Why do I have this obsession with Jem? Well it's the glitter,
the glimmer, the fashion and the fame I fell in love with.
There is an air, a felling of excitement that no other
cartoon or toy had. As a 9 year old boy nothing else
touched me like Jem did. Jem really inspired me. Everything
I have done, has some tie to Jem.
loved the five elements for Jem: the music, the animation,
the doll, the fashion, the story. I unconsciously have
molded my life around Jem. I started of by playing guitar
(1989), and then my interests lead me into art and animation.
(1991) By that time I finished high school I was all
set to work for Disney, but I didn't want to leave home.
(1995) I took the local college route and discover I
had to work from what I knew, which led me into dolls
leads me into fashion design. The whole time I have
been trying to develop a story lines for my own show.
So where does that leave me? My goal
in life is to create an animated series, doll line,
comic book, that has music groups and a whole lot more.
Don't worry it would not be a recreation of Jem, I have
to many ideas, and I have learned from Hasbro's mistakes.
The most exciting part will be my involvement with the
not just one small piece of a great
How did this all get started?
I saw JEM for the first time one Sunday
in the fall of 1985 during "Super Sunday." I can't
remember the day or month; I can't even remember which
episode. It's such a distant memory now; it feels almost
like a different life. Some times that part of my life
feels so close, sometimes so, so, too far away. I watched
the show every Sunday until it was shown weekdays, then
I watched every day of the week. Not knowing a doll line was coming out, during Christmas 1985 I was obsessed with idea of finding Christmas Angles in the colors of Jem, the Holograms, and the Misfits.
I started taping Jem on to VHS at the
time it was on Sunday/Saturdays. I even made really
cool video box covers for the tapes. I don't know why,
but I decided to tape MTV rock videos over them. Then around
1988, I taped all the episodes again from WGN an the
local FOX satiation, just to tape over them again. I
finally taped and kept them, when Jem was on USA Network,
but before she became part of the USA Cartoon Express.
Before Jem's run was coming to an end, and they chopped
the episodes up, and replaced the Jem commercial lead
ins/outs with their own. I wish I had the originals
still, but at least the show is still in my life. At
least I have an audio tape of music I record from the
show through my stereo.
A Boy and His Dolls.
I saw the dolls at the local Sears for
the first and every time I went to a store, I spent
the whole time in front of the Jem dolls
in heaven. I always wanted to buy one every time I went
to a store. My parents would not let me.
So as I was struggling at school my parents
decided to give me a quarter a day for every day I did
not get a bad grade
leading into being able to
buy the dolls around early fall of 1986. I did not
buy one for a long time since they where fifteen dollars
at most of the stores. For Christmas that year I asked
my three siblings for a Hologram each, and then for my January
birthday I was hoping for a Misfit from each of them. They did not get
me the Holograms, so the day after Christmas I started
my collection. Dec. 26th, 1986. I went straight over
to the local Tractor Supply Center (TSC) which had Jem/Jerrica, Rio
a lot of fashions On Stage and Flipside Fashions, and the playsets, but they didn't carry the Holograrms, the Misfits, or Smashin' Fashions. I picked up Jem/Jerrica at 50%. Thinking every store would have 50% off, I went
straight up to Hills to pick up Kimber and Aja but they
where still full price
I just got Kimber at $10.82,
With Christmas down, I had my birthday
right around the corner. I'm not sure why, but we went
to a near by town, about an hours drive. This town had
a Children's Palace, and I was in heaven again. It was
the Saturday before my birthday and my parents said
I could pick out any toy. I went straight for Jem I
was hoping for dolls, but my parents would not buy me
a doll. The Rockin' Roadster was okay for them to buy
me. I still wanted to get two dolls, which would have
been the same price.
Then it was my 11th birthday, so we took
my two best friends to a local pizza place. I got cards
enough to get Aja that night, finally.
But my parents wanted to take us home right after the
little pizza party. The next Saturday I got my Aja,
on our weekly family tip to the grocery store
was right across the street.
After that, I'm not sure which days or
even months I got my next two dolls. I was going to
get Shana next of course., but then Rock'n Curl Jem came
and she was cheaper, so I didn't have to wait as long. So I just had to pick
her up instead. Shortly after that I talked my best
friend's little sister into a trade for her Shana doll,
the only Jem doll she had. She got my three She-Ra dolls
out of that trade. And I won the "Let's Rock This
Town" Flip Side Fashion from the local FOX station contest.
The story seemed to have come to a close
by May of 1987. I was still looking at all the new 1987
dolls and wanting to buy everything that came out. My
parents got sick of my oppression with Jem and
forbid me to buy anything that was Jem related.
When I turned 16 (1992) and got a job
and I tried to go to Hills to buy some Jem dolls. But
sad to say, there was no sign of Jem anywhere. I was
crushed; the last time I looked for Jem dolls they were
now no where. The next year when Hills
closed they had a few Video Madnesses, but I was so
broke I could not afford them.
I did not buy another doll until 1995, when I got a
nude Flash'n Sizzle Jem with a bad hair cut. I found
in Pennsylvania while my parents were doing genealogical research. I found
the doll, bought it and hid it under the seat of the
car for the whole ride home
taking it out to look
at it every chance I could. I was 19 at the time. Looking
back, it was sad that I felt I had to hide her/hide
me. Later that fall I found a Jem/Jerrica and Stormer
at a local fair and bought them right in front of my
mom. She was not to thrilled, but did not try to stop
me. Then I struck it big, and got a star capped earring
Jem/Jerrica, Glitter'n Gold Rio, a Synergy, 1st issue
Stormer, and 2nd issue Pizzazz and Roxy, along with
five fashions from answering an ad from a toy price guide,
and my collection was taking off again.
In the spring of 1997 we got a new computer
and we got on the Internet, and my life changed forever.
I bought what I could, when I could
a lot of my
early online purchase where not even from eBay, but
message boards and posts. I had a car wreck September
of 1997, so by September 1998 I got twenty five thousand
dollars from the issuance. I did not spend much of it
right away, but then Rockin' Romance Jem came up for
auction. Early 1999. I thought I was going to be smart
and put two thousand on her, but two other people had the
same idea ... my first real bidding war, and I lost.
If only I would have put five on her or something like
that. Oh well, after I got over that loose I figured
I could spend the money I was going to spend on her
on other Jem items and so away I went. I got a lot of
treasures along the way. Don't worry I did not spend all
of that money, a lot went into stocks.
A special moment in 1998 was when my
boyfried and I where at another local fair. He said, "I
bet you won't find a Jem doll." He knew me so well
even back then. Before he even got "Jem doll"
out, I darted to a table. I could see a foot sticking
out of a box three tables away, and I knew it was a
Jem doll. It was a Rock'n Curl Jem
Looking back on my life with Jem, I wish
I felt more comfortable with liking Jem, as a child
that I could help that. Do I hate my parents for not
letting me get more dolls? Well at the time I sure did,
but now I love them too much to be upset over something
like that. So long ago, and really out of their hands.
I still have dreams about Jem, finding
new toys, and buying the dolls. There is not a day that
goes by that I don't think about Jem in some shape or
It doesn't matter if the store is still
there or not. By now all the toy sections have moved
and store rearranged, but if they had Jem
taken back to those special moments when, as a small
boy, I stood in the middle of the doll section and wished
and dreamed. And the color and designs filled my very
being right in the middle of the store. I can't even
describe the rush of emotions that comes over me, as
I'm taken back. Just by walking in the doors, or driving
past I relive every moment of a few of those most wonderful
times from my past.
I hope to create a toy line that will
touch at least one child's life, the way Jem has touched
I have God, Jem, my love, family, friends
and my dreams
what else do I need.