Ministry of Toys advice for parents and young children: 1, Do not put hands into mouth of shark. 2, Do not encourage shark into bathing area. 3, Do not take selfie with shark. 4, Do not pet shark. 5, Do not throw peanuts, fish, live monkeys or hamburgers at shark. Above all, treat with respect and remember you are the visitor in the world of shark.
Jaws/Les Dents De Le Mer game. 1981. France
Alternate Version. 1981. France.
Sky Shark. 1990. US.
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Masters of the Universe. 1986. Italy.
I have an awesome bed!
Barbie. 1986. Italy.
I have a cold hand…
Big Jim. Dr Steel. 1970s. France.
…But a warm heart!
Baby Face. 1990. US.
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Six Million Dollar Man. 1977. France.
G.I. Joe. 1986. US.
Marvel Superheroes Role Playing Game. 1988.
Trik-Trak. 1965. Belgium.
Plaster Casters. 1983. UK.
Sketch Master. 1983. UK.
Solido. 1960s. France.
Miniamil. 1960s. France.
Scalextric. 1970s. Belgium.
Scalextric. 1970s. France.
Big Jim. 1970s. France.
Big Jim. 1970s. France.
Darda Motor. 1981. US.
Schwinn Predator BMX gear. 1983. US.
Remember – beware of the shark!
Petra / Lotte dolls. 1978. Denmark.
Cover for Télé Parade Mensuel N°6. 1978 featuring Jabberjaw and Scooby-Doo.
"The teeth of the sea against the fingers of the hand"
We were looking for something a bit special to mark the 400th advert published here on TVTA, so the office staff and Wooof wasted no time in searching our extensive archives (suitcases, empty cereal boxes, back of the sofa, pressed between pages of random 1980s annuals)… when suddenly Wooof came across this …
Version N°1. Pif Gadget. 1981. France.
This is the French version of the Game of Jaws game originally released by Ideal in 1975 and known in France as Les Dents de La Mer (the teeth of the sea).
Here is a variation of the same advert:
Version N°2. Pif Gadget. 1981. France.
Based on the Spielberg blockbuster Jaws this was a game for between 2 and 4 players and required each player to take turns fishing out items from the mouth of the shark with a hook – before the jaws snapped shut! The items ranged from nautical things like anchors and fish bones to more grisly bits and pieces like human bones and a severed hand!
I’d love to have a go at this game. I imagine it to be similar to other nerve-jangling classics like Buckaroo and Operation.