Doll Name Jem/Jerrica (1st edition)
Stock # (US) #4000
Hasbro package contents listing 12 1/2" Jem/Jerrica doll, microphone, stage dress, tights, glitter shoes, hairpick, bracelet, reversible belt, daytime dress, hat, pumps, sunglasses, figure stand.
  • Jem was originally named "M" (to tie in to MTV, it is thought) and Jerrica was Misty, then Morgan. It was changed when Hasbro discovered they couldn't copyright a letter
Produced Variants So far, I know of 1st Edition Jem/Jerrica dolls marked on their backs with one of the following places of manufacture, and there are slight variations among them:
To read more about place-of-manufacture differences, please see the 1st Edition Hong Kong & China Jem/Jerrica body variations page, and the Mexican & Spanish Jem/Jerrica 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 Jem/Jerrica (cartoon, prototypes, catalogues, etc).

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12 1/2" Jem/Jerrica doll: Caucasian medium-length platinum blonde hair, with a streak of longer cotton candy pink hair in the middle. It was made so you could tuck the pink hair under the beret in order for her to be Jerrica
  • Face mold is unique to this doll, though looks a lot like the Kimber/Roxy/Video mold.
  • The pink in her hair easily fades to white, so keep your Jem out of the sunlight or she'll only be boring old Jerrica for the rest of her days :( 
  • This specific doll has the smaller back plate, with Made In China stamped there, go to the Jem/Jerrica doll comparison page for more information about different markings that can be found on this doll.

microphone: dark pink hand-held Jem mic with slightly metallic grey-painted head

stage dress:  pink lamé minidress, has a diagonally cut hem, slit on one side, 3/4 length sleeves
  • They can range in colour from pale pink to a darker pink, the texture also changes from soft to more coarse lamé (the darker pinks tending to be more coarse)
  • They can also come in slightly larger/smaller sizing. Some of these differences may relate to the star-cap Jem/Jerrica version, or Hong Kong versions;  I do not know yet for sure

tights: white waffle-weave with iridescent tinsel threads, elasticized waist

glitter shoes: chrome pink straight edged pumps, silver insides.
  • The shoes can vary, my China H22 doll came with thick sided shoes shown left, my Hong Kong one came with thinner ones. See a photo of the two pairs together.

hairpick: white with a purple/gold iridescent sheen to it

bracelet: silver plastic cuff bracelet, has a jagged edge but not a zig-zag pattern
  • The smaller stone seems to be rarer, most others I've seen with larger stones. (My star-cap Jem/Jerrica came with one, my Hong Kong made doll did, as did an Audition Contest doll)
  • I've seen the stones in colours from bright pink, clear to nearly yellow. I'm not sure, but I suspect fading may be the culprit
  • Flash N' Sizzle Jem's bracelet is the same mold but done in fluorescent yellow with a silver stone

reversible belt: Silver brocade on one side; has a clear sticker with blue accents. It is diagonally cut with an inch long white fringe at the bottom. The other side is white
  • Some star-cap Jem/Jerricas do not have the little blue dot on the decal, some have stitching on the decal as well
  • Mexican Jem's has no sticker at all, and/or the brocade patten may be flipped 90 degrees
daytime dress: white T-shirt cotton with blue vertical pinstripes. The hems and arm holes are rough, not finished and tend to fray. The stripes are sort of wiggly- they are not completely straight
  • The dresses can vary in shades of aqua, and be slightly larger or smaller. I suspect these differences are related to the country of manufacture

hat: matches white/blue dress, has an aqua elastic band
pumps: aqua blue straight edged pumps.
  • The shoes can vary, my China H22 doll came with thick sided shoes shown left, my Hong Kong one came with thinner ones. See a photo of the two pairs together.
Sunglasses: light blue. My doll came with those shown left

figure stand: clear fluorescent pink -not cloudy or milky at all, those are second edition stands. The Jem logo is embossed on the underside
  • 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
  • My stand has the "TM" mark. Many of my other 1st edition Hologram stands don't have this
  • The same (or close enough for all practical purposes) stand came with the 1st editions of: Jem, Aja, Kimber & Shana.
  • Oddly, the instructions sheet I got with this doll does not have the stand instructions listed on it

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.
Button Batteries: The now obsolete A-76
  • I've found laser pointer batteries work in her, I've been told that they are safe to use in her, as they replace A-76s
  • Secondly, occasionally batteries leak. You may be well advised to rip into that NRFB Jem doll and take them out. A carefully opened box is less of a problem than battery acid all over the clothes if future value is your concern
Box: First year Jem/Jerrica box with side flap, US version, 4000/© 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved/Assembled in China/Packed in Hong Kong/H22 (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)
Box Liner: Dark pink with attached clear acetate bonnet. (see more on Box Liners)
Poster: Rolled First Year Illustrated Poster, blank on reverse. (See more on posters)
Jem hair styling instructions: Printed in Hong Kong. H22, 1985. No stand instructions are mentioned, though the doll came with a stand.
  • My Hong Kong Jem/Jerrica doll (H44), and star-cap Jem/Jerrica (China, H22) have instructions with the date of 1986, with the stand instructions included.

Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that 1st Edition Jem/Jerrica 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, Audition Contest Box: 4000/1986 Hasbro Canada Inc./Longueuil, Quebec J4G 1G2/All Rights Reserved/Tous Droits Réservés/Made in/Fabriqué à/Hong Kong H44 (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)
Canadian Issue, non-Audition Contest Box:
Dutch Issue. The normal side bottom panel is blank, on the bottom of the back of the box reads: "© 1986 Hasbro een divisie van MB International BV-Utrecht/Brussel under Berne & Universal Copyright Convention. Made in Hong Kong" I do no know where the "H" number is on this doll, given the H designation on the sheet itself, it was likely H44.

French Issue
French Issue with "Free Cassette" sticker on front.
German Issue

Italian Issue: © 1986 MB Italy S.r.l./under Berne & Universal/Copyright Convention/Made in Hong Kong H-44
Mexican Issue: 4000/Plásticos Iga S.A./Ave. San Diego 610/Fracc. Ind. Nogalar/San Nicolás de los Garza N.L./Codigo Postal 66480 (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)
Spanish Issue: © 1986 MB España/S.A. under Berne &/Universal Copyright/Convention/Made in Valencia, Spain (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)
UK Issue, no promotional stickers
UK Issue, free Rock Fashion Book Video glued on side flap.

UK Issue, without free Jem Music Cassette sticker on front.

UK Issue, New Zealand import; 4000/© 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Wokingham, Berkshire/All Rights Reserved/Made in Hong Kong/H44. Has a large sticker on the front (or evidence of such having been there, as is the case in the photo on the left) advertising a contest open only to residents of New Zealand. (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)

US Issue, 4000/© 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved/Assembled in China/Packed in Hong Kong/H22 (no name on side/top and bottom flaps)

US Issue (Made in Hong Kong) 4000/© 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved/Made in Hong Kong/H44 (has name on side/top and bottom flaps)

US Issue (Made in China, star caps) 4000/© 1985 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI/02862/All Rights Reserved/Made in China H22 (has name on side/top and bottom flaps)

US Issue, Audition Contest Box:

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

Source Differences from produced doll (if any)
1986 US Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue
  • The microphone is pure pink
  • the bracelet's jewel is small and clear (some dolls did come with this)
  • the stripes on Jerrica's dress are darker and more uniform (not "squiggly looking" like the produced dress)
  • her sunglasses also look darker to me
  • The doll herself seems to have much darker makeup, particularly the lip colour
1986 Belgium Hasbro catalogue Jem & Jerrica (page 2) in the 1986 Belgium catalogue. Notice the Jem version is wearing the glasses, not Jerrica.
Jem in Topolino Magazine (Issue 1622 December 28, 1986)
Jem (& Jem & the Holograms) in the 1986 German Leaflet
Prototypes: Wax prototype head with open smile.
Prototypes: Very early prototype of Jem/Jerrica (originally named M/Misty)From Moggygoddess' photos. Completely different doll style and fashion. Make up and hair remain largely the same.
Commercials (Preview commercial) Has an unpainted (pure pink) microphone. Can't tell if sticker is on the belt or not.
Commercials (Introduction commercial) Her eyebrows look really thick and dark. Can't tell if sticker is on the belt or not.
Commercial (Jem, UK) Again thick looking eyebrows, belt does have sticker. Priced at £14.99 or less!
Other Print advertisements Woman's Day Magazine
Illustrations: UK VHS, The Fan.Jem has all dark pink hair, otherwise looks fairly close to the doll's fashion. I haven't seen this illustration used anywhere else.
Illustrations: Hasbro Box art
Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art, Jem in concert (Aja on drums), appears on UK VHS, Music & Magic.Jem's belt is red.
Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art
Illustrations: Cartoon 
Illustrations: UK Comics
Illustrations: Colouring & Activity Books

Credits:Thanks to Damian for information on the audition contest Jem/Jerrica's bracelet. Thanks to sven-ken of the Titi-chan forum for donating the scan of the Belgian catalogue. Thanks to Nabil Khazzaka for the Dutch box photo and information. Thanks to Gina for the Italian box and information. Thanks to Lynda for the New Zealand box information and photo