LeMarchand’s most famous creation was “the box”, often
referred to as “The Lament Configuration”.
The puzzle box opens the gate to hell but is not the only one of
LeMarchand’s creations and is not the only device that opens another
The movies rarely even hint at anything besides the box, however, the comics are full of references to other mechanisms. We've included many of them below in an effort to expand your horizons.
The box is not simply a puzzle, which anyone opens and is
pulled into hell. Part of the
requirement is a sinful life and a desire for more. We see this in Frank and other characters
throughout the Hellraiser universe.
LeMarchand’s Puzzle Box model as the first puzzle box I bought as a teenager. The design on the box is movie accurate and looks great. The only problem is the sides don’t link together too well. I tried crazy glue, duct tape, hot glue and a whole host of other options. Ideally you would be best just buying a wooden cube and gluing the sides on. Rather than let the box go to waste since it looks pretty poor assembled, I repurposed it to Punk Daddy guitars and it was turned into “LeMarchand’s Electric Guitar” (scroll down to see the image). If you can still find this online, I would pass on it and go for one of the models/boxes made by another brand.
MunchkinMetropolis makes several variants of the puzzle
box. A good run down is provided by the
maker showing the features of each one.
I personally own “The Grip”, which is good for storing items inside and
one of the quickest to open/close. To
get the two tone colors that appear in the move it requires an extra
payment. Honestly, I think the all gold
color looks nicer than the movie accurate version and left it as is providing a
unique version of the box.
TheNoisy3dShop's box is the only box I found that includes
chains. The 3d printed model can be
changed into the star configuration.
This gives you lots of options for display including box, box with
chains, star configuration or star configuration with chains.
Pyramid Gallery makes some of the nicest puzzle boxes
available, but you are going to have to pay for them. Starting at $120 and going up in price they
are beautifully designed and made. Not
only do they have the classic configuration, but they also have other puzzle
boxes with their own history included with each order. The most unique aspect of the classic box is
that it is the only one that has a built-in music box as we hear about in the
books. While I don’t own one of these
yet, it is definitely on my list for a future purchase.