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March 30, 2019 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

WalMart's arcade-themed metal lunch boxes feature Defender, Joust, and Gauntlet artwork

Defender arcasde-style metal lunch box
Back in the day, lunch boxes always came with a matching thermos. Newbury Comics did it right. Thermos!
I grew up in an era when school lunches weren't as ubiquitous as they are today. I brought my lunch to school every day. Each year, in late august, my Mom would take me shopping for school supplies. The only two items I cared about were a pencil case and lunch box.

Each of these items were always Peanuts themed for me. If it didn't rock Charlie Brown and Snoopy - I didn't want it. I love metal lunch boxes and I know this passion goes back to taking my lunch in a cool metal lunch box every morning.

WalMart is selling a few metal lunch boxes with vintage arcade themes! They are part of a Midway Classic Arcade series. My searches on their website uncovered Defender, Joust, and Gauntlet versions. My complaint is the lack of a thermos. It's a lunch box! Sure most folks will put these on a shelf in their game room, but doesn't authenticity count anymore? The matching thermos when you open such a lunch box is the crowning element of it's awesomeness.

"Not awesome, Walmart!" The thermos is what makes it a lunch box. Who doesn't want a cold beverage with their sandwich?

arcasde-style metal lunch box Arcade-themed metal lunch box with Joust artwork.
arcasde-style metal lunch box Arcade-themed metal lunch box with Gauntlet artwork.

Newbury Comics Metal Lunch Box with Thermos.

When we saw this lunch box in a Newbury Comics store, we knew we had to have it. As much as I'm a collector of such things, my son loved the design and insisted on using it daily. He took this Newbury Comics lunch box everyday with his favorite juice in the thermos. That was about ten years ago and we still have it along with my Peanuts lunch boxes fromt he 70s!

Newbury Comics has high standards, so it doesn't surprise me they would include the matching thermos. All their used media is in pristine condition - not the beer-coaster experience with all of GameStop's used inventory.

Newbury Comics metal lunch box with thermos Newbury Comics metal lunch box with thermos. It got a lot of use and a lot of love! More than just a sandwich holder :)
Newbury Comics metal lunch box with thermos Newbury Comics metal lunch box with thermos.


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