Posted by Matty
You guessed it, another PEZ update. Yes, the PEZ has been flowing from the heavens like hard, plastic manna. Let’s dive in, so we can see the exciting kitten photo at the end of the article!
You guessed it, another PEZ update. Yes, the PEZ has been flowing from the heavens like hard, plastic manna. Let’s dive in, so we can see an exciting photo of the kitten at the end of the article!
Speaking of Walter (the previously mentioned kitten), he drove me out of the house and to the workbench in the garage to take the pictures today. This was due to his love of PEZ bowling, and my love of him not.
First up, is a new American PEZ set, the Disney Princesses. I could only find Cinderella, Belle and the girl from Aladdin. There are three other PEZ shown on the package, but those will be released later, according to the guy at Froggies. Yep, I went to Froggies, a cool PEZ/Archie Mcphee-esque type store here in Dallas.
My thoughts are … i dunno. They look good. The facial detail is good. I don’t like the recent move to having a chunk of the torso on the top of the PEZ. The recent Bratz release also had this. All I can say to PEZ is … um… “give me head, not torso.”
The Princesses were a surprise. I went to the shop because I’m on their PEZ list, and they’ll call anytime something cool comes in. As it turns out, a shipment of Star Wars Collector Sets just came in. I hadn’t even heard about this before I bought it.
Meh… All that’s special on this is the packaging….and the “special” limited edition. Hurry now and buy one… only … 250,000 have been produced. While I’m at it, if you’re hoping to get #104470 you are plain outta luck.
This cost 21 dollars, and all nine of the PEZ are in wide release. If you assume that you can buy each of these for .99 cents apiece, you are paying a about $11 bucks for the pretty box. But I bought it, because I am a sucker.
This coulda been done a little better. First off, there are several PEZ from the initial Star Wars PEZ set that coulda been included for completeness. Luke, Leia, the lame version of Chewbacca… Also, make it worth it… They could’ve introduced a new dispenser (like i dunno, Aunt Beru or the Rancor Keeper) that would only initially sell in the fancy collector box.
Also, a quick moment of disclosure, since if I don’t mention it, Nancy will leave a comment about this. When I first saw them, in a moment of unbridled new PEZ glee, I wanted to buy two. She talked me down to one. By adding this info myself, I can avoid any possible snarkish comments.
Now we move onto some new stuff that I’m happy about. Really quickly, from left to right, are the green crystal whistle, the Boston Scientific, and the psychadelic globe. These came from Craignymet, a PEZ dealer that often has cool stuff.
The whistle is from a small run (~300) of the new whistle mold in green crystal. mmm… pretty.
Next up is the Contour SE Microspheres PEZ. On the back, it says “Boston Scientific, in an similarly exciting Sans Serif black type. Scientists may be good at their science stuff, but they really suck at designing PEZ dispensers.
“But what are Microspheres”, you might (but probably won’t) ask. Here’s a description stolen from their website:
“Contour SE Microspheres are performance engineered for exceptional targeted delivery. They are designed to combine the proven biocompatibility of PVA with a hydrophilic, spherical shape for improved delivery. Contour SE Microspheres are now available in a prefilled syringe and a wider range of sizes.”
Yeah, I have no idea either. But these brave men of science, with their hydrophilic technology have created something else as well. They have created the ugliest dispenser I have ever seen. This beats the pants off of the so-called “Mary Poppins” (curious? pic here, link here)dispenser — I still wonder who they fooled with that one! This PEZ is so ugly that I kinda like its no-nonsense demeanor.
The plain round mold has been much maligned — several times by me. Look, it’s a baseball, no it’s a planet — wait a crystal ball, no — smiley faces! The folks at PEZ have been industriously recycling this mold… (wait for next year — you too will want “Cube”– the newest design… look -it’s a box, no wait, it;s a building, a Rubik’s cube! )
This time, I’m totally wrong… these are cute PEZ, built on the ball mold. These are Bundesrat PEZ, which have something to do with a German child safety program. I do know that they are cuteness. The 50′s stylized design works with the plain white globe. These also came from Craig. God bless the Internet.
The final entry is the crystal versions of the Sourz PEZ that came out a few years ago. New PEZ molds are probably expensive. For a while, the PEZ online store would have ‘special crystal editions’ of every new line, including Star Wars, Sesame Street, and — ooh the Sourz! The Sourz PEZ are pretty lame in any version. The special crystal ones were sold in sets online, and were 8 or 10 bucks each.
Apparently the demand for clear crystal and color crystal versions of those lovable(?) Sourz scamps was a little lower than somebody expected. These bad boys were packaged up, and the 99 ¢s; Only store had a whole floor shipper of them… (if anyone cares, I found ‘em at the one in Garland). They were… umm… .99 cents *only!
That’s all the new PEZ love for now, and you did manage to make it all the way through. Here you go, a picture of Walter, sitting close to Slocombe, trying to steal a bit of the light beam.