Mike Burns, Co-Founder of CanMuseum.com, finds that the Force is stronger in Japan with this beverage can review
It seems that every time you turn around, George Lucas is releasing a new version of the Star Wars saga. This year is no exception with Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace 3D.
In fact, Lipton Brisk has a special limited edition Darth Maul can to commemorate it. Last year, Steve started reviewing the USA version of Pepsi’s Star Wars: Episode 1 cans from 1999 as part of his Phantom Phridays series. Now, I will take a look at some fantastic steel Star Wars cans from Japan in 2006.
Pepsi Twist was available in the United States from 2000 to 2006 and was basically Pepsi with a “twist” of lemon.
It briefly came back in 2008 to help promote the NFL Kickoff as Pepsi “with a kick of Lemon”. Currently, it is still available in Japan and a few other countries.
This set of cans can be split up into two sub-sets: Star Wars: Episode 3 cans and Star Wars: Episode 4 cans.
All are made of steel making them sturdy (and magnetic), and the only design feature that separates them apart from each other is the full color photo of the Star Wars character featured on them. Yes, I said full color.
Imagine how the United States cans would have looked in full color instead of in greyscale.
There isn’t much to say about them other than how great they look (I think they speak for themselves). As a can collector I really appreciate countries like Japan that spend the extra time, money and care to produce quality packaging such as these Star Wars cans.
On the Star Wars: Episode 3 cans, we have Chancellor Palpatine, Darth Vader, General Grievous, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. There are 3 Villains and 1 Hero represented.
The Star Wars: Episode 4 cans include Luke Skywalker, Han Solo & Chewbacca, Princess Leia Organa, and Stormtrooper.
These cans are opposite in the fact that they represent 3 Heroes and 1 Villain. You’ll also notice that Pepsi stays true to the original film’s name and logo, “Star Wars”, leaving off the “Episode IV”.
These cans are great to have whether you are a can collector or a Star Wars fan. The only thing I would change is to have released more characters or to release four cans from each of the six films. I’d really like to see the United States step up to Japan’s design standards as these cans are so much better than the United States set from 1999.