OK, 80′s kids/fans, I’ve got some pretty spectacular news to share today … a new line of high end dolls is being introduced at San Diego Comic-Con this month based on the beloved 80′s cartoon Jem and the Holograms. As you may know, Jem and the Holograms was an animated series that featured an all girl rock group. Each week, Jem and the Holograms (the good girls) would, in a nutshell, battle The Misfits (the bad girls) for music supremacy … and each episode featured music videos from each of the bands (which was a revolutionary convention back in the hey day of MTV). A line of dolls was produced to conicide with the cartoon but when the series ended, so did the Jem doll line … until now. Hasbro has teamed up with Integrity Toys to create a NEW collection of Jem and the Holograms dolls. The first doll in the line, Hollywood Jem, will be released at Comic-Con. Click below to get your first look at the doll and learn more deets about this collection of dolls.
Inspired by the characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fans and collectors alike ever since, this nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, which was originally marketed from 1985 to 1987. Created for fans by fans of the rock ‘n shock pink haired pop-culture icon and her outrageous world, this classic commemorative line will feature the high-end details, quality accessories and ultra-limited edition sizes that fans of Integrity Toys have come to appreciate through the years. Hasbro in collaboration with the creative team at Integrity Toys, Inc., proudly presents a glamorous series of high-end fashion dolls based on the 1980’s ground breaking animated series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! Hollywood Jem is the first doll in a series of characters based on the hit 80’s animated series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. A long time fan favorite, Hollywood Jem is ready to be added to your collection at long last! Based on a costume worn in the two-part episode of the same name, Hollywood Jem comes complete with a totally 80’s, screen accurate look which includes:
* Fully articulated, highly detailed 12” (30.5 cm) fashion doll with cotton candy pink hair and hand applied eyelashes
* Screen accurate costume with couture like finish
* Miniature Jemstar earings
* Miniature Hollywood Star award plaque
* Shoes, Bracelets and realistic microphone and stand
* Doll stand, instructions, souvenir post card and certificate of authenticity.
This special edition doll will be available from the Hasbro Toy Shop at booth # 3329 at Comic Con International in San Diego and the approximate retail price will be US $125.00
OK … full disclosure … I was a BIG fan of the Jem dolls when I was a little kid … but not for the reasons you may assume. My favorite toys were Masters of the Universe, Transformers, G.I. Joe and Thundercats action figures (which are NOT dolls). Naturally, I also loved the cartoons that were based on the toys (or vice versa, in some instances the cartoons came first then the toys). I also really loved watching Jem and the Holograms even tho it was a “girl cartoon”. For me, I loved the music and music videos that were featured in each episode (and you have to understand, MTV and music videos were EVERYTHING to kids in the 80′s). Each of the original Jem and the Holograms dolls came packed with a cassette tape that featured a few of the songs from the TV series … and the only way to get the tapes was to buy the dolls:
Now, as a kid with limited funds, I never bought the dolls … but I did encourage my female friends and relatives to buy the dolls so that I could have their cassette tapes. The Jem and the Holograms dolls (the good girls) came with white cassette tapes and The Misfits dolls (the bad girls) came with black cassette tapes:
As far as I can tell, these new $125 dolls will not come with cassette tapes, CDs, etc. of Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits music … which is a big bummer for me. BUT, I know that these Jem dolls will be a big hit with collectors. The original Jem dolls fetch a pretty penny on eBay still so I imagine there is a fairly big market for these fancy new dolls.
What do you think of this new line of Jem and the Holograms dolls? Are you a fan? Do you think you’ll be plunking down $125+ to procure one?
Do you think this new Jem doll is truly outrageous?