Thermal detonator Coke bottles sold exclusively in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have popped up in an unauthorized remote outpost in Alabama during the coronavirus closures of Disney theme parks around the globe.
A pallet of the Galaxy’s Edge-exclusive Coca-Cola products has been spotted in a small, family-owned grocery store in Hartford, Alabama, according to social media posts.
Disney theme parks in California and Florida remain closed until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interesting find of the day… this random little store near where I live has whole 12 packs of Galaxy’s Edge drinks for $6.99 pic.twitter.com/M79vMxdLZQ
— EscapedStitch (@escapedstitch) April 26, 2020
More than 500 of the Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles were for sale at Tate’s Supermarket in Hartford, Alabama, according to a tweet by @escapedstitch. The local grocery store is located in a small town near the border of the Florida panhandle nearly 400 miles from Walt Disney World.
How the Batuu-bound thermal detonator Coke bottles made their way to Alabama remains unknown. Attempts to reach Tate’s Supermarket were unsuccessful.
Campbell’s Soup Co. alleged that Tate’s Supermarket sold products meant for destruction or as feed for farm animals and asked a judge to immediately stop the unauthorized distribution of Campbell’s products in a 2014 federal lawsuit, according to the Dothan Eagle, a local Alabama newspaper.
Here is the whole stack of Galaxy’s Edge Cokes pic.twitter.com/LsNLmcukUQ
— EscapedStitch (@escapedstitch) April 27, 2020
The local Alabama grocery store apparently is unaware of the value of the rogue shipment it received from the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy. Tate’s Supermarket is selling 12-packs of the Galaxy’s Edge collectible bottles for just $6.99 — about the cost of a single bottle in Batuu.
The souvenir Coke bottles at the Alabama grocery store appear to be expired, according to WDW News Today.
“If you look closely, the bottles are printed with an expiration date of “April 20,” meaning that they’re either nearly expired or already expired … but probably still good, especially for collectors,” according to WDW News Today.
The mysterious appearance of the Batuu-bound Coke bottles in a neighboring galaxy raises a host of questions. How did they get there? Are there any left? Do they read Aurebesh in Alabama? Only space pirate Hondo Ohnaka knows for sure.
The Coca-Cola bottles sold in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge look like palm-sized thermal detonator grenades emblazoned with logos rendered in the Aurebesh language used throughout the galaxy far, far away.
The collectible bottles were snapped up by eager Star Wars fans who wanted to bring home a souvenir from the Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the 14-acre lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Star Wars themed lands opened in Anaheim on May 31 and Florida on Aug. 29.
The uniquely designed thermal detonator Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite bottles were unveiled during Star Wars Celebration 2019 as exclusive Coca-Cola products available only in the Galaxy’s Edge themed lands at the Disney parks in California and Florida.
The thermal detonator Coke bottles had a brief brush with infamy in August when they were the subject of a short-lived ban by the Transportation Security Administration.
The Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite bottles were designed to look like the spherical explosive weapons used by bounty hunters and stormtroopers in the Star War universe.
The Aurebesh designs mimic the look of the corporate brands, with the Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottle retaining the curve and swoop of the twin C’s in the distinctive Coca-Cola logo. The thermal detonator bottles retain their trademark color schemes — red for Coke, silver for Diet Coke and green for Sprite.
Coca-Cola worked closely with Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm on the look of the Galaxy’s Edge soda bottles to create a familiar yet different design that authentically fit into the Star Wars universe. Coca-Cola and Disney are both listed on the patent of the distinctive Galaxy’s Edge bottle cap.
Disney theme parks have a long corporate relationship with Coca-Cola dating back to the 1955 opening of Disneyland’s Refreshment Corner on Main Street, U.S.A.