Japan’s Mini-Pez!!

I haven’t devoted much effort to documenting the PEZ part of the collectible candy world.  It’s not that I don’t like PEZ – I love PEZ dispensers.  It’s just that collecting PEZ dispensers is a topic that has been well-documented and well-covered by other folks already.  There are a handful of quality books on PEZ, as well as numerous websites devoted to them, so if you’re at all curious about their history, you should check them out.

In spite of that wealth of information out there, I thought I’d devote today’s post to one of the lesser-known parts of PEZ – the Japan mini-PEZ releases of the mid-2000’s.   I won’t delve too much into the details of the releases – this is more of just me tipping the hat to something I like.

Produced by PEZ and Bandai for a few years in the mid-2000’s, the mini-PEZ line-ups differentiated themselves by having miniature stems.  Likely influenced by the popular super-deformed figure movement, these were cute short little dispensers, mostly featuring licensed characters from Japanese cartoons and video games.

Japan Mini-Pez display

What I love about Japan mini-Pez is the high-level of sculpting they received, as well as some of the characters and properties they took on.  My absolute favorites were the Nintendo series they did:

Japan Mini-Pez shot – Mario

Japan Mini-Pez – Peanuts

Japan Mini-Pez

Early last year, my brother Jeff took on the task of continuing the Japan mini-PEZ collection I started, and today’s snapshots all come from him.  I do have one last photo from a couple years ago, before he picked up the Japan mini-PEZ collection baton:

And that’s everything for today.

Going to be working to come up with some fun patriotic posts for this week’s July 4th Independence Day holiday.   See you next time!!

About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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