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JEMstars - JEM Character Bios Rio™ / Rio
Pacheco™ / Rio Raymond™
Rio Pacheco™ is Jerrica’s boyfriend when he isn’t chasing after Jem. Little is known about his early Hasbro development, but I think it’s a good assumption to think he was originally one of Jem’s male backup band. He was the last doll to be released in 1986, he was released around July 1986 along with the playsets. For me the Hasbro doll seemed to stand out as odd ball in the doll line, with the exception of his purple hair the clothing and fabric chooses just does not fit with the rest of the line. Oddly his doll fashion never appeared in the series. Again little is known about his doll, so it is hard to say if the doll fashion was altered from a prototype of the his main fashion in the series.
Oddly Rio had a real issue with deception and lying, but at the same time he was cheating on his girlfriend with herself. He was very helpful and technical so he was able to become Jem’s stage manager. He was the boy next door, seemed to help out Jerrica’s father and went to college – but other than that very little is known about him or his family, or even his nationality. The doll has an Hispanic skin tone, but nothing indicated that in the series, Christy Marx never gave him an ethnic background.
A Jem Superfan, who worked for toy store at the time of Jem’s release and demise, found out that a new version of real was in the works. The new Rio was named “Rio’ O Boy,” which may have had a new head mold. A new head mold “Rio 87” was in the works, and may have been intended for Glitter’n Gold Rio. That Rio 87 head mold was later used for Rob in the Maxie line.
In the movie we found that Rio is Rio Raymond, son of Erica Raymond – adding a brand new dynamic to the brand.
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
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.
It is unclear if the 1986 Rio was ever made
in Spain or in Mexico.
I have not personally seen evidence, or
been able to verify the existence of Rio O’Boy.
But I believe he was on some type of inventory list, which
is in a fellow collector’s collection. The collector
is very trustworthy and very knowledgeable about the line
and worked for a toy store around the time Jem was available
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.