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
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.
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.
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
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.