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March 2012

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

Welcome to Pezhead Monthly!

I had a very busy but enjoyable February, starting out with a trip to Disney World early in the month. There was not a lot of Pez there, but it was still a really good time. Later in the month I found a Giant Hulk Pez, as well as the very cool new Easter Egg Pez in tubes. I found the Easter Pez at Bed Bath and Beyond (at the front near the registers), but also later saw them at Wal-Mart in the Easter candy aisle (they were cheaper at Wal-Mart). So, good luck on the Pez hunt to you this month!

After some recent months that have been a bit light on content, this issue of Pezhead Monthly is jam packed with Pez goodness. Kicking things off are the 3rd Annual Pezzy Awards, where I take some time to recognize some of the more memorable scores and experiences that Pez gave to me over the course of the past year. Also in this issue is the long-awaited return of Five Questions, with the new and very awesome Darth Maul Pez dispenser in the hot seat. And speaking of Star Wars, this month’s Pez Almost-Quote features what must be the umpteenth Star Wars-inspired quote. And how about this for a milestone: this month’s issue marks the 100th Pez Almost-Quote! To see a random Pez Almost-Quote (and another, and another), click here. Rounding out this issue is some Pez Poetry, and a photo showing my first (and possibly last) completed Giant set.

Thanks as always for reading, and remember, your questions, comments, and submissions are always welcome at joe@pezheadmonthly.com.

See you next month!

Joe Durrant
Editor, Pezhead Monthly

joe@pezheadmonthly.com


The 3rd Annual Pezzy Awards top of page | cover page

The 3rd Annual Pezzy AwardsIt is time once again for the Pezzy Awards, where I award (virtual) prizes for what I believe is excellence in Pez achievement over the course of the previous year. And, unlike award ceremonies, this one won't last 3 hours, unless you are a slow reader. Not that there's anything wrong with that. 

Before we get to this year's awards, here again is the all-important disclaimer: just like this website, these awards are not affiliated in any way with Pez Candy, Inc. They are just a reflection of the many ways that Pez has affected me on a personal level over the course of the past year.

And without further ado, I present the 3rd Annual Pezzy Awards!


My Score of the Year

Diabolic

Almost as exciting as completing a cool vintage set is scoring the first dispenser in a cool vintage set. There’s something about knowing that, eventually, you will find that last piece to make a set complete, and it all starts with this first one that you are holding in your hand right at that moment.

I had this feeling at Pezamania 14 in 2004, when I saw that awesome Joker Pez and knew that it was my first step to collecting the Softhead Superhero set (and that I did, once I picked up the softhead Wonder Woman at Pezamania 17).

And I had this feeling again this year at Pezamania 21, when I came across the Eerie Spectres set and decided that this was the next great vintage set I was going to collect. And not just because, like the Superheroes, the Eerie Spectres are softheads. They’re also extremely well designed dispensers with unique, marbled colors. I decided to start the set with Diabolic, and am hoping that I will pick up my next Spectre at a convention sometime this year. There are 6 dispensers in the set, so this should keep me busy for quite some time.

So you see, although I added more than 100 Pez dispensers to my collection last year, it really was no contest: the Pezzy Award for My Score of the Year goes to Diabolic.

Diabolic


Pez Signature of the Year

Lou Ferrigno and Peter Mayhew (Tie)

This one is a tie, not just because I only got two Pez autographs this year, but also because they were both great people who signed cool dispensers.

I got both Pez autographs at Chicago Comic Con. The first one was Lou Ferrigno, a massive hulk of a man, who, as it turns out, played The Incredible Hulk on TV (and who can currently be seen on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice). Lou was a nice guy and was more than happy to sign a Hulk Pez for me, and also to protect me from a very menacing Godzilla .

Lou and me

 
I then met Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies and who gracefully obliged to sign my Chewbacca Pez dispenser. He was a soft spoken man who you’d never think would be the growling, rampaging Chewie who sends shivers down the spines of Stormtroopers everywhere.

 

Me and Peter

 
Two giants of geek culture. And, physically, two men of massive stature. And nice guys on top of that! It’s no wonder they are co-winners of the Pezzy Award for Pez Signature of the Year.


Convention of the Year

Northeast PezCon 13

The one can’t-miss convention of the year for me is, of course, Pezamania. As long as that Pez-fueled party is just a short drive away in Cleveland, Ohio, you can bet I’ll be there.

But every once in a while, it’s fun to check out what’s going on at other conventions. And last year I went to Stamford, Connecticut for my first ever Northeast PezCon. And what a great time it was! Richie and Mary were wonderful hosts, very friendly and enthusiastic people who made their guests feel welcome. While I did see some familiar dealers and fellow Pezheads, it was also nice to see some others who don’t make it out to the Cleveland convention. The convention was small and more low-key, but what it lacked in size it made up for in spirit and a nice, laid back atmosphere.

The other great thing about last year’s Northeast PezCon was that it was the 13th year. This inspired a fantastic design theme for the convention, “Lucky 13,” featuring the Black Cat Pez dispenser. The t-shirt for this convention is easily my favorite one yet and I wear it quite often in warmer months.  And, although this did not play a big factor in my vote, I was quite flattered when Mary posted the Five Questions for Black Cat Pez in the convention’s welcome room.

Also, I got some of the best scores of the year at Northeast PezCon. Like this one. And these ones. And these ones. And many more!

Lastly, the Northeast PezCon is just a short drive away from the Pez USA factory in Orange, Connecticut. Last year I took a road trip to the factory, and was quite happy to be there. This year, with the recent opening of the Visitor’s Center at the factory, the Northeast PezCon is organizing a bus trip for what promises to be a memorable experience. I am very glad to say that I will be part of this bus trip. Look for the complete rundown in the May 2012 issue of Pezhead Monthly!

So this Pezzy Award is for you, Northeast PezCon 13, for being my pick for Convention of the Year.


Promotional Hauler of the Year

Wal-Mart Haulers

There were lots of new promotional haulers last year, including Wegmans, Craftsman, and Shop-Rite (just to name a few), but Wal-Mart really stepped up their game with 8, count them 8, new haulers!

Walmart Haulers

The haulers span 4 different eras: 1964 to 1980, 1981 to 1991, 1992 to 2007, and 2008 to present day. And as an added treat, each hauler had its own cab style, and had both white and blue cabs!

So hats off to you, Wal-Mart haulers, for delivering the Pez love 8 times over.  A well deserved Pezzy Award if ever there was one.


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