King Seeley Thermos Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox is a vntage lunchbox based on the 1968 musical film ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.
‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ is a highly popular family musical film based on the children’s book by James Bond author Ian Flemming. It stars Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes as Caractacus Potts and Truly Scrumptious, and tells the story of a widowed inventor and his children as they have adventures with a magical flying car named Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The success of the film led to a wide range of merchandise including toys, a Milton Bradley board game, a View Master reel, a novelization and a lunchbox produced in 1968 by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox
The box has white borders and a matching handle, with colour graphics on all sides and an accompanying thermos flask.
The front of the box features an illustration of Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy and Jemima as they fly through the air in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with the castle of Vulgaria in the distance. This image is reproduced from the film’s original poster, where it appears in the centre amongst a montage of photographs from the film.
The reverse depicts the car as it crashes through the door of the castle and is surrounded by Royal guards.
The sides of the box show Caractacus Potts preparing to use his rocket pack, and the Child Catcher riding his car with children imprisoned in the back. The top of the box (beneath the handle) shows the Potts family and Scrumptious sailing in the car like a boat, and the bottom depicts them in Potts’ workshop.
The matching thermos flask has a white top, and features the same graphics as the front of the box.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lunchbox worth?
Top condition boxes with their thermos flasks intact can sell for $100 - $150 on auction sites such as eBay, with used boxes fetching $30 - $60 depending on their wear and tear.