Sunday, May 01, 2016

At Flashbak: Star Wars Drinking Glasses (From Burger King)

This week at Flashbak, I remembered the age of Star Wars Drinking Glasses (from Coca-Cola and available at Burger King).

“One unforgettable Star Wars original trilogy collectible came straight from your local Burger King restaurant. 

Beginning in 1977, and continuing in 1980 and 1983, the fast food giant sold (with a regular drink) large Star Wars drinking glasses.

These over-sized glasses were emblazoned with colorful images and even character descriptions from George Lucas’s universe.

For Star Wars, for instance, there were four glasses a fan could collect: one for Luke Skywalker, one for Darth Vader, one for Han Solo and Chewie, and one for the droids, C3PO and R2-D2.  On the back of the glass -- penned inside a transparent R2-D2 outline drawing- -- was a character sketch.

For instance, Han and Chewie’s glass reads that Chewbacca “is the two hundred year old giant wookie who co-pilots the Millennium Falcon for Han Solo. His awesome towering appearance and calculating co-pilot capabilities complement Solo’s confidence and reckless action in the face of attack by Empire forces.”

For The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Burger King released four more beautiful glasses. 

Yoda and Boba Fett both premiered in this set (on the Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader glasses, respectively). Meanwhile, Billy Dee Williams’ scoundrel Lando Calrissian had a glass devoted to his character, and the droids appeared (again) on the fourth of the glasses. In this case, the description on the back of the glass was inside a weird sort of cup/straw read-out, and not an R2 outline.

For 1983’s Return of the Jedi, the final film in the trilogy, set-pieces and locations were favored over characters.

For instance, one glass illustrated the Sarlac Pitt and Jabba’s skiffs in the deserts of Tatooine. Another showcased Jabba’s palace (and featured an image of Leia in her slave gear).

The third glass introduced the Emperor in his Death Star throne room, and the fourth showed C3PO, treated as a deity by his furry captors, in the Ewok village…”

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  1. The lead paint makes these glasses which I have several of since '80 just artwork.


  2. They had the same artwork on posters, which Burger Chef also sold. Did Burger Chef have the glasses too?