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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

Gears of War 3 Blows Away Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 29, 2011)
Wow what a big week we have at Level Up this week! I might repeat that a couple…hundred times. You want BIG? How about our review of Gears of War 3, the BEST conclusion to a videogame series in history. If Mass Effect 3 is anywhere close to this I ca

Undying Carcass Sideshow Exclusive Edition by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(September 23, 2011)
Zombies are everywhere these days. From TV shows like The Walking Dead to video games where you fight them on the moon, the zombie plague has infected our collective pop culture. Sideshow Collectibles has also been infected and they have fully embraced it

Driver: San Francisco Test Drives Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 21, 2011)
We’re one week away from the official start of Fall and the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, especially for you early birds. And the shopping list is going to be pretty damn full as the upcoming weeks are going to be featuring some of th

5 Toy Dilemmas from Empire to Jedi by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 16, 2011)
If you were blessed enough to have Star Wars in your life as kid, it was an incredible time. Each movie brought forth tons of new figures; each with just a hint of who they actually were. As a kid, your Bossk figure took center stage when he arrived. After

Madden NFL 12 Plays Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(September 15, 2011)
The new NFL season is upon us and so this week I present my review of the always-steady annual gridiron challenge, Madden NFL 12. See how this year’s edition stacks up! In addition I have a review of No More Heroes: Heroe’s Paradise, the PS3 port of

5 Star Wars Figures That Haven’t Been Made by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 09, 2011)
Since the Star Wars Blu-rays are right around the corner, your Toy Maniac now has the perfect excuse to write about his favorite subject. Since he has done multiple lists about Star Wars figures before, coming up with a new list was tougher than he then th

Level Up Takes on the Deus Ex Human Revolution by Tim Janson, Critic
(September 09, 2011)
Happy Friday! It’s yet another huge release week coming up and while you hate to get too far ahead of yourself when you look at the upcoming release schedules its clear the holidays are coming soon. And if you’re a fan of Square Enix it’s a big wee

Phineas and Ferb Levels Up the Second Dimension. by Tim Janson, Critic
(September 01, 2011)
Now THIS is more like it! After several weeks of sparse new releases, the kids are back to school next week and the release schedule is chock full of new games. Ok…Ok…I know some kids went back to school this week but frankly any school district that

MOTUC: Man-E-Faces Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 26, 2011)
I can still remember that fateful day my Mom told my brother and me to each pick one He-Man figure. My brother grabbed Ram-Man and, to this day, I am still not quite sure why. It may have had something to do with how he identified with the character, but t

Battle Druglords as Level Up reviews Call of Juarez: The Cartel by Tim Janson, Critic
(August 25, 2011)
Well, the August doldrums are finally about over and I think it’s officially safe to say that the holiday season begins Labor Day…at least for many early bird shoppers. One of the industry’s annual most anticipated releases is out next week…John M

Rezurrection and the Zombie Maniac by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 19, 2011)
The Moon is the next stop in slaughtering the undead

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armegeddon hits Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 19, 2011)
Price drops, price drops…last week the 3DS, this week the PS3. I really…REALLY hope were not seeing PS4 in 2012. If Sony’s new system is not held off until at least 2013 you can count me as one pissed off owner as I still think the PS3 is just reac

The Sideshow Collectible Wish List by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 12, 2011)
Since Comic Con, I haven’t been able to get the Sideshow Collectible booth out of my mind. The display cases were awesome. The contents were equally impressive. Mix that with the $75 gift card for Sideshow I just received and I am ready for my next colle

Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D Eats Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 11, 2011)
To borrow from Dennis Miller, I don’t want to go on a rant here but as noted below news broke last week about Nintendo already lowering the price of the 3DS just a few months after it came out. As a…ahem…reward (read “sorry we screwed you) Nintend

Captain America Throws his Mighty Shield at Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(August 04, 2011)
Well you’ve heard of the dog days of Summer…those days when the Summer heat is high and there’s not much going on…Well these are the dog days of video games. There is virtually nothing of note coming out next week unless your idea of action is pla

15 Awesome Toys at Comic Con 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 28, 2011)
In the wake of Comic Con, there are often many things to look forward to. Outside of the sneak peeks and trailers for upcoming films and TV shows, the toy industry uses Comic Con as a second Toy Fair. Many companies even keep their third and fourth quarter

Transformers Dark of the Moon Invades Level Up by Tim Janson, Columnist
(July 28, 2011)
Rather light news week in the week following San Diego Comic Con. All in all I found it to be one of the most under whelming SDCC’s in recent years. It didn’t seem to have the pop that recent cons have had particularly in big film announcements and t

F.E.A.R. 3 Enters the Level Up Arena by Tim Janson, Critic
(July 20, 2011)
It’s San Diego Comic Con this week and while not a gaming show the lines have been blurred so much about what SDCC is anymore that you cannot blame game publishers for wanting to take full advantage of the huge throng of comic and film fans that will des

The Top 7 Harry Potter Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 15, 2011)
Here we are at the precipice of Harry Potter’s great demise. No, he is not actually dying but yet another great Saga of movies is coming to an end. From this point on, there will only be re-releases/ marathons and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to a

Level Up! We Review the chilling Shadows of the Damned by Tim Janson, Critic
(July 14, 2011)
Lots and lots of news in this week before the San Diego Comic Con. While games are obviously not the focus of the show, more and more game publishers are showing up to display their wares in a sort of mini E3. You can count on being able to pocket a lot

Comic Con 2011 Toy Exclusive Update by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 08, 2011)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with freebees, t-shirts, and of course exclusives. There are always tons of exclusive toys and we here at Mania like preparing you for the Con. Last week, we brought you our 2011 SDCC Survival Guide. A few weeks before that,