GetAGrip Launches Chrome GPK Skateboard Decks & Neon Sign

GetAGrip Slateboards is back with new shiny toys for the holiday season. Today the company launched two new Chrome Garbage Pail Kids  Skateboard Decks, silver and gold. For $120 collectors will receive either a silver deck /90 or a gold deck /30. This time around there are no extras or cards with this sale, collectors only receive a deck.

The company also launched a neon Garbage Pail Kids sign. The sign measures 110cm x 21cm and is a replica of the sign used at this year’s NYCC by Topps. The sign is limited to /50 copies and comes with a hefty price tag of $499.99. You can bling out your GPK cave is style.

PolyPhony GPK Adam Bomb Vinyl Figure Coming Soon To China

PolyPhony, a Chinese company focusing on pop culture items, showed off their GPK license debut at this past weekend’s DesignerCon. The company posted an image of a large 15” prototype Adam Bomb vinyl figure that was featured at their DesignerCon booth. The figure shown at the show isn’t the final product as the company is still working on the final form. It’s expected the figure will be distributed in the Greater China region. GPK collectors in other parts of the world will have to get creative to import. No pricing or release date is available yet. GPKs are taking over the world!

Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids to be Part of 2023 National Free Comic Book Day

The Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids comic book series from Dynamite Comics has been chosen to be part of the 2023 National Free Comic Book Day. A special comic featuring a collection of stories from the first Madballs vs GPK series will be offered for free in comic book stores across the country. The popular promotion is scheduled to take place on May 6, 2023.

Dynamite Comics Announces Madballs vs Garbage Pail Kids Slime Again Issue #1

The partnership between Garbage Pail Kids and Madballs will continue in the comics. Dynamite Comics announced Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids Slime Again Issue #1. This will be the second limited comic series to feature the two iconic 80’s brands together. This time the story will tell the origins of the their feud through the history of time. The preview for this issue reads, “In this issue: At the dawn of time, the Earth is ruled by furry, apelike beasts – oh, wait, that’s just Kim Kong!  From their neighboring caves, the Cro-Madballs and Neanderthal Pail Kids constantly try to one-up each other! Plus: the star-crossed crush between Hornhead and Scary Carrie triggers war between the Trojan GPK and Greek Madballs!” Jason Crosby returns as the artist of the comics, along with writer Sholly Fisch. So far there are announced covers from Joe Simko, Jason Crosby, and a vintage fight poster cover. There are sure to be many move limited covers announced. The comic will be available to preorder soon wherever comics are sold. Issue #1 is set to his store shelves on Feb. 15, 2023.

Topps Announces Garbage Pail Kids California Takeover ComplexCon Set

Update #2: According to an article on Forbes, there will be 500 boxes of the GPK California Takeover available at the show. This confirms information GPKNews has also heard. In a Tweet Topps said there would be limited boxes available each day of the show.

Update: GPKNews heard back from Topps with details on the set. The set is indeed a 40 card base set, 20 subjects with a/b versions. Collectors can also pull random C Name cards for all 20 subjects as well. In addition, each pack comes with a foil or sketch card. Foil cards come as; Rainbow (not numbered), Blue (/10), Red (/5), and Gold (1/1). A total of 9 artists did sketch cards for the set; Brandhen Snyder (60), Chris Meeks (50), Eric Medina (50), Jasmine Contois (70), David Acevedo (70), Mike Stephens (50), Nik Castaneda (70), Victor Moreno (70), and Chenduz (70). The base card checklist can be found here. Boxes will be available at the Topps Booth at ComplexCon with a price of $100 per box.

Topps has a long partnership with the annual ComplexCon shows. This year is no exception as today Topps announced Garbage Pail Kids California Takeover ComplexCon set. The set features GPKs with an LA twist. For the first time the ComplexCon set will only be available at the Topps booth (A10) at this weekend’s show, it doesn’t appear online sales are planned. There aren’t a lot of details available yet on the set. Topps released information earlier today via their Instagram account. The set will be sold in 5 pack boxes. Each box contains five 8-card packs. Each pack has 7 base cards and either a foil or sketch card. It’s unclear what the exact structure of the set is. Artwork for the set was done by Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Each artist did 4 pieces for the set. If the set contains a/b versions that would make the base set 40 cards total. It’s also not clear how many different foil cards or what they are numbered to. There is no card checklist or sketch artist checklist available yet. Topps does say supplies of the set will be limited. There is also no information on the price of the boxes. GPKNews has reached out to Topps to try to get more information on the set. If you attend the show please reach out to GPKNews with pictures and info! The boxes will be available at the ComplexCon this weekend, 11/19-11/20.

Swag Golf Launching Dead Ted Golf Head Covers

Swag Golf looks to be back in the swing of things with their second Garbage Pail Kids golf head cover this month. According to their Instagram account, they will be launching the Dead Ted golf head cover this Thursday at 1:00 PM CDT. The cover can be purchased at the Swag Golf website. Anyone who buys the Dead Ted cover will have the chance to receive the rarer Jay Decay version of the cover. Swag Golf products will sell out fast! Collectors will need to be quick to get their latest GPK cover.

Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum Available Now

The new video game from iam8bit, Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum is available now! Collectors can relive their childhoods and finally get that old school GPK video game everyone wanted in the 80’s. The game is available for $10 and can be downloaded for PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and for PC via Steam or the Epic Game Store. The physical NES version of the game is not expected to release until Q1 2023. Here is the official launch trainer released today from iam8bit for the game.

Abrams Big Box of Garbage Available Now

Doesn’t everyone want a big box of garbage in under their Christmas tree? Abrams books hopes so as its Garbage Pail Kids: Big Box of Garbage is available now. The boxed set combines all three GPK novels written by RL Stine into one big box suitable for gift giving this holiday season. All three books still have the bonus cards in them like the original versions. The box set retails for $44.99 and is available wherever books are sold. Collectors can also expect to find these in their local Costco stores soon. If you didn’t pickup these books the first time around, this is a great opportunity to get them all in one place.

GetAGrip Launches Garbage Pail Kids Skateboard Wheels Series 4

The next set of skateboard wheels are here, and they are positively glowing. Today GetAGrip launched their Series 4 Garbage Pail Kids Skateboard Wheels. Once again there are 8 base and 1 chase wheel to collect based off of original series 4 characters. The base wheels also glow in the dark. Base wheels are also available in a black ink variant. Wheels can be purchased from GetAGrip’s website in single, 10 pack, or 50 pack cases. For the first time a 50 pack case guarantees a full master set with chase wheel.

iam8bit Announces Garbage Pail Kids NES Video Game

Wouldn’t it have been great to have a Garbage Pail Kids video game during the 80’s GPK craze? Well, iam8bit and Topps agree! Today the companies have announced the Garbage Pail Kids Mad Mike And the Quest for the Stale Gum video game for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Yes, you read the right, the NES, originally released in 1986. The company has developed a completely retro GPK game, complete with releasing it on a retro gaming console.

The game was made by game studio Retrotainment. The game is an old school side scrolling adventure that picks up right after the events of the Mad Mike Fury Load short videos by Adam F. Goldberg. Goldberg worked with the game studio on the game. NPCs and boss characters are all based on GPK cards. Card collecting and trading are part of the game which has 6 levels. Players can play as Max Mike, Luke Puke, Leaky Lindsay, and Patty Putty. They company has launched a dedicated website to promote the game, The website initially launched with a 24 hour countdown timer with Beth Death keeping watch.

iam8bit began promoting the game yesterday by releasing a short mockumentory. The video depicts a number of “gaming journalists” discussing unearthing this long lost video game. The video is fantastic, and plays off of a number of historical video game events. The game has been in development for quite some time. Topps licensing VP Ira Friedman first publicly mentioned, at a virtual Topps presentation in Sept. 2020, that Topps was working with a company on a new GPK game.

The PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC versions all launch on 8/25/22 ($9.99). The special collectors NES cartridge will launch in the first quarter of 2023. Collectors can join the list now to preorder the NES version. The cartridge is available for $79.99, and includes 1 cartridges (Either blue or the rarer pink version (1:8), instruction book, four 5×7 GPK cards, retro box, and a code for the Steam Windows version of the game.

Here is the company’s press release for the game:

The Garbage Pail Kids™ Are Back In An All-New NES Game

iam8bit Presents is publishing Retrotainment’s 8-bit romp on cartridge, along with a contemporary console and PC release

LOS ANGELES – October 4, 2022 – The Garbage Pail Kids are ready to party like it’s 1985 again. The gross-out icons are hopping off the trading cards and into your TV thanks to an all-new NES game – yes, you read that correctly – from iam8bit Presents and Retrotainment, in collaboration with and under license from Topps, the brand creator. Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum cartridges are now available for pre-order on The 8-bit platformer will also be available digitally on console and PC on October 25, supported by a suite of quality-of-life features and bonus content developed and curated in partnership with the team at Digital Eclipse.

“For years we’ve wanted to bring the Garbage Pail Kids to life in 8-bit form and we’re honored that Topps allowed us to give GPK the game it’s deserved for 30+ years,” says Tim Hartman, producer at Retrotainment.

Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum, created by lifelong GPK fans Retrotainment, is a rollicking and repulsive good time. Players control four unique Garbage Pail Kids throughout their time-traveling adventure, in a story written by Adam F. Goldberg and Retrotainment. Each Kid has their own nasty arsenal, including Mad Mike’s melee attacks; Leaky Lindsay’s snot rockets; Patty Putty’s diaper slams; and Luke Puke’s self-explanatory skillset.

Players can instantly swap between each kid depending on which challenges they’re facing at any given moment. Tricky side-scrolling levels including Egypt, Transylvania, and Hell will test the mettle of even the most hardcore old-school gamer. Players can collect and trade 8-bit versions of the official Garbage Pail Kids cards, including some that can be used in battle (Adam Bomb, anyone?). Minigames, including porta-potty fishing, round out Retrotainment’s loving tribute to Garbage Pail Kids and classic retro games.

Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum is the second game iam8bit is releasing under its iam8bit Presents publishing imprint, following Coin Crew’s acclaimed virtual escape room opus, Escape Academy.

“Looking back with fondness is fun, but our joy for publishing Garbage Pail Kids, as if an NES game resurrected from a bygone era, comes from a forward-looking place,” say iam8bit co-owners and co-creative directors Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White. “To make a game within the limitations of what’s possible while deploying NES development tools requires a lot of imagination. More than 35 years later, it’s pretty amazing how much more is possible, given the ingenuity of a dedicated fanbase to break and remake codebases. So that’s what the Garbage Pail Kids game is – a relic from the past, seen through the lens of the present and developed by the maestros of old-school themselves, Retrotainment Games. It’s a perfect fit for iam8bit Presents.”

The Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum NES cartridge ($79.99) comes in two randomly distributed color variants: Mad Mike Blue and the ultra-rare Stale Gum Pink. Both are packaged in a high-quality retro box and sleeve (complete with that new NES game smell!), with a premium full-color instruction booklet and four jumbo 5″x7″ trading cards featuring the cast of playable kids. Pre-orders also come with a download code for the digital edition at no additional cost. Cartridges are expected to ship Q1 2023.

The digital edition ($9.99) will be available for download October 25 on PlayStation 4 (PlayStation 5 via backward compatibility), Xbox One (Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility), Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. It includes Retrotainment’s complete game and a full suite of extras carefully curated and proprietarily developed by Digital Eclipse, the team behind best-in-class, critically acclaimed retro collections including The Disney Afternoon Collection, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, and the upcoming Atari 50: the Anniversary Celebration.

Digital edition extras include:

  • Video Extras

    • Fury Load – Check out an exclusive supercut of Adam F. Goldberg’s Garbage Pail Kids – Mad Mike: Fury Load stop-motion animated shorts – which directly inspired Retrotainment’s game

    • The Quest for Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum documentary trailer – This video digs into the mystery behind Garbage Pail Kids: Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum. Why wasn’t it released in the 8-bit era…?

  • Concept Art – Browse through these behind-the-scenes production images to see how Topps’ original card creations made the transformation from cardboard to silicon

  • Archival Card Scans – Did your parents toss out your trading-card collection? Want a quick refresher? Take a look at some of the most memorable Garbage Pail Kids in their original form through high-res scans

  • Music Player – Love a particular track? Play it ’til your speakers melt!

  • Gameplay Extras – Save states and rewinds help players who may be a little rusty; visual filters simulate a variety of old-school displays; and all-new screen borders fill the edges for those who aren’t playing on a 4:3 CRT.

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About iam8bit Presents

iam8bit Presents is a new publishing label from the Los Angeles-based creative emporium iam8bit that aims to create meaningful experiences by bringing whimsical, soulful games to players everywhere. iam8bit Presents offers a soup-to-nuts approach from financing to publishing, and works to foster meaningful, supportive relationships with developers who share their attention to detail, obsession with aesthetics, and commitment to quality.

About Retrotainment

Retrotainment was born out of a love for the 8-bit era of gaming and retro culture. Being exposed to the golden age of gaming really left its mark on us in the early 1980s while growing up in suburbia. That love has carried through to today motivating us to start Retrotainment Games. Our dream was simple, we wanted to create an NES game that could be put onto a cartridge and played on the original hardware. With each new game release we do our best to improve mechanics, backgrounds, gameplay and music without compromising our vision and all while staying true to the NES’s complex hardware restrictions.

About Digital Eclipse

Digital Eclipse is a game development studio founded in 1992 in Emeryville, California. Our focus is on the digital restoration of classic video games, keeping them available for current and future generations. Games are more than just playable code. They are snapshots of a certain time, a certain place. We work closely with our partners to present original concept art, packaging, advertisements, and development history whenever it’s available. And when it’s not… we find it. Learn more at

About Topps

Topps was initially founded as a family enterprise in 1938. Known for its confectionery business, including Bazooka bubble gum, and as the originators of modern-day baseball cards and other novelty cards and collectibles, the Company launched Garbage Pail Kids in 1985. The sticker cards created a bonafide craze spanning the world and translated into many languages. Today, in addition to ongoing card releases, licensed toys, books, comics, apparel, and games keep the Garbage Pail Kids franchise flourishing for passionate adult collectors and a new generation of fans. In January 2022, Fanatics Collectibles announced the acquisition of Topps, ensuring GPK’s long-standing legacy and popularity.

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