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Mania's Top Toys of October 2014 by Jarrett Kruse, Columnist and Critic
(October 17, 2014)
The holiday season may be a few months off but that doesn’t mean that toy junkies are waiting around to get their fix. The ravenous aisle dwellers and lovers of the pegs are scoring big on some big ticket items that includes some old favorites and a few

First Look: Funko Science Fiction Mystery Minis by Chuck Francisco, Columnist and Critic
(October 02, 2014)


Top Toys of Summer 2014 by Jarrett Kruse, Columnist and Critic
(August 31, 2014)


Sin City Select Action Figure of Nancy Arrives by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(August 27, 2014)


11 Great Japanese Transformers by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(July 21, 2014)


BATMAN 1989 TOP 10 TOYS AT 25 by Jarrett Kruse, Columnist and Critic
(June 23, 2014)


TOP 10 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN UNIVERSE FIGURES by Jarrett Kruse, Contributor
(May 02, 2014)
As AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 swings into theaters this weekend, MANIA digs through our collective toy chest to come up with the very best in figures from the Spidey universe. Not only did we look at the Spidey toys but also the best damn Rogues Gallery in all o

Top 100 Star Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 29, 2014)
There are so many Star Wars figures now it seems almost inconceivable to own them all. What is even more of a surprise is that there is not a definitive series of books documenting them all. In Mania’s quest to rank the top 100 Star Wars figures we disco

2014 Diamond Select Summer & Fall Preview by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(April 07, 2014)
It’s been a long, brutal winter, especially if you live here in the Northern part of the country as I do in Michigan.  But Diamond Select is going to be heating things up this Summer and into the Fall with several new releases that should make every act

NEW NECA Predator, RoboCop and Planet of Apes Figures by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(January 29, 2014)


TOP 10 TOYS/TOY LINES OF 2013 by Jarrett Kruse, Columnist and Critic
(December 23, 2013)
2013 is in the books and for the toy industry it was a doozy. Toys continue to grow their market for adult collectors and the hobby is becoming as common as picking up your weekly comic books. New products abound ripped from the pages and properties of our

Collector Toys for Christmas Part 3 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 08, 2013)
In the first two parts of our look at Holiday Toys we spotlighted some of the hot new and recently released items from NECA and Diamond Select. Today we look at some more of the great new toys that we have been able to get our hands on this holiday season

Collector Toys for Christmas Part 2 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 03, 2013)
It’s that time of year when you start thinking of the toy collector on your holiday shopping list…or yourself! In the second part of our look at what’s hot in new toys for the collector this year we have several recently released items from Diamond

Collector Toys for Christmas Part 1 by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(December 02, 2013)
It’s that time of year when you start thinking of the toy collector on your holiday shopping list…or yourself! In the first part of our look at what’s hot in new toys for the collector this year we have several recently released items from NECA that

TOP 10 FIGURES OF November 2013 by Jarrett Kruse, Columnist and Critic
(November 19, 2013)
As more years pass by, the better the toys seem to get. Sure there's no real Hoverboard yet but hey, at least we gone a fake one that makes “whooshing” sounds. But gimmicks aside, this new column will be in the tradition of the now defunct ToyFare maga

New Halloween Horror Figures Review! by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(October 28, 2013)
‘tis the season for horror and that means new horror-themed toys! In the first of our two-part coverage of toys for the Halloween holiday were going to take a look at Series 4 of The Walking Dead and Series 1 Assassin’s Creed, both from McFarlane Toys

TOP 10 UNCOSTUMED HEROES OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE by Jarrett Kruse, Contributing Writer
(September 24, 2013)
The Marvel Universe has been on a roll and now they are making the leap into prime time with their new ABC series AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Starring Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, the show will revolve around the covert world of Nick Fury's top secret org

THE WRATH OF CON EXCLUSIVES by Jarrett Kruse, Contributing Writer
(July 11, 2013)
As the advent of Con-Culture continues to infiltrate the mainstream, a new breed of collectors have been spawned—the Con Exclusive Collector. It was only time before regular Joe’s realized that we geeks had something under our sleeves and that these ev

Tuesday Terrors: Clive Barker’s Nightbreed to be a TV series? by Tim Janson, Columnist and Critic
(April 17, 2012)
Welcome back for your bi-weekly helping of all things horror from comics, to film, to TV and Toys. Lots to cover in the new including a release date announced for the upcoming Carrie reboot, a potential TV series based on Clive Barker’s “Nightbreed”

Toy Review: Sideshow Exclusive G.I. Joe General Hawk and Viper by Tim Janson, Columnist and Author
(April 01, 2012)
G.I. Joe has always been the ultimate boy’s toy. For decades kids have madly unwrapped their Christmas presents hoping to get a G.I. Joe or one of the many accessories. Having grown up in the era when the 12” Joes were still in style, I can recall ge

10 Must Have Darth Maul Collectibles by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(March 09, 2012)
This week on The Clone Wars, the dark warrior, Savage Opress, is on a quest to find his long-lost brother. Could Darth Maul truly be alive after more than a decade since his gruesome bisection at the blade of Obi-Wan Kenobi?

Top 10 Thor Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 06, 2011)
The God of Thunder finally comes to Earth with the movie Thor. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber breathed comic book life into this mythological character back in 1962. Since then, there have been plenty of t-shirts, posters, and toys. With the Thor m

Top 10 Star Wars Stormtrooper Figures by Robert T. Trate, Toy Maniac
(April 03, 2009)
Admit it, the first time you saw them they were pretty scary. They looked like battle hardened skeletons blasting through those doors. Sure a few minutes later an even meaner bad guy walked on screen but our first few minutes with the Stormtroopers were pr

Toy Manic: G.I. Joes Flint in Cobra Disguise Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 23, 2009)
G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra is still months away, August, to be precise. But if you have noticed, as I have the G.I. Joe toy rack is growing bigger and bigger, as if the mid to late eighties have returned. Star Wars products and action figures are becoming

Hero Worship by Andrew Kardon, Columnist
(December 12, 2002)