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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.

Mezco's Cinema of Fear Series 4 Arrives by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 16, 2009)
Mezco’s awesomely popular Cinema of Fear Series arrives in stores this week. The new line of horror stars returns with some classics heroes, by that I mean villains, set to join the already impressive lineup.

SDCC Toy Shopping Bag by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 10, 2009)
The San Diego Comic Con is twelve days away. If you are able to make the trek to Nerdvana and celebrate an event that is better than Christmas and Hanukah rolled into one consider yourself lucky.

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Review (PS3) by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 03, 2009)
In a season congested with numerous outlets competing for our attention and our dollars many gems go unnoticed. This summer has already been packed with movie games that have left little to be desired.

NECA's Aliens Warrior Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 26, 2009)
While shuffling through Toys R Us this week where I was hoping to find some of the 25th Anniversary Transformer toys, which are still nowhere to be found, I found a true gem of a toy.

SPLATTERHOUSE Delayed to 2010 by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 23, 2009)
It looks like all the development shifting has finally caught up to Namco Bandai's long-awaited revival of the horror game Splatterhouse.

Mania Exclusive: Hellboy’s Golden Army Soldier by Robert T. Trate, Contributing Writer
(June 19, 2009)
Mezco's award-winning 3.75inch Hellboy line continues with the addition of the highly anticipated Golden Army Soldier!

Mania Exclusive: Mez-Itz Comic Book Hellboy  by Robert T. Trate, Contributing Writer
(June 17, 2009)
Check out the limited edition Hellboy Mez-Itz figure that captures the essence of the comic book Hellboy from his sawed-off horns to his posable tail!

G.I. Joe - Hall of Heroes: Flint Review by Kurt Anthony Krug, Columnist
(June 13, 2009)
One of the G.I. Joe team’s leaders, Flint with his trademark beret has been a fan-favorite since he debuted a quarter-century ago.

The Phantom Menace Toy Keepsakes by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 12, 2009)
This June is a rough month for us Maniacs. There is a huge gap between the Up and Drag Me to Hell weekend and the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Abe Sapien 18inch Figure Deluxe Figure by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 11, 2009)
Abe Sapien, the psychic humanoid amphibious paranormal investigator of Hellboy fame, gets the deluxe treatment with this super-sized figure.

The Exclusive Nick Fury Figure Offer by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 06, 2009)
Marvel has announced that new and renewing subscribers to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited will receive an exclusive, all-new Hasbro Marvel Universe Nick Fury action figure.

Nazi Zombies War by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 05, 2009)
I am sending out an S.O.S.. Why? Because I have had it and many of you Maniacs probably feel the same way. Now it isn’t the Zombies, Nazi Zombies to be precise, that I wish to complain about. It is the knuckle heads that, virtually, stand next to you in