Last night news started to come out that Garbage Pail Kids Brand Manager Colin Walton was no longer with Topps as of last Friday. A spokesperson from Topps confirmed with GPKNews today that Colin left for another company and is no longer working with Topps. According to information shared online, Colin left to join WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).
Colin started working on GPK products during the ANS 7 set. Eventually he became Art Director over the brand during the Flashback 3 set after Jeff Zapata left the company. Topps has released a number of retail sets under his leadership from BNS, Chrome, and the Yearly releases. Colin was also the Brand Manager and Art Director over Wacky Packages, Mars Attacks, and WWE cards.
Topps was not yet willing to share who the new Brand Manager is. Topps says the change will not result in any delays to any currently planned products.
Topps yearly nod to San Diego Comic Con has ended and the sales results are in. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Summer Comic Convention online set. Total sales ended at 131 for the seven day period. The high price point, disjointed nature of the set, many cards didn’t fit a comic con theme, and the final art were all common complaints from collectors for the latest release. It’s the lowest sold set since the Shammy awards set earlier this year.
Is the GPK world ready for designer shirts and hoodies? We are about to find out, as designer clothing company Opening Cerremony has begun offering Garbage Pail Kids merchandise. Thanks to GPK collector Michael White for first pointing these out. The company sells online and has stores in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. Launched in 2002 they work with designer brands offering a wide variety of clothing.
They launched what they are calling a line of limited edition t-shirts and hoodies. There are four t-shirts; a blue shirt featuring New Wave Dave, an orchid shirt with Furry Fran, a yellow shirt with Creepy Carol, and a white shirt with a GPK and OC logo on the front and the same three characters along with Art Apart on the back. All the shirts feature different forms of both the Garbage Pail Kids banner and Opening Ceremony logos on either the front or back. The t-shirts are available in S-XL, and are priced at $60 each.
They also launched two hoodies. One black hoodie featuring Tee-Vee Stevie on the back, and an Opening Ceremony logo on the front. The second hoodie is pink and has Art Apart on the front with GPK and OC logos on the back. The hoodies are also available in S-XL, and are priced at $120 each.
All clothing is officially licensed by Topps. The company says as of now this is the only GPK merchandise planned.
Did you miss out on last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con? Creepy Co. has you covered. They posted this evening on their social media channels that their previously exclusive to SDCC items will go on sale via their website tomorrow. Beginning tomorrow at 7:00 PM (Central), Creepy will be offering both the pin and the t-shirt. They warn that supplies will be limited. So if you want one of these items don’t delay.
As promised Jago Studios debuted a trailer for their upcoming mobile game, Garbage Pail Kids The Game. This mini trailer comes in at a quick 5 seconds, and gives collectors a brief glimpse into the art and game play.
After two seconds of card images, we are treated to what appears to be a battle during game play. This two second portion shows two sides made up of character cards. Classic OS characters are featured. The battle shows Adam Bomb attacking and destroying Grim Jim and Frying Brian. The characters on all the cards appeared to be animated during game play. For example Anna Banana is swinging from some vines, and Buggy Betty is flapping her wings.
The sequence ends with a brief screenshot of the character screen for Adam Bomb. Showed what would appear to be a level 14 Adam Bomb, some unlocked and locked powers, (I could use the “Power of Angry” myself), and some items in a “Junk” section.
While the trailer is short, the game does appear to be a “card collecting role playing game”, as the company stated in their initial release. The game is set to release in the App Store and Google Play later this year.
With San Diego Comic Con in full swing this week, Topps continues it’s tradition of offering an online set. Today Topps launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Summer Comic Convention online set. The huge 20 card set consists of 10 new GPK pieces available in a/b variations. Concepts for the cards cam from various GPK artists, (Gross, Simko, Engstrom), while they appear to have been painted by artist JungHwa Im. The set is available for $49.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option, and $10 for international shipping. The set will be available on Topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist and a picture of all the cards.
1a: SUPER MANUEL/1b: CHARGED CLARK 2a: SUPPER MARIO/2b: 16-BIT MIT 3a: BATTLE TOD/3b: RASH ASH 4a: DREARY DARIA/4b: MORGAN DORKER
5a: BAT EMMANUEL/5b: GRIM TIM 6a: RUNTY ROSS/6b: PUNY PEROT 7a: CAMERON PLANET/7b: EARTH DAYTON 8a: BOOGER MANNY/8b: BOOGY BOGART 9a: KAT DOG/9b: CAT DOUG 10a: EARL WORM/10b: JUICY JIM
Update 7/16/18 – Topps revealed via Facebook today that the three prints will now be available in 8 x 10 size, and come with three different backgrounds. White ($15), Transparent ($20), and Foil ($25). This info differs with what Atomic Toybox released previously.
Topps and Garbage Pails Kids have a long history of making an appearence at the country’s largest Comic Con. This year will be no exception. Thanks to GPK collector srezvan for first pointing out this years exclusives. Topps, Creepy Co., and Atomic Toybox are teaming up to offer a number of exclusive GPK items. Atomic Toybox will once again be the booth (#3921) where these GPK items will be for sale. Here’s what will be offered.
Topps will have three Jumbo Stock Card Art Prints. These poster sized cards measure 11 x 14. The officially licensed art was done by GPK artist Joe Simko. Each card will be produced in limited quantities for the show. Exact production numbers have not been revealed. Each jumbo card will be available for $20.
The art for one of the cards will also be offered as a t-shirt. The shirt is licensed by Topps and produced by Creepy Co. Also available in limited quantities, the shirt will sell for $35.
Finally, Creepy Co. has produced an enamel pin of Nat Nerd along with a GPK lanyard. The pair will sell for $15.
This year’s San Diego Comic Con is set to take place from July 19-22 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Jago Studios, the makers of the upcoming GPK The Game mobile game, announced today there will be the first look at the art of the game at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Today’s announcement was the first from the company since their initial release announcing the game. The company announced they will be passing out an art card at SDCC featuring art from the game. Once again Atomic Toybox will be the place to be for GPK fans. Attendees can pick up their card at that booth, #3921.
There will be just one card available. The 4” x 6” card will be limited to 5000 copies only available at SDCC.
Jago also announced they will be releasing the first teaser trailer for the game next week. People signed up to their mailing list at gpkthegame.com will get the first view on 7/23, while everyone else will get to see it on 7/24. They will also be drawing a winner for a Creepy Co. GPK blanket and promo card from registered users.
GPK The Game will launch later this year on the App Store and Google Play. Here is the complete press release from Jago on today’s announcement.
LOS ANGELES — MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018— Jago Studios, the independent entertainment studio behind Garbage Pail Kids: The GameSM, today announced it will be attending Comic-Con San Diego to
provide Garbage Pail Kids® fans with complimentary art cards designed by the team behind the upcoming mobile game. The limited-run cards will offer a first look at the game’s artwork. Comic-Con attendees can receive a free card by visiting Atomic Toybox Entertainment, Booth 3921, which is hosting Garbage Pail Kids: The Game.
For those unable to attend Comic-Con, Jago Studios will be releasing a sneak peek trailer on Monday, July 23 to all online subscribers. A private link to the trailer will be emailed to people who subscribe to game updates at gpkthegame.com by July 22, 2018. Anyone registered for updates will also be entered in a random drawing to win a Garbage Pail Kids plush blanket from Creepy Co., featuring beloved character Adam Bomb, along with a copy of the Comic-Con art card.
“We are thrilled to share original artwork from GPK: The Game with fans of the notorious 80s brand and attendees at Comicon,” said Stuart Drexler, Jago Studios founder and chief executive officer. “Our first trailer will also give fans an exciting preview of what’s to come in the game.”
Garbage Pail Kids: The Game is an upcoming mobile card-battling RPG featuring iconic characters from the collectible trading cards and stickers originally issued by The Topps Company in the 1980s. Currently in private beta, the free-to-play mobile game will be released worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. For more information and to receive updates on the game, visit gpkthegame.com or follow @gpkgame on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Jago Studios
Founded in 2017, Jago Studios creates interactive social entertainment oozing with irreverence and virality. Their core team of game and brand veterans have decades of experience developing high profile, influential entertainment licenses and intellectual properties. Jago Studios invents, designs, and launches compelling play experiences made for mobile-first lifestyles, tickling the funny bone and strengthening meaningful social connections as people play together and laugh together. Jago is currently creating a series of comical free-to-play mobile RPG Card Battlers. Visit jagostudios.com for more information.
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Fireworks, hot dogs, and GPK! All three have been traditions in recent years. With last week’s launch of 2018 Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July online set, collectors had another chance to add to their collection. Today Topps revealed the set sold 168 copies. The total is right in line with sales from previous online sets sold earlier this year. This year’s 8 card set was comprised of both GPKs and Wacky Packages. All the artwork for the set was completed by artist Robert Jimenez.
After a bit of a break, online GPKs are back. Last time Topps offered any online cards was a couple of months back with the Hall of Lame set. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2018 4th of July set. The set consists of three new GPK paintings, with a/b versions, and two Wacky Packages. All the artwork for the set was completed by artist Robert Jimenez. The eight card set is available for $29.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set can be purchased for the next seven days at Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist and pictures of the cards.