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(Video) Monsterama Episode 9: PLANET OF THE APES

One of the Greatest Sci-Fi Franchises Ever and All Its Cool Toys!

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The Planet of the Apes was one of the first film properties to create a licensing bonanza – to the delight of POTA fans and collectors alike.  This episode of Monsterama shines a spotlight on some of the memorabilia and merchandise spawned by this classic sci-fi series – from the original Topps trading cards to Hasbro 12″ figures in the 1990s.  As always, the photography is top-notch so enjoy and be careful not to drool all over your keyboard:

Collecting the Planet of the Apes

This is a subject worth it’s own series and we’ll get there – eventually.  In the meantime, here’s some interesting items currently available that would be worth adding to your POTA collection or a good place to start one:

A guidebook is always useful for any collection:


Planet of the Apes Collectibles: Unauthorized Guide With Trivia & Values (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) available at Amazon

Published in 1998, this book includes a detailed listing of collectibles from the original film, the sequels, the television series, and the animated cartoon are all presented. Over 330 color photographs accompany the text. While the item values listed in the collector’s guide are obviously outdated, it remains a useful and interesting guidebook for anyone interested in collecting Planet of the Apes merchandise and memorabilia

The first – and only Planet of the Apes merchandise available for the first film – were these Topps trading cards:

Complete Set of Trading Cards 1967 Planet Of The Apes for sale on Amazon

Planet of the Apes Cornelius Astronaut Ultra Detail Figure on Amazon


1 X Cornelius – Planet Of The Apes – 2014 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament available on Amazon

Planet-of-the-Apes-Addar-Model-Gernal-UrsusClick here for Planet of the Apes Addar Model Kits listings on eBay

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Click here to see current Mego Planet of the Apes Listings on eBay – there are a ton!

If you are a POTA collector, we’d love to hear from you as this post only scratches the surface.  We plan on profiling many of these product lines and companies individually in coming months.  Let us hear about your favorite POTA collectible.

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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.