Before the over-the-top mayhem and dark humor of Amazon’s “The Boys“, before the post-apocalyptic nightmare of “The Walking Dead“, before the sprawling space adventure of Avengers: Endgame, there was MARS ATTACKS! The original pulp sci-fi card set, released by Topps in 1962, influenced them all.
Now nearly six decades later, The Topps Company has licensed MARS ATTACKS to SideKick Lab, who will develop, produce, and publish a new series of MARS ATTACKS trading cards, which is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. This campaign was fully funded in just over an hour!
“SideKick was a critically important partner behind Topps’ earlier Kickstarter-funded Mars Attacks: Occupation, which was beloved by fans, and we are pleased to have them return to the series,” says Topps’ VP of Global Licensing Ira Friedman. “SideKick makes products Mars Attacks fans want and we are happy to work with them to produce new content and carry forward the brand’s indelible legacy.”
The new set, MARS ATTACKS: UPRISING, is a followup to the 2015 series Mars Attacks: Occupation, which funded on Kickstarter with a total of over $250,000 raised between the campaign and the followup survey to backers.
Uprising will include all new art by illustrators Ed Repka, William Skaar, Carlos Valenzuela, Paolo Parente, and other amazing talent. It will continue the story of an army from Mars that has invaded and enslaved the Earth, and show humanity’s struggle to rise up to defeat their alien overlords! The set will feature all-new story cards, unique chase cards including a crossover with the 1988 Topps series Dinosaurs Attack; creator autographs, hand-drawn original art cards, collectible parallel sets, and so much more! Filled with over-the-top action, twisted dark humor, and classic pulp-inspired art, UPRISING will delight long-time fans and newcomers alike.
From complete sets to a la carte options, master bundles, and hot packs, Kickstarter is offering collectors the chance to get what they want, how they want it. Specialty reward levels will allow fans the rare opportunity to be painted into the series itself; to receive unique one-of-a-kind rewards, and even original cut signatures from creators of the original series, including visionary artists Wally Wood and Bob Powell!
Fans and collectors can support MARS ATTACKS: UPRISING by visiting the Kickstarter HERE.
Founded by Tom Lichtman, SideKick Lab specializes in recreating trading card products from the past! The only manufacturer of wax pack trading cards, SideKick has produced cards for The Topps Company (Mars Attacks, Garbage Pail Kids), 20th Century Fox (“Bob’s Burgers”), Skybound Entertainment (Outcast), Fright-Rags (Evil Dead, Child’s Play), Buff Monster (Melty Misfits), and many more.
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, WWE, Star Wars, Garbage Pail Kids, BattleTech, and Mars Attacks, among many others.