Here at GeekMom we’ve had some spirited behind-the-scenes debates on whether or not Barbie’s unrealistic dimensions affect a little girl’s self-image. Some, like me, wonder if women’s tendency toward perfectionism isn’t perhaps the result of the barrage of idealized feminine images children receive through their toys and the media. Others at the blog take a softer approach, claiming, “I played with Barbies as a kid and I turned out happy and confident.”
What we have agreed upon, though, is that Arklu’s Lottie Dolls are wonderful toys—many of us have bought them for our children or for friends. Whether you appreciate the fact that Lottie has a “childlike” body (she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry, or high heels either), or just enjoy her for her hobbies (including robotics, ballet, karate) and accessories (puppies, picnic baskets, pirate queen ensembles), there is no getting around the fact that this is a fun, well-constructed, charmingly-conceived toy. Also: affordable.
And now, as it turns out, your family could win the entire Lottie collection—dolls, accessories, clothing, and animal friends. Lottie Dolls is teaming up with the non-profit organization “Brave Girls Want” to launch a global competition to get kids aged 10 and under to design a superhero outfit—the first “crowdsourced doll outfit design by a child” for the Lottie™ doll.
With the release of a whole slew of superhero movies on the way, we know that there is an acknowledged lack of strong female superheroes out there, so this is why we thought a competition and campaign with the message that girls can be superheroes too is very much needed.
Want to enter the contest? Here are the details…
- One lucky child will see their superhero outfit design manufactured and made commercially available in Autumn 2014.
- The winning child will see their original artwork design, first name, age, city, and country on the back of the outfit packaging.
- The winning child will also win the entire range of Lottie dolls, accessories, and outfits.
How to enter:
- Parents: Go to the Superhero Contest app on the Lottie Facebook page; like the page and download and print out the Superhero Outfit Design template.
- Kids: Start coloring and create a superhero outfit design for Lottie.
- Parents: Take a photo of your child’s design and upload it on the Lottie Facebook app, and fill in a form to allow your child to enter.
Terms and Conditions:
- Competition open to kids aged 10 and under only.
- Parental permission required to enter the competition.
- Competition closing date 7th May 2014.
- A winner will be selected by jury and confidentially notified in May 2014.
- Multiple entries permitted.
Full terms and conditions available here.
PS: A selection of entries is shown on Pinterest—and if you have ever enjoyed the company of a little person with a vivid imagination you will need to immediately head over there and check out some of the superpowers that the contestants have imagined for Lottie:
- “She can touch animals wounds and they go away. She shoots bandages over their wounds.”
- “She can fly into whirlwinds in air and water. She can make rainbows.”
- “She shoots love hearts from her hands to make sick children better.”
- “Her cape shoots out [watermelon] seeds to grow for all the children [so that they] never go hungry again. No one will ever die from hunger or thirst again!”
- “She can fly with her jet pack and protect dinosaurs.”
- “She shoots rainbow colored hearts from her hands. When she hits a villain it makes them turn nice/good instantly. If she was real there would be no wars.”
This is good stuff; you won’t want to miss it!