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DVD Shopping Bag: Transformers Japanese Collection: Headmasters by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 05, 2011)
What I remember is that Optimus Prime died in a movie that my parents never took me to see. I had to hear this sad and tragic news from my best friend who apparently had much cooler parents. I still remember that day. How could Optimus Prime die? Thankfull

TV Wasteland: Brand New Day by Rob Vaux, Editor
(July 03, 2011)
The intriguing case of Torchwood presents us with a powerful conundrum this week. It’s always done well for itself, but it remains largely for the fanboys: a solid spin-off of Doctor Who that caters to its core audience without expanding the palate signi

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

7 Most Surprising Peter Cullen Roles by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 29, 2011)
The list of troublesome things in the Transformers movies can go on and on, but listening to Peter Cullen provide the voice of Optimus Prime takes a lot of that pain away. The versatile vocal actor has been working for nearly fifty years and shows no signs

DVD Shopping Bag: Lord of the Rings Extended Blu-rays by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 28, 2011)
Cue Howard Shore’s “Concerning Hobbits” track and we are now ready to talk Lord of the Rings. Back in April of 2010 Warner Brothers and New Line released The Lord of the Rings theatrical cuts on Blu-ray (see column). Why, we haven’t ever really bee

Mania Review: True Blood by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 27, 2011)
True Blood thrives because it doesn’t allow its season-long gimmicks to rest on their laurels. While other shows might, say, throw werewolves into the mix to juice ratings – then sputter when they can’t figure out what the hell to do with them – th

TV Wasteland: Fireworks and Weenies by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 26, 2011)
We’re leading up to the 4th of July, and most new shows are waiting until afterwards to start their runs. The exception is Comedy Central’s comparatively quiet Ugly Americans, which kicks off a second season backed by the dependable Futurama. The show

8 Final Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 24, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

9 More Cool Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 22, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

10 Geeky Cosplay Pics from WizardCon Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 21, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

DVD Shopping Bag: Hammer Film’s Wake Wood Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 21, 2011)
We hope that you can forgive us but the DVD Shopping Bag is jumping ahead a few weeks. We received a copy of the new Hammer Film, Wake Wood on Blu-ray and had to check it out. Being huge Hammer Film fans, especially the ones from days of old and their firs

Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 19, 2011)
The final episode for season one of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has aired and the wait begins for next year's season two. Conflict between the houses came to a head last week and within last night's "Fire and Blood", even more alliances were made and re-birthe

TV Wasteland: Bloody Good by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 19, 2011)
On June 26th, the closest thing to a sure bet on TV this summer returns: True Blood, the bloody chunk of Goth that heaps further shame on the Twilight crowd without missing a beat. Season Three left a huge tangle of threads to unravel, which the show runn

Mania TV Review: Falling Skies by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(June 17, 2011)
None of the key names associated with Falling Skies is Steven Spielberg’s, though his fingerprints definitely appear all over the pilot. Instead, look to series creator Robert Rodat, who wrote Saving Private Ryan, and Graham Yost, whose Justified has bee

DVD Shopping Bag: The Terminator Blu-ray Book by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 14, 2011)
This week, in the DVD Shopping Bag, there is little to pick from in our favorite genres. It is true that Battle: Los Angeles arrives this week but it doesn’t even make to our top 5 picks. Don’t get us wrong, Battle: Los Angeles is a great mash up of Bl

Summer TV Preview by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 14, 2011)
As one of the most depressing TV seasons in modern memory fades away, we find ourselves looking towards the future… and a summer crowded with promising shows. Back in the day, July and August used to hold only reruns, but with networks increasingly despe

Game of Thrones: Baelor by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 12, 2011)
Another episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones" has come and gone from the TV Wasteland. With the airing of Sunday night's episode, "Baelor", we come that much closer to the season finale. And like last week's feedback article---one in which you Maniacs seemed

TV Wasteland: Look to the Skies by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 12, 2011)
Falling Skies arrives this Sunday amid a level of anticipation unseen since… well actually, since the last batch of event sci-fi shows bombed like the Enola Gay. Buzz has slowly been building throughout the spring, but fans have been burned quite a bit o

DVD Shopping Bag: Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(June 07, 2011)
After checking Amazon, and as far as I can tell, this is the first time that all the Superman films have been offered together on Blu-ray. Back in 2006 I picked up Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition (Superman - The Movie/ Superman II/ Superman II - The

Game of Thrones: What Did You Think? by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 05, 2011)
The HBO Series Game of Thrones has spurred a great deal of talk – and controversy – among the fan community. Supporters love its high production values, its respect for the source material and its complex plotting. Detractors – mostly those who haven

TV Wasteland: Camelot Wraps Up by Rob Vaux, Editor
(June 05, 2011)
It’s another quiet week on television… giving you all a chance to see X-Men: First Class, Super 8 and the truly awesome Troll Hunter in movie theaters. Camelot wraps up this week – and a round of applause for a yeoman first season – and Doctor Who

DVD Shopping Bag: Challenge of the Gobots Mini-Series by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 31, 2011)
I was never a fan of The Gobots. I always favored The Transformers more. I knew of their existence but thought it was for younger kids. It could have been any of the following reasons: the animation, the transformations, or even the character’s names but

Best Superhero Origins Stories by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 30, 2011)
Comic books exist as living documents, with details that shift and change according to the sensibilities of the era. A less generous term might be “royal mess:” new writers eliminate old details and sometimes recreate entire characters from scratch, le

TV Wasteland: Wastey, Wastey Wasteland by Rob Vaux, Editor
(May 29, 2011)
With only a tiny handful of new episodes out this week, we’re forced to fall back on a glut of cable movies to fill our quota. What can I say? It’s that time of year…

DVD Shopping Bag: A Clockwork Orange Anniversary Edition Blu-ray by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 24, 2011)
Stanley Kubrick couldn’t get Malcolm McDowell’s face out of his mind while reading Anthony Burgess’ original novel. That face was permanently locked in there after seeing McDowell in Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968). This little historical note and

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