Fashion Name Universal Appeal
Stock # (US) #4274/4051 Asst 
Hasbro package contents listing Includes: Sweatshirt, pants and boat shoes.
  • 1 of 9 Rio Fashions released in 1987
  • Rio Fashions are among the only Jem items to bear the date of 1987.
  • This fashion is named after a Jem (Misfits) song title.
  • 1987 Rio fashions did not appear in the French or UK 1987 Hasbro catalogues; presumably they were not available there.
Skip here for a listing of other depictions of Universal Appeal (cartoon, prototypes, catalogues, etc).

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Sweatshirt: made of silky material, black trim is a textured lamé.
  • I have heard of the black on this shirt leaving stains on Rio's arms.
  • Silky material frays easily
pants: Elasticized around ankles (jogging pants) red, cottony material.

  • Material is not the same as the shirt.
boat shoes: black boat shoes, zig zag pattern on soles.

Packaging Variants: A listing of the packaging that Universal Appeal 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 Rio Fashions card.

US Issue: 1987 photograph Rio Fashions card. © 1987 Hasbro, Inc./Pawtucket, RI 02862/All Rights Reserved./Made in China. H-22.

Other images of Universal Appeal (generally unproduced/prototypes/promotional figures) Differences from produced fashion (if any)
The following sources all use the same photograph, shown left
  • 1987 US Hasbro Toy Fair catalogue
  • 2nd year catalogue poster
  • 1987 Rio Fashion card photograph
-looks very much like the produced fashion.
It's Workin' Out Video Madness Box front image (same photo used  in the 1987 US Hasbro Toy Fair Catalogue Video Madness section) & the It's Workin' Out Video Madness Box back image (same image is used on the Second Year Jem Catalogue Poster)  -This outfit is shown with white sneakers 
It was featured on the cartoon.