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10 Must Own Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 17, 2012)
Imagine a place where every aisle has something you want. Each time you turn your head you see something more amazing and more spectacular. That is what Toy Fair is like, especially if you love toys. Now the flip side of Toy Fair is that you can’t buy an

Lego Toy Fair 2012 Releases by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2012)
Lego invited Mania’s Toy Maniac to their annual Lego Brunch for press and collectors. The items on display reflected what genre based titles are heading our way. Though many of the products shown are brilliant, there is still more to come as the year pro

Level Up! Resident Evil: Revelations Hits the Market by Tim Janson, Critic
(February 16, 2012)
So it’s the big PS Vita Launch week. Are you interested? Will you plunk down the $250 - $300 to buy the new handheld system, especially in light of the less than stellar performances of the PSP and the Nintendo 3DS? Will we see a quick drop in price o

Awesome GI Joe Retaliation Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2012)
I know that I am not alone in thinking that GI Joe: the Rise of Cobra was terrible. It was the cartoon brought to life in the worst possible way. Now I am still a huge fan of the cartoon but what I wanted was a realistic portrayal of the series brought to

8 WTF Toys from Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 15, 2012)
The great part about Toy Fair is that you see a lot of things you never expect. Perhaps an old property is coming back. A movie or TV show is finally getting the products it so rightfully deserved. There are even some people out there who decide to take th

Toy Fair 2012 Diamond Select Preview by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 09, 2012)
Toy Fair begins this weekend and Mania’s Toy Maniac will be running the halls of Javits Center bringing you all the latest new toys. Diamond Select Toys has already released images of several new figures, Minimates, and collectibles.

Level Up! Sony Releases the PS Vita! by Tim Janson, Columnist
(February 09, 2012)
Big, big week for Sony coming up next week…First of all we’ve got the much anticipated release of Twisted Metal, one of my top game picks for 2012. Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2 were two of my favorite games on the original Playstation and its hig

The Geek Life: The Blockbuster Video Scavenger by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 08, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life picks a dying Blockbuster Video clean.

Level Up! Nintendo Network Announced by Tim Janson, Columnist
(February 02, 2012)
We start the column with a big announcement from Nintendo. Finally Nintendo will be bringing gamers a Nintendo network to compete with Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. I guess the old saying is better late than never and we can complain all we want

Level Up! We Got New Games by Tim Janson, Critic
(January 26, 2012)
I can’t tell you how happy I am to bring you a Level Up where we actually have some anticipated new games to talk about. Next week’s release slate features the first significant releases for 2012. Next week we have Final Fantasy XIII-2, Soul Calibur

The Geek Life Red Tailed by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 25, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life takes off on Red Tails.

10 Wishes for Toy Fair 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 20, 2012)
Toy Fair is only a few short weeks away and your Toy Maniac could not be happier. It is the official start to the convention season and I will be in attendance. Each and every year all the big (and small) toy companies meet in New York City to shop their w

Level Up! Has the Magic of Harry Potter by Tim Janson, Critic
(January 19, 2012)
Well fellow gamers the long drought is almost over. It’s been a tough four or five weeks as there’s really been nothing to talk about in terms of major, or even moderate new releases. December is always slow as so many new games come out in the few w

The Geek Life: Road Trekking by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 18, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life goes Road Trekking.

Toy Maniac: The Holy Grails of Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 13, 2012)
They are out there… some where. The unobtainable action figure that we hold in such high regard they become “holy” to us. One figure that makes the whole collection complete. A Holy Grail, if you will. Now, there are several Holy Grail Action Figures

Level Up! 2012 Preview! by Tim Janson, Columnist
(January 11, 2012)
Last week I looked at the best games of 2011. This week we look ahead to the top games of 2012 as I’ll be picking the 15 most anticipated games for 2012. One thing about this list is that most of the games are either sequels or re-boots of popular franc

The Geek Life: Phantom Menacing by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 11, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life asks: Is The Phantom Menace the best of the Prequels?

Level Up! Game of the Year Awards by Tim Janson, Critic
(January 06, 2012)
Happy New Year and welcome to the first Level Up for 2012! This week I’m going to reflect back on 2011 by presenting the Level Up Awards for the best games of 2011. The awards will be presented in various categories with a winner as well as a couple of

20 Most Loathsome Star Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(January 06, 2012)
With the return of Star Wars the Clone Wars tonight on Cartoon Network, the Toy Maniac wants to discuss his favorite toy line, Star Wars. Now in all fairness to the flowing scrapes of plastic, they weren’t all given a fair chance. There are by far way co

The Geek Life: The Star Trek Train by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 04, 2012)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is happening in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life talks Star Trek.

5 Most Anticipated Toy Lines of 2012 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 30, 2011)
The time is upon us when we look at what is to come. Already the studios have flooded us with new trailers and our thoughts turn to the toys. Will The Hobbit figures be the same size as the LOTR figures? Will Ridley Scott’s Prometheus have toys? For Vade

The Geek Life and Being That Guy by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 28, 2011)
The Geek Life is a weekly look at what is going on in the Geek Culture. Movies, Comics, Books, Video Games, and TV Shows encompass more than just release dates and reviews. This week the Geek Life discusses when it’s okay to be that guy.

7 Classic Cartoon Christmas Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 23, 2011)
The watching of Christmas Cartoons is forever a holiday ritual. The whole family sits down and watches the likes of the Grinch and Charlie Brown year after year. This ritual has been passed from one generation to the next.

Level Up: Need for Speed: The Run by Tim Janson, Critic
(December 21, 2011)
Level up is back with our final column before Christmas and with a load of news to pass along…which is a good thing because new releases of any interest continue to be non-existent. There’s news on the first download content for Call of Duty: Modern W

10 Last Minute Geek Gift Ideas by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 16, 2011)
The hours are ticking down and you’re probably scrambling for those last minute gifts. We here at Mania have a few last minute suggestions for you. Now we know this is the Toy Maniac Column for the week, but not all our “Last Minute Geek Gift Ideas”