Legendary Spider-Man Artist, Spawn Creator and Toy Maker – This Guy is Prolific
Todd McFarlane loves monsters. As the artist on Amazing Spider-Man, he created Venom, one of the most popular, and monstrous, of all the web slinger’s rogues. He went on to create an entire comic universe around the anti-hero Spawn and now has a toy empire focused on highly detailed figures of – you guessed it – monsters!
Originally focused on characters from his Spawn universe, Todd McFarlane’s Toy line has expanded into a licensing powerhouse, including Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and his highly sought after Movie Maniacs line
This episode of Monsterama goes inside McFarlane’s thought process and takes an in-depth look at his monstrous line of movie maniacs and monster toys.
Showcasing Todd McFarlane’s unique art style, which burst onto the comic book scene in the late 1980s and forever changed the landscape of comic book art. Features art from original comic art boards, rare, never-before-seen sketches, as well as art from McFarlane’s work on Batman, Spider-Man, and the Hulk (amongst many others), and his own top-selling creation, Spawn.
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
Hallmark 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.
2.61″ W x 2.3″ H x 5.67″ D
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 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
This box set has really appreciated in price with current listings in the $300+ range.
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.
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:
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:
Finally, check this out:
40th Anniversary Jaws Edition Yahtzee Game
Click the link to see this Yahtzee set at Entertainment Earth and a whole lot more modern Jawsmemorabilia, many items commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the film.
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.