You may recall that Monkey got to make friends with Finn from the Lottie dolls range back in 2014, how times flies! My son may be a few years older than when Finn first arrived, but he still features in Monkey’s play time and I thought it was about time that Finn had a friend. So we’ve been going on an adventure with Sammi, the newest doll added to the Lottie, Finn and Friends range.
The Junior Reporter Sammi boy doll is 18 cms tall, in line with other dolls in the Lottie range, and comes with a full outfit, bag, pen and notepad and an edition of the Branksea School news.
Monkey would certainly be going on an adventure with Sammi, as he reports all the news from Branksea School and beyond.
I’m a big fan of the Lottie, Finn and Friends dolls, they really are age appropriate and they have been a big hit here with my son and his imaginative play. They are easy to dress and undress, have legs, arms and heads that move and they can actually stand up by themselves.
I think it’s really healthy for boys to feel able to play with dolls, just as girls do. But I have to be honest, I’m not that keen on him recreating World War II, these dolls offer play potential based around more every day life, whilst also helping with more aspirational play. The proportions of these dolls are based on an average 9-year-old, making them very relatable.
As well as going on an adventure with Sammi in his reporter mode, Monkey’s also been having fun with the new accessory sets – Bee Yourself the Bee Keeper and the Astronaut set Astro Adventures.
I knew the Astro Adventures set would go down well as Monkey loves anything space related and it wasn’t long until Sammi had completed with astronaut training and was off on the Space Shuttle.
The dolls aren’t included with these accessory sets. But they fit any of the dolls in the range. The Astro Adventures set comes with a spacesuit, boots, a protective hood and two piece space helmet and a set of self adhesive glow in the dark stars.
The boots have a split in the back, making them easy for children to fit on the dolls, and over the spacesuit itself. The helmet clicks together, we have found that my son needs a little help to remove the two pieces, but he really loves the whole look of this outfit when he’s doll is wearing it.
I have a feeling Sammi the Astronaut may well have come in holiday with us, by the time you read this post.
Being a family of bug hunters and nature lovers I also thought the Bee Yourself set would go down well with my son.
Again, the dolls aren’t included with this accessory set, but you do get the outfit comprising a top, dungarees and a pair of welly boots. My son was quick to point out that there is one vital item missing from this set, the bee keeper’s hat. I think he’s right, and I hope in the future that this accessory might be added to the set. It seems like a good idea and one my 7 year old would like to see. That aside, it wasn’t long before we were going on an adventure with Sammi again, this time tracking some bees in the garden.
The Sammi doll and his accessories are all well made and easy for small hands to have fun with. We’ve now introduced Sammi to Finn and I’m sure it won’t be long before they both head off on a new adventure with Monkey.
The Junior Reporter Sammi boy doll is available for £21.99, Astro Adventures is £11.99 and Bee Yourself is £9.50. These, along with the other dolls and accessories in the Lottie range can be found on the Lottie website. You can follow Lottie, Finn and Friends and keep up to date with all of their adventures on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up to Club Lottie too.
disclosure: we were sent the items mentioned in exchange for an honest review.
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