Thursday, April 11, 2013

My childhood (adult) boredom survival kit

Not mine
I used to get candy in these cool little tins for Christmas and Easter, but I rarely put them to use. I'm thinking most of them were tossed out once I finished eating the candy. I think my mom may have put some to use a few times. I seem to remember seeing a beat up candy tin sitting on a shelf at some point. Anyway, I had my carrying case, I just needed to figure out what to carry. I went through my figures and picked out my absolute favorites, which happened to all be G.I. Joes. I was really into the toyline and the cartoon at that point, so it only made sense they would be my favorites. They were also smaller than Masters of the Universe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures, so I could carry several of them at a time. Action figures weren't the only thing in there though. I used to include some of the smaller minifigures I got out of vending machines, as well as a Flipsiders game I got for Christmas one year. I had a few smaller Transformers that made their way in there as well. Sometimes, one of my smaller Lego sets would end up in there too. I would carry this thing everywhere.  It really was a childhood survival kit, seeing how it kept me from dying of boredom numerous times.

When Chelsea gave me the Star Wars lunchbox for Easter, it gave me an idea: I would build another boredom survival kit. It would contain everything I would need to keep me entertained for all of life's dull moments. 

Doesn't look like much, huh?  I could have packed twice as much in there, but this seemed like a good balance of interesting objects. Let's see what's in there.

Action figures! I had to include the G.I. Joes for nostalgia's sake. Normally, I wouldn't think Cobra Commander would be much of a match for Snake Eyes. I prefer to imagine that this C.C. has had some training in the martial arts, just so he can give Snake Eyes a hard time. As for the Star Wars guys, I had trouble deciding between Boba Fett and Bossk, or Luke and Darth. Luke and Darth won out because of that whole good vs. evil dynamic. What do Boba and Bossk have to fight about? Who gets to pick up the bill at Jabba's palace? Actually, that's not such a bad scenario..

Smaller action figures. I had a metric ton of small figures I would get from the vending machine at the local A&P. My favorites were always spaceships, monsters, and M.U.S.C.L.E figures. Sometimes I would toss in a Lego man as well. The purple mech and the Godzilla-type monster actually came from a vending machine, while the guy on the left is a Crayboth from Onell Design. Of course, everyone recognizes the guy on the right. Yeah these guys are small, but they're also simple, durable, and have no accessories to lose. 

Keychain Battleship, because I never know when I might come across someone that's up for a game. Surprisingly, most of the keychain games are actually playable. The downside is that the small size means there's no room for the pegs to register your hits and misses. Hence, the reason I included the next two items..

Pocket notebook and pen. Handy for jotting down where those pesky battleships are hiding, or what you need to pick up from the grocery store. It's also handy for those spontaneous games of tic-tac-toe or hangman. 

Monocular and flashlight. I had a secret obsession with spies as a youngster. I blame it on seeing James Bond films at an early age. I was a bit too young to understand that plot, but I always loved the gadgets. I never had anything quite as cool as 007's gear, but I did have a penlight and a pair of pocket binoculars. This is sort of an updated version of my childhood spy tools. Now I have all I need for some late night or long distance snooping. 

Plus, that pocket notebook will come in handy for jotting down any secret spy stuff.

*GASP!* Man, it's stuffy in there.

Aaron's thinking putty. I used to have a large tub of putty similar to this. It was the kind of stuff they gave to patients with hand injuries, to help rebuild strength and dexterity. I used to find dozens of ways to incorporate that into my play scenarios. Sometimes it would be a large, gelatinous creature out to consume the world, or it could be a moldable body armor for my G.I. Joes. Aaron's putty actually has the same consistency as the stuff I used to have, just in a smaller package. It also glows in the dark, and by default, anything that glows in the dark is awesome. The putty also has the faint aroma of bacon. Weird..

Sure I could have used the Star Wars tin to carry my lunch, but where's the fun in that?


  1. That is the greatest idea! I should do one! Now where's my partridge family lunchbox?

  2. Love this ideal! I might have to put something together like this sometime.

  3. I'm considering adding one of those small sample bottles of liquor as well. Just in case the other stuff isn't enough to keep me entertained.


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