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10 Terrific Toy Commercials by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 08, 2010)
Really good, awe inspiring, toy commercials have become a thing of the past. Today they are loaded with quick cuts, special effects, and lack any real charm. This also goes hand in hand with the product too. We here at Mania love our toys. We also have fon

25 More Anticipated Games for October by Briana Lawrence, Contributor
(October 07, 2010)
So many cool games to look forward to this fall...

Toy Maniac: Top 6 Halloween Toy Excuses by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 01, 2010)
The time is once again upon us; for it is October, the greatest month of the year. Horror movies will run rampant on both the big and little screens. Already we have begun scheming on what on our costumes will be.

Top 10 Star Wars Clone Wars Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 17, 2010)
The all-new season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premiers on Cartoon Network on Friday, September 17th. Since we here at Mania love Star Wars and our Star Wars toys, a list of Top 10 Star Wars Clone Wars Toys is pretty much a no brainer. If we missed anythi

13 Games That Made the Summer Great by Briana Lawrence, Columnist
(September 15, 2010)
Schooooooool’s out for... ... oh wait, it’s started again. Well... summer was fun, wasn’t it? Now that it’s coming to an end we’d like to look back at all of the games that have entertained us during those hot summer nights. This list

Top 10 Toys of the Summer of 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 27, 2010)
The summer is officially over for your Toy Maniac. I know that Labor Day is a few days away yet the summer movies are done and now we can turn our attention to the fall. It started off great with plenty of Iron Man 2 toys and some new Star Wars figures her

The Expendables Action Figure Team by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 06, 2010)
The Expendables is only a week away. Will it be the action flick of the summer or one of the biggest turds of all time? After seeing the San Diego Comic Con panel and footage (see coverage) I think it will be the action flick of the summer.

Top 10 Toys at Comic-Con 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 30, 2010)
The San Diego Comic Con has come and gone. As we sit back and take in all the information I thought I would highlight the Top 10 Toys at Comic Con. There were plenty of exclusives this year. Surprisingly, there were not as many sell outs as previous years.

8 Most Despicable Toys Ever Ordered By Mail by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 18, 2010)
The joy of getting a toy in the mail is something that many of us know. The anticipation of waiting mixed with the long frustration of checking daily usually ends with a celebration at the mailbox. On the flip side there was also the disappointment.

10 Marvelous Masters of the Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 21, 2010)
In case you didn’t know the Masters of the Universe figures have returned. You will not find them in any toy store. They are only available through a site called MattyCollector. Each month several figures become available for the public to buy.

10 G.I. Joe Figures Youll Never See by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 30, 2010)
This week Shout Factory has released the complete second season of G.I. Joe on DVD. While watching the “Serpentor Season” I saw a few characters that never had figures made. Over the past couple of years G.I. Joe has had a great resurgence.

10 Most Kick Ass Toys You Had as a Kid by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 09, 2010)
Toys today are safe, cheaply made and lack any use of the imagination. We grew up in an age of interactive toys, super water guns, giant vehicles, and vast play sets. We even had metal cars that turn into robots. In short our toys kicked ass.

10 Toys a Grown Up Geek Would Love by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 02, 2010)
Geek culture has taken the world by storm. They are everywhere from movies to TV shows. Geeks, believe it or not, now rule supreme and they aren’t just kids in high school or college anymore. You probably have a geek in your life.

10 Awesome Toys from 10 Awful Movies by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 19, 2010)
There isn’t a science fiction, horror or fantasy film today made without an action figure to accompany it. They come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Each tries to get your dollar or the hard earned allowance of the kids that the action figures are actua

Level Up! Dead Island…Greatest Game Trailer Ever! by Tim Janson
(February 25, 2010)
Lots of big announcement in the news this week…new games, new DLC, and quite possibly the greatest game trailer ever for Dead Island. Ok, ok…don’t judge a book buy its cover. I’ve seen games where the developer spent more money on the trailer tha

Toy Fair 2010: Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 16, 2010)
If you can believe it The Empire Strikes Back is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. By far it is the most popular film in the entire saga and rightfully so. It has the better ending, the full breadth of the Skywalker history is revealed and has bo

Toy Fair 2010: Marvel Universe and Iron Man 2 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(February 14, 2010)
Last year Hasbro and Marvel had several reasons to be excited at Toy Fair. First of all they debuted their new 3.75 inch line of Marvel Universe figures. Long in coming was this series and a new standard for Marvel action figures was born.

Top 5 Secret Wars Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 15, 2010)
Daredevil, all right, I’ll admit it. The first Marvel action figure I ever had was Daredevil from Mattel’s Secret Wars line. There isn’t any shame in that it’s just that later I would learn that Daredevil never even fought in the Secret Wars. From

COD: World at War: Zombies on the iPhone by Robert T. Trate, Contributing Writer
(November 17, 2009)
The Joy of Slaying Zombies Continues as CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR: ZOMBIES hits the iPhone

8 Crazy Masters of the Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 25, 2009)
“By the Power of Grayskull” echoed on television for a little over two years yet the words live on to this very day. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an incredible blend of science fiction with swords and sorcery.

5 Must Have Childhood Toy Guns by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(September 18, 2009)
In my quest to find the best (property licensed) toy guns form the seventies, eighties and nineties I discovered that most of the time they were too few and far between. Many of the short lived eighties TV series, though having had several action figures,

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.

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.

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.

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