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)
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!
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)
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.
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)
Adder model kit #270 was based on the final showdown between Brody and the shark, but the shark is facing away from Brody.
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.