Aladdin Hector Heathcote lunchbox
The Aladdin Hector Heathcote lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox featuring the Terrytoons cartoon character of the same name.
Hector Heathcote is a cartoon character created in 1959 by the Terrytoons animation studio. Although billed as a scientist who travels to different periods of history, the majority of the cartoons featured Heathcote as a member of the American Army during the Revolutionary War. In each episode of the show, which ran for two seasons from 1963 until 1965, he appears to have played an important role in many of the war’s pivotal moments.
The character appeared on a range of products and merchandise including toys, a comic book which lasted a single issue, and a lunchbox produced in 1964 by Aladdin Industries.
The Aladdin Hector Heathcote lunchbox
The box has a dark blue border with small white stars, a red handle, embossed front and back panels and illustrated graphics on each side.
The front of the box features an image of Hector with his dog Winston, marching past American Revolutionary soldiers and leading three captured British army officers tied up behind him. The back of the box shows an image of Hector riding his horse through a town in the same manner as Paul Revere, waking people up with a warning of invading British soldiers (who can be seen coming ashore from a ship in the background).
The side panels show Hector involved in major moments from the American War of Independence, including the Battle of Bunker Hill, George Washington crossing the Delaware river, stationed at the Valley Forge military camp and on board a naval ship with John Paul Jones.
The matching thermos flask has a red top, and features an illustration of Hector marching along with a number or Revolutionary soldiers.
How much is an Aladdin Hector Heathcote lunchbox worth?
Mint or near-mint examples of the box can sell for up to $150 on auction sites like eBay, with used boxes selling regularly for $50 - $75 depending on their condition.