With as much merchandise that exists for Star Wars, it might come as a surprise that anything got rejected along the way. Just recently an article ran about the best of the worst, which, among other things, reveals the prevailing opinion that Star Wars merchandise related to soda bottle caps simply wasn’t going to work out.
Hidden Hero Figurines and Star Wars Bottle Cappers are two such examples. Both have the same idea – Star Wars characters affixed to soda bottle caps. The former figurines were attached to the concave end of the cap – I guess the creators forgot Han was encased in carbonite, not carbonic acid. The latter were to be affixed to the top of bottle caps, which likely would have wrought havoc on supply chains and grocery store stockers everywhere.
Continuing with the food and drink theme, the Star Wars salt and pepper shakers weren’t given the green light, which is strange, because you can find salt and pepper shakers for just about everything. The R2D2 Wet Bar actually seems like it would have been pretty cool for the die-hards – a full-size R2D2 with a mini-fridge, cup holders, and assorted refreshment accessories. There’s also the talking Darth Vader chip bag clip, which would have probably made anyone want to force choke someone after the fourth or fifth time hearing it go off.
The Death Star was found in basketball and star projector form, which really seem like odd choices no matter which way you look at things. Then, there was the rejected CD of pop music based on Star Wars. As if that idea wasn’t bad enough, the CD itself was to be shaped like the Millennium Falcon, which probably would have done bad things to the interior of some CD players at some point.
The original post on Ottertorials has literally dozens more spectacular failures for you to browse, and maybe a few you wish had seen the light of day. After all, who wouldn’t want a popsicle mold of Han encased in carbonite?