Garbage Pail Kids X Mars Attacks Mini Set Available in Kickstarter Campaign

Earlier this month Sidekick Labs and Adam Levine launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Mars Attacks set. This set, licensed by Topps, is the second go around for Adam and Sidekick for the Mars Attacks brand. GPK collectors might be familiar with both creators of the set. Sidekick Labs recently was the printer for Super 7’s Universal Monsters set. While Adam worked for Topps a few years back and was involved with marketing the GPK brand and early online offers. Just yesterday, a new pack add-on option was added to the campaign for a Garbage Pail Kids/Mars Attacks mini set. The creators were given approval by Topps to use the GPK brand for the set. Artist Jason Crosby will paint the cards for the set. Jason is a long time GPK sketch card artist, this will be his first time creating final cards with the GPK brand. The six card set will be printed on retro card stock, packaged in a wax pack, and also include a mock piece of bubble gum. The pack will cost $10 and is scheduled for a March 2021 release. GPK collectors not wanting to order any additional Mars Attacks cards can pledge at the “Add-On Only” level. Just pledge $10 for each pack you want. A survey will be sent to backers once the campaign is over that will allow you to choose the GPK pack.

Topps Advertises All Garbage Pail Kids Exclusives at SDCC

Topps jumped on the San Diego Comic Con bandwagon today and released a flyer promoting all the Garbage Pail Kids offerings at this year’s con. The flyer reviews many of the items already announced, with new details.

John Pound

Jon Pound will be making a rare public appearance at this year’s con. He will be signing at the FYE booth (#1335) Friday from 3-4 and the Abrams booth (#1216) Saturday from 11-12. The flyer mentions he will be signing exclusive SDCC GPK promo cards.

Joe Simko

Joe will be signing autographs at the FYE booth Friday from 2-4, the FYE pop up store Saturday 6-8, and the Atomic Toybox booth (#3921) on Saturday 12-2. The flyer also mentions Joe will be signing exclusive SDCC GPK promo cards.


Super7 will have the previously announced Universal Monster x GPK cards for sale at their pop-up store Wed and Thur. Any leftovers will be sold at their booth during the weekend. The flyer shows packs of 6 cards so a min. Of four packs will be necessary to make a set.


FYE will be selling all their already released GPK edibles at their booth during the show.

Creepy Co.

Creepy Co. will be selling all their previously announced GPK merchandise at the Atomic Toybox booth during the show.

New GPK Promo Card Live from Topps Mars Attacks Set

A new Garbage Pail Kids Promo card is now live thanks to the release of Topps Mars Attacks Occupation. This set is the first time Topps launched a brand on the crowd funding site Kickstarter. Originally set to release in Dec., 2015 a handful of production issues has led to first cards being shipped last week. The first 500 backers of the Kickstarter campaign that paid enough to receive a physical award received a copy of the GPK Promo card. There ended up being 525 total backers. So at least 500 copies of the promo card were made. However, Topps allowed collectors to add on additional copies of the promo card for $5 to their order. So there is no telling how large the print run was for this promo card.

The front of the card features Leaky Lindsay and Alien Ian in new artwork from GPK artist Joe Simko.

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The back of the card features a comic with promotional information for the IDW GPK Graphic Novel Collection.

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If you were part of this campaign expect your order to be arriving in the mail any day if it already hasn’t. If you didn’t participate in the campaign keep you eyes on eBay as copies should start showing up soon.

New GPK Promo Card in Mars Attacks Set

Topps did something they have never done before. They started a Kickstarter campaign for a non-sports set, Mars Attacks. They have already blown by their goal with just a couple of weeks left in the campaign. It was just announced through GPKUG and on Joe Simko’s Facebook page that the first 500 backers that are getting something mailed to them will receive the promo card. Be on the lookout for this promo card to hit the market towards the end of the year.

Want to back their project and ensure you get a card? Mars Attacks Kickstarter


One of the most popular Mars Attacks trading cards from the 1960’s on the left, painted by the late Great Norm Saunders….

Posted by Joe Simko on Thursday, May 14, 2015