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a September that has so far involved an extreme amount of
rainfall and a foot operation for my dog (which resulted
in him having to wear an Elizabethan
collar), I am proud to present the September 2003 issue
of Pezhead Monthly.
was a great month on the Pez collecting front. I found the
new glow-in-the-dark Halloween Pez (which are really a fabulous
and well-designed set) and continue to find current dispensers
on the new 5.9 stems. I also came across the US Bob the
Builder set in Toys 'R Us, which I would have picked up
except for the fact that I scored my set back at the Pez
convention in July.
issue of Pezhead Monthly offers up plenty of goodness
for one and all. We've got an exclusive interview with the
Mini Cooper Pez dispenser, one of the new Mr. Bean set available
in Europe. We also have a very special installment of Petey
O'Jay, Pezhead Monthly's occasional comic strip,
in which Petey finds that going to the movies isn't all
it's cracked up to be. The issue is rounded out with some
good ol' Pez Poetry and the Pez Almost-Quote of the Month.
this issue, and I'll see you in October!
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
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on down the highway with Mini Cooper Pez, who is hard
at work on his auto-biography.
Monthly: Mini Cooper Pez, you are one
of the four Pez dispensers in the European release of
the "Mr. Bean" Pez set. Essentially, you are
a Pez dispenser based on a cartoon show, which was in
turn based on the popular "Mr. Bean" television
show, upon which was also based a movie. How do you
keep it all together?
Cooper Pez: It's
a juggling act sometimes, to be sure. It's been great
hanging out with Bean and the crew. But I'll tell
you, one of the best things that ever happened to
me was when I was finally, at long last, immortalized
on a Pez dispenser. I mean, talk about a boost. I
have a reputation as a small car out on the open road,
but atop a Pez dispenser I'm livin' large.
That's incredibly good to hear, Mini
Cooper Pez. Do you ever get frustrated at the fact
that, despite having wheels, you are helplessly suspended
at the top of a Pez dispenser, as opposed to cruising
down the street?
MCP: It really does require a change of mindset.
There is definitely something to be said about taking a long
drive down the highway. But I'm telling you, on my 4-inch
plastic pedestal, I can feel the serenity of the world around
me. Plus, I'm much less likely to get a speeding ticket as
a Pez dispenser.
Well, no argument there. Mini Cooper Pez,
what are your thoughts on the recent automotive trend towards
reissuing classic cars in updated formats? In recent years
we have seen the Volkswagen Beetle, the Plymouth Cruiser,
and of course the Mini Cooper too. Are the classics truly
better, or is modern the way to go?
My position has always been: why not both? Even though I
am designed after one of the early Mini Cooper models, I
think in a sense you have to realize that the times, they
are a-changin'. Look at Garfield Pez, he had a nifty update
a few years back to coincide with his updated look in the
comic strip. The same can be said for my buds in the Disney
and Looney Toons sets. I think it's great when we have our
little Pez get-togethers and all different generations can
get together and have a good time. The same applies towards
automotive trends, although cars are a lot harder to fit
on a shelf for display purposes.
That sounds like a healthy philosophy, indeed.
Who do you count as your inspirations in the Pez world?
Without a shadow of a doubt, I'd have to say the Pez trucks.
They didn't just grace the tops of the dispensers, man,
they were the dispensers. Way back when, they even had wheels
that moved! They showed me that being a hip vehicle and
a groovy Pez dispenser do not have to be mutually exclusive.
I think that without them, I and my contemporary colleague
Scoop (from the US Bob the Builder set) would be without
hope or direction.
Well, I think we've pretty much covered everything.
Do you have anything else you'd like to pass along to the
Pez community at this time?
Oh, just the usual stuff, I suppose. Watch your speed, wear
your seat belts, and get your oil changed on a regular basis.
And remember, kids, a car ride can be a great way to spend
an autumn afternoon, but it's even better if you plan on
picking up some Pez along the way.