From the very first glimpse of a 'GPK' logo hiding on the SUPER7 mascot collectors KNEW they were in for a treat! Little did they know it would ultimately become one of the most controversial (and confusing) releases to date!
To be clear, the product released by Super7 is without-question one of the best Garbage Pail Kids releases. Ever. The problem has been the confusion and chaos surrounding the distribution, which has ultimately tainted collectors view of the release
When first-teased, Super7 gave EVERY indication this was going to be an exclusive release for SDCC (even using the word "exclusive" a half-dozen times in their promo posts)...however it didn't take long to see how insane collectors were about the product. The demand was unparalleled, and prices were shooting into the hundreds immediately upon release. Super7 ultimately abandoned the "exclusive to SDCC" plan and never really addressed this issue (or at least not well). To date they have released FOUR different print runs of the same cards.
This page provides pictures and detailed information about the line of Garbage Pail Kids x Universal Monsters merchandise from Super7
In addition to the number of social media posts leading up to the San Diego Comic Con, there were two pieces of physical advertising created. Topps released a 5" x 7" postcard detailing all of their release information, including the Universal Monsters release. Super7 produced a 'mini-newspaper' ad for their Boodega event that included a picture of the collaboration
5" x 6.5"
11" x 17" (2-sided)
Below is a gallery of the Garbage Pail Kids x Universal Monsters set from Super7. All artwork for the set (cards/packaging/etc.) was completed by Joe Simko.
The a-names ("Garbage Pail") are sticker-cards, and feature traditional GPK character names, a 'PEEL HERE' arrow, and puzzle cards on the backs. The 12 card puzzle features the artwork for 10a Bridey Heidi.
The The b-names ("Creepy Classics") are thick cardboard cards, and feature the artwork in black and white with names referring specifically to the Universal Monsters. The backs of the b-name cards contain an old-school poster and two checklist cards (Wolf Man - green, Dracula - red)
PRINT RUN INFORMATION
BECAUSE this release was so confusing (wait until you get to the packaging below!) I have gone ahead and created an image containing ALL the print run information for EACH release!
You can click the image to enlarge it, or if you really want to study it you can download a hi-res version by clicking HERE
Below are pictures and information relating to the various packaging options for the Garbage Pail Kids x Universal Monsters release from Super7. There are four main wrappers to collect from the various print runs. Note the different Super7 logo placement on the first two pink wrappers differentiating the first printing (SDCC) from the 2nd printing.
Also included in this gallery are examples of 'error' wrappers that have been discovered. The plate used for the pink wrappers was slowly wearing away and went unnoticed until after packing. This resulted in the creature varying between all-green on the correct wrapper to all-white on the variation wrapper (and a number of variations between).
Also included as an error showing a misregistered-print wrapper where the plate/paper were not aligned properly resulting in a strange one-off
Below are pictures of the four boxes produced for the Garbage Pail Kids x Universal Monsters release from Super7. The two pink boxes (1st printing and 2nd printing) feature very subtle differences: 1st print are a slightly darker shade and made of a slightly thicker material than the 2nd print boxes
The only merchandise available for the Garbage Pail Kids x Universal Monsters release from Topps and Super7 was a number of T-shirts sold at Super7 and/or Hot Topic. Below are pictures of the various styles available to collect
Hot Topic also sold a version of the 'Creature' shirt in a lighter shade of blue and without the tag on the front seam