Thinking Outside The Dispenser Since 2001
Hello and season's greetings from Pezhead Monthly! As we close out 2022 and look towards the new year, I hope that we can look back with fondness at the year that was (or at least parts of it), and also be excited about all of the good things yet to come. Yes, this means more Pez dispensers, conventions, and other experiences, but also the chance to connect with friends and family and to make new memories, and the chance to find happiness wherever it may be.
Even though October was busy with three Pez events (as detailed in last month's issue), November had its fair share of stuff going on. First, I finished an update to my Pez room ahead of some friends visiting from out of town. This took a little while but it was worth it, and later in this issue I have some pictures of the room updates to show you.
Also in November, we bid a sad farewell to Kevin Conroy, the voice actor for Batman on "Batman: The Animated Series" and other animated shows and video games. I consider Kevin the best Batman ever and it his passing was a huge loss. I put together a mini-tribute for this picture, which includes a custom Pez with photo holder, with the animated series Batman on it, a Batman on orange card with the animated series version of Batman, and lastly a Batman Pez dispenser that Kevin signed for me when I met him in August 2017. Fare thee well, Mr. Conroy.
November 30th was once again Bring Your Pez to Work Day. I am very fortunate to work from home, so every day is Bring Your Pez to Work Day for me. Here is a picture of the Pez dispensers that are displayed near my work area.
Lastly, in November
I was happy to put up my Pez Christmas tree in my Pez room. Most of
my Pez ornaments (from Hallmark and Carlton Cards, such as the Bride
and Groom, Polar Bear, Knight and Pony, and others) are on our main
tree in the living room. The smaller tree in the Pez room has ornaments
I've picked up from a few other places, such as Cracker Barrel and various
Pez conventions and gatherings. This year, I also added the Kat &
Annie Pez Mascot that I recently picked up from Pez.com. I opted to
not hang the "12 Days of Christmas" mini Pez dispensers this
year, but they may be back next year. Here is a picture of my Pez Christmas
As for this month's issue of Pezhead Monthly? Well, it sleighs. (See what I did there?) We kick things off with a cover image that Pezzifies the "Last Christmas" single album cover. Then, because I skipped my October score recap in last month's issue, there is a special double-feature "Scores!" Says He, covering both my October and November scores. These were both big score months for me, so the rundown and photos are quite extensive. Then, after a couple of quick Christmas Pez poems, I provide an update on my Pez room, which has grown quite a bit in the past couple of years. The rundown here is not extensive, but there are a few comparison pictures to show some changes in my Pez room from 2020 to 2022.
And lastly, be sure
to check out Pezhead Monthly's updated Christmas
page, which contains some holly
jolly Pez Christmas content from this year as well as from years past.
Oh, and one more thing! For those of you wrapping presents or just enjoying some quiet time over the holidays, I encourage you to check out this video. It features over TWO HOURS of "Lofi Christmas & Chill Hop Holiday Songs" and "PEZ Christmas Scenes." The video was made by fellow Pezhead Erin Panda, and is featured on her YouTube channel Erin Collects Pez. I highly recommend that you subscribe to Erin's channel. Her content is fun and it is also well produced.
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Let's actually start with my very last score of September. From the Pez Outlaw himself, Steve Glew, I picked up The Americana and Farmer Pez Outlaws, with just a few hours to go until October arrived. By this time, I had already taken a picture of my September scores and even uploaded the October issue. And, as I skipped my score recap in last month's issue, this issue marks the first mention of these scores. Finally!
Moving into my actual October scores: from Pez.com, I picked up the new line of Treats dispensers with printed stems, including the cupcake (with "Happy Birthday" on its stem), the pizza slice (with "Have a Slice Day" on its stem), the taco (with "Wanna Taco Bout It?" on its stem), and the Burger (with "Always Snackish" on its stem). I also picked up a Kat & Annie Christmas ornament in the shape of one of the recent series of brick Mascot dispensers. There were many other varieties of Kat & Annie ornaments, but they were a bit pricey so I thought I'd just go for my favorite one. Check out this page for all of the available choices. https://us.pez.com/collections/christmas.
From the October Indiana Pez gathering (a.k.a. IN Crowd 2022, which I covered in more detail in last month's issue), I picked up a whole bunch of fun stuff, some of which I purchased and some of which I was lucky enough to win as prizes. This included 2 IN Crowd 2022 dispensers (the attendee dispenser and the prize dispenser), the Pez On The River "Pucker Up" convention dispenser, 3 new Batman cards, a misfit "Diablo" skull on a striped card, a misfit brown bear, a thin foot Smurf, 3 new Batman cards, a giant foam display stand made by the Camdens, and some Pez shippers with racks to hold carded Pez (which is currently being used to hold some of my Batman cards, including the 3 new ones I picked up at this gathering). My big score was a Cow A dispenser. I was very excited to add this to my collection. I already had a Cow B dispenser for a while back, and as my current vintage focus is on the animals, the Cow A was a welcome addition.
From the Virtual Pez Convention (VPC), I picked up the VPC scholarship truck from the convention itself, some Eddie Santiago artwork in an auction, a black and white dispenser and a "Thank You" truck for sharing some of my Pez Poetry (check out the previous issue for details), and to top it off, in the last giveaway of the night, a $50 gift certificate for the Pez Collectors Store, which I guarantee will be put to good use at some point soon!
From my Pez pals Sue and Steve Heraly, I received another wonderful Halloween card.
On the homemade
front, I finally got to work on a project that I'd been sitting on for
a little while. The project was a custom Batman Pez bobblehead! To make
this, I first purchased 2 bobbleheads: a Pez policeman one, and a Batman
one (specifically, the Adam West version from the 1966 Batman series).
Then, I swapped heads out, putting the Batman head on the policeman
Pez stem. I finished it up by removing "Policeman" on the
stem and applying a very apropos Batman sticker. I am quite happy with
the end result, even if it is not technically a bobblehead, as I was
not able to get the springs to fit properly. And on top of that, I ended
up with TWO bobbleheads, as I also placed the policeman Pez head on
the Batman body! Here is an animated GIF of my custom Batman Pez bobblehead.
And last but not least, my Pez Pal Topher transformed October into what I like to call "OcTopher," with no less than 13 new custom dispensers. This included a wild quintet of Spider-Man dispensers, a Fred Flintstone/clown mashup, a very well done duck, a "blue frosting" dispenser on a translucent stem, and a sweet bronze Batman to add to my Batcave. But the ones that really left me speechless were 4 different Halloween-inspired dispensers: zombie Elvis, glow-in-the-dark skull, and boy dispensers, all of which with exposed brains, and a special, extra creepy three-headed dispenser. Words cannot do justice to these awesome, horrific dispensers, so here is a picture of the four of them! (Note- click on any picture in this feature for a larger view.)
Here are two pictures of most of my October scores, the first being the display racks I won at IN Crowd 2022 and the rest being mostly everything else. Missing from these pictures is Topher's 3-headed creation, which came just a bit too late for the photo shoot.
In November, the Pez train kept rolling right along with another cornucopia of scores. Unlike October, many of my November scores came from "the wild," meaning these were found at local stores. I have to give a shout out here to the fine folks of the Facebook Pez groups, who alerted everyone not only to what new Pez was coming out, but in which stores they were being found. While some of these stores required numerous return visits in different locations, at least having a point of reference as to where to find new stuff was a huge help.
From Target, I picked up 2 fantastic new tins: Black Panther and Mandalorian. In fact, I picked up 2 of each of these, because they both had new dispensers that I will display loose (the Black Panther tin had Okoye and Purple Black Panther and the Mandalorian tin had Fennec Shand and Grogu in cradle). From Walgreens, I picked up the new Gingerbread Man on green stem. This dispenser has the appearance of a bite taken out of him, which is frankly a little disturbing, but also a nice Christmas treat. From Five Below, I found 2 of the new updated Disney princesses, Rapunzel and Snow White. And lastly, there were also a couple of surprise finds: a previously unannounced (to my knowledge anyway) Travel America 50th anniversary hauler, as well as 2 new Grogu dispensers with printed stems ("Galaxy's Greetings" and "Merry Force Be With You") that are available exclusively at Walmart.
From the UK Pez Gathering that took place on October 29, I scored one of the coolest Pez gathering/convention t-shirts ever, and a Pez candy in a resin skull. Here is a closer look at "Pez on the Brain"!
For the second straight month, I also scored something from Sue and Steve Heraly. This time it was a 2023 Pez calendar. I am very excited to hang this on my wall soon!
My Pez Pal Topher came through again in November with a bunch of cool custom Pez, including another Batman for my Batcave, Darth Vader, a Skull, a Pilgrim Pal that is different than the one I scored from Topher last year, Yukon Cornelius (from the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV special), and two, count them TWO more custom Mascot dispensers: a Turkey and a Reindeer!
From the talented folk artist and groovy guy Steve White, I picked up a very neat piece: a coffin Pez dispenser that, once opened, reveals the King himself, Elvis Presley. This is done in a "Day of the Dead" style and I really dig it. Steve always puts his own unique spin on custom Pez and I love it. Here is an animated gif of the coffin Pez in action!
And lastly, in another surprise to most Pezheads (including myself), the website OnlyKosherCandy.com dropped a new set of three Pez trucks on Kosher cards. I was able to scoop them up before they were back ordered. I love the colors on these trucks and am glad to have them in my collection.
Here is a picture of all of my November Pez scores.
Pez Haiku #166
Pez is a lot like
There once was a
Pezhead named Vixen
These Christmas Pez poems join many other Pezhead Monthly Christmas features on this page. Check them out!
My wife and I recently welcomed some friends who visited us from out of town. It was great to see them and we had a lot of fun. It also allowed me the opportunity to do something I have not done in a while: show my Pez room to people for the first time. This is always a thrill. When I first debuted my Pez room in November 2020 (as featured in this issue of Pezhead Monthly), everything was looking good and organized. Since then, my collection has grown considerably, with hundreds of more dispensers and other Pez items joining the crew. It's been challenging to keep up with it, and involved a lot of moving things around and even adding a few new pieces of display furniture to the room.
While there are still a few tweaks to be made here and there and some things still need to be moved or better displayed, the room is once again looking pretty good overall. I thought I'd share a few pictures of how my Pez room has grown over the past couple of years by showing some comparison views.
To start off, here is the view you see when you first enter my Pez room in 2020 compared to 2022 (note- click on any picture in this feature for a larger view). The big change here is that I added 2 new pieces of furniture to the middle of the room, or what I call my Pez island. These are both Rudstas from IKEA, and they join the IKEA Fabrikor that was already there. Like the Fabrikor, they are glass cabinets with a metal top. I placed them back-to-back to create a nice, big flat surface. I am not quite sure what I will put on top of them yet but I have a few ideas!
Here is another comparison picture of the Pez island from a different angle.
Another big difference in my Pez room now compared to 2 years ago is in my IKEA Detolf display cases. In 2020, I had 4 Detolfs filled with various Pez items. Since then, I've added a fifth Detolf and moved a few of the shelf displays around. As shown in the June 2022 issue, the top 2 shelves of the new Detolf are dedicated to all of the cool custom Pez I've gotten from my Pez Pal Topher Yarrison. This has since spilled over onto a third shelf, with plenty of room to grow (and trust me, I need it!). I also moved my Pez Outlaw collection to the top of the new Detolf. Here, have a look!
Next up, I recently decided to move most of my mini Pez to the big Camden display that I won at IN Crowd 2022. These had previously mostly been with the standard loose Pez in my main display, but because they are small dispensers, they are limited to being displayed on the lowest shelf only. Plus, many of these are holiday dispensers, and moving them away from my standard sized holiday dispensers frees up some room for, wait for it, more holiday dispensers (and let's face it, this is something that we'll definitely be seeing more of consistently for each of the big holidays). Here is a picture of the area with my mini dispensers compared to how it looked 2 years ago. Also notice that some of my Batman cards have moved into this area too!
My loose Batman display, otherwise known as the Batcave, also has grown substantially in the last 2 years. This is mainly thanks to my Pez Pal Topher, from whom I've picked up more than FORTY custom Batman Pez dispensers. I've also added various other pieces, such as some display stands from my Pez Pal Larry and some custom stuff made by Yours Truly. The exact updates are a bit hard to tell from this picture since the doors are closed (apparently I did not think to take a picture with the door opened in 2020), but you may note that the top shelf in particular is much more filled out.
Here is a current picture of the top 2 shelves of the Batcave!
And lastly, there is my main display, where the majority of my official loose dispensers are displayed. You can mainly see the changes in the display case furthest to the right. For a while I've been adding new dispensers to the empty shelves there as I have been getting them, but I have started to move some to be with earlier ones in the set, elsewhere in this display. A larger rearranging/organizing/photo-taking project will eventually be needed, which I plan to undertake at some point next year.
My Pez room certainly has grown in 2 years. It's hard to imagine what it will look like 2 years from now, but I look forward to finding out!
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