Super Impulse, the company behind the GPK Micro Figures, will be using their GPK license in a new Pop Taters toy line. According to Transformers news site TFormers.com, Adam Bomb will be included in the toy line based off the popular Mr. Potato Head toys. In conjunction with Hasbro, the first wave of Pop Taters will include various characters from the licenses Super Impulse has. Some characters include Adam Bomb, Optimus Prime, Bob Ross and others. According to the first ad’s for the toys, they will include interchangeable parts. The toys will come in two versions, a 4” version with interchangeable parts and a 2” keychain version. No release date has been mentioned, although the advertisement mentioned they are new for 2022.
Collectors are busy buying up the Garbage Pail Kids Micro Blind Box packs as they have begun hitting stores across the country. Super Impulse isn’t done with GPK and they were nice enough to send preview packs of the upcoming GPK Micro Series 2 figures. Much like Series 1, the new series is comprised of six new figures, 3 characters with a/b versions. Characters in series 2 are; Brainy Janie, Jenny Genius, Damaged Don, Unstitched Mitch, New Wave Dave, and Graffiti Petey. Each character will come sealed, with its own display case, and mini card. While there is no official release date yet, Super Impulse is hoping the figures will hit stores towards the end of of the first quarter (March).
Did Santa bring you all the GPK toys you wanted for Christmas? If not it’s time to go buy your own! The Super Impulse Garbage Pail Kids Micro Collection Mystery Packs that were announced back in July, are now live. Thanks to GPK collector Rachel Dahlke for sending along pictures of the toys she found at her local Meijer store today. Each mystery pack contains 1 GPK Figure, 1 Wacky GPK Mini, 2 cards, and 2 checklist. Packs sell for anywhere from $4.99-$7.99 in the store. In total there are 31 different GPK figures, 23 Wacky GPK Minis, and 24 cards to collect. That includes parallel figures that are more rare than others. Keep your eyes out in retail stores that carry mini mustery packs, as these should start showing up in more places soon.
According to a listing on Toywiz, Super Impulse is launching Garbage Pail Kids Micro Collection Mystery Packs. GPKWorld was first to report on the listing this morning. Each mystery pack is shaped like a garbage can and will contain 1 GPK figure, 1 GPK Wacky Grocery Item, 2 mini original art cards, and a checklist. There are 31 total GPK figures to collect. Based on the picture on the listing, there appears to be 12 different characters each with two common variations. For 7 of the figures there will also be a chase version. There are also 23 different GPK Mini Wacky Grocery items based off of artwork used as part of GPK sets over the years. There will also be 24 different sticker cards. Like the previous released Micro figures, they measure approximately 1.25” tall. Toywiz has individual packs available for $5.99, and 24 pack cases for $129.99. Toywiz says the figures will be available in September.
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.
Topps and Cloudco Entertainment announced a massive crossover collaboration today for the company’s iconic brands. 2021 will see a Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs gross out battle that will result in a number of new collectible products. According to the press release, collectors can expect to see cards, toys, clothing, pins, figures, and much more. New artwork will be done by original Madballs artist Jim Gorman, and longtime GPK artist Joe Simko. Characters for both brands will be featured in both group and individual one on one tongue in cheek battles. A number of companies were announced that will be releasing products as part of the crossover. Collectors can expect to see:
- Topps (Trading Cards)
- Megalopolis (2 pack action figures)
- Mad Engine (apparel and accessories)
- Chalk Line (jackets)
- MishkaNYC (street wear, apparel, accessories, and vinyl figures)
- Pinfinity (augmented reality pins)
- Super Impulse (collectible toys)
There will be other partners announced shortly for mobile app, retail, and publishing. As part of the announcement Topps VP of Global Licensing Ira Friedman said, “Shared nostalgic roots and over-the-top zaniness make this collab a no-brainer. Our respective fan bases as well as pop-culture aficionados everywhere are going to have fun with this outrageous mash-up.” See below for the full press release from the companies.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MADBALLS™ vs. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS®FACE–OFF IN “A BATTLE OF THE GROSSEST” BRAND COLLABORATION
LOS ANGELES. January 14, 2020. CloudcoEntertainment, owner of the venerable-but-irreverent Madballs™ brand, and The Topps Company, owner of the renowned-yet-subversive Garbage Pail Kids® brand(“GPK”), have teamed up for a collaboration that playfully pits classic 1980s icons and “co-heavyweights of gross”against one another. The collaboration will feature all-new1980s inspired artwork from veteran Madballs and GPK illustrators and kick-off with a number of consumer goods partners, including trading cards, collector toys, soft lines, collectible augmented reality pins, and more.
As an original “gross out” brand of the 1980s, Topps released its Garbage Pail Kids series of trading cards in 1985, featuring hilariously revolting characters with appropriately irreverent names. Fifteen different card series were produced over the next three years in addition to a Garbage Pail Kids animated series and a full slate of globally-licensed consumer products, with ongoing product lines that continue to the present day. For its part, Madballs launched its irregularly-shaped toy foam balls in 1986, featuring its own proprietary and often-socially-inappropriate characters with ghastly faces, grotesque names, and disruptively funny attitudes to match. Madballswent on to sell tens of millions of toys, inspire a series of animated specials, and launch an extensive consumer products program that included comic books, softlines, video games, collectibles, seasons, and back-to-school products.
For over three decades, Madballs and GPK have both been known as the “grossest of the gross”, co-ruling counterculture with their pun-heavy names and subversive humor, and this collaboration features all-new artwork that pits entire groups of Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs’characters against one another, as well as individualcharacters from each brand in fun and tongue-and-cheek one-on-one face-offs. Artwork will remain “authentically 80s” via all-new imagery from long-time veterans of each brand like Jim Groman, who worked on the original Madballs brand launch in the 1980s, and Joe Simko, a fan favorite and master illustrator of Garbage Pail Kids whose GPK artwork has been prominently featured in the brand’s trading cards and packaging.
Consumer product launch partners include: Topps (trading cards), Megalopolis (two-pack action figures), Mad Engine (apparel and accessories), Chalk Line (jackets), MishkaNYC (streetwear, apparel, accessories, and vinyl Medicomfigures), Pinfinity (augmented reality pins), and Super Impulse (collectible toys), with specific mobile app, retail, publishing, and other partnerships to be announced shortly.
“Madballs and GPK are of the same era and share tons of irreverent attributes so we love the idea of a fun ‘confrontational collaboration’ that plays off the two brands as competitors,” said Robert Prinzo, CloudcoEntertainment’s Head of Global Licensing. “Whether it’s Hollywood monsters, horror icons or comic book superheroes, fans always want to see ‘impossible’ match-ups from different universes, so we’re grateful to partner with Topps and deliver the ‘grossest’ possible version of that here.”
“Shared nostalgic roots and over-the-top zaniness make this collab a no-brainer,” said Ira Friedman, Topps’ VP of Global Licensing. “Our respective fan bases as well as pop-culture aficionados everywhere are going to have fun with this outrageous mash-up.”
“This is one of those crossovers that many of us have imagined since we were kids collecting both lines. I’ve had these match ups in my imagination since the 80s,” said Ben Westover, Megalopolis’ Creative Director. “Garbage Pail Kids is a timeless treasure, and one of my absolute favorite properties from childhood. I’m thrilled that we have the chance to introduce the GPK and Madballs universes to one another. It’s a perfect, monstrous synergy!” added Matt Westover, Megalopolis’ CEO.
“Here at Mad Engine we are thrilled to be part of this very fun and unique collaboration of Mad Balls vs. Garbage Pail Kids brands. We can’t wait to present this kitschy collection of tees, hoodies, joggers, headwear, and other accessories to our retailers. The celebration of these two iconic pop culture brands from the 80s is just what we all need right now!” – Cindy Levitt, SVP of Licensing, Mad Engine Global LLC
“We are humbled to be a part of The Madballs x Garbage Pail Kids brand collaboration, it represents the ultimate nostalgic marriage as two powerful properties of our youth collide. Having worked with the Garbage Pail Kids brandalready, we are thrilled to pick up from where we left off while adding an incredible partner like Madballs into the mix!” – Ilan Friedman, Co-Owner, Chalk Line
“Mishkais excited to be part of the Madballs x GPK collaboration project! We grew up collecting and obsessing over both the Madballs & Garbage Pails Kids brands. They have heavily inspired us as a brand as well as artists and creatives. We can’t wait to mix our world with the GPK x Madballs world incorporating our characters and design sensibility for graphics that will excite fans as well as opening an entire new crowd to these classic properties.” – Greg Rivera, President, Mishka NYC
“We are excited to be a part of theMadballsx Garbage Pail Kids brand collaboration and helping fans relive the 80s and 90s through disgustingly awesome augmented reality pin badges.” – Caleb Paullus, Founder, Pinfinity
“We at Super Impulse are absolutely appalled at the pairing of these despicable creatures, and cannot wait to bring our collectible toys to the grimy little hands of kids and kids-at-heart everywhere.” – Alan Dorfman, CEO, Super Impulse