King Seeley Thermos Dark Crystal lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Dark Crystal lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1982 fantasy film ‘The Dark Crystal’.
‘The Dark Crystal’ is a 1982 fantasy film produced and co-directed by Jim Henson, which tells the story of the battle between alien races on a distant planet. The film was relatively unsuccessful on its release, being overshadowed by the release of ‘ET: The Extra Terrestrial’, but is now recognised as a cult classic with its dark adult tones and pioneering use of puppetry and animatronics.
The film inspired a fairly limited range of merchandise (perhaps due to its initially-poor box-office performance), including an aborted range of Hasbro action figures and a lunchbox produced by King Seeley Thermos in 1983.
The King Seeley Thermos Dark Crystal lunchbox
The box has blue borders and a white handle, with graphics featuring photos from the film on each panel.
The front of the box features the two main Gelfling characters Jen and Kira, with the Castle of the Crystal visible behind them and the film’s title logo above them in the top-right corner. The back of the box shows the pair along with a number of instrument-playing Podlings in a direct scene from the film.
The side panels of the box show images of various characters including an urRu Mystic, a member of the Skeksis, and the one-eyed scholar known as Aughra. The matching thermos flask is light blue with a white top, and features the film’s title logo on one side.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Dark Crystal lunchbox worth?
Despite having a low rarity value, the popularity and pioneering legacy of the film means that is is well remembered and the boxes remain popular with many collectors.
Boxes in near-mint condition can sell on sites such as eBay for $50 - $60, with examples in good, used condition priced at around $35 - $45.
Boxes with wear and tear such as rust, scratches and dents can sell individually for $10 - $20.