"Lunchboxes I used as a kid were made from metal, pinched like the devil's tweezers if you caught that flap of skin between your thumb and hand in the hinge, and always had a leaky drink container. I know this because I would always test mine against the large muddy hillslide I passed on my way to school. Instead of passing the hillslide, I'd go down it, especially if it were raining, which was rare in Anchorage usually it just snowed. Anyway, the box would be ejected from the top on the way down, eliminating my need to carry it down on my own. Basically, I tried to turn the slide into a bowling alley, and the bowling ball was my lunch box. That way, the characters imprinted on the lunchbox could really be action heros.
"Of course, I wasn't actually trying to knock down pins, so maybe that's where the simile falls apart. Can't really remember what childhood idols were represented. I wasn't really into it at that point. Space: 1999 strikes me as being vaguely relevant, but I don't know. I guess it's possible I made all of this up for my own amusement. Either that, or, there really *was* an action hero named Thermos."