Artist David Gross announced today his artwork based on an Al Bundy gag will be an officially licensed Topps Garbage Pail Kids Promo card at the upcoming Gross Card Con. Both VIP holders and event attendees purchasing a show exclusive card set will receive both the a and b versions of the card. In addition the first 50 attendees to arrive for the artist’s card chat will receive one random version. The card features Al Bundy from the popular 90’s TV show, Married Wirh Children. The back of the card advertises the current GPK retail set, We Hate the 90’s, and features sponser logos of ToyCon and GPK & Wacky Warehouse. This year’s Gross Card Con is set to take place March 1-3 in Las Vegas at the Westgate Resort.
Thanks to GPK collector Henry Mora for finding these picts online. It appears Topps, maybe with another company, has launched Sgorbions Slime. Sold at news stands in Italy for €2.99 each, the box appears to start there are 12 different ones. Based on the packaging each container contains some slime and 1 GPK character. They look a lot like the old Minilkins. If anyone knows any Italian or has information on the release please comment on the article.
Update: There is also an activity book that comes with each container of slime. See below for more pictures from some Itilian Facebook pages and a news stand in Italy.
In late December the team behind the upcoming mobile game, GPK the Game, sent out a newsletter to their mailing list to update fans on their progress. In the newsletter the company mentioned the successful community game testing that was a result of a contest they ran last October. They pointed out the feedback they received was fantastic and helped them learn more what fans want. In fact when reached for comment from GPKNews, they responded that, “The community testers offered helpful feedback and we are grateful for the time and energy they put into the game. Because it was so successful, we are hoping to open up another community testing session in the near future.” Keep your eyes open for a possible future announcement on community testing.
One bit of disappointing news for GPK fans coming from that newsletter was the announcement that the release window for the game has slipped to Q2 2019. When first announced, Jago was shooting for a late 2018 release. After a few months they starting mentioning a Q1 2019 release, and now after testing, are shooting for Q2 2019. This is common in the video game industry. Many times you’ll notice release dates slip on games. The good news is it appears Jago is using this time to improve the game. They told GPKNews, “As we stated in our monthly GPK newsletter, our focus is on creating the best experience possible for fans of the GPK brand, even if that takes a bit more time. We are currently testing the game in smaller territories before worldwide launch and, with each game update, our development team is learning more about what players want from the game. And, as any game developer will tell you, release dates are never guaranteed until the day the game is actually released. We want to make sure it delivers on the promise. We are glad people are eager for the game and we look forward to launching it.”
The studio will also be asking fans their preference in various game dynamic such as characters, graphics, features, and effects. In their first monthly question the studio wants to know which pack of these three people like the most. You can head over to GPK the Game’s Facebook page now to vote.
Remember back three months ago to the New York Comic Con? Seems like forever. That’s when Topps debuted their Garbage Pail Kids and Stranger Things crossover set, 2018 GPK Stranger Kids set. The set was sold first at NYCC as separate 20 card “A” & “B” sets. Customers purchasing both sets at NYCC received one of four show exclusive cards. After the show was over Topps listed both 20 card sets on topps.com, again priced at $20 each. In an uncharacteristic move, the sale lasted for 90 days! Well that sale finally ended this week. Topps revealed the print run of both sets. According to Topps, the “A” set sold 688 copies, while the “B” set sold 566. What is not known is if that total includes NYCC sales, or just online sales. GPKNews has reached out to Topps to clarify, if they respond this article will be updated. Topps has not revealed the print run information for the NYCC show exclusive cards. This puts the GPK Stranger Kids set as one of the highest produced GPK online sets to date. It will be interesting to see if we see a series 2 of this down the line.
GreenLight Collectibles, a company that specializes in both custom and licensed die-cast cars will be offering an officially licensed GPK themed line of cars coming later this year. The website ZA3collectibles.com has a mock-up image of the packaging. Two packages are shown. One is a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am themed after the Riot Festus GPK card. The second is a 1974 Ford F-250 Monster Truck based off the Buck Truck GPK card. The packaging states this is Series 1 of the “Limited Edition” cars. The packaging also comes with a peel-able sticker. GPKNews reached out to GreenLight for comment. The company confirmed the license deal with Topps, and said they would have more information at a later date. According to ZA3Collectibles the cars will be launching in the Fall of 2019.
Update: More info from Creepy Co. on the morning of their next GPK launch. The picture posted today sheds some more light into what’s in that OS 3 box, literally. It appears the desk light they showed yesterday is part of the box. The light will come with 4 interchangeable character covers. In addition to Adam Bomb, today’s picture shows Joe Blow, Mad Mike, and Hot Scott. They also said the box will contain a poster. No word yet on pricing. Be sure to checkout Creepy’s website tonight at 7:00 PM Central to light up your world.
Update: Creepy posted another image on their social media channels for what appears to be an Adam Bomb desk lamp. The lamp along with the Series 3 collectors box will be available tomorrow via their website.
After just releasing three new GPK shirts earlier this month, Creepy Co. is keeping the new GPK merchandise flowing. This morning via their social media channels they shared an image of a new OS 3 box collection. Previous boxes of OS 1 & 2 contained enemal pins. This time however the company says there will be different items in the box. No other details were released. It appears the launch will be this Thursday, most likely at 7:00 PM Central time. I’ll update this post as more info is released.
Update: Creepy revealed the 3rd new shirt they will have available later today. Richie Retch gets added to the roster. The shirts should go live this evening at 7:00 PM Central time.
Update: This morning Creepy Co. posted they will have three new shirts available this Wednesday, including a blue OS 2 wrapper shirt.
Creepy Co. is at it again. On Friday they announced via their various social media channels there is a mini-GPK launch coming this week. The picture associated with the posts features Alien Ian. The only other hints are hashtags for #GPKminirelease, #alienian, and #marsattacks. Their GPK-mini releases usually feature only 1-2 products, usually a t-shirt with some restocks. There is no release date mentioned. Typically Creepy releases merchandise on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Central time. I will update this post throughout the week as more info becomes available.
There is a new high end licensed Adam Bomb statue in the works, and it’s huge! The figure is still in the planning stages, and the developers are looking for feedback from the Garbage Pail Kids community on a number of topics. The figure is being developed by Hobby DB with assistance from GeePeeKay.com. Hobby DB is newer in the GPK scene. Their website is focused on chronicling all types of collectibles. Matt Oldweiler, owner of GeePeeKay.com, is part of Hobby DB’s Advisory Council for GPKs. (Full disclosure, GPKNews.com has a working relationship with GeePeeKay.com, but has not been involved with this project.) Together they have been working for months with manufacture Power Up Factory on this first of its kind entry in the GPK marketplace.
The figure is officially licensed by Topps, and Topps has already approved the design. The developers are aiming for a high end extremely detailed figure. Their goal is to remain true to the original art on the Adam Bomb card. The figure stands a mighty 14″ tall, and is on a weighted base with an embossed nameplate. The figure also has LED lights inside the mushroom cloud to make it shine bright. The figure is made from hard molded resin. Both a blue jacket Adam Bomb, and red jacket Blasted Billy are being considered for production. The figure will also come with an exclusive Adam Bomb card featuring the original rough art from John Pound.
So how do you get one? Not so fast….This is where you the GPK collector can have some actual input on the product. With this being a very high end detailed collectible, the developers are looking for feedback from collectors on a number of topics. In the survey there are questions on what’s important to you in a high end statue, a number of questions on pricing, and finally questions gaging your interest. Final production in part will be based on results of this survey, so let your voice be heard. Head over to GeePeeKay.com’s Facebook page now to take the survey.
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.
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!