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Toy Maniac: May the Fourth be with you by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(May 04, 2012)
Let me say it again, may the fourth be with you. Today is officially or unofficially Star Wars day. You have probably seen that on numerous “Star Wars” friends Facebook pages already. The Toy Maniac is, without a doubt, a Star Wars fan.

Toy Maniac: Must Have Marvel Legends: Avengers by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(April 27, 2012)
There are already tons of Avengers toys out in the toy aisles. Undoubtably you have already picked up a few Captain Americas, a Thor, and even an Iron Man in the past few years. The Toy Maniac loves his action figures, but appreciates the hunt all the more

Toy Maniac: New Marvel Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate , Columnist
(April 19, 2012)
The Toy Maniac cannot wait for April to get over with. I am constantly searching for all the new figures for this summer’s crop of movies. Already The Avengers toys have arrived on shelves. I like what I have seen.

Toy Maniac: 9 Must Have Summer Toys of 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 13, 2012)
With the summer blockbusters practically pounding on our doors, the Toy Maniac is ready. I am ready to hit all the stores and a few websites for my summer fun. With tons of new Superhero films arriving this summer, it is a great time to pick up a few new o

Toy Maniac: Rock n Roll Sideshow Exclusive Edition Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 06, 2012)
Who didn’t have a ton of G.I. Joe figures growing up? As a child of the eighties, I made the gradual transition from Star Wars to G.I. Joe as one became more available than the other. The Trilogy was over, but G.I. Joe had a weekly cartoon series. I had

Toy Maniac: The 8 Titans of Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 30, 2012)
Yet another Clash of the Titans film is upon us. It is hard to believe that only two years ago I wrote the “Top 6 Clash of the Titans” toys in honor of the original 6 produced toys.

Toy Maniac: The Whedonverse and More by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(March 23, 2012)
Last week at WonderCon, in Anaheim, I considered it to be my prelude to Comic Con in San Diego. It wasn’t nearly as big but it was a great chance to pick up a few choice items.

Toy Maniac: The Hunger Games of Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 16, 2012)
With The Hunger Games arriving I thought it would be fun to bring you the Toy Maniac’s Hunger Games of Toys. As I struggled to come up with 12 separate toy lines to represent the 12 separate Districts in Suzanne Collins’ novel, I found another dilemma.

Toy Maniac: 10 Must Have Darth Maul Collectibles by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(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?

Toy Maniac: MOTUC Fisto Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Critic
(March 02, 2012)
MattyCollector has released yet another fine assortment of MOTUC figures into their toy line. At Toy Fair they unveiled new figures for the year and had several that were just days away from being released (see Mania’s MattyCollector Toy Fair Releases).

Toy Fair 2012 Wrap Up by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 20, 2012)
All this past week Mania has brought you the ins and outs of 2012’s Toy Fair. It was a great show and we saw a lot of new toys for this year’s genre based titles. Being Mania’s Toy Maniac I thought I would wrap up a few things here and there that we

10 Cool Products Not Toys at Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 18, 2012)
Toy Fair is starting to resemble Comic Con in many fashions. It isn’t all about the comics at Comic Con anymore. Toy Fair is also becoming a big marketing tool for the studios as well. There are other releases and debuts for products that have ties to th

10 Must Own Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2012)
Imagine a place where every aisle has something you want. Each time you turn your head you see something more amazing and more spectacular. That is what Toy Fair is like, especially if you love toys. Now the flip side of Toy Fair is that you can’t buy an

Awesome GI Joe Retaliation Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2012)
I know that I am not alone in thinking that GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra was terrible. It was the cartoon brought to life in the worst possible way. Now I am still a huge fan of the cartoon but what I wanted was a realistic portrayal of the series brought to

Toy Fair 2012 Diamond Select Preview by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 09, 2012)
Toy Fair begins this weekend and Mania’s Toy Maniac will be running the halls of Javits Center bringing you all the latest new toys. Diamond Select Toys has already released images of several new figures, Minimates, and collectibles.

Toy Maniac: 8 Great Phantom Menace Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 27, 2012)
Who else stood in line at midnight at a Toys R Us or a Wal-Mart in 1999? The hype was building and the frenzy was practically ravenous. We charged in with our wallets wide open and bought two if not three of the same figure that night. Not many of us did t

10 Wishes for Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 20, 2012)
Toy Fair is only a few short weeks away and your Toy Maniac could not be happier. It is the official start to the convention season and I will be in attendance. Each and every year all the big (and small) toy companies meet in New York City to shop their w

Toy Maniac: The Holy Grails of Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 13, 2012)
They are out there… some where. The unobtainable action figure that we hold in such high regard they become “holy” to us. One figure that makes the whole collection complete. A Holy Grail, if you will. Now, there are several Holy Grail Action Figures

20 Most Loathsome Star Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(January 06, 2012)
With the return of Star Wars the Clone Wars tonight on Cartoon Network, the Toy Maniac wants to discuss his favorite toy line, Star Wars. Now in all fairness to the flowing scrapes of plastic, they weren’t all given a fair chance. There are by far way co

5 Most Anticipated Toy Lines of 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 30, 2011)
The time is upon us when we look at what is to come. Already the studios have flooded us with new trailers and our thoughts turn to the toys. Will The Hobbit figures be the same size as the LOTR figures? Will Ridley Scott’s Prometheus have toys? For Vade

7 Classic Cartoon Christmas Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 23, 2011)
The watching of Christmas Cartoons is forever a holiday ritual. The whole family sits down and watches the likes of the Grinch and Charlie Brown year after year. This ritual has been passed from one generation to the next.

10 Last Minute Geek Gift Ideas by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 16, 2011)
The hours are ticking down and you’re probably scrambling for those last minute gifts. We here at Mania have a few last minute suggestions for you. Now we know this is the Toy Maniac Column for the week, but not all our “Last Minute Geek Gift Ideas”

Top 10 Lord of the Rings Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 09, 2011)
It is hard to believe that the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is ten years old this year. As I sat in the theater ten years ago I had no idea what to expect. I never read “The Hobbit” and only read a tad of “The Fellowship of the Ring

Today’s Nerf Warrior by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 02, 2011)
Last Christmas, I walked into my grandmother’s living room and was immediately hit dead in the face with something. My cousin, who was the culprit, then ducked behind the couch laughing. I looked down to see a small foam dart with a suction cup on the en

Toy Maniac: Black Friday Time Traveler Part 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 25, 2011)
Every year there is that must have toy. Whether it is a Furby, an Elmo or Turbo-Man, parents will go to any length for that special moment of the holiday season. We here at Mania decided to raise the bar on how far we would go to get our all important holi