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10 Must Have Muppet Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 18, 2011)
The Muppets have been a part of our collective culture for decades. Hopefully with their return to the theaters next week, we will have a plethora on new Muppet adventures. Whether they are on the small screen or the big, let’s hope the Muppets become th

The Immortal Toy Lines by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 11, 2011)
Toys will never go out of style. As we get older, most of usually grow out of buying toys. We have all heard someone in our lives (or ourselves) say, “I had those when I was a kid”. This week, the Toy Maniac takes a look at the Immortal Toy Lines. Thes

Holiday Geek Toy Gift Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 04, 2011)
Everyone as that Geek in their life that is always incredibly fun and difficult to shop for. Instead of giving you this list on Black Friday, your Toy Maniac is supplying it now. This way you have plenty of time to search the different sites for items (som

Toy Maniac: Utapau Shadow Trooper Sideshow Collectibles Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 28, 2011)
To celebrate the best time of year, Halloween, Sideshow Collectibles has been running their Spooktacular Event all week long. It is eight days of giveaways and announcements for the fourth quarter of 2011. Among all the hoopla, a new Star Wars Sideshow Col

Toy Maniac: Your 6 Must Have Universal Horror Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(October 21, 2011)
It might be this way for all time. This is the time where a string of movies, from a very short time in history, is celebrated all month long. The Universal Horror Movies left their mark on our culture. These films are, in every sense of the word, classics

10 Sexy Halloween Costumes That Should Never Happen by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(October 07, 2011)
It is that time of year again when everyone is pondering what to be for Halloween. The ladies out there are thinking: Should I be a sexy plumber or may be a sexy policeman? While this can be fun for post Halloween party activities, there are some “sexy

Code Name: Blast Off a GI JOE Documentary by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 30, 2011)
The G.I. Joe toy line was a huge part of our collective childhoods. Whether you were partial to the cartoon or the comic book, you played with G.I. Joe toys. Have you ever wondered where did it all come from? Code Name: Blast Off is a new documentary about

Undying Carcass Sideshow Exclusive Edition by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(September 23, 2011)
Zombies are everywhere these days. From TV shows like The Walking Dead to video games where you fight them on the moon, the zombie plague has infected our collective pop culture. Sideshow Collectibles has also been infected and they have fully embraced it

5 Toy Dilemmas from Empire to Jedi by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 16, 2011)
If you were blessed enough to have Star Wars in your life as kid, it was an incredible time. Each movie brought forth tons of new figures; each with just a hint of who they actually were. As a kid, your Bossk figure took center stage when he arrived. After

5 Star Wars Figures That Haven’t Been Made by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 09, 2011)
Since the Star Wars Blu-rays are right around the corner, your Toy Maniac now has the perfect excuse to write about his favorite subject. Since he has done multiple lists about Star Wars figures before, coming up with a new list was tougher than he then th

15 Classic Star Wars Toy Commercials by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 02, 2011)
The complete series of the Star Wars Saga arrives on Blu-ray September 16th. Without a doubt, in our minds, Star Wars never would have survived with out its toys. The juggernaut of merchandise helped, but it was the ability for children to continue the sto

MOTUC: Man-E-Faces Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 26, 2011)
I can still remember that fateful day my Mom told my brother and me to each pick one He-Man figure. My brother grabbed Ram-Man and, to this day, I am still not quite sure why. It may have had something to do with how he identified with the character, but t

Rezurrection and the Zombie Maniac by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 19, 2011)
The Moon is the next stop in slaughtering the undead

The Sideshow Collectible Wish List by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 12, 2011)
Since Comic Con, I haven’t been able to get the Sideshow Collectible booth out of my mind. The display cases were awesome. The contents were equally impressive. Mix that with the $75 gift card for Sideshow I just received and I am ready for my next colle

We go Ape for Planet of the Apes Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 05, 2011)
For some, the Planet of the Apes is a bunch of people in lame rubber masks trying to act like apes. Others see it has a series of thought provoking ideas, incredible science fiction, and people performing in really cool make up. My Planet of the Apes obses

15 Awesome Toys at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 28, 2011)
In the wake of Comic Con, there are often many things to look forward to. Outside of the sneak peeks and trailers for upcoming films and TV shows, the toy industry uses Comic Con as a second Toy Fair. Many companies even keep their third and fourth quarter

10 Great Captain America Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 22, 2011)
With any and all big summer movies, we have to have the action figure tie-in. Mania premiered many of the Captain America toys back in February at Toy Fair (see column). Most of those releases were your standard movie toys and toys to keep the play time ex

The Top 7 Harry Potter Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 15, 2011)
Here we are at the precipice of Harry Potter’s great demise. No, he is not actually dying but yet another great Saga of movies is coming to an end. From this point on, there will only be re-releases/ marathons and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to a

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

10 Terrific Transformers Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 24, 2011)
Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon is almost here. May Cybertron help us all. The great thing about a new Transformers movie is the tie-ins. We here at Mania love our Transformers and with each movie we get the chance to reminisce about that gr

Thor vs. Green Lantern: Your Gaming Opinion by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 17, 2011)
The movie video game tie-in is inventible. This summer, we have already had Thor: God of Thunder (see Tim Janson’s review) and now Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters. We are also only a few short weeks away from Captain America: Super Soldier. No, we

10 Great Green Lantern Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 10, 2011)
With only a week to go until we see Ryan Reynolds don the mask and ring we have to ask one question. Will this movie rock or suck? A lot of extra effort went into cleaning up the special effects and that has put us all on the fence. I for one think it will

Your Makeshift X-Men First Class Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 03, 2011)
As I was gathering a list of “Makeshift X-Men First Class Figures”, Sideshow Collectibles announced that Hot Toys has the official license to the property. There went all my bitching and complaining about no toys for this movie.

6 Must Have 2011 SDCC Toy Exclusives by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 27, 2011)
The San Diego Comic Con is just 2 months away. Already badges have been bought and hotel accommodations have been made. So as we plan for Nerdvana we have to figure out what exclusives we can and cannot live without.

Trollhunter and 7 Other Movies that Need Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 20, 2011)
The time has come, again, to list movies that need toys. Now many of these films are recent releases. Many would be more action figures or high-end collectibles rather than toys. Will some of these actually see the light of day? There are a few on this lis