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Back-to-school season is here. And listen, it’s making me think about the fact that back in the 80s having a cool lunchbox was all the rage. Did we all occasionally hate on them? Sure, but let’s face it, like most things they don’t make them like they used to. Now everything is retro, and so it got me thinking about retro lunchboxes.

Kids today don’t really remember what it was like to have a metal tin lunchbox. You could get a lunchbox with any of your favorite shows on it. I remember all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ones, the Marvel Superheros, heck I think I even remember seeing a Golden Girls lunchbox at some point. The reality is a “vintage” lunchbox has me deeply into my feelings about childhood.

So, because I just felt like, I decided to hunt down some cool vintage lunchboxes that remind me of those good ole days, aka the 80s. These are mostly those tin lunchboxes with that fun latch on the top we all played with after finishing our lunch before heading outside to the playground. And of course, I knew I needed to find the ones that were going to have all the best nerdy moments from the 80s, so yes there is a Star Wars lunchbox here. Take a trip down memory lane with me, remember those days when we didn’t have to worry about being an adult and how we could just enjoy our schooldays. Here are 9 retro lunchboxes to help bring out the kid in you.

  • Marvel Spider-Man Tin Titans PX Lunchbox

    How were we expected to eat lunch in second grade without our Spider-Man lunchbox? What are we barbarians? Peter Parker was the only way I got through the banality of school…without doodling Spider-Man on my notebooks…I’d be more lost than usual!

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  • Star Trek

    Now, while I was definitely a Star Wars kid…I loved me some Sci-Fi no matter who it was.   And while I was too young to watch the original T.V. series, I loved the movies!   Beam a snack into my lunchbox, Scottie! 

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  • Godzilla Vs. King Kong

    Any proper ’80s kid remembers when Godzilla and King Kong movies were played on local television on Saturday afternoons…and if there wasn’t a good college football game…we were watching! 

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  • Avengers

    This throwback Avengers lunchbox rule because even superheroes after to eat, too, peopleYou know how many calories the Incredible Hulk has to ingest in order to stay strong? I mean…I don’t actually know…but A LOT probably!

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  • Rambo

    Come on…the red headband…the Sly…and the bazooka.   Mom and Dad said we were too young to watch Rambo…we didn’t listen.   We secretly watched it on HBO one night…and it ROCKED. 

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  • NASA

    NASA’s resurgence in the early 1980’s led to…what else…merch! I remember suddenly wearing NASA t-shirts and playing with toy space shuttle but I needed to store my astronaut ice cream somewhere, and that’s where this NASA lunchbox comes in. USA! 

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  • Ronald McDonald

    You simply cannot be a kid from the 1980s without espousing the virtues of McDonald’s from the decade. The milkshakes, the fries, the Happy Meals, the playground! Plus, they started creating a McDonald’s Cinematic Universe by adding Grimace, Birdie, the Hamburglar, and others to Ronald McDonald’s story!   BOOM! 

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  • Fraggle Rock

    If you’re a real child of the 80s you will see these words and the music should automatically pop into your head: Dance your cares awayworries for another day…let the music play…down in Fraggle Rock! This classic show from Jim Henson featured a fantastic world of little elves and monsters and weirdness! It was rad!  

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars rules. And so do Star Wars lunchboxes. See above.

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