King Seeley Thermos Speed Buggy lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Speed Buggy lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series ‘Speed Buggy’.
Speed Buggy was a short-lived Hanna-Barber cartoon show which ran for 16 episodes from September to December in 1973. It featured a talking dune buggy, its driver Tinker and his friends Mark and Debbie as they travelled around the country competing in races and solving mysteries in a similar manner to Scooby Doo. The characters also appeared in an episode of Scooby Doo in 1973 as part of the promotion for the show (as both were produced by Hanna-Barbera).
The character of Speed Buggy has appeared in numerous cartoon shows ever since, often in a parody of the original show. The show also spawned a small range of merchandise including a range of comic books, a die-cast Speed Buggy toy car produced by Topper Toys (as part of the Johnny Lightning range) and a metal lunchbox issued by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Speed Buggy lunchbox
The box features a red rim, red plastic handle and graphics on the front, back and sides, along with an accompanying square red plastic flask.
The front of the box shows the characters of Mark and Debbie driving Speed Buggy, whilst Tinker swing out to fight off a pursuing giant robot. The reverse of the box shows Speed Buggy on a racing start line, facing off against a rival green vehicle.
The sides feature Tinker polishing Speed Buggy in the garage, and Mark and Debbie driving up a vertical cliff face, whilst the bottom shows Speed Buggy on a railroad track facing an oncoming train and the top depicts Mark and Debbie jumping the buggy off a ramp and over a shark.
The thermos flask features an image of Speed Buggy along with the show’s logo.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Speed Buggy lunchbox worth?
Speed Buggy is well remembered, despite its relatively short run, and the lunchbox is sought after by collectors. Top-quality boxes complete with their flasks have sold for upwards of $200 on eBay, although an average price for a good condition box is around $25 - $50.
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