In 1987, the Mattel company decided to do something very interesting with their Barbie Doll molds. They added a metall! Not real metal, but a metalicized plastic. With this addition Spectra was born. Spectra was the main character in a line of Shimeroons, which were for the most part ,standard 11 inch Barbie-sized dolls with metallic bodies, vibrantly colored hair and human-style faces.