Meiji Chips - Japan - Promotional Cards (1999)


Meiji is a food company in Japan. They produce both chips and candies. For the release of Episode One, Meiji issued a set of trading cards as a premium in specially marked bags of chips. A total set of 30 cards could be collected. Chip bags were large and highly decorated. Bags had a black background with the familiar red-burst logo for Star Wars Episode One as well as a character montage. A yellow sun-burst advertised that the bag contained a collectible Star Wars Character Card, and that there were 30 to collect. Cards were protected inside the bags in a foil wrapper.

Cards were divided into three categories, Good Guys (blue backgrounds), Bad Guys (red backgrounds) and Droids (yellow backgrounds). Each card measures 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches. The front of the card has the character's picture in a scene from the film, their name in English and Japanese text, and the Star Wars Episode One logo. Card backs contain a photo of the character, the card number, and descriptive text (in Japanese characters). Cards are made of a thin plastic, and seem very durable.

This is a fun set of cards. I have provided a partial checklist below. Any assistance in completing the checklist would be greatly appreciated.

A big thank you to Sakai Hideyasu for the information provided here and to Bob Rankin for assistance with the scans and partially completing the checklist.

Card Values
·  set value: $25-30
·  single: $1-2

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Card NumberDescription
01Anakin Skywalker
02Qui-Gon Jinn
03Obi-Wan Kenobi
04Queen Amidala
05Padme Naberrie
06Jar Jar Binks
07Darth Maul
08Darth Sidious
09Shmi Skywalker
10Boss Nass
13Battle Droid
14Destroyer Droid
15Pit Droid
17Senator Palpatine
18Captain Panaka
20Nute Gunray
21Rune Haako
23Mace Windu
27Sio Bibble