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JEMstars - JEM Character Bios Riot™ / Rory "Riot"
of the Stingers™
Rory "Riot" Llewelyn™ was the lead singer of the Stingers. Originally named Chaos, Riot was the first male musician added to the line. Labeled as an “Adversary Band,” the Stingers were developed to be a 3rd band in the line. It’s often thought that Hasbro created the Stingers to discontinue the Misfits from the line, but that is not true. The Stingers were in development before the end of 1986, before Clash and Jetta were released. The new Riot head mold was modeled after Bruce Willis. When I asked the Girls’ Soft Design Director if blonde hair was away to move the line away from the wild hair colors, she said the blonde hair was only to give them a unique look to set them apart from the Holograms and the Misfits.
Riot was a real charmer, to the point of being hypnotic. He is very egotistical, but not really a bad guy. He was obsessed with Jem, but unlike Rio had no interest in Jerrica. Even through there was only 9 Stingers episodes we learned more about his back story than most of the Holograms and Misfits. Learning his back story, and relationship with his father really makes you appreciate him that much more.
Even with low sales from the 1987 Toy Fair and Hasbro stopping new development on the Jem line, the Stingers were still on the back burner and even made a grand appearance near the end of the series. Because no Stinger fashions were ordered by February/March of 1987 no fashion assortment was created by the Girls’ Soft Department for the new band.
Hasbro was looking to release a Jem theatrical release, but because the G.I. Joe and My Little Pony movies flopped the Jem movie was shelved. I can’t help but feel that Christy’s Riot is based on Alex Couto of the Mongrels, Christy developed for the movie.
Riot played guitar, the original prototype guitar was Shana’s Mockingbird guitar. The first time we see Riot with a guitar is Carvin V220 “Star” style guitar like Aja’s. But the more produced prototype had a brand new unique guitar body, and that guitar also showed up in the series. That guitar may have been molded by Girls’ Soft (fashions) because it has may characteristics that are similar to the 1987 Music Is Magic Fashion Assortment instruments.
1985 as part of Super Sunday / Super Saturday
5205-58 and 5205-59 "The
Stingers Hit Town"
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
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.