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Top 10 Must Have Toys from Toy Fair 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 26, 2010)
So last week your Toy Maniac brought you all the latest from Toy Fair. Many of the companies present stated that even more toys will be revealed at the San Diego Comic Con. I for one will be in attendance and look forward to see you all there as well.

Level Up! Dead Island…Greatest Game Trailer Ever! by Tim Janson
(February 25, 2010)
Lots of big announcement in the news this week…new games, new DLC, and quite possibly the greatest game trailer ever for Dead Island. Ok, ok…don’t judge a book buy its cover. I’ve seen games where the developer spent more money on the trailer tha

Dante's Inferno: Divine Edition Game Review by Tim Janson, Writer
(February 25, 2010)
Electronic Arts, strongly inspired by God of War. You play Dante, a Templar Knight, returning home from the Crusades only to find his beloved Beatrice murdered and her soul dragged down to Hell by Lucifer. Dante will have to fight his way through the nine

Toy Fair 2010: Mattel MOTU and DC Universe by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 19, 2010)
Last year at Comic Con I was literally blown away by the sheer magnitude of Mattel toys. Long had I thought of them as nothing but Hot Wheels, Barbies and those guys that used to make He-Man figures. As I stood in line for over an hour for a Mattel SDCC ex

HEAVY RAIN Game Demo by Briana Lawrence, Writer
(February 18, 2010)
This is one of those games that everyone seems to be interested in, yet no one really knows how to explain the game itself. After going to a preview event hosted at one of the GameStops in our area, and after downloading the demo, we only have one thing t

Cat Girl Alliance Lands in America by Chris Beveridge
(February 17, 2010)
G-Collections Adult PC Dating-Sim Game Cat Girl Alliance Now On Sale, Download Purchase Available

Toy Fair 2010: Kick Ass Mezco Toyz by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2010)
At the San Diego Comic Con last year I sat through an entire day’s presentation of new films and features in Hall H. The H in Hall H can stand for Heaven or Hell. It’s Hell to get in there but once there the place can be a Heaven for a fan boy that lov

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

The Super Hero Bowl: Marvel Vs. DC by Rob Vaux, Critic
(February 04, 2010)
Peyton Manning is swell--even the most ardent opponent has to feel good about the Saints making it to their first Super Bowl ever. But let's face it: these two aren't exactly heated rivals. Certainly not like, say, Marvel Comics and DC, whose competitivene

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