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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

Top 10 Thor Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 06, 2011)
The God of Thunder finally comes to Earth with the movie Thor. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber breathed comic book life into this mythological character back in 1962. Since then, there have been plenty of t-shirts, posters, and toys. With the Thor m

Avengers Assemble Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 29, 2011)
The Avengers will assemble next summer (May 4th, 2012). This summer the world will be introduced to both Thor (May 6th) and Captain America (July 22nd). We thought we would get a jump on the action figure craze of next summer and assemble the Avengers now.

10 More Must Have Doctor Who Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 22, 2011)
Matt Smith is about to take us out on another season of Doctor Who (this Saturday on BBC America, 9:00 PM EDT). The Doctor and his forty-eight years of adventures were previously very light on toys.

10 Happy Meal Toys We Will Never See by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(April 15, 2011)
Recently, I was on the hunt for one Happy Meal Toy for my nephew. The little guy loves Batman and right now McDonald’s has Young Justice Happy Meal Toys based on the cartoon series. After three attempts, I finally landed the Dark Knight. Ironically, this

Top 10 Not Made Yet Clone Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 08, 2011)
Star Wars the Clone Wars wrapped up its third season last week with “Wookie Hunt” (see Mania’s review). As we catch up on the reruns and dive back into season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray we’ll wait for a few more things besides season 4, new figures. Toy Fa

Fantasy Sucker Punch Action Figure Squad by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 25, 2011)
According to Internet Movie Database, the plot for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch is as follows: “A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help he

7 Super Sized Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 18, 2011)
Super sized action figures are few and far between. It is a gamble for the toy company to create a gigantic figure. Often the price is hefty and parents usually don’t go for it. Thankfully, every once in while, a property comes along that demands a super

Versus: The Yin and Yang of Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 11, 2011)
In the world of toys there are always two; a Yin and a Yang. What is Optimus Prime without Megatron? We can’t have G.I. Joe without Cobra, right? What if we would really square off some of these toys in a battle to the death? Who would come out on top an

10 New Must Have Masters of the Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 04, 2011)
The Master of the Universe Classic line has exploded once again. It has doubled in size over the past year and is packed with tons of new characters too. Last year I brought you the 10 Marvelous Masters of the Universe Figures (see column). It was a look b

10 OMG Toys at Toy Fair 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 25, 2011)
Instead of going with the harsh term “WTF” toys from Toy Fair, I thought I would bring it to a nicer place with “OMG”. There were tons of pointless and uninspired toys at Toy Fair this year.

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

Toy Fair 2011: Mezco and The ThunderCats by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 11, 2011)
This weekend in New York City all of the industry’s biggest and best toy companies will debut their new products. Toy Fair is an industry only convention. Imagine one tenth of the population at Comic Con and still all the incredible things to see for the

Toy Maniac Star Wars Caption Contest by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 04, 2011)
It case you have been living under a rock, half the country is covered in snow. Well your Toy Maniac is also trapped in the snow. In his boredom, he decided to open a few action figures and take a couple of pictures.

ToyFare Remembered by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 28, 2011)
Earlier this week Mania reported that Wizard World and ToyFare Magazines would no longer be with us (see article). A sad day for comic geeks and toy maniacs everywhere as two of the industry’s best magazines will be gone.

5 Natalie Portman Figures We Need by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 21, 2011)
This week is pretty genre light here at Mania. This means a dud like The Green Hornet (see Rob Vaux’s review) will probably take this week’s box office. The new dud set to be released this week is No Strings Attached starring none other than genre favo

5 Star Wars Play Sets We Need by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 14, 2011)
Toy Fair is right around the corner in New York City next month. The industry will launch its next wave of toys in their grand fashion. Many have private showings with power point presentations. Others have an invite only booth where you can see all that t

10 Most Wanted Toys for 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 07, 2011)
Toy Fair is just a few weeks away and already we can guess what will make its debut there. Summer block busters such as Captain America and Thor will be big front runners in the action figure category. There will undoubtedly be new Transformers toys as wel

Top 10 Geek Toys of 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 31, 2010)
It has been a long year for the Toy Maniac. Already next year is beginning to shape up as Toy Fair is right around the corner. Like the last three years the Toy Maniac will be on hand to bring you all the best from Hasbro, Lego, Mattel, Mezco and so forth.

Top 6 Star Wars Christmas Figurines by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 24, 2010)
Life Day is upon us. If you don’t know what that means then you are truly blessed. Happy Holidays everyone from your Toy Maniac here at Mania. I thought I would round out this holiday season with my Top 6 Star Wars Figurines.

Top 8 Tron Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 17, 2010)
Tron Legacy is finally upon us. It seems like only yesterday that we were sitting in Hall H at Comic Con and saw the new Tron trailer. There was an awe that came over the crowd the likes of which we haven’t seen since. The movie is finally here and Mania