Aladdin Disney Black Hole lunchbox
The Aladdin Disney Black Hole lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the Disney science fiction film ‘The Black Hole’.
‘The Black Hole’ is a 1979 Disney film about the crew of the exploratory spaceship, the USS Palomino, and their encounter with evil scientist Doctor Hans Reinhardt aboard the USS Sygnus. The story centres around the idea of travelling through a black hole, and features a number of themes and ideas unusual to previous Disney films including death, religion and physics.
The film was the first Disney title to receive a PG rather than U certificate, a featured pioneering use of computer graphics along with being the first feature film with a digitally-recorded soundtrack.
As with most Disney titles, the film produced a wide range of merchandise including a series of action figures by Mego, a board game, comic books and a metal lunchbox made in 1979 by Aladdin Industries.
The Aladdin Disney Black Hole lunchbox
The box has a black border and handle, with artwork on the front, back and sides and a matching flask with a black lid.
The front of the box shows the spacecraft USS Sygnus being sucked into the black hole, along with the words to the film’s title as they curve around on themselves against a backdrop of stars.
The reverse of the box shows the evil red robot Maximillian attacking the good robot V.I.N.C.E.N.T, whilst the robot Old B.O.B lies damaged on the ground between them. The sides of the box feature an image of Captain Holland, Dr. Kate McCrae, Harry Booth and Dr. Alex Durant travelling through the ship with B.O.B and V.I.N.C.E.N.T, Doctor Hans Reinhardt and Maximillian, and two of the lobotomised robot crew.
The flask features a similar image to the front of the box, along with illustrations of other characters such as B.O.B and V.I.N.C.E.N.T.
How much is an Aladdin Disney Black Hole lunchbox worth?
In good condition, and with their flasks intact, boxes can sell for up to $50 on sites like eBay. Used boxes with wear and tear such as rust and scratches can sell for $20 - $30.