GPK FROM JAPAN
Japan released a version of Garbage Pail Kids called BUKIMI KUN that has proven to be one of the most rare and sought-after foreign GPK releases.
Japan released their own version of Garbage Pail Kids called Bukimi Kun. Perhaps the most rare of all foreign releases, only a few hundred or so stickers are known to exist, and even fewer wrappers and albums
One of the most interesting and unique aspects of the foreign GPK release from Japan was the album that accompanied the release. This album featured numerous pages that were for the collector to peel and stick their Garbage Pail Kids stickers. It also featured advertisements and information for other products.
What makes the album from Japan even more amazing is that until September 2010 there was no evidence an album even existed. Then, out of nowhere, a collector from Illinois showed up on the scene with not one, not two, but THREE albums from the Bukimi Kun series. One album was complete, one was empty, and one was just the front and back cover.
Below is a hi-res gallery of the entire album - both empty and full - for collectors to browse through and get a better understanding of this super-rare foreign release.
Examples of a sticker from the Japan Garbage Pail Kids release:
Example of an uncut sticker sheet that was sent to me by one of the artists that worked on the Bukimi Kun release in Japan:
Examples of a wrapper from the Japan Garbage Pail Kids release:
To date I have been able to track down TWO different variations of Bukimi Kun boxes. Below are examples of the first variation that appears to be a fairly typical counter-display box that held a number of packs. All pictures of Bukimi Kun boxes were sent to me by one of the artists that worked on the Bukimi Kun release in Japan
The second box variation includes a similar storage method for the packs but features a large cardboard sign and string that allowed this box to be hung on a wall:
Examples of the album from the Japan Garbage Pail Kids release:
Below are scans of an EMPTY Bukimi Kun album from Japan:
FULL BUKIMI KUN ALBUM
Below are scans of a FULL Bukimi Kun album from Japan. Nowhere else can you browse through the entire album seeing every page, and every sticker placed in the appropriate location.
The picture below provides an example of every possible Bukimi Kun collectible item that is known to exist. Bukimi Kun represent the ultimate challenge for collectors due to their rarity and extremely high value. Hopefully this page helps people better understand this amazing, rare, and sought-after section of the hobby.
To date Japan has only released one series, so the timeline is fairly simple. Below is a glimpse at not only when the series was released, but also how many stickers were included as part of that release.