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BioShock 2 Game Review by Hanso, Community Guru
(February 17, 2010)
BioShock 2 had huge shoes to fill after BioShock won countless awards and garnered positive reviews across the board. After spending a few days with the game we’re happy to announce that while BioShock 2 doesn’t completely match BioShock’s awesomene

Toy Fair 2010: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2010)
If you can believe it The Empire Strikes Back is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. By far it is the most popular film in the entire saga and rightfully so. It has the better ending, the full breadth of the Skywalker history is revealed and has bo

Toy Fair 2010: Marvel Universe and Iron Man 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 14, 2010)
Last year Hasbro and Marvel had several reasons to be excited at Toy Fair. First of all they debuted their new 3.75 inch line of Marvel Universe figures. Long in coming was this series and a new standard for Marvel action figures was born.

The Toy Fair 2010 Prelude by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 12, 2010)
Toy Fair is this weekend. That might mean very little to you but to me, your resident Toy Maniac, it is the kick off to the convention season. There will be numerous Comic Book shows of all shapes and sizes in the next few months culminating with Nerdvana

Top 10 Wolfman Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 05, 2010)
In 2008 I sat in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con and saw the first trailer, twice, for the new Wolfman movie starring Benicio Del Toro with make-up by Rick Baker. These men were on hand but what made this panel so exceptional was their love for the chara

4 Reasons Why BioShock 2 Will Pwn! by Hanso, Community Guru
(February 01, 2010)
It’s been a little over two years since Apollo Air Flight DF – 0301 crashed into the mid-Atlantic setting up the events that saw its only survivor, Jack, climb aboard the bathysphere and descend into the city of Rapture. While Jack’s journey is over

Smallville: Absolute Justice Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 29, 2010)
Smallville: Absolute Justice is almost upon us. The culmination of nine seasons has lead to this. This isn’t the ending to the series but perhaps a turn in a new direction. No more re-imagined origins or younger versions of our tried and true heroes.

Toy Review: Battlestar Galactica Cylon Pilot by Robert T. Trate, Critic
(January 22, 2010)
It almost seems like yesterday that Battlestar Galactica went off the air. A year has passed and surprisingly enough action figures still populate the toy shelves. Thankfully Toys R Us has several exclusive figures which keep other BSG figures on the shelf

Top 5 Secret Wars Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 15, 2010)
Daredevil, all right, I’ll admit it. The first Marvel action figure I ever had was Daredevil from Mattel’s Secret Wars line. There isn’t any shame in that it’s just that later I would learn that Daredevil never even fought in the Secret Wars. From

Transformers: War for Cybertron Trailer by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(January 15, 2010)
Transformers: War for Cybertron features two distinct storylines: the AUTOBOT campaign tells a story of heroism to save their home planet against overwhelming odds, and the DECEPTICON campaign tells a story of an unquenchable thirst for power to control th

The Venture Bros. Action Figures by Bob Trate, Columnist
(January 08, 2010)
Bif Bang Pow! and Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising arm of Adult Swim, have announced a brand-new line of toys based on the popular animated series The Venture Bros.

First Look at Hasbro 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 08, 2010)
Happy New Year to all my fellow Maniacs and a big thanks for checking out this week’s column. Now that the holidays are finally over we can set our sights on all the great things coming to us in 2010. Unfortunately Tron Legacy is still 12 months away but

13 Video Game Women That Kick Ass by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(January 04, 2010)
Once upon a time there was a damsel in distress, trapped in the highest tower of all the land. As the big bad villain entered her room she reached under her dress, pulled out two fully loaded pistols, and shot up the evil menace until she ran out of bulle

Top Ten Toys for 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 01, 2010)
One of the greatest things about writing this toy column is that I get to see a lot of toys throughout the year. Whether I go to the International Toy Fair, Comic Cons or just out to the occasional department store I am always on the lookout for what is ne

Christmas Toy Commercials by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 25, 2009)
Happy Holidays to all you Maniacs from your Toy Maniac. Toys are an essential part of the holidays. Sure there is that whole giving is better than getting mantra but as kid we all loved to get. It was tough to come up with presents for your parents and sib

Top 10 Doctor Who Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 18, 2009)
Doctor Who came into my life because of the toys. Sure I had seen the old TV show with Tom Baker supporting that fedora and ridiculously long scarf. To be honest with you, since it was always on PBS, I thought it was some makeshift Sci-Fi show the local br

20 Most Anticipated Games for 2010 by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(December 18, 2009)
After the holiday rush there is often a grace period in the gaming industry where we can all relax and work on completely dominating our games--stupid “no hitter” achievement, damn you Assassin’s Creed 2! However, 2010 doesn’t seem to believe in t

Tron: Evolution, The Video Game Trailer by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(December 15, 2009)
The digital world of TRON is awaiting a new participant. Disney Interactive Studios has announced the development of TRON: Evolution, the video game. TRON: Evolution is an action/adventure game being created for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment sy

James Cameron's Avatar Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 11, 2009)
With less than a week to go the buzz surrounding James Cameron’s Avatar is almost at its zenith. Will this film change cinema forever as the commercials state? It will be interesting to see one way or the other.

God of War 3 Demo by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(December 10, 2009)
Somehow this reviewer has gone her entire PS2 career without playing a single minute of the God of War series, and she’s had a PS2 since the first year it came out. So why not jump into the series head first with God of War 3?

It’s a me, Mario! New Super Mario Bros. wii! by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(December 04, 2009)
The wii has officially taken a time out on its Jillian Michaels and family game parties to bring us what we really want this holiday season: an awesome plumber saving a princess in distress… again. An epic plot! Just kidding, but did you really e

Toy Review: Marvel Universe Electro by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(December 04, 2009)
I never really cared much about Electro. He was just another run of the mill villain that got under Spider-Man’s skin. Was old Web Head ever really in danger when he squared off against Electro? No. Even when Electro became a founding member of the Sinis

Bayonetta: the 360 Demo by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(December 03, 2009)
I can’t help but groan every time I hear this woman’s name. As a long time gamer girl I’m never surprised to see the overly sexualized ladies in this world -- Lara Croft, the women of Dead or Alive, Nariko from Heavenly Sword -- but Bayonetta might

Call of Duty Classic Returns this Week by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(December 01, 2009)
This week the original title in the Call of Duty franchise that started it all, Call of Duty: Classic, will be available as an individual purchase on the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network on Wednesday for 1200 Microsoft Points and on the PlayStation N

10 Video Games Recommendations for the Holidays by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(November 27, 2009)
Tis the season to be an overwhelmed gamer! When there's a new game coming out every week now's the time to make those lists for Santa, mom, dad, grandma, the mailman, your hockey coach, whoever you can get to drop some modern warfares and zombie apocalyps