Spring Loaded: A Message from the Editor
Hello and welcome to Pezhead Monthly! It's the most wonderful time year, and it's also a pretty busy time of year. But hey, there's always time for Pez (or at least there should be!). This month, I wanted to share some of my many recent Pez scores and the stories behind them. Also in this issue is a link to the ever-growing Pezhead Monthly Christmas Page, Plus, there's one more Pez Almost-Quote of the Month to finish out the year. And, let's not forget this month's cover image, a Pezzified take on the iconic "A Christmas Story" leg lamp.
I've already got a few things in mind for next month, so stay tuned. Remember that you can keep up to date on Pezhead Monthly's adventures through Facebook and Twitter. And, if you'd like to show off your Pez poetry, stories, photos, artwork, Photoshops, or other creative odes to this most awesome hobby, you're always welcome to submit to Pezhead Monthly.
Thanks for reading. Have a happy and safe holiday season, and see you in 2015!
When all the stars are in alignment, it's amazing how many Pez scores can occur in a short amount of time. Take the last few months of this year, for example, which really ended the year with a bang on the Pez collecting front.
Late in October, during a very special time of year where there was a brief overlap of Halloween Pez and Christmas Pez at Joann's Fabrics, I came upon two great scores: the new Christmas elf (not to be confused with the previous Christmas Elf), and a somewhat creepy factory error ghost with no eyes.
Also in October, as a prize for winning a contest in the Pez Community Facebook group, I received some choice swag from a Pezhead in Reno, Nevada, where a candidate named Ray Pezonella happened to be running for mayor. Mr. Pezonella had no official affiliation with Pez Candy, Inc., but his nickname was "Pez", so that was good enough for me!
Postscript #1: The contest was to compose a mayor-themed haiku. I actually submitted two. Since these are not specifically Pez themed, they won't be included on the Pez haiku archive page, but here they are anyway:
Postscript #2: Ray "Pez" Pezonella was unsuccessful in his bid for mayor of Reno. That settles it, democracy is dead and/or I'm moving to Canada.
Then, amid some reports of new Target-exclusive Pez dispensers that came with gift cards, I was unsuccessful in a rather fevered quest of local Target stores to find it. So, I admit I took the easy way out and ordered them directly from the Target website. But, I will say that soon thereafter, I have seen them in stores multiple times.
Next up, after another brief and crazy quest, I was able to find the Toys R Us exclusive "Toy Story of Terror" Cat Pez. The funny thing was, I thought this was supposed to be a pretty limited run, but it seemed that these were everywhere- and very likely may still be at your local Toys R Us, so be sure to have a look if you have not already picked up this particular dispenser.
Then, on the very last day of November, going simply on a hunch (based on successes in previous years), I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, where I found the 2 newest sets of US President dispensers, Volumes VI and VII. These dispensers span presidents from William H. Taft to Lyndon B. Johnson, including such iconic presidents as Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, What's better, I was able to use 2 of the 27 Bed Bath and Beyond 20% coupons I get in my mailbox every week.
I was so excited about this score that I posted about it on Twitter about it, which earned a reply from the official Bed Bath and Beyond Twitter feed! Looks like I made the big leagues!
Now, the 2 new US president sets would have been one heck of a way to end a very successful year of Pez scores. But wait! In the middle of a pretty intensive day of Christmas shopping, I swung by Five Below, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but the new Frozen set, which is pictured right here!
I was not expecting to find this set until the new year, so this was quite a nice surprise. I suspect that this set will be in high demand, both from Pez collectors and also from fans of the insanely popular movie. Now that I have these great new dispensers, I can finally wait for it let it go.
For those not keeping count, that is a grand total of 18 new Pez dispensers (plus the Pez for Mayor swag) over the course of less than 2 months. It's been a great run to close out this year, for sure. And yes, I may need to wait until 2015 for my next Pez score, but with this latest streak behind me, who am I to complain?
Finally, I'd like to once again direct you to Pezhead Monthly's Christmas page. This page collects the many Christmas features from the past 13 years of this newsletter, including interviews, poems, song parodies, poetry, and more.
Check out the Christmas page here!
Enjoy Pez, but please do so responsibly.