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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

Tron Video Game Debut by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(November 25, 2009)
A sneak peak of the forthcoming Tron videogame has been obtained by Spike TV. Besides the footage below, there will be more on Spike TV's "Video Game Awards 2009," which premieres LIVE on Spike TV on Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 PM ET. For further informa

Toy Maniac's Top Ten Play Sets by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 20, 2009)
Well it is here. I have danced around the issue for some time but I have finally gathered my own Top Ten Play Sets list. I did a piece over a year ago questioning where the play sets have gone. It seems now that Hasbro, the only producer to even touch bigg

Modern Warfare 2 Grabs $550 Million by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(November 18, 2009)
Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced today that Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 continues to shatter theatrical box office and video game sales records for five-day worldwide sell through in dollars. The biggest entertainment launch in histor

COD: World at War: Zombies on the iPhone by Robert T. Trate, Contributing Writer
(November 17, 2009)
The Joy of Slaying Zombies Continues as CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR: ZOMBIES hits the iPhone

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 13, 2009)
It should come as no surprise that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million copies in just North America and the United Kingdom on its first day. It is being hailed as the game of the year (though Assassins Creed 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 ma

MARVEL:ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 2 Update by Robert T. Trate, Contributor
(November 06, 2009)
“Activision announced this week that the greatest Super Hero action/RPG team-up just got a super-powered upgrade with Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 downloadable content, now available until December 31, 2009, for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment s

Grand Theft Auto: Death Star by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 06, 2009)
For those of you that don’t know, Star Wars the Force Unleashed: The Ultimate Sith Edition has arrived in stores. For those of that are willing to upgrade or perhaps have switched systems now is your chance to pick this new and improved edition to 2008

Toy Review: Masters of the Universe Classic: Zodak by Robert T. Trate, Critic
(October 29, 2009)
Years ago Mattel was simply thought of as the company that made Matchbox cars. They dabbled in the action figure realm from time to time but outside of He-Man and The Masters of the Universe there hadn’t really been anything else.

Toy Review: Avatar Jake Sully by Mattel by Robert T. Trate, Writer
(October 23, 2009)
It is almost the season, the season where retailers will pack the shelves with tons of toys. In the market today shelf space is everything. Hasbro and Mattel already fill the action figure aisle with DC Universe, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars,

Toy Stores Where Have You Gone? by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 16, 2009)
I don’t know if you have noticed it or not but the toy stores are disappearing. It wasn’t that long ago when you could climb into the canyons of the mall and find a K-B Toy Store just packed to the hilt with all the latest stuff.

Top 5 Marvelous Mini Play Sets by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 09, 2009)
“Play sets, where have you gone?” was a question I asked just little over a year ago (see column). The era of the massive toy play set is gone. The G.I. Joe Headquarters has been replaced with a mobile command center. This is nothing but a big vehicle

Toy Maniac: Zombies Ate My Neighbors Retro Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 02, 2009)
Yes it is time for another Retro Review by Mania’s Toy Maniac. It seems only fitting that this week we look back at a classic game from Konami and LucasArts called Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993). In this current era of realistic gore, Nazi Zombies, Spac

AVATAR Game Walkthrough by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(September 25, 2009)
Ubisoft has revealed a walkthrough video for Avatar, the upcoming video game adaptation of the James Cameron film. Check it out in the video below.

8 Crazy Masters of the Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 25, 2009)
“By the Power of Grayskull” echoed on television for a little over two years yet the words live on to this very day. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an incredible blend of science fiction with swords and sorcery.

5 Must Have Childhood Toy Guns by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 18, 2009)
In my quest to find the best (property licensed) toy guns form the seventies, eighties and nineties I discovered that most of the time they were too few and far between. Many of the short lived eighties TV series, though having had several action figures,

AVATAR Game Featurette by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(September 17, 2009)
A new featurette, titled Developer's Diaries #1, has appeared online today in connection to Ubisoft's Avatar, the video game based on the upcoming James Cameron movie. You can check out the clip, courtesy of Empire Online, in the video player below.

10 Toy Chariots of the Gods by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 11, 2009)
Let’s face it, not all of us had every vehicle that Kenner, Hasbro or Mattel made from our favorite toy lines. There were many that were just out of reach, i.e. way too expensive. There were some that only happened after we “grew up” and started to d

10 Action Figures That Died 1,000 Deaths by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 04, 2009)
Let’s face it, all action figures are not created equal. There are many that garner that special place in our hearts and become immortal. Han Solo, Snake Eyes and Spider-Man are just a few that would never die in our childhood adventures.

The Top 5 Expanded Star Wars Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 28, 2009)
When the original Star Wars films said goodbye in 1983 many of us thought that was the end. Sure there was the hope that one day George Lucas would get around to telling episodes seven, eight and nine but that never came to be. Then, in May of 1992 author

JURASSIC PARK Returning? by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(August 26, 2009)
Hasbro has sent out an interesting new press release this week, which has spawned some internet speculation towards something much larger. As in creatures the size as house who roamed the planet millions of years ago. The toy company has announced new Jura