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Pezhead Monthly
October 2010

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Spring Loaded: A Message from the Editor top of page | cover page

Welcome to the pages of Pezhead Monthly! If you blinked, you may have missed last month's story of how I added 4 autographed Pez to my collection at Chicago Comic-Con. It's worth a read if you haven't had one already.

I had a pretty eventful September on the Pez front. I added two new giants to my collection, the Fireman and Spider-Man, as well as a backwards error Pez (Mulan). But the crown jewel had to have been the collector's set of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

There's a lot going on in this month's issue of Pezhead Monthly. For starters, I share the wonderful experience I had at Jungle Jim's International Market, where there was plenty of Pez to be had. Also, after a brief hiatus, the Five Questions feature returns this month. The subject this month is the new Vampire Pez. Also in this issue is some Pez Poetry and the Pez Almost-Quote of the Month.

Lastly, this issue marks the return of an old friend, Petey O'Jay. It's hard to believe that it's been nearly four years since his last appearance, but he's back this month! What's more, Petey is now on Twitter. Follow him to learn what and where new Pez is being found, and to share some hot tips of your own! I'm also proud to announce the all new Petey O'Jay archive, where you can catch up on all of his adventures to date.

And by the way, check out Pezhead Monthly's Halloween page for all kinds of scary Pez fun.

Thanks for reading Pezhead Monthly. Have a happy and safe Halloween, and see you next month!

Joe Durrant
Editor, Pezhead Monthly

joe@pezheadmonthly.com


Welcome to Jungle Jim's, They Got Pez and Games top of page | cover page

Sure, I had heard the stories about Jungle Jim's, a supermarket of epic proportions in Fairfield, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati. Aisles upon aisles of pretty much every kind of food from across the globe. Giant cutout figures that contributed to an atmosphere more reminiscent of Disney World than your local grocery store. Not just a store, but a destination, as their website says.

And yes, I had heard that Jungle Jim's was also a great source for Pez. Through the awesome Pez Community message board, Cincy-area Pezheads routinely post finding new Pez at Jungle Jim's.

But it wasn't until I actually visited the store in September that I experienced firsthand how much Pez there really was. I had previously thought that no other store besides BA Sweetie in Cleveland, Ohio would have nearly as much Pez for sale, But, after going to Jungle Jim's, I have to say that there's a new champion.

When I first rounded the corner past the wine, I noticed a wide selection of candy. Of course, my trained eyes immediately looked for Pez. At first, I didn't see any and was beginning to get worried that Jungle Jim's had cut down (or completely cut off) their Pez selection in recent months. But then, I came across this sight:

Now how cool is that! I stood speechless for a moment. So many different Pez, even some giants mixed in! Baseballs, footballs, Halloween, Disney galore. Heck, even the long forgotten Sourz were still in ample supply- and on card! I also noticed the Pez sign above the rack. Quite cool.

Tempting fate, I walked around the back of the display. I was more than pleasantly surprised by what I saw!

Nascar! Rigs! More baseballs and giants! And then a bit further...

Hello Kitty! Princesses! More giants! Collector sets! Yet another Pez sign! Not to mention a place clearly intended for the giant Elvis Pez dispenser. I would have been truly devastated at the lack of Elvis Pez if I didn't already have one.

At this point my head was spinning, likely due to all the Pez, but also possibly due to the fact that I had just walked in a complete circle rather quickly. I couldn't believe all of the Pez before my eyes and I truly thought that was the end of the experience.

Then I looked just a bit over to the right and nearly collapsed when I saw this:

Get a load of all those Pez giants!! This was by far the most giants I have seen in a single location, outside of a Pez convention of course. It was quite impressive. I would have loved to take every single one of these bad boys home with me but alas, I did not. Long ago I realized that it's not practical to collect all of the giants. I decided to collect only those that really stood out to me, not only because of the typical hefty $20 price tag (which in my opinion is much better spent on a vintage dispenser, or at least a bunch of regular-sized current ones), but also because of the reality of cramped space. I currently have about 20 giants in my collection, spread across 2 rooms, and there is very little room for any more to add, short of getting a new place.

I did not go home empty handed, however. I mean, how could I possibly pass up this limited edition giant Fireman Pez?

I also went home with another factory error backwards facing Pez, which is in good company to say the least. As for all of the other Pez shown above, I was both saddened and a bit scared to realize that I had pretty much all of them already (except for the giants and some other non-dispenser items). Don't get me wrong, the more my collection grows, the more common that feeling is. But in a store with a selection of this size, it's all that much more sobering a feeling to realize how far I've come and how deep the rabbit hole goes. Sobering, and at the same time, pretty intoxicating, man.

And then there's the distinct possibility that as I type this, three weeks after my visit, Jungle Jim's may very well have more new Pez in. Perhaps Princess Tiana, who has thus far eluded me, will make an appearance. Or maybe a baseball or NCAA football that I don't have yet (these tend to come out a lot quicker than I keep track of, although I typically catch up at the next Pezamania). What Pez treasures are currently lining those marvelous shelves?

I'm looking forward to finding out, because there's no question that I will embark on another road trip to Jungle Jim's sometime down the road. It was such a thrilling experience to see all of this Pez, and I can't wait to see it all again one day. It's a jungle out there!


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