Thinking Outside The Dispenser
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Hello and Happy March! This month, I wanted to reflect on a Pez-filled February, including a score that's an early contender for my score of the year. I am looking forward to March as well, and in this issue I am celebrating with a few Spring-related poems from the archives.
Kicking things off, this month's cover image is taken from a custom-made Pez calendar by 2 longstanding members of the Pez community, Sue and Steve Heraly. The calendar makes a great addition to my Pez room and is one of the first things you'll see when you enter it. Sue and Steve are really nice people and have done great work fundraising for multiple charities over the years with this calendar and other items, and we Pezheads are definitely a better group with them in our ranks!
In February, I added some nice Pez scores to my collection. First off, I rounded out the Food set, which I started in January with the Pizza dispenser, with the Burger and Taco dispensers from Pez.com. Also from Pez.com, I picked up a new Mickey Mouse with a baseball hat and the Spirit/Lucky 2-pack gift set. From the Pez Collector's Store, I picked up 2 recent haulers, the Wawa 2020 hauler and the newest Ace hauler (along with some more display shelves as my collection continues to grow). I also made great strides in my Easter 2021 collection; this year, Pez released no less than 10 new dispensers. I got things kicked off last year with 3 of the 4 new Peeps dispensers. This month I rounded out that set with the lavender Peep dispenser, which is currently found only in 2 places: in the wild at Walgreens (where I found it), and on the Pez.com website (in addition to eBay and other resellers). I also got the standard and mini sizes of the 2021 pink bunny and full-size bunny on green stem (standard sizes were found at Hobby Lobby and minis were found at Meijer), and the Chick in puddle egg, which is only available in a tube (I found mine at Walgreens but they are available for cheaper at Target and other stores). The only Easter 2021 Pez I don't have yet is the new lamb on a yellow stem. That's a European release, so I will probably get it sometime down the road. Last but certainly not least, I picked up 2 really great fantasy Pez dispensers: a dispenser commemorating the January 20, 2021 inauguration of US President Joe Biden, and also an incredibly made Easter Island Moai Pez dispenser that i scored from Etsy.
Below is a picture of all of my February scores. You can click it for larger view.
Here is a closer look at the 2 new fantasy pieces (you can click each of them for a larger view). The Inauguration dispenser is made by Michael Herz, who is the same talented artist who came up with the 2020 fantasy Santa Claus that I picked up in December. It is a limited edition dispenser that even comes on a custom card for displaying. As for the Easter Island Moai dispenser, this was made by one of the most gifted artists in the Pez community, Angelo Canale. I have a number of Angelo's fantasy pieces, and each one is better than the last. I have to tell you, this dispenser is an early contender for my score of the year. (On a related note, I am sure many Pezheads can relate to having friends and family posting this cartoon and/or this one to their social media timelines every now and then!)
And yes, the Easter Island Moai dispenser actually dispenses Pez! Check out this animated GIF to see it in action.
Looking ahead to March, it's hard to not recall how everything changed for pretty much the entire world a year ago. I've written about it extensively in previous issues and we've all seen and read about it, and have felt the effects in matters big and small. We've experienced a tremendous amount of loss and we're not out of the woods yet. In the Pez world, multiple conventions were cancelled last year and at least 2 conventions have been cancelled this year already.
That being said, there is hope on the horizon. With vaccines rolling out, we can finally start to imagine life soon getting back to normal, or as close to it as possible. I am also hoping that the Michigan and/or Pezamania conventions will be able to take place this year. In the meantime, we have the Virtual Pez Convention, which has been held multiple times in the past year and which I expect will continue to grow even once in-person conventions start to become the norm again. The next one will be on March 20 and I am looking forward to attending. And you should too! It's free to attend and you'll have a great time and maybe even win some prizes.
And let's not forget, March marks the official start of Spring! It is the season of hope and I think we could all use a little of that right now. Below you will find a few Spring-related Pez poems from the Pezhead Monthly archives. Enjoy!
Did you miss last month's issue, where I shared my January 2021 Pez scores? You can still read it here. To search the full Pezhead Monthly archives, hop on over to the archive page, where you can browse by feature, Pez Poetry Slam, or issue. There's also a Google search bar to help you search the content across the site.
Thanks as always for reading Pezhead Monthly. Take care and see you next month!
Pez and Spring (originally published March 2002; updated for formatting)
The time is here,
The snow has melted,
Hooray for Spring (originally published March 2005)
The snow is melting,
The day starts sooner,
and I cheer.
The air is mild,
sky is clear.
Easter Pez? Oh my,
Bring the Spring (originally published April 2010)
Take my hand, grab
Hear the chorus,
rise and sing,
Hunt for Pez, you
Load it up, tilt
Enjoy Pez, but please do so responsibly.