Doll Name Aja (1st Edition)
Stock # (US) #4201/4005
Hasbro package contents listing Contains: 12 1/2" doll with stage fashion, musical instrument, pumps, hairpick, cassette tape and figure stand.
  • Aja was originally named Jade, and played keyboards. 
Produced Variants So far, I know of 1st Edition Aja dolls marked on their backs with one of the following places of manufacture, and there are slight variations among them:
  • Hong Kong (doll featured on this page is Hong Kong made)
  • No Location
  • No markings at all (Juguetes Con Vida, made in Mexico)
  • Made in Spain
*I do not yet know if there are China-marked 1st issue Ajas but it seems likely.
To learn more about these body types and slight differences, please see the body variations page. 
More Skip here to see more about packaging variations from different countries, promotional boxes, etc.
Skip here for a listing of other depictions of 1st Edition Aja (cartoon, prototypes, catalogues, etc).

Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photo.

12 1/2" doll: Caucasian-tone doll with long straight aqua hair, cut in two layers. Oriental features.
  • Nude, she can most easily be differentiated from her second edition by lack of earring holes or earrings. 
  • If her eye make up is white, she is most likely a Super Stars doll. If one came in a Hasbro box, I have yet to see it. 
  • Aja is the only Jem doll with this face mold. Looks similar to Kenner's Darci doll face mold. 

stage fashion: Made up of 4 pieces itemized below. 

stage fashion part 1, shirt: Lavender lamé, elasticized sides, 3/4 length sleeves, 2 velcro closures in back. 
  • colour can range in darkness and pinkness, but her second edition shirt is very much plum coloured and should not be confused with this version. the size can also range a little bit.

stage fashion part 2, belt: light pink double-strand of sequins, velcro closure. 
  • can vary a little bit in width and thread colour.
stage fashion part 3, skirt: snakeskin patterned, mauve and blue mini with slit in the front. Velcro closure in back. 
  • The pattern can vary from larger & smaller scales.
  • Italian (possibly other Euro) doll's skirt is longer with a higher slit, less pliable material and lighter pink stitching. This may be due to the place of manufacture rather than the market it was made for.
  • There is a Rose Petal Place doll that came with an outfit made of the same material

stage fashion part 4, tights: Very tight-weave & almost completely made of multi-coloured glittery threads, elasticized waist. She has the only tights of this type. 
  • One of Hasbro's "Moon Dreamers" dolls also came with tights made of this fabric.

musical instrument: Light aqua blue guitar with three tuning pegs, aqua glitter decal on front, silver cord. 
  • Aja's second edition instrument is clear blue with sparkles.
  • Mexican Aja's is dark purple with sparkles.
  • Appears to be based on the Carvin V220 guitar.

pumps: pale lavender pink straight edged pumps. 
  • The only doll with this colour. 1st Edition Shana's are a bit darker.
  • H32 (in the linked photo, listed as Italian) shoes are pinker and shinier. Compare.

hairpick: Magenta (sort of translucent).
cassette tape: white with pink lettering. Dated 1985. Long Jem theme & song versions, instrumental side has instruments playing the vocal track. 
Side A "Aja- Jem Theme, Like a Dream, and  She's Got the Power." 
Side B "Aja - Jem Instrumental"

figure stand: clear fluorescent pink -not cloudy or milky at all. The Jem logo is embossed on the underside. There is a small (but quite faint) TM mark by the M. 
  • There seem to be several slight shade differences between the stands. I do not yet know if there is any logic behind who gets what colour, the link is just a random sample of the different stands I've seen.
  • The same (or close enough for all practical purposes) stand came with the 1st editions of: Jem, Aja, KimberShana.

Box, liner and inserts not previously noted in Hasbro's box contents above.
*not all fashions came with the same posters and inserts, this is a listing of what I got personally with the doll listed on this page.
Box: First year Hologram box with flap, US version. © 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved/Made in Hong Kong/H44
Box Liner: hot pink with attached clear acetate bonnet. (see more on Box Liners)
Poster: Rolled First Year Illustrated Poster, blank back (See more on posters)
MTV offer, US version. 

Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that 1st Edition Aja can be found in, that I know of, so far! You may also find it interesting to find out what "H-22", "H-32", and "H-44" means. Anything in Italics I haven't actually seen but have good reason to believe exists. If you have any photos or information/corrections to share, I'd love to hear about it!

Canadian Issue (may have Audition and non Audition contest box, different H numbers)

Dutch Issue

French Issue: © 1986 Hasbro S.A./Under Berne & Universal/Copyright Convention/Fabriqué à Hong Kong/H32

German Issue

Italian Issue, © 1986 MB Italy S.r.l./under Berne & Universal/Copyright Convention/Made in Hong Kong/H32

Mexican Issue

Spanish Issue

UK Issue

US Issue, Audition Contest Box

US Issue, H22 - possibly other versions. See this comparison of the Diecut star by name banner.

US Issue, H32, has name written on box side, top and bottom panels;  "Assembled in China/Packed in Hong Kong"
US Issue, © 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved/Made in Hong Kong/H44 (Doll featured on this ID page is this one)

US Issue, H44 has name written on box side, top and bottom panels.

Other images of 1st Edition Aja (generally unproduced/prototypes/promotional figures)

Source Differences from produced doll (if any)
1986 US Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue
Topolino Magazine  Issue 1610, October 5, 1986
1986 German Leaflet
Prototype: Very early prototype of Aja (originally named Jade). From Moggygoddess' photos. Completely different doll style and fashion. Make up and hair remain largely the same.
Prototype: early wax head mold
Other Print advertisements
Illustrations: Hasbro Box art
Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art
Illustrations: Cartoon 
Illustrations: UK Comics
Illustrations: Colouring & Activity Books

Credits: Thanks to Nabil Khazzaka for the French box photo and information, Thanks to David for his of the star detail on the US boxes, the H32 Aja photo and info, and H44 "name" box info. Thanks to Lissa for the guitar information.