Shani was part of a sideline of black dolls. It was Shani and two girlfriends and a boyfriend. These dolls came in four different sets in the early 90's. They were not connected to Barbie in any way as themselves. Later the Barbie line adapted some of their features, including faces and bodies and arms. But the Shani line itself was separated from the Pink box dolls. After Mattel discontinued the Shani line, Shani was introduced as a friend of Barbie's in two series, Sun Jewel and Jewel 'n Glitter. Some Barbie dolls and a Christie doll were also seen using the Shani sculpt.
There was also a series called Asha, an African American Collection, in which the doll Asha was made with Shani's head sculpt. Interesting enough is that one of Shani's friends is called Asha, not to be confused with the African American Collection Asha. Or we are just that. Confused :)

This sculpt is very ethnic with a wide nose. Shani is looking happy in her wide toothy smile. The Shani line eyes is over the top, being hugely painted in metallic colors. Oh so 90's :)

Shani
Copyright:
1990

 

Shani/Maoni

"Shani means marvelous in the swahili language". This can be read on the big, oval box of Shani. But only on the original box since she was sold in Europe by the name Maoni. I have her friend Asha in a Maoni box.



#1750 Shani/Maoni, c1991


# 5774 Beach Dazzle Shani, 1991

 

Shani

Shani was introduced into the Barbie beach line in 1994 and in another series in Europe, never to return. There was a picture of Dr Shani in the 1994 catalog but she was never produced.


#10958 Sun Jewel Shani, 1993

 

Christie


#14355 Sparkle Beach Christie, 1996

 

Barbie


Dolls of the World - Ghanian Barbie

 

Asha

Not to be confused with Shani's friend Asha, but a series all of her own, African-American Collection.


AAC - Asha Second Edition
Photographed through box plastic
 


AAC - Asha Third Edition
Photographed through box plastic

 

Michelle



Destiny's Child - Michelle

 

 
Examples of other sets where this face can be found
Shani: Beack Streak, Soul Train
Shani (Barbie line): European/Canadian issue Jewel 'n Glitter 
African American Collection: all three versions of Asha
Cheerleader: none yet!
Destiny's Child Michelle  

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2021-04-17