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Jaws Collectibles – Modern Movie Memorabilia

Jaws Collectibles

We wrap our series on Jaws collectibles with a look at more recent and current movie memorabilia.  Many collectors don’t simply focus on vintage and antique, but rather on a film or character and there are many companies producing high quality merchandise from classic characters.  Jaws is no exception and the 40th Anniversary has led to a bit of a boom in modern Jaws collectibles.

Hallmark Christmas Ornament

Jaws Hallmark Christmas OrnamentHallmark has gotten into the movie monster business with a dedicated line of movie monster Christmas ornaments.  While some may have doubts about hanging Frankenstein Monster or this Jaws ornament on their Christmas tree, the high quality sculpts and reasonable price point have made these part of many collectors’ year-round displays rather than December holiday fare.

This ornament was released in 2014 along with several other movie monster ornaments and is marked with ‘2014’ on the ornament.

  • Press the button on the ornament to hear the heart-pounding theme music from this iconic film.
  • Batteries included.
  • 2.61″ W x 2.3″ H x 5.67″ D
  • MSRP $17.95

While you can probably find this ornament on clearance at a local Hallmark shop if you look hard enough, the keepsake ornaments are produced in a given year and then discontinued, building collectibility into their business model.

As a result, most current listings for this ornament on eBay and Amazon are in the $40-$50 range.

McFarlane Toys Deluxe Box Set

McFarlane Toys Jaws Diorama

McFarlane Toys is manufacturing arm of artist Todd McFarlane‘s empire and is known for extremely detailed sculpts on his action figures and models.  Here’s a nice quick video review of the Jaws diorama to give you more detail on this collectible:

Released as part of the Movie Maniacs Set 4 Collection, this diorama has incredible detail and even includes a Quint action figure that comes apart in the middle for total realism.

  • Released October 2001
  • Scale: 6-inch
  • MSRP: $29.99

This box set has really appreciated in price with current listings in the $300+ range.

Current listing on Amazon for $400.

eBay: Current eBay listings include one that is still in the $140 range with multiple bids.

Sideshow Maquette

Sideshow Jaws Maquette 28 inch

Sideshow Collectibles never takes short-cuts on the sculpts for their maquettes and their Jaws statue is no exception.  I’ll refer you to this comprehensive review over at MWCToys.com since I don’t actually own this maquette myself.

This thing is massive in size, measuring 28″ in length and 16″ wide.

  • Released 2006
  • Limited Edition 250
  • Sculptor: Mat Falls
  • MSRP: $280
  • Exclusive version included printed reproductions of Frank Wurmser’s original drawings and blueprints for the mechanical shark in the film.

Current listing on Amazon for $900.

No current listings on eBay though the average price for recent auctions had been $500.

Funko ReAction Action Figures

Funko’s retro-style ReAction line is a bit friendlier on the pocketbook and is just hitting the shelves this month.  The Jaws line contains Amity’s local police chief Martin Brody, professional shark hunter Quint, and Matt Hooper, a marine biologist. You’ll also find a super-sized figure of Bruce the Great White Shark:

Funko ReAction Jaws Chief Brody

Funko ReAction Jaws Quint

Funko ReAction Jaws Hooper

Funko ReAction Jaws Bruce Shark

The complete set is available for $45 at Amazon.com

Perhaps the most collectible of the lot is this gory 2015 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive of Bruce the Shark making a meal out of Quint:

SDCC Exclusive Jaws with Quint

Finally,  check this out:

 40th Anniversary Jaws Edition Yahtzee Game

40th Anniversary Jaws Yahtzee game

Click the link to see this Yahtzee set at Entertainment Earth and a whole lot more modern Jaws memorabilia, many items commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the film.

Summary

40 years ago, Jaws broke box-office records and became the first summer blockbuster.  In a similar fashion, Jaws became the prototype for product licensing.  I remember shark merchandise being everywhere in the mid-70s.  The legacy of this film and the strength of its fanbase are evident given the amount of new licensed products that continue to be released around the 40th Anniversary of this movie.  Jaws collectibles are as varied in price and quality as any classic monster.  While the Universal Monsters have a 40 yearned start on Bruce the shark, I’m impressed with the diversity and range of collectibles for this film.

For a really deep dive into the world of Jaws collecting, I recommend you visit JawsCollector.com a site that focuses specifically on, well, Jaws collectibles.

Be sure to read the rest of my Jaws Collectibles series and let me know if I left any of your favorites out.  Enjoy!

Jaws Collectibles – Rack Toys

Jaws Collectibles – Rack Toys

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been taking a look back at Jaws merchandise from the 1970s, both official and unofficial.  As one of the first movies to really capitalize on licensing, Jaws has become the prototype for blockbuster movies ever since.  Of course, licensed toys don’t necessarily equate to quality as we’ll see in this week’s focus on Jaws-themed rack toys.

Rack Toys

What are rack toys, you ask?  Let’s defer to the man who, in my opinion, is the definitive subject matter expert, Brian Heller.  Heller is the author of Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Plaything and the mastermind behind the website Plaid Stallions where all things 1970s are celebrated.

A rack toy is a fun toy that broke really easily. They’re impulse items, toys that usually weren’t TV-advertised or sold at toy stores. If they were sold at a place like Toys “R” Us, they were in the front aisle, that kind of gifty aisle. But rack toys were primarily sold through five-and-dimes, pharmacies, or variety stores, all similar to dollar stores today.

Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings

Anyone who was a kid in the 1960s through the 1980s remembers these well — they were often the easiest things to talk parents into simply because they were cheap.

Ironically, the fact that they weren’t made to last is exactly what makes them so collectible today — they had scarcity built right in.

Jaws, and for that matter, sharks, was perfect fodder for rack toy manufacturers.   Simple designs without any real character elements made it easy to churn out generic sharks and label them as official Jaws toys.  These throw-away toys are now some of the most highly sought after Jaws collectibles.

Imperial Toys

One of the cool things they do over at previously-referenced Plaid Stallions is provide scans from 1970s  consumer and business catalogs.  Here’s a page from the 1976 Imperial Toy catalog showing the different licensed Jaws products they offered:

Imperial Toys Catalog 1976 Jaws Toys

See the rest of the 1976 Imperial Toy catalog at PlaidStallions.com

Chemtoy

Another toy company that was capitalized on the Jaws craze was Chemtoy.  They were already making rubber sharks when the movie hit and were smart enough to become a licensee and simply slap a Jaws sticker on their current loose shark toys.

Here’s mine.  He’s in pretty rough shape and I can’t tell you if he was pre-license or post.  I don’t recall him ever having the Jaws sticker, but even if he did his time on the bath tub, pool and ocean would have taken care of that.

Chemtoy Jaws Hard Rubber Shark Chesty Hard Rubber Shark Jaws

I’m not sure if the dog got ahold of him or if one of my younger siblings used him for a chew toy, but he’s clearly seen better days. Hardly in the ‘collectible’ category at this point, but fun to have anyway.

With license in hand, Chemtoy released a carded version of this same hard rubber shark and also introduced a carded soft rubber shark, which has become quite collectible and rather rare.  The picture below is from a listing on eBay for $399.

Chemtoy Jaws Rubber Shark

Click this link to see all current eBay listings for these toys.

My recollection of the mid-70s is of shark toys being everywhere.  I spent my summers at my grandmother’s place in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Jaws-mania was alive and well in this beach resort.  As a kid, I didn’t care if the shark toy was official or not  and I had Jaws beach towel as well as multiple shark/Jaws t-shirts.  Since I didn’t see the movie, I wasn’t afraid of the water the way so many others were.  I just remember loving all the shark stuff and consuming as much of it as I could talk my parents into letting me get.

What was your favorite Jaws / shark toy?

Jaws Collectibles – Parodies & Knock-Offs

Jaws Collectibles – Parodies and Knock-Offs

We’ve been exploring Jaws collectibles and movie memorabilia for the last week or so and I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of those items that rode the wave of Jaws success, albeit unofficially.

Unlicensed merchandise is nothing new in the world of pop culture.  It’s almost guaranteed that anything successful will be quickly copied, imitated, blatantly ripped off as well as parodied.  The immense commercial success of Jaws at the box office made it a licensing bonanza, but the nature of the subject matter made it quite easy for unlicensed companies to jump on the money machine.  After all, Universal Studios couldn’t exactly license Great White Sharks!

By the summer of 1976, sharks were showing up on everything imaginable, from beach towels to t-shirts,  from rack toys to magazine covers.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the more impactful Jaws parodies and knock-offs.

Mr. Jaws & Other Fables by Dickie Goodman

Who doesn’t remember this silly song?

Dickie Goodman released the first cut-in parody record in 1956 called The Flying Saucers Part 1 & 2.  Almost twenty years later, he was still at it with his parody of Jaws.   This record sold over 1MM copies and hit #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1975.

Check out this really interesting article about Mr. Goodman and his cut-in records at 7 inches of 70s Pop blog.

Mr Jaws ‘sampled’ 13 hit songs, including the Theme from Jaws by John Williams.  None of the artists sampled received a penny in royalties from the sales of Mr Jaws.  On the album version of Mr. Jaws, both “Please Mr. Please” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” were replaced by re-recorded budget sound-alike renditions.

I had this album, along with others like Goofy Greats which I played incessantly in those days.  I thought these songs were hysterical.  While it’s fun to hear it again after all these years, I’m honestly not sure what I found so funny about it…

Almost hard to call this album a collectible given that the vinyl album sells for $10 and the single for less than $5 on eBay.  There are a number of current listings on eBay for both the single and the album all reasonably priced.

 Mad Magazine #180 (January 1976)

Mad Magazine Jaws Cover 1976 This cover was painted by Mort Kunstler who adopted the pseudonym “Mutz” out of content that doing a cover for MAD would hurt his career.  This is the only cover he ever did for the magazine, even though the publisher asked him to do all future covers after this one turned out so well.  Steven Spielberg now owns the original painting for this cover.

These are pretty easy to get your hands on and a number are currently available on eBay.  Recent eBay sales range in price from $3.99 – $6.99 for copies in VG condition and there are a number of current listings on eBay

Topps Wacky Packages

Jaws Spoof Wacky Sticker Gums

Wacky Packages were stickers released by Topps Chewing Gum Company beginning in 1967 that parodied common household products as well as popular culture.  They were immensely popular with kids in the 1970s.

Each pack contained 2 stickers, a piece of gum and a checklist.  The Wacky Packages parody of Jaws, called “Gums”  was part of the 15th series, which Topps released in July 1975.

Wacky Packages 15th Series Checklist

Wacky Packages have surged in collectibility in recent years and ‘Gums’ single cards can easily demand $15-$20 for a high-grade card.  A current listing on eBay starts at $16.99.

Knock-offs & Unlicensed Merchandise

Jaws Unlicensed Gumball Stickers

Here’s a great example of an unlicensed product that went so far as to even use the name ‘jaws’ but keeping it just generic enough by tagging the word ‘shark’ in front.  This was a bubble gum machine display card and a nice copy Recently Sold on eBay for $12

I was 9 years old when Jaws was released and I spent my summers at the beach in South Carolina.  I remember sharks being imprinted on just about everything for those few summers after the film was released.

What was your favorite piece of Jaws merchandise, official or otherwise?

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.

CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS GALLERY – JAWS

Classic Movie Posters Gallery

Jaws Movie Poster One-Sheet

Jaws (Universal, 1975). One Sheet (27″ X 41″)

This week’s installment in our Classic Movie Poster Gallery celebrates it’s 40th anniversary this week, the movie that turned a day at the beach into a national nightmare, Jaws.

Credited as the first summer blockbuster, Jaws was a phenomenon and the poster art played a big part in the feeding frenzy.  The poster art, painted by Roger Kastel, originally appeared on the Bantam paperback for the best-selling book by Peter Benchley.  Universal Studios knew this film was going to be huge and looked at numerous designs before ultimately deciding that the book art was simply unbeatable.

Jaws paperback book cover Bantam

Universal smudged out the nudity that had been a controversial on the smaller book cover and enhanced  the impact by changing the title letters from the pale blue of the paperback to the dramatic blood red we all know today.

The resulting poster, with Kastel’s dramatic realistic style, the dramatic use of color and the exaggerated scale of the shark, is simply one of the most iconic images in the history of cinema.

Unfortunately, Kastel’s original 20×30 painting went missing during the book tour for the movie release.  This painting would be extremely valuable today, but it has never been recovered .  Read more about this unfortunate event at Collectors Weekly.

Poster Value

This poster has good availability in higher grades and is not out of reach for serious collectors.  While I found several listed at over $1,000, I also found numerous listings below worth checking out.

Given the iconic design and lasting critical impact of this film, owning an original Jaws one-sheet seems like a pretty safe collectible investment to me.

A couple of these posters are listed on eBay starting at $750

A Private collector is offering a Very Fine poster for $850 at Heritage Auctions


 

Summary

The summer blockbuster season is upon us, as is our annual family trip to the beach.   Jaws is being re-released at the theaters in June, and I plan to be there, re-living one of the great monster movies of the last 50 years and the grandaddy of the summer blockbuster.