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JEMstars - JEM Character Bios Pizzazz™ / Phyllis "Pizzazz"
of the Misfits™
Pizzazz is the lead singer of the Misfits. Christy Marx did not say the Misfits’ last name were based on innovators in holographics, but there is a Nobel Prize holograph inventor named Dennis Gabor. With the Misfits Christy Marx made the doll names the stage names, and gave them a full “real” name too, Pizzazz being Phyllis Gabor. The original name given to Sunbow was Pizazz, so she was the one doll that really didn’t have a major name change, at least that we know of. Unless “Leprosy” was a name the VP of Marketing intended for Pizzazz
Pizzazz was just the lead singer of the Misfits, but after Jem won Starlight Mansion we find out that Pizzazz’s father was super rich and had a large mansion. So she often had her father finance things to wreck Jem’s live, examples being the movie rights to Starbright, the Rock Fashion Book, and even Misfits Music. We later find out that the reason she acts like a spoiled brat is because her mother left when Pizzazz was really little, and she was never able to cope with that loss.
Pizzazz had a pretty generic guitar, the a pink Carvin V220 “Star” style guitar, but by the end of Starbright she was her signature doll guitar. The doll guitar only has 4 strings, which would indicate that it is a bass guitar, but has 6 tuning pegs which would indicate it is a standard guitar.
Early concepts Pizazz became Pizzazz from an unnamed source (see more here)
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 boxes.
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
Pizzazz, Roxy and Stormer were
not include in November 1986 Licensing Kit update, more
than likely they would not have been included in a later
updated because there was no significant change to the
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.
Pizzazz was original intended for the
1988 Misfits doll assortment, she was getting a new
look and a new head mold. After slow Misfits sales in
1987, Hasbro decided to pull the Misfits all together.
If the Misfits had not been dropped from
the 1988 line early on, Pizzazz might have had a Misfits
version of the new smaller boxes, similar to Astral™.
(to the above 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.