Identifying Jem

Identifying a Jem doll and accessories

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Not certain if it's a real Jem doll or accessory you got? Check this page. If your doll or accessory does not resemble anything on this page, it either not part of the Jem doll line, or it belongs to one of the fashions or playsets (which are not completely covered here piece by piece).

Dolls






As much as 24 dolls were released in the Jem doll line in the 80's, or 27 counting the 2nd edition re-released Misfits (with only a new box and instrument), or even 41 counting the new dolls by Integrity Toys.

- Hair color: Most of the dolls have punk hair colors like pink, red, blue, lime green, purple or rainbow. But some have less recognizable colors like blonde, brown, black, white or yellow. Some even have metallic strands. Be aware though that the pink in Jem's hair often fades and appears white or blonde.

- Marking: All dolls (except for mexican made) are marked Hasbro on the back, and sometimes on the back of the head. On top of that they are marked with "1985", "1986" or "1987" on the back, and most of them are also marked with "China", "Hong Kong" or "Spain".

- Bodyshape: There were three different types of doll bodies, Regular 12" female shape (All female dolls except Starlight Girls), 12" male shape (Rio), and smaller 11" female shape (Starlight Girls).

Look-alike-dolls: There are a number of somewhat similar dolls, which can be mixed up as Jem dolls. Some made by Hasbro also but without punk hair colors, some with just the music theme, some with similar haircolors. To see some of them, read the Similar dolls page.

Fashions


These are a bit hard to identify. They were made of all kinds of different fabrics, and most of them had no markings of Jem or Hasbro. But since the Jem dolls (except for the Starlight Girls) are a bit taller than Barbie, the outfits are slightly larger and most have velcro closure. You should also be aware that all pieces do not always look exactly as pictured here, since there were variations.
[Above pictures of dolls in fashions by RHC]

Hairpieces

Hairbows, hairties, headbands, hairpieces and hats.

Jackets/Coats

Tops/Shirts

Dresses

Skirts

Jumpsuits / Bodysuits

Tights/Pants/Shorts

Belts

Socks

These are some of the hardest pieces to find loose.

The rest

Accessories

Only the hairpicks, stands and cassettes have the "Jem" logo on them, so most of these other items are very hard to find loose, with the exception of the instruments.

Hairpicks

A complete guide to the hairpicks, except for the second year Misfits hairpicks which were the same as the first year though. They all have the Jem logo on both sides. Apparently 2/3 are some kind of pink, and several have the exact same color. These pictures were scanned separately and don't do justice to the original colors. A hairbrush and a comb with a completely different look, came with the doll playset Rock backstager. The mail-in offer the Llama came with it's own unique brush.

Shoes

The female Jem feet were alot larger than most other fashion dolls', and thereby also the shoes. There are seven versions of shoes for Jem dolls (with some variations in shape/thickness/flexibility/transparency): 1st edition pumps, 2nd edition pumps, sandals, boots, Starlight Girls flat shoes, and two types of men's shoes for Rio.

Pumps 1st year

These came with 1st and some 2nd edition On Stage fashions, 1st edition Smashin fashions, 1st edition and some 2nd edition Flipside fashions, all Music Is Magic fashions.

Pumps 2nd year

The shape was slightly changed as you can see on the edges in the back. This shape of shoes came with all "Glitter 'n Gold" fashions, 2nd edition Flipside fashions, 2nd edition Smashin' fashions, 2nd edition On Stage fashions.

Sandals

These are the only type of shoes that were made specifically for a left and a right foot, which is obvious by looking at the underside.

Boots (only 2nd year)

A more rubbery/elastic material which makes tham alot more flexible than the pumps.

Starlight girls shoes

Very rubbery/elastic.

Rio shoes

Rio had two molds for shoes, the other type was only available with fashions.

2012 shoes

Several different new designs. None of these new shoes are made in plastic.

Stands

To pose your Jem dolls (except for Rock 'n Curl Jem which didn't come with any stand). All of the stands had the Jem logo on the base, while the leg holder wasn't marked and can be separated from it. Basically the Holograms' stand were the same pink, while the Misfits' stands were neon yellow, and the second edition of them both had more fuzziness/less transparency. Rio and Synergy had purple stands, but Rio's was noticably more transparent. Glitter 'n Gold Jem/Jerrica and Rio had glittery golden stands. Jetta had a clear stand with black glitter. As for different shapes, Raya's stand was made larger and with a hole for her drums, while the Starlight Girls leg holder were made thinner to hold their legs, and both of Rio's stands had a thicker leg holder. Stand holders also came with the playset Star Stage, 3 red ones.

Instruments

The instruments consist of guitars, keyboards, drums and a few other things. All of the Holograms' instruments come with a silvercolored strap, while the Misfits' (except for Jetta who came with silver) came with a golden strap. A keyboard also came with the playset Video Madness Love Is Here, and the fashion set "Music Is Magic" each came with some kind of instrument.

Microphones

Different types of microphones came with the playsets Star Stage and KJEM Rock On Guitar.

Earrings

Until the second edition dolls, Hasbro hadn't thought of giving any of the dolls earrings.



Necklaces

Only came with fashions.

Glasses

There are a lot of different variations of the shapes of the glasses.



Bracelets

There are three different shapes on these.




Other accessories

Of these accessories, the ones with metallic straps had a thinner kind of strap than the instruments.

Cassettes

19 dolls came with cassettes (while 5 of the dolls came with no cassette) and 4 Video Madness playsets, 3 board games, and 3 mail-in offers. 51 songs in total.

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[Mexican Aja tape picture by Peter Irwin at dolly-dealers]

Here is a list in alphabetical order of all the 51 Jem songs that have been released on cassette:

  • "Back In Shape" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Broadway Magic" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Can't Get My Love Togheter" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Click/Clash" - Jem and the Holograms/the Misfits
  • "Come On In" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Deception" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "It All Depends On The Mood I'm In" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Designing Women" - The Misfits
  • "Friend Or Stranger" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Gettin' Down To Business" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Gimme Gimme Gimme" - The Misfits
  • "Glitter 'N Gold" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Glitter 'N Gold Theme Song" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "How You Play The Game" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "I Am A Giant" - The Misfits
  • "I Got My Eye On You" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "It's Workin' Out" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Jealousy" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Jem Theme" - Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits
  • "Like A Dream" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love Is Here" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love's Not Easy" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love Unites Us" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Makin' Mischief" - The Misfits
  • "Music Is Magic" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Only The Beginning" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Outta My Way" - The Misfits
  • "People Who Care" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Puttin' It All Togheter" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Rock 'N Roll Is Forever" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Running Like The Wind" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Set Your Sails" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Share A Little Bit" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "She Makes An Impression" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "She's Got The Power" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Show Me The Way" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Something Is Missing" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Takin' It All" - The Misfits
  • "There's A Melody Playin'" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Too Close" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Time Is Running Out" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Truly Outrageous" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Twilight In Paris" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Universal Appeal" - The Misfits
  • "We Can Change It" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Welcome to the Jungle" - The Misfits
  • "When It's Only Me" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Who Is He Kissing" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Who Is She Anyway?" - The Misfits
  • "Winning is Everything" - The Misfits
  • "You Oughta See The View From Here" - The Misfits

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