Aladdin Bugaloos lunchbox
The Aladdin Bugaloos lunchbox is a collectible vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s children’s television show ‘The Bugaloos’.
‘The Bugaloos’ was a Saturday morning live-action children’s show created by the celebrated American producers Sid and Marty Krofft. It featured four teenagers with English accents and insect wings who lived in a magical forest and played together in a band, along with a number of talking insects, flowers and animals.
The group were constantly threatened by the evil Benita Bizarre, who lived inside a giant jukebox and was jealous of the group’s musical talent. The show ran for a single season of 17 episodes (which was repeated) from 1970 until 1972, and produced an album of the songs performed on the show. A metal lunchbox featuring characters from the show was also produced in 1971 by Aladdin Industries.
The Aladdin Bugaloos lunchbox
The box has purple borders and a matching handle, with an embossed front cover and illustrated graphics on each panel.
The front of the box features the show’s four main characters, I.Q, Joy, Courage and Harmony, as their band performs in the forest conducted by Sparky the firefly. The reverse features the Bugaloos’ enemy Benita Bizarre along with her two assistants, the living stereo speakers Woofer and Tweeter and her chauffeur Funky Rat.
The sides of the box feature illustrations of the four Bugaloos flying in a circle along with Sparky, Benita Bizarre being driven in her car by Funky Rat and Woofer and Tweeter running on a giant record turntable.
The matching thermos flask is pink with a purple lid, and features an illustration of the band performing together similar the image on the front of the box.
How much is an Aladdin Bugaloos lunchbox worth?
As with other lunchboxes based on the shows of Sid and Marty Krofft, the Bugaloos box is popular and sought after by collectors.
Unused, mint condition examples with their tags intact can sell for up to $300 on auction sites such as eBay, with good used boxes regularly fetching $75 - $100.
Boxes with slight wear and tear such as minor scratches and marks can sell for $40 - $50, with examples in average condition available for around $20 - $30.