Kickstarter Roundup: First Edition

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Kickstarter Roundup

Today I’m dusting off the site (busy, busy, busy) and starting a new series of posts: Kickstarter Roundups. There are so many awesome projects on Kickstarter at any given time and it can be hard to weed through them all and find ones you want to back. Hopefully this new series will help point out some that have been on the radar of the Top Hat Sasquatch team and in return, you can let us know in the comments about cool projects you’ve backed.

The first entry in this series is all about games, tabletop games to be precise. Kickstarter is the perfect place to figure out if your game will have an audience and then fund production if it does. I’m sure there are a lot of awful games on Kickstarter, but there are a lot of awesome ones. I have had a few ideas lately for games I’d like to develop, and just browsing Kickstarter has been an enormous help. In the process, I have backed some cool projects that I’m really excited about.
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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Might Be My New Favorite Marvel Movie

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The Winter Soldier

I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night, and although I had myself hyped to the max about the sequel the one of my favorite superhero movies of all-time, I didn’t expect it to be so damn amazing. After talking about it with my wife today I realized that TWS may be my new favorite Marvel movie. The story, action, and writing are all excellent and even though I hold The Avengers on a pretty high pedestal, The Winter Soldier may be my new favorite.

Maybe.

First off, the action. The fight scenes in TWS are so well choreographed and hard-hitting I was giddy in the theater. Winter Soldier shows off Cap’s talents better than his other two movie outings for sure. He easily knocks out thugs, sends them flying with a kick, and is super agile.

That wouldn’t be enough to make this my favorite Marvel movie by itself, but the supporting characters are great, the story is very interesting (and will impact the Marvel Cinematic Universe more than any other film) and the dialogue between characters is a lot of fun. TWS made Nick Fury seem like a real person to me for the first time. I hated his dialogue in The Avengers, but in TWS he feels like a real person and actually made me excited to see him in more movies. The same goes for Black Widow. She has more depth in this movie and has some great banter with Cap.
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The Simpsons Collectible LEGO Minifigures Revealed

Posted 3 weeks ago by in Toys | 4 Comments

The Simpsons

We’ve already seen the amazing LEGO Simpsons house (which will be mine, I swear), but the series of blind-packaged, collectible minifigures based on the hit show hadn’t all been revealed yet until this week. And good news, not only did they do a great job on all the characters, but they replaced the heavy eyelids of the Simpsons family with better looking ones! These new versions of the Simpsons make me want the House set even more.

I never would have thought that Simpsons characters would look so good in LEGO form, but they do. Everyone from Ralph Wiggum to Krusty to Nelson look great, and I love that they come with appropriate accessories. A ‘Choo Choo Choose You’ valentine? Awesome.

I hope these minifigures sell like hotcakes so we can get one or two more series based on the show. There are so many more characters I need in LEGO form. Lenny, Carl, Barney, Moe (seriously, where’s Moe?), Comic Book Guy, Bumblebee Man, Skinner, Groundskeeper Willie….well you get the point.

The New ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Get a Trailer

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And it looks interesting. Not as bad as I thought it would, but I’m still on the fence. The Turtles are huge. The CG doesn’t look horrible, but still, this will probably be terrible. I’m bummed we didn’t get a shot of Shredder suited up or of Splinter.

What do you guys think?

Missing Links: Turtles in Time, X-Men, Minecraft

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Missing Links

IDW Announces “Turtles in Time” Comic Mini-Series
I am way behind on the IDW TMNT series thanks to my iPad mini’s screen cracking (anyone know a good way to get that fixed?), but this Turtles in Time miniseries sounds amazing and I would actually buy physical copies to read it. Inspired by the SNES game? Sign me up.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer
I still don’t know what to think about the X-Men cinematic universe. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 14 years since the original came out. That movie basically got the ball rolling on the entire modern Superhero film genre. I never would have thought that 14 years later, some of the cast would still be playing those characters.

Reddit User tysmurph Paints Stills from Disney Movies
I saw these get posted over the last few days and I really hope it gets turned into a series. First up was a still from The Sword and the Stone, and then the other day one from 101 Dalmatians was posted.

Minecraft developer Mojang’s profits more than doubled in 2013
Minecraft is one of the most interesting gaming phenomenons of the last decade. I felt late to the party when I started playing it a few years ago and it was an obscure PC/Mac game. Now my nieces and nephews play it on their iPod Touches and iPads and it’s making Notch Scrooge McDuck money. And just think, in a couple years WB will release a Minecraft movie and it will explode even more.