Dolly Review: Junior Reporter Sammi and Astro Adventures Outfit (Lottie)

Junior Reporter Sammi is a new edition to Lottie family! Sammi is a writer for the Branksea School News, covering all the awesome Sports Day activities. He’s outfitted with all the essentials: a denim blue bag, pen and a yellow notepad (not pictured).

Lottie and Friends

The miniature newspaper Sammi comes with features artwork done by real life Lottie fans! They take their tagline “Inspired by Real Kids” pretty seriously! Can you imagine how cool it would be to know your picture was featured in a real doll prop?


Sammi has dark brown eyes. His dark brown hair looks a little longer than Finn’s. It’s styled differently, too. (Finn has a side part style.) There’s more texture to it, as well, though not as much as we saw with Mia. I think Finn’s eyes are the best feature of his face. They ‘pop’ and look especially great with his thick brows.


As expected with a Lottie doll, Finn wears a well designed outfit full of separates! His shirt is grey with a cool headphone graphic on the front. Over that, he wears a cute yellow vest, which could easily be used on other Lottie dolls and with other Lottie fashions! The look is completed with jeans and red sneakers. He also has a hat, which, honestly, is the one piece that I’m not over the moon about. I don’t think it does much for his look. (You can see it in the video review.) I prefer seeing Sammi’s full head of hair!


Inspired by real kids ideas, the Astro Adventures outfit is one of my favorites from the company. Who wouldn’t want a cool astronaut outfit for their dolls? Check out how cool Sammi looks in this four piece outfit (body suit, boots, under helmet piece, helmet)! The actual helmet comes in two pieces that snap together. It’s sturdy, but be careful with it as you put it on and take it off of your dolls. This outfit fits all Lottie dolls, boys and girls!



Watch the video review below!


If you’re new to the line, be sure to check out my past Lottie reviews. This will be the last one for a while. We may bring one back for review closer to the holiday season! You can buy your own Sammi online or at your local mom and pop store. Be sure to ‘like’ them on FaceBook for instant updates on releases and competitions. What do you think of new friend Sammi or the super cool Astro Adventure outfit? Share your thoughts below!

September 1, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Dolly Review: Always Artsy Lottie and Birthday Girl Sophia

The good folks behind the “quintessentially British” doll line Lottie were kind enough to send me a box of samples recently. You’ve seen Mia. Here are two more: Always Artsy Lottie and Birthday Girl Sophia.


Always Artsy Lottie is very cute (and I’m not just saying that because she looks similar to myself). She has a rooted short brown bob and brown eyes done in the usual Lottie style. She wears a simpler outfit than most in the line, which consists of a long sleeve shirt with pink stripes, blue pants, blue shoes, a yellow polka-dotted scarf and a blue beret.


Always Artsy Lottie comes with some fantastic accessories, including three ‘paint’ cans, an artist palate and paintbrush (with thumb holes), an easel and some completed works of art. The easel is a great accessory. And one of my favorite touches? The cardboard artwork included with this doll feature pictures that actual kids drew and submitted to various Lottie competitions.


Birthday Girl Sophia introduces us to Lottie’s kid sister! Because she has the same body as Lottie and friends, Sophia can fit all of cute looks worn by the other dolls in the line. Birthday Girl Sophia wears an outfit perfect for a party. Her long sleeve shirt has a cupcake decoration and is paired with a stylish silver tutu and striped leggings. She has a fancy pink drawstring purse that can go across her body, over her shoulder or worn like a backpack. (Not pictured, sorry!) Converse style shoes complete the look.


Her extra accessories are doll sized paper cards: a party invitation, birthday card and thank you card. Sophia has long golden blonde hair, no bangs. It looks great with the blue eyes and pale skin.


You can watch the video reviews below, including Junior Reporter Sammi.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Lottie and friends. These releases are no exception. You can get your own Lottie online or at various mom and pop stores. Like them on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with Lottie’s competitions and promotions! What do you think of Always Artsy Lottie and Birthday Girl Sophia? Share your thoughts below!

August 30, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Dolly Review: Wildlife Photographer Mia, Lottie’s New Friend/Bee Yourself Outfit

The company behind Lottie dolls has always been a great friend to this little blog of mine and I’m always appreciative of the samples they send for review. So, before I start, I wanted to extend a huge thank you to the fine folks behind the Lottie brand! Lottie and friends laid low for much of 2016, with promises of brand new dolls, and, guys, they delivered! I am very excited about the new Lottie, Finn and Friends dolls on the market for 2017 and think you will be, too! So, that being said, let’s get on with the review.

In July, I received samples of four of Lottie’s newest releases, plus two outfits. Up for review today is Wildlife Photographer Mia, one of Lottie’s new friends!

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia has dark skin and textured dark brown hair. I love how thick and crimped it is! It’s rooted in a way that you could still style it, if you wanted.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

As usual, Mia has an outfit that features a lot of separates. That’s one of the reasons I think Lottie dolls are totally worth their price. Mia wears a vinyl rain jacket, or a mack, as they’d say in England. It’s bright red. I love it! Beneath that is a long sleeve shirt with a ladybug graphic, jeans and, to finish the look, polka dotted boots (or wellies). Mia’s jacket has a real hood, meaning it fits her head, though it may be a struggle getting all her hair in it.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Her face is super cute. Mia’s eyes are a mix between Lottie and Finn’s. She has a curious side glance to her brown almond eyes. One thing I really love about the face on Mia are the thick eyebrows. They look great!

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia wears a red cochlear implant in her ear. Cochlear Implants are “electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear. Unlike hearing aids, which make sounds louder, cochlear implants do the work of damaged parts of the inner ear (cochlea) to provide sound signals to the brain.” You may have gathered this by now, but she wears this because Lottie partnered with the #ToyLikeMe Campaign. I personally love that companies are striving to incorporate small details like this into their dolls and hope more companies will start surprising us with these additions.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Mia has the same body as Lottie, so her posing is the same, as well. She stands solidly and has shoulder and hips joints that allow movement, both up and out. She has click knees, too. As we know from past releases, she does not have any elbow articulation.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

One thing the Lottie brand is really good at is accessorizing.  Mia comes with a blue hat, blue shoulder bag and, my favorite accessory, a camera. The camera is lacking a strap, so it’s hard for Mia to hold it without a rubber band around her hand and the camera. You can easily store the camera in the blue bag, though, as that has a velcro fastener on it. Mia also comes with her school paper, which features pictures from Lottie’s photo contest.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Sold separately is the cute Bee Yourself outfit, which features dungarees, a shirt and wellies. This outfit is adorable, modeled here by Mia. The colors are really pretty together and the bee graphic on the overalls is too cute. The outfit’s separates, like Mia’s boxed look, are fastened with velcro.

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

Wildlife Photographer Mia (Lottie's Friend)

You can order these directly from the Lottie website, as well as at select brick and mortar stores. (If your favorite mom and pop toy store doesn’t stock Lottie yet, but you’d like them to, it never hurts to ask if that shop will consider adding Lottie to their store shelves. Maybe they just missed this amazing brand!) Since the Lottie brand takes pride in being inspired by real kids, they do a lot of fun competitions, like their Outfit Design Contest. Definitely something to suggest to the creative kiddo’s around you!


I’ll be back with more Lottie soon, but in the meantime, let me know what you think of these two releases! What’s your favorite thing about Mia? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

August 5, 2017. Tags: . Uncategorized. 12 comments.

NYTF16: Lottie

Lottie fans, here you go! I made sure to stop by the Lottie booth and chat with Lucie and Ian about what we’ll be seeing in this line through 2016. Commuting to the show from England, they didn’t have a ton of new products on display to share with you. They had a few though, which you can see below!

NYTF 2016: Lottie

My favorite is the Forest Fairy Lottie. The ginger hair is striking with the green bodice on her outfit.

NYTF 2016: Lottie

Meet Sleeping Beauty Lottie! I don’t quite see the theme in this particular release, but her dress is very pretty.

NYTF 2016: Lottie

This Lottie is Birthday Girl Lottie. She looks like she’s dressed for an exciting night out!

NYTF 2016: Lottie

This Lottie is one artsy girl. She’s another favorite of mine. She’ll have an easel and a paint pallet.

NYTF 2016: Lottie

And here’s Girl President Lottie. This doll is very much a prototype and may look different when she hits store shelves.

NYTF 2016: Lottie

Check out the Toy Fair Video below. Also, for pictures, visit my Flickr!

What do you think of Lottie‘s early 2016 releases? Share your thoughts in the comment area!

February 24, 2016. Tags: . Uncategorized. 12 comments.

Lottie’s ‘3 for 2’ School’s Out Summer Bundle

School's Out Summer Bundle

School’s Out Summer Bundle

If you’re a fan of ordering your dolls off of, this deal is for you. Lottie is currently running a ‘Buy 2, Get the 3rd Free’ deal on Amazon!!! I can’t think of any better sale to help stock up for birthdays or holidays. Dolls or accessories must be purchased from the official Lottie store on Amazon. (All dolls and accessories fall under the sale, but remember some dolls are slightly more than others.) US readers- follow this link;UK and EU readers- follow this link.  To get this really great deal, enter the below codes while checking out:

For use on Lottie Dolls (not accessories) : JULY342D

For use on Lottie accessories (not dolls): JULY342O

*note: Since there are two different codes, it seems you need to order three dolls or three accessories for the deal to work.

Lottie Girls and Hair Care Set

Lottie Girls and Hair Care Set

This ‘3 for 2’ deal ends on July 31st, so you will have to hurry!  I know many of you expressed love for the Lottie’s we saw on my blog during Lottie Week.  This would be an excellent time to pick them up for your collection.  Or maybe you know a child who has been saving their allowance to order a few Lotties? What a great opportunity for them to get more for their money.



Just a reminder, the blog’s coupon code ends July 31st, as well!  Use DOLLCOLLECTORS on to get 10% off your order. This code only works on

If you need help choosing who to order, feel free to check out my past blog posts on Lottie.  And if you do order any Lottie’s, stop on back and tell me which you picked up!

July 14, 2015. Uncategorized. 2 comments.

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