Even before the Great War, there was a legend: the Legend of the Star. If anyone could find fifty Sunset Sarsaparilla Stars, there would be a fantastic prize waiting for them, and that legend continues to this day.
Return to Festus with enough Sunset Sarsaparilla Star Caps to earn a prize!
The story Festus tells about the origins of Sunset Sarsaparilla is not consistent with other information given to the player. He tells the Courier that before Sunset Sarsaparilla was invented, the main choices people had for soft drinks were water or Nuka-Cola. Nuka-Cola was invented in 2044, but according to the large bottle at the entrance of the Sunset Sarsaparilla Headquarters, Sunset Sarsaparilla was founded in 1918, over 125 years before Nuka-Cola.
The icon for this quest's trophy/achievement is identical to the icon for Sierra Souvenir Aficionado apart from the Vault Boy holding red bottle caps rather than gold coins, and having blue star eyes, instead of love hearts.
Behind the scenes
According to J.E. Sawyer, the quest was inspired by his experiences collecting Tootsie Roll Pop wrappers as a boy due to a false rumor that sending 100 special wrappers bearing illustrations of a boy dressed as a Native American shooting an arrow at a star would yield a special prize. The story that Festus tells upon completion of the quest is based upon a story that was sent out to children who sent in wrappers and it shares many common elements. A terminal shows that the rumor about a prize was not created by the Sunset Sarsaparilla Corporation, and was only used to continue the increase in profits that was started by the rumors.