|1927 marked the birth of PEZ. Eduard Haas had an idea, which was to start the triumphant campaign around the entire globe, which continues until the present day. At that time, candy flavored with valuable peppermint aroma was promoted as
"The mint for the refined world" for adults.
||There was still no talk of children being a target group, even with the introduction of the first PEZ
box in 1949.
||1952 saw the start of the breakthrough into the American
1953, PEZ was marketed to the US interests in occupied Germany. It was
a huge success.
||The marketing included the use of several advertisement logos and themes
||By 1955, PEZ was ready to experiment with characters,
starting first with full bodied characters like Santa and a
They issued their Golden Glow regular as well.
|Taking advantage of the space craze, they issued a
space gun in 1956 as well as
a witch "regular" for Halloween. That proved to be a huge success so
they worked on the idea of character heads.
|| In 1957 they issued the first
||They followed the witch success with an Easter bunny the next spring. Even
more successful. Santa was added for christmas in 1958.
||A spaceman in honor of the Mercury astronauts was added in 1959. Sales literally "took
#2,620,061 was issued on December 2, 1960.
|The hunt was now on for characters that could be used for the heads.
Popular comic books and kids TV shows of the day brought Bozo, Popeye, and
Casper Ghost to the mix in 1960.
The first Bozo was not die-cut - that came in 1961. But still
PEZ needed a bigger
draw. Since the product had become more attractive for children, the popularity of PEZ could no longer be kept in check.
|1961 saw Easter Bunny Die-cut, Bozo Die-cut, Donald Duck A, Donald Duck Die-cut, Clown with Collar, Mickey Mouse Die-cut
stem with painted face, Mickey Mouse Die-cut stem with die-cut face, Mickey Mouse A (die-cut face), and Mickey Mouse B (painted face)
|Since the Disney experiment proved to be the
"Magic" touch, in 1962 licenses were purchased for
all the Walt Disney cartoon characters. Boxes were decorated with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck,
and Goofy and the rush could no longer be stemmed. With each new series, the PEZ brand increasingly becomes a
collector's cult and fascinated young and old all over the world.
Lion's Club, Astronaut A, Easter Bunny B, and Pinocchio A were new.
|Pluto A, Cocoa Marsh, Easter Bunny C (Fat Ears), and Bullwinkle came
out in 1963.
|Football Player and
Baseball Glove followed in 1964.
|In 1965 Frankenstein A, Wolfman A, Creature of the Black Lagoon A, Practical Pig A, Li'l Bad Wolf, Candy Shooter, Zorro with Logo, Santa B, Mexican
PEZpal, Boy with Cap, and Sailor PEZpal proved to be popular and the search
for more characters was on.
Since 1965 approximately 35 licenses have been purchased worldwide with producers of the most popular Cartoon Characters, which has ensured the customer loyalty of generations in over 80 countries for
Batman with Cape appears, Goofy A is added to the Disney line, and
Brutus and Olive Oyl from the Popeye comics are a big hit.
|Snow White, Dopey, Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, Green Hornet, Lion, and Monkey Sailor
show up in 1967.
|Second patent, #3,410,455, was issued in 1968.
Considering the times, it only made sense to come out with
Psychedelic Flower and Psychedelic Hand.
Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle, and Captain Hook were added to the Disney line in 1969.
|Lacking character variety, PEZ started experimenting with their own
variations on a theme in 1970, issuing:
Chick in Egg A (no hat), Sparefroh, Witch C, One-Eyed Monster, Octopus, Mr. Ugly, Santa C with Loop, Angel with Loop, Indian Chief, Circus Elephants with Hair, Maharajah
PEZpal, Pirate PEZpal, Policeman PEZpal, Doctor PEZpal, Nurse PEZpal, Fireman
PEZpal, Girl, Little Lion, and Pony-Go-Round
PEZ sets up its organization in Orange, Connecticut/ USA, which is
responsible for production and sales operations on the American continent
The new factory was completed in 1974 and it's new dispencer design was
given patent #3,845,882 on November 5th
|Hippo, Indian Brave, and Mickey Mouse C were added in 1971.
|Alpine PEZpal, Make-A-Face, Knight PEZpal, Sheik PEZpal, and Dr. Skull A
were added in 1972
| It was in 1973 that Duck with
Flower, Cow A, Raven, Cat with Derby, Panda A (removable pieces), Mary Poppins, Cowboy, Pinocchio B, and Jiminy Cricket saw the light.
|Asterix, Obelix, Mueslix, and Snowman A were introduced in 1974.
|Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross, Captain (Paul Revere), Pilgrim, Daniel Boone, Wounded Soldier, Indian Squaw, Stewardess, Pilot, Engineer PEZpal, Bride PEZpal, Groom PEZpal, Clown with Chin, Cockatoo, Ringmaster PEZpal, Gorilla, Practical Pig B, and Crazy Fruit Orange
all came out in 1975.
Further improvements landed yet another patent, #3,942,683, on March 9,
saw the release of Olympic Snowman, Creature B, Cow B, Circus Elephant with Flat Hat, Circus Elephant with Pointy Hat, Mimic the Monkey, Yappy the Dog, Roar (Lion with Crown), Rooster, Lamb, Chick with Egg B (with hat), Giraffe, and Crocodile.
|1977 saw the issue
of Astronaut B, Duck Nephew, Dumbo, Uncle Scrooge, and Sheriff PEZpal.
|Bugs Bunny A, Sylvester A, Tweety A, Daffy Duck A, Merlin Mouse, Speedy
Gonzales A, Winnie the Pooh, Creature C, Rudolph, Panther, Chip, Dalmatian
Pup, Thumper, Spiderman A (removable eyes), Thor, Hulk A (dark green), and
Captain America arrived on the scene in 1978.
|New for 1979 were Batman
Softhead (SH), Batgirl
SH, Penguin SH, Joker SH, Wonderwoman SH, Mickey Mouse SH, Donald Duck SH, Pluto
SH, Goofy SH, Dumbo SH, Captain Hook SH, Spook Eerie Spectres (ES), Air Spirit ES, Zombie ES, Scarewolf ES, Vamp ES, Diabolic ES, Truck A, Truck B, Coaches Whistles, Popeye C, Crazy Fruit Pineapple, Crazy Fruit Pear, and Peter PEZ A
|New for 1980 were Droopy Dog A, Tyke A, Spike A, Tom
A, Jerry A&B, Barney Bear, Foghorn Leghorn, Roadrunner A, Wile E. Coyote, Petunia Pig, Cool Cat, Henry Hawk, Lamb Merry Music Maker
(MMM) (U.S.A. Whistles), Duck MMM, Rooster MMM, Dog MMM, Pig MMM, and Donkey
MMM, Camel MMM, Clown MMM, and Rhino MMM
|Pumpkin A with die-cut face, Snowman
B, Frog Merry Music Makers (MMM Foreign issue), Koala
MMM, Owl MMM, Panda A MMM, Wonder woman A (raised star on headband),
Hulk (light green stem and Dark green hair) and
Truck C all came out in 1981.
|Annie, Space Gun, and Worlds Fair (Knoxville, TN) were added in 1982
|1983 only saw a remake of Mickey Mouse.
|1984 was another slim year. Only Donkey Kong Jr., Vucko - Olympic Wolves, and PIF
came out that year. Feet were added to European issued PEZ starting in 1984
on October 30, 1990 and all plants worldwide began to adapt by years end.
|Early in 1990, the Garfield character
line was expanded with Arlene and Nermal plus Garfield in a visor. A
new Bunny & Panda were designed for Easter, and the Peanuts gang
(Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock) followed shortly thereafter (May). The
Pezasuars were issued in Europe only under the names Brutus, Titus, Chaos,
and Venesia. A new design to many characters accompanied the addition of
a new plants in China and Hungary. More Merry Music Makers came out:
Indian, Monkey, Panda B, Parrot, Penguin, and Tiger
|1991 saw the apppearance of the
Muppet characters: Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear. Also in
1991: Truck D (non-moveable wheels), Witch D, Skull B, Pumpkin B (small head),
Snowman C, Spiderman
B (China), Hulk B (China), Wonderwoman B, Scrooge McDuck B, Icee Bear A, Daffy Duck B.
Silver Glow regular was issued to celebrate the opening of the
new plant in Hungary.
Hungary appeared for the first time on stems
|1992 saw a new Easter Chick in Egg
and the new Disney Duck Tales characters: Webby Duck, Bouncer Beagle, and Gyro Gearloose. MGM's
Spike B, Droopy Dog B were reworked and Tuffy
A was added to the list. Sylvester B and Tweety B were slightly modified.
|1993 saw the Flintstones: Fred, Barney, Dino, Pebbles
as well as the Peter Pez Dispenser come online. Fuzzy Friends
plush dispensers were issued with Barky Brown as a brown fuzzy dog.
|The first edition of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles showed up in 1994.
Also PEZpal Boy B (no extra holes in head), PEZpal Girl B (no extra holes in head),
and a newer Tuffy B
Yugoslavia changed to Slovenia and
Czechoslovakia split into
The Czech Republic and Slovakia.
|1995 saw The Pezasaurs issued to the US market with new names (He-saur, She-saur,I-saur,
and Fly-saur), a new Batman (this time black), and the remake
of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the Easter chick in Egg. Regulars
came out with a new design and color
scheme and were packaged with mint candy. MGM's Jerry C was a re-work in
|It was in 1996 when Yosemite Sam and
Tazmanian Devil were added to the Looney
Tunes set. That prompted a remake of Sylvester and Speedy Gonzalez. And while
they were at it, Batman still wasn't right, so it was redesigned again (Dark
Navy Blue with pointed ears). New Pezpals and their body parts: Alpine boy, Pilot, Shell Gas attendant (June).
A BubbleMan Premium was offered (September). The Kooky Zoo characters first appeared that year as well: Hippo, Elephant, Lion, Koala, Gator (October)
A new Donald Duck and a new Valentines heart came out. Santa C
came out for Christmas (painted eyes).
|Star Wars first appeared in 1997 because of the movie popularity. Darth Vader,
Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, Yoda, C-3PO
were the first and came out in March. Luke, Leia, Boba Fett and Ewok
would be added a year later. Pluto, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse were given a remake as was Donald Duck
and his nephews Dewey.& Louie. Daisy Duck, Huey Duck, and Minnie
Mouse were added to the Disney Series. The Pink Panther series first
appeared with the Pink Panther, Ant, Aardvark, and Inspector Clouseau.
MGM cartoon series saw remakes of Jerry E, Tom D,
and Tuffy D. The Smurf Series was re-issued with a new Smurf B, Papa Smurf B, Smurfette B,
and newly added Brainy Smurf and Gargamel. A neon Santa C came out for
Christmas and Miss Piggy B was redone.
|The Asterix remake was the hot one in 1998 which added the
Roman Soldier to
the collection. along with the new issue
of Garfield characters including Odie. Also showing up for Halloween in 1998
were Pumpkin C (large head); the glowing ghosts: Slimy Sid, Naughty Nell, Happy Henry;
and Polly Pumpkin. There was also a crystal version of these four.
came out in neon, Panda C got his ears rounded, as did Batman.
Other issues included: Psychedelic Eye B (white and black hands, and neon yellow and pink
hands), Skull C (Diablo), Tex-Mex Santa D, "D.E.T.Y.S." Snowman
(red and yellow head), "VooDoo Mama" Witch (black and yellow
face), Pal "S" Pilot Glow in the Dark (GD), Pal "M" Shell GD, Pal "J" Alpine
GD, Aral Boy "Tow Head" (blonde hair), Aral Boy "Carrot-Top" (red hair), Shell Boy "Brownie" (brown hair), Shell Boy "Grey"
(grey hair), Shell Boy "Goldie" (gold hair), Shell Boy "Whitey" (white
hair). Kooky Zoo came out with a crystal
Elephant, Lion, Hippo,
Alligator. Icee Bear B, , "Pinky" the Elephant, "David W" the Lion, Brown Bear, Black Bear.
Luke, Leia, Boba Fett and Ewok were added to the Star Wars Series
|Jack-in-the-box series came as a premium for the fast food place of the
same name in 1999. Regular new issues included the
Nintendo series, Crazy Animals,
Cool Looney Tunes, the FAO Schwarz Bear and the New Holiday Bears,
Zielpunkt dispenser, and Wolverine. that year also saw the remake of Miss Piggy,
Kermit, Hulk, and Spiderman. The BP Pez Pal with body parts was also issued.
The Easter lamb got pupils and the Easter Bunny and Chick in Egg
were redesigned. D-Series Glow Trucks came out. Non-glowing ghosts came out to accompany the glowing ghosts:
Henry, Nell, & Sid. Psychedelic flowers, Crystal
Ghosts, Crystal Crazy Animals, Crystal Bubbleman, Crystal Pezasaurs,
Crystal Holiday characters and Misfit characters
were offered as mail order premiums.
Patent 5,984,285 was issued Nov. 16, 1999 with Hungary and
the first to re-tool for the new stem starting in 2000.
|2000 saw the issuance of The Simpsons series with Homer, Marge, Bart,
Lisa, and Maggie. The Bugz series (prompted by the animated movie
Bugz Life) came into being with Jumpin' Jack, Barney Beetle, Sam Snuffle,
Florence Flutterfly, Super Bee,Lovely Lady Bird, Clumsy Worm, and Good
Natured Centipede. Smart Bee (or Baby Bee) was added to the Bugz
Series later in the year. The Bugz series includes three different crystal
variations. The "New" Peanuts Series was released featuring:
Charlie Brown B, Lucy B, Woodstock B & C, Snoopy B, Joe Cool (Snoopy C),
and Peppermint Patty. Chicago Cubs Charlie Brown, and Peter PEZ C (wide
mouth) also came out in a variety of stem colors. New neon Valentine
hearts (hot pink and hot red) were added to the Red and Pink hearts and a
special EBay edition of Crystal hearts in Red, Blue, Green, & Yellow was
offered with a special employees White EBay heart. This was the year for Fuzzy
Friends (Bears, Cats and Dogs). A hot red stem Spiderman came out in
Australia. A European version of Disney characters on neon stems had Mickey,
Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto.
| 2001 saw
Winnie the Pooh B, Piglet, Tigger, and Eyore (two versions); the Crystal Psychedelic Eye with GITD
Eyeball series (6 varieties); a Revised
and Groom set (both caucasion and African American version); a Chicago Cubs Joe Cool (Snoopy C), Minnesota Twins "TC" Bear (Icee E), Philadelphia Phillies Baseball, Orlando Magic Basketball,
Neon Stemmed Peter PEZ C (Green and Red), GITD Bubbleman,
GITD Icee Bear C; and finally the Pokemon Series: Pikachu, Koffings, Meowth, Mew, and Psyduck!
Jungle Mission toys and Magic toys were issued that year.
| 2002 saw the release of the following sports promos:
Philadelphia KIXX Soccer Ball, Washington Mystics (WNBA) Basketball,
Washington Wizards Basketball, New Jersey Nets Basketball, Columbus Clippers Baseball, NY Yankees Baseball,
Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball, Chicago Cubs Baseball. E.T. came out with two varieties (cloak and no cloak).
Star Wars series was expanded with Clone Trooper, R2D2, and Jango Fett. Bob the
Builder Series was introduced with Bob The Builder, Pritchard, Spud, and
Holiday additions included a GITD Witch, GITD Skull B, GITD stem
Pumkin, Santa E, Snowman D, Elf, Reindeer, and
a Polar Bear! A pinker Pink Panther B came out. Tweenies also made it big with 5
characters: Milo, Bella, Fizz, Jake, and Doodles . The four Sourz were
introduced: Pineapple, Blue Raspberry, Watermelon, and Sour Apple. Crystal
Ball with Blue Stars came with a stand. The Yellow Zinnafant Elephant was
issued. A Red USA Heart as well as the Japanese Flag convention Heart and
the White Faced/Orange Hair convention Witch were also issued.
|The Sourz characters came out in 2003 as did a new set of
hearts up and down the stem. An Austrian Flag heart was done for the
Linz Convention, while a Crystal Snowman for other conventions and a special
Peter Pez for PEZ A Go Go 7 were issued.. Regulars reappeared with a new color
scheme called "Retro". In honor of 9/11, an
emergency heroes series was issued with nine different characters: Nurse,
Policeman, Policewoman, Police Dog, Scuba Diver, Pilot, Army Ranger,
and Construction Worker. The Construction worker and Fireman have both white
and African American versions. Disney came out with an Extreme series and Looney Tunes
came out with a "hip" series. Funky Faces were intoduced on a variety of stem
colors and 13 different variations on the Smily Face. The
Jungle Book series was also introduced in Europe with Mowgli, Shere
Kahn, Bagheera, Kaa, and Baloo in regular and special edition
series was expanded with the release of an LSU Tigers baseball and a PEZ sports
sample featuring a Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Hockey Puck. Formular One
race cars were introduced (red, blue, yellow) ans were NASCAR Pull & Go cars
| 2004 saw the release of the
Shrek Series in Europe
with Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss-in-Boots. Lion King Series came out with Mufasa, Simba, Fala,
Pumbaa and Timon. The Incredibles series both masked and
unmasked came out: Bob Parr, Helen Parr, Dash Parr, and Jack Jack Parr
(also Golden version of Jack Jack). Looney Tunes issued a "Back in
Action" series. Big Rig trucks were all the rage.
Price Chopper and Get Go (red) issued one each issued a
Big Rig truck.
Roo and Heffalump were added to the Winnie the Pooh
series as it was remarketed. Sponge Bob Series was a big hit with Spongebob
on several colored stems (blue, red, brown and his underwear), plus Patrick and
Special crystal versions of Big Bird, Elmo, & Cookie Monster came out for
Sesame street's 35th Anniversary. Jeffrey the Bunny came out on two colored
stems - Red and Brown. The Clear Crystal Maximare Elephant was issued along with two
Breast Cancer Awareness Crystal hearts. The Boston Scientific Ball was
issued. PEZ A GoGo 8 used a Goofy Funky Face and a Crystal Super Bee was used
for other conventions. The Crystal Earth came out that year. The Swedish Soccer
Ball had a set of three. The red Novartis Lion was issued as well as the
European Metro Stars Hockey Team series of 4 (including the Tan Faced Lion with
|2005 new releases include
additions to the Valentines adding a purple heart and a white stem and pink
heart. Madagascar Series also hit the
streets with Alex the lion, Marty the Zebra and Gloria the Hippo. Star Wars series was
expanded again with the release of Revenge of the Sith. General
Grievous, Emperor Palpatine, Death Star and a new Chewbacca came out. A GITD
face Palpatine came out later that year. Hello
Kitty series was issued with three different Kitty designs plus My
Melody. Kurkurin. was issued in that series in Europe and Asia later.
Belle, Jasmine, and Cinderella; the Bratz girls: Cloe, Yasmin, Sasha, and
Sesame Street hit it big with 6 new characters: Bert, Ernie, Cookie
Monster, Big Bird, Zoe, and Elmo. A special crystal Elmo,
Big Bird, and Cookie Monster were issued in collector's boxes. Seven NASCAR Helmets came out featuring Rusty Wallace, Kasey Kahne, Matt
Kenseth, Bobby Lebonte, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Richard Petty. Sports
series saw a Connecticutt Suns Basketball. The convention circuit
saw the release of a crystal Chick in Egg, a globe on crystal hand and
a series of Globes in Hand for the FX show. Walgreen's had a special issue of two big rig
trucks. Halloween time saw the continuation of the
new glowing line of Witch, Pumpkin, and Toti (the skelton). Missing was the
Mummy, but the older glowing ghosts were brought back: Naughty Nell, Slimy
Sid, Happy Henry, and Polly Pumpkin. Christmas series saw the release of a
clear crystal set of Reindeer, Santa, Snowman, Elf, and Bear.
Mr Bean was released in Europe
with Mr Bean, Irma, Mr Bean's car, and Teddy the bear. A Blue
Crystal Maximare Elephant was also issued in Europe. A color
Crystal Kooky Zoo series was issued. A rework of The Teenaged
Mutant Ninja Turtles came out. A Special issue for Hurrican
Katrina fund was issued in August. Barky Brown - created for
Australia's Animal Welfare League as a fund raiser to help needy animals
came out with a white face Barky on red or black stems with proceeds
going to Hurrican katrina Relief. A Brown face barky was issued the same
year on light blue, green, yellow, orange, and red stems. Boy and Girl
Bundesrat PEZ were issued in Europe. The Plush toy series saw the issue
of Barnyard Babies and Safari Babies.
|New issues for 2006 included new colors and an additional 12 sayings on the Valentines.
The colors were now Deep red, deep red with white stem, Purple, purple with
white stem, hot pink and hot pink with white stem. Four characters from the animated movie
Ice Age II were issued: Manny
the Mastadon, Sid the sloth, Diego the sabertooth tiger, and Scrat the
sabertooth squirrel. Chicken Little Series with Chicken Little, Fish-Out-of-Water, and Abby the
Ugly Duckling was released. A special Golden Fish Out of
Water was a companion piece. The Easter line continued with Mr Bunny on a blue stem.
Another animated movie, Over the Hedge, brought four more characters:
raccoon, Hammy the squirrel, Verne the turtle and Stella the skunk.
From Disney's Pixar studios animated movie Cars comes the release of four cartoon cars:
Doc Hudson (dark blue on red stem), Lightening McQueen (#95 with lightening bolts on the side on a yellow stem),
Sally (light blue on an orange stem and Mater the Tow Truck.
Hello Kitty came out with a crystal set which was eventually packaged in a
tin box. A second European Crystal Hello Kitty set had painted stems.
Wal-Mart trucks came out in
four different cab designs. Sony Animated pictures came out with Open Season and there were four PEZ characters to go along:
Boog the Grizzly Bear, Eliot
the Mule Deer, Mr Weenie the wiener dog, and McSquizzy the squirrel.
Looney tunes came out with a world cup soccer edition of Bugs, Tweety, Taz,
Daffy, plus a few logo soccer balls. A
limited edition NCAA football series came out with the logos of 8 schools on
a football: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU,
Michigan, Penn State,
and Texas. A newly designed set of Coach Whistles was
issued. The Disney Princess series was expanded by the issue of
Ariel (Little Mermaid) and
Beauty). The Halloween series
came out with a new Black Cat as the new witch, pumpkin, and Toti continued.
Orange County Choppers came
out featuring Paul, Jr, Paul, Sr, and Mickey (the first live person heads
issued by PEZ). Christmas time saw the inclusion of Mrs
Claus to the Winter Stars series. The convention and special promotion
circuit saw the release of Hard Rock Cafe, and a special Football, while
the FX Show used another Hand in Globe theme.
In Japan, the Nintendo mini series came out as well as a full size Gundam series
with Gundam, Z Glok, Zaku and Zaku II. Barky
Brown Crystal set featuring Green, Red, Yellow, Blue and Brown crystal Heads
on plain stems came out. The second issue of Barky Brown for 2006
included a Brown face barky on green, red, and light blue printed stems
(bones and paw prints). A Valentine Plush series called Cuddle
Cubs was issued. Packages of Mints featuring Norman Rockwell
paintings was introduced.
|2007 started right off
with a group of four characters from the animated movie, Meet the Robinsons with
Lewis, Wilbur Robinson, Carl the Robot, and Bowler-Hat Guy. Shrek
III came out and the previously European only set was then issued in the US.
There is a difference in the country stamp. It still featured the same 4
characters, Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss-in-Boots. Pixar Best with
Buzz Lightyear, Nemo, Mike and Sully (from Monsters, Inc) were issued in the US. Political plush
PEZ were issued with an elephant and a donkey. The animated movie
Ratatouille inspired four new PEZ: Emille (brown rat), Skinner (the
angry chef), Linguinni (the garbage boy), and Remy (the blue rat and wanna-be-chef).
Snow White came out to make the Disney Princess series arrive at 6.
Elvis collector tine came out featuring Elvis in three stages of his life.
The tin also included a CD of music. This is only the second time PEZ
characters were of real people. Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Louisville were
added to the NCAA football series bringing that series to Eleven. NASCAR haulers came out matching the 6 of
helmet designs of the earlier issue. Only one missing is Bobby Lebonte. The
animated Bee Movie with the voice of Jerry Seinfeld came out with four
characters: Vanessa the florist, Barry B. Benson, Pollen Jack Buzz and
Adam.. Hello Kitty series added the Choco-cat. The PEZHEAD Movie had a special pez for the movie that is a movie reel. To honor
the 80th anniversary of PEZ, special editions of
Mozart, Empress Sissi and two sets of Mickey Mouse (One set of Gray
Mickey and Minnie and the other a collector tin of three Mickey). The three Mickey Mouse
in the collector tin represent the 1928 Mickey, the 1940 Mickey and the 2000 Mickey. The
Mozart and Sissi PEZ are the third 'real' people PEZ. The movie Golden
Compass, which is slated for December 2007, is the guiding interest in 4 PEZ
characters: Ragar, Lorek, Pan, and the Golden Monkey (Ozymandias). A special
crystal version of Cookie Monster and Big Bird was added to the
Sesame Street series. The NASCAR series was expanded to include the
helmets of #8 Dale Earnhardt, Jr, and #48 Jimmy Johnson. A
special 50th Anniversary of Daytona 500 helmet and hauler was
issued through Kroger stores. The Christmas series saw snowflakes added to
the stems of all Santa, Mrs Claus, Elf and Reindeer. These snowflake
varieties were a limited
issue and not widely available. A Crystal set of the same characters plus
the Snowman was also out in limited supply. Santa had two crystal variations
- one all clear crystal, one with just a crystal head but regular red hat. Barky
Brown Crystal set featuring Green, Red, Yellow, Light Blue and Orange
crystal Heads had Woof Woof on stems. Arctic Planet plush PEZ came out with
Whale, Seal, Husky dog, and Penguin.
|2008 saw the continuation of the Valentine special sayings
hearts but with the addition of light pink and dark red colored crystal hearts.
These new hearts also had print color variations of Black or Red on the pink
crystal hearts, and Black or White on the red crystal hearts. The Hot Pink
and Dark Red hearts that had Black lettering in 2007 switched to White
lettering partway into 2008. Spongebob Series saw the addition of Gary, his pet snail, Bruce the Shark was added to Pixar's best. The Easter
series saw a change in the Lamb, adding a different bow and Bunny on
a Blue Stem. Disney Princess series expanded again with the addition of Mulan and Pocahantas bringing the series to
eight. As baseball season
approached, the first in a new series of Major League Baseballs came
out: Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Red Sox, Yankees, Braves. The Mets, Cardinals, Indians, and Tigers followed
a few months later. The Pixar movie Kung-Fu Panda prompted the issue of 4
characters from the movie: Po, Master Tigress, Master Monkey, and Master
Shiafu Disney Fairies came out with the first three in the series:
Tinkerbell, Silvermist, and Iradessa. The European
version of Fairies had gray skirts while the US version had purple
skirts. Pirates of the Carribean series features Capt. Jack Sparrow, William
Turner, and Davy Jones. A new Batman along with the Joker,
Riddler and Two-face. NASCAR series saw a Daytona 500 Anniversary Helmet
and Hauler and Pull&Go issue, a 25 year Sprint Cup Helmet, Hauler
and Pull&Go, Dale Earnhardt, Jr
switch to #88 and Carl Edwards added and Bobby Lebonte
dropped. The Star Trek
Collector's series was issued with 8 characters including the Enterprise:
Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Ururah, and Checkov. Looney Tunes
saw a special Tweety and Taz issue with printed stems. Darby and Buster are added to the Winnie the Pooh
series as Pooh and Tigger were dressed as sleuths. Wall-e and Eve were issued as the animated movie took off.
Even more NCAA colleges were added to the football series: Utah, Virgina Tech, U of North Carolina, Washington State and U of Washington,
Nebraska, and Brigham Young bringing the series to 18. The NCAA
Basketball series added two more: U of North Carolina and Ohio State A
Japanese Hello Kitty series with full bodies came out as well as a
Shinkansen train issue. Plush Cats and Dogs came out. Barky Brown Charity set included Brown Head with three colored stems
with Dog Houses: Light Blue, Orange, and Yellow. Walmart and Giant
Eagle Get-Go (Blue Truck) each had a big rig issued. Pixar Cars put
out a special Lightning McQueen play set with 4 different printed stem
versions. Elvis Mints replaced the Norman Rockwell Mints.
is becoming a very industrious year. Valentine issues saw a new Cherub
and a dark pink crystal Heart with just three sayings: Happy
Valentine's Day, I (heart) U, and Be Mine. A Phillies logo was added to
the Baseball Series in honor of them winning the World Series. A Yankee
Stadium tribute PEZ also was added to that series as well as logo updates
for the Cubs, Tigers and Red Sox. Skipper the Penguin and Melman the Giraffe were added to the Madagascar
series (European issue). The Star Wars
series was expanded as a new issue of 8 coincided with the Star Wars Clone
Wars movie. Clone Trooper, General Greivous, C3PO, R2D2, and Yoda continued
but saw the new Anakin Skywalker, Ahsoka Tano, and Obi-Wan
Kenobi. Pete The Cat is part of the 2009 Disney Pez series.
For Easter, the Lamb and Chick in Egg continued with the addition of a Rubber
Duck and a Chocolate Bunny. New European issues include the
new Disney series of Dalmation, Bambi, Baloo on red stem, Marie and the
continuation of Lion King's Simba. Disney Fairies saw the addition of Rosetta,
Fawn and Terence. Toy Story Series saw the addition of Woody
and Rex the Dinosaur. A Special numbered collectors edition for
Wizard of Oz came out featuring Dorthy, Toto, Cowardly Lion,
Tinman, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch, Good Witch and OZ.
A Thomas the Train series was started with 3 trains: #6 Percy, #5
James, and #1 Thomas. Big Rig Haulers series saw a limited
edition Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video, Winn-Dixie, Sheetz, Wegman's
Grocery (with fried chicken sides), Rite-Aid, Get Go (from Giant eagle)
in Red truck. From Monsters vs Aliens comes three new characters:
Insectosaurus, BOB, and Missing Link. Halloween
series saw the addition of a Bat. Iron Man was added to the Super Hero
Series and Spiderman and Wolverine were reworked slightly and Hulk was
completely reworked. New NASCAR
helmets came out honoring several race tracks and races: Taledega,
Darlington, & Daytona. Joey Logano was added as a NASCAR driver taking
over the retiring Tony Stewart's #20. Ice Age saw a new Dino Mama
and a Scrat with Nut as Ice Age III hit the theatres. For
Christmas, a new Winter Bear was issued with red sticking
hat. Additional NCAA Footballs were issued: Missouri,
Arkansas and a rework of LSU. Additional European issues: Winx girls Bloom,
Stella, and Flora; a pastel Hello Kitty set. Barky Brown Charity set
included Brown heads with Red, Light Brown and Blue stems with Frisbees.
A brown head Barkina with yellow ribbon on stem was issued for Black
continued with a wide array of new PEZ items. Sets were big as Snow White was re-issued in a
set with the 7 Dwarfs. Hello Kitty gift tin with 4 crystal
Characters was issued plus two additional: Hello Kitty full body
and Hello Kitty with Heart.. Thomas the Train series saw 4 trains in a
tin display box with Thomas, Percy, James, and Gordon. Gordon
was only issued in the special tin box. Toy Story Series continued
to expand with Jessie, Slinky Dog and Hamm the Piggy Bank.
A Chocolate Bunny on pink stem was added to the Easter series. New NASCAR
helmets came out honoring several race tracks and races: Phoenix,
and Chicagoland. Specialty Big
Rig trucks included Ace Hardware, CVS Pharmacy, Rite-Aid, Stewart's,
Bottom Dollar Foods, Food Lion, Wawa grocery, Wegman's Grocery (Tomatoes
on side), and Giant Eagle's Get-Go red truck. Other specialty issues included
Geico and Chuck E Cheese. Europe put their own set of 8 Big
Rigs called 'Power Trucks'. The Disney Princess series
expanded to include Princess Tiana (from Princess and the Frog). Ben 10 series
was issued in Europe with Heat Blast, Way Big and Ben 10. Sparefroh
also came out in Europe. FIFI
World Cup Soccer has soccerballs on three colors of stems. Winnie
the Pooh was issued in Europe as a click varity (Pooh, Pooh with honey jar,
Piglet, Tigger, Eyore, and Roo). NCAA expanded their series by
issuing basketballs from Ohio State, Kentucky, Syracuse and UConn, and
a UNC National Champion (2009). NCAA football was added:
Brigham Young University. For
Halloween a GITD Vampire was added to the line. Baseballs series added
the Phillie Fanatic, a Yankees 27 titles, the White Sox, Mariners, and
Marlins, and a new logo for San Francisco. Skipper the Penguin from Madagascar was issued in the US as
part of a favorites Package. Hello Kitty plush PEZ were issued as was
a Winter Plush series.. Barky Brown Charity set included a
Halloween special with a White GITD Head Barky on black, and a White GITD
"Barkina" on orange
|In 2011 CVS issued a
red truck to go along with the 2010 version white truck. Other Big Rig trucks:
Craftsman, Safeway, HyVee, Wegman's 2011
edition (Sushi), and Four Wal-Mart trucks featuring their logo
over the years.. Valentine's Day saw the special issue of Micky and Minnie with
hearts stems. A special box of Cars - Lightning McQueen and Sally were also
issued with heart stems. A teddy Bear or Love bear was issued holding a heart
pillow with "Love". (There are three versions of paw color - light
brown, reddish, and dark brown). MLB added 5 new teams to the
series: Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, LA Angels, and
Texas Rangers. Boston red Sox mascot "Wally" was added
along with a new logo for the LA Dodgers and St Louis Cardinals. Texas A&M,
Tech, Hawaii, and Bosie State were added to the NCAA Football set. Thomas Train Series expanded with #7 Toby. European
issues includ Mr Men Series (Mr Strong, Mr Rude, Mr Happy, Mr Bump, and
Miss Sunshine). A new series for the animated cartoon Phineas and Ferb
came out featuring Phineas, Ferb, and Agent P. The Disney
Princess Series was expanded to include Rapunzel. The Super Hero
series was expanded to include Captain America and Thor.
Then a Justice League series came out with the busts of Green Lantern,
Batman, and Superman. Finn McMissle was added to the Cars
series while Lightning McQueen and Mater were changed. A series
of three magnetic Pull-and-Go cars were issued with Finn McMissle, the new
Lightning McQueen and the new Mater. A Handy Manny set came out with 4
characters: Handy Manny Garcia, Dusty the hand Saw, Pat the Hammer, and
Flicker the Flashlight. A Lord of the Rings set was issued with
two variations, one set had the Eye of Souran and the other Bilbo
Baggins. The seven common figures are : Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee,
Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Gollum. Pez introduced the
first of their educational series with a box including the first 5 presidents:
Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe. Halloween saw
another remake of the Glowing Witch. Two NHL Hocley Goalie
Masks were issued in Canada. Bolo Bear was issued in Mexico
for Liverpool Department Store. In Europe, a "Smart Pez" series saw
a series of 5 students with mortar boards and different color stems, a 3
character Littlest Pet Shop series, and a Hello Kitty Skulls release.
Valentine Bears were added to the Plush series along with
Sanrio's Kerropi. Barky Brown Charity set included a Pink "Barkina" and Blue Barky
Brown with easter Eggs and a Pink Crystal "Barkina" and Blue Crystal
Barky head with "Valentines Day" on the stem.
|2012 started right off with
the issue of a new Kermit Frog, Miss Piggy and the intro of Animal.
Darth Mall and a new Yoda
were added to Star Wars series. Valentines series saw the addition of Love Bears holding hearts of
"Kisses" and "Hugs". Several new color hearts were
issued but not widely distributed: Purple crystal and Red Crystal on White
stem. The D.C. Comics and marvel Comics characters expanded with a reworked Ironman
with a gold mask. Spiderman was redone in Bust Style along
with and new issues of Lizardman and Catwoman. Strawberry
Shortcake series came out featuring Strawberry Shortcake, Orange Blossum, and
Lemon Merengue. The Halloween series added a new Pumpkin design.
Star Trek - Next Generation series came out with two sets (one for
WalMart). A new Barbie collection in a pink tin purse featured four
different barbie PEZ. The band KISS had been a fantasy PEZ for years but
officially came out in their own collectible tim box. The educational
series was expanded with volumes II and III featuring the next 10 presidents: John
Q Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler,
James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Filmore, Franklin Pierce, and James
Buchannon. Released in Canada, a Stanley Cup Hockey series of 6 PEZ
featuring the 6 original teams and the date of their last Stanley Cup win. A Wegman's
2012 (Veggies), Shop Rite and a Toys R Us Big Rig was added
to the Big Rig series. There were European exclusive issues that included Nici
(Keep Smiling), Disney Cuties (featuring baby Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, and
Donald), and Paul Frank Julius Monkey
interesting European issues include Moshi Monster set of 3;
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