During a recent trip to a local antique mall I found this little stash of metal lunch boxes. Of course, I had to investigate.
There were a few good ones there — the Indiana Jones, the Six Million Dollar Man, and He-Man ones caught my eye. Unfortunately they were all in the $20 range, had rust, and were missing their Thermoses. The ones on the other side of the aisle (Pac-Man and Rambo) had no rust and included their Thermoses, but were $50 each. I already own the Pac-Man and Rambo lunch boxes, but even if I did, $50 is too much for me.
I never understood the appeal of those generic lunch boxes, like the ones here with the girl on the side. What kid wouldn’t prefer having lunch with an officially licensed lunch partner?
In Dragon’s Lair, the 1983 arcade game from Cinematronics, players led Dirk the Daring on his quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the bowels of the evil dragon Singe’s castle. I was ten years old when I first saw the machine, and if I could have had my way I would have dropped out of school to play this new animated game all day, every day. Fortunately my parents did not let me have my way, but a nice compromise was getting a Dragon’s Lair lunchbox. This allowed me to both see pictures of Dirk the Daring every day while still staying in school and obtaining an education. Win/win, in my book.
My original Dragon’s Lair lunchbox is long gone, but thanks to the wonders of eBay and credit cards, once again I am able to bring my grilled cheese sandwiches to work. Unfortunately, every day when I open the lunchbox I find that my sandwiches have been burnt.
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If you would like to hear more about Dragon’s Lair (and less of my jokes), check out episode 81 of the Retroist’s podcast.