Okay all you mini doll lovers, watch out, there’s a new girl in town – Lottie from Arklu isn’t totally new (she debuted in 2012), but she is starting to make a pretty big splash and even found her way on to the Today Show during Toy Fair coverage. Lottie is 7.5″ tall, has bendable knees, fabulous hair and and is all about girl power! I have had my eye on Lottie for a while, but once I saw her up close, I gave her one of my awards – One to Watch.
I’ll start with my report on Lottie from Toy Fair, and then if you read all the way through, I have a review on the Lottie I purchased when I got home (yep, she definitely got my attention!).
Lottie is from the British company Arklu and they put an awful lot into the product development of this doll. Lottie has won 19 awards in the USA, Canada and UK, including 5 Oppenheim Portfolio Platinum Awards – that is something Mom’s might think is cool, but girls just know – Lottie is more than just a doll. Lottie comes in a variety of hair, eye and skin color combinations, but they all have the same basic look. You can pick from a variety of adventure themed fashions – this particular Lottie is Pandora’s Box Lottie – she volunteers at an animal shelter and takes care of the animals (read more here).
The glasses!! Lottie’s outfits are well constructed and they each have a removable velcro accent that once you have a few Lottie outfits, you can mix and match.
Depending on the size of the specialty toy store, this is one of the displays you may see with Lottie choices. In the US, Lottie dolls are distributed by Schylling and can be found in specialty toy stores and on Amazon, however, I expect that to change and you may find her in other stores in the future.
Top row from left to right = Snow Queen Lottie, Branksea Festival Lottie, Autumn Leaves Lottie, Spring Celebration Ballet Lottie, English Country Garden Lottie, and Pony Flag Race Lottie.
Bottom row from left to right = Pandora’s Box Lottie, Light House Keeper Lottie, Butterfly Protector Lottie, Pirate Queen Lottie, Kawaii Karate Lottie, and Robot Girl Lottie.
Another look at Pandora’s Box Lottie and the accessory set that goes with it. Many of Lottie’s outfits do have accessory packs that go with them. Lottie dolls retail for $19.99 and most of her additional outfits or accessory packs are $9.99.
Arrrggggh! It’s Pirate Queen Lottie! When my girls were younger I guarantee Lottie would have been one of those dolls that went everywhere with them. Lottie is the perfect size for little hands to hold and pose. She fits perfectly into a purse or back pack and her boxes even have handles making it easy to take Lottie and a few friends and their accessories on an adventure.
And now to my review! When I was at the Lottie display in the Schylling booth at Toy Fair, there was a lot of activity and the Lottie rep was prepping for a TV interview, so I just took the photos I needed and went to my next destination. Once at home, I decided that we really needed a Lottie in our collection. There is just something intriguing about her. So I went on Amazon (since I don’t know any stores near me that sell her) and chose Light House Keeper Lottie. What fantastic packaging!
The back of the box has a little story, a place for a girl to write her name and drawings of the other Lottie’s you can collect.
I love the detail and the side panels that let you take a sideways look at Lottie, too.
Taking Lottie out of her packaging was not too daunting at all.
Right out of the box and this little doll is loaded with personality! She has big eyes and tiny lips – but I think that is one of the things that makes her a bit different.
Lottie’s jacket is lined in red and white polkadots – nice touch! Her skirt and shirt have velcro closures all the way down making it easier for little hands to dress her.
Lottie’s Light House Keeper set includes her striped top with detachable velcro anchor, a corduroy skirt, tights, shoes, jacket, hat, scarf and purse. So many looks you can create with just these few pieces!
While Lottie’s arms are a bit stiff and kind of like to do the “airplane” on their own, her legs do bend at the knee rather easily. The way her knees bend is another reason I think little girls love her – they can pose her all day long.
After reading Toy Box Philosopher, Emily’s review on Lottie and seeing all the side by side comparisons, I was curious to see how Lottie compared to the American Girl minis. Obviously Lottie is taller than mini Kit and she is also more slender. Mini Kit has a soft body where as Lottie is all vinyl.
The two are already great friends! But can they share clothes?
Well, Lottie can wear Kit’s dress. It is a bit big, but workable.
Mini Kit, however, is a little too big around to wear Lottie’s skirt. The top fits a little snug but it works.
Now, I just LOVE these colors on Mini Kit so I used an elastic band to hold the skirt on. Ideally a clear elastic would be better.
So, while these two can not share all their clothes perfectly, they are close enough to be able to share some items and mix things up a bit for you, too.
My final thoughts on Lottie! A+ she’s a keeper! Honestly, she makes a great addition to any doll collection, is affordable, travels nicely, and has positive and adventurous message. She is recommended for ages 3-9 but I would change that to 3-99 as I know plenty of adult doll collectors would love her, too.
With the scarf or without, Lottie is definitely one to watch this year!
What do you think of Lottie? Oh, and before I forget, the Lottie website is full of printables and activities you can create for your Lottie doll. You should definitely check it out!!