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up was Seth Green. It took a while to find a Seth Green
action figure, but thanks to good old eBay I struck gold
via a Scott Evil figure.
decapition of Seth Green was by far one of the hardest parts
of this project, both in terms of the hard task of physically
separating the head from the body (damn you, well-crafted
McFarlane Toys!), and also in terms of having to look him
directly in the eyes as the knife slowly made is way through
his neck. I was not proud of myself and I even called my
girlfriend that night to say that I did a very bad thing.
I couldn't elaborate, obviously.
sake of clarity, I am not a depraved psychopath or
I have no idea where this animated
gif came from)
contrast, the third Pez dispenser in the set, Melman the
Giraffe, required considerably less effort. I simply ordered
it from my good friends at the Pez
Collector's Store and it was here in no time.
superglueing the Super Grover and Seth Green heads to their
bases, I was nearly done with the dispensers. Seth
Green was looking mighty fine on his own, even if I
had to repaint his base (it was originally yellow, but I
changed it to green, because hey, it's Seth Green).
I wanted to put some finishing touches on Super Grover,
since it was to be particularly special. My girlfriend,
a big Grover fan, had often lamented that the Sesame Street
set that came out a few years back did not include Grover.
So I cut off the "G" logo from the original pen
from eBay and glued it to the base, and then I got some
purple felt from JoAnn Fabrics for the cape. Here is the
final product. As you can see, Super Grover looks right
at home with the official Sesame Street Pez.
all the dispensers ready to go, all that was missing was
a display case. After much searching I decided on a
tin from Michaels. For the interior, I used black foam
on the bottom and the background, along with some velcro
along the sides for support. Here is a pic of the interior
in progress- notice that for the bottom, I started with
a strip of foam and then added a second strip with holes
cut in. The feet of the dispensers would eventually fit
into these holes.
the outside label,
I used a shipping label from Staples along with some more
trial and error with Microsoft Word.
drum roll please... here is the final result.
gave this set to her along with a photo album of some pictures
I took along the way (many of which are also found above).
She was completely surprised and liked it very much. I think
it's safe to say it was a big hit.
was the first time I ever created a custom Pez dispenser,
let alone two. I had seen several examples of well-done
custom Pez (ahem...)
as well as some other examples that left a lot to be desired.
While I knew that I wouldn't be able to achieve Walkenesque
glory on my first try, I think I did a fairly decent job
with Super Grover and Seth Green. Where the craftmanship
was at certain points less than professional, and I often
found myself entering uncharted territory (to the delight
of Michaels, Inc. I am sure), the level of time, effort,
creativity, and love that I invested in this project covered
ground. While I couldn't predict my girlfriend's exact reaction,
I knew that she would at least like the subject matter and
that alone would go a long way.
ironic part about this project was that I, as a Pez collector,
was the one giving away this one-of-a-kind set of Pez. But
I think that my passion for Pez collecting only added to
the enjoyment I felt as I worked through the many aspects
of it, and it made it that much more of a special gift to
give and receive.
will I ever return to the world of custom Pez creation?
At the moment, the answer is an emphatic no. Other Pez-related
activity will keep me quite busy over the next few months,
for sure. But one day, perhaps, I'll think about the month
of March 2009 and remember what it was like to create a
unique Pez that had never existed before, and never will
again. And whether for gifting, selling, or simply adding
to my own collection, it will be yet another reminder of
how proud I am to be a Pezhead.
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Haiku # 91
a new job
And will be stationed at home,
Alongside my Pez.
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Ron Burgundy. Go flip some Pez, San Diego."
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