I blogged before about the Jaws game Ideal Toys released in 1975 to coincide with the Jaws movie. Made for 2-4 players ages 6 and up, it was just a plastic shark that had a bottom jaw you attached with rubber bands, as well as 2 side fins that get attached. The game came with a grey gaff hook, pieces of blue plastic shaped like a cb, half a wagon wheel, camera, gas can, tire, glove, anchor, gun, lantern, a boot, as well as 3 white pieces of plastic in the shape of a skull, bone and a fish skeleton. These items all went on the shark’s lower jaw, which weighed it down. Each player took a turn removing the items with the gaff hook and the first person to remove 4 pieces without the mouth shutting wins.
Last week I was at the mall with my wife and sister. We went into a toy store and as I looked for something to blog on I saw a game I knew I had; only it was different. The box had the same plastic shark, the items and the gaff hook. It even was made by Ideal Toys.
Suddenly the 5-year-old-me who had the Jaws Ideal game was looking out of the eyes of the 39-year-old-me staring at a game by Ideal toys called Sharky’s Diner. I couldn’t believe it. It was the Jaws game with a few differences. For Sharky there was a total of 21 items which included 2 red gaff hooks and 2 sets of items, one in blue plastic, one in yellow. The pieces were a cb, half a wagon wheel, camera, gas can, tire, glove, anchor, lantern, a boot, as well as 3 white pieces of plastic in the shape of a skull, bone and a fish skeleton. The only thing missing was the gun.
It was the same game, just with extra pieces, minus the gun in a different shaped box with a stupid name. I showed my wife and sister who also couldn’t believe it.
They say in Jaws 2 that “sharks don’t take things personally”, but perhaps toy sharks do?
I guess sometimes it’s not safe to go into the water. Or the toy store.