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JEMstars - JEM Character Bios Kimber™ / Kimber Benton™
of the Holograms™
At one point Hasbro was calling her Aja, but eventually settled on calling her Kimber. Kimber Benton is Jerrica’s younger sister. Again Kimber’s last name comes from Dr. Stephen A. Benton of Polaroid Corporation was a pioneer in developing holograms. Being the youngest of the 3 Holograms, she is also the must immature, impulsive and easiest to get her feelings hurt. Even though she wrote the songs for Jem, she often felt like her voice wasn’t heard she left the Holograms on more than one occasion, even long enough to record an album with Stormer from the Misfits. If she seemed fickle in her music career, her love life was a completely exaggerated story. She was obsessed over Nick, dated Jeff, then Sean, then Jeff while making the same date with Max, seems like Switch was/is a boyfriend, back to Sean, dumped him to marry Jeff, to dumping Jeff at the alter to go back to Sean.
She seemed to be the only Hologram with a strong musical background, learning guitar at a young age. Even though Kimber seemed to be left out of Emmett’s will or at least not give any controlling interesting in Starlight Music, Emmett seemed to encourage her music career.
Her instrument for the doll and the carton was a keyboard. The doll keytar was a leftover from when Jem’s name was “M” and includes that “M” logo at the end of the handle. In the series she had standard keyboard. For 1987 she was released as one of the 2nd issue “New Look” Holograms, with bright bold colors and alternative fabrics for her stage fashions, earrings and a cassette with new music. Her new 1987 look never appeared in the series. Kimber’s 2nd issue cassette tape had the only song that had not appeared in the series prior to the doll release, this is because “Love’s Not Easy” was original recorded for the episode “Island of Deception” but cut from the episode. “Love’s Not Easy” was eventually used in the later episode “Renaissance Woman.”
Out of the original Holograms she was the only one that had a 3rd release in the works. Hasbro wanted to sell a wedding Jem doll, but did not want to have Jem herself get married. Hasbro felt a character/doll being married would limit the possibilities for future releases So Hasbro choose to add the marriage theme to a secondary character. The freelance illustrator, Judith Nelson, had a presentation illustration of the Wedding Kimber on her online portfolio. The dress in the illustration is complete different than the Sunbow version of Wedding Kimber.
1985 as part of Super Sunday / Super Saturday
5205-08 thru 5205-12 "Truly
5205-01 thru 5205-03 "Starbright"
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 “New Look”
Holograms were excluded from the November 1986 Licensing
Kit update, more than likely a later update was released
to include the “New Look” Holograms along
with the new band members. The “New Look”
Kimber and “New Look” Aja illustrations were
featured on multiple Family Home Entertainment VHS
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.
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.