Posted by Matty
It’s time to check in on the recent PEZ aquisitions.
Not interested? … What if I said, “Elvis”?
Yeah, you heard right. Elvis has been immortalized on the top of a candy dispenser. And it’s about darn time if you ask me. Year after year I watch while new dispensers honor every crummy kids show or movie. Off the top of my head… how about the Tweenies, Cars, Over the Hedge, Animated Mr. Bean, Bratz etc.
In order to make up for this indiscretion, pezco released not one, but three different King dispensers. Each dispenser memorializes a different period from military Elvis, to um… just Elvis, to bedazzled Elvis. While I appreciate the effort, the actual sculpting leaves a little bit to be desired.
Moving on, I actually haven’t discussed the new arrivals since last year, so I’m just going to touch on each briefly. The associated pix are in the gallery.
Around Christmas, a new seasonal character was introduced. Nice to see you, Mrs. Claus. I don’t what other characters can possibly be released in this series… We’ve had Santa, snowmen, angels, bears, elves, reindeers, and now Mrs. C. Could a baby Jesus be next?
Best of Pixar is a fantastic release. Instead of releasing whole sets for movies, they just picked our favorites. This set includes Buzz Lightyear(woot!), Mike, Sully, and Nemo. My favorite in this set is Buzz. He is a multi-piece mold, and darn cool lookin’.
Japanese mini set – Nintendo characters. Each of these miniscule guys is a fully functional dispenser that holds a few pieces of candy. Just beatiful craftsmanship, in a pint size container. In Japan, these can only be purchased in vending machines.
Meet the Robinsons. Nice set, haven’t seen the movie. Not much to say. Is that guy the Purple Pieman?
Ratatouille. I’ve heard good things about this movie, and the PEZ are top notch. Very detailed, and fantastic colors.
This special Mickey and Minnie Mouse were cast in grayscale in honor of Mickey’s 80th anniversary. This set was released in Japan and limited to only 2500 sets.
Cockta truck. I know what you’re thinking, but this has nothing to do with roosters. Cockta is a Slovenian carbonated beverage made from dog rose berries. These trucks were packaged with the drink for a while. I guess to encourage people who didn’t like dog rose berry soda?
Misfit trucks – About 7-8 years ago, Pez.com released a set of “Misfit” trucks exclusively on their web site. The trucks came in white and glow in the dark. I’m just a little late on getting these into the collection.
Craig’s Eggs – Nancy’s brother (and mine), Craig picked these Japanese mini pez up for me while he was in Japan. They were purchased from a vending machine, which explains the egg containers.
Planet Earth – PEZ was going to do a set of “solar system” dispensers. I think that the demand was pretty low, so they stopped after doing Earth. It’s a shame. I totally woulda bought Uranus. heh.
Psycho hand – The pychedelic series is a favorite of mine, and I purchase them whenever I can. They’re groovy, man. They are remakes of a dispenser created by PEZ in the late ’60′s. I’m not saying that they’re hippy, but the dispensers came with flower-flavored candy. Yeah, really.
Giant Hello Kitty – I adopted this giant Hello Kitty from Froggie’s 5&10. In her maw she is holding a normal Hello Kitty Pez. This pose isn’t for kitty-on-kitty carnage action, just to show you how creepy-huge the dispenser is. Oh yeah, and it dispenses full packs of candy.
Robot from Lost in Space – Unlike the giant Hello Kitty, this giant Pez doesn’t have a normal size Pez counterpart. When you flip the top, the robot says things like… “Danger Will Robinson.” It also says something PEZ-related, but I can’t think of it right now.
Gold Soccer Ball-This was another limited release. 2006 of these were made to commemorate the 2006 World Cup. GOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!
Metro Bratz K-9 – I hope you’re not too confused. This isn’t really a set. The first is a dispenser for a German hockey team – The Metro Stars. Next, is Sasha from the Bratz series, and finally, is a crystal K-9 dog to commemorate — oh heck, something or other.
Moomin – I don’t know much about this Japanese mini set, other than it’s name is Moomin. Which is pretty fun to say. Say it. Moomin. ahh. I like these guys. They’re pretty cute.
Ariel and Cinderella – PEZ US has been trickling out this set of Disney princesses. Every couple of months they release a few more. Snow White is next.
Nascar- Yep. It’s a dispenser. and a car. Like any good toy car, you can pull it back and it will zoom away.
Hello Kitties – A European Hello Kitty release. I’ve already given Hello Kitty too much space in this article, so I’m not going to even mention the cuteness factor of these dispensers.
Kyorochan – Mascot for a Japanese chocolate company. These have an interesting retro look. I can’t say why I like ‘em. I just do.
Gecko -Not a happy PEZ, but a terrifying killer lizard that was discovered lurking in our house. Don’t be fooled by the pic. It’s an optical illusion. Nanc has giant hands.