Throughout the years, several sets that parody the Garbage Pail Kids fad of the late 80's have been released, or were marketed to resemble the concept of the GPK logo. Topps tried to recreate their own fame with the Trash Can Trolls poking fun at the Trolls popularity in the early 90's, with little interest.
The following GPK parody examples were marketed to younger children in the late 80's through vending machines, in food and in department stores. Because of their limited releases and condition, these sets are extremely hard to complete. Other similar sets not pictured can be found such as Dirty Rotten Kids and Garbage Patch Kid, both not sold in vending machines.
TRASH CAN TOTS
TRASH CAN STARS
(Released in 1986)
The following examples of GPK parody
had a more main-stream release, one fan-based set was only obtainable on line,
another set was only found at a fast food chain and hard to complete. These
sets were mainly released in the 1990's and 2000's and were regular card size
besides the skateboard stickers.
UP BLIND KIDS
(Skateboard Stickers released in 1989 - 4 sticker set sold as a pack)
(Parody of the Trash Can Trolls released in 1992 - 60 card set)
THE SLOPPY SLOBS
(Released throughout Europe in 1993 and made in Italy - 160 card set)
(Home-made GPK Parody set 'released' independently in 1999 - 32 card set)
TOBACCO BAD KIDS
(Individual campaign against smoking released in 2000 - 21 cards)
(PETA's GRRR! Magazine - a four card sheet insert in the Fall/Winter 2000 edition)
FAIRY TALE FREAKS
(Burger King 'Kids Meal' card insert with Shrek Toy 2001 release - 23 card set)
(Back of "Jack and the Mean Jock")
John Pound drew 13 of the published cards for the Fairy Tale Freaks release: Cappucchinocchio, Cindersmella, Old Woman Who Did Not Have a Clue, Thugly Duckling, Snoring Beauty, Little Rad Riding Hood, Rumbleina, Sobbin' Hood, Bumpty Dumpty, Gingershred Man, Glow White, 3 Brittle Pigs, and Fubles Pigskins. Three of his unpublished titles are: Raw Bunion, Emperor's New Nose, and Peter Hyper.
(PETA Magazine - a four card sheet insert - 2003 edition)