Take It or Leave It- Integrity’s Stingers are here! (Sort of!)

Back in July, Integrity released photos of the newest band to hit their Jem and the Holograms line– The Stingers.  I was a bit busy in July playing babysitter to my 6 year old cousin, so I missed the news completely!

The Singers

The Singers

What is interesting about these three dolls is that we, collectors and Jem fans, have very little to compare them to. Hasbro had made prototypes of The Stingers (on linked site click name of character for photo) prior to the cancellation of the toy line, but the dolls were never produced and few have surfaced. The fact that this trio has no doll comparison might very well work in its favor because us fans could never become too attached to another dolly incarnation.

It may be late, but here for your viewing pleasure are a few promotional images of The Stingers!

Integrity's Riot

Integrity’s Riot

Riot is the lead singer of the Stingers.  I can see they tried really hard to capture Riot and, for the most part, I think Integrity did a pretty good job!  (Shocking, right?) His outfit is very reminiscent of his cartoon persona and I can see hints of the arrogant and slightly troubled Riot that we all grew to love in this face mold.  He looks bit younger than his cartoon counterpart, but that’s a pretty minor issue.

Riot

Riot

What I don’t love about Riot is his rooted hair.  I can see they tried, but it reads too ‘girly’ and less ‘wild’ to me.  Still, all things considered, I think Integrity did a solid job on Riot!

Integrity's Minx

Integrity’s Minx

Minx is one of two female members of the band. She plays the synthesizer and constantly hits on Rio.

Minx

Minx

Again, I think Integrity did a pretty good job on her face.  The company’s long, angular facemolds seems  to work far better on the ‘trouble making’ bands than the Holograms.

Integrity's Rapture

Integrity’s Rapture

The third and final member of The Stingers is Rapture.  Rapture plays a yellow and black guitar.  Rapture is the mystic of the group, always trying to con someone into believing in some magical object or omen and usually succeeding in getting whatever she truly wants!

Rapture

Rapture

Aesthetically, she’s not my favorite doll, but just like the other two, I do feel Integrity captured a bit of her essence in their design.  The hair is a total re-design, it seems.   I don’t quite understand why they decided to give her as much hair as they did, but I’m sure trying to recreate her original hair style would have been a manufacturing nightmare.

These fully articulated vinyl fashion dolls are 12″ tall.  Riot is taller by .5″.  They come with various accessories, including extra hands, instruments and albums.

Rapture, Minx and Riot retail for $119.00.  The Stingers are (surprise, surprise) ‘ultra limited’ and were estimated to start shipping this month via their authorized dealers.  I did a bit of web hopping and saw them still available on many sites.

I’m intrigued, now that Integrity has released all there major bands in the Jem and the Holograms cartoon, who will we see next?  Video?  Clash?  Or maybe some of the other unreleased characters?

What do you think of Integrity’s interpretation of The Stingers?  Share your thoughts below!

September 21, 2013. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

New from Integrity- More Jem!

I disappear from the internet for a week only to find Integrity has released images of three new dolls in their Jem and the Holograms line!

Broadway Jem

Broadway Magic Jem

Most recently released is the W Club Members exclusive Jem, Broadway Magic Jem. This new Jem will retail for $119.00. As you know, I’m not a huge fan of Integrity’s releases so far. They’re too expensive and they never look ‘right’ to me.  I do believe, however, that Integrity is working on making the face look a little less harsh, which was a major gripe of mine!

Broadway Magic Jem

Broadway Magic Jem

San Diego Comic Con will bring us yet another new Jem release– Glitter and Gold Jem.  G&G Jem will retail for the whopping price of $140.00 and will be very limited (like the entire Jem line thus far).

The weird thing about this release is that this is a Hasbro exclusive, not an Integrity exclusive.  I know that Hasbro owns the rights to Jem, the cartoon, but don’t quite understand how that warrants this to be strictly a ‘Hasbro’ exclusive.  Just be sure to note that if you want this, you have to go to Hasbro’s booth to get it!

Glitter and Gold Jem

Glitter and Gold Jem

The last edition announced this week (well, last week) is a second edition Rio dressed in Glitter and Gold attire to match Jem.  Rio was one of the few releases I did like from Integrity, but this 2nd edition?  Don’t like it at all.  Nope, sorry.  It just doesn’t look like Rio to me and the fashion just doesn’t work on him!  Literally the only thing I like about this doll is the record he’s holding in the promo picture below.

Glitter and Gold Rio

Glitter and Gold Rio

Rio is a web exclusive and will only be sold in Integrity’s online store starting July 17th.  I have a feeling this is going to be a hot seller, regardless of how bad I think it looks, as buying this is the only way to complete the the ‘Glitter and Gold’ set for those attending SDCC.  Rio will be priced at $119.00.

What do you think of the new releases to the Jem line?  Love them?  Hate them?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

June 16, 2013. Tags: , , , . Articles and Doll Histories, Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

The Misfits Are Here!

As you may remember, I wasn’t a fan of Integrity‘s re-imagined of Jem and the Holograms.  Yesterday, however, they blew me away with their promo pictures of rival rock band, The Misfits!

Winning is Everything!

Winning is Everything!

When Jem’s promo pictures hit the web, myself and other surmised that the face mold might work better on The Misfits and we were right.  These guys look spot on in my book!

Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor

Phyllis “Pizzazz” Gabor

Here’s Pizzazz, leader of The Misfits.  Her hair color and overall look are perfect!

Phyllis "Pizzazz" Gabor

Phyllis “Pizzazz” Gabor

Roxanne "Roxy" Pellegrini

Roxanne “Roxy” Pellegrini

Roxy is also pretty spot on.  Of the three Misfits released, she is probably the least like her cartoon persona.  However, I really like what they did in her eye area.  I only hope they don’t deviate from their promo photos too much for the final release!

Roxanne "Roxy" Pellegrini

Roxanne “Roxy” Pellegrini

Mary "Stormer" Phillips

Mary “Stormer” Phillips

My favorite Misfit was and is still Stormer.  You don’t know how many times I wanted her to just quit the Misfits and join Jem and the Holograms.  Integrity’s re-imagination of her is perfect.  Fashion designers always talk about mixing ‘hard’ and ‘soft’.  Integrity did a great job of that here.  Stormer still looks strong and Misfit like, but has a softness to her.  Also, I love the hair!

Mary "Stormer" Phillips

Mary “Stormer” Phillips

All three of these fall under the now normal ‘ultra limited’ release, meaning you’ll probably see a lot of them on eBay for three times the original price.  Most retailers have these listed as $119.00 each.  They are a pre-order for May, but I recommend putting your order in soon because I’m sure they’ll sell out before then!  Each have a run of 1200.

Now that the original Holograms and Misfits are out, I wonder who they’ll release next.  Craig, Stormer’s brother and temporary drummer for Jem and the Holograms?  Or will we get Raya or Jetta?  I hope they go to some of the secondary characters next.  I am interested in seeing what they’d do with Video or Danse.  Course, we just have to wait and see, I guess!

What do you think of these Misfits?  Love them?  Hate them?  Who do you want to see next in the line?  Share your thoughts below!

April 4, 2013. Tags: , . Introductions & Reviews, Uncategorized. 5 comments.

Integrity’s Holograms Are Almost Here!

It looks like Integrity has more outrageous releases for us Jem and the Hologram fans and rumor has it they’re arriving this March!  Prices and edition numbers are very similar to the first wave and I’m 100% sure this new wave will sell out just as quickly.

Jem and the Holograms

Jem and the Holograms

kimber

Kimber

Shana

Shana

Aja

Aja

Just like the original releases, I’m not over the moon about these new additions.  I’m thinking I’m just not into the ‘Integrity’ look.  It’s too unfriendly.  Kimber, who I was most excited about seeing, looks too old for my taste.  I wish they’d gone younger on her mold.  Aja and Shana are okay, I guess, but aren’t making me go, ‘Oh, I need that’.

What do YOU think of these Holograms?  Share your thoughts below!

(Picture credit: Integrity Toys)

January 28, 2013. Tags: , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 4 comments.

New from Integrity’s Jem Line

Remember back when I covered Integrity’s SDCC exclusive doll, Hollywood Jem?  Well, guess what?  Integrity has finally released pictures of new, future installments in their homage to the truly outrageous cartoon and toy line, Jem and the Holograms.

Classic Jem by Integrity

Classic Jem is dressed in the quintessential Jem fashion– her original bright pink dress adorned with her silver belt and wearing her Jem Star earrings!  This is the outfit girls would see each week in the opening sequence of the cartoon.  It is also the fashion the original Jem doll came dressed in.

Classic Jem by Integrity

Like ‘Hollywood Jem’, ‘Classic Jem‘ is fully articulated and stands at 12″ tall. Besides all the elements of the outfit, Jem will also come with a microphone, an additional set of hands, and a certificate of authenticity.

This may be due to the angle of the promo shots, but the face mold for ‘Classic Jem’ looks slightly better than it did for ‘Hollywood Jem’.   The make up looks much better, as well, which might be another reason why the face mold looks different.  (If you remember, ‘Hollywood Jem’ was criticized for her ‘snooty’ sort of look.)

Jerrica Benton by Intrigue

Alongside ‘Classic Jem’ is the girl under the hologram– Jerrica Benton. Jerrica is wearing her striped shirt dress, a take off of the original outfit the first edition Hasbro Jem/Jerrica  wore.  She comes with accessories, too, and they sound super cool. Jerrica comes with a doll sized Jem album, a music industry magazine, and interchangeable hands.  I don’t see promo shots of the Jem album on the site, but as far as accessories go- that rocks!

Synergy by Integrity

“Show time, Synergy.”  Yes, indeed it is.  Synergy is now immortalized in fully articulated, 12″ form.  Synergy is packaged with an extra set of hands, but you also get the gift box given to Jerrica with her Jem Star earrings, as well as a “miniature screen accurate surprise accessories fans will recognize and adore!”

I was excited about the new Jem and Jerrica mostly because they’re part of the Jem revival.  I was super excited when I saw Synergy’s pictures because I think this doll looks fantastic in her promo shots!  Seriously, Synergy looks really neat.  Of the four releases, she’s who I would most want to have sitting on my doll shelf!

Rio from Integrity

Ah, good old, completely clueless Rio Pacheco.  Slightly taller than the girls, he is 12.5″ and fully articulated.  He comes with fully rooted hair that looks very similar to his cartoon counterpart. Integrity did a great job at creating a realistic, but still true to character figure.  Rio comes with accessories, as well, including the Jem bag featured in the shot above, backstage passes and stage schematics.  Along with Synergy, he is another of the four that I would love to own.

Now you’ve seen the new wares, here’s a few more broad details.  Each doll will retail at $119.00(US) and will be sold at various Integrity dealers.  This line is being toted as ‘ultra limited’.  The production count on each doll?  Jem is limited to 1000.  Jerrica and Rio are limited to 850.  And Synergy?  Limited to 750.   Supposedly, they start shipping this November. (Source for limits)

I won’t lie, it irritates me that these are a) pricey and b) ‘ultra limited’.  I’m a huge Jem fan and doll collector, but I don’t see myself ever owning these because I honestly don’t think I’ll find them at a half decent price.  Another slight issue I have is that I really hate spending hundreds of dollars on items that I haven’t seen in person.  Too many dolls have disappointed me from promo to actual produced doll.  Integrity doesn’t really stock store shelves, so I hesitate to purchase these just based off the promo’s…

While I like that Jem is making a comeback, I wish her comeback had come in a more ‘playline’ sort of way.  That would be so much more easily accessible to fans of the show.  As it stands, I’m still not crazy about Integrity’s Jem enough to really want to purchase her, which would make collecting the rest of the Holograms kind of odd.  Synergy and Rio look like really neat dolls and since they’re kind of ‘stand alone’ characters, I am a little tempted to keep a watchful eye on prices and add them to my collection.

That being said, I’m looking forward to seeing what Integrity has planned for future releases.  I wouldn’t mind seeing The Stingers in doll form!

What do you think of the new Jem dolls?  Love them?  Hate them?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Update:  According to Business Week, these guys are already sold out!  Mighty fast for a doll line that wasn’t set to be released until the beginning of November!  Also, updated the post with supposed production numbers for each doll introduced.

October 26, 2012. Tags: , . Articles and Doll Histories, Uncategorized. 6 comments.

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