Mars Attacks – Action Figure Insider The Best Darn Toy News On The Web! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 03:00:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 61893577 Pop Culture Artist Earl Norem Passes Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:06:21 +0000 Legendary painter and illustrator, Earl Norem, passed away yesterday. Mr. Norem was know for his paintings of Masters of the Universe as well as MANY other pop culture properties, defining the looks and “universes” for many fans. He was still working as an artist up until his last day.  His last project was for Mars Attacks.  Mr Norem was incredibly influential on several generations of artists and many of us were fortunate enough to be able to meet him at PowerCon.   He was prolific, one of a kind and he will be deeply missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Norem’s family, friends and fans.



He’s daughter Andrea posted today on Facebook:

As my son has so eloquently posted, it is true that my father, Earl Norem, a member of the greatest generation, has passed on. He was a true super hero to me and to all who knew him. A kind gentle, modest soul, his legacy will last a lifetime. We thank all of his fans far and wide who have meant so much to him throughout his career. As the great Jack Benny was quoted to say, Thanks for the memories, Earl, Daddy, Pop and loving. Husband. You were one of a kind.

His grandson Michael posted:

Hello everyone, my name is Michael Andre Cappiello and I am Earl Norem’s Grandson. I wanted to be the one to tell you all the sad news…..Friday,June 19th my grandfather passed away, he was 92 years old. Pop was currently working on a trading card job for Mars Attacks. I thought all of his fans, who he loved, deserved to know. Pop was a gentleman, warrior and a kid at heart. I know that all of you will keep him alive in your hearts. Rest In Peace Earl Norem (Pop-Pop) “I have the POWER!”.

Below is a small sampling of his work:


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Mars Attacks Kickstarter with Mars Attacks Occupation Trading Cards From TOPPS Sat, 09 May 2015 21:33:01 +0000 Our friends over at Topps asked us if we could share this Kickstarter campaign for a new MARS ATTACKS card set.   The good news is the set funded in the first 24 hours of it going live.   The other good new is there is still time for you to support and get in on this cool, historic card set!



The cult favorite sci-fi trading card series returns with an all-new story!

In Mars Attacks: Occupation, we’ll see what happens when a race of hideous alien invaders conquers our world.

New artwork by some of today’s hottest comics and sci-fi illustrators– including Alex Horley, Dan Brereton, Greg Staples, Ed Repka and legendary veteran Bob Larkin– will showcase everything you love about Mars Attacks.  From amazing pulpy art to horrific scenes of alien mayhem, terrifying atrocities, over-the-top madness, and of course a healthy dose of blood and babes!

Take a look at the infographics below and choose your pledge level on the right.  You can buy Mars Attacks: Occupation any way you want it:  a few packs, a complete set, a box of cards, big master set bundle, and unique rewards like the chance to be painted into a card or to create one of the cards with our editors and artists!!   You can also upgrade your pledge with additional boxes, binders or packs of special cards.

So dive in, pick your pledge, and be sure to join me in the comments section to talk about ways we can make it even better.

-Adam from Topps

One box of Mars Attacks: Occupation will contain 24 packs.

Each pack will contain:

  • 4 base cards
  • 1 “insert” card.

Insert Cards include:

  • Chase Cards (10 Per Box)
  • Foil Parallel Variants (4 Per Box) – all 72 cards
  • Heritage Parallel Variants (6 Per Box) – 45 story cards
  • Concept Parallel Variants (2 Per Box) – 45 story cards
  • Super Rare “Hit” Cards (2 Per Box)

Super Rare Cards will include:

  • Sketch Cards (1 guaranteed per box)
  • Metal Cards (55 Designs to collect, reprinting the original 1962 series on solid metal)
  • Hand-Made Letter-Press Cards with Woodcut Design (4 designs to collect) – First-ever card type never before produced by Topps!
  • Creator Autographs (signed by artists and writers of the series)
Click here to view a gallery of sketch cards on our Facebook page!
Click here to view a gallery of sketch cards on our Facebook page!

Sketch Cards will include:

  • Red Logo (common)
  • Green Logo (Uncommon Variant)
  • Creator (LIMITED!) by Mars Attacks creators including Dan Brereton, Ed Repka, Alex Horley, James Nelson, Bob Larkin and more!
  • Throwback (1 Per Artist)  inspired by the classic 1960s series
  • Dual Artist  (3.5 x 5) featuring the work of TWO artists!  Limited to 50, and will be a THIRD Super Rare box-topper in boxes they are randomly inserted into!

ALL SKETCHES will be COLOR and drawn on premium 24pt stock.

For a list of sketch artists currently scheduled to contribute to this series, see the graphic located here.


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IDW to Provide Garbage Pail Kids Ashcan Giveaway
September 24 – New York Comic-Con is almost here, and Topps is once again sounding the alarm!   That’s right, The Topps Company will be back at New York Comic-Con and this year they’re bringing exclusives with them!
Located at booth #1560, Topps will follow their San Diego Comic-Con appearance with a second series of the sold-out, fan-favorite Garbage Pail Kids Comic-Con Jumbo Card Prints!   At 11×14, these deluxe, high-gloss prints will be sold in two sets of three prints for $25 each (or both sets for $40) and limited to 300.   These six prints will include the Comic-Con exclusive character “Fan BOYD” and  pop culture parodies like “Breaking BRAD.”  Also included is the all-new character “Comic-Con RON”, created by indy comix legend Peter Bagge and painted by GPK vet Brent Engstrom for IDW’s upcoming Garbage Pail Kids comic book!     In addition, “Fan BOYD” will be featured on a show-exclusive T-Shirt available for just $20, and limited to 300 pieces.
Speaking of IDW, guess who will be returning to New York Comic-Con?  That’s right, at booth 1844, IDW will be giving away a limited edition ashcan of the upcoming Garbage Pail Kids comic book, featuring art by Peter Bagge and GPK stalwarts Mark Pingitore, Brent Engstrom and Joe Simko!
Last but not least, Mantic Games— fresh off the release of Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game— will also be appearing at the Topps booth.   Fans will be able to purchase copies of the highly anticipated tabletop war game plus mini packs of Martian army-builder figures.  Fans who purchase the boxed game will receive a limited edition New York Comic-Con Exclusive Sketch Game Card:  a hand-drawn sketch card that is also a unique playable card in the game!   Mantic Games’ Ronnie Renton will also appear at the Topps booth to lead fans in a series of hands-on “how-to-play” session of the miniatures game!
Be sure to visit Topps at Booth #1560 (directly across from Marvel Comics) and IDW Publishing at booth #1844 for all the action!
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Funko’s Sci-Fi Mystery Minis Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:46:38 +0000 Science Fiction Mystery Minis

Science Fiction fans will love our new set of Mystery Minis!
All of your favorite Sci-Fi characters have been miniaturized into tiny fantastical figures!

A few of your favorites even made it in their variant forms…
Check out that Stealth Predator!

Take a better look at the crew here!

Rarity Scale:

Available in September!

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Get ready, Comic-Con fans—The Topps Company is returning to San Diego, and they’re bringing exclusives with them!  Hosted by Atomic Toybox Entertainment, Topps will be appearing at booth 4120, exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in 5 years.


To celebrate their return, Topps has created an all-new Garbage Pail Kids character, “Comic Conner,” who will appear on a show exclusive limited edition T-Shirt available for just $20. Topps will also be giving away an exclusive “Comic Conner” promo card– which will be strictly limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.


Also exclusive to the show are a set of 11×14 jumbo Garbage Pail Kids trading card prints, perfectly suitable for framing, and feature 6 popular “GPK” characters including “Comic Conner.”  These jumbo card prints will be priced at $10 each or all 6 for just $40 (while supplies last).


With all the excitement over Garbage Pail Kids, we almost forgot that the Topps’ dastardly Martians will also be invading San Diego!  That’s right, Topps will be hosting a MARS ATTACKS TRADING CARD SCAVENGER HUNT!   Consisting of 9 exclusive free connecting puzzle cards, the set features all-new art by Chad McCown and is the first official continuation of the 2013 card series, Mars Attacks: Invasion!  The first card will be given away FREE at the Topps Booth (4120), with subsequent cards handed out free at a variety of other booths around the show. The back of each card will point convention-goers to the location of the next card in the series (fans can also find the full list of booths by visiting


Speaking of exclusives, Heroes in Action (booth 3450) will have a Mars Attacks vs. Presidential Monsters 2-Pack featuring a Martian soldier facing off with “Baracula,” one of Heroes In Action’s most popular characters.  This 2-pack figure set is exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con.


Fans of course will also be able to buy all the latest Topps collectibles and trading cards at the Topps booth: from Star Wars, Doctor Who, WWE and Skylanders to Garbage Pail Kids, Mars Attacks and Wacky Packages!


See you at the show— Booth 4120!

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Comikaze 2013 Announces Show Exclusives Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:27:39 +0000 This past week Comikaze published their list of show exclusives on their official website.   There are a wide range of exclusives from figures to t-shirts to comic covers and more!  There’s even some figures of the man himself!   Funko has a Pop! Vinyl of Stan and Mattel has the MOTUC Standor figure, which was announced at SDCC back in July.

Below is a partial list of what to expect if you are attending the show as well as the link to see ALL of the 2013 planned exclusives.

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You can see the full list of 2013 show exclusives, as well as buy tickets to the show here:

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This morning at 08:30AM EST, Mantic Games, acclaimed producers of DREADBALL and DEADZONE tabletop war games, launched MARS ATTACKS: THE MINIATURES GAME on Kickstarter!     After just an hour and a half, their funding goal of 50K was achieved and doubled and Mantic have already hit the first two of their many exciting stretch goals!

In this outrageous new game fully licensed from Topps, fast and fun tactical gameplay will combined with over-the-top action and dark humor to create a tabletop experience unlike any other!  MARS ATTACKS: THE MINIATURES GAME is played with highly detailed miniature figurines produced using state-of-the-art digital sculpting and 3D printing technology.

The initial funding goal will produce a basic boxed game that includes a series of unpainted figurines of Martian troops, U.S. Soldiers and a range of civilian heroes as well as modular city scenery and a color rulebook.  By the end of the crowd-sourced campaign, Mantic hopes to also fund such exciting add-ons as flying saucers, giant robots, gruesome mutated bugs, dozens of additional figures, new factions and other exclusive rewards including Topps trading cards, comics and other items available only to Kickstarter backers!

But that’s not all! “Early Bird” backers will also be offered exclusive discounts on key pledge levels, so fans should be encouraged to act fast, and be on the look out for out-of-this-world stretch goal additions to be unveiled as the campaign heats up.
Please visit to subscribe to updates and view the KS page to read more about this exciting new project from Mantic Games!

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STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE & TOPPS JOIN FORCES TO BRING MARS ATTACKS TO COMIKAZE EXPO Fri, 23 Aug 2013 18:18:20 +0000 Legendary Creator to Battle Iconic Martians on Exclusive Trading Card!
August 23 – Hey there, True Believers!  The Topps Company and Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo are teaming up to bring MARS ATTACKS to Los Angeles!  Topps, setting up shop at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo for the first time, will bring an exclusive MARS ATTACKS trading card featuring Stan Lee himself facing off against their iconic Martian invader!  Limited to just 2500 cards and fully painted by Joe Jusko, the card entitled “Stan Strikes!” will be given away FREE on a first-come-first-served basis and available ONLY at Comikaze!
“In 1962 when Mars Attacks was making its mark on the world of trading cards, Stan and his stable of sensational superhero stories were transforming the landscape of comic books,” said Topps’ Adam Levine.  “I can’t think of any better match-up than these two pop culture icons to face off in the most outrageous, out-of-this world trading card crossover we’ve ever seen!”
Topps will be on hand at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this Nov 1-3 to promote the release of Mars Attacks: Invasion, the modern revival of the classic card series and the first all-new story based MARS ATTACKS card series in more than half a century!  The set boasts all-new art by some of the most renowned illustrators in the industry, including Jusko, Earl Norem, Glen Orbik, Greg Staples, Alex Horley, Sanjulian, Dan Brereton and many more!  A limited edition print featuring Joe Jusko’s stunning painting will also be available for sale at the Topps booth, signed by the artist, while supplies last!
For more information on Comikaze, Stan Lee’s Comic, Sci-Fi and Horror Convention, visit
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AUTOGRAPHS FROM POP-CULT 1996 MOVIE CAST ADDED TO MARS ATTACKS: INVASION Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:27:38 +0000 Topps’ All-New Card Set Hits Stores in October

August 7, 2013 – As a late addition to the upcoming Mars Attacks: Invasion card set, The Topps Company is pleased to announce the inclusion of a special chase set of autograph cards featuring cast members from the 1996 Warner Bros. pop-cult feature film, Mars Attacks!

This exciting chase subset, licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will include autographs from some of the stars of the Tim Burton classic, which was based on the original Topps card series released in 1962.  Mars Attacks: Invasion, itself a bold revival of the original trading card series, will feature stunning new art by the industry’s top artists, as well as rare chase cards and autographs from Mars Attacks’ fan-favorite comic book and trading card creators.

Stars Pam GrierO-Lan Jones, Brian Haley and Willie Garson will provide autographs for the chase cards and autograph set, with Topps looking to add more stars in the coming days.  These movie autograph cards will also feature stunning still scenes from the cult-classic film, representing a unique pairing of the classic 1962 trading card series and the 1996 feature film!

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as the promotional campaign for Mars Attacks: Invasion heats up!


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About The Topps Company

Founded in 1938, The Topps Company is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Topps leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, National Football League, English Premiere League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, WWE, UFC, Mars Attacks, Wacky Packages, Garbage Pail Kids and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. The Company’s top confectionary brands include “Ring Pop,” “Push Pop,” “Baby Bottle Pop,” “Bazooka” bubble gum, “Sharkies” and “Juicy Drop Pop” products.

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TOPPS, IDW TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE MARS ATTACKS TRADING CARD AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:56:02 +0000 SDCC13MAattacksJULY 2 – New York.  To jumpstart the release of their forthcoming revival of MARS ATTACKS trading cards this fall, The Topps Company, in conjunction with IDW Publishing, will give away an exclusive, limited edition tie-in card at San Diego Comic-Con, July 17-21.   This exciting exclusive will be distributed only at San Diego Comic-Con and will feature brand-new hand painted artwork by science fiction artist Eric Wilkerson.

The card, entitled “Invasion Begins” will be card #0 and will include an all-new story that will kick off the upcoming Mars Attacks: Invasion card set, the first all-new story-based MARS ATTACKS card set in more than half a century, due in stores this October.  The upcoming set will include all-new artwork by some of the industry’s top talent, including Earl Norem, Joe Jusko, Greg Staples, Glen Orbik, Alex Horley, Sanjulian, Dan Brereton and others.  The story will tie in to current and upcoming MARS ATTACKS comics from IDW.

During San Diego Comic-Con, fans will be able to pick up the exclusive #0 card at the IDW booth (#2643).  Quantities will be strictly limited and supplies are expected to go fast.


For more information on MARS ATTACKS, follow on facebook:, and read the continuing adventures of the new Mars Attacks published by IDW.

About The Topps Company, Inc.

Founded in 1938, The Topps Company is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of trading cards, collectibles and distinctive confectionery. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include MLB, NFL, Star Wars, Garbage Pail Kids, BattleTech and Mars Attacks, among many others. For more information, visit

Mezco Reveals Mars Attacks Plush Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:04:04 +0000 New York– Based on the iconic trading cards, Mars Attacks, that forever changed the face of science fiction. Mezco brings these Martians to life with this 8inch scale plush figure. The other-worldly creation features the Martian’s signature exposed oversized brain and bulbous eyes, along with the iconic green spacesuit.

Revealed at the 2012 New York International Toy Fair in February, they have already received praise: … totally nailed the detail in their brain-like head…” wrote Kastors Korner, “The cuddliest alien I’ve ever seen! He’s invaded my heart!!” says Eric Resnik of YouBentMyWookie.

Mars Attacks trading cards have made an indelible impression on pop culture since their initial release in 1962, inspiring a hit film, comics, graphic novels, and more. Coinciding this summer with the landmark half-century milestone of the original release, Topps is pulling out all the stops for collectors to re-connect with the cult classic while ushering in a whole new generation of fans

The Martians invade your local retailers in October 2012.

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About Mezco Toyz;

Mezco Toyz LLC, specializes in the design, manufacture, and marketing of toys and collectables for all ages. A design-driven company that continuously thinks outside the box, Mezco is a leader in collectable action figures, doll manufacturing and marketing. Creators of brands such as Living Dead Dolls, Hoods, Creepy Cuddlers, Mez-Itz and more, Mezco also produces many of today’s most popular collector-friendly licensed products including: South Park, Hellboy, Popeye, Family Guy, Scarface, DC Universe, Little Big Planet and Thundercats to name a few. With a consumer outreach that is comprised of wholesale, distribution and direct to consumer networks; Mezco’s product placement abilities span worldwide. The award-winning company has offices in the United States as well as in Hong Kong, overseeing all aspects of design, marketing and manufacturing.

About The Topps Company, Inc.

Founded in 1938, Topps is a leading creator and marketer of sports and  related cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery  products. Topps entertainment products include Major League Baseball, NFL,  NBA and other trading cards, sticker album collections, and collectible games. The Company’s confectionery brands include “Bazooka” bubble gum,  “Ring Pop,” “Push Pop,” “Baby Bottle Pop” and “Juicy Drop Pop” lollipops.