Aladdin Tarzan lunchbox
The Aladdin Tarzan lunchbox is a vintage collectible lunchbox based on the fictional Edgar Rice Burroughs character Tarzan.
The character of Tarzan has appeared in numerous books, magazines, feature films and serials, comic books and television shows. His first television appearance came in 1966 in an NBC television series, which ran for two seasons and 57 episodes until 1968. The show starred Ron Ely as Tarzan, who was portrayed as a well-educated man who had returned to his life in the jungle after years in the civilized world.
After the series was cancelled, four feature films were released comprising of edited episodes of the show throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The show proved popular during its initial run and produced a range of tie-in merchandise including toys, games, a plastic retractable play knife, View Master reels and a metal lunchbox produced by Aladdin Industries in 1966.
The Aladdin Tarzan lunchbox
The box has vivid green borders and a matching handle, with embossed front and back panels and illustrated colour graphics on each side.
The front of the box depicts Tarzan battling a lion with his knife, whilst Cheetah and Jai watch from the distance. The back of the box shows Tarzan carrying Jai whilst Cheetah climbs on his back, as the trio walk along a branch to avoid an angry gorilla.
The side panels show images of an elephant and a gorilla, Tarzan waving to some explorers, Tarzan and Jai approaching a native village, and Cheetah and Jai walking along side a lion. The matching thermos has a green top, and features an illustration of Tarzan, Jai and Cheetah swing through the trees on a vine.
How much is an Aladdin Tarzan lunchbox worth?
The box is highly sought after by collectors, despite only having an average rarity rating. Unused, mint-condition boxes can sell on auction sites such as eBay for $450 - $550, with top condition used boxes fetching $150 - $200.
Depending on wear and tear, used boxes with marks such as scratches and minor rust can sell for $50 - $100. Average boxes with noticeable marking and missing thermos flasks can be found for $20 - $40.