Lunchboxes: Buck Rogers vs. Get Smart

I decided to make this series a bit more interactive by putting two lunchboxes head-to-head. After showing them both to you, place your votes in the comment section and let’s see which of these two lunchboxes is the best!

First up? Get Smart!


There’s some weird stuff going on in this picture. The perspective of that gun is wonky, and what in the world is that dog doing? Maybe he’s just trying to “hold it” until Maxwell Smart gets away from that fire hydrant!


On the back we see a little more action. You’ve got someone firing a gun and tripping over a small stool (always a hilarious combination), with Agent 99 tied to a post and Maxwell’s dog Fang biting some random evil henchman’s arm, all while Maxwell Smart mugs for the camera. You have work to do, Mr. Smart — get moving!

Our next lunchbox jumps forward five centuries, taking us from the 20th to the 25th. It’s Buck Rogers!


On the front of the lunchbox we have Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard), Colonel Wilma Deering (Erin Gray), and of course Twiki (voiced by Mel Blanc). You can also see a Draconian Marauder coming up from the lower left.


Here you can see the crew in the cockpit of a ship. My favorite thing about this picture (other than a cameo appearance by Lobot) is the fact that while everyone else is obviously concentrating on piloting the ship, Buck Rogers is smirking toward the camera. “Hey man, you guys worry about the ship — I’m Buck Rogers, baby.”

If you were a kid, which of these two lunchboxes would you have rather had? Voting lines (the comment section) are open — vote now!

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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7 thoughts on “Lunchboxes: Buck Rogers vs. Get Smart

  1. I’m going to have to go with Buck Rogers in this head-to-head showdown. I love Get Smart but I would have wanted to have that confident look of Gil Gerard with me, “Hey, Tigerman. Back away from the kid’s Frito Pie.”

  2. Buck Rogers is by far the superior lunch box. I’m totally biased since I am a product of the 70’s not the 50’s/60’s.
    Honestly though, I was a huge Battlestar Gallactica fan. THAT was a cool lunchbox!

  3. I’m actually torn on this one. I do like the Buck Rogers one a lot, but both sides of the Get Smart lunchbox make me wonder what’s going on. Will they escape? Who are they shooting at? Who left that stool out in the open?

  4. plcary says:

    Buck Rogers. I have had that one a couple of times during my lunchbox collecting phases. Twiki is the coolest!

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