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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

Toy Maniac: Artistry on Display at Comic Con by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 21, 2009)
Comic Con already seems like a distant memory until I look at the tons of pictures I have sitting in my computer. Wearing multiple hats here at Mania I really did run around like a chicken with my head cut off for those five days.

10 Movies That Need Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 14, 2009)
With companies like Mezco and NECA always adding to their Movie Maniac, Cinema of Fear and Reel Toys lines there is still a chance. So if Moses from the Bible and the Cloverfield creature can have action figures then why not these guys?

Toy Maniac Retro Review: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero (NES) by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 07, 2009)
In 1991 when G.I. Joe A Real American Hero was released for the Nintendo I had grown out of G.I. Joe. Getting G.I. Joe toys for Christmas was no longer the cool or hip thing, as I unfortunately found out.

Toy Maniac: Post Comic-Con Toy Report by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 31, 2009)
Who had the pleasure of navigating some 100,000 people in San Diego last week? I for one took no pleasure in trying to walk through hordes of people that by day two all had the same mind set.

Freakishly Awesome Costumes from Comic-Con '09 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 31, 2009)
As you'll see on our official Comic-Con page, the loyal genre fans were out and about last weekend in San Diego, once again clad in some pretty imaginative and clever costumes.

ACTIVISION Game Preview by Edward Goodsmith, Columnist
(July 30, 2009)
Activision was back again this year with another stellar “first look” party. This year they let us get up close and personal with the second iteration in the popular Marvel Ultimate Alliance series, and the new Activision IP Singularity.

Comic-Con '09: Behind the Mask by Mania Staff
(July 26, 2009)
Mania's Staff was there on the convention floor, taking a closer look at the random assortment of characters roaming the halls at Comic Con, San Diego.

SDCC: Star Wars Spectacular Panel by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 25, 2009)
Let us get one thing very clear I love Star Wars. I hold it very dear and consider it to be one of the most sacred parts of my childhood. There are many of you that feel the same way. So when I call the Star Wars Spectacular an infomercial this is my hones

Toy Maniac: Doctor Who Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 24, 2009)
In the last year I have become obsessed with Doctor Who. An action figure for my toy self became a necessity. Last year at the San Diego Comic Con I witnessed, for the first time, the sheer magnitude of figures that are available for this series by Undergr

G.I. Joe - DVD Battles: Pyramid of Darkness by Kurt Anthony Krug, Columnist
(July 21, 2009)
For the children of the 1980s who rushed home from school every day to see the G.I. Joe cartoon and stage mega-battles with their action figures, Hasbro must’ve had you in mind when it came up with this product, complete with a DVD of the cartoon and toy

Top 10 Reasons You Must Go to SDCC by Chad Derdowski, Contributing Writer
(July 20, 2009)
Movie Previews, TV Previews, Collectables, Cosplay and...oh yeah...Comics! 10 Reasons why you MUST go to Comic-Con International in San Diego!

G.I. Joe - DVD Battles: The Revenge of Cobra Review by Kurt Anthony Krug, Columnist
(July 20, 2009)
The Revenge of Cobra is the second G.I. Joe mini-series that served as little better than a 2-hour toy commercial for Hasbro, introducing plenty of new characters and vehicles for the 1984-85 toy-line, and putting the Joes in unbelievable scenarios as Dest

Comic Con Survival Guide 2009 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 17, 2009)
Forgive me if you were looking for the Toy Maniac column this week. Just this week I am switching gears to focus solely on the San Diego Comic Con.