King Seeley Thermos Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1970s U.S television show ‘Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp’.
‘Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp’ was a short-lived U.S comedy show about a chimpanzee secret agent. All the characters were played by real chimps dressed in clothing, with their voices dubbed by actors. It followed the adventures of Link and his colleague Mata Hairi, who work for A.P.E (Agency to Prevent Evil) in the fight against the criminal organization C.H.U.M.P (Criminal Headquarters for the Underworld's Master Plan).
The show also featured musical numbers by the all-chimp band ‘The Evolution Revolution’, and was created by the former writers of ‘Get Smart’. It aired for just one season, comprising 17 episodes, on Saturday mornings in 1970. Although the first season also featured short animated Warner Bros cartoons, the show was repeated in 1971 with these removed.
The show also produced several items of merchandise during its initial run, including comic books, a record by The Evolution Revolution and a lunchbox produced in 1971 by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp lunchbox
The box has yellow borders and a matching handle, with illustrated graphics on the front, back and sides.
The front of the box features Lancelot Link and Mata Hairi being given their mission by Darwin, with the show’s title logo in the top-left corner and the A.P.E crest in the top-right corner.
The reverse features their enemies Baron von Butcher, The Duchess and Dr Strangemind, with the abbreviated title ‘Lance Link’ in red text and the C.H.U.M.P crest in the center.
The side panels show Link and Hairi travelling through the desert in a red buggy, and the A.P.E courier Bruce riding a motorcycle. The bottom panel shows von Butcher and his chauffer Creto robbing a safe, whilst the top features DR Starngemind and Ali Assa Seen.
The matching thermos flask features the A.P.E crest, and the faces of Link, Hairi and Darwin on an orange background.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp lunchbox worth?
The show was unsuccessful during its initial run, and despite repeats during the mid 1980s it remains relatively obscure. The lunchboxes are not particularly sought after by collectors other than specific fans or lunchbox completeists, and can be found in good condition on eBay for $20 - $40.