Aladdin H.R Pufnstuf lunchbox
The Aladdin H.R Pufnstuf lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the U.S children’s television show ‘H.R Pufnstuf’.
H.R Pufnstuf was a children’s Saturday morning television show created by producers Sid and Marty Krofft. It ran for 17 episodes from 1969 until 1971, and told the story of Jack, a young boy shipwrecked on Living Island which is populated with talking trees, objects and animals. Jack, accompanied by his talking flute, make friends with the island’s mayor H.R Pufnstuf (a dragon) and try to avoid being captured by the evil witch Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo.
The series featured the trademark Krofft use of actors in make-up combined with those in large puppet suits and cheap visual effects. The Kroffts later successfully sued McDonalds for copying character designs and ideas from the show for their series of McDonaldland adverts during the 1970s, which produced a range of toys made by Remco.
The Aladdin H.R Pufnstuf lunchbox
The box, produced by Aladdin in 1970, has a purple rim and a yellow handle with graphics on the front, back and sides. The front of the box features an image of Jack and H.R Pufnstuf, surrounded by cackling living trees, with the reverse showing Wilhelmina W. Witchiepoo and Orson Vulture flying on the Vroom Broom.
The sides of the box depict various characters from the series including the West Wind and Seymor Spider, along with Witchiepoo viewing the island through a looking device.
How much is an Aladdin H.R Pufnstuf lunchbox worth?
As with other memorabilia relating to the shows of Sid and Marty Krofft, the H.R Pufnstuf lunchbox is highly popular with collectors.
The highest quality near-mint condition boxes can sometimes sell for over $150 on sites such as eBay. Good condition boxes with their flaks intact regularly reach $70 - $100, and even boxes without flasks can sell for $30 - $50 depending on their condition.