Questions & Answers

Questions

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1. Website
1.1. What is this?
1.2. How can I contribute to this site?
1.3. May I link to this site?
1.4. May I use content from this site?
1.5. Can I send you a question by email?
1.6. I followed the guidelines here, why haven't you replied to my email?
1.7. What is the purpose of this site?
1.8. Wasn't this site called "Universal Appeal Jem" before?
1.9. Why does this site look like it does?
1.10. What cookies are set from this site?
1.11. How often is this site updated?
1.12. Why are there no music/video files on this site?
1.13. Why is this site unreachable at times?
1.14. Why do some features on the site not work?
1.15. I want to make my own Jem site, any suggestions?
1.16. Can you send me scans to my email of... ?
1.17. What are the sources for the information on this site?

2. Shopping
2.1. Are you selling the items listed on the site?
2.2. Where do I find Jem items for sale?
2.3. I have Jem items for sale/trade, are you interested?
2.4. How can I identify a real Jem doll?
2.5. What Jem dolls are rare?
2.6. How much are my Jem dolls worth?

3. Interactive
3.1. How many times may I post on the message board?
3.2. Where did the guestbook go?
3.3. Why is my site not listed on the link pages?
3.4. Where did the old message board go?
3.5. Where are all of the interactive features this site used to have?

4. Jem
4.1. What is Jem?
4.2. Who invented Jem?
4.3. What is the "Jem Bible"?
4.4. When was the Jem cartoon TV-series first shown on TV?
4.5. How long did the Jem cartoon TV-series last?
4.6. Why was Jem discontinued?
4.7. When were the JEM dolls first released?
4.8. How many Jem dolls were released?
4.9. How many Jem songs were made?
4.10. Is there a soundtrack of all Jem songs?
4.11. Is there an official fan club for Jem?
4.12. Are there fans of Jem?
4.13. Isn't it immature to like cartoons, dolls and other toys?
4.14. Does Rio ever find out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person?
4.15. Did Kimber get married in an episode?
4.16. Why did some characters like Clash, Jeff and Zipper change haircolors or other features in some episodes?
4.17. Why do some episodes have a different looking animation?
4.18. Will Jem dolls be re-released?
4.19. Is Jem available on DVD or Blue-ray?
4.20. Where is Jem airing right now?
4.21. What can I do to bring Jem back?

1. Website

1.1. What is this?

Quick answers to questions about Jem and guidelines and policies for this site.

1.2. How can I contribute to this site?

You're very welcome to contact me by email or in the forum, with info and pics of any official Jem stuff, and material from the creating of Jem.

Just don't send something taken from someone else's Jem site. And no fan fiction is hosted at this time.

You'll be credited for all contributions with your name/nickname next to the content if you like, except for things like link suggestions or spelling corrections. If your name does not appear next to your submitted content, please send me an email. You can also ask to have your pictures covered by a watermark.

This site aims to acknowledge material provided by others. It's meant to be a tribute to the people and companies who created Jem. This site is currently the only Jem site that has a public policy about this, so if contributing to another Jem site listed on the link page, be sure to mention your preferences.

1.3. May I link to this site?

Yes of course! Please link to the index page, so everyone can see this site from the start.

1.4. May I use content from this site?

No:

  • No title graphics, like the "Rock Jem" logo.
  • No contributed pictures, those listed with a person's [name].
  • Not from the pages: Art, Unreleased dolls, Books, Comics, Videos, Misc nor Advertising. Unless I give you personally permission.
  • Not if you intend to re-create the feature online.
  • Not for marketing any homemade Jem merchandise.
  • Not if you link directly to an image. You should download it and upload it to your own webspace.
  • Not to send to another Jem site and take credit for it.

Yes:

Preferably contact me and ask by mail or in the guestbook first. But here's my policy in general:

  • Cartoon images.
  • Keep the amount limited.
  • Preferably mention "rockjem.com" and "Hasbro" on your site.
  • Unless you intend to re-create the feature, you may use features for reference, like the episode guide, characters guide, merchandise guide, world of Jem, retakes, and song lyrics. Hopefully it can help you create other Jem features.

1.5. Can I send you a question by email?

Yes, of course. Please include email "Jem" in the subject line, to minimize the risk of being sorted into the junk mail folder.

1.6. I followed the guidelines here, why haven't you replied to my email?

Maybe:

  • It didn't arrive.
  • It was accidentally sorted out with the junk mail.
  • I'm busy answering other emails, creating features for the site, or something else I have to do.
  • I simply haven't had time/energy yet or logged in since. I'm no superhero, don't expect too much of me. :)
  • It's time to contact me again.

If you still don't receive a reply:

  • Maybe you can find the answer on this particular page or the rest of the site.
  • Consider asking your question at the message board if it isn't aimed to me. There are other people who may know the answer.

I appreciate emails about this site and Jem. I wish I could send a thorough answer to everyone who emails me. But sometimes it's hard to keep up with them all, and with everything else I have to do.

1.7. What is the purpose of this site?

The quick answer is: a fansite with an introduction of Jem for people who don't know what Jem is, the cartoon, the dolls, and to the people and companies that made it all happen. And in depth information for Jem fans, with guides to the cartoon, reviews of the collectibles, behind the scenes material, and other informative, fun and interactive features.

The longer answer...
This site was started about 17 years ago, in the 1990's, the early days of Jem fansites on the internet. The original thought was that it would be fun to have a website and spread info about this great cartoon, to just put up some pictures and make some feature that wasn't available anywhere else.

Today this website has over 200 pages, and the goal with Rock Jem is still to make unique content, but also to make an as great site about this outrageous 80's cartoon as possible, meaning as informative for it's visitors as possible. And to present Jem in all it's outrageousness.

I wish I could thank everyone over and over again who was somehow involved in this site. Your contributions are very appreciated, and for what it's worth, atleast I'm listing your names here on the site to give you credit, and I'm putting it all togheter for everyone's free viewing and hopefully enjoyment.

And today it's alot more work than fun. It's alot about completing and adding info to a database, text-writing, HTML-coding, CSS-coding, scans of collectibles, picture editing, designing logos, creating animations, uploading, correcting errors, updating links, keeping the URL running, keeping up with interactive features. As boring as that sounds, it can be enjoyable too. Especially when you realize how appreciated the info is to collectors, and when learning website building and image design in the process. Infact the site is a great motivation to learn new things, and Jem is a very inspiring cartoon.

1.8. Wasn't this site called "Universal Appeal Jem" before?

Yes. The name changed when the domain was registered. I wanted a shorter name and a name that more corresponded with Jem. My first choice when starting the website in the 90's was "Glitter and Gold Jem", but someone else beat me to it. Can you tell what the name "Rock Jem" came from?

1.9. Why does this site look like it does?

Simple, consistant and accessible are words I'm aiming for.

This site doesn't contain any heavy code. It's not cluttered with gadgets. It has no ads. Too much of flash- or java-applets or javascripts would slow the site down. I do most of it "by hand", I actually know alot of HTML, CSS and things. I don't use pre-made layouts or programs for layout or HTML. This site is meant to be viewable in as many browsers as possible.

If you have trouble accessing anything on this site. Let me know about it, and what browser you use, and I'll see what I can do, or atleast give you a better answer.

1.10. What cookies are set from this site?

None that I control, since I have created no features that require cookies. But some come with the external features forum, poll and counters/trackers, and already by loading the index page. I'll refer to Bravenet and Extreme Tracking for further info.

1.11. How often is this site updated?

How often, is hard to say in advance. But since the fall of 2010, the amount of added content exceeds all the amount added on this site from it's beginning until 2010. But free quality content can't always be made daily by one person who has other things to do aswell. Besides, some sites truly never get updated, and still remain useful.

Sometimes this site is updated with an entire new feature all at once, and not piece by piece every now and then. So there may be no news for a while, and then suddenly an entire new feature. If you want to see how often it's updated, scroll down the News & Updates section on the index page.

You can always participate by sending in your contributions of content. If you like a feature and want more of it, write a nice message in the forum. It's always encouraging to get appreciation, especially considering how much time and work it takes to do a site like this.

1.12. Why are there no music/video files on this site?

As much as such content may be appreciated, it's very easy to make, and not very creative or informative. Well... it can be creative too if extensive work has been put into it, like editing/remastering/remixing. But as for me, I prefer it if people buy original Jem products so that we support Jem. This site will certainly never offer Jem episodes for download, nor unofficial products with original Jem art for sale.

1.13. Why is this site unreachable at times?

This shouldn't be a problem now that this site has it's own domain.

1.14. Why do some features on the site not work?

This sites uses some Javascript, Flash, and the latest HTML and CSS. Your browser might not support all of the requirements to navigate it correctly. Although this site is made to navigate well in as many browsers as possible, it may contain extra browser specific features on some pages. Let me know what doesn't work and what operating system and browser you use, and I'll try to fix it.

1.15. I want to make my own Jem site, any suggestions?

Yes. First of all, making a Jem site can be a alot of fun, and a great way to bring more attention to Jem, whether it's a blog entry, a forum, a photoalbum or an actual site. You don't have to do a big feature, you can just make your own introduction to Jem. You can personalize your site by sharing your favorites, memories, reviews of your own Jem collection, want list and links to your favorite Jem sites (especially to this site!). Then you can try to come up with a new unique feature that doesn't exist on any Jem site, and concentrate on making it as good as possible. And be sure to send me a link to your site.

For a little help on the way, take a look at the page Media Material.

But it also takes alot of work to keep a site running, making new content like graphics, writing text, checking facts, coding pages, updating links, keeping a working URL, keeping up with interactive features and visitor emails.

Besides, you can take part, by contributing to your favorite Jem site, and get your name listed for providing something unique. So if you aren't up to doing all the work yourself, you're welcome to contribute original Jem content to this site.

1.15. Can you send scans to my email of... ?

I've done this in the past, but I don't have so much time anymore. Basically the pictures I offer for viewing, is what you see on the site. I takes a whole lot of time scanning pictures in good quality, and when I do I share them on my site. However, I do find it very interesting what people would like to see more of, or higher resolution scans of, but please let me know on the forum.

1.16. What are the sources for the information on this site?

If you really thought of this question then I applaud you. Alot of people don't bother to be source critical. You should always question what you read and what purpose someone may have behind writing something. (Well not in a completely paranoid way, but you know what I mean.)

There are sites and people, even Jem sites and Jem fans, who think things, say things, and speculate, and so on, without much to back it up. Wikipedia is probably the least trustable source you'll ever find based on it's format where anyone can edit. It's nice to see Jem represented there, but I wouldn't use it other than for basic facts like airdates and episode titles.

I can't say I haven't gotten some facts wrong on this site. I do my best to keep it correct, and not to specualte unless I mention it's a speculation. But don't take my word for it, please compare with other info on other sites.

To tell you how the site works, I gather the information from what I can see myself, being a collector of pretty much the entire doll line, and lots of other collectibles and material from people who created Jem. I'm very skeptic of anything that doesn't look official, or art that doesn't look authentic.

I'm constantly thinking of ways of how to better support the information so that you can see my sources. But some of that is so apparent, since I apparently used the original book as reference when reviewing a book for example. On top of that, I list the name of people who contribute material, aswell as links to sites where I in few cases used information, or where further information is available.

If you would like to question whether some of the information is correct or not, you are very welcome to do so publicly on the message board.

2. Shopping

2.1. Are you selling the items listed on the site?

No. I don't even have them all myself. The items on the pages are for review purposes. But if you happen to have a good offer it doesn't hurt to ask. And especially if you have original Jem art to trade with, then I may be very interested.

Or you can always post a wanted list on the forum.

2.2. Where do I find Jem items for sale?

For official merchandise currently available from the official companies, see the page Buy Products. For older merchandise, look through the Jem shopping links.

2.3. I have Jem items for sale/trade, are you interested?

I may be very interested. Send me your list by email, or perhaps I have something I want to trade with.

2.4. How can I identify a real Jem doll?

Well they're all marked "Hasbro" on the back or neck, aswell as the years "1985", "1986" or "1987". On top of that there are some other characteristics that differ from doll to doll and depending on where they were made. Read more on the page Identify Jem dolls.

2.5. What Jem dolls are rare?

Of the ones that were released it's mostly the second year versions of the Holograms and the Misfits (with new instruments and boxes). Otherwise it's the 1988 unreleased dolls, incase they show up. Some dolls that aren't rare are the two Rio dolls, aswell as the first edition of Jem with blinking earrings and Rock 'n Curl Jem.

2.6. How much are my Jem dolls worth?

It depends on things like how rare it is, the condition, whether the box has been opened, whether everything is included, whether everything is intact, in what country it was made, and if you have a doll with some kind of variation.

If you have loose dolls and are uncertain if their clothes are original, most of them are probably only worth a few dollars. So sell them in a lot. Raya may be the expception (dark pink hair).

3. Interactive

3.1. How many times may I post on the message board?

No limit! Just don't spam it with ads.

You're especially welcome to post:

  • ...Jem news.
  • ...Jem sightings.
  • ...material to contribute to the site.
  • ...original Jem items for sale.
  • ...a link to an unlisted Jem site.

3.2. Where did the guestbook go?

The guestbook service was discontinued.

3.3. Why is my site not listed on the link pages?

Maybe:

  • I haven't found it, you can announce it on the forum forum.
  • It's waiting for the next update.
  • I haven't decided what section to put it in.
  • It's content is inappropriate.
  • It consists of nothing but a few links to Jem sites.

3.4. Where did the old message board go?

It's finally replaced by a new one.

3.5. Where are all of the interactive features this site used to have?

Well there's is a poll, a message board, and helpful features like this questions & answers page, an encyclopaedia, a links directory, and media material. As for the rest, some of them are gone and will most likely not return due to lack of time to overview such features. It takes alot of work to keep them updated and running, especially when you prefer features that don't require users to register and login. And some contain complicated coding that doesn't work in all internet browsers.

4. Jem

4.1. What is Jem?

A mid 80's doll line and a musical animated TV-series about a female rockband called "Jem and the Holograms" and their rivals "the Misfits".

A good introduction is given on the index page.

4.2. Who invented Jem?

Joe and Barbara Hyland togheter with Bill Sanders. However, there is a book out there which includes information about the Jem doll line, that claims Hasbro's Joe Wetherell invented Jem. Read page Story behind Jem.

4.3. What is the "Jem Bible"?

It's the writers guide to all the necessary information needed when writing episodes for the animated series. Written by Christy Marx.

It consisted of over 150 pages of black and white A4 papers in a folder. Information and full body sketches of the characters one by one and sometimes close-ups of Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Synergy, Rio, the Starlight Girls, Danse, Video, Clash (and her arm cymbals), the Limp Lizards, Eric, Techrat, Harvey, Howard, Danielle, Anthony, Mrs. Bailey, Joanie, Lindsey, and Zipper. Sketches of early looks of Jem/Jerrica, Danse, Video, Clash. Sketches of the characters in the Truly Outrageous five parter. Storyboard of the music video of the song "When It's Only Me And The Music". Sketches of Starlight Music, M Jet, and the Rockin' Roadster. Information only, about Techrats Rathole, the Stingers, Graphix, Astral, Regine, and Craig. Information about interactions between the regular characters Jerrica/Kimber/Aja/Shana, Pizzazz/Roxy/Stormer, Riot/Minx/Rapture, Techrat/The Stingers, The Stingers/The Misfits, The Stingers/Jem and the Holograms, Rio/The Stingers, Clash/Video/The Stingers. Audition dialogue for Jetta, and new 1988 Jem characters Riot, Minx, Rapture, Graphix, Astral, and Regine.

Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

4.4. When was the Jem cartoon TV-series first shown on TV?

October 6, 1985. Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

4.5. How long did the Jem cartoon TV-series last?

In about two and a half year. Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

4.6. Why was Jem discontinued?

Read the page Story Behind Jem.

4.7. When were the JEM dolls first released?

In early 1986.

4.8. How many Jem dolls were released?

24 Jem dolls were officially released. Plus the second year Misfits dolls that were the same as first year except for the guitars and boxes, which would make it 27. Plus all the new ones by Integrity Toys, made since 2012.

4.9. How many Jem songs were made?

155. Including themes and all groups, duets, collaborations and guest singers. See a list on the lyrics page.

Then there were tunes recorded especially for the doll commercials. And of course the international versions of themes and even songs.

4.10. Is there a soundtrack of all Jem songs?

No, strangely not. The only released Jem songs, were those on the cassette tapes that came with the dolls, 19 of them, 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.

Here is a list in alphabetical order:

  • "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

4.11. Is there an official fan club for Jem?

No. Hasbro had a fanclub in the United States in the 80's when the dolls were in stores.

4.12. Are there fans of Jem?

Yes. There is quite a following for Jem still after all years. A large amount of people who grew up with Jem in the 80's and 90's all over the world. Even some famous people like Kirsten Dunst and Beyonce have revealed they like Jem.

4.13. Isn't it immature to like cartoons, dolls and other toys?

Maybe. But doesn't many people have a favorite cartoon or a collectible these days? Certain cartoons and collectibles are considered more mature to like, for some reason, but I think that's hypocritical.

A cartoon is a form of entertainment, and is not always directed only to a younger audience, and even those that were, can be very well written and have a big depth. As for the toys, everyone who likes a cartoon or doll does not consider it as something to play with, but rather a collectible. The recent releases of Jem dolls are marked "adutl collectible". I think the Jem dolls are very well made and can be seen as pieces of art. They're certainly not worse collection than any other collectible. Even games and sports is a form of play or activity and is not in any way more mature when you think about it.

Can you honestly say you don't like anything nowadays that counts as a cartoon, toys or a playful activity?

4.14. Does Rio ever find out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person?

Not really. But he confronts Jerrica with the suspicion in the episode Broadway Magic. He even confronts Jem in a cut out scene, as far as we can tell from material found.

4.15. Did Kimber get married in an episode?

No, but she came close to in the two-parter episode Hollywood Jem.

4.16. Why did some characters like Clash, Jeff and Zipper change haircolors or other features in some episodes?

As for Clash and Video, it was apparently Hasbro's idea when they released a doll of those characters, so that the cartoon character would resemble the doll more. As for Jeff and Zipper, it was probably the animators who forgot what haircolor they had. And as for Lindsey Pierce, no clue.

4.17. Why do some episodes have a different looking animation?

They were animated in another country, Korea, instead of Japan like most, probably because it was cheaper.

4.18. Will Jem dolls be re-released?

In 2012 the news were finally announced that the Jem doll line was making a commemorative comeback in 2012. For more info, see updates on the index page and the doll pages. Find more info on where to buy them here.

4.19. Is Jem available on DVD or Blue-ray?

DVDs have been released in the United States, Australia, France, Italy, the UK, Sweden and some other countries. In October 11 2011, Jem was released again on DVD by the company Shout Factory, which includes alot of fun extras. No Blue-rays yet, but expect the upcoming live-action movie to be available on blue-ray.

4.20. Where is Jem airing right now?

On Hasbro's new TV channel the Hub Jem is currently airing several days a week. It can probably only be seen in the US though. It also started airing on the Canadian channel Teletoon Retro in september 2011.

If you know that Jem is airing on ANY OTHER CHANNEL anywhere else in the world, that's something I'd REALLY like to know. Please let me know!

4.21. What can I do to bring Jem back?

  • Buy any officially re-released Jem stuff, like the Jem DVDs and dolls to show there's a market.
  • Spread the word about Jem on your own Jem site/blog, and link to official Jem sites.
  • Send messages to companies that own the rights to Jem, like Hasbro, and ask for Jem. Let them know you would pay for Jem.
  • Sign petitions to bring Jem back.
  • Don't buy any unofficial merchandise.
  • Don't make cartoon episodes or songs available for download.
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