While on a recent flea market and antique mall road trip, my wife and I checked out a shop in Washington, Indiana. I was drooling over the vast selection of boarded Star Wars figures when she found me and said there were a lot of soda cans near the back of the store. So I made my way there and found this:
It was a selection of cans from the 1999 Pepsi Star Wars Episode One 24-can set. Since I already have the set, most of the cans didn't interest me. Except for two. Buried among the bright blue and white cans was a gold can. I picked it up and realized I was holding the rare 25th can... the Gold Yoda! I've seen these go for $20 and more on eBay and just wasn't willing to spend that much. I knew I would eventually come across it in my travels. The next question was "how much?" I turned the unopened can over and saw a tag for $5. It was mine!!!
Also in the pile was a Jar Jar Binks can I had never seen. It was a Pepsi Storm can! What the what? So I bought it for $1. I researched it when we got home and found out Storm was Pepsi's 1998-1999 attempt at a lightly carbonated, caffeinated lemon-lime drink. Since this was being tested during their Star Wars campaign, they released a Storm and Light Storm Star Wars can (those two cans were not numbered since they weren't part of the main 24-can set). Storm never made it out of the test market. It was dropped in favor of Pepsi's caffeine-free Slice, which was reformulated and renamed Sierra Mist in 2000.
Yoda is famous for saying, "Do or do not, there is not try." Well I didn't just "try" to get the gold Yoda, I went out and "did"!!!