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Toy Maniac: Black Friday Time Traveler Part 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 25, 2011)
Every year there is that must have toy. Whether it is a Furby, an Elmo or Turbo-Man, parents will go to any length for that special moment of the holiday season. We here at Mania decided to raise the bar on how far we would go to get our all important holi

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim it at Level Up by Tim Janson , Columnist
(November 24, 2011)
Ok, a bit of an abbreviated column this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Plus, other than the new Assassin’s Creed game there’s just not much coming out next week of any major interest. BUT…I did not want to wait another week to bring you my r

The Geek Life: Macys Day Parade by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 23, 2011)
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 looks back and ahead at the Macy’s Day Parade.

Lord of the Rings: War in the North by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 18, 2011)
Well Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has taken the gaming world by storm and setting call kind of sales records as you can read about below…all that and it may not even be the best game that came out LAST week. Let me tell you I am neck deep in Skyrim an

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 Geek Life: YouTube Madness by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 16, 2011)
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 watches the Hunger Games Trailer, Spike Jonze’s “I’m

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

Level Up Goes to War in Battlefield 3 by Tim Janson, Critic
(November 10, 2011)
You know I try to be very professional. I try not to act like a kid on Christmas morning when a new game shows up at my door. I mean I am something something years old…I don’t get excited over just anything right? Well this week isn’t just anythin

The Geek Life: GoldenEye MW3 Dilemma by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 09, 2011)
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 wrestles with his GoldenEye and MW3 Dilemma.

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

Level Up Reviews Batman: Arkham City by Tim Janson, Critic
(November 03, 2011)
This week review Batman: Arkham City, the smash sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. An incredible sequel that might even be better than the first game. Next week’s release slate features two of the year’s most-anticipated new releases: Call of Duty: Mod

Geek Life: Slave Leia is Dead by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 02, 2011)
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 says goodbye to the Slave Leias.

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

Spider-Man: Edge of Time in Level Up by Tim Janson, Critic
(October 27, 2011)
In this week’s Level Up we’re taking a look at two new Marvel Comic-based games, Spider-Man: Edge of Time and X-Men Destiny. We’re heading into the teeth of the videogame season with some of the year’s most anticipated games coming out. Batman: A

The Geek Life: Mania Exclusive Jurassic Park Interviews by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 26, 2011)
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 chats with the SFX Wizards behind Jurassic Park.

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

Level Up: Rage Unleashed from Bethesda by Tim Janson, Critic
(October 20, 2011)
Well first and foremost…it’s Batman: Arkham City Week! The Sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum as just arrived and we will have a full review for you in next week’s column. Until then, whet your appetites with the official launch trailer

The Geek Life: Tim Burton Exhibit by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 19, 2011)
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 visits the Tim Burton Exhibit.

10 Zombies for your Walking Dead Army by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 14, 2011)
With the second season of The Walking Dead upon us, our attention is obviously on zombies. There have been a ton of zombie action figures in the past. The Walking Dead series itself has a few already out there and a few on the way. Though, to create a real

Level Up: NHL 12 and Dungeon Crawl with White Knight Chronicles II by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 13, 2011)
The big story this week involves yet another hacking incident over at Sony. This one wasn’t nearly as traumatic as the attack several months ago but it still has to be disconcerting to Sony to have this happen after they’ve tried to put in place such

The Geek Life: Halloween Horror Nights by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 12, 2011)
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 visits Halloween Horror Nights.

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

Resistance 3 and Dead Island Eat Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(October 06, 2011)
Well before we get into these weeks game Level Up would like to pay our respects to the late great Steve Jobs who passed away on Wednesday. The Apple Computer co-founder got his start designing videogames for Atari in the 1970s and was a leader and pionee

The Geek Life: A Mondo Problem by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 05, 2011)
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 has A Mondo Problem.

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