Fashion Name Only The Beginning
Stock # (US) #4220/4040 Asst.
Hasbro package contents listing Includes: red violet jumpsuit, belt, scarf, glove and pumps.
    • 1 of 8 On Stage Fashions, released in 1986
    • The name of this fashion is a Jem song title.
    • For the fashion used on this page, I both the H44 Canadian- and H22 US-packaged versions, any differences between the fashions are noted in the descriptions below.
      More Skip here to see more about packaging variations from different countries, promotional boxes, etc.
      Skip here for a listing of other depictions of Only The Beginning (cartoon, prototypes, catalogues, etc).

      Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photo.

      red violet jumpsuit: strapless hot pink spandex, velcros in back.
      belt: white iridescent "mosaic" type pattern, velcros in back.
      scarf: gold stretch sparkle fabric that velcros together.
      glove: same gold stretch sparkle fabric as the scarf, more like a armband in that it is handless.  
      • Running Like the Wind has a similar gloves, except they are shorter and have been sewn together to hold in place over the hand.  See a photo of the two together to compare.
      pumps: gold metallic straight edged pumps.
      • Shown left is the thick-sided H-44 version. As there is only one pair of gold straight-edged shoes, they are easily identifiable, but they can vary somewhat in colour. See Liz's photo for variations in thick and thin sides, hues and paint pattern (there are some pure gold ones out there!)

      Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that Only The Beginning can be found in, that I know of, so far!
      *I don't own all of these fashions NRFB so I can't say which, if any posters and inserts originally came with it.  Bold listings are those I have used to create this ID page.  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: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. © Hasbro Canada Inc./Longueuil, Quebec J4G 1G2/Made in China /Fabriqué à Chine H-44
      Canadian Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H22

      European 6 language Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card.
      UK Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H44
      US Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. © 1986 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, R.I. 02862/All Rights Reserved/Made in China. H22
      looks the same as aboveUS Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. © Hasbro, Inc.,/Pawtucket, RI 02862./All Rights Reserved./Made in China H22 (It is undated & has different punctuation)
      US Issue: 1986 illustrated On Stage Fashions card. H-44

      Other images of Only The Beginning (generally unproduced/prototypes/promotional figures)
      Photo #1 used in both the first year Jem catalogue poster and the 1986 Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue  has several differences; the bodysuit colour is much deeper, the belt is a different texture, shape and is black, the scarf is missing the velcro and the shoes are bright pink!
      1986 German Leaflet,  (same photo appears in an issue of Topolino, and again in the 1986 Belgium catalogue)showing the outfit again in a deeper colour, no belt, velcro missing on scarf, hot pink shoes, and the arm band is made of gold lamé.
      Store Catalogues
      Prototypes (from Hasbro employees, etc)
      Other Print advertisements
      Illustrations: Hasbro Box art the bodysuit is royal purple and the belt is black but otherwise looks right.
      Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art
      It was featured on the cartoon.
      Illustrations: UK Comics
      Illustrations: Colouring & Activity Books It is featured on the cover of a color/activity book. Looks like it was redrawn from the box art, with all of the colour differences, in a different pose.
      Illustration: Fashion Flash boardgame piece