The second installment of the Garbage Pail Kids franchise was released in August and September of 2004 in the UK, manufactured by the Topps Europe Ltd. company, associated with Merlin Stickers and released throughout parts of northern Europe. The All-New Series 1 with the catch phrase 'Gross Sticker Cards' and the All-New Series 1 Album set are coloured and marketed much like the U.S. ANS1 set but the 'Gross Sticker Cards' UK set contains images from the ANS1 and ANS2 U.S. sets and the 'Album Stickers' set contains images from the ANS1, ANS2 and various older U.S. GPK sets. The stickers measure roughly the same size as the U.S. cards at 2.5 x 3.5 inches with the album stickers measuring slightly smaller. The 'Gross Sticker Cards' set contains foil cards and the 'Album Stickers' set contains special stickers which are the first chase cards released in the UK.
In 2018, the rebranded 'The Garbage Gang' were re-released and printed by Topps Europe Ltd. and released throughout the UK. The set is a direct replication of the 2004 Garbage Pail Kids based off of the early U.S. All-New Series releases, with cards measuring slightly smaller than 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches, that are non-die cut; peeling from the edges. A binder accompanied the release.
A re-release of twelve 2013 figures from the U.S. Series 1 MiniKins release occured the following year within the UK in March of 2019 and was marketed under the 'The Garbage Gang' label and packaged in cups of 'SLIME'. Each cup of slime cost £2.50 or €4 and came with one character. As with the 2018 card release, consisting of ANS material, the product was published by Topps Europe Limited out of the UK, associated with Merlin Collections. Another 'SLIME' released occurred in Italy under the nostalgic moniker 'Sgorbions' in early 2019 that was an identical release to the UK tubs but with an activity booklet. A checklist can be found on the Minikins page withint the BNS section.
DISPLAY BOX : 12 COUNT
RENDERED ARTWORK : ARTIST UNKNOWN
12 TUBS SLIME + 12 FIGURES : SKU FS0000461
TOPPS EUROPE LIMITED : TOPPS DIRECT
The Garbage Gang SLIME packaging includes the following information and tagline: "Contains: SLIME + 1 Figurine" on the tub and "12 to Collect!", "£2.50, €4", "Fluo Colours!" and "Each Tub Contains 1 Figurine + SLIME" located on the box. Unlike the Sgorbions release, the UK version does not come with an activity booklet. Social media advert: "The Garbage Gang are back, and this time they're covered in SLIME! Collect all 12 disgusting Garbage Gang characters in these super buckets of slime. From Bony Tony to Patty Putty, theres a revolting member of the Garbage Gang for everyone! Available in-stores now!"