A sweet item celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation is coming your way. A limited edition Star Trek: TNG PEZ collector’s set has been revealed. It will be available this fall, and we have a first look and details. Check it out below
Star Trek: The PEZ Generation
When Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on September 28, 1987, it was a gamble: recreate, without using any original characters, the magic of the 1960s Star Trek. The gamble paid off and TNG was, and continues to be, an audience favorite helping to usher Star Trek into the mainstream even more. That presence continues in 2012 with several events and collectibles celebrating TNG’s 25th Anniversary. We have already seen reunion conventions, with more to come. There is the TNG movie theater event on July 23rd. And now we have another mainstream mashup with TNG meeting the venerable PEZ.
A new TNG PEZ set is being promoted in the latest issue of Retail Confectioner magazine and was recently unveiled at a trade show. The new set includes all seven major characters and the U.S.S Enterprise 1701 D orbiting a planet. It is too bad there is no Wesley Crusher because it would have been fun to yell “Shut up, Wesley” with your Jean Luc Picard dispenser in one hand and your Wesley version in the other, all while enjoying the PEZ candies.
The TNG PEZ set is a limited edition collector’s item, with just 150,000 being made. The collector’s box will be available at retail stores this September and at websites like the PEZ Collectors Store (pezcollectors.com)
Star Trek was first PEZified with an original series collection in 2008. In fact, it was one of the first Star Trek products reintroduced to retail stores as the excitement for JJ Abrams Star Trek began. Whether one was a PEZ collector or not, it was good to see Star Trek again in stores, from Walgreens to Walmart. Now, the TNG crew and ship are getting the same treatment. PEZ candies, which were first created in 1927 and whose name is short for the German word for peppermint, are world famous with dispenser collector conventions held annually.That TNG commands a product from such a famous company 25 years after its premiere is a symbol of the its enduring place in cultures around the world. Engage indeed!
2008 Star Trek Pez set