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Odd Prods
Phantom

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 10th, 2015

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At Toronto Thumbs, we love audio – so when we heard about a product from a company called Devialet (France) we were very intrigued. Whispers on the wind (most likely sent across the ocean thanks to the Phantom, the product in question) indicate that the Phantom is one of the most incredible audio products to hit the market. The normal model has 750W of amplification power while the Silver model (pictured above) outputs at a whopping 3000W. They each carry hefty price tags (1,690 Euros for the Phantom, and 1,990 Euros for the Silver Phantom), but they boast unbelievable sound quality (extremely little distortion, even at high volumes) and chest-vibrating bass. Couple that with the ability to synchronize up to 24 of these units (app-controlled) and you have yourself a veritable home symphony in every room.

You can check out their page here.


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Battlegrounds
A Videogame Comes to Life!

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 14th, 2015

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All photos courtesy of Battlegrounds.

There isn’t much time left to take the Hill. The Blue Team has been camping there long enough to erode your lead, leaving your team little choice but to make a desperate charge and hope for the best. You lean around the corner and hear the telltale sound of assault rifles, your vest shivering as your shield is being pounded into oblivion. You quickly pull back completely behind cover, making a mental note that three of the four Blues are hunkered down securely at the captured location. You wonder where their fourth member is – she was the one that seemed to give you so much trouble. Why, with all of the Reds covering the field there’s nowhere that she could hi-

Suddenly, you feel your vest shake, giving up the last of your recharging shield to the pounding force of a shotgun – and before you can react, she switches to an assault rifle and takes you down rapidly, causing mild electric shocks to the armband on your bare right arm – one pinching buzz for every quarter of your life. Then, you are dead. The buzzer goes, indicating the end of the match, and your team has the blues because you failed to make the other team see Red.

Welcome to Battlegrounds!

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Best of the Season!
A Christmas Morning Message

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 25th, 2014

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I understand that Christmas is not everyone’s thing – but it is something that I celebrate. Specifically, I celebrate the “good will towards each other” part, so you’ll have to take my greeting with a grain of salt or a cup of egg nog – your choice. Last year, I had a bit of a ranty message on Christmas. While that might not have been the best idea, I felt that I needed to get it off my chest – and it still applies today.

That being said, I’m not going to preach today (I’ll save that for next week). Instead, I just want to wish you my very best and hope that you have a safe and happy holiday with loved ones.


Holiday Hints
I-Have-a-Few-Extra-Pennies Gift Guide
Ubi Workshop Helps You Keep Your Pants On

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 18th, 2014

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Faithful Thumbs readers know that I am quite fond of products from Ubiworkshop, the division of Ubisoft that extends their game worlds into reality by creating game-related merchandise. Most of the larger Ubisoft games with persistent back stories have clothing and other interesting paraphernalia related to the games themselves. Ubi Workshop not only does a fantastic job with the design of their stuff – they are also very good at making (and sourcing third parties to make) high-quality items. Even their t-shirts seem to last forever. While we have covered a few things in the past, I have been remiss in actually writing about one of the best products that I have ever bought from their store: the Assassin’s Creed Leather Belt.

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Kickstarters
Cakes Cove

By Jason Wesley - December 14th, 2014

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There are a lot of geek-themed baked goods and cakes swarming the internet. Taking a look at any Facebook timeline reveals people baking Tardis Cookies and Portal Cakes (which, of course, are a lie). It adds a wonderful visual delight to the food before you eat it, but the one problem with these wonderful delectables on your timeline is that you can’t eat them!

Samantha Anderson runs Cakes Cove, a Toronto-based bakery which has been creating a wide variety of geek-themed cookies, chocolates and cakes since August 2013. You may have even seen some of her creations during Desert Bus 8, and her works have also been spotted in Toronto-filmed Space Janitors seen on the Geek & Sundry Youtube channel. She runs the gamut of themes, from Dexter and Walking Dead to Sandman and Star Wars. All of her specialities have been primarily sold through Toronto conventions such as FanExpo, and Sam is now taking the next step and is currently building a storefront at St. Clair and Dufferin.

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Milestones
Lucky Number 7!

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 14th, 2014

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As per usual, it completely slipped my mind that we turned 7 a few days ago1! Seven years ago, our founding father created this force for good to help enlighten others to the ways of videogames. Since then, we have grown somewhat in scope and have absorbed tech and entertainment! Thanks to our solid base of readers, we have a reason to keep the site going!

Toronto Thumbs wouldn’t really be anything without our roster of solid word-smiths. We also wouldn’t really be anywhere without all of the awesome people that we work with every day – so thanks to all of you for trusting our opinions about your stuff! We’re not big, so it is understandable that there is some risk in placing your faith in us – but the fact that you all keep returning warms our hearts. We are looking forward to another year of honest reviews without numbers, and crazy captions!

1 – Let’s hear it for back-posting!

To Infinity and Beyond
On The Mark

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 11th, 2014

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Scottish princess Merida is equally as comfortable addressing a crowd at a royal function as she is riding her horse Angus through the countryside at breakneck speed (usually hitting a bullseye with every target that’s within range of her powerful bow). Mastering these skills took time, of course, not to mention a witch, a bear, and an evil spirit – but master them she did. The fifth princess in Infinity (Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel and Vanllope Von Schweetz being her forerunners), Merida brings her fiery personality and indomitable will to the franchise.

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