It's the newest movie franchise tie-in... Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And the first can has landed in my collection.
T. Rex (can 1 of 4)
I've seen these designs at the store for a few weeks, but I just got my first one earlier this week. It's the T. Rex. The other three are Stiggy (diet Dr Pepper), Indoraptor (cherry Dr Pepper), and Blue (diet cherry Dr Pepper).
The movie releases in about a month. I wonder if I'll have the other three cans by then? I'll update as more cans arrive...
There is a refrigerator where I work that's kept full of drinks for the employees. Once a month a pallet arrives of sodas, juices, water, etc. And I always peruse the pallet after it's delivered to see if there are any new can designs. Earlier this week, there was:
I was very surprised to see the old design back on Pepsi cans. It seems there's been a resurgence of old designs in the last few years, with Pepsi even having an previous retro can in their Pepsi Throwback campaign from 2011.
But the new "old" can doesn't have the yellow Throwback banner, it looks very much like the old cans. It does have a line at the bottom of the can that says "Same great Pepsi taste - retro design," but it isn't very intrusive in the overall aesthetics.
The back of the can is nothing remarkable, just the regular nutrition info.
But it's still neat to see. Here's to the future!!!! I mean, the past!!!
** Spoilers ** This post doesn't have a happy ending where I find a super-rare can for cheap at the last shop I visited. But it does mention the Monkees' Banana Nut soda. Read on...
I spent the day in Paducah, KY, today checking out various shops and flea markets. As usual, I didn't see many soda cans for sale. In fact, I only saw one Coca-Cola can, it was the 1991 Braves National League Champs can... and I already have it. But I did see several bottles. Here are the finds I left for someone else to find:
An old Royal Crown 6-pack carrier with six bottles in it. Good and old, but not for me.
Several Coca-Cola special promotion 6-packs with bottles. Again, neat to look at, but not for me.
And finally, the aforementioned bottle of Monkees Banana Nut soda...
Totally up my alley, but not worth the $5 asking price to me. But for that Monkees fan out there that's been searching all over for one of these, you're welcome!
Earlier this week a co-worker traveled to Toronto, Ontario, for training. On his first day back, he came into my office and set a Monster energy drink can on my desk. It had no special promotions or video game tie-ins on it. I wondered why he brought a plain, regular can to me. And then I noticed it was a 473mL can!
He said it was my souvenir from Canada. Although it looked like a can from America, a lot of the writing on it was French. So this will be the newest can added to the "Canadian Wing" of my collection.
And a few minutes after he left my office, another co-worker came in and set a small, empty 6.5 oz can of Starbucks Doubleshot Espresso on my desk. He said he found it lying in the parking lot. So I cleaned it up and added that to the "Little Can Wing" of my collection.
Although it doesn't sound like it, sometimes I do actually work when I'm at work.
I've known about Monster Hydro and their plastic "cans" for a while. I've known there are three flavors available. And I've had one in my possession for a while, I just haven't drank it yet. But there's one thing I didn't know.
The can is actually made of clear plastic. As I said, I've had a full one for a while, but it wasn't until someone recently gave me their empty can that I realized the color comes from the drink inside.
Last weekend I saw this 4-pack of Cabo sparkling water at Big Lots for $1. What could go wrong?
After I cut the "fish choker" plastic off the cans, I handed one of the cool, refreshing beverages to someone I was with and they gladly opened it, poured some into a cup, and took a drink of the grapefruit-flavored drink.
Later I picked up the can to throw it away and noticed it was still nearly full. I asked what they thought of the drink. Well, it wasn't pleasant.
I took a drink from the can and it had already lost its "sparkle" (carbonation). They said it was the aftertaste, the bitter feeling still in their throat after taking a couple of drinks, that they didn't like. I didn't drink enough to have much aftertaste.
There are three cans left for me to offer to visitors. And now I know there's a lot that can go wrong in a $.25 can of discontinued sparkling water.