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When Hasbro told Sunbow to create the cartoon about Jem and the Holograms, Jem’s boyfriend and her rival band the Misfits, they also told Sunbow that Jerrica (Misty) and Jem (M) were the same person that transformed by a hologram from Jerrica’s computer Synergy. Other than the flashing Jemstar earrings, it seems Hasbro had nothing in mind for Synergy -- at least nothing has been revealed to think otherwise.
I believe everything about Synergy was created by Sunbow, from her female alter ego to the computer console unit. We find out that Jerrica’s father created a “Holographic computer designed to be the ultimate audio video entertainment synthesizer” and Jerrica inherited Synergy after Emmett’s death. Jerrica and the Holograms had to keep Synergy a secret, because she was a super computer which could be misused if in the wrong hands. Emmett was unable to submit patents for Synergy to protect his creation before his death. In a later episode, we find out that the female persona was original based on his late wife Jacqui Benton, Jerrica and Kimber’s mother, but he could stand to look at her, so he altered her look.
To stop Eric Raymond’s misuse of her father’s record company, Jerrica used Synergy and the Jemstar earrings to create an alter ego to complete with Eric’s band the Misfits. Besides creating holograms, she could also process records, access credit card accounts, land records, car manufacturer to get car blue prints, and even hack into the Pentagon database – all without any internet or wifi connection.
Similar to the Starlight Girls, Hasbro seemed to take what Sunbow had created and developed a doll of Synergy. Hasbro decided that Synergy would be Jem’s high-tech fairy godmother. Because the Synergy doll has a new fashion different then what she original wore in the series, the doll feels similar to the “New Look” holograms – the doll was even designed by the same designer as the “New Look” Holograms. But like the “New Look” Holograms and Flash’n Sizzle Jem/Jerrica, Synergy’s new redesigned look never appeared in the series.
In the theme of Synergy not being complete because the patents were not submitted, the Jem movie striped her down to a non-functioning robot, which only active when Jerrica took her back to the L.A. area. As Jerrica found her missing parts, in locations Emmett left them for Jerrica to find, Synergy became more animated, and was able to create holograms and manipulate the Jemstar earrings.
1985 as part of Super Sunday / Super Saturday
5205-08 thru 5205-12
5205-01 thru 5205-03
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
Synergy was not included in November 1986
Licensing Kit update, she may have been feature in a later
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.
In 2011, Synergy got new life
in the New York Comic Con Exclusive Unit•E comic
book, set in the future; Synergy referenced Jem along
with other toylines from Hasbro’s past. The Unit•E
comic book was away to bring some of the less known (or
remembered) lines back into the public eye. The final season
of Transforms Prime referenced Unit•E, but nothing
else has been released of this brand to day. (see