June 30, 2014


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!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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