As I was looking through those collector pages, I saw a couple of notes about a short-lived obviously-copied doll from the late 1970s called "Moni". And since they'd caught my attention, when I came across one on ebay at a non-offensive price I let my curiosity get the better of me and bought her.
If you're not familiar with Sasha dolls, they were a line of dolls created by a Swiss artist, and produced in Germany, then the UK, then Germany again, lasting from 1965 to 1986 (sashadoll.com is a solid site for general information, if you're curious, although the site design is a bit retro). The dolls came in two sizes, with the standard being 40cm (16 inches) and then a "Baby" size that was slightly smaller.
|In the Box.|
Perhaps not surprisingly given the size, these dolls aren't strung as the large Sashas are, but are jointed in the style of a 70s fashion doll. The clothing is also more equivalent in quality to those of playline fashion dolls of the era rather than the larger dolls that they mimicked (the dress is simple, and the shoes are moulded plastic).
Ultimately, the doll is cute and I think it's a nice novelty piece for Sasha fans, but I don't know that there's a lot of appeal beyond that. Still, I'm glad I picked her up, and I look forward to having her on a shelf with my Gregor the next time I relocate.
|The complete line, as shown on the back of the box.|
|The inner packaging.|
|Size comparison with an American Girl (which is of|
a similar height to the Sasha Dolls).
I should have brought the Moni with my on my
trip to Toronto since I have access to my sister's
old Sasha doll now. Ah well...