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Jaws Collectibles – Summer of Jaws Video

Jaws Collectibles

Since we’ve been taking a look at collectible memorabilia for the movie Jaws, which is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary this summer, I thought I’d share this cool video by Ralph Grassi from his website Funchase.com celebrating the Jersey Shore of his childhood.

Called ‘The Summer of Jaws’ this video is a time capsule from that summer of 1975 when we were all scared to go in the water but loved going to the movie theater.  Hope you all enjoy this video and then I highly recommend checking out Funchase.com 

Be sure to check out Funchase.com on YouTube as well! Happy weekend everyone!

Jaws Collectible Model Kits & Games

In today’s installment on my continuing series on Jaws Collectibles, let’s take a look at games and model kits from 1970s:

The Game of Jaws by Ideal (1975)

 

Jaws the Game 1975 Ideal

Nothing says family game night like a too-scary-for kids movie about a giant man-eating shark terrorizing families on summer vacation!

Like most great games, this one is quite simple to play.  Rubber-bands in the jaws kept the mouth open as players take turns removing items from the shark’s mouth – until the jaws snap shut. A simple game making for great family fun from a movie that was definitely not for ages 6 and up!Jaws the Game Ideal Toys

This game is easy to find and usually inexpensive.  Several current auctions on eBay range from $20 and up.  I’m tempted to get one to play with my kids!

 Addar JAWS Super Scenes Model Kit #231 (1975)

Addar Super Scenes Jaws in a Bottle Model Kit I was really into model kits as a kid.  I was a 70s kid and worked my way through all the classic Aurora monster kits that were reissued in the those years, along with Planet of the Apes and Prehistoric Scenes.  I didn’t know these were re-issues, nor did I care.  I was watching these movies and shows and didn’t know or care that they were from the 1960s and earlier.  I suppose the black-and-white Universal films were a giveaway, but again, I loved them too much to care.  When Jaws came out, I was 9 years old and my parents didn’t let me see it.

Addar Jaws Super Scene in a Bottle Ad

I remember the first time I saw this model kit on the shelf and I knew I had to have it.  Admittedly, the shark didn’t really live up to the movie in size or fear-factor, but at the time, the diorama nature of the scene within the bottle was the coolest thing I had seen in a long time.  It was also new, and because it was form a movie that was off limits, it was even more desirable to me — forbidden fruit, if you will.

Addar ‘Final Battle’ Model Kit (1975)

Addar Jaws Model Kit Final Battle 1975

Adder model kit #270 was based on the final showdown between Brody and the shark, but the shark is facing away from Brody.  Whatever the design reasons for this kit, it is quite rare mint-in-box.  I grabbed the picture above from a recent listing on eBay for $325.

Never built this kid as a kid, and I don’t know why — the box art is more like the movie shark and I remember it vividly.  I’d love to have this in my collection now – though of course I’d leave it sealed in the box sitting on my shelf at the price these sell for nowadays!

Next, we’ll dive into modern Jaws collectibles.

Jaws Collectibles & Movie Memorabilia

Jaws Collectibles and Movie Memorabilia

 

Last week, I profiled the classic art of the Jaws original movie poster one-sheet and it got me thinking about other collectible for this iconic movie.

I was too young to see Jaws at the theater, but I wasn’t too young to have all kinds of Jaws merchandise.  The movie that defined the term “Summer Blockbuster” also had its version of the requisite licensing blitz that accompanies all blockbusters these days.

Over the next few posts, I’ll profile Jaws merchandise and collectibles from the 1970s through the present day.  I thought it would be fun to start this series with a  few of the more interesting collectibles from the 1970s, so here we go:

Collegeville Halloween Costume

Jaws Collegeville Halloween Costume

I honestly don’t recall this costume as a kid, maybe because it’s just so preposterous that no one I knew got one.  I’m strangely drawn to it now.   With it’s weird eye holes in the mouth perspective, the mask and smock actually re-create the movie poster in a way that I don’t recall costumes doing before this.

Collegeville Costume Vintage Comic Ad 1975

I always loved the way Ben Cooper and Collegeville would include character art and names on the smock in the 1970s rather than simply recreate the character’s costume.  I suppose this is along those same lines as the belly of a shark would make for an even more bizarre costume smock than the art they actually used.

This costume shows up on auction sites on occasion but none were available as I was writing this article.  This is one of the higher valued costumes from the 1970s with recent auctions going for over $300 making this one of the more valuable of all vintage Jaws collectibles.

Jaws Lunchbox

Jaws Lunchbox

Nothing gets me ready for lunch more than thinking about a giant shark munching on a lovely swimmer, but apparently that didn’t stop swarms of school kids from toting this iconic lunch box to school.  I do remember this as a kid, though I never had one– I was representing  Planet of the Apes at the time.    These show up at auction with some regularity and tend to be reasonably affordable, usually in the $30 -$60 range.  Understandably, prices tend to be on the higher end of this range when the thermos is included, as this makes a complete set.

CORRECTION:  Thanks to the information provided by a reader, I need to correct this article.  Turns out, I don’t really remember a Jaws lunch box from my elementary school days after all because it wasn’t released until 2011!  NECA limited production to 10,000 creating scarcity and collectibility with this item, explaining it’s $30-$60 price-range these days.  I do my research when I write these articles, but it really helps when a reader corrects my information.

7-Eleven Jaws Slurpee Cups

Jaws Slurpee Cup 1975 7-Eleven

In the 70s, I spent my summers at my Grandmother’s place in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and made the trek to the local 7-Eleven almost daily.  I bought my comics and monster mags there and supplemented my daily nutrition with cherry slurpees all summer long.  I loved the promotional plastic cups for the Marvel and DC super heroes and I remember these Jaws cups like it was yesterday.  Today, these are pretty easy to come by and usually sell in the $10-15 range for cups in very good condition.

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at some Official Jaws merchandise toys and games.

Howl Through Wednesday with the Wolf Man Collectibles

 Wolf Man Collectibles to Help You Have a Howling Hump Day

The Wolf Man CollectionI’m a Wolf Man fan and have been all my life, so I thought I’d share a few pieces from my Wolf Man collection

Starting from the left, we have my custom clay Wolf Man face sculpture  (sans one fang) that I made in 4th grade art class — still love it in spite of it’s obvious amateur flaws

In the center, my 1963 Wolf Man Soaky from Colgate-Palmolive

On the right, my 2009 Funko Force Wolf Man (despite the fact that the package says “The Werewolf”)

We’re half-way through the week and that is enough to get me howling at the moon — have a great day!

What are your favorite Wolf Man collectibles?  Share them and stay away from the wolfsbane!