|Branksea Festival Lottie|
The Lottie dolls (which are from a UK-based company called Arklu) resemble non-fashion/sports type fashion dolls (like the Get Real girls) in that they generally have active themes (the dolls are dressed for activities like hiking, horseback riding, martial arts and festival-going). That resemblance stops there as they're considerably shorter in that they're only 7"/18cm tall, and they're clearly designed to be children rather than teenagers.
The particular Lottie that I picked up is the "Branksea Festival" doll (which is called "Lottieville Festival" in some markets) - like all of the dolls in the line, her box has a carry handle and a decidedly cute colour scheme. It also includes a "What makes Lottie special?" tag, stating that the dolls were designed by academics and intentionally do not wear makeup, jewellery or high heels.
|The front of the box.|
|The back of the box.|
|The inner sleeve.|
|Out of the box.|
|A view of the joints.|
|Compared to American Girl mini-Josefina and Monster High Draculaura|
Interestingly, the doll that she seems to be most similar to in terms of both size and articulation is Moni, the short-lived mini Sasha knock-off dolls from the 1970s.
|Compared to Uranium's Moni|
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and appeal (or perhaps just cuteness) of this doll. As a fashion doll alternative for young children, I certainly find this doll to be significantly more charming than most of the dolls that are marketed with a specific "no-heels" spin (I'd rather give a child one of these than a Lammily doll, for example).
So while she won't be staying, I'm happy to have had the chance to examine the doll up-close. And to make her pose with random members of my toy posse, of course:
|Compared to Marvel Legends Daken.|
Not a comparison that anyone needed, but hey. ;)