I received a Retro Pop Box 1970’s for April in the mail yesterday. This is the first box I’ve received from them. Although I’m new to Retro Pop Box, I’m very familiar with their business model. Customers pay a monthly subscription fee, and the company ships a goodie box every month containing things relevant to a specific theme. In the case of Retro Pop Box, it’s pop culture items influenced by a specific decade. My Retro Pop Box is dedicated to the 1970s.
As a child of the ’70s, I know only too well not everything was so great in the 1970s. Sometimes, people as old as me will lament how things were so much better when they were kids. I am not one of those people. In most ways, the 1970s sucked. WW Vietnam was still raging on. In the third grade, I remember having to write Richard Nixon a fan letter. Gasoline was rationed, and you could only buy it on odd or even days. Iranians stormed the U.S. embassy and took hostages. Fonzie jumped a shark. Polyester was king.
Even though the 1970s isn’t my favorite decade, I really loved everything I found inside my Retro Pop Box.
The main item is a t-shirt. It’s tan and brown and based on Star Wars. It features a custom van with Princess Leia posing with her father’s large helmeted head painted on the side. Chewbacca is sitting in the passenger seat wearing a tank-top. Han is leaning against the van wearing sneakers. I’m not really sure that’s canon. Han wearing sneakers, but it’s awesome.
The t-shirt is nice. Unlike the t-shirts I’ve received from Loot Crate or the Marvel Collector Corps, this t-shirt is long. I haven’t washed it yet, but it’s a cotton-poly blend (90/10), so it shouldn’t shrink.
It came with socks decorated with large boom boxes. Unlike the socks I’ve pulled out of Loot Crate boxes, these socks are actually large enough and stretchy enough to wear on my ginormous feet.
I forgot all about these until seeing them again. You sprinkle them in water, and they eventually grow into rainbow-colored crystals. Not only are they pretty to look at, after the crystals come to full maturation, drinking the water will make you gay. At least that’s what I once heard in Lancaster First Assembly of God Sunday School.
Tab Cola Lapel Pin
Of all the items in the box, this is actually my favorite. Tab was a sugar-free cola produced by Coke that was marketed towards women. In the ’70s, only women were concerned with consuming too much sugar because of what it did to their figures. This was before they invented type 2 diabetes for men. The artificial sweetener in Tab not only caused cancer in rats; it tasted like rat cancer. I can’t stress enough how bad Tab tasted. Compared to Tab, Diet Coke tastes like the nectar of the gods.
Rounding out the contents of the box were two pieces of Zotz hard candy. I have no recollection of this candy. According to the wrapper, the center fizzes in your mouth. I remember Pop Rocks, but not Zotz.
Unlike Loot Crate or Marvel Collector Corps, I recommend giving Retro Pop Box a try. All good stuff and no filler. Loot Crate will include at most 1.2 things worth having. The rest of the box will have stuff you’d expect to find in the clearance bin at Toys R Us. Marvel Collector Corps will charge your credit card twice and then not send you anything. If you like pop culture stuff from a specific decade, then give Retro Pop Box a try. Not only do they have boxes for the ’70s and ’80s, but they will also soon be rolling out a box for the ’90s. Let’s hope it doesn’t include anything related to Monica’s blue dress.