REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – Lottie Dolls

Have you started your holiday shopping?  Already done?  In either case I have something to share with you for your daughters that really warrants a spot under your Christmas tree this year.

I was excited to be given the opportunity to review Lottie Dolls with my girls (so excited in fact I ended up purchasing some extra Lottie accessories to go along with it.)  Lottie Dolls are the kind of dolls young girls should be playing with– that is, if your daughter is so inclined to play with dolls to begin with.  I’m not trying to stir up the gender wars or inflame the gender-neutral fanatics.  I’m not telling you your son can’t play with these dolls.  I don’t care who you purchase them for- just purchase them!

Key Features:

  • Lottie is a wholesome doll alternative for girls aged 3-9; she is 7.5 inches (18cm) tall, so she’s very portable and easy for little hands to carry around.
  • The key point of difference is that Lottie has a ‘childlike’ body – she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small).
  • She’s all about letting girls be girls, doing all the activities a child would do, not growing up too quickly, and presenting a healthy view on body image.
  • Lottie’s clothing is composed of tactile fabric with lots of attention to detail, easy to dress and undress, with Velcro fastenings.
  • Her hair is lovely and soft; it doesn’t tangle and knot like other doll hair.
  • Lottie has bendable knees with ball socket hips and arms.

I can probably do the most service to Lottie Dolls though, by telling you what they are NOT.

Lottie Dolls are NOT going to give your daughters an unhealthy and completely unrealistic perception of what the female body looks like.

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Lottie Dolls are NOT small, cheaply made, nor will they break easily.  And Lottie Dolls won’t have parents silently swearing the makers of stupid, easily-ripped, rubber clothes.

Lottie Dolls are NOT going to be confused with streetwalkers.

And lastly, Lottie Dolls are NOT this-  whatever the heck this is…. I still can’t figure it out. Over-sexualization branching out into the monster realm???

With crap like that on store shelves is it any wonder why I did a little jig when our Lottie Dolls arrived?

Lottie Dolls come in fun and thought-provoking, if not empowering, characters like Robot Girl Lottie (for the science and STEM minded), Karate Lottie, Lighthouse Keeper Lottie, Pirate Lottie, and many more.

As a homeschooling mom one of the biggest perks for me was the educational opportunity these dolls provided.  I chose toys for my girls based on their current interests and passions and then based the dolls on famous historical women.

Along with the doll and accessory pack, my girls each received a book based on their relevant historical character.  For Lyra (given her fascination with pirates this past Halloween) I renamed her doll Anne Bonny and grabbed this book by Jane Yolen.

Mira got the Robot Girl since she’s addicted to coding (shout-out to the free site Code.org!) and science-related topics in general. I renamed her doll Ada Lovelace and picked up this book for her reading pleasure.

Stella recently started ballet and tap classes so she received Spring Ballet Lottie.  After a little research I decided to rename her doll Anna Pavlova and paired her with this book illustrated by French Impressionist Edgar Degas.

My girls now take Anne, Ada, and Anna EVERYWHERE.  Since the day they received them, the dolls are never far from their hands.

The folks behind Lottie Dolls, Arklu, have numerous resources and extras available on their official website.  From coloring pages, printable certificates and awards, to crafts and games- you’re guaranteed to find numerous ways to capitalize on your doll purchase.

The excitement doesn’t end there though!  The folks at Arklu have generously offered to gift one of my lucky readers with their very own Robot Girl Lottie along with the Busy Lizzie Accessory Pack!  Enter the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win! (Please refresh your page if the widget isn’t showing.)

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135 Responses to REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – Lottie Dolls

  1. Carl says:

    I think I like the clothes the best. Jeans, sweaters, sneakers, these are the kind of clothes kids would really wear. These dolls are a really cool find.

  2. Erin says:

    I have never heard of these dolls before, but I am sure my daughter would love them! I love how they make these dolls with child-like features, not like adults.

  3. Amanda C says:

    I love the fact that the clothes for the Lottie dolls are something that I would actually let my daughters wear. We are a no Barbie house not only for her crazy proportions but also for the ridiculous clothing options she has.

  4. danielle drown says:

    I love that the dolls are based on more realistic body types and promote a healthy body image! I also love that their clothes don’t look like something a Street Walter would wear!

  5. Amy says:

    I love these! Emma may have to have one of these this year. I love your idea of renaming the doll to reflect an historical woman.

  6. Yahiliz says:

    Love, love, love these dolls! These are just what I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity!

  7. robin says:

    I love the accessory sets. Items we want our children to play with. to use their imagination. to stay little for long!!

  8. melissa s says:

    These are soo cute.

  9. Barbara says:

    These look adorable

  10. Becky says:

    I like that these dolls are not focused on sexy body images. These would be great for my girls

  11. Karen O says:

    I like that the dolls look like normal little girls, and they aren’t wearing makeup and high heels.

  12. Michelle F says:

    These look sooo cute – I’ve never heard of them either but I love the accessories – like the pirate! We do not have Barbie in our house- yet- but I wold love to get my daughter started on these instead!

  13. michelle says:

    These are wonderful!!! Would be great for my daughter !

  14. Can I just say, I LOVE everything about these dolls?? I can’t pick just one thing! I had never heard of them before but will definitely be using these for my daughter instead of Barbies!

  15. Becky says:

    These dolls are awesome! I love how real these dolls are and how different they are from everything from everything else on the market. love them.

  16. Adrianne B says:

    I love the Lighthouse Keeper Lottie Doll, so cute!

  17. Mabel says:

    I like that they look like normal little girls. Very sweet dolls.

  18. Spring K. says:

    I have never heard of these dolls before. I really like their down to earth clothing and the adorable faces. They are lovely and sweet, just what little girls should be. :) Great review and thanks for the opportunity to win!

  19. Tanya Rubezhov says:

    I like that they are like real girls – proportioned, can stand on their feet, have brushable hair and are great size. And they are so cute
    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

  20. Alicia Langstraat says:

    I was so excited to see this! Dolls for a dollhouse are on my Christmas list for my girls, and I did NOT want Barbies. Yay! I would love to get some Lottie dolls! Very cute.

  21. Alicia Langstraat says:

    I was so excited to see this! Dolls for a dollhouse are on my Christmas list for my girls, and I did NOT want Barbies. Yay! I would love to get some Lottie dolls! Very cute.
    And they STAND?! That’s amazing!

  22. Tauna says:

    I love that they’re wholesome! The barbie dolls drive me crazy.

  23. amanda m says:

    Had never heard of them but squeee! Love them! Hope I win one for one of my girls!

  24. silver says:

    I love that the doll’s proportions are based on little girls and not some weird fictionalized physique.

  25. adrienne d says:

    These look like so much fun for my little one! I’ve been hesitant to give in to the princess/barbie requests, so these are a God-send! I love the wholesome clothes and fun hobbies. Thank you for the opportunity to win one! This will be a Christmas gift whether I win or not!

  26. adrienne d says:

    I tweeted about this but my tablet won’t cooperate…the only url it shows is http://www.mobile.twitter.com…????

  27. Yvonne says:

    I love this!! With 2 of my girls being almost 6 and 3…I an just beginning to learn what sparks their interest…I love how Lottie Dolls captures children’s imagination with modesty and innocence….its adventure and imagination at its best!

  28. Courtney says:

    Our little girl would love these! Never heard of these.

  29. Jody says:

    Sweet!! Thanks for sharing this – I have never heard of Lottie dolls before but I am so glad that there is an alternative to the Barbies and the Bratz that I have seen on the toys shelves and sworn I will never ever buy!

  30. Megan R says:

    These are so cute and seem to be a great alternative to Barbie.

  31. Jacquelin says:

    Thanks for introducing us to these dolls. I have never heard of them before but I need to find a way to get them into my girls hands. I agree with you about those monster zombie dolls, what the heck!
    I like the childlike features and the modest clothing these dolls wear. Thanks for the chance to win!

  32. Deanna F says:

    I appreciate the modest clothing and lack of make up! :-)

  33. Stephanie says:

    So glad to see an alternative to Barbie. Plan to look for these when we are in London in the spring.

  34. Melissa E. says:

    What an awesome product. Would be the perfect gift for my niece!

  35. Cherie says:

    So happy to see that there is a company that is looking out for our young girls! I LOVE these!!
    Thanks

  36. BillieJean says:

    I love that they are modest! It’s near impossible to find this quality in modern dolls!

  37. melissa says:

    thank you so much for showing us this option

  38. meghan says:

    What I like best about the dolls is that they look like REAL, little girls. They don’t look like 35 year old women on the prowl for a one night stand. They look real, and they look classy. Their clothes are age appropriate, and are things I would actually let my daughter wear. (and they are affordable!)

  39. melissa castro says:

    I love their overall look

  40. Karen says:

    These dolls are great!

  41. Kimberly R says:

    I had never heard of these dolls, either, before this giveaway. I love that a little girl can play with them and not be led to think that she should look like (Barbie or Bratz), instead of looking like the little girl she is.

  42. Toni Sprouse says:

    I like the fact that these dolls look wholesome and represent childhood innocence; this is a rare find in dolls these days.

  43. Beth says:

    Would love to have some wholesome dolls for my girls to play with!

  44. tammy cordery says:

    I never heard of these dolls I think I will get some for my daughter. wow what a great doll.

  45. Carolyn says:

    Finally some amazing dolls ! I homeschool too and love your ideas for these.

  46. Jennifer says:

    How cute! DD would love t he butterfly one !

  47. tammy cordery says:

    Can you please email me about the book you did with the robot girl I tried to click on the icon but it didn’t go through. thank you for your time and showing the dolls love them.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Tammy,
      Thanks for bringing the broken link to my attention. I just fixed it. You can currently only get the book through third-party sellers on Amazon. I paid about $5 Maybe you can check your local library and see if it’s available there. The name of the book was “Ada Lovelace, The Computer Wizard of Victorian England”. Also, I just stumbled across this fun looking comic-book on Ada where they turn her into a crime fighter. Be warned though- I literally just found it so I have no idea if it’s appropriate or suitable for children. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

  48. Veronica c. says:

    I love that these dolls capture the innocence of childhood.

  49. danielle says:

    We’re a Barbie free house! I love these dolls!

  50. Bonnie says:

    the english country garden doll- so sweet!

  51. Cherish says:

    I have never heard of these dolls before now. I really like the look of them!

  52. Amy Golaski says:

    How refreshing! This is the first I have heard of these dolls. Thanks!

  53. Amber V. says:

    I love these dolls for my daughters… I love the modest clothes & how they don’t set an unrealistic ideal!

  54. DearMyrah says:

    I love that they’re fun and play-able without forcing little girls to think about grown-up ideas. I might have to get the Butterfly Protector doll! Too cute…

  55. Jessica Medina says:

    I like that they look like little girls and have modest clothes.

  56. Julie Horne says:

    I LOVE the fact that these are international dolls. They are imaginative: the Snow Queen bases her costume on a book she’s read. Pandora’s Box doll activele engages in her passionate cause in her community (promote proper care of animals), and on and on. There is something like that, that I like about EVERY DOLL. And also that each has modest clothes and is pretty without kitten-y sex appeal like too many other dolls (Ick). Girls should be girls as long as they can, and THESE are girls’ dolls!! Would love to win one!!!

  57. Cheryl says:

    Love these! Wow, they are so cute. I am always looking for ways for my daughter to get her girly fix without limiting her creativity or giving her unhealthy ideas.

    Thanks for sharing!

  58. Raina DelRio says:

    I like the fact that they aren’t dressed skimpy

  59. Dorothy Teel says:

    I like these Lottie dolls, I like that they are made in a childs image and that their feet are flat and that they have hair that does not tangle or knot and besides they are just plain cute

  60. Holly says:

    I like the real proportions, and outfits that look real and not just in pink!

  61. Rachelle says:

    I love that these dolls are not so “sexy”

  62. Deborah Mireles says:

    ive never seen these dolls before but they are darn cute and I think my grandaughter would love one

  63. Jenny says:

    I love all the different interests that the dolls have from karate, to animals and even ballet.

  64. Martha says:

    These dolls stand on their own two feet–love this on a strong mom of an even stronger daughter front!

  65. Nancy says:

    I like that these dolls look like and dress like little girls – not crazy, mixed-up pop singers.

  66. Kathy Davis says:

    I like that the Lottie Doll has a ‘childlike’ body and doesn’t wear makeup.

  67. RebeccaW says:

    I like the Pony Flag Race Lottie because my daughter loves horses.

  68. becky says:

    I love that they wear appropriate clothing!!

  69. Lara N. says:

    I like that the dolls look like children and not junior hookers! (and I like the soccer accessory set! Can’t imagine Barbie or Bratz playing soccer – they might break a nail or a high heel!

  70. Jenilee says:

    love how they look! I’m with you on all those other dolls… yeah for great dolls for girls!

  71. Amanda Cullum says:

    I’ve seen these dolls in several homeschool catalogs & I can’t wait to get them for my oldest daughter who has just aged into their bracket. I’m especially fond of the Autumn Leaves Lottie. They look so cute & NORMAL and detailed. A great alternative to the other ‘fashion dolls.’

  72. samantha penrod says:

    I love that the dolls are based on more realistic body types

  73. Nichole says:

    I like that they have childlike physiques instead of womanly features.

  74. melissaandkeith miller says:

    based on more realistic body types

  75. liz says:

    I like that she doesn’t wear makeup

  76. Trish says:

    I love that these dolls are actually designed to look like children; that makes them ideal for little girls.

  77. Alyssa says:

    These look so much nicer than barbie dolls. My daughter is only 10 1/2 months but I can definitely see her playing with one of these rather than the “other” ones you mentioned(most of them freak me out). Thank you for this lovely review, I might have never known about these wonderful Lottie Dolls!

  78. Debby Chandler says:

    I like the clothes and realistic body shapes.

  79. Laura says:

    I like that she doesn’t wear makeup!

  80. Jane Ritz says:

    I like the dolls because they look like little girls, not some doll with globs of make up and a body shape that doesn’t exisit. Thanks so much for this giveaway.

  81. 1955nurse says:

    No make-up, a child-like body & each has a “Story” to spark a little one’s imagination!!! My Grandaughter would love her, thanks for the chance!

  82. Denise Davis says:

    I like that they promote real life bodies in their dolls.

  83. Raquel says:

    I never thought of some of those dolls as “street walkers”; I never really thought of them at all because I’m not fond of them, but I know I’ll never see them the same and will never get one for my daughter. Go Lottie!

  84. Suzanne says:

    so realistic in proportions! and adorable.

  85. Taryn says:

    I love the modesty they have. It’s great seeing a company remember that they are influencing kids.

  86. Amna says:

    Thank you so much for doing this. I love that these dolls seem to have a conscience. Love the look!

  87. Mandy says:

    I like that the dolls look like little girls and not women/teenagers.

  88. amy says:

    These dolls look so sweet! I just love that they are girls and not sexualized teenagers or women. Thanks for sharing about this doll!

  89. Amanda says:

    I like that they don’t look like they are dead or are prostitutes. What is up with new toys?!? Thanks for the opportunity :)

  90. Laine says:

    I love the outfits and the variety of activities they have the dolls participating in. My kiddo does martial arts and would love the karate one. ^_^

  91. Kara says:

    Cute. Finally something child-appropriate. I like the pirate ones because my daughter is a huge pirate fan.

  92. Danielle H. says:

    I love how these dolls actually look like little girls – realistic body types, no makeup, wholesome clothing.

  93. Alessandra says:

    These look so cute!

  94. Stacy says:

    Love the realistic body proportions and emphasis on intellect and activity.

  95. Danya says:

    I just love that they are not too mature!!

  96. Tia McFarlane says:

    I love that they are realistically sized like little girls!

  97. Heather J says:

    Definitely it is their wholesome look that I like best!

  98. Ann Kilbreath says:

    I have 2 sweet grandaughters who would have a lot of fun with these dolls. thank you.

  99. Allison says:

    I love the clothing, wholesome yet still fun

  100. Maria Romero says:

    Thanks for sharing!!

  101. Tiffany Underwood says:

    I am so weary of streetwalker looking dolls. I am thrilled to death of the imagination and real skills glorified in these dolls!!

  102. Caroline says:

    I like that they are more realistically proportioned!

  103. Ambah says:

    Love these dolls!! Have never heard of them before, but they are perfect for little girls!! :)

  104. wendy rozema says:

    I like the cute clothes!

  105. Very cute! We love dolls around here. Thanks for introducing us to some new ones.

  106. Melissa says:

    I love the clothes!

  107. Lauren Calderon says:

    I love that they look natural and like little girls. My daughters would love these.

  108. Emi says:

    I agree with you. I do really like that these dolls have a “childlike body” as they describe on their site. I love the Pirate Queen too.

  109. Teresa Thompson says:

    I like-the key point of difference is that Lottie has a ‘childlike’ body – she doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels and she can stand on her own two feet (always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small).

  110. Nicole says:

    great review on the Lottie Doll! I had just heard about these from another homeschool mom friend. I appreciate the age appropriate clothes and their message.

  111. Erin says:

    I love these dolls! I just learned about them last month & they are wonderful! Great review!

  112. Judith Martinez says:

    I love the pleasant expressions on their faces. :)

  113. Claire says:

    I love that they’re wholesome!!

  114. Kim says:

    I love their cute little faces! That might be weird, but they’re so different than other barbies and other dolls my daughter has received as presents. Love them!

  115. patrice says:

    I like that they will have books soon, but my favorite thing is that they aren’t sleazy!

  116. laura b says:

    I love that they aren’t made with lots of makeup, they actually look like girls and not ‘street walkers’

  117. Amanda S says:

    I like that its not made to look like an over sexualized adult. That it allows little girls to just play and be little girls.

  118. Debbie Jackson says:

    I like their pursuits and independence. Love Butterfly lottie

  119. Donna H says:

    I really like these dolls.

  120. Nicole Sender says:

    I like the fact that they can be used as role models and have a childlike body.

  121. cassandra says:

    i like their idea of showing a doll that allows girls to act their own age.

  122. Katrina says:

    I love the Pony Flag Race Lottie ! I have a horse-crazy daughter who would love the Welsh Pony too.

  123. Jerrie Miller says:

    So cute. I wish I were a little girl again.

  124. Megan says:

    I really like that she doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels

  125. I like that they are unique from other dolls!

  126. Barbara R. says:

    I like that the Lottie dolls are not cheaply made and they will not break. I like that the dolls do not have makeup on and are a realistic and are presenting a healthy view on body image.

  127. brandy Fisk says:

    I like that their clothes cover them. They would set a great example for my daycare girls!

  128. Tammy H says:

    I like that these dolls represent the normal girl, a butterfly protector doll is so cool

  129. jessica hager says:

    I love how realistic they look and their outfits are cute.

  130. BlessedCP says:

    I love how these dolls are wholesome and have an educational value as well. I was surprised to see one of the sets had a doll learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. I love that!~ One of the appeals for both Barbie and American Girl dolls are the great outfits and playsets you can get. This has this with a cuter doll. Thanks for sharing as I had not heard of them before.

  131. Tammy Jackson says:

    Never heard of these before! I love love love their outfits and uniqueness!

  132. Allison says:

    I love a more modest approach to the idea of Barbie for my little girl especially while she is young.

  133. Dawn Sterner says:

    I like that the dolls are made to look like a normal kid & is dressed like it too.

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