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Toy Maniac: 6 Classic Battleship Board Game Commercials by Robert T. Trate , Toy Maniac and Columnist
(May 18, 2012)
Who didn’t have Battleship growing up as a kid? One Christmas my mom and dad brought my brother and I ever board game of the era. Battleship was one of my personal favorites to cheat on.

Toy Maniac: 6 Dark Shadows Collectibles I would have bought... by Robert T. Trate , News Editor
(May 11, 2012)
I wasn’t alive when Dark Shadows was on TV. I do have faint memories of seeing it in reruns and on the Sci-Fi Channel, when the Sci-Fi Channel was good. Surprisingly enough I have more memories of seeing old models and toys at flea markets and comic conv

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).

Level Up! We Review Twisted Metal! by Tim Janson, Critic
(March 01, 2012)
I’ve had next week circled on my calendar for months…It’s Mass Effect 3 Week and all is well with the universe. The final entry in the Mass Effect trilogy has a hell of a lot to live up to but I believe BioWare is up to the challenge and I can’t w

The Geek Life: Celebrates Supermans Birthday by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 29, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life Celebrates Superman’s Birthday.

Toy Fair 2012 SWAG by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 24, 2012)
Each and every convention throughout the year has its fair share of Swag. Toy Fair may be an industry and press only event but it does have its Swag too. The funny thing about Toy Fair is that it caters to all ages, whereas Comic Con caters to a very speci

Level Up! The Next Call of Duty Game by Tim Janson, Columnist
(February 23, 2012)
It sure looks that way. With Infinity Ward and Treyarch continuing to alternate releases, it’s Treyarch's turn to bring out a game and it looks like it will be this year…No real specifics yet, but it's looking increasingly likely that it will be a dir

The Geek Life: The Magic Castle by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 22, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life visits The Magic Castle.

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

MattyCollector Toy Fair 2012 Releases by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 19, 2012)
MattyCollector is a dangerous thing for toy fans and fans of their properties. Why? Because so many figures in the MattyCollector Universe are perfect. Perfect likenesses and flawless details. Having just one is not enough. I have no idea who Sir Laser-Lot

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

Lego Toy Fair 2012 Releases by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2012)
Lego invited Mania’s Toy Maniac to their annual Lego Brunch for press and collectors. The items on display reflected what genre based titles are heading our way. Though many of the products shown are brilliant, there is still more to come as the year pro

Level Up! Resident Evil: Revelations Hits the Market by Tim Janson, Critic
(February 16, 2012)
So it’s the big PS Vita Launch week. Are you interested? Will you plunk down the $250 - $300 to buy the new handheld system, especially in light of the less than stellar performances of the PSP and the Nintendo 3DS? Will we see a quick drop in price o

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

8 WTF Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 15, 2012)
The great part about Toy Fair is that you see a lot of things you never expect. Perhaps an old property is coming back. A movie or TV show is finally getting the products it so rightfully deserved. There are even some people out there who decide to take th