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Elvis Pez- The Good!
For my recent birthday, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing
the Elvis Birthday Tribute Artist Spectacular, which is
another story in and of itself (should I ever start elvistributeartistmonthly.com,
I will surely post a recap there). But hours before going,
a UPS deliveryman arrived with a very special gift: a Giant
Elvis Pez that I had ordered off of eBay.
this was a marvelous coincidence, because I had ordered
Giant Elvis before learning that I would be going to the
Elvis tribute artist concert! So the evening kicked off
on a great note.
actually, the evening also ended on a great note. After
the concert, I got to meet one of the Elvis tribute artists
who performed. His name was Donny Edwards, and he really
had the looks and the moves of the King of Rock n' Roll.
He was signing autographs, and after waiting patiently in
line for a few minutes I got my chance to say hello. And,
I happened to have in my pocket a Sharpie and an Elvis Pez
dispenser! I asked him to sign the inside sleeve of the
dispenser. It was clearly the first time anyone had asked
him to sign a Pez dispenser!
is a picture of the two of us (well, three if you count
here is a closer look at the signed Pez dispenser, which
will have a special place on my shelf.
7. Elvis Pez- The Bad!
2008: The evening started out innocently enough. Dressed
in an Elvis wig, sunglasses with built-in sideburns, a cape,
and a t-shirt that read "Official Halloween Candy Dispenser,"
my costume was, you guessed it, Elvis Pezley. The defining
prop for this costume was the 70s Elvis Pez dispenser.
picture, eh? Well, alas, the story takes a downward turn
from here. Perhaps because I really wanted to stay in character,
I consumed a rather inordinate amount of alcohol. I started
before the first party and continued through that party.
By the time we got to the second party, well, I was in pretty
rough shape. In fact I had drank enough at the first party
to keep me rolling through the rest of the night.
somewhere on the drive home, when my buzz was beginning
to wear off, that I noticed something important was missing-
yes, it was my Elvis Pez! What was worse, I had absolutely
no clue where I had left it. The horror, the horror!
story does have a happy ending. I was able to get a new
Elvis Pez off of eBay, and have once again restored balance
and order to my Pez collection. As for the first 70s Elvis,
I will always remember the good times we had. Well, most
of them, anyway.
8. The Commemorative Obama Fantasy Truck Dispenser
the historic election of Barack Obama to the office of US
President, the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia (which
I plan on visiting later this year) offered a custom commemorative
fantasy dispenser in November. Now, I usually do not go
for the one-off custom stuff (Walken Pez being an obvious
exception), but I could not pass this one up. True, we are
surrounded by all kinds of Obama merchandise- plates, coins,
posters, t-shirts, toasters, burritos
but an Obama
Pez dispenser?? When I learned about this one, I ordered
it right away. It's Pez we can believe in! Hail to the Chief,
and while you're at it, flip me some Pez.
a related note, check out this
cool t-shirt I spotted on Flickr- I am pretty sure it's
not for sale to the general public
but if it is, I'll
9. Getting my Chick-Fil-A Pez
are few and far between when restaurants or stores have
Pez promotions. Past examples include Jack-In-The-Box, Walgreens,
and Wal-Mart. So it was with great enthusiasm that I learned
that Chick-Fil-A was coming out with their own dispensers,
available only in their restaurants. Almost immediately
upon hearing the news, I raced over to my local Chick-Fil-A,
only to learn that they did not have any in stock yet. I
think the cashier could read the dejection all over my face,
because she asked for my name and number.
of weeks later, I got that magical call. That day, at lunch,
you best believe I stopped by Chick-Fil-A. And you best
believe I got my Chick-Fil-A dispenser. It is a cow, with
the famous slogan "Eat Mor Chikin" on the stem.
10. Expanding my Batman Pez collection
like Christopher Walken, my fan worship of all things Batman
is now forever intertwined with that of Pez. For the past
few years I have made it a goal to collect every stem, head,
and color variation of Batman Pez that I can find, both
loose and on card (if I really wanted to spend time, money,
and space, I could go on a variation quest for many more
of my dispensers, but I'm perfectly content just doing this
for Batman). In recent months I have made several additions
to my Batman Pez collection, including the new, nicely designed
Batman set, along with the variation with Bat logo on its
stem (available only in collector's sets).
even dedicated a whole shelf of my Pez display to Batman
Pez. Here is a picture of all my Batman Pez to date (excluding
a custom one I got at Pezamania 18, which is hanging out
with Walken Pez on another shelf). Notice the softhead Batman
front and center, as well as the factory error Batman on
a Bratz card (which I have affectionally termed "Bratzman").
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