That’s right—LTL prints has the exclusive rights to launch a 77 piece line of wall graphics featuring classic designs from Garbage Pail Kids trading cards. Prices start at $14.95 for laptop-sized graphics to 7-foot tall ‘larger-than-lifesize’ wall graphics, for $149.95.
Chances are, guys that grew up with these in the ’80s probably have wives now that wouldn’t allow this sort of thing in the living room—but if you have your own kids, you might be able to get around that little problem. The first wave of 77 designs are available now with additional sets following monthly starting in February.
TOPPS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS NOW AVAILABLE AS ‘LARGER THAN LIFE” WALL GRAPHICS
Philadelphia startup LTL PRINTS today launched an exclusive collection of Garbage Pail Kids Wall Graphics, featuring 77 original designs from the classic collectible trading cards – up to SEVEN FEET TALL!
PHILADELPHIA, PA – LTL PRINTS, the premium wall graphics company, today launched an exclusive collection of Garbage Pail Kids Wall Graphics, featuring 77 original designs from the classic collectible trading cards produced by the Topps Company beginning in 1985.
Garbage Pail Kids premium wall graphics from LTL PRINTS are available in a range of customer-selected sizes (from laptop-sized up to seven feet tall!), are self-adhesive and will stick to almost anything (walls, windows, even ceilings!), and can be removed and re-hung 100 times without leaving a mark or damaging surfaces.
Prices start at $14.95 for laptop-sized graphics (NEW!), to LTL PRINTS’ signature 7 foot tall ‘larger-than-lifesize’ wall graphics, for $149.95.
Blazing the trail for gross-out humor, Garbage Pail Kids are a series of collectible stickers first produced in 1985 by The Topps Company. The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who came up with the product idea after the success of his earlier creations, Garbage Candy and Wacky Packages. An antidote to the Cabbage Patch Kids craze, the Garbage Pail Kids parodied saccharine mainstream culture with twisted jokes that ranged from the surreal to the disgusting. Nothing was off-limits and the stickers were full of gags about boogers, pimples, and passing gas. While this hardly sounds like a recipe for success – kids loved them! Soon, they were the collecting craze of the ‘80s. Nervous parents and teachers had them banned in schools, which sparked widespread media attention and increased popularity.
Each sticker featured a wide-eyed Garbage Pail Kid suffering some embarrassing or terrible fate. Key to the humor and the success of the product were the character names printed on the fronts of the cards. Rich in wordplay, kids scrambled to find their own names (or their friends’ names!) among Garbage Pail Kids’ hapless gang of misfits: Adam Bomb, Potty Scotty, Ghastley Ashley and hundreds of others.
In 2003, Topps reintroduced the Garbage Pail Kids brand with a set of all-new stickers. Appealing to a whole new generation, they were an instant hit. News organizations were quick to cover the return of this long-cherished brand. Seven new series were released between 2003 and 2009 and a brand new “Flashback” series will hit stores in Spring 2010.
“As kids growing up in the 1980s, my friends and I loved the first Garbage Pail Kids, and it is an absolute honor to bring the original Garbage Pail Kids artwork to an exciting new medium,” according to Kendall Schoenrock, Co-Founder of LTL PRINTS. “Some incredibly talented artists worked on Garbage Pail Kids over the years, and today these delightfully offensive images are available as giant wall graphics from LTL PRINTS.”
“Before South Park and Beavis & Butthead, there were Garbage Pail Kids,” according to Eric Liebler, Global Brand Licensing & Development at the Topps Company. “Over the last 25 years, Garbage Pail Kids have become pop-culture icons, and we are extremely excited to be partnering with LTL PRINTS to bring larger than life-size versions of these classic characters to empty walls everywhere.”
LTL PRINTS today launched Garbage Pail Kids Series I (77 in all!) as premium wall graphics. Additional sets of Garbage Pail Kids wall graphics will be released by LTL PRINTS monthly, commencing in February 2010.
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