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JAWS The Exhibition 08

Just over a year ago I was approached about setting up an exhibition here in Liverpool based on items in my JAWS collection, I was heading to America around the time and the franchise owners had other events to arrange so the idea was put on ice until this year.

Microzine is a hip men’s store in heart of Liverpool which also has a London outlet, it was voted the top UK store for gents gadgets and design and has held exhibitions featuring work from the likes of Jamie Reid (Sex Pistols graphic designer) and high profile fashion shows featuring among others Stella McCartney’s fashion range.

http://www.microzine.co.uk/index.do

The event lasted a month and ran throughout August 2008 and a limited range of memorabilia was produced to tie in with the event. It was whirlwind of a month but a satisfying one as the event proved to be a huge success and it was amazing how much interest there still is in “the” big fish movie.

Here is a selection of images from the VIP launch night from various sources along with some articles and images of the exhibition itself, I hope you enjoy them.

Microzine’s streaming slideshow
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29309095@N03/sets/72157606571532870/show/

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One of the TV items that covered the event

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7538317.stm

and one of the press items that appeared

http://www.byinvitationonly.merseyblogs.co.uk/2008/08/just-when-you-thought-it-was-s.html

Sadly I couldn’t make it to the Vineyard this year but this event more than made up for it and kept me occupied, another great JAWS year.

Ed

In The Crates (A Collecting JAWS Thread) Dedicated to Wullie

I first posted this collecting thread around this time last year on Jawsmovie and Spielberg films, I originally dedicated the topic to our dear departed friend Wullie who sadly passed away nearly a year ago now, I thought I’d post this again in memory of the gentleman and hopefully for your interest.

(as posted in 2007)

So a long overdue clearout at home commenced this fall and was closely followed by a period of decorating hell. I knew amid the mayhem that I would eventually need to move and re house a lot of my JAWS collection… a task not for the faint of heart.

I photographed some stages of the adventure so join me (you don’t have to take me by the hand) for a rare glimpse into my own JAWS vaults…

Until recently much of my collection that is actually stored at home lived stacked in tough cardboard boxes which were fine for storage, but I needed something more organised for the occasions I need to refer to material for a JAWS related project or to answer enquiries which I often receive.
I invested in a number of plastic crates and decided to give them a rough storage crate “identity”. I scanned and cleaned up the logo from the cover of the original UK JAWS paperback (sorry Lou ) as this was the typeface I most associate with from the original JAWS era, I produced a large stencil from this and sprayed a rough and ready logo on each crate. After coming down from the high from the fumes I set working through much of my collection and deciding which items would live together.

Magazines, Stills and Press Materials:

These items are the easiest to store but command the most protection due of course to the nature of paper ageing. It was a cert that I would be heavily distracted during this section of the move, but what a distraction it was! It was a delight to flick through the related magazines and press releases etc from the period. Viewing all these together in such a concentrated manner drove home just how big business JAWS really was during that initial Summer of the Shark and of course the summers that followed.

Out of interest I store the vast majority of my magazines and press materials in individual plastic bags with the rarer publications toughened by card backing.

Books, books and more books:

Over the years I’ve accumulated a variety of worldwide JAWS novels, most covers carry the usual and classic Kastel art, some though feature nice variations of this iconic image and several feature totally unrelated art and are often pretty wacky in their design. Alongside the variations of the novel are the worldwide variations of the “The Making of JAWS” and “The JAWS LOG”, along with several other tie in/shark paperbacks from the era. My books are bagged individually.

Toys, Games and Kits:

The storage of these items of memorabilia is a minefield, rare kits, ceramics, pendants etc sit alongside less rare items, I choose to store these items quite randomly concentrating on saving space but of course assuring rarer items aren’t crushed or damaged. I also store various VHS editions of JAWS with these larger items.

LPs and Laserdiscs:

One of the easiest storage options, an aluminium album case is ideal for housing not only worldwide variations of the JAWS soundtrack, but also the unboxed Laserdisc sets, the larger Signature Editions are stored separately.

Worldwide Posters/FOH Stills/Oversised Promo Materials:

I find large toughened card envelopes provide good storage for my range of folded posters, lobbies etc, whilst tough card tubes protect the rolled posters.
Oddly enough I don’t currently display any JAWS posters at home, but this is likely to change in the near future once home improvements finish and I may also need to refer to my worldwide posters for a totally different reason but more of that at a future date*.

* this was in reference to the JAWS Exhibition which eventually took place in August 2008.

Those special items:

Gifts from JAWS fans and film crew alike come in all shapes and sizes… The Chrissie Arm prop from Greg Nicotero, a chunk of the Orca 2’s fibreglass hull from Lynn and Susan Murphy, a chunk of the Spielberg Cabin from Dana… these and more unique items don’t currently have a special box of their own (perhaps they should), and I store the more unique items like everything else, safe but with an eye for storage space.

Many larger items in my collection are stored at my brother’s place so this really is only a peek at my collection but I thought it’d be fun to record the move and share, I hope you enjoyed taking a look in the crates.

I’ve dedicated this thread to Wullie, he used to love talking JAWS collecting and I know he’d have appreciated such a thread.

(18/11/2008)

Well it’s almost a year since we lost our good friend Wullie. Wul was only 42 when he died suddenly, hailing from Scotland he was a fellow JAWS collector and good and generous friend, he’d often ask me for collecting advice and offer to stir clear of an ebay auction if he knew one of the regulars wanted an item, I told his family that I would be including a number of items from the man’s collection in my JAWS exhibition this year in his memory as it was something I wanted to do.
Sadly Wul was one of the JAWS gents I never got to meet in person, I will be up in Scotland for a wedding next Summer and had the man still been with us then I believe that would have been opportunity I wished for but sadly it is not to be, this one was for you Wul, you’re missed mate.

Ed

Cool JAWS T-Shirt

Check out this cool JAWS t-shirt available from Crazy Dog T-Shirts. A fine addition to your JAWS collection:

Mr. JAWS by Dickie Goodman

Mr. JAWS

By Dickie Goodman

Dickie Goodman was a creator of novelty records and is considered a pioneer in sampling with his series of “break-in” records beginning with The Flying Saucer in 1956.

In 1975, Goodman peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with “Mr. Jaws,” a break-in record in which he interviews several characters from JAWS. The record became Goodman’s biggest-selling hit record.

Sound clip from Mr. JAWS

Mr. JAWS Sound Clip (227K)

Mr. JAWS contains samples from the following songs:

  • “Theme from Jaws” by John Williams
  • “Dynomite” by Bazuka featuring Tony Camillo
  • “Please Mr. Please” by Olivia Newton-John
  • “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor
  • “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” by War
  • “Get Down Tonight” by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
  • “The Hustle” by Van McCoy
  • “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain and Tennille
  • “Rhinestone Cowboy” by Glen Campbell
  • “One of These Nights” by The Eagles
  • “Jive Talkin'” by The Bee Gees
  • “I’m Not In Love” by 10cc
  • “Midnight Blue” by Melissa Manchester

BUY Mr. JAWS for just 89 cents!

Mr. JAWS Song Lyrics:

We are here on the beach where a giant shark has just eaten a girl swimmer!
Well Mr. Jaws, how was it?

“Dynomite!”

And what did she say when you grabbed her?

“Please, Mr. Please.”

I know sharks are stupid, but what did you think when you took that first bite?

“How sweet it is.”

Mr. Jaws, before you swim out to sea, have you anything else to say?

“Why can’t we be friends, why can’t we be friends?”

With me now is the local sheriff.
Sheriff Brody, the shark will be back for lunch. What do you intend to do?

“Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight!”

Just arriving is oceanographer Matt Hooper.
Sir, if someone is attacked by a shark, what should they do?

“Do the hustle”

We are going aboard the fishing boat of Captain Quint.
Captain, will you be able to catch this giant shark?

“I will!” “I will!” “I will!” (Thank you, captain.) “I will!” (Captain?) “I will!” (Captain!)
“I will!” (Captain!)

When you catch one of these sharks, what do you feel like?

“Like a Rhinestone Cowboy.”

We’ve just sighted the shark again. He’s coming straight for us!
Captain Quint is shouting something at him!

“Get you baby one of these nights!”

Hey Jaws, the captain says he’s going to catch you! What do you think of that?

“Jive talkin’!”

Uh-oh, here he comes again! (Gun shots) They’ve hit him!
Mr. Jaws, why doesn’t anything seem to hurt you?

“Big boys don’t cry, big boys don’t cry.”

He’s coming right onto the boat! Mr. Jaws, why are you grabbing my hand?

“Wouldn’t you give your hand to a friend?”

No wait! Mr. Jaws! That’s not the way this record is supposed to end! Help! Help!
(Drowning noises, Theme from “Jaws”)

Mr. JAWS on YouTube – Full Version with Clips from JAWS:

Custom JAWS Action Figures

Mike Lorenz created some amazing custom JAWS figures of Brody, Quint, and Hooper. Here’s some info about the figures from Mike:

“It took 2 action figures to make 1 figure. Brody comes with a spear, rifle, pistol, and air tank. I did him in the classic outfit he had on at the end of the movie. Quint comes with a spear-gun, fishing rod, and a machete. He was done in the outfit when he first sees the shark. Hooper comes with 2 barrels and a 35mm camera. He was done in the outfit near the end of the movie. On the front of each package are the words…it’s as if God created the devil himself and gave him ….Jaws.

I don’t like to tell all my secrets for making my custom figures, but I’ll tell you what I can. All of the figures I used modeling clay on. Quint’s army jacket and shirt is all molded in clay, pockets and all. He also has Quint in black over the right upper pocket. Hooper’s sweatshirt is also done from modeling clay. His hair is done in the clay. I tried to get it so the hair is wavey and all over the place. Brody’s gun belt/buckle is made from clay as well. The air tank is made from modeling clay. The spear-gun, machete, camera, fishing rod and spear are all custom made. I used balsa wood, clay, putty, and glue.

For the packaging I went with the 25th anniversary picture. All the cards have the character’s pic of the outfit they are wearing as the figure. It also has their name on the card as well as what the figure comes with.”

JAWS Cards – Just Like Topps!

JAWS fan Erik Hollander always wished there were Topps-style bubblegum trading cards for JAWS, and since there weren’t, he decided to create a set.  Check it out!

JAWS 2 Collectibles and Memorabilia

Books/Magazines


Lobby Cards



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