PEZ Timeline Chronology

1927- 1959
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 market.

In 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 in 1954. By 1955, PEZ was ready to experiment with characters, starting first with full bodied characters like Santa and a Space man. 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 witch head. 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 off".


First patent  #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.
BozoCasper die cutCasper Arithmetic
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)
Mickey Mouse painted faceDonald Duck die cutBozo die cutClown with CollarPolitical Donkey Political ElephantBunny die cut
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.
Astronaut ABunny BLions ClubPinocchio A
Pluto A, Cocoa Marsh, Easter Bunny C (Fat Ears), and Bullwinkle came out in 1963.
BullwinkleCocoa Marsh SpacemanFat Ear BunnyPluto
Football Player and Baseball Glove followed in 1964.
Baseball glove and home plateFootball player
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 PEZ.  
Universal Monsters setPractical Pig ALil Bad WolfCandy shooter on cardMexican PEZ PalBoy with capSailorSanta BZorro
In 1966 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.
Batman with capeGoofyBrutusOlive Oyl
Snow White, Dopey, Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, Green Hornet, Lion, and Monkey Sailor show up in 1967.
Snow WhiteDopeyMowgliBalooKing LouieMonkey SailorGreen Hornet
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.
Psychedelic HandsPsychedelic Flowers

Peter Pan, Tinkerbelle, and Captain Hook were added to the Disney line in 1969.

Peter PanTinkerbellCaptain Hook


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
Chick in egg with no hatSparefroh3 pc witchOne Eye MonsterOctopusMr. UglySanta with loopAngel with loopIndian ChiefElephant with hairMaharajahPolicemanDoctor NurseFiremanGirlLil LionPony


In 1973, 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.
HippoIndian BraveMickey Mouse
Alpine PEZpal, Make-A-Face, Knight PEZpal, Sheik PEZpal, and Dr. Skull A were added in 1972
Alpine Man PEZ PalMake A FaceKnight Pez PalSheikSkull
 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.
Duck with flowerCow ARavenCat with DerbyPandaMary PoppinsCowboyPinocchio BJiminy Cricket
Asterix, Obelix, Mueslix, and Snowman A were introduced in 1974.
Asterix SetSnowman
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.
Uncle SamBetsy RossCaptainPilgrimDaniel BooneWounded SoldierIndian MaidenStewardessPilotEngineerBride PEZ PalGroomLong Face ClownCockatooRingmasterGorillaPractical Pig BOrange

Further improvements landed yet another patent, #3,942,683, on March 9, 1976

1976  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.
Olympic SnowmanFishmanCow BElephant with flat hatElephant with pointy hatMimic the MonkeyYappy DogLion with CrownRoosterLambChick in EggGiraffeCrocodile
1977 saw the issue of Astronaut B, Duck Nephew, Dumbo, Uncle Scrooge, and Sheriff PEZpal.
Astronaut BDuck NephewDumboScrooge McDuckSheriff PEZ Pal
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.
Bugs BunnySylvesterTweetyDaffy DuckMerlin MouseSpeedy GonzalesWinnie the PoohRed Nose Reindeer
PantherChipDalmationThumperSpidermanThorCaptain America
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
Soft Head SuperheroSoft Head SuperheroSoft Head SuperheroSoft Head SuperheroSoft Head SuperheroSoft Head DisneySoft Head DisneySoft Head DisneySoft Head DisneySoft Head DisneySoft Head Disney
Soft Head MonsterSoft Head MonsterSoft Head MonsterSoft Head MonsterSoft Head MonsterSoft Head Monster Truck A Coach WhistleCrazy FruitCrazy FruitPeter PEZ
Truck B


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
Droopy DogTykeSpikeTomJerryJerryBarney BearFoghorn LeghornRoad RunnerWile E CoyotePetunia PigCool CatHenry HawkLamb WhistleDuck WhistleRooster WhistleDog WhistlePig WhistleDonkey WhistleCamel WhistleClown WhistleRhino Whistle
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.
Jack O LanternSnowman BFrog WhistleKoala WhistleOwl WhistlePanda WhistleWonder WomanHulk
Truck C
Annie, Space Gun, and Worlds Fair (Knoxville, TN) were added in 1982
AnnieSpace GunSpace Gun
1983 only saw a remake of Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse B
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
Donkey Kong Jr
Vucko WolvesPIF the Dog
Nothing new in 1985.


Thin Feet were added to the USA dispensers
The official company name was changed to PEZ Candy, Inc

In 1987  Stand by me Pezpal Boy was the only new issue.
Stand By Me

Nothing new came out in 1988.  

 In 1989, the Smurfs were re-issued as well as new versions of the Disney characters Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto. 
Papa Smurf & SmurfetteMickey MouseDonald DuckGoofyPluto

In 1986 the Smurf series was started but quickly recalled.



Patent #4,966,305 issued 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
Garfield SeriesBunny DCharlie BrownLucySnoopyWoodstockPEZ A SaursIndian Whistle Monkey WhistleParrot WhistlePenguin WhistleTiger Whistle
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.
Kermit the FrogMiss PiggyFozzy BearGonzoTruck DSkullPumpkin BSpidermanScrooge McDuckWinter BearDaffy DuckSilver Glow



Hungary appeared for the first time on stems in  1991.

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.
Chick in ShellDucktalesSpikeDroopy Dog BTom
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.
FlintstonesPeter PEZ
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
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBoy and Girl Pez Pals



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 progress. 
PEZ A SaursPeppermint Regulars
JerryJerryBugs BunnyDaffy DuckChick in EggBlack Batman
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).
Yosemite SamTazSylvesterSpeedy GonzalesBatman Dark KnightValentine HeartsSanta C
BubblemanKooky Zoo
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.
Star Wars- Darth VaderStar Wars- Storm TrooperStar Wars- ChewbaccaStar Wars- YodaStar Wars- C3-POPlutoGoofyMickey and MinnieDonald DuckDaisy DuckDuck NephewsPink PantherJerrySmurfs series 2Miss Piggy
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.  Bubbleman B 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 BearLuke, Leia, Boba Fett and Ewok were added to the Star Wars Series
AsterixGarfieldPumpkin CGlowing GhostsBubblemanBatman Dark Knight Psychedelic HandMisfit Snowman
PEZ PalsPEZ Pals Mariner PEZ PalGlow PalsShell Boy Pez PalsAral PEZ Pals
Star Wars- Luke SkywalkerStar Wars- Princess LeiaStar Wars- EwokStar Wars- Boba FettKooky ZooMisfit Pink ElephantMisfit LionBear misfitsPEZ PetzPEZ Petz
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, Japanese Regulars, 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. 
Jack In The BoxNintendoGhostsCrystal GhostsCrazy AnimalsCrazy AnimalsBugs Bunny SportsTweety TazSylvesterDaffy DuckFAO Schwarz BearsHoliday DispensersPEZ A Saurs
Winter BearPeppermint RegularsZielpunktWolverineIncredible HulkKermit the FrogMiss PiggyBP PEZ Pal BoyLambBunny EChick in EggGlowing TrucksPsychedelic Hand MisfitBubbleman


Patent 5,984,285 was issued Nov. 16, 1999 with Hungary and
China being the first to re-tool for the new stem starting in 2000.


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Other significant milestones:

Easter and Santa Playworld Sets; Hallmark Santa Ornament
Rare russian PEZ body partPEZ Soccer player - body part
Power Pez (July),  Hallmark Snowman Ornament (October)