With this years New York Comic Con just a couple of days away, Topps has been quiet about what they will have in store at the show. Today via his Facebook page, Garbage Pail Kids artist Joe Simko showed two cards that will be part of the GPK Takes Over NYC set. Joe Simko painted 11 new pieces for the set. There will be an “A” names set, a “B” names set, and a “C” names set featuring New York themed names. The cost for the set is currently unknown. Topps has also announced the set on their blog. They mention the purchase of the set will include a special bonus card, while supplies last. Topps also mentions there will be a GPK promo card available Saturday at the show.
Joe Simko will also be all over NYCC signing autographs are different booths. He is scheduled at the GeekiTiki booth #2164 on Friday from 1:00-3:00. Then he will head over to Topps booth, #454, to sign autos from 4:00-5:00. Finally on Saturday he will be at the FYE boot, #622, to sign some cereal boxes.
With less than two weeks until this year’s New York Comic Con, details are starting to come out on some of the Garbage Pail Kids items that will be available. One of the most anticipated licensed items in recent memory will debut at NYCC. Beeline Creative will have will have three new Garbage Pail Kids Geeki Tikis. Famous GPK characters have been made into ceramic mugs based to look like a tiki. There will initially be three mugs offered; Adam Bomb, Bony Tony, and Leaky Lindsay. A spokesperson for Beeline has confirmed with GPKNews that each mug purchased will indeed come with its exclusive card. The art for each card was completed by Joe Simko. Adam Bomb will be priced at $40, while Bony Tony and Leaky Lindsay will be $30 each. In news that will please many collectors, Beeline told GPKNews that these are debuting at NYCC, and there will be limited quantities available after the show. Collectors can purchase the Geeki Tikis at either of the Toynk booths (#2164 & #2872). Sometime after the show they will be available on the toynk.com website. This is only the beginning for Beeline’s license with Topps. The company said there will be more characters released in the future.
Update 9/19: Beeline Creative has posted the 3rd Card in the series, Luau Lindsay.
Update 9/18: Artist Joe Simko posted the second card, Tiki Tony.
Tonight on their social media channels, Beeline Creative began teasing the long rumored Garbage Pail Kids Geeki Tikis they will be offering at this year’s New York Comic Con. Today’s post makes it appear the Tikis will come with cards! Card #1 of 3 is shown titled Aloha Adam. It’s Adam Bomb done as a tiki. The artwork for the card was completed by Joe Simko. An Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and Bony Tony are being planned for release at NYCC. I’m sure there will be more previews coming soon.
The last few days have been interesting for news on the Garbage Pail Kids license front. Everything might all come to a head with this year’s San Diego Comic Con in July. As we mentioned yesterday SDCC show organizers announced John Pound would be a guest at this year’s show. If that isn’t big enough for GPK fans, there appears to be quite a few licensed items on the horizon. This appears to be the golden age for GPK licensed merchandise.
Last weekend, Topps attended the 2019 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Their sole purpose in attending was to promote and sell the Garbage Pail Kids license to perspective companies. These events always bring some news for collectors, and this one didn’t disappoint. A picture to surface online from the Topps GPK booth revealed new GPK mugs will be coming soon. Beeline Creative, the company behind Geekitiki mugs, appears to be making three mugs. The mugs feature Adam Bomb, Bony Tony, and Leaky Lindsay. Attendees at the show mentioned the mugs would be debuting at this year’s SDCC. GPKNews reached out to BeeLine for comment, but the company didn’t respond.
In an article leading up to the Licensing Expo, Topps VP of Global Licensing Ira Friedman also mentioned additional upcoming licensees for the brand. Some like FYE, Jago, and Sprayground have already launched. Beeline was mentioned in the article along with Greenlight and their upcoming GPK themed die-cast cars. Additionally, a company called Ripple Junction has GPK t-shirts in the works according to Freidman. There is no other info for when or where these shirts could be launched. Again GPKNews reached out to Ripple Junction, but did not hear back.
Finally, Super7, a toy and apparel business based out of San Francisco, posted an interesting hint on their social media channels on Monday. In the post they advertised they would soon be revealing their SDCC exclusives for this year. The cartoon character in the post is carrying a bag, that just happened to have the “GPK” licensing logo on it. Once again GPKNews has contacted Super7, we will let you know if we hear anything back.