Jago Studios didn’t waste any time is meeting their Halloween promise to release a new trailer for their upcoming mobile game, GPK The Game. Early Wed. morning people who applied to be a game tester received an e-mail announcing the winners of the contest. Additionally, a new 30 second expanded trailer appears on gpkthegame.com as well as their Youtube channel.
The trailer is broken down into three main sections that explain the main facets of the game, all while keeping a Garbage Pail Kids theme. The trailer starts off much like the previous shorter 5 second version. First they promise you can “Collect your favorite cards”. What is shown next is many of the character screens. Adam Bomb, Tee Tee Stevie, Half Nelson, and Brainy Janie are all shown with various abilities and their junk. Next up we get what appears to be where you can see your card collection. Many more characters can be seen here.
From there the trailer moves into the section where you can, “Battle till you barf”. Screens are shown with some of the battle scenes and the cards attacking, untimely resulting in victory. Finally, the game shows you can, “Earn tons of junk”. In true GPK form it appears items and power-ups are labeled as junk. What else would a good GPK battler need?
Jago Studios announced there were over 1100 entries for their game tester contest. In a bit of a surprise, they announced that due to the overwhelming response they expanded the winners list to 10. The following people were announced as winners; Melanie R. in Lexington, IN; Michael M. in Colleyville, TX; Joseph T. in Johnson City, TN; Travis T. in Murrieta, CA; Jason H. in Mankato, MN; Randy M. in Aurora, CO; RJ H. in Nevada County, CA; David H. in Folsom, CA; Jennifer H. in Cincinnati, OH; and Jono S. in London. Jago also promises more contests to come in the months ahead.
GPK the Game is set to launch in early 2019 and will be available in both the Apple App Store and Android Google Play.
Collectors attending tonight’s dinner at the Philly Non-Sports card show got an early Halloween Treat. All attendees received two officially licensed cards, one GPK and one Wacky Packages. The GPK card, Pumpkin Heddy, was painted by Joe Simko. The back is numbered 1 of 4. The back advertises collectors can complete their set at next year’s spring Philly Non-Sports show. The Wacky card was painted by Fred Wheaton. Collectors were also treated to a talk by artist Smokin Joe McWilliams during dinner. Thanks to Collector Dave O. for the images!
Topps is cutting it tight with the next retail GPK release. 2019 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 90’s is just three months away, and sketch artists are just now starting to receive sketch blanks. Much the same formula is being followed by Topps compared with the last release, 2018S2 Oh the Horror-ible. However this time artists have a much smaller window to complete sketches.
Despite the base cards being complete for months, Topps took a long to time announce the next retail set, all while keeping a January release day. This has caused sketch deadlines to be very tight for artists this time. Sketches must be completed by 11/19, which gives artists less than a month. This might hurt the overall quality of the sketches in the set, as many artists have stated they won’t be able to do color sketches due to time constraints. One change Topps made this time around to the sketches is the amount requested. The number of sketches per artist is down compared to previous releases. Its not clear if the numbers are lower because of production or number of artists. Artists this round will be doing less Regular and Loaded sketches. Each artist is being asked to complete, 30 Regular, 5 Loaded, 6 Die-cut, 3 Panoramic, and 3 Tryptych sketches.
Topps is going green for this set. Each sketch features a green Garbage Pail Kids banner, with the regular size sketch having a green nameplate for the signature. There is also new artwork featured on the sketch backs. A Brent Engstrom painting of Grunge Greg, which was first shown on the sell sheets, appears on the back of the regular, panoramic, and tryptych sketches. The tryptych sketch also features new artwork with a gag based off of the popular desk toy 3D Pin Art.
The confirmed sketch lineup so far looks to equal or even exceed the number of artists from the previous set. Oh the Horror-ible had a record 58 artists complete sketches. So far 54 of the 58 artists have confirmed they will be completing sketches for We Hate the 90’s. The returning artists are: Bryan Abson, David Acevedo, Simone Arena, Ro Garcia Astorga, Quinton Baker, Michael Barnard, Bobby Blakey, John Brewer, Emma Burges, Neil Camera, Pat Chaimuang, Daniel Contois, Jasmine Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jason Crosby, Shawn Cruz, Dave Dabila, Vincenzo D’Ippolito, Joe Dobbins, Joey Fitchett, David Gacey, Shane Garvey, Patrick Giles, Daniel Goodroad, Dennis Gortakowski, Kelly Greider, Jason Heil, Lowell Isaac, Robert Jimenez, Rickey Kipfer, Kevin Lea, Paul Mangione, Mike McHugh, Rory McQueen, Joe McWilliams, Chris Meeks, Lily Mercado, Ryan Moffett, Rich Molinelli, JM Monserrat, Victor Moreno, Jay O’Leary, Darrin Pepe, Steve Potter, Todd Rayner, Cathy Razim, Chad Scheres, Brent Scotchmer, Matt Steffens, Mike Stephens, Floyd Sumner, Gregory Tilson, Dan Burn Webster, and Clinton Yeager. Both Jon Gregory and Simon Jacobsohn will not do sketches for this set, citing the tight deadlines as the reason why. David Gross is unsure if he will be doing sketches, time permitting. Gavin Williams has not responded to requests as of this writing. Usually Topps also adds a healthy number of new artists to the mix. However, there have been no new artists who have come forward saying they are working on the set. There are however, some returning artists. Coming back after taking a break are Barry Nygma, Anthony Skubis, and Magnus Von Robotsson. This brings the current total of sketch artists to 57. This article will be updated as new artists are confirmed.
The rules around sketches has remained largely the same as the previous release. Once again artists must send their artist return sketches back to Topps with their pack inserted sketches. Topps will approve, and mail back to the artists, who can then distribute them after release date. The “banned sketch” list continues to be the same. Artists are not allowed to sketch cards featuring Stan Lee, Gene Simmons, the Hundreds set, Riot Fest set, and all Disney properties including Star Wars and Marvel.
Let hope sketch previews start sneaking out from artists in late December and early January as release date approaches. 2019 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 90’s is set to release in stores on Jan. 16, 2019.
Do you like Garbage Pail kids and Wacky Packages? Will you be in the Philadelphia/Allentown area this weekend? Then you need to make time to stop by the largest and longest running Non-Sports Card show in the US. The biannual Philly Non-Sports Card show is ready for collectors from around the country to pay a visit. The show is focusing on GPKs and Wacky Packages over their next two events, starting with this weekend’s show. Those attending the show have a lot to look forward to.
The artist lineup is a strong one. Set to attend are Tom Bunk, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Layron DeJarnette, and Chad Scheres. The artists will have plenty of original GPK and Wacky art, prints, sketches, and merchandise available for sale. There will be a card talk prior to the show opening on Sunday morning. Those who have already reserved a space will have a chance to to ask questions of their favorite artists.
The traditional Saturday dinner is sold out. Collectors attending the dinner are in for a treat. GPK and Wacky artist Smokin Joe McWiliams will be the guest speaker during dinner. There will also be prizes given out at dinner from Creepy Co, Fright Rags, and Chad Scheres. Attendees will also get two exclusive Topps licensed promo cards. The Halloween themed cards are painted by Joe Simko (GPK) and Fred Wheaton (Wacky). The cards will be numbered #1 & #2, with #3 and #4 coming at next year’s spring show. While show organizers are keeping the art under wraps until Saturday’s dinner, they are showing another card that will be given exclusively to dinner attendees. Tom Bunk created the Wacky Garbage Kids parody card for the dinner.
The promo cards don’t stop there. All show attendees will also received a new Horrorible Kids promo card from Mark Pingitore, as well as the Toser the Destroyer card done by Brent Engstrom. There will also be plenty of other non-sports promo cards given out at the show. Show organizers are also planning a special drawing on Saturday for all kids under 12 years old. Kids will receive near completed sets, and will be encouraged to trade at the show to complete their sets.
There will be many other booths that specialize in selling non-sports cards. This show has a different vibe than the Gross Card Con shows, which are primarily a toy show. If you live within driving distance you need to find some time to attend the show with the whole family. The show is set to take place this weekend at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA. The show will be open on Sat. Oct. 20 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sun. Oct. 21 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
After debuting at last weekend’s New York Comic Con, the new Stranger Kids set is now available for purchase online. Today Topps officially launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids & Stranger Things “A” and “B” sets. Just like at NYCC, the 40 card set is being offered as two separate 20 card “A” and “B” name sets. All the artwork in the set was completed by artist Joe Simko. Each set is available to purchase for $19.99. Shipping is free within the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The sets are available on topps.com for sale for a longer than usual 90 days. Topps does say the print run for the sets will be revealed at the end of the sale. No word yet if the print run will include NYCC purchases. The four bonus cards available at NYCC are not available with the set online. Here is the checklist of both sets along with a few pictures of the cards.
The fine folks at Creepy Co. are back with new shirt to extend your Halloween wardrobe. Today at 7:00 PM (Central) the Monster Squad shirt will be launching. The black shirt features the characters Nasty Nick, Wrapping Ruth, Eerie Eric, and Frank N. Stein all taking a stroll through a graveyard. Creepy Co. is also restocking their GPK coach jacket and Adam Bomb socks. This is the only new item planned for October. Stay turned for some more goodies coming from Creepy Co. soon!
The New York Comic Con starts today, and much like previous years Garbage Pail Kids collectors have a lot to keep their eyes open for. Topps is leading things off with a weekend full of GPK goodness. There is a new 40 card GPK X Stranger Things parody set being offered at the show. The set is available in two separate 20 card packs, “a” and “b” packs for $19.99. Everyone buying both sets can get one special bonus card each day of the show. So there are a total of four different bonus cards available. Topps said there is a limit of one set per person per day of the show. Topps will also have sets available without the bonus cards in their online store after the show is over. (Thanks to GeePeeKay and KeWe for pictures!)
Topps will have GPK artist Joe Simko on hand signing autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 at their booth, #454. Topps will also be passing out an Oh the Horror-ible promo card at their booth Saturday to collectors. The card is based off the Jack Lagoon (#10a Classic Film Monsters) from the new retail set.
Toy Tokyo will be offering a special metallic version of the Adam Bomb Funko Pop! The figure will be limited to 3000 copies, and should go quickly.
Anyone who hasn’t picked up a copy of the excellent 30 Year of Garbage documentary will have a chance to buy the Director’s Cut from booth #2312.
Finally Kawaii Cubes will have a few of their plush GPK toys they released last year at their booth, #243.
UK collectors! Want to win a bundle of the new Garbage Gang cards? Head over to the MyTopps Youtube page, subscribe to their channel, and comment on their video promoting the new release! (Contest only open to residents of the UK) Tell them GPKNews sent you!
Jago Studios announced today they are offering a contest for three people who are interested in testing and playing an early version of the GPK The Game. GPK fans can fill out a survey at gpkthegame.com to enter the contest. The company says winners will be chosen based on their fandom and experience. The deadline to enter the contest is 10/26. Winners will be announced on 10/31. See below for complete release details.
The company also said they will release a new 30 second trailer to the public on 10/31. Anyone signed up to their mailing list will get to see the video on 10/30.
As part of the release Jago says the game will now come out in early 2019. It will be available in both the Apple App Store and the Android Google Play store.
Here’s today’s release from Jago.
LOS ANGELES— THURSDAY, October 4, 2018— Jago Studios, the independent entertainment studio behind Garbage Pail Kids: The Game℠, today announced it is offering an exclusive opportunity for three members of the community to gain advanced access to the mobile game coming in early 2019. The three “community testers” will be chosen based on their fandom and experience, via survey from Jago, which anyone 18 and older can submit at gpkthegame.com through October 26, 2018.’
The winners of the contest will be announced on October 31, when Jago Studios will also release a new 30-second gameplay trailer. A private link to the trailer will be emailed to people who subscribe to game updates at gpkthegame.com by October 30, 2018. The three chosen players will have several weeks to play an early version of the game and will have a video call with the Jago Studios team to talk about the game, ask questions, and offer feedback.
“Fans of the notorious GPK characters, RPG players, card collectors, and mobile game enthusiasts are all encouraged to enter,” said Stuart Drexler, Jago Studios founder and chief executive officer. “We’ve received many, many requests from the community to be early game testers, so we are excited for this opportunity as we build this game around the beloved Garbage Pail Kids brand.”
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 The Topps Company in the 1980s. Currently in soft launch, the free-to-play mobile game will be released worldwide on the App Store and Google Play in early 2019. For more information and to receive updates on the game, visit gpkthegame.com or follow @gpkgame on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Happy release day UK! Garbage Pail Kids collectors outside the US haven’t been able to collect a home grown release of GPKs in a few years. That has all come to an end thanks to Topps Europe. Today Topps Europe releases The Garbage Gang Trading Card Game set. The set was also released just a few weeks ago in Italy under the Sgorbions brand. Both the UK Garbage Gang and Italian Sgorbions releases appear to be the same except for the languages on the cards. The set is based on the 2008 Italian Kakkones release. The set contains 96 base cards, all using ANS art. With the exception of four cards, see info below, all cards were reprinted from the series 1 set including the 10 Lenticular cards. Garbage Gang is available in 24 pack boxes, and Starter Packs, which include a binder and 5 cards. Both regular packs and starter packs are available now on Topps Direct for purchase, (yes they do ship to the US). Topps Europe also said they will be available across the UK at Sainsbury’s, WHS, McColls, Martins, One Stop and independent newsagents. Topps Europe was nice enough to provide GPKNews with box and starter pack to review.
The Starter Packs are huge, measuring almost a foot long. They come wrapped in a see through cellophane wrapper. Inside each Started Pack is a cardboard backer, empty binder, front binder cover, back binder cover, and a see through sealed pack of 5 cards of which one is a lenticular card.
The cardboard backer serves as advertising for the package, and to help keep the contents safe.
The front binder cover features the artwork for Explorin Norman as well as some cards along the bottom. The back side of the cover give instructions for purchasing single cards directly from Topps Europe to help finish your set. Both regular base cards and lenticular cards can be purchased until Jan. 4, 2019. The offer is only available to collectors in the UK. The Sgorbions set has a similar offer available to collectors in Italy.
The back cover features the only checklist included for the set. Pictures of all cards in the set are listed. Picture quality is small and low, and unfortunately the cards names cannot be read. The inside back cover features basic instructions for playing the card game. There are also some advertisements for upcoming Topps Festival dates in the UK and a service called Popjam.
The binder itself included 24 four pocket pages. Thats enough to hold the complete 96 card set.
The included card pack comes with 4 base cards and one lenticular card.
24 pack boxes are also available to collectors.The sides of the box all feature various cards in the set.
Each pack comes with five cards. The odds on the packs state that lenticular cards fall at the rate of 1:6 packs. Our box contained 12 Leaky Lindsay packs, 6 Corroded Carl packs, and 6 Explorin Norman packs.
The cards are actual cards, not stickers as many collectors are used to. The cards are sturdy, using a similar card stock as the artist autographs in the recent retail US sets. The card backs feature “Garbage Values” and “Garbage Type” used in playing the card game.
In both the Garbage Gang and Sgorbions sets four of the original cards were replaced by four cards from the Italian Series 2 Kakkones set. Replaced were cards based off of Spiderman, Harry Potter, Teletubbies, and the Walter Water card. While the first three most likely were removed because they are established brands, not sure why Walter was removed. Here are two of the series 2 cards that were used.
In our box break we only received 48/96 cards in the base set. Collation of the cards in the box was awful. The box contained 115 total base cards, of which 67 were duplicates. We didn’t receive anything before card #25, with other large runs missing. Each car we did receive had between 2-4 versions. While this is a small sample size, if all boxes are this way collectors will have to do a lot of trading to complete their set.
We did beat the odds on the lenticular cards by pulled a total of five.
All in all this is a solid release from Topps Europe. Some collectors will wish for stickers and OS artwork. However, the packs are priced right and the card stock is sturdy. Both the regular packs and the Starter pack offer a lot of value. The poor collation of the box is really the only downside to the set. Collectors who wish to collect a simple set like they did 10-30 years ago will enjoy this set. As will our friends overseas, who for the first time in 10 years, can go out and hunt these packs down. Thanks again to Topps Europe for providing GPKNews with the preview packs for review!