King Seeley Thermos Star Trek Motion Picture lunchbox
The King Seeley Thermos Star Trek Motion Picture lunchbox is a vintage lunchbox based on the 1979 film ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’.
After the original Star trek series was cancelled in 1969, it went on to find international success through syndication followed by an animated cartoon series and a line of merchandise. This success convinced Paramount to resurrect the show as a feature film, and work started in 1975.
The plan was scrapped in favour of a new series, Star Trek: Phase II, in 1977, but the success of other big budget science fiction films such as Star Wars convinced Paramount to return to their original plan.
‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ was released in 1979, accompanied by a wave of tie-in products including toy weapons, model kits, action figures produced my Mego, comic books, pocket books, McDonald Happy Meal toys and a lunchbox produced in 1979 by King Seeley Thermos.
The King Seeley Thermos Star Trek Motion Picture lunchbox
The box has a purple border and handle, with colour illustrated graphics on all sides. The front of the box features the film’s title logo, along with a close-up illustration of a noticeably older Captain Kirk and Spock and an image of the Enterprise in the background. The back of the box features the same logo, with an image from the film featuring Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
The top of the box shows another image of the Enterprise, with the bottom featuring another scene from the film with Kirk, Spock and Ilia being blinded by light whilst on the bridge of the Enterprise.
The sides depict a number of alien members of the United Federation of Planets, and a shot of Kirk in a red space suit. The matching thermos flask is purple, with a panel featuring the Enterprise and the film’s title logo on two sides.
How much is a King Seeley Thermos Star Trek Motion Picture lunchbox worth?
Although by no means as sought after or valuable as the earlier 1968 Aladdin Star Trek lunchbox, the later Motion Picture box is still popular with collectors of both Star Trek memorabilia and vintage lunchboxes in general.
Boxes in top condition can sell on auction sites such as eBay for up to $100, although the average price for a used box ranges from $30 - $50 depending on its condition.