The power of Pez – which you could argue was the first Star Wars brick – is the focus of my latest article on the official site as I look at Pez and the dispensers that dispense them.

Created in 1927 in Austria by Eduard Haas III, Pez tabs were initially sold in tins, and only landed in North America in 1952. The now-classic flip-top design hit stores in 1955, leading to well over 1,500 different designs, with over 550 specific heads being sculpted. Today, the candy is produced in Connecticut, while the dispensers are manufactured in China and Hungary.

But it wasn’t until 1997 that Pez would meet the power of the Force. Here’s a run through the history of Star Wars and Pez, with many of the major releases over the last 20 years.

Just as an aside, the images in the 1997 photo on the official site (shown above) are the correct characters but show the modern molds, as usable and cleared archive images from that era weren’t available. Below is a montage I pulled together from various images showing a more accurate representation of the dispensers as they appeared 20 years ago.