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1. Jem
1.1. What is this?
1.2. What is Jem?
1.3. Who invented Jem?
1.4. What is the "Jem Bible"?
1.5. When was the Jem cartoon TV-series first shown on TV?
1.6. How long did the Jem cartoon TV-series last?
1.7. Why was Jem discontinued?
1.8. When were the Jem dolls first released?
1.9. How many Jem dolls were released?
1.10. How many Jem songs were made?
1.11. Is there a soundtrack of all Jem songs?
1.12. Is there an official fan club for Jem?
1.13. Are there fans of Jem?
1.14. Isn't it immature to like cartoons, dolls and other toys?
1.15. Does Rio ever find out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person?
1.16. Did Kimber get married in an episode?
1.17. Why did some characters like Clash, Jeff and Zipper change haircolors or other features in some episodes?
1.18. Why do some episodes have a different looking animation?
1.19. Will Jem dolls be re-released?
1.20. Is Jem available on DVD or Blue-ray?
1.21. Where is Jem airing right now?
1.22. What can I do to bring Jem back?
1.23. Was there an animated Jem movie released?
1.24. What Jem site is the largest?
1.25. Which line came first, Jem or Barbie and the Rockers?

2. Website
2.1. How can I contribute to this site?
2.2. May I link to this site?
2.3. May I use content from this site?
2.4. Can I send you a question by email?
2.5. I followed the guidelines here, why haven't you replied to my email?
2.6. What is the purpose of this site?
2.7. Wasn't this site called "Universal Appeal Jem" before?
2.8. Why does this site look like it does?
2.9. What cookies are set from this site?
2.10. How often is this site updated?
2.11. Why are there no music/video files on this site?
2.12. Why do some features on the site not work?
2.13. I want to make my own Jem site, any suggestions?
2.14. Can you send me scans to my email of... ?
2.15. What are the sources for the information on this site?
2.16. Why is my site not listed on the link pages?

3. Shopping
3.1. Are you selling the items listed on the site?
3.2. Where do I find Jem items for sale?
3.3. I have Jem items for sale/trade, are you interested?
3.4. How can I identify a real Jem doll?
3.5. What Jem dolls are rare?
3.6. How much are my Jem dolls worth?


1. Jem

1.1. What is this?

Quick answers to questions about Jem and guidelines and policies for this site.

1.2. What is Jem?

A mid 80's doll line and a musical animated TV-series about a female rockband called "Jem and the Holograms" and their rivals "the Misfits".

A somewhat better introduction is given on the index page aswell as here Quick guide.

1.3. Who invented Jem?

Joe and Barbara Hyland togheter with Bill Sanders. Read page Story behind Jem. But we Jem fans see it more or less as the head writer of he cartoon, Christy Marx invented Jem, since she invented so much of the story around Jem and the characters, and so many characters of her own in the Jem world.

1.4. What is the "Jem Bible"?

It's the writers guide to all the necessary information needed when writing episodes for the animated series. Written by Christy Marx.

It consisted of over 150 pages of black and white A4 papers in a folder. A lot of Information and model art, in form of full body sketches of the characters one by one and sometimes close-ups. Characters in model art are: Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Synergy, Rio, the Starlight Girls, Danse, Video, Clash, the Limp Lizards, Eric, Techrat, Harvey, Howard, Danielle, Anthony, Mrs. Bailey, Joanie, Lindsey, and Zipper. Sketches of early looks of Jem/Jerrica, Danse, Video, Clash. Storyboard of the music video of the song "When It's Only Me And The Music". Sketches of Starlight Music, M Jet, and the Rockin' Roadster. Information only about Techrats Rathole, the Stingers, Graphix, Astral, Regine, and Craig. Information about interactions between the regular characters Jerrica/Kimber/Aja/Shana, Pizzazz/Roxy/Stormer, Riot/Minx/Rapture, Techrat/The Stingers, The Stingers/The Misfits, The Stingers/Jem and the Holograms, Rio/The Stingers, Clash/Video/The Stingers. Audition dialogue for Jetta, and new 1988 Jem characters Riot, Minx, Rapture, Graphix, Astral, and Regine.

Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

1.5. When was the Jem the animated series first shown on TV?

October 6, 1985. It's something of a special anniversary date for Jem fans, and some companies have chosen to release licensed commemorative products on the anniversary of this date, and some atleast on the anniversary of the year. Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

1.6. How long did the Jem cartoon TV-series last?

About two and a half year. Read more on the page Story Behind Jem.

1.7. Why was Jem discontinued?

Please read the page Story Behind Jem.

1.8. When were the Jem dolls first released?

In early 1986, after the cartoon had begun airing.

1.9. How many Jem dolls were released?

24 Jem dolls were officially released. Plus the second year Misfits dolls that were the same as first year except for the guitars and boxes, which would make it 27. More were planned in the 80's, but were not released. Plus all the new ones by Integrity Toys, 70 or even more depending how you count, made between 2012 and 2022 and perhaps beyond.

1.10. How many Jem songs were made?

155. Including themes and all groups, duets, collaborations and guest singers. See a list on the lyrics page.

Then there were tunes recorded especially for the doll commercials. And of course the international versions of themes and even songs.

And in 2015 new songs were released with the live-action Jem movie, and also a separate soundtrack of songs inspired by Jem songs.

1.11. Is there a soundtrack of all Jem songs?

No, strangely not for the cartoon. The only released Jem songs, were those on the cassette tapes that came with the dolls, 19 of them (while 5 of the dolls came with no cassette) and 4 Video Madness playsets, 3 board games, and 3 mail-in offers. 51 songs in total.

Here is a list in alphabetical order of the 51 songs released on cassettes in the 80's:

  • "Back In Shape" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Broadway Magic" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Can't Get My Love Togheter" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Click/Clash" - Jem and the Holograms/the Misfits
  • "Come On In" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Deception" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "It All Depends On The Mood I'm In" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Designing Women" - The Misfits
  • "Friend Or Stranger" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Gettin' Down To Business" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Gimme Gimme Gimme" - The Misfits
  • "Glitter 'N Gold" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Glitter 'N Gold Theme Song" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "How You Play The Game" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "I Am A Giant" - The Misfits
  • "I Got My Eye On You" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "It's Workin' Out" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Jealousy" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Jem Theme" - Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits
  • "Like A Dream" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love Is Here" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love's Not Easy" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Love Unites Us" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Makin' Mischief" - The Misfits
  • "Music Is Magic" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Only The Beginning" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Outta My Way" - The Misfits
  • "People Who Care" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Puttin' It All Togheter" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Rock 'N Roll Is Forever" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Running Like The Wind" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Set Your Sails" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Share A Little Bit" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "She Makes An Impression" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "She's Got The Power" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Show Me The Way" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Something Is Missing" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Takin' It All" - The Misfits
  • "There's A Melody Playin'" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Too Close" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Time Is Running Out" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Truly Outrageous" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Twilight In Paris" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Universal Appeal" - The Misfits
  • "We Can Change It" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Welcome to the Jungle" - The Misfits
  • "When It's Only Me" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Who Is He Kissing" - Jem and the Holograms
  • "Who Is She Anyway?" - The Misfits
  • "Winning is Everything" - The Misfits
  • "You Oughta See The View From Here" - The Misfits

But for the live-action Jem movie from 2015, there was a soundtrack released digitally aswell as the mentioned separate soundtrack of songs inspired by Jem songs.

1.12. Is there an official fan club for Jem?

No. Hasbro had a fanclub in the United States in the 80's when the dolls were in stores. And Integrity Toys have a members club which is for all their dolls, where also Jem fans get the news first of upcoming commemorative Jem doll releases.

1.13. Are there fans of Jem?

Yes. There is quite a following for Jem after all years. Plenty of collectors of the doll line and other collectibles, and fans of the cartoon. Even many famous people like Kirsten Dunst, Beyonce, Chris Pratt, Nicki Minaj, among many others, have said they grew up with Jem or still like Jem. Nicki Minaj even released a song where she sings a line about Jem and The Holograms.

How many people currently consider themselves huge fans of Jem is difficult to say exactly. Look at fansites, ebay sales of 80's collectibles and prices, and sales of new licensed products. Some of the amount of current fans is based on current things happening for Jem in terms of new licensed products. Then there's all the additional many people who remember and like Jem.

Read more on the page Jem Fandom.

1.14. Isn't it immature to like cartoons, dolls and other toys?

Not at all. Many people have a favorite cartoon or a collectible these days. It seems more common than rare. Certain cartoons and collectibles are considered more mature to like, for some reason, but isn't that a bit hypocritical?

A cartoon is a form of entertainment, and can be very well written and have a depth which make them timeless. As for the toys, everyone who likes a cartoon or doll does not consider it as something to play with, but rather a collectible or even a piece of art. The recent releases of Jem dolls are infact marked "adult collectible".

Why not comapre with games and sports, which on the other hand are a form of play or activity.

Can you say you don't like anything nowadays that counts as a cartoon, toys or a playful activity?

1.15. Does Rio ever find out that Jem and Jerrica are the same person?

Spoiler: Not really. But he confronts Jerrica with the suspicion in the episode Broadway Magic. He even confronts Jem in a cut out scene from that same episode, as far as we can tell from material found.

1.16. Did Kimber get married in an episode?

Spoiler: She came close to, in the two-parter episode Hollywood Jem, but no.

1.17. Why did some characters like Clash, Jeff and Zipper change haircolors or other features in some episodes?

As for Clash and Video, it was apparently Hasbro's idea when they released a doll of those characters, so that the cartoon character would resemble the doll more. As for Jeff and Zipper, it was probably the animators who forgot what haircolor they had. And as for Lindsey Pierce, no clue.

1.18. Why do some episodes have a different looking animation?

They were animated in another country, Korea, instead of Japan like most.

1.19. Will Jem dolls be re-released?

In 2012 the news were finally announced that the Jem doll line was making a commemorative comeback in 2012 in a new shape, by Integrity Toys. The line has been a success and has lasted until 2022 and perhaps beyond. For more info, see the doll pages.

1.20. Is Jem available on DVD or Blue-ray?

DVDs have been released in the United States, Australia, France, Italy, the UK, Sweden and some other countries. In October 11 2011, Jem was released again on DVD by the company Shout Factory, which includes alot of fun extras. No Blue-rays yet, but the live-action movie is available on blue-ray.

1.21. Where is Jem airing right now?

It has aired on the Discovery Family Channel in the USA, no idea if it still does. It also started airing on the Canadian channel Teletoon Retro in september 2011.

The Jem animated series was previously available to stream on Netflix.com.

1.22. What can I do to bring Jem back?

  • Buy any licensed re-released Jem stuff, like the Jem DVDs and dolls to show there's a market.
  • Spread the word about Jem on social media, on your Jem site/blog, and link to official Jem sites.
  • Send messages to companies that own the rights to Jem, like Hasbro, and ask for Jem. Let them know you would pay for Jem products.
  • Sign petitions to bring Jem back.
  • Don't buy any unlicensed merchandise.
  • Don't make cartoon episodes and comics available for download.
    Read the page Bring Jem Back for more ideas.

    1.23. Was there an animated Jem movie released?

    No. Not even in the 80's. If you find VHS tapes or even a DVD that claims to contain a Jem movie, it will probably include the first five episodes, which have a more continuous story than most later episodes.

    An animated Jem movie was planned by the writer Christy Marx in the 80's, but it never got beyond early plans. Read more about it on the Mysteries page.

    But there was a live-action Jem movie released in 2015!

    1.24. What Jem site is the largest?

    This site. Rock Jem is the world's largest site about Jem. I've never pointed this out anywhere on the site in its first 25 years, because it's not important and I don't look at it as a competition, but I've seen lists about things like this, lists that haven't been updated in a very long time even when the site is active. But it's hard to compare how much love was put into features of Jem sites.

    Making a fansite you rarely get any appreciation. Often people repost things from this site, in social media, while thanking some other unrelated site for it, without checking the source. It happens hundreds of times each year. Although I'm sure those other site owners would not take credit for anyone elses work. I don't expect any thanks, but I also don't expect people to thank others for things I made.

    Fact is Rock Jem is also the oldest Jem site that is still active today. And it certainly has been a very long but outrageous journey.

    But I guess even after 25 years of making this site, I will always feel like the beginner uploading my first picture, with a long way to go, with so much left to cover about Jem. But... I have received appreciation and recognition for this site, and it's even been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine aswell as Vanity Fair magazine. 1.25. Which line came first, Jem or Barbie and the Rockers?

    Jem, by Hasbro, was created first. Barbie and the Rockers, by Mattel, were based on the concept of Jem and was created by Mattel to compete with the Jem line. In a Netflix documentary, one of the former employees at Mattel, Judy Shackelford, former Vice President at Mattel, responsible for the Barbie line, admitted that Mattel employees tried to find out information about Hasbro's Jem line before Jem was officially released, so that Mattel could create their own version to release before Hasbro were able to get the Jem dolls out in stores.

    2. Website

    2.1. How can I contribute to this site?

    You're very welcome to contact me by email, with info and pics of any licensed Jem stuff, and material from the creation of Jem.

    You'll be credited for all contributions with your name/nickname next to the content if you like, except for things like link suggestions or spelling corrections. If your name does not appear next to your submitted content, please send me an email. You can also ask to have your pictures covered by a watermark.

    This site acknowledges material provided by others. It's meant as a tribute to the people and companies who created Jem. Therefore this site has a public policy about this.

    Please don't send something taken from someone else's Jem site.

    2.2. May I link to this site?

    Yes absolutely!

    2.3. May I use content from this site?

    No:

    • No title graphics (like the "Rock Jem" logo).
    • No contributed pictures or information, those listed with a person's [name].
    • Not from the pages about: art, dolls, books, comics, videos, misc collectibles nor advertising. Unless I give you personally permission.
    • Not if you intend to re-create the feature online.
    • Nothing at all for marketing homemade/unlicensed Jem merchandise.
    • Not to send to another Jem site.

    Yes:

    • If you are working at a company with licensed rights to create Jem products, then you are free to use anything from this site, with no restrictions nor obligations. No need to ask.

    For anything else:

    Here's what you are welcome to use, if the amount is somewhat limited...

    • Cartoon images I don't mind if you use.
    • Pictures of current licensed products, to help promoting those products and market Jem.
    • Limited information for reference is fine, like for example the doll guide, episode guide, fashion guide, characters guide, merchandise guide, world of Jem, retakes, and song lyrics (unless you intend to re-create the feature online). Hopefully it can help you with some details for perhaps an article or to create other new different Jem features.
    • You might get permission to use rarer images aswell if you ask. I appreciate if you mention "rockjem.com" and "Hasbro" if you are given the right to use anything other than cartoon screencaptures.
    • Please contact me and ask by mail before using the things I listed restrictions about above.

    2.4. Can I send you a question by email?

    Yes, of course. Please include "Jem" in the subject line of the email, to minimize the risk of being sorted into the junk mail folder.

    2.5. I followed the guidelines here, why haven't you replied to my email?

    Maybe:

    • It didn't arrive.
    • It was accidentally sorted with the junk mail.
    • I'm busy answering other emails, creating features for the site, or something else I have to do outside of this site.
    • I simply haven't had time/energy yet or checked my mail since. I appreciate emails about this site and Jem. I wish I could send a thorough answer to everyone who emails me. But sometimes it's hard to keep up with them all, and with everything else I have to do. It's sometimes hard to sort through and tell a difference between very clever spam, and very nice and interesting mails.
    • If you still don't receive a reply, maybe you can find the answer on this particular page or the rest of the site. Or try to email me again.

    2.6. What is the purpose of this site?

    This is a fansite with an introduction of Jem, the cartoon, the dolls, and to the people and companies that made it all happen. And in depth information for Jem fans, with guides to the cartoon, reviews of the collectibles, behind the scenes material, and other informative, and fun features. Hopefully the information on this site can show the be helpful in creating a new series and new toy lines.

    To read more about the history of the site, see the page: About Rock Jem.

    2.7. Wasn't this site called "Universal Appeal Jem" before?

    Yes. The name changed when the domain was registered. I wanted a shorter name and a name that more corresponded with Jem. My first choice when starting the website in the 90's was "Glitter and Gold Jem", but someone else beat me to it. Can you figure out where the name "Rock Jem" came from in particular?

    2.8. Why does this site look like it does?

    Simple, consistant, informative and accessible are words I'm aiming for.

    This site doesn't contain any heavy code. It's not cluttered with gadgets. It has no ads. Too much of flash- or java-applets or javascripts would slow the site down. I write it "by hand", I actually know alot of HTML, CSS and things. I don't use pre-made layouts or programs for layout or HTML. This site is meant to be viewable in as many browsers as possible.

    If you have trouble accessing anything on this site. Let me know about it, and what browser you use, and I'll see what I can do, or atleast give you a better answer.

    2.9. What cookies are set from this site?

    None that I control, since I have created no features that require cookies. There is no defense in using cookies unless it's done openly and somehow of obvious use to the visitor themselves. But some cookies come with the external features on this site, which is currently the free counter service. It gathers some statistics of the same types as all web servers, but in opposite to those, this one shows it to the visitors aswell. This is only on the index page, and no tracker nor cookies at all on any other pages. I'll refer to their policy (off-site link) for further info.

    2.10. How often is this site updated?

    Hard to say in advance. But since the fall of 2010, the amount of added content exceeds all the amount added on this site from it's beginning until 2010.

    Sometimes this site is updated with an entire new large feature all at once, and not piece by piece every now and then. So there may be no news for a while, and then suddenly an entire new feature. If you want to see how often it's updated, scroll down to the News & Updates section on the index page where a few of the updates are mentioned.

    You can always participate by sending in your contributions of content. If you like a feature and want more of it, write an email. It's always encouraging to get appreciation, otherwise I may concentrate on updating other features instead.

    2.11. Why are there no music/video files on this site?

    As much as such content is probably appreciated by visitors, it's very easy to make, and not very creative nor informative. Well... it can be creative too if extensive work has been put into it, like editing/remastering/remixing. But this site is intended to encourage people not to spread such content in unlicensed ways, and instead encourage you to buy licensed Jem products, so that we support Jem. This site will certainly never offer Jem episodes for download, nor unlicensed products for sale.

    2.12. Why do some features on the site not work?

    This sites uses some Javascript and the latest HTML and CSS. Your browser might not support all of the requirements to navigate it correctly. Or you are using an unusual operation system or program/application, or one that has certain settings meant to override some of the coding in order to make it easier to read (which often turns out looking messy and almost unreadable). Although this site is made to navigate well in as many browsers as possible, it may contain extra browser specific features on some pages. Let me know what doesn't work and what operating system and browser you use, and I'll try to fix it.

    2.13. I want to make my own Jem site, any suggestions?

    Yes. First of all, making a Jem site can be a alot of fun, and a great way to bring more attention to Jem, or a social media account, blog, a forum, or a photo album. You can make huge features, or just your own introduction to Jem. You can personalize your site by sharing your favorites, memories, reviews of your own Jem collection, want list and links. Then you can try to come up with a new unique feature that doesn't exist on any Jem site, and concentrate on making it as good as possible. And be sure to send me a link to your site.

    For a little help on the way, take a look at the page Material.

    2.14. Can you send scans to my email of... ?

    Sorry, I can't. I try to cover as much about Jem on this site though and find it very interesting what people would like to see more of.

    2.15. What are the sources for the information on this site?

    If you care about things like this, then I applaud you. Alot of people don't bother to be source critical. You should always question what you read, and what purpose someone may have behind writing something.

    I do my best to keep the information on this site a 100% correct, and not to speculate unless I mention it's a speculation. But don't take my word for it, please compare with information on other sites (some of which may of course have gotten their information from here).

    As for how this site works, I gather the information from what I can see myself, being a collector of pretty much the entire doll line, and lots of other collectibles and material from people who created Jem. And I gather information from original sources behind Jem. Sometimes I refer to information from books. I'm very skeptic about any item that doesn't look lincensed or authentic, and which sounds very unexpected for Jem, especially if it's material that comes from someone who was looking to sell a certain collectible as expensive as possible without having much of a backstory about it.

    I'm constantly thinking of ways of how to better support the information, so that you can see my sources. Some of it is obvious, since I used an original Jem book as reference when reviewing that book for example. On top of that, I list the name of people who contribute material, aswell as links to sites (not Jem sites) where I in few cases used information, like quotes from people who were part of creating Jem, or where further information is available.

    If you would like to question whether some of the information is correct or not, you are very welcome, I won't mind. Don't hesitate if there is something you are wondering about.

    2.16. Why is my site not listed on the link pages?

    Maybe:

    • I haven't found it, you can send me an email.
    • It's waiting for the next update.
    • I haven't decided what section to put it in.
    • It's just not the kind of site that this site links to.


    3. Shopping

    3.1. Are you selling the items listed on the site?

    No. I don't even have them all myself, some are contributed pictures and information of. The items on the pages are for review purposes. This site is not meant to be a place to sell Jem collectibles.

    3.2. Where do I find Jem items for sale?

    For licensed merchandise currently available from the official companies, see the links page. For older merchandise, look through the Jem shopping links.

    3.3. I have Jem items for sale/trade, are you interested?

    I may be very interested. Especially in background material from the cartoon, like art and scripts, or other rare collectibles. Send me your list by email, or perhaps I have something I want to trade with.

    3.4. How can I identify a real Jem doll?

    Most of the 80's ones are marked "Hasbro" on the back or neck, aswell as the years "1985", "1986" or "1987". On top of that there are some other characteristics that differ from doll to doll and depending on where they were made. Read more on the page Identify Jem dolls.

    3.5. What Jem dolls are rare?

    Of the ones that were released, it's mostly the second year versions of the Holograms and the Misfits (with new instruments and boxes). Otherwise it's the 1988 unreleased dolls, incase they show up. Some dolls that aren't rare are the two Rio dolls, aswell as the first edition of Jem and Rock 'n Curl Jem. Doll fashions are often alot rarer than the dolls, especially second year (1987) fashions.

    3.6. How much are my Jem dolls worth?

    It depends on things like how rare it is, the condition, whether the box has been opened, whether everything is included, whether everything is intact, in some cases in what country it was made, and if you have a doll with some kind of variation.

    If you have loose dolls and are uncertain if their clothes are original, most of them are probably only worth a few dollars. So sell them in a lot. Raya may be the exception (dark pink hair) that could sell for more even when loose.

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