Hackers… *sigh*

My blog was momentarily hacked.  By now you probably know how I ‘sound’, so please disregard any weird posts you’ve seen.  I’m changing my password now!  🙂

Sorry for any inconvenience this caused!

November 18, 2012. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Win a Lottie!

The winner will be announced soon! Thanks for entering!!!



It’s giveaway time!  You’ve read about the new Lottie dolls, now you have the chance to own one!  One lucky reader will receive their very own Lottie doll.  The giveaway runs through November 28th, 2012.  The winner will be contacted via e-mail.

The Rules:

– The only requirement is to fill out the name/e-mail area on the form below.  (Be sure to hit ‘submit’ on the form!)

-This is open to everyone worldwide!

-You can earn up to 4 extra entries by:

  • subscribing to this blog via e-mail
  • ‘liking’ Confessions of a Doll Collectors Daughter and Lottie on facebook
  • sharing this on your blog, twitter, etc
  • leaving a comment on my review letting me know your favorite Lottie doll.  (Lottie’s website)

Good luck!!!

November 14, 2012. Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Dolly Review: Autumn Leaves Lottie by Arklu

Earlier this week I introduced you to ‘Lottie’ dolls.  Now, fine readers, I have a review of  ‘Autumn Leaves Lottie’ and the accessory kit that includes her pet ‘Biscuit’.  Lottie’s motto?  Be bold, be brave, be you!

Lottie and her dog Biscuit

The Basics:  Lottie is 7 inches tall, which means she’s the perfect size for those looking for a ‘travel friendly’ doll.  She can easily be put in a back pack or purse.  She has nicely rooted hair that isn’t too light or too thick.  While children (or parents for that matter) won’t notice, it feels slightly oily to the touch, but also is quite soft and combs well.  She has decal-like eyes (similar to Littlest Pet Shop or Takara Jenny’s and Licca’s).  Her body has ‘weight’ to it so it feels like you’re holding a doll that will last.

She’s packaged in a bright and colorful box designed to be ‘easy open’ and reusable.  The package even has a handle for kids to carry their Lottie’s around with them.

Lottie’s Face– adorable!

Articulation: As far as articulation is concerned, Lottie’s body is limited to ‘clickable’ knees similar to Barbie.  Her shoulders move well (up, down, left, right, circular), but her elbows and wrists are not articulated.  Her legs swivel as you’d expect (left, right, up, down, circular). Lottie’s head moves left and right, but will not tilt up or down.  While she isn’t as articulated as many of the larger dolls on the market, Lottie does do one thing they don’t do– Lottie can stand on her own!

Autumn Leaves Lottie

Clothing:  So cute!  Lottie is dressed to impress.  The quality of the clothing is something that you usually don’t see on these 7″ dolls.  On top of that, most Lottie dolls wear separates, meaning you can mix and match outfits easily.   Autumn Leaves is dressed in adorable brown boots, striped leggings, a brown skirt, a green puppy dog shirt, a heavy winter jacket, a scarf and hat.  Something unique to the Lottie line is seen particularly in the clothing.  The dog on Lottie’s shirt is actually held on with velcro.  If you own other Lottie dolls (or are talented with felt and velcro), you can mix and match the shirts emblems to create a totally new look.

Love the hat!

What I like: I’m a sucker for cute dolls and Lottie totally fits that bill.  She’s a great size and I love the fact that she stands on her own.  Lottie’s face is darling and is very reminiscent of japanese dolls (ie: Takara Jenny’s and Liccas), something I’ve always liked. In addition, I love Lottie’s fashion sense.

Lottie and Biscuit

What I’d Like to See:  While I like a lot about this doll, there are two things that I would love to see in the future.  First, I’d love to see slightly more articulation. It’s impossible for Lottie to hold her dog in her arms because she doesn’t have articulated elbows.  Also, I’d love for her head to tilt up and down, as opposed to just left or right.  The second thing?  I’d love to see some boy dolls introduced into the Lottie line and a little more variety in both skin and hair colors.

Biscuit the Beagle set

The Basics: The Autumn Leaves Lottie set wouldn’t be complete without Biscuit, the Beagle!   This set comes with everything seen above: Biscuit,  a doggy bed, a bowl and bone, a leash, a blue ‘outfit’, and a handy dandy carrying bag.

Articulation:  Unfortunately, Biscuit has no points of articulation.  That being said, he has a lot of weight to him and it feels like you’re holding something when playing with him.

Lottie and Biscuit

Accessory Quality:  The quality, like with Lottie herself, is top notch!  Care went into creating this accessory kit.  For example, the pink carrying bag had paper in it (like a normal purse would) even though it was on card.  That isn’t something you see everyday.  The blue outfit is very simply made.  A word of note, be careful when you take the outfit off the card.  It’s taped on to the packaging and the tape can pull on the felt like fabric.


What I Like:  I like that you don’t just get Biscuit, but you get everything you need to take care of him!

What I’d Like to See:  The only red flag I noticed was the tape on the felt-like fabric.  While it doesn’t look like it damaged anything, I did have a moment of worry when I saw how sticky the tape was on that fabric.

How cute!

Overall:  If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or birthday gift for younger girls or boys (ie: 3-8ish), then take a peek at Lottie.  She doesn’t push any boundaries and is a great size for that age.  On top of that, she’s a quality doll with cute outfits and a darling face!

Lottie and Biscuit

Lottie retails for $19.99.  You can find Lottie on Amazon.com or in various retail locations in the UK.  Check out Lottie’s website for more information on the doll line, contests, fun printables, and more!

Besides this written review, I’ve also put together a video review.  You can watch it below.

I’ve let you in on my opinion of Lottie, now I want to know what you think.  Share your comments on Lottie below!

Disclaimer:   Lottie was sent to me in return for an honest review.  The opinions stated in this review are mine.

November 14, 2012. Tags: . Uncategorized. 20 comments.

Introducing Lottie by Arklu

What’s 7 inches, super cute, and dressed to impress?  The new doll line Lottie by Arklu, that’s what!  Arklu may sound a bit familiar to any Royal Wedding collectors, as they created the popular Royal Wedding Dolls that commemorated the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

New to the market, their Lottie dolls have been developed with “scientific expertise from leading British academics… to address parental concerns about other fashion dolls including negative body image, an increased perception of premature sexualisation, as well as a desire for a return to good old-fashioned creative and imaginative play”. (Source)

Taking their aim at doll lines like Monster High and Bratz, Lottie dolls stand apart because they’re innocent.  They were designed to be travel friendly and to stimulate the art of innocent, carefree, imaginative play.  “Quintessentially British” in feel, Lottie dolls aim is to instill an important message to girls, “Be bold, be brave, be you”.

Lottie received high marks from the toy rating site, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, earning three ‘Best Toy (Platinum)’ nods, as well as many other awards.

Lottie Packaging

Lottie dolls are packaged in cute, colorful boxes with bright graphics.  They’re advertised for kids three and up, but seem perfect for girls (and boys) from three to eight.  Though, truth be told, I’m way older than that and I think they’re quite cute and photograph rather well.

Spring Celebration Ballet

Lottie bodies aren’t articulated like we see on many dolls today, but her knees ‘click’ into bending positions.  They have rooted hair and decal-like eyes.

Autumn Leaves Lottie

Lottie’s clothing is crafted in a way for her to have multiple looks.  The dog on Autumn Leaves shirt, for example, is held on with velcro and can be taken off and replaced by other velcro pieces from other Lottie sets.

From head to toe, these girls are dressed to impress.  In particular, one thing that stands out to me in most of the promo shots are the shoes.  I love nearly every pair of shoes these dolls are wearing! Most are wearing multiple separates, too, so you can change their look easily.

Pony Flag Race Lottie

Lottieville Festival Lottie

With a message like, “Be bold, be brave, be you”, it’s hard not to love these dolls.  Visit Lottie’s homepage to see all the different kinds of Lottie dolls available.  They retail for $19.99 and are sold (in the States) via Amazon.com and at various retailers in the UK.

Later this week, I’ll be posting a review on Autumn Leaves Lottie, so keep your eyes peeled for more exciting write ups on this doll line.

Like what you see here?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

November 11, 2012. Tags: . Uncategorized. 6 comments.

Doll Diaries Giveaway

So, now you know all about ‘A Girl for All Time’ and Doll Diaries is giving one away!  Not only can you win your own Amelia, but you can also see a bunch of images of the Doll Diaries very own Amelia and Matilda doll!  You’ll find information about the giveaway here.  Good luck!

November 7, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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