09/03/2014 AT 04:30 PM EDT
On the spectrum of strange things that people collect, lunch boxes
don't really seem that bizarre.
For one, they're a fairly accurate record of pop culture – you can peruse Thermos's record of its lunch kits
like fossils in the Earth's strata to see what was popular in the zeitgeist in any given year. For another, they play on nostalgia for both the pop culture of our youth and youth itself. For a third, they're awesome.
Herewith are 10 vintage lunch boxes that we'd be proud to send our kids (or ourselves) back to school with. Most, if not all, are available for purchase. Enjoy!
Does anyone else remember VR Troopers
? They were like a B-squad Power Rangers that predated ReBoot
by literally one week in 1994. Good times.
While you wait for that The Tick reboot
, pick up this lunch box. Spoon!
Finally something to hold your lunch while you peruse the old Space Jam website
, unchanged since its birth.
Fun Fact: Buddy Miles
, who drummed with Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder (among others) and had a hit with "Them Changes," was the lead vocalist for the California Raisins in the 1980s.
Yup, that's a Star Wars
-themed Muppets lunch box that says "Pigs in Space." #blessed
Question: Why does Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san's young female companion have purple hair? And is it just us, or does Mr. Miyagi resemble Hulk Hogan here? That seems ... odd.
Here's another question: Is it weird to market a lunch box for children that backgrounds the Brady Bunch kids and places their parents front and center in a romantic light?
It's not the plastic lunch receptacle your children need, it's the one they deserve.
Barbie's relationship with food has come a long way since the days she was packaged with a "diet book"
that simply read, "Don't eat."
Dalmatian-fur coat sold separately. (Just kidding, commenters! Kidding!)
Harrison Ford "Han Solo" blaster from Star Wars
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