Bad girls do indeed have all the fun. The Misfits are pretty much the reason I got into Jem and the Holograms in the first place: their personalities, though unpleasant, were a lot more memorable, and their unorthodox discography had a better ratio of good tunes than the bubblegum-pop-feelgood Holograms did.
The dolls themselves are a stand-out monument to 80s punk synth. What I also like about the dolls’ designs is their fashion sense really reflects their personalities.
Pizzazz is the bratty front man and poster child for the Misfits: she represents their wild fashion sense, their harsh sound, and their nasty disposition. She also matches my backdrop beautifully. I was never crazy about her head sculpt though, and felt it reminded me of a lightbulb.
Roxy is just cute as hell, and never got much of the spotlight in the show. She had one episode that revolved around her, and it portrayed her as a more complex character than we had initially thought. The doll itself stands out by lacking the animal prints favored by her bandmates, opting for a see-through top and pants in a pattern i could only describe as “oil slick”. She obviously doesn’t like to conform too much, even in her own band. Probably why she’s my second favorite.
Stormer seems like the “nice” one of the group, but that’s like saying John Gotti was a nice guy for a gangster. He was still an asshole who killed people; likewise Stormer is still a Misfit, and takes after Pizzazz with the animal patterns, but mixes the Misfits’ unconventional style with traditional femininity (dig those sexy leggings and the flower in her hair). She comes with a ridiculous guitar I don’t much care for, so I gave her my spare keytar instead.
Ahh, the sociopathic criminal of the group. Jetta only got to shine a couple of times in the show, which is criminal (no pun intended) being that she was touted as the newest band member at the start of Season 2. Like Roxy, Jetta enjoys standing out from the others a bit, but still manages to make black and white look insane and very 80s. She has an odd instrument specialty choice: a saxophone, which like her character, doesn’t get utilized in the show or the music as much as it should have been. Overall she’s a nice-looking doll with stylish hair and a cool lightning bolt motif to her facepaint.
Clash is still my favorite, though. She has the best outfit of the lot (though flimsy, apparently, and known to unravel over time), and cute purple rockstar hair to boot. In the show she’s an interesting if pathetic case study of someone who is desperate to fit in with the cool kids, doing any despicable deed she can think of to help screw Jem and impress the Misfits into letting her join the band (they always shortchange her, though). Her color combination of purple, pink, and shades of green creates an odd visual harmony most of the other Misfits lack.