One of many different types of Super Star Barbie from the 80s
Francie was a younger cousin of Barbie with a Mod attitude.
Work Out Skipper
There are two versions of Work Out Skipper each is slightly different from the other. This version of Young Teen Skipper has developed spots on her legs. The spots could be white or orange in color.
Maxie vs. Jazzie and A New Line of Jem Dolls
Hasbro discontinued Jem in 1987, and released a teenaged doll called Maxie. Maxie was an average high school girl and not a glamour rock star like Jem. Immediately Mattel released Jazzie who was a clone of Maxie. Neither doll was successful. I have one Jazzie in my collection, Glitter Beach Jazzie. Jazzie was supposed to be a cousin to Barbie like Francie. But, Jazzie looked a lot like Maxie, so buyers could pick Maxie or Jazzie. Jazzie was not a lower quality plastic so she does not qualify for clone status, but merely copy cat status. I found Jazzie to be more attractive then Maxie. Maxie lasted for three years. Once Maxie was disconnected Jazzie was stopped as well. At the time I was so upset about Jem not being made anymore that I refused to buy any Maxie Dolls, and I started to buy Barbie Dolls shortly after the demise of Jem. One trend in dolls has been to make the playline dolls for children cheaper and cheaper. Maxie was made cheaper then Jem. But, still she is vintage and not as cheap more modern dolls. The nicest looking Maxie was an early Swim suit Maxie called Beachy Keen. Hasbro just gave up and stopped making fashion dolls for a while.
Integrity Toys got the license from Hasbro to make the new line of Jem dolls for adult collectors. The new dolls included the Stringers Dolls which were only prototypes, and other characters who did not previously have dolls in their likeness. Jem was greatly improved by not have two color hair similar to a Tuesday or Tiffany Taylor doll. Jem's hair is now all pink, and Jerrica is a separate doll with blond hair. Other improvements include Jem Star Earring that look more correct, and make up and hair colors on the Jem and Misfits dolls which is more accurate to the cartoon. The new Clash Doll comes with quick change heads, so she can be her correct characters in disguise. A live action movie called "Jem and the Holograms" will soon be released in 2015.