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Jem/Jerrica, Kimber, Aja, Shana, Pizzazz, Roxy Stormer, and Rio, Rockin’ Roadster and fashions appearance in October of 1985 as part of Super Sunday – which was about six months before the 1986 Toy Fair when the dolls were revealed, and in a few months released. Of course the reasoning for that was Hasbro wanted to establish the cartoon, so it would look like they created the doll line based on an exciting cartoon -- instead of the other way around.
The 1987 doll line …
July of 1986
With the creation of the Jem cartoon series, they basically did the same thing again with Video and Clash appeared in “Starbright” which aired in July of 1986 – they also updated Jem/Jerrica, the Holograms and the Misfits to look closer to the 1986 dolls that were currently available.
September of 1986
Danse was in September 1986, still about 6 months before Toy Fair. So I wonder if Video, Clash and then Danse appearances were to make people think the dolls were still based on the characters in the show, but at that point it doesn’t seem like they need to keep up with the ruse.
February/March of 1987
Then more importance was give to 3 Starlight Girls (Jem Jam-Hasbro’s request for more importance in the show) in February 1987 and Glitter and Gold 1987 (timing was Hasbro’s request) in March around the time the 1987 line were hitting the store shelves. So “Glitter and Gold” included Glitter’n Gold Jem/Jerrica, Rio and Roadster, Rock’n Curl Jem, the purple make-up change for Flash’n Sizzle Jem/Jerrica, along with the 1987 On Stage Fashions, Smashin’ Fashion, Flipside Fashions, Rio Fashions, and Music is Magic Fashions. For some strange reason Ashley had her doll fashion but Ba Nee and Krissie did not – and Clash’s hair color change to match the doll.
Glitter and Gold, with all of the dolls and fashions in it, was about the perfect time – you saw the episode and went to the store and there was the new stuff you just saw on TV. When dolls hit the shelves 6 plus months after they first aired would have cause a lot of people to forget about them and/or loose interest during that long of a wait time.
Glitter and Gold is the last epsidoe of season 1
September/October of 1987
Then we come to Talent Search in September of 1987 that only highlighted Raya and Jetta. Jetta was out for about 3 months but Raya has been on store shelves for over 5 by that point. KJEM was the last to air from the Line 1987, in October of 1987. But historically, looking at the Super Sunday episodes and then Starbright, it shouldn’t have been Raya and Jetta in those episodes, but everything for the 1988 line.
The 1988 doll line …
January/February of 1988
The Hollywood Jem episodes (pink Hollywood Jem dress was revealed), The Stingers episodes, and Regine episode and Astral’s episode and Rockin’ Romance Jem (The Day Music Died) about right on time for the 1988 Toy Fair, if the doll line would have continued. Of course the only reason Hasbro let those episodes air at that point was because they wanted to help push clearance 1987 stock after canceling the line in November of 1987 – if the line had continued the show would have been canceled do to cost, like Transformers and G.I. Joe.
With the exception of “Glitter and Gold” there was never a hard deadline of when a specific doll was to appear in an episode. But that was because it was the new theme developed at the very last minute and Hasbro wanted to push her for Toy Fair 1987. The dolls, fashion, etc., just appeared when Hasbro had the prototypes, assortments and themes nailed down, and because of the amount of time it took create each episode; there was around six months between when Hasbro prototypes them to Sunbow and we finally saw them on Jem.
One thing I am really disappointed in is that fact that Flash’n Sizzle (the Jem dress and Jerrica fashion) and the New Look Holograms, 1987 Synergy never made an appearance in the show. It is especially disappointing with Flash’n Sizzle, since she was replaced 4 episodes (6 months) after we saw the make-up change – “One Jem Too Many” with the red pants, yellow jacket, blue bustier we know as Integrity Toys Hollywood Jem.