readers will note that it has been several months since
the last issue of this publication. Now, I could sit here
and tell you that I decided to start again now so that Issue
1 of Volume 8 (yes, Volume 8!) can coincide with
the start of the year, but that wouldn't be true (although
it is a pleasant coincidence). The truth is that I have
entered into a relationship with a wonderful girl, and have
very much enjoyed getting to know her over these past months.
some deep meditation,
I have decided that it is time to return to Pezhead Monthly,
even as my relationship with my girlfriend continues to
grow and flourish.
as this issue demonstrates, there has been a lot of Pez-related
activity going on in my world as well as of late. "My
Top 10 Pez Moments" speaks for itself, and there are
lots of pictures too (you can click most of the pictures
for larger versions). I hope you enjoy reading through it.
next month, look for Pezhead Monthly to return with
new content, along with some traditional features such as
Pez Poetry, the Pez
Almost-Quote, and more.
in no particular order, are the top ten Pez moments that
I have experienced over the past six months.
Attending Pezamania 18
Pezamania voyage to the golden city of Cleveland proved
to be quite fruitful. Not only did I get lots of
new vintage and current dispensers and other Pez items to
add to my collection, I also reconnected with old friends
and made some new ones too. And I discovered, purely by
accident, a tremendously cool nearby candy store called
b.a. Sweetie, where I bore witness to what can only be described
as a cornucopia of Pez for sale. Imagine walking into a
store and seeing this:
for legal reasons the Pez Bingo was replaced at Pezamania
18 by a game called Diceamania. It was still fun, and I
still lost in grand fashion. However, I also won for the
first time in another game called Pezamania Wars. I won
a gold-plated Emperor Palpatine, and also a very rare Pez
pin. I decided to trade this pin with a pin collector (who
happens to be one of my favorite dealers) towards a vintage
Jiminy Cricket dispenser. Yes!
2. Discovering Christopher Walken Pez
of my biggest scores at Pezamania 18, if not the biggest
score, was a custom-made Christopher Walken Pez dispenser.
Prior to getting Walken Pez, it had been a while since I
had gotten a custom Pez dispenser, let alone find a decent
quality one at a Pez convention (Elvis
was my last custom Pez at a convention). But that all changed
one fateful July day. As a big Walken fan (More cowbell!
Seven long years I hid this watch! Etcetera! Etcetera!)
and, perhaps, somewhat of a Pez fan, I cannot put into words
the level of excitement that overtook me when I happened
upon a custom Christopher Walken Pez. It was expertly made
and just flat-out cool. I paid the designer his well-earned
money, left the hotel room, and then sat in the hallway
for 5, maybe 10 minutes, gazing in silent disbelief at the
little plastic joy that had moments ago joined the hallowed
halls of my Pez collection.
Finding the Star Trek Pez collector's set
let's get one thing straight right here: I am not a Trekkie.
I do not travel across state lines just so I can go to fan
conventions where I'm sorry, what was I saying? Oh
yes. Star Trek. I've always been much more of a Star Wars
guy, and in fact am quite unschooled in all things Star
Trek, except for the one movie with KHAAAAAAN (RIP
Senor Montalban), basic knowledge of the original TV series,
and the occasional ancillary Shatner worship.
I was quite pleased when I stumbled upon the new Star Trek
collector set at Cost Plus World Market, which by the way
has in recent months shot to the very top of my Pez hunting
list. This set is amazing. All the old school characters
are there: Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Sulu there is even
a USS Enterprise dispenser!
picked up an extra set for my girlfriend's father (a big
Star Trek fan and, now, a Pez collector by default) and,
yes, I got another set to open so that I can keep one mint
in package. What kind of Pezhead would I be if I did otherwise?
expected to see this set in spring/summer of 2009, but when
I found it in October 2008, well, suffice it to say that
my phaser was set to stunned.
4. Receiving The Collector's Guide To Pez, 3rd edition
I gave my girlfriend's father a Star Trek Pez set, I had
no idea that I would also be receiving a Pez item. He gave
me a very special publication: The
Collector's Guide To Pez Dispensers, 3rd edition. This
recently updated guide features tons of great pictures of
Pez dispensers new and old, common and rare (What's that?
A green Batman?), as well as other unique Pez items and
even approximate prices, so that you know if you're getting
a good deal (or a raw one) when you make a Pez find at an
told by my girlfriend after receiving this book that her
family had a good time looking through it prior to wrapping,
all the while getting a comprehensive glimpse at the volume
and artistry of all things Pez. Okay, I'm paraphrasing,
but you get the point.
also considering using the categories in this book as a
basis for reorganizing the spreadsheet I have for my Pez
collection, with the goal of easier organization and navigation
as my collection continues to grow (as a point of reference,
just since July 2008 I have added at least 50 dispensers!).
5. Taking new photos of my Pez collection
almost a year since I last took pictures of my Pez room,
I decided to get some updated ones since my collection has
grown so much over the past several months. See if you can
spot the differences
March 2008 (click for a larger view)
2009 (click for a larger view)
time around, I also took high-quality pictures of each of
my dispenser shelves, including those in the Pez curio in
the front room. Now, when I am out Pez hunting (whether
it be in store, on eBay, or at conventions), I can just
pull out my iPod Touch and cycle through the pictures to
get a closer view at what I have and what I am missing.
I can also quickly show people good, detailed photos of
my collection, the way a grandmother corners innocent passersby
with pictures of her grandchildren. I can see this being
quite the handy tool!