Ice Fairy

Ice Fairy

Ice Fairy

Since yesterday´s post was quite long, only one picture today. This is an Obitsu doll wearing the Chinese outfit from the “Travel the World with Barbie” series (around 2000). The Japanese company Obitsu offers a wide selection of highly poseable 9″ – 12″ sized bodies and matching heads that you can buy either bald and blank or rooted and painted in order to create exactly the doll you have in mind.

This particular one has a factory face and hairstyle, both of which I like very much. Since the combination suggested a water or ice fairy to me, I picked a clear body (that you can´t see in the picture).

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Jem and the Holograms

Jem
Jem
“Jem”  is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 – 1988, designed to appeal to both girls and boys, with a mix of action/adventure, drama, music, and fashion. 
 
” MTV (Music Television) had premiered August 1st, 1981 and by 1985 was already a household name. The TV station focusing on elaborate video clips of hit songs, giving a combination of sight and sound, was making a new era of music with an emphasis on fashion.

About this time, the Jem Project, as it was referred to at Hasbro, was being launched. It was a brilliant idea. Have a line of rock star dolls to cash in on the “MTV”/music video craze. Originally, Jem was to be called “M”, for a tie-in with “MTV”, but corporate lawyers cancelled that when they learned a letter cannot be copyrighted. The plans had gone so far that Kimber’s keyboard had already been made in the shape of an “M” so a name with “M” had to be used and the name Jem evolved. In the early planning stages, The Holograms were to be all male but Hasbro wisely made them all female.” – http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Academy/7028/Jeminfo.html 

” The Jem television show combined adventure and fashion with music videos with captions exactly like on “MTV”. … Included with each doll were fabulous posters of Jem, The Holograms or The Misfits”, as well as a cassette tape featuring songs from the series sung by the dolls character. The songs coordinated to names of stunningly made outfits, and the whole package of doll, song and costume tied into the television show! It was not only truly outrageous, but truly brilliant.” (ibd.)

Shana

Shana

Shana is wearing “Let the Music Play”.

Unfortunately, sometimes, being brilliant is not enough.

“By fall of 1987, despite the television show often placing number one in children’s shows it was clear that Jem was just not moving.
In November, rumor hit that Jem would be discontinued, and that Hasbro, which had already designed a 1988 line by this time, would not be offering it next year. The contributing factor to the demise of Jem was her size. No doll that has not been Barbie size has ever made it past the two-year mark. Parents simply view toys differently than collectors do. They do not want to shell out a small fortune for doll clothing that was not interchangeable with dolls already at home. Hasbro was gambling that the doll and clothing would be so appealing that this would happen. It did not and spelled the demise of the most creative and beautifully designed fashion doll in 30 years! ” (ibd.)
BTW, Bratz were the first fashion doll line that made it successfully long past the 2-year-mark despite not being Barbie sized.
Aja
Aja

Aja wears “Music in the Air” from 1985.

Aja again

Aja again

“The basic story was about a woman named Jerrica Benton who upon her father’s death inherits his music company, Starlight Music, and a secret sophisticated computer named Synergy that could generate realistic holograms. To prevent a hostile takeover of Starlight Music by a man named Eric Raymond and a rock band called The Misfits, Jerrica used Synergy to transform herself into Jem, a glamorous rock star. She was aided by her band the Holograms that consisted of her friends Kimber, Aja, and Shana who knew who Jem really was. Jerrica had a boyfriend named Rio who didn’t know that she and Jem were one in the same person and subsequently fell in love with both women. This was the story for the first five episodes that were also made into a video release called “Truly Outrageous”. Subsequent episodes contained the adventures of Jem and the Holograms and The Misfits and each episode contained two to three songs performed in MTV music video format.” – http://home.pon.net/sunflower/Jem%20Realm/Cartoon%20Info.htm

Pizzazz

Pizzazz

Pizzazz, leader of the Misfits, in her original outfit.

Stormer

Stormer

 

Stormer again

Stormer again

Another one of Stormer

Stormer in "Making Mischief"

 

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jerrica is wearing Shana´s original outfit. This doll had two-toned pink and blonde hair. Depending on which color showed, she could be either Jerrica or her alter ego, Jem. The earrings – sophisticated projectors that create the hologram that makes her change in the series – blink.

Synergy - wouldn´t look out of place in any SF movie

Synergy - wouldn´t look out of place in any SF movie

 Synergy in her original outfit. Well, I added the gun. I love this girl for her science fiction look. TRON, anyone?

In my pictures, I´ve tried to capture a 1980s style of rock photography.

All my Jem dolls were flea market or ebay finds, so their outfits may not be complete.

I´m still looking for Kimber, Roxy, Jetta, Raya, Danse, Video, the smiling later edition Jem/Jerrica, Rio, and the three Starlight Girls though I´m in no hurry to find them.