ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

It's almost time for us to be seated in a theater watching a brand new Star Wars movie! Although some fans are tempering their excitement in case of the worst, hopes remain high that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will atone for what happened with The Phantom Menace.

Let's be honest, 1999 was a dark time for the Star Wars fandom. But amidst generally bad reviews, some good still came from it in the form of fresh creative ideas. For instance, Jason 'ToyOtter' Geyer partnered with Pepsi and created a whole series of Star Wars concept toys in honor of the film's release.

Some toys were made, but other ideas were left behind. His team created hundreds of awesome ideas, but here are 21 that I think definitely should have made the cut:

1. Death Star Basketball

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

The Empire knows ball is life.

2. Cantina Pepsi Dispenser

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

I can practically hear the Cantina song playing from here.

3. Darth Vader Door Knocker

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

This perfectly sets you up for any good knock knock dad jokes.

4. Floating Landspeeder Can Koozie

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Landspeeders aren't just for land anymore.

5. Death Star Galaxy Projector

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

I'll take it as long as it doesn't show any planets being blown up.

6. Gurgling Gungans

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Just what in the holy heck is this?

7. Han in Carbonite Popsicle Mold

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

"I love popsicles." "I know."

8. Hidden Hero Figurines

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Pepsi plus toys! What's not to love?

9. Inflatable Emperor's Throne

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

These would have replaced every single chair in my house.

10. Jedi Plastic Bottles

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Might be a bit scary to see Obi-Wan Kenobi's head pop off like that though.

11. Darth Vader Lava Lamp

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

100% yes! Why doesn't this exist?

12. Lightsaber Flashlight

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

No lights? No problem!

13. R2-D2 Portable Wet Bar

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

This is exactly the droid I'm looking for.

14. Salt and Pepper Shakers

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Dark side for pepper and light side for salt, of course.

15. Planet Snowglobes

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Sadly, there is no Alderaan snowglobe.

16. Sound Chip Puppets

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

A Jar Jar Binks talking puppet would have been the perfect way to push my parents' sanity to its limits.

17. Sound Chip Tumbler and Stein

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Sound chip technology was clearly a big thing back in 1999.

18. Star Wars Spirit Transformer

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

I never really understood these water things, but I feel that having one would cheer up my desk a bit.

19. Star Wars Stacking Figures

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Because there's a tiny Anakin Skywalker inside of us all.

20. Darth Vader Magnetic Chip Clip With Sound

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

I find your lack of snacks disturbing.

21. Yoda's Dagobah Pencil Sharpener

AFi / toyotter.com
AFi / toyotter.com

Sharpen your pencils, you will!

To see even more rejected toys from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, visit Jason 'ToyOtter' Geyer's website.

(Source: AFi, ToyOtter)

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