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JEMstars - JEM Character Bios Clash™/ Constance "Clash"
of the Misfits™
Constance "Clash" Montgomery™ was the first and only non-band member to be added to the Misfits, since Graphix was never added from the 1988 line. Originally like Video, Clash was going to come with a video camera that girls could look through, but her video camera would distort the image as you look through. The first time we see Clash she is not a videographer, but just a groupie who had bracelets with mini symbols on them. In the series her special talent was to disguise herself, first time to steal Jem’s equipment from the Starbright movie set, then as Jem herself and later Sarah to destroy her cousin Video’s carrier. When the doll was released she has a distortion modular, similar concept to her original video camera but Hasbro promoted her as a hologram distorter. Instead of her being Video’s nemesis, Hasbro was turning her into Synergy’s nemesis. That change made Clash feel similar to the Sunbow character Techrat. Clash was Video’s younger cousin. It’s not clear if that came from Hasbro, or not. But I’m pretty sure it did not and the family connection was developed by Christy Marx.
If you thought it was hard to follow Clash’s roll in the series, her hair and make-up is almost as difficult to follow. When Bill Sanders originally developed Clash she was to come with black hair with mylar streaks which should sound very similar because that is the hair Jetta came with. Clash’s fashion was going to be black and purple, so two tone similar to how Jetta was released. When we first see Clash in the series she had splotchy aqua and magenta hair, similar to Danse, but only two alternating colors. By the time the doll was released she had purple hair made up of pinkish purple and blueish purple streaks. The doll make-up also looked different, but it was only inverted in the cartoon, when the doll was released one element was removed. It is not clear if that make-up reversal was a mistake by Sunbow, a change in the make-up at Hasbro or a factory mistake Hasbro just ran with.
It seems Clash was intended for 1988 release like Video and Danse. She would have come in a smaller box and with less accessories and longer hair. Since the 1988 Misfits were canceled it is hard to know if they would have had the same US or North American distribution as the Holograms, but that seems likely. Clash would have been sold in an assortment with the new Misfits Graphix and brand new Pizzazz (new head mold, make-up and fashion).
1985 as part of Super Sunday / Super Saturday
5205-01 thru 5205-03 "Starbright"
5205-26 "Glitter and Gold"
Each doll was given a model number, consisting
of the date and the order it was recorded in for that
day. Polaroids were used to show the model, and any additional
Polaroids showed changed after from the original. They
also created an official “confidential” rendering
(illustration) approved by the designer and their supervisor.
A second larger presentation art illustration was created
to get final approval from the board. There was along
process of created the head molds, and once the doll was
ready to produce a Deco Guide/Paintmaster and for some
dolls Rooting Guide were sent to the factor(s) to show
exactly how the make-up and hair should look. Hasbro also
sent slides to the factor(s) to show what the final doll
should look like.
* = for prototypes, the designer
and prototype creator are not always the same person //
only known artist, but other artist may have been used.
Sharon Knettell was the exclusive artist box art for the
1986 dolls and playsets, Hasbro had other artist manipulating
and copying her style for the 1987 boxes to save money,
so it is unclear which are specifically her designs. There
is no sign of box art being included in one the 1988 doll
Besides developing the doll line, having
Sunbow develop the cartoon to sell the line, Hasbro also
had to develop licensing and promotional material to promote
the doll line. The Licensing Kit was developed to give
licensees a guide to follow when packaging their licensed
Jem product to have a constant look across all categories.
The Hasbro Toy Catalogs were produced to show the available
products each year to stores and the stores' toy buyers.
The doll posters were produced and sold in the packages
to show the consumer the other offerings available at
The band members of the Holograms and the
Misfits were being discontinued in 1988, only the “friends
of the Holograms” and “friends of the Misfits”
were going to be offered in 1988. Hasbro felt the non-band
members gave more diversity to themes and play for Jem.
After slow Misfits sales in 1987, Hasbro decided to
pull the Misfits all together, which included a new design
for Pizzazz, a new friend of the Misfits Graphix and rumored
Clash with longer hair.
Because of the demand and the chance for international trade conflicts, Hasbro employed multiple factories to produce the 1986 line. Two factories were responsible for the exact same doll and fashion, which gave us mold and fabric variations between the two factories. Because of less demand in 1987, each doll was only produced in a single factory limiting these variations. Of the 1988 line, the only known doll to be produced was Rockin’ Romance JEM® in very small numbers.
If the Misfits had not been dropped
from the 1988 line early on, Clash might have had a
Misfits version of the new smaller boxes, similar to
Astral™. (to the right)
In 2012 Integrity Toys, Inc. released a
Hasbro licensed adult collector line called “The
JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection” The collection
was launched with the 2012 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive
Basic Hollywood Jem™, a first wave of dolls came
out in December with Classic Jem™, Jerrica Benton™,
Synergy™, Rio Pacheco™. With success of the
first wave and 3 more waves which included the original
band members for the Holograms, the Misfits and the Stingers
in 2013, the licensed deal was expanded to include more
exclusive dolls, along with additional band members and
friends based on the Hasbro dolls. The collection has
grown into included characters that were developed Christy
Marx as secondary characters in the cartoon.