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Transformers Dark of the Moon Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(February 19, 2011)
It is hard to muster any enthusiasm for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. I know that Michael Bay has delivered two very profitable films. In this economic climate that is an accomplishment. The story just doesn’t do anything for me. However, when it comes

Top 11 Toys at Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 18, 2011)
Another Toy Fair has come and gone. For your “Toy Maniac” here at Mania it was a fun filled weekend in New York City. All the heavy hitters were there this weekend and some little guys that had plenty to offer. Now, I know what you are thinking and the

21 Avengers Toys at Marvel Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Kimberly McCall, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(February 17, 2011)
The Avengers are about to assemble as Marvel and Hasbro are prepping for two of the biggest superhero movies of all time. At the 2011 Toy Fair in New York City Hasbro debuted toys that will stock the shelves with enough Captain America and Thor to drive ki

McFarlane’s Walking Dead Figures Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2011)
McFarlane Toys has debuted both packaging and prototypes for their The Walking Dead figures. McFarlane Toys will be producing figures in both the comic likeness and figures that look like the actors from the TV series.

Star Wars Celebration Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 13, 2010)
Star Wars Celebration 5 is this weekend. A time for Star Wars fans to gather and indulge in their favorite obsession. I for one will be making the trip to Florida but not to the Orange County Convention Center (see full details about SWC5 here). After Comi

Top 10 Toys at Comic-Con 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 30, 2010)
The San Diego Comic Con has come and gone. As we sit back and take in all the information I thought I would highlight the Top 10 Toys at Comic Con. There were plenty of exclusives this year. Surprisingly, there were not as many sell outs as previous years.

20 More Cosplaying Babes & Geeks from Comic-Con by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 24, 2010)
You Maniacs wanted more Cospaly photos and we refuse to disappoint you. What blew us away is how many good Slave Leias there were this year but we never thought we would see an Evil Slave Leia. Let alone a female Whiplash from Iron Man 2. We salute Cosplay

Comic Con 2010 Toy Exclusives by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 25, 2010)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with goodies, freebees, swag and tons of exclusives. Toy companies both big and small have that little extra something that you can only get at Comic Con. If you can’t get to Comic Con fear not, many of the exclusive toys

The Big 3 E3 Conferences by Briana Lawrence, Columnist
(June 15, 2010)
E3 is like the major thesis that college students have, only the students are giant game developers and we're the professors they are desperately trying to impress.

E3 2010 Predictions by Briana Lawrence, Columnist
(June 15, 2010)
Some people have the Oscars. Some people have the Grammys. But if you're anything like us you're anxiously waiting for a little conference known as E3, where our beloved -- and sometimes not so beloved -- game companies come together to show off shiny ne

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Sideshow's Toy Fair Offerings by Tim Janson, Columnist
(March 02, 2009)
When it comes to premium figures and collectibles, the company you have to think about first is Sideshow and they certainly have not disappointed by what they showed at Toy Fair that will be available in the next several months. From Sci-Fi to Superhero a

MANIA INTERVIEW- Geek Gods - On the Light Gray Carpet at the 2008 Spike TV Video Game Awards
(December 15, 2008)

Toy Maniac: Hasbro SDCC Releases by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 07, 2008)

SDCC: First Look at Ghostbusters the Video Game by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 01, 2008)

SDCC: Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe Hands On Party by Edward Goodsmith, Columnist
(July 30, 2008)

Contest: Last chance to join the Launch Party for 'American McGee's Grimm' by Rob M. Worley, Columnist
(July 18, 2008)

Mezco Announces their SDCC Exclusives by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 02, 2008)

NYCC: First Look at Incredible Hulk Game by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 24, 2008)