Aladdin Universal Movie Monsters lunchbox
The Aladdin Universal Movie Monsters lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox featuring characters from a number of Universal horror films.
The lunchbox features a number of monsters which appeared in the classic Universal horror films of the 1930s. These monsters are distinctive, as Universal held the copyright on many of their iconic looks from the original films (ie Boris Karloff’s monster make-up in Frankenstein).
In 1979 a range of mini-monster toys based on the Universal characters was released by Remco, along with a metal lunchbox produced by Aladdin Industries. A panel of original artwork for the box by regular Aladdin artist Elmer Lehnhardt was sold in an online auction in 2011 for a price of $1,650.
The Aladdin Universal Movie Monsters lunchbox
The box has a bright green border and handle, with colour illustrated graphics on the front, back and sides. The front of the box features a large image of Frankenstein’s monster (as played by Boris Karloff), Igor and the Bride of Frankenstein. Each character has their name written in small text next to them, and they appear against a background of a castle filled with cobwebs.
The back of the box features illustrations of the Wolfman (as played by Lon Chaney Jr) and Count Dracula. The bottom panel shows the Creature from the Black Lagoon, with the top depicting two monsters known as ‘Tarantula’ and ‘Mole Man’. The sides show images of the Phantom of the Opera (played by Lon Chaney, father of Lon Chaney Jr), a ‘Mutant’ and the Mummy (played by Boris Karloff).
The flask features different artwork depicting Frankenstein’s monster, the Phantom of the Opera, Creature from the Black Lagoon and Count Dracula (who is recognisable as Bela Lugosi on the flask).
How much is an Aladdin Universal Movie Monsters lunchbox worth?
Mint or near-mint condition boxes have sold on auction sites such as eBay for up to $200, often without their matching thermos flasks. Good condition used boxes with wear and tear and their flasks intact regularly fetch $75 - $100, with prices for examples in average condition selling for around $35 - $65.