Dark Crystal Lunchbox

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It’s got Jen! It’s got Kira! It’s got a bag full of Doritos and a Thermos full of Kool-Aid! It’s the Dark Crystal lunchbox, straight from eBay to me!

Last week on Throwback Reviews Sean and I along with special guest Doug McCoy did an entire show dedicated to The Dark Crystal. While Sean and Doug are both fans of the film, I was more of a Labyrinth guy as a kid. Unfortunately for me eBay is fresh out of Labyrinth lunchboxes, so I had to settle for this Dark Crystal one instead.

I love displaying my retro lunchboxes but I also love bringing my lunch to work with them, which I do fairly regularly. Funny, I never noticed until this morning how much Aughra looks like a baggie full of raisins.

If you’re a fan of the film as we are here at the Retroist, don’t forget to check out some of our previous Dark Crystal posts and the Retroist Podcast discussing the film.

Dragon’s Lair Lunchbox

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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.

“Singed,” actually.

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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.

Marvin the Martian Lunchbox

A Marvin the Martian lunchbox is a stylish way to carry sandwiches, snacks, and your Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator to lunch or work.

(Note: Depending on where you go to school or work, Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulators may or may not be allowed.)

This particular lunchbox (made in 1998) is newer than I typically collect — however, the timelessness of Marvin himself allowed me to make an exception.

The Bare Necessities: A Jungle Book Lunchbox

I told me wife that from now on I would stop buying “junk” and only stick to the bare necessities. With today’s find, I did exactly that!

I am not exactly sure why Baloo is brown on this lunchbox when he is clearly gray in the movie, but those details are easily overlooked when drinking warmish milk from a Thermos and chewing on a post-sandwich fruit roll-up.

Baloo always said the bare necessities of life would come to me. They finally did, Baloo. They finally did.

Superman Lunchbox

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… my lunch!

This metal lunchbox, made in 1978, was released in conjunction with Superman: The Movie, released that same year. You can tell that most of the characters on the lunchbox look like their movie counterparts. That’s obviously Christopher Reeve as Superman and Clark Kent, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, and Jackie Cooper as Perry White, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet. Jimmy Olsen, on the other hand, barely resembles Marc McClure, the actor who portrayed him in the film. I wonder if the person who designed the lunchbox put himself in place of Jimmy Olsen and hoped nobody would notice.

Occasionally I have difficulty in deciding which side of a lunchbox I’m going to display on my shelf, but this one’s a no brainer. If I have to choose whether to look at a meeting at the Daily Planet or the Man of Steel flying… Up, Up and Away!