|This image is on the back of the box of each original doll in the Shani collection. Dolls included Shani (center doll), Asha (far left), and Nichelle, (box date 1991).|
The following text appears on the back of the original dolls' orange boxes:
As illustrated in the right lower corner of her box, Shani's gown of purple, pink, and blue colors becomes a bathing suit and cover-up.
Asha's lighter complexion and hair color are illustrated in the above photo.
In addition to the dolls, Perkins designed extra boxed fashions for the Shani collection.
|Shani fashion #1884 includes a yellow dress; fuchsia and purple sheer, full-length skirt, and faux suede brief case. The dress can be worn with or without the skirt.|
|Extra boxed Shani fashions from L-R are #1872, #1884 (the one I own), #1896, and #1969.|
SHANI'S BOYFRIEND, JAMAL
SHANI PROMOTIONAL VIDEO
SHANI 30-SECOND COMMERCIAL
OTHER SHANI DOLLS
From Katti's Shani-line page (see link at end of post), she writes:
In addition to the original dolls shown above, I have some of the Shani collection Katti documented. Some of the dates she documents differ from the actual box dates, however.
There were four sets of dolls in the Shani line:In the first oval box the three girls [were] released in 1991* and the year after Shani's boyfriend Jamal joined them.Beach Dazzle - the three girls only, box marked 1992.Beach Streak - all four dolls, and the girls had the new body. Box marked 1993**.Soul Train - named after a TV-show I think [correct], all four dolls dressed in HipHop style. Their hats are made of the same material as the African American Collection Asha doll had her dress sewn from later - she had Shani's face! Boxes marked 1993.Sears also had a Special Edition with the Beach Dazzle Shani and two sets of clothes**.*This dating issue has always been a mystery - the box is mostly dated the year before the actual release-date and brings confusion to it all.**According to Michael Augustyniak's book The Barbie Doll Boom.
|1993 Soul Train Shani, Asha, Jamal, and Nichelle|
After the Shani line was discontinued, Mattel continued to use the names, Asha and Nichelle for other dolls.
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The Shani name was retired, but the Shani head sculpt was used in the Asha African American Collection Special Edition of three dolls dressed in afrocentric clothes. This collection, with box dates of 1994 (1st and 2nd dolls) and 1995 (3rd doll), is not part of the Shani line, but is included in this post as a reference.
I was prompted to write this post just for my documentation purposes before I repositioned the items that were behind the bookcase where the Shani collection of dolls are stored.
Kitty Black Perkins designed dolls for Mattel for several years. To learn more about her, please navigate here.
Reference: Katti's Shani-line
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