While gummy candy and chewing gum are longtime favorites, lemon drops and sour babies don’t stand a chance with the characters of the PEZ family. Every candy fiend who has indulged in the world’s surplus of novelty food and sugar creations has stumbled upon a PEZ dispenser during their explorations. The popup faces have evolved from their ’50s roots, highlighting the latest cartoon characters and even mocking celebrities. PEZ dispensers are also feeding the habit of many a collector.
A visit to the website Pezamania.com proves that the PEZ following really does exist. This group of serious PEZ collectors meets at conventions around the country to share the secrets of the trade; from history lessons to hosting a trading post for avid collectors, it’s a lifestyle of strategic collecting for these PEZ enthusiasts. Even if you’re not an Extreme PEZ Collector, it’s likely that you’ve missed some of the latest novelties over the past few years. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting dispensers that you may not have discovered yet:
Santa Claus and Mickey Mouse: original versions that were the first character heads on PEZ dispensers
Bob the Builder: The whole gang including Bob, Wendy, Pilchard, Spud, and Scoop are Pez heads
Garfield: Yes, Odie is on the list, along with Arlene, Nermal, and Garfield himself. No sign of Jon. . .
The Incredibles: Both Mr. and Mrs. Incredible are available in Pez form, along with Jack-Jack, Helen Parr, and Bob Parr.
Hello Kitty: the cat is everywhere, and you’ll find Kitty White, My Melody, and Corocoro Kuririn on the PEZ list
Mr. Bean: no longer stationed in the U.K., Mr. Bean, Teddy, Mini, and even Irma Gobb have made a PEZ appearance
Pink Panther: he’s not just for the movies; you’ll find Inspector Clouseau, Ant, Aardvark, and Mr. Panther himself on a handful of PEZ dispensers
Pokemon: trading cards just weren’t enough; along with Pikachu, Koffing, Psyduck, and Meowth, Pokemon rules in the PEZ domain too
Captain America: everyone must have a Captain America and Wonder Woman PEZ dispenser in their collection. . .
The Lion King gang: Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala, and Mufasa are all ready and waiting
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: with the upcoming movie, there’s no better way to show some TMNT spirit than collecting the four characters in PEZ form; Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello are all available with their signature bandanas
Walmart: yes, Walmart is has even entered the world of PEZ with a Walmart Semi rendition of a PEZ dispenser. Fancy that.
So go ahead, grab that stock of PEZ candy and let those bricks dissolve for that one-of-a-kind sugar rush. Then head over to PEZ Headquarters for the latest Pez news and highlights, and see the World’s Largest PEZ Dispenser at the Burlingame Museum to satisfy your curiosity about the world of PEZ. You’ll need as much information as possible to start creating and trading your PEZ inventory!