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COD: Black OPS: Nazi Zombies Kino Der Toten by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 19, 2010)
“Der Riese always wins” a friend of mine once said to me. I laughed at him the first time I heard that. What did I know after all I was just a noob. He was right. Der Riese always wins. The horde of Nazi Zombies just keeps coming and coming. Like a biz

Level Up!: Assassins Creed: Brotherhood Gets Ready to Slay the Competition by Tim Janson, Columnist
(November 11, 2010)
Welcome to Level Up! Mania’s new weekly column dedicated to the week’s latest videogame releases. Each week we will spotlight the games due out in the week upcoming along with industry news, reviews, and our Game Pick of the Week. Let’s jump right

Awesome Games Set for November by Briana Lawrence, Columnist
(November 08, 2010)
Take a deep breath. Hold it. Slowly exhale. It’s time. It’s November.

Top 5 Toys You Have to Buy in November by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 05, 2010)
It is that time of year again when people are building their wish lists. November is packed full of goodies for the holiday shopping season. If you are like us, here at Mania, you have already packed your wish lists with tons of stuff.

19 Survival Horror Games That Deserve Another Look by Briana Lawrence, Contributor
(November 03, 2010)
A little late to the Halloween party, but we'd still like to take time out to discuss one of our favorite genres in gaming: survival horror. We love scaring ourselves and becoming paranoid about that scrapping noise in our apartment that turns out to be

Toy Maniac: 10 Worst Halloween Costumes by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(October 15, 2010)
As Halloween approaches, thoughts of what to be this year cross our minds mixed with what we have already been. While we were scratching our brains we started to think about all the terrible costumes that we have encountered.

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

Star Wars Celebration Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(August 13, 2010)
Star Wars Celebration 5 is this weekend. A time for Star Wars fans to gather and indulge in their favorite obsession. I for one will be making the trip to Florida but not to the Orange County Convention Center (see full details about SWC5 here). After Comi

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