Fashion Name There's a Melody Playing
Stock # (US) #4226/4040 Asst.
Hasbro package contents listing Information needed.
  • 1 of 10 On Stage Fashions, released in 1987
  • The name of this fashion is a Jem song title.
Produced Variants So far, I have seen this fashion sold in the following packaging. Since they were all made in China, unless noted elsewhere I don't know if there are any country-of-release related differences or not:
  • US issue 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card.
  • Canadian issue 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card.
To read more about the differences in the fashion packaging, please go to Jem Fashion Box Variants.
More Skip here to see more about packaging variations from different countries, promotional boxes, etc.
Skip here for a listing of other depictions of There's a Melody Playing (cartoon, prototypes, catalogues, etc).

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Dress: Bodice is navy blue cotton with horizontal pale blue, fuchsia, aqua blue and purple pink stripes.  The sleeves are puffy pink-purple lamé, sleeves are the same cotton material as the bodice, triangular at the ends.  Though it looks like shorts, it's actually a dress made of the same puffy pink-purple lamé, trimmed at the bottom with the striped cotton fabric.  There are support threads keeping the dress puffy so it won't fall down.  The underside of the skirt has a band of the navy striped pattern, the stripes are vertical, not horizontal.
  • This navy striped fabric was going to be reused for other clothing pieces in 1988, according to the photos in the Hasbro Pre-Toy Fair Catalogue Matching Medley Fashions.
  • I've had a couple of these, and the lamé has varied a bit between them, one being a bit lighter/paler pink.  The darker of the two had the bubble skirt seam directly down the back of the garment; the paler one had the seam on the right side of the skirt.
  • There are also dresses that have the velcro closure in the back, and those that do not.
Knee sock for left leg; blue (looks like spandex) with large lavender bow with a smaller purple ribbon bow in the centre.
Pumps: fuchsia scalloped edged pumps. 
  • There are several fashions with shoes similar to these, be sure to check the shoe guide to make sure you have the right ones.

Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that There's A Melody Playing 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: 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card.

US Issue: 1987 photograph On Stage Fashions card. 

Other images of There's a Melody Playing (generally unproduced/prototypes/promotional figures)
1987 US Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue, the 1987 France/UK Toy Fair Catalogue, the Second Year Jem Catalogue Poster and the Second Year package art all use the same photo.  looks like the produced version.
Store Catalogues
Prototypes (from Hasbro employees, etc)
It is one of the outfits featured in the Rock Backstager and Rock N' Curl Jem commercials. It may be in other commercials I haven't yet screen captured for this site.
Other Print advertisements
Illustrations: Hasbro Box art
Illustrations; Hasbro Promotional art
Illustrations: Cartoon  Other than the headband, which wasn't included with the doll's fashion, the cartoon version is quite accurate. If you want to recreate the look, an extra Synergy headband could be used.
Illustrations: UK Comics
Illustrations: Colouring & Activity Books
Illustration: Fashion Flash boardgame piece