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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.

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

Cosplay Glory at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 26, 2011)
Comic Con can have varying levels of Cosplay; each with their own take and interpretation of characters. Saturday and Sunday featured tons of people either getting ready for the big contest or showing off their stuff. What we here at Mania love to celebrat

Cosplay Babes and Hotties at SDCC 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(July 24, 2011)
Usually we mix it here at Mania with our Cosplay photos. Never do we lean to one side or the other. This year, on Friday, at the San Diego Comic Con we noticed a hell of lot more ladies dressed up than the men. So let us celebrate the ladies here and now w

22 Cool Cosplay Photos at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(July 22, 2011)
What is Comic Con without people dressing up? The first official day of Comic Con had plenty of Cosplayers to both entertain and delight. There were tons of babes, heroes, and of course more Slave Leias.

SDCC 2011 Preview Night by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 21, 2011)
Comic Con is here again. For those fortunate enough to get Preview Night tickets it is a great chance to hit the floor early. It is the best time to grab your exclusives. Score some of that fully in stock swag and if you are lucky, pick up a few free comic

SDCC Thursday Schedule Hits by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(July 08, 2011)
With this year's San Diego Comic-Con poised to open its doors in two week's time, the reps have revealed their schedule for the first day. Here's the movie, TV and other panels that will be taking place on the preview night Wednesday, July 20, 2011 and fir

Comic Con 2011 Toy Exclusive Update by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 08, 2011)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with freebees, t-shirts, and of course exclusives. There are always tons of exclusive toys and we here at Mania like preparing you for the Con. Last week, we brought you our 2011 SDCC Survival Guide. A few weeks before that,

CALL OF DUTY XP 2011 - THE ULTIMATE FAN EXPERIENCE by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 02, 2011)
Call of Duty gamers, prepare to engage: Activision Publishing, Inc.(Nasdaq: ATVI) takes the franchise's landmark intensity to new heights with Call of Duty XP 2011, the first-ever celebration for the Call of Duty community.

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

E3 Level Up Wrap Up: New Nintendo Console And More by Tim Janson, Columnist
(June 11, 2011)
The big news out of E3 for Nintendo is the official announcement of their new console which we first told you about a few months back. Due out in 2012, the name is the “Wii U” and we can only hope they didn’t pay a marketing company a lot of money t

Top 10 Trailers from E3 by Tim Janson, Columnist
(June 10, 2011)
E3 has come and gone again. Essentially E3 is one big “coming soon” extravaganza. It tantalizes us with the great games that we’ll eventually be seeing over the next year with hot new trailers. Presented here is Mania’s list of the Top Ten trail

E3: COD ELITE Explained by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 09, 2011)
We would normally save this intro to help explain what the new Call of Duty: Elite package means for all those rabid gamers out there looking for more COD goodies. But we don't have to do that here. Not when the "Legend of Karl" walks potential gamers in t

E3 News: Star Trek Game for Xbox 360 and PS3 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 05, 2011)
The action adventure co-op game casting players as Kirk and Spock to debut this week at Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3).

A Report on the 2011 Motor City Comic Con by Tim Janson, Columnist
(May 15, 2011)
The Motor City Comic Con, Detroit’s oldest comic book convention, now in its 22nd year, took place this weekend in Novi, MI. The three-day event is part comic con and part media event as the show always features a diverse cast of guests from current and

10 OMG Toys at Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 25, 2011)
Instead of going with the harsh term “WTF” toys from Toy Fair, I thought I would bring it to a nicer place with “OMG”. There were tons of pointless and uninspired toys at Toy Fair this year.

Star Wars Thursday: Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 24, 2011)
While walking the aisles of Toy Fair last week I over heard one attendee say “every third booth has something with Star Wars on it”. Whether this guy was complaining or noticing it for the first time it will remain a mystery. Nevertheless, he was right

Transformers Dark of the Moon Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(February 19, 2011)
It is hard to muster any enthusiasm for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I know that Michael Bay has delivered two very profitable films. In this economic climate that is an accomplishment. The story just doesn’t do anything for me. However, when it comes

Top 11 Toys at Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 18, 2011)
Another Toy Fair has come and gone. For your “Toy Maniac” here at Mania it was a fun filled weekend in New York City. All the heavy hitters were there this weekend and some little guys that had plenty to offer. Now, I know what you are thinking and the

21 Avengers Toys at Marvel Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Kimberly McCall, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(February 17, 2011)
The Avengers are about to assemble as Marvel and Hasbro are prepping for two of the biggest superhero movies of all time. At the 2011 Toy Fair in New York City Hasbro debuted toys that will stock the shelves with enough Captain America and Thor to drive ki

McFarlane’s Walking Dead Figures Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2011)
McFarlane Toys has debuted both packaging and prototypes for their The Walking Dead figures. McFarlane Toys will be producing figures in both the comic likeness and figures that look like the actors from the TV series.

Top 10 Toys at Comic-Con 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 30, 2010)
The San Diego Comic Con has come and gone. As we sit back and take in all the information I thought I would highlight the Top 10 Toys at Comic Con. There were plenty of exclusives this year. Surprisingly, there were not as many sell outs as previous years.

20 More Cosplaying Babes & Geeks from Comic-Con by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 24, 2010)
You Maniacs wanted more Cospaly photos and we refuse to disappoint you. What blew us away is how many good Slave Leias there were this year but we never thought we would see an Evil Slave Leia. Let alone a female Whiplash from Iron Man 2. We salute Cosplay

Comic Con 2010 Toy Exclusives by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 25, 2010)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with goodies, freebees, swag and tons of exclusives. Toy companies both big and small have that little extra something that you can only get at Comic Con. If you can’t get to Comic Con fear not, many of the exclusive toys

The Big 3 E3 Conferences by Briana Lawrence, Columnist
(June 15, 2010)
E3 is like the major thesis that college students have, only the students are giant game developers and we're the professors they are desperately trying to impress.