King Seeley Thermos Space 1999 lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Space 1999 lunchbox is a vintage collectible lunchbox based on the 1970s science fiction television series ‘Space 1999’.
‘Space 1999’ is a live-action science fiction series produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, telling the story of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha after the Moon itself is sent hurtling through space due to a massive nuclear explosion.
The show was a British production aimed at the American market, and was the most expensive television series ever produced at the time. It starred the real life American husband-and-wife pairing of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain as the lead characters, in a further attempt to appeal to U.S audiences (as the pair had appeared together in the popular U.S show ‘Mission: Impossible’).
The show ran for two seasons and 48 episodes, from 1975 until 1978, and although it never achieved large levels of success the show has since become a cult classic amongst many fans around the world.
The King Seeley Thermos Space 1999 lunchbox
The 1976 box has black borders and a yellow handle, which matches the bold yellow lettering of the show’s logo on both the front and back.
The front features a close-up photograph of the show’s main male character Commander John Koenig (Martin Landau), against a background featuring two astronauts riding in a yellow moon buggy whilst a spacecraft flies overhead.
The reverse of the box features a close up photograph of the main female character Doctor Helena Russell (Barbara Bain), against a background illustration which shows her being attacked by a large green tentacle alien whilst Koenig fires a laser into its one central eye.
The sides of the box feature illustrations of an astronaut staring up at the Earth from the lunar surface, and a space craft landing at the Moon base. The bottom of the box features a scene from inside the base, and shows the characters Sandra Benes, Commander John Koenig, Professor Victor Bergman and David Kano.
The box also came with a square blue thermos flask, featuring the same illustration of the space ship as seen on the front cover of the box along with the ‘Space 1999’ logo.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Space 1999 lunchbox worth?
Top-condition boxes and flasks can sell on sites such as eBay for up to $100, whilst average-condition examples usually fetch between $30 - $60 depending on wear and tear such as rust and scratches.