Aug 15

Mid-Year PEZ Spectacular

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, 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.

10 Responses to “Mid-Year PEZ Spectacular”

  1. chris Says:

    I’m so glad that Elvis (or K.D. Lang) is being watched over by The General . . . you never know what kind of shenanigans might happen otherwise!

    Also, that gecko? Is NOT terrifying — he’s adorable! Did Walter catch him?

  2. Matty Says:

    Chris — You can’t see the gecko’s sharp cruel fangs and beady eyes in the pic. Trust me, — terrifying {grin}

  3. P-la Says:

    Wow, those are some nifty pez despensers. Thanks for sharing!
    And I’ll control myself and not say what I want to about Nancy’s gigantic hands!

  4. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    I”m going to have to find myself some european HK pez dispensers. HK deserves all the mentions she can get! muahahah!

  5. Jen da Purse Ho Says:

    I”m going to have to find myself some european HK pez dispensers. HK deserves all the mentions she can get! muahahah!

    you have some awesome pez dispensers.

    and a LIZARDS?? EWWW ! NANC! how could you touch THAT?

  6. Petra Says:

    COOL! That is a cute lizard! Yeah NanC! Those boogers are hard to catch!My favorite Pez either the Lost In Space Robot or Elvis. Way fun!

  7. Petra Says:

    COOL! That is a cute lizard. Yeah NanC! Those boogers are hard to catch! My favorite Pez either the Lost In Space Robot or Elvis. Way fun!

  8. Kathy Says:

    Elvis looks….Elvis-y. I mean, not perfect, but it’s Pez!

    I want that Ratatatouille set!

  9. Nanc Says:

    My hands are perfectly normal-sized. In fact, they are a bit small if anything.

    Please ignore the maniac behind the HTML. He has an irrational fear of bugs and pests and whatnot. And it’s not all that cute when he squeals like a girl. But I love him nonetheless.

    And I’m kind of fond of the PEZ.

  10. Paul Riddell Says:

    Sigh. All the Elvis Pez dispensers you’d ever want, and not a single John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix. (Of course, I’m a sick little monster, so I’d love to see a Pez/Bernie Bott’s collaboration. A Sid Vicious dispenser with vomit-flavored candies…that just screams “success”.

    (By the way, I stopped by because of your AutoWorld post: I’m originally from Mason, but I’m a technical writer in Dallas as well. As Sam Hurt used to say, it’s not that it’s a small world, but that it’s a big world that’s folded over a lot.)