Collectors around the country are starting to see the new Kawaii Cubes GPK Posers in Target stores. According to a spokesperson for Wish Factory, the company behind the figures, Series 1 of the GPK Kawaii Cubes were just launched in Target stores. They hope to start selling these on their website, www.kawaiicubes.com, within the next month. When asked if a “Series 2” would be forthcoming they said that, “Demand would dictate if a Series 2 would be produced.” If a Series 2 is made you can expect it in stores around the end of the year.
Their license with Topps might not stop there. Kawaii Cubes is primarily known for their cubed shaped plush toys. They have licenses currently with brands like TMNT, DC Comics, Power Rangers, among many others. The plush characters generally come in either 2, 4, or 8 inch cubes. Retail prices can be anywhere from $5 to $20 per plush toy. When asked if they were working on any additional GPK items they said, “We are working on a GPK Kawaii Cube plush.” However, they added, “Whether they hit the market place depends on whether the retail stores purchase them.”
There might be a chance Santa will be stuffing stockings this Christmas with new Kawaii Cube plushes and posers. Thanks to collector Mike Maronek for pictures of the Cubes in action.
Original story, posted 4/27/17
Thanks to collector Daniel Goodroad for the heads up on these. He spotted them in Target today. Wish Factory has launched a new line of blind pack posable Garbage Pail Kid figures. The company is mainly known for their line of stackable plush licensed figures. They also release blind box posable figures under the Kawaii Cube brand. These new figures appear to be officially licensed by Topps, as the box uses the Topps logo and GPK banner logo used on Funko figures. The box advertises the figures have magnetic hands and feet and can be changed into over 1000 poses. The back of the pack shows 5 figures available; Adam Bomb, Hot Scott, Mad Mike, T.V. Stevie, and New Wave Dave. The box mentions this is Series 1 of the figures. They appear to retail for $6.99 each and were found in the toy section of Target.
With a slight delay Topps revealed the print run for the last two days of online exclusives, and once again one of the few GPK cards led the way. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #156-#166, and Network Spews #44-#46. With Topps putting out mostly Wacky Packages cards as part of their online exclusives recently a new trend has taken hold. The GPK cards are selling just as well and in many cases now lead the daily sales results. This happen again as Trumpocracy #157 led the way with 256 in sales. The Wacky’s meanwhile for the most part staying in the 170-220 range again. With the Wacky Packages it is starting to appear cards by certain artists are selling more than others on a consistent basis. The big question now, is this the end of the Trumpocracy set? President Trump’s 100th day in office is tomorrow. There has been no word from Topps yet on how they will handle the online exclusive cards next week. Here are how the final numbers ended up for the last two days of cards.
Topps is back today with another large online release, dominated by Wacky Packages. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #161-#166, and Network Spews #46. Only one GPK card today (Artist: Simko), with five additional Wacky’s (#162 & #166 Artist: Gross, #163-#165 Artist: Im) as part of the Trumpocracy set. The lone Network Spews card is a Wacky (Artist: Im). Each of today’s cards is available for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. A seven card bundle featuring one of each card is available for $44.99. Free shipping is available in the US via the SmartPost option, international shipping is $10. The cards will be available for 24 hours via topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s cards.
A GPK card leads the way in sales results. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Years card #155, and Network Spews #40-#43. A few weeks back Topps made a change to focus on more Wacky Packages, instead of GPK as part of the online exclusive releases. At the time Wacky Packages sold significantly more copies than their GPK counterparts. The trend now appears to be changing. The lone GPK card from Tuesday’s release led the way in sales with 236 copies. The Wacky’s were all over the place in sales in the 170-220 range. Was the change in sales because of the artwork? Was it because the GPK card was the only Trumpocracy card, while the others were Network Spews? Or is it just simply Wacky collectors tiring of the increase of online cards? How Topps decides to change up online offers after Trump hits 100 days will be interesting to see. Here are how the sales numbers came out for Tuesday’s cards.
Topps is back again today with a large online offering of Trumpocracy cards. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #156-#160, and Network Spews #44-#45. Of the five Trumpocracy cards for today, two are GPK (#156 Artist: Engstrom, #157 Artist: Simko), and three Wacky Packages (#158-#159 Artist: Im and #160 Artist: Gross). Once again the Network Spews cards are all Wackys (#44-#45 Artist: Im). Each card can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. A seven card bundle featuring one of each card can be purchased for $44.99. Free shipping within the US is available via the SmartPost method, while international shipping is $10. The cards will be on sale for 24 hours via Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s cards.
Topps once again starts off another week of online exclusives going heavy on the Wackys. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days card #155, and Network Spews #40-#43. The lone Trumpocracy card for today is a GPK card (Artist: Simko). All four Network Spews cards offered today however are Wacky Packages (#40 & #43 Artist: Im, #41 Artist: Grossberg, #42 Artist: ?). Each card can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. A five card bundle featuring all of today’s cards can be purchased for $34.99. Free shipping within the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, international shipping is $10. The cards will be on sale for 24 hours via topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s cards.
This past weekend was the semiannual Philly Non-Sport Show. The show is one of the largest non-sport card focused shows in the country. The spring show was themed Garbage Pail Kids/Wacky Packages. The GPKnews.com East Coast Bureau, (AKA Steve Sodergren & Erica Fox), filed this report on the show.
This past weekend saw the 66th Philly Non-Sport Show held at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Pa. Collectors flocked from all over for the oldest show of it’s kind in the country. This particular show held even more interest for Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages collectors, as it had a show exclusive and Topps licensed nine card GPK and Wacky Packages set. Vendors from across the country were on hand with a wide variety of all things non-sports cards and related merchandise selling boxes, sets, singles and even wrappers for a myriad of card brands. Among these vendors were six Topps official artists all located in what was referred to as “The Artist’s Corner.” Layron DeJarnette, Jon Gregory, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Chad Scheres, Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata were all on hand selling sketch cards and their own personal non-Topps projects, as well as taking commissions, signing autographs and chatting with fans. One artist billed to be there, Neil Camera, could not attend due to weather problems interrupting travel. Located near “The Artist’s Corner” was vendor and well known eBay seller Clint Coleman (9046clint) who brought his GPK and Wacky Warehouse to the show. Also seen floating around the artists area was GPK historian “Barren” Aaron Booton, who’s site gpkworld.com has helped many collectors over the years. The show’s promoter and organizer Roxanne Toser (Roxanne Toser Enterpriss) and family were on hand keeping the show running smoothly, as well as selling all things Wacky and GPK at their very own stand.
Rarely seen items were on display for purchase. Those included the extremely rare GPK pencils valued at $25 a piece, also Imperial toys in the packaging, and not marred by price tags and unused still in the box Halloween costumes. Attendees could find deals throughout the show, including not mint but still nice OS 1 singles starting at $2 each, U.K. minis ranging from 25¢ to $1 each depending on condition, and $1 mint giant Series 1 and 2 cards. Everywhere you looked collectors could be seen rifling through cards with their needs lists in hand making deals to help complete their various card projects. Attendees also were able to purchase the exclusive GPK and Wacky Packages card set for $25. Only 300 were printed and less than that were available for sale. Some were used by the artists who were selling signed copies of their own cards, some sets were used as prizes, and some were also sent back to Topps. The set was limited to two per person and arm bands were marked to ensure fairness that the limit was enforced. Saturday’s allotment, which according to Harris Toser of Non-Sport Update and Beckett Media, was the bulk of the run and were sold out by somewhere between 12:00 and 1:00. A sign was put on the table announcing that more would be available Sunday. All attendees were given a free card set they could choose from a table at the entrance as well as show exclusive promo and event cards, which included an in memoriam card for Topps veteran and GPK and WP legend Jay Lynch who passed away on March 5.
Day one finished off with a sold out dinner hosted by the Tosers which took place at the show’s host hotel, Hilton Garden Inn. The dinner was in honor of Jay Lynch and the late Frank Reighter who started the Philly Non-Sports Card Show back in 1984. Frank died on February 3 of this year. Upon entering the dinner, guests were given a dinner exclusive card package which included a Wacky Packages 50th Anniversary card done by George Wright and a metal version of the Jay Lynch memoriam card. Assigned seating was given and each table had an artist seated there. This seating arrangement lent itself well to collectors of both brands to talk with the artists and each other on a more personal level. The atmosphere was very welcoming as Roxanne’s attention to detail created a well organized evening that ensured not only the comfort of the diners, but also kept it structured and moving along at a good pace. The dinner opened with each guest introducing themselves. Dinner attendees included all six show attending GPK and WP artists as well as artist George Wright who created the artwork for the dinner exclusive card, Melty Misfits creator Buff Monster, and former Topps Vault manager and Beckett’s Price Guide editor Mike Jasperson. Also in attendance were hardcore Wacky and GPK collectors who are well known in their respective communities including Aaron Booton and Clint Coleman. The dinner featured a speech given by Jeff Zapata honoring his friend, mentor and former roommate Jay Lynch. Jeff opened the room up to anyone who wanted to share a story or reflect on the life of Jay. Others who spoke included Mike Japerson, Smokin’ Joe, Roxanne and her husband Marlin. The night ended with a prize drawing in which Roxanne herself and attendees pulled the winning names out of an original GPK garbage can. Prizes included a framed uncut sheet of a past event promo card created by Jay, a large metal card of the exclusive dinner card, a Jay Lynch memorial service poster, IDW GPK Puketacular comic books, a box of GPK Prime Slime Trashy TV, a 30 Years of Garbage DVD, and the table centerpieces which were made by Roxanne herself. Capping the evening was a very special surprise gift for all attending as each table got a metal card of the artist that they had dinner with. The admission price for this evening was well worth the night of fun and surprises that Roxanne and family provided.
Every show features a card talk session on Sunday morning. The 66th talk featured a Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages panel and included Layron DeJarnette, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Chad Scheres, Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata. The talk was a Q & A format where anyone in attendance could ask the artists a question. The panel opened with each artist introducing themselves, where they live and some of their current and past personal and professional experiences with GPK and WP. After the intro it was open for anyone to ask a question. There were six questions in total asked. The first was directed to Smokin’ Joe regarding his experience growing up locating and collecting Wacky Packages. The second question was asked of Chad Scheres regarding any future plans to do a Rat Finks or Hot Rod inspired set. Questions three and four centered on Topps’ online card releases and the artists gave their thoughts on the pros and cons of the current card trend and collecting experience. Question five asked for each artist to share a rejected concept that they submitted and really liked, but for whatever reason never made it. Question six asked why the artists are not more prominently credited on their cards. As with the dinner there was a promo card handed out. This promo was non-GPK and Wacky themed. Also as with the dinner, there was a prize drawing in which 18 various non-sport cards and merchandise prizes were given including a box of 50th Anniversary Wacky Packages and a box of GPK PSTT both courtesy of Topps. The card talk lasted approximately an hour and ended around 9:15 allowing plenty of time to make the 10:00am opening of the show.
Day two of the show included a day specific promo card done by Tom Bunk. The remaining exclusive card sets were sold, again only two per customer and were not opened to vendor purchase until around 1:00. As with Saturday the set sold out. The show was a little less crowded as the previous day, but there were still plenty of attendees. Unlike Saturday, Sunday had a prize drawing for varied non-sport goodies. One prize winner was Allender’s House of Checklist creator Jeff Allender. Artists Jason Brower and Fred Wheaton were also attendees at the show and Fred attended the card talk as well.
Some upcoming releases were mentioned during the weekend which included a new themed GPK set slated for release in the fall according to Joe Simko. Details on the theme, size or set format were not given. Smokin’ Joe said he finally has had some of his GPK gags approved and will be part of the GPK artist lineup. Jeff Zapata made mention of a parody card set that he said he is currently trying to produce, but gave no further details on it. He also made mention of possibly working on his memoirs this year. Independent card company Sidekick Labs was on hand at the show and they handed out a promo card for a upcoming Spanish version of Melty Misfits 2 and it was also mentioned that Buff Monster was working on Melty Misfits 3.
The next Philly Non-Sports Card Show will be held on October 21-22 at Merchants Square Mall.
Thanks to Steve and Erica for their report on the show! Look later this week to GPKnews.com for transcripts of the card talk and Jay Lynch tributes. Below are the pictures they took of all the festivities!
After three straight days of online releases, sales remain constant. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids – The First 100 Days #153-#154, and GPK Network Spews #37-#39. Topps continued the focus on Wacky Packages this week. Of the 15 cards released, only four were GPK. Sales numbers haven’t responded, and Thursday’s results are much the same. All cards finished under 200 in sales, except for the Alternate Facts Wacky card. Both GPK cards were just behind their Wacky counterparts. With just over one week left in President Trump’s first 100 days, collectors are looking forward to see how Topps changes up the online offerings. Until then expect a full lineup of cards next week leading up to day 100. Here are the final numbers for Thursday’s cards.
#153 – Dostracted Donald – 151
#154 – Make the Depression Great Again Hat (Wacky) – 191
Over the past few weeks Topps has made a move to focus more on Wacky Packages over GPK in the online releases, but are customers buying? Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #148-#152, and GPK Network Spews #33-36. These results are for both Tues. and Wed. online releases, where seven of the nine cards were Wacky Packages. It would appear focusing on Wacky Packages isn’t working, as new lows in sales were set for Wacky cards. Only one card for this sale broke 200 in sales, with a couple of the Network Spews Wackys down in the 160’s for sales. Wacky cards to date had not seen sales this low. Both the GPK cards were right in line with their Wacky counterparts. Today is day 90 of President Trump’s stay in office, the end appears to be near for at least one of these online sets. Expect Topps to hit it hard in the final 10 days. Here are the final numbers.
The third straight day of online offers brings out a lot more Wacky’s and a seemly forgotten brand. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids – The First 100 Days cards #153-#154, and GPK Network Spews #37-#39. Card #153 passes the previous political themed set, Dis-grace to the Whitehouse, for largest online set. Like yesterday the two Trumpocracy cards consist of one GPK (Artist: Engstrom) and one Wacky Packages card (Artist: ?). For the first time in weeks GPK makes a return to the set featuring its name, GPK Network Spews. Today’s three cards feature one GPK (Artist: Simko) and two Wacky’s (Artist: ?). Also after ignoring the Wacky brand Alternate Facts for months, Topps offered new card today. Each card can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. A six card bundle featuring one of each of today’s cards can be purchased for $39.99. Free shipping in the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards will be on sale for 24 hours on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s cards.