Good news for those of you who have been wondering who to call if there's an invisible man sleeping in your bed: Cryptozoic launched a Kickstarter campaign today for a Ghostbusters board game, and it looks awesome.
Set for release, appropriately enough, by Halloween of this year, the game is for one to four players, with reversible tiles for the board and cooperative mechanics that allow you to play as the characters from the 1984 classic, duking it out with enemies from the movies, the cartoon, and the comics. And if you're a fan of the IDW books -- which I am -- there's a pretty good reason to be excited: The designs for the characters were all done by comic artist Dan Schoening.
Ghostbusters is basically perfect. It's one of those rare films where, with very few exceptions, there's not really any way that it could do what it does any better. As a result, it's easy to think that it could make for a great foundation to build on, especially when you consider that the characters talks about different classifications of ghosts, and the books that lay out all their stats are right there in the movie. There's clearly a rich world in place. Yet it's rare to see Ghostbusters expanded in a way that really works, maybe because the characters are tied so closely to the actors that play the roles, and the chemistry they bring to the film.
But that never stopped me believing that the potential is there, and since the first volume of IDW's Ghostbusters ongoing was on sale at Comixology this week (and I'd had great luck with IDW's TMNT book that I picked up on a similar whim), four bucks was exactly the right price for me to give it a shot. I'm glad I did -- it might not be as perfect as the movie, but it nails the voices of the characters and throws them headfirst into an adventure that's every bit as fun as you want it to be.
When you're trying to spotlight an artist like Ale Giorgini, it's difficult to figure out what to focus on. He's done so much great stuff built on so many themes, from minimalist portraits of celebrities (a roster that includes both Charlie Brown and David Lynch) to pairing off some of cinema's greatest couples in a series called "That's Amore," and it's all worth seeing.
In the end, though, it was the pieces inspired by some of my favorite movies that hooked me, full of sleepy-eyed characters from The Big Lebowski, Ghostbusters, The Goonies and more.
Listen. I love cars from movies. Yeah, I know, you all prefer horses or brisk walking or canoes, but me? I'm an iconoclast, baby. I like cars, and I don't care who knows it. Whether it's ECTO-1 from Ghostbusters or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Party Wagon or even one of those ridiculous murder machines from Death Race 2000, sweet rides are some of my favorite parts of pop culture. And fortunately, artist Ido Yehimovitz feels the same way.
Ectoplasmic entities have much to fear from the toy world this year. Not only is LEGO introducing a massive new Ghostbusters set sometime in 2014, but Funko is rolling out a full line of 3.75" Pop! Vinyl figures. This May, an initial Ghostbusters lineup of Egon Spengler, Raymond Stantz and Peter Venkman will be busting a Slimer (with a righteous translucent base), plus an extra-tall 6" Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
It was only a couple of days ago that we mentioned the campaign to get a full Wayne Manor/Batcave set produced by LEGO's Cuusoo program, and today, everyone's favorite building block manufacturers have announced what they're actually going to be putting into production. Following up on their Back to the Future DeLorean, we're going to be seeing a 30th Anniversary Ghostbusters set, complete with the Firehouse, ECTO-1 and the four Ghostbusters themselves!
Check out the reveal of the winner and a few pictures of the original submission below!
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