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Pezhead Monthly
March 2011

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The 2nd Annual Pezzy Awards (continued) top of page | cover page

Pez Convention of the Year

Pezamania 20

Well sure, Pezamania 20 was, in fact, the only Pez convention I went to last year. But for such a landmark year, Pezamania truly delivered in style. I got to meet lots of new Pezheads and I sold some of my Pez wares (including a short collection of my Pez Poetry). And of course, there was lots of new Pez to be had, including my big vintage piece of the year, Green Hornet, as well as my Pez Score of the Year (see below).

I could go on and on about my adventures at Pezamania 20, but as it turns out I already have. To read all the gory details, click here.

Pez Set of the Year

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

What makes a great Pez set? A few things. First of all, it should be something that all kinds of people, not just Pezheads, can be in wonder of with just a glance. A great Pez set is also well designed, bursting with details and colors. And of course, a big part of it is presentation- a unique card or box design that will make even the most package-ripping of Pezheads consider grabbing an extra set for posterity.

Meeting all of the above criteria and then some this past year was the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set.

Starting out with the lady herself, Snow White appears on a nice, new yellow stem, whereas previously she had just been on a blue stem (and, occasionally, in quite unusual surroundings). Accompanying Miss White are the aforementioned seven dwarfs, and to make it even better, they are on half-stems because, you know, they're dwarfs. The stems also have each of their names on them, so that you can keep track of who's who. I know of some Pezheads who have switched out the stems for normal-size ones, but I think these are unique and the names are a nice touch. Rounding out this most impressive set is the box, which features the dwarf's cottage in the background, a storybook, and, to top it all off, a mirror on the back of the box!

The mirror brings to mind a pair of poems from the February 2002 issue of Pezhead Monthly:

A Brief Conversation With An Enchanted Yet Misguided Mirror

"Mirror, mirror on the wall,
What's the fairest candy of them all?"
"The answer's Skittles, it can't be clearer."
"I think I'll get myself another mirror."

A Brief Conversation With An Enchanted Yet Misguided Mirror That Has Since Seen The Error of Its Ways

"Looking closer," Mirror says,
"The fairest candy must be Pez."
"Mirror, mirror on the wall,
I think I'll keep you after all."

The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs set is truly one for the ages. How will Pez top this? I'm not sure, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

Pez Score of the Year

Chrome Batmans

It might sounds like blasphemy to name a series of fantasy dispensers as my score of the year, but looking back on a year filled with great scores, I consistently came back to this one as the score that rendered me speechless, dizzy, sweating, zoning out, and in complete and total awe of the thing we call Pez.

As mentioned in my Pezamania 20 recap, it was quite unexpected when I came across the dealer, Christopher's room on that Friday. And when I left, 5? 10? 30 minutes later? I immediately went back up to my room, took all of those chrome masterpieces out of the bag, and took the below picture:

As mentioned above, 2010 was a great year for my Batman collection, including the big colored stem bounty in April and the Adam West autograph in Chicago. But it is this set of awesome chrome pieces that I know I will look back on years from now and wonder just exactly how I was able to be in the right place at the right time to add them to my collection.

The 13th Northeast Pez Convention: Oh, It's On top of page | cover page

Last week I decided to make the leap: I am going to my first ever Northeast Pez convention! The convention is in its 13th year and is held in Stamford, Connecticut from April 7-9. The convention is hosted by Richie Belyski, who also happens to run the authoritative Pez newsletter, Pez Collector's News.

Here are a few things I am looking forward to at the Northeast Pez convention.

Pezheads Old and New

I know that there will be a bunch of Pezheads that I've already met over the years at conventions in Pezamania, St. Louis, and Minnesota. It will be great to catch up with them since my last Pez convention in July.

However, I am also sure that I will meet many other Pezheads at this convention, because there's got to be a lot of people who don't (or have yet) to make it out to the convention I usually attend, Pezamania in Cleveland, Ohio. It will be great to meet new collectors and to swap stories and photos of our Pezhead adventures.

And, inevitably, there will be at least a few people who will be attending their first ever Pez convention. It's always fun to see how the experience affects them. The word "overwhelming" pretty much sums it up, but at least you know that you are amongst like-minded folks.

Along the same lines, I know that I will see many of the dealers I've gotten to know and buy from over the years, but I am also sure that there will be more that I haven't met yet. This is always good, not only because more dealers means more Pez, but also because each dealer is different and sometimes brings very unique Pez items to sell. Inevitably, I pick up something a bit off the beaten path at each convention I go to.

The Convention Experience, and All That Pez

Each convention has its own personality, not only because of those who attend it but also because of the area where it is held. I have never been to a convention out on the coast, but I am sure it will be a new, enjoyable experience. I hear great things about the town of Stamford, and not just because it is where "The Jerry Springer Show" is taped.

Oh, and did I mention that there will be lots of Pez there? All kinds of new and vintage Pez, all over the place. It will be grand. I'll need to spend a bit of time developing a wish list, but I am looking forward to it. Because of the cost of the airplane ticket (whereas I usually drive to Pez conventions), my budget for this convention will be a bit more limited, but I am confident that I can make it count.

The Pez Factory!?

You heard me right. I am still trying to wrap my head around this, but within a short driving distance of the convention is the PEZ USA headquarters in Orange, Connecticut! A road trip will definitely need to be in order. I don't want to lay this on too thick, but I am sure this will be a pivotal moment in my journey as a Pezhead. Even if I just get to see the outside of the building, it will be worth it. If I could somehow go inside the building and talk to a few people, that would be even better. Who knows, perhaps I can even share some Pez poetry with some of the fine people who work hard to bring Pez to stores across the country. We'll have to wait and see!

So yeah, the countdown is officially on. Before I know it, I will once again be swimming in a sea of Pez goodness, this time in a whole other part of the country. There's a bit of planning to do, but it will be worth it for sure. Seeing old friends, making new ones, adding new Pez to my collection, and to top it off, a pilgrimage to the Pez factory? I cannot wait. How will it all play out? Expect a detailed recap, right here in the May issue of Pezhead Monthly.

Pez Poetry top of page | cover page

After the Love Has Gone

February 16th,
Be still my beating heart,
That was when I found you
Inside that discount cart.

Ev'ry Pez beside you
Already had been chosen.
Why did they pass you over,
What made you so imposing?

I didn't see a reject
Looking back at me;
I saw a crystal heart,
Yearning to be free.

After the love has gone,
There's sometimes reappearance.
I knew it when I found you
And plus, you were on clearance.

Pez Haiku #114

I've flipped lots of Pez,
But I haven't flipped as much
As Charlie Sheen has.

Pez Almost-Quote of the Month top of page | cover page

"You're out of Pez! You're out of Pez! This whole store's out of Pez!"


The Pezhead Monthly 10-Year T-Shirt Has Landed top of page | cover page

Recently added to the Pezhead Monthly t-shirt store is a shirt commemorating this publication's 10-year anniversary. It reads: "PEZHEAD MONTHLY: 10 Years of Thinking Outside the Dispenser." .

Here is a picture:

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