Among all of the superhero movies, Guardians of the Galaxy truly stands out on its own. Not only does it feature characters that one might never have considered as the typical team of superheroes, but the music itself is an anomaly of sorts. With the lead character of the Guardians having been abducted from Earth in the late 1980s with his walkman featuring some of his mother’s favorite music, as well as his own, the soundtrack for the Guardians of the Galaxy is truly all about the classic rock and other classics of the 1970s and 80s.
It is because of the popularity of this movie and its sequel, which just hit theaters on May 5, that sales of walkmans has seen a surge and not only that, but the prices on these classic music players has also increased drastically. According to a report from Cinema Blend, since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit theaters, the walkman has become a hot commodity and collector’s item. In fact, “online prices for used versions of the music player have ranged from the hundreds to thousands of dollars in online communities.”
Even models that are currently not working are being sold for hundreds of dollars because it is simply about owning what is essentially a piece of the history of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course this is not the first time that a movie or television show has helped the popularity of an older item surge. Nostalgia has a way of bringing things back into popularity, especially when it is a part of a series or movie that develops a large following of fans.
All it takes is looking at Stranger Things and the nostalgia that was induced by the addition of Snack Pack puddings in the old-fashioned metal cans. It even led to Snack Pack announcing that they would be releasing the classic chocolate pudding snack in the nostalgic cans.
While the Snack Pack situation is just one instance of how pop culture and nostalgia can influence modern consumer habits. Although Guardians of the Galaxy may have helped to bring a resurgence in popularity for the classic walkmans, there is no word whether or not this means Sony will move forward with a modern version in order to satisfy fans looking for their very own piece of the movie. Instead, people looking for their own walkmans can head to eBay and other collector rooms in order to try to track down their own vintage music players.
By Dorothea James
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