According to the email sent to customers today, Topps teased the launch of the 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Collector’s Club. No other information or hints are provided in the email. However, GPK collector Chris Basler found a link the Topps’ UK website that appears to show some of the details. The club appears to be much like the 582 Montgomery Club that sold the GPK Sapphire product. Info on the page says members will get a pin, 2 sets, a binder, and the right to renew membership first. Interesting info indeed. Collectors will need to keep their eyes open on Topps.com tomorrow for this new endeavor.
Topps today begin sharing images of the upcoming Garbage Pail Kids Funko POPs vinyl figures. With toy expos and cons still cancelled due to COVID-19, companies are finding new ways to promote and launch new products. Topps shared photos of the Spilt Kit figure with GPKNews this morning. Photos of Leaky Lindsay were shared on Topps Facebook page. Photos for the other two, Ali Gator and Jay Decay, can be expected to be shared on GPK World and GeePeeKay today.
The figures can be preordered from Hot Topic now at this link. Preorders can also be made at Funkoshop.com, Bigapple Collectibles, GameStop and Clarktoys. According to the Hot Topic listing figures are set to ship between 3/16-3/27.
Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Jan. Week 4. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. The set also comes with one deep red parallel card. Each set can be purchased for $19.99, or in a lot of ten for $179.99. There are also 10×14 posters of each card available for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
•16A Pen Gwen
•16B Tuxedo Tom
•17A Merl Squirrel
•17B Ray Entree
•18A Laugh Abel
•18B Tongue in Chico
•19A Popped Poppy
•19B Bubba Bubble
•20A Adam Bomb
•20B Bursting Bert
GPK Nation is set to launch the first pin of a 12 pin series beginning today. Over the weekend GPK Nation showed pictures of the 12 pins, and actually had a surprise launch of 12 pins sets, that sold out quickly. Each full color pin is numbered and limited to /50 copies. The first pin, Peepin’ Tom will launch today, Jan. 19 at 1:00 PM EST. The schedule for the rest of the pins is; Janet Planet (1/26), Live Mike (2/2), Patty Putty (2/9), Cracked Jack (2/16), Buggy Betty (2/23), Ali Gator (3/2), Smelly Sally (3/9), Spilt Kit (3/16), Dead Ted (3/23), Beth Death (3/30, and Greaser Greg (4/6).
Coming this Friday, 1/22 at 1:00 Pm EST, will be the next Rose Gold plated playing card coin. Luke Warm is the next one to launch in Rose Gold, and like the others will be limited to 20 copies.
Toywiz joined the packaging release party by adding images of the refrigerator tins for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight. to their sales listings. The tins come in four colors; green, red, orange, and blue. The tins all feature the Garbage Pail Kids banner, 2021 Food Fight, and various refrigerator themed artwork. Unlike previous series, this time around the tins are in place of what collectors usually call “Blaster” or “Value” boxes. Each tin contains 10 retail packs, and 3 Celebrity Chef stickers, with. MSRP of $19.99. Topps did not originally announce the tins when sell sheets were first released. The first retail sell sheet advertised the regular Blaster type of box. However, shortly after release of the sell sheet, Topps sent information to distributors changing to the refrigerator tins. No word yet if any of the tin colors will be rarer than the others. Collectors will be able to find these in Targets and Walmart when the set is released on 2/24/21.
With the release of 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight just over a month away, images for the packaging have begun appearing online. Steel City Collectibles has updated some of their sales listings with images of the retail packaging. Both the Retail Display box and Fat Pack packaging are shown. This set’s mascot is New Wave Dave who is using his yellow spray paint on the hot dogs. The boxes themselves advertise the expected parallels to search for inside, Blue for Retail Display and Purple for Fat Packs. Collectors will be able to find 2021S1 GPK Food Fight in stores 2/24/21.
Topps and Cloudco Entertainment announced a massive crossover collaboration today for the company’s iconic brands. 2021 will see a Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs gross out battle that will result in a number of new collectible products. According to the press release, collectors can expect to see cards, toys, clothing, pins, figures, and much more. New artwork will be done by original Madballs artist Jim Gorman, and longtime GPK artist Joe Simko. Characters for both brands will be featured in both group and individual one on one tongue in cheek battles. A number of companies were announced that will be releasing products as part of the crossover. Collectors can expect to see:
- Topps (Trading Cards)
- Megalopolis (2 pack action figures)
- Mad Engine (apparel and accessories)
- Chalk Line (jackets)
- MishkaNYC (street wear, apparel, accessories, and vinyl figures)
- Pinfinity (augmented reality pins)
- Super Impulse (collectible toys)
There will be other partners announced shortly for mobile app, retail, and publishing. As part of the announcement Topps VP of Global Licensing Ira Friedman said, “Shared nostalgic roots and over-the-top zaniness make this collab a no-brainer. Our respective fan bases as well as pop-culture aficionados everywhere are going to have fun with this outrageous mash-up.” See below for the full press release from the companies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MADBALLS™ vs. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS®FACE–OFF IN “A BATTLE OF THE GROSSEST” BRAND COLLABORATION
LOS ANGELES. January 14, 2020. CloudcoEntertainment, owner of the venerable-but-irreverent Madballs™ brand, and The Topps Company, owner of the renowned-yet-subversive Garbage Pail Kids® brand(“GPK”), have teamed up for a collaboration that playfully pits classic 1980s icons and “co-heavyweights of gross”against one another. The collaboration will feature all-new1980s inspired artwork from veteran Madballs and GPK illustrators and kick-off with a number of consumer goods partners, including trading cards, collector toys, soft lines, collectible augmented reality pins, and more.
As an original “gross out” brand of the 1980s, Topps released its Garbage Pail Kids series of trading cards in 1985, featuring hilariously revolting characters with appropriately irreverent names. Fifteen different card series were produced over the next three years in addition to a Garbage Pail Kids animated series and a full slate of globally-licensed consumer products, with ongoing product lines that continue to the present day. For its part, Madballs launched its irregularly-shaped toy foam balls in 1986, featuring its own proprietary and often-socially-inappropriate characters with ghastly faces, grotesque names, and disruptively funny attitudes to match. Madballswent on to sell tens of millions of toys, inspire a series of animated specials, and launch an extensive consumer products program that included comic books, softlines, video games, collectibles, seasons, and back-to-school products.
For over three decades, Madballs and GPK have both been known as the “grossest of the gross”, co-ruling counterculture with their pun-heavy names and subversive humor, and this collaboration features all-new artwork that pits entire groups of Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs’characters against one another, as well as individualcharacters from each brand in fun and tongue-and-cheek one-on-one face-offs. Artwork will remain “authentically 80s” via all-new imagery from long-time veterans of each brand like Jim Groman, who worked on the original Madballs brand launch in the 1980s, and Joe Simko, a fan favorite and master illustrator of Garbage Pail Kids whose GPK artwork has been prominently featured in the brand’s trading cards and packaging.
Consumer product launch partners include: Topps (trading cards), Megalopolis (two-pack action figures), Mad Engine (apparel and accessories), Chalk Line (jackets), MishkaNYC (streetwear, apparel, accessories, and vinyl Medicomfigures), Pinfinity (augmented reality pins), and Super Impulse (collectible toys), with specific mobile app, retail, publishing, and other partnerships to be announced shortly.
“Madballs and GPK are of the same era and share tons of irreverent attributes so we love the idea of a fun ‘confrontational collaboration’ that plays off the two brands as competitors,” said Robert Prinzo, CloudcoEntertainment’s Head of Global Licensing. “Whether it’s Hollywood monsters, horror icons or comic book superheroes, fans always want to see ‘impossible’ match-ups from different universes, so we’re grateful to partner with Topps and deliver the ‘grossest’ possible version of that here.”
“Shared nostalgic roots and over-the-top zaniness make this collab a no-brainer,” said Ira Friedman, Topps’ VP of Global Licensing. “Our respective fan bases as well as pop-culture aficionados everywhere are going to have fun with this outrageous mash-up.”
“This is one of those crossovers that many of us have imagined since we were kids collecting both lines. I’ve had these match ups in my imagination since the 80s,” said Ben Westover, Megalopolis’ Creative Director. “Garbage Pail Kids is a timeless treasure, and one of my absolute favorite properties from childhood. I’m thrilled that we have the chance to introduce the GPK and Madballs universes to one another. It’s a perfect, monstrous synergy!” added Matt Westover, Megalopolis’ CEO.
“Here at Mad Engine we are thrilled to be part of this very fun and unique collaboration of Mad Balls vs. Garbage Pail Kids brands. We can’t wait to present this kitschy collection of tees, hoodies, joggers, headwear, and other accessories to our retailers. The celebration of these two iconic pop culture brands from the 80s is just what we all need right now!” – Cindy Levitt, SVP of Licensing, Mad Engine Global LLC
“We are humbled to be a part of The Madballs x Garbage Pail Kids brand collaboration, it represents the ultimate nostalgic marriage as two powerful properties of our youth collide. Having worked with the Garbage Pail Kids brandalready, we are thrilled to pick up from where we left off while adding an incredible partner like Madballs into the mix!” – Ilan Friedman, Co-Owner, Chalk Line
“Mishkais excited to be part of the Madballs x GPK collaboration project! We grew up collecting and obsessing over both the Madballs & Garbage Pails Kids brands. They have heavily inspired us as a brand as well as artists and creatives. We can’t wait to mix our world with the GPK x Madballs world incorporating our characters and design sensibility for graphics that will excite fans as well as opening an entire new crowd to these classic properties.” – Greg Rivera, President, Mishka NYC
“We are excited to be a part of theMadballsx Garbage Pail Kids brand collaboration and helping fans relive the 80s and 90s through disgustingly awesome augmented reality pin badges.” – Caleb Paullus, Founder, Pinfinity
“We at Super Impulse are absolutely appalled at the pairing of these despicable creatures, and cannot wait to bring our collectible toys to the grimy little hands of kids and kids-at-heart everywhere.” – Alan Dorfman, CEO, Super Impulse
As the holiday sets make their way through the last few weeks, sales remain consistent. Today Topps Revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Jan. Week 2. The set sold a total of 450 copies. This is slightly higher than the previous week’s sales and right in line with where the sets have been selling. Collectors seem to be focused on seeing the weekly holiday sets through to the finish in March.
Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Jan. Week 3. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. The set also comes with one deep red parallel card. Each set can be purchased for $19.99, or in a lot of ten for $179.99. There are also 10×14 posters of each card available for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
•11A Fowl RAOUL
•11B MACK Quack
•12A Dressy Bessie
•12B Fancy Francine
•13A Scorched Scarlet
•13B Crispy Crispen
•14A Uncanny Andy
•14B Sean Cannery
•15A Popped Cornelius
•15B Hot Buttered Bill
GPKNation is going big this week! They will be launching their largest coin ever this Friday. The Nasty Nick coin is 4.75 inches in diameter. The front of the coin features a full color Nasty Nick image. The back of the coin has an actual Nasty Nick card, specially produced for this launch by Topps, permanently attached to the coin. The coin will be limited to 100 copies. Collectors will be able to purchase the coin this Friday, 1/15 at 1:00 PM EST.
Also launching this Friday, at 1:00 PM EST, will be the next Rose Gold plated playing card coin, Sy Clops. There will be 20 copies of the coin available. GPK Nation hasn’t announced anything yet for a Tuesday launch.