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Snow Queen Lottie

18 Aug

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Lottie is quite possibly the sweetest thing ever.
I heard about the Lottie dolls quite a while ago, before they were available in Canada. Its a UK brand that I was extremely excited to see on shelves over here. Cant get her at the big name places like Toys R Us or Target, but I found her at a local independently run business called Loadza Toys. (When a friend of mine working there told me they had started carrying Lottie about a month ago I was so super excited!) Why is Lottie amazing? Lottie is a fashion doll that’s been built to actually look like a child rather then a weirdly sexualized adult or teen. You can read more about the concept behind her on the Lottie website and Facebook pages. I adore the concept behind Lottie, and am super stoked to add her to my collection. Iv talked before about liking a doll with minimal makeup and sexualised modern fashions, and this doll is fantastic on that front.

But now, onto the doll itself!
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So this is Snow Queen Lottie. Other Lotties come in more practical, play outfits (which I love) but for my first one I have to admit I had been drooling over the lovely ballgown this one is sporting. Shes done up for a costume party, where she is dressed for the part of the Snow Queen of folk lore. I do love her beautiful Snow Queen dress, she looks absolutely darling. Im a sucker for “girly” looking gowns and dresses, I have to admit. But its really neat that not all Lotties are this girly, in fact, this is the fanciest and “girliest” of all the available Lottie dolls.

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The mask and shawl are removable, and here you can see Lotties unbelievably sweet face. She reminds me a lot of Licca-chan and Kurhn, and I don’t think Id be wrong in assuming that that’s the aesthetic they were going for. Its a very childlike, innocent and sweet face, refreshing when compared to the pouty bratty look of a lot of other dolls out there. And no makeup! Awesome!

I wish she was a bit more posable however. Her knees are “clicky-knees” but the left knee on mine is faulty, so while the other works fine it dosnt help much. Her arms don’t pose at all, but maybe in the future they will release Lotties with a bit more articulation. One of the neat selling points though is that she can stand on her own without needing a doll stand!  As the box says,  “She can stand on her own two feet, always a useful life skill for all girls, big and small!”

Shes also QUITE small, much much smaller then I thought when I saw them online. Which I love! It makes them all the more adorable and collectable. Here she is on my shelves next to some of my other dolls for size comparisons:

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All in all I love Lottie. Shes so cute and so well proportioned, I cant get enough of it! I will for sure be getting more Lotties, and I wholeheartedly recommend Lottie if you are looking for a more wholesome alternative for your kids. 🙂

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Talking Sofia the First

22 Jul

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The Mattel Sofia the First: Talking Sofia and Animal Friends has hit shelves! I was actually really pleasantly surprised to see it here so soon since here in Canada we usually get things quite a bit late. Found her at Target, and I have seen people online saying that they have found this one at Walmart as well.

I was really excited about this doll, as it is the only Sofia toy that really really looks like the character from the cartoon series. Interestingly, the Disney Store Exclusive in this case is NOT a great looking doll (even if it is more articulated) and Mattel wins out this round, which is usually the other way around.

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She looks absolutely GORGEOUS. She comes with three animal friends, Clover the Bunny, Robin the Robin, and Mia the Bluebird. Its actually a pretty darn cool toy because if you raise the animals up to her, they talk to her and Sofia talks back. Pretty neat! If I was a kid and going to be playing with this doll, I would be pretty thrilled. It works really well too, so I can see kids being really into this toy. For me though of course, shes going to be on the shelf, not really being played with, so the electronic features are a tad extraneous, making the price tag on this doll a bit much.

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Her hair was also really messy right out of the box, but she dosnt come with a brush. I used a brush from another toy to fix it a bit, but its not perfect. I even tried to pick the Sofia whose hair looked the least mussed, so your millage may vary on her hair.

Her gown is absolutely lovely though and is 100% spot on and show accurate. On the whole I think this doll looks fantastic, and for a display piece is a great buy (if a bit expensive).