GPK Nation is set to continue with their weekly pin launches this week. Buggy Betty is the sixth pin of the twelve pin series to launch. The pin launches tomorrow, 2/23 at 1:00 PM EST. As with the other pins, this one will be limited to 50 copies. Currently there are no other launches scheduled at GPKNation this week. Collectors however, can continue their pin collections this week.
During today’s Topps Digital Digicast on Twitch, it was announced there will be a new Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight digital set with packs for sale on WAX during next week’s Topps Winter Con 21. Not a lot of details were shared about the upcoming set. Packs will be available and sold on the WAX Blockchain during every day of the Winter Con, scheduled for 2/25-2/28. These packs are separate from the redemption codes that will be inserted into boxes and packs of physical GPK Food Fight Packs. There is sure to be much more information in the coming days.
In other news, Topps Digital tweeted out the picture above this morning showing some of the various card types that can be pulled via the redemption codes that can be found in physical GPK Food Fight boxes and packs. There appears to be prism, gold, and artist autographs. No other details have been revealed about the redemption program yet.
GPK Collectors showed the love last week for this year’s Valentines set. Topps today revealed the print run for 2021 On-Demand Set #1 Garbage Pail Kids Funny Valentines. The set sold a total of 1700 copies. Those sales numbers make it the highest selling Valentines set so far, but falls below many of the GPK On Demand sets sold last year. Of course the sales numbers were limited by Topps based on the available sketch cards. The set sold out in just over two hours after launch, so the demand was there for more sets to be offered. Topps may have had a hard time getting sketch artists as many were busy with other projects. Based on the print run, there will be 850 sketches for the series. Topps has confirmed with GPKNews that there 16 artists that did sketches for the set. They are Jasmine Contois (77), Greg Treize (50), Darrin Pepe (60), Brandhen Snyder (70), Nik Castaneda (50), Daniel Contois (77), Vincenzo d’Ippolito (70), Bobby Blakey (53), Gavin Williams (75), Anthony Skubis (?), Chris Meeks (50), Neil Camera (?), Dave Dabila (?), Rich Molinelli (?), Lowell Isaac (?), and Robert Jimenez (40). That only accounts for approximately 720 sketches, so there are still 2-3 artists missing from the list. As for the print run of the inserts and parallels, there will be 340 complete 10 card Valentine’s Cards Insert sets. There will also be 161 Red Heart parallels sets, and 80 Black Heart parallel sets.
It would appear cats aren’t quite as popular as GameStop. After ending earlier today, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Zoom Mishaps. The set sold a total of 776 copies. This was well off the massive sales of the previous pop culture GameStonk set released a couple of weeks ago. Despite sales not reaching those heights, the numbers still equate to a very strong GPK set. With Topps unable to strike lightning twice, it will be interesting to see how often the pop culture sets appear in the coming months.
Today Funko made official what had been rumored the past couple of weeks. There will be a Garbage Pail Kids Bony Tony Funko POP for sale at their Spring 2021 Virtual Con. The Virtual Con is taking the place of the Emerald City Comic Con, which has been moved to December due to Covid-19. Despite the delay in the con, Funko decided to continue with the various promotions they had planned for the con. The Bony Tony is one of the exclusive POPs the company is offering to collectors during the Virtual Con, which is scheduled to take place 3/1-3/5. Members of the Funko Fan Club will be giving first crack at purchasing the figure through a lottery system. The deadline has passed for people to join the fan club to take advantage of this offer. However, never fear GPK collectors you will still have a chance to purchase the figure. While Funko Club members can purchase the figure starting 3/3, Hot Topic will have the figure available online and in stores starting 3/4.
Sales remain consistent as month 11 continues for the weekly holiday sets. After ending Tuesday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Feb. Week 2. The set sold a total of 509 copies. This was slightly higher than last weeks sales. Collectors remain strong as the set finally begins to find down. Only a few weeks to go.
Update: Topps shared with GPKNews the official sketch artist list for the set. In total there are 60 artists, with 9 being first time GPK artists. The artist checklist can be found here.
We are just one week away from the release of the first retail GPK set of 2021. Today Topps released the checklist for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight. The base set contains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions. Numbering for the set continues the recent trend of 1-100a/b.
As is always the case, there are a number of insert sets all exclusive to different pack types. All four final card artists did work on each insert set for this series. This time Tops has changed up the set size on some of the insert sets. The You Are What You Ear insert set, can be found in Retail Display packs and contains 10 cards. Celebrity Chef insert cards can be found 3 per Refrigerator Tin, with the set having a total of 16 cards. The Cereal Aisle insert cards, which show GPKs as cereal mascots, come 2 per Fat Pack and have a total of 24 cards in the set. Collector boxes will feature a number of exclusive insert sets. GPK Food Wacky Packages come one per Collector box with a total of 10 cards in the set. Each Collector box will also contain a separate pack with 2 mini magnets. The magnets look to be reprints of past food related GPKs, there are a total of 24 magnets to collect. Finally, patches return with the Wacky Packages Patch Card 10 card set.
The four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Emgstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams did all the cards in the set, and their autographs can be found in packs numbered to /80. For the first time in a while Topps did not include the official sketch artist checklist. So far GPK News has confirmed 59 artists, including nine first time GPK artists, but those numbers could change with the release. So far this is an increase of seven from the 35th set. You can find the official checklist for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight in PDF form here.
GPKNews has learned that Garbage Pail Kids Brand Manager Jessica Kanzer is no longer with Topps. Sources say Jessica left Topps a couple weeks ago for an opportunity in another field. Jessica had been leading the retail releases for GPK. She took over for previous brand manager Colin Walton in mid-2018. She oversaw all the retail sets since 2018S2, including the recently released 35th Anniversary and Chrome OS 3 releases. In addition to GPK, Jessica worked on Topps’ entertainment properties like Wacky Packages, WWE, and Star Wars.
According to a Topps spokesperson, the Brand Manager team is working to cover Jessica’s former responsibilities until a replacement is hired. There is currently a listing for Brand Manager – Entertainment on Topps’ job website. The change in leadership is not expected to cause any delays with releases. Work was already completed on 2021S1 Food Fight before her resignation. While no future sets have been officially announced, work continues uninterrupted on 2021S2 by the GPK artists. The GPK brand is exploding in popularity, whomever takes over will have the chance to lead Topps’ entertainment properties through these times.
Update: Super Impulse shared with GPKNews that Series 1 of the toys will feature 3 characters available in a/b versions. The characters will be; ADAM BOMB and BLASTED BILLY, up CHUCK and HEAVIN STEVEN, TEE-VEE STEVIE and GEEKY GARY. The packs will carry a MSRP of $5.99. Each figure measures 1.25” tall and comes with a display case and mini GPK Sticker. The product will be available in stores in early March.
Super Impulse today begin teasing a new line of officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids micro sized toys. No details were released other than the teaser image with some silhouettes of GPK figures, headlined by Adam Bomb. Super Impulse released a similar line of Wacky Packages micro toys last year that measured roughly and inch and a half tall.
I see more holiday sets in your future. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Feb. Week 3. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. The set also comes with one deep purple 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 Gum Drop Jill
•11B Gummy Gwen
•12A Battery Bradley
•12B Charged Charles
•13A Rocky Bark
•13B Clark Kennal
•14A Beth Death
•14B Tara Tarot
•15B Sour Pris