (or action figure if it makes you feel better) for both girls and boys alike. I don’t have boys but growing up I had a collection of “boy toys” all of which came with guns or other weapons. It seems looking at the “boys” toy section that not much as changed in recent years. I find it refreshing that Finn not only looks like a boy, but he also plays like a wholesome little boy with nothing violent about him. Finn comes dressed in cargo shorts, a star-themed long sleeve t-shirt, a puffer gilet, sneakers and a diamond-shaped kite.
Finn and Lottie are also able to swap clothing and accessories which is pretty nice!
We were also sent the amazing Super Lottie Outfit Set which includes a metallic all-in-one suit with a belt, a pink and gold metallic cape, a sparkly gold mask and a fabulous pair of winged boots.
The ‘Super Lottie’ superhero outfit is the inspiration of six year old Lily, from Kirtland, Ohio, USA, who created the winning design as part of a global competition, independently judged by the Brave Girls Alliance.
Uniquely, the set marks the first time that a crowd-sourced design by a child has gone into commercial production.
As part of her entry, Lily was asked to define Super Lottie’s abilities. Lily’s response was one designed to inspire girls who play with Lottie dolls, to acknowledge and embrace their potential, and accept who they are: ‘Super Lottie has the power to be anything, to do anything, and to make the world a better place. She is unique and special in her own way’.
The Super Lottie Outfit is probably the most amazing outfit for a doll that I have ever seen. It’s not just cute but it really makes a statement too. She looks like such a strong superhero! There aren’t many superhero females in general. I can count them with one hand as a matter of fact so its nice to see a doll play superhero and even nice that it is a little girl.
Keira didn’t really know what a superhero was but it didn’t take her long to catch on and she was soon having fun with Lottie flying around the room to save her friend Flynn from different predicaments. (Usually little sister Ava grabbing him and crawling away as fast as her little limbs would allow!)
We also got to check out the Scooter Set which includes the Scooter itself, a Helmet (safety first!), a ramp and stickers to decorate the ramp and scooter. Finn and Lottie like to take turns showing off their skills and cool tricks.
Also available is a Hair Care Accessory Set which has everything to help Lottie keep her hair neat while she has fun playing. The set includes a hairbrush, 2 pink flower bands,2 lilac flower bands, 10 blue elastic bands and a Corduroy bag with ribbon drawstring to store it all in! Lottie has plenty of hair so she is fun for lots of creative hair play.
Finn isn’t to be left out of the fun either though! There is a Gone Fishing Outfit Set just for Finn which includes Cargo shorts, A long sleeved shark-themed t-shirt, Deck shoes and a fishing rod and fish. If your Lottie doll wants to go fishing, this outfit set fits her too which is pretty great.
Lottie Dolls and Accessories can be purchased in Canada from Mastermind Toys, Toys “R” Us, Chapters and local independent toy retailers near you! Lottie can be purchased in the USA via Amazon and other toy retailers.