King Seeley Thermos Battle of the Planets lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Battle of the Planets lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s cartoon series ‘Battle of the Planets’.
‘Battle of the Planets’ is a U.S animated science fiction series which uses re-dubbed and re-edited footage from the earlier Japanese cartoon ‘Science Ninja Team Gatchaman’. It follows the adventures of the G-Force, a team of five humans with enhanced abilities who protect the earth from alien attack, most notable from the evil planet Spectra.
The show in its new form ran for 85 episodes from 1978 until 1985, and inspired a large range of merchandise. This included a series of toys, action figures and models, a Milton Bradley board game, a series of comic books and a lunchbox produced by King Seeley Thermos in 1979.
The King Seeley Thermos Battle of the Planets lunchbox
The box has a yellow border and matching handle, with illustrated graphics on each panel. The front features the show’s title logo, along with an image of the five main characters Mark, Tiny, Keyop, Princess and Jason. Swirling fireballs, planets, stars and spacecraft can be seen in the background behind them.
The back of the box features an image of Zoltar along with two of his henchmen, and the robots 7-Zark-7 and 1-Rover-1. The top panel beneath the handle features an image of the five main characters without their masks, whilst the bottom shows the team’s spacecraft the Phoenix.
The side panels feature Mark battling one of Zoltar’s henchmen, and Princess flying through the air. The matching thermos flask is light blue, and features an image of Mark and the Phoenix above the show’s title logo.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Battle of the Planets lunchbox worth?
Battle of the Planets remains popular and well-remembered for a generation of collectors, and much of the vintage merchandise relating to it is highly collectible.
The box itself can fetch up to $100 in near-mint condition, with boxes in good used condition selling on sites like eBay for $40 - $60 depending on wear and tear.