#23 Nute Gunray – Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Pepsi Cans


Phantom Phridays showcase PepsiCo cans featured in the 1999 promotion of Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Pepsi Cans - #23 Nute Gunray

Let’s hear it for racial stereotyping in the Star Wars prequels! Nute Gunray and the rest of the Neimoidians had an interesting dialect. I mean, who doesn’t love a little “Engrish” with your space opera, right? But let’s forget the character and review the can! #23 Nute Gunray was odd… which is fitting, since he found himself on a Pepsi One can.

During the 1999 Pepsi/Star Wars promotion, there were 4 different Pepsi One cans represented (not including bonus versions). We’ve already taken a look at the first two, #21 Chancellor Valorum and #22 C-3PO.

Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Pepsi Cans - #23 Nute Gunray

Here’s the official bio on this can:

Nute Gunray

As a pawn to Darth Sidious, this Trade Federation Viceroy oversees the invasion of Naboo and is surprised at the power of resistance he meets.

Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Pepsi Cans - #23 Nute Gunray

The secret word found on the can was Clouded.

Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace Pepsi Cans - #23 Nute Gunray

Like the other Pepsi One cans in this series, the background color is silver, with the image of the character superimposed in black/white. The overall feeling is “metalic”, with only the red/white/blue of the Pepsi logo to add color to the mix.

“As you know, our blockade of Pepsi One is perfectly legal and we’d be happy to receive the ambassadors.”