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Top 10 Thor Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 06, 2011)
The God of Thunder finally comes to Earth with the movie Thor. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber breathed comic book life into this mythological character back in 1962. Since then, there have been plenty of t-shirts, posters, and toys. With the Thor m

Avengers Assemble Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 29, 2011)
The Avengers will assemble next summer (May 4th, 2012). This summer the world will be introduced to both Thor (May 6th) and Captain America (July 22nd). We thought we would get a jump on the action figure craze of next summer and assemble the Avengers now.

10 More Must Have Doctor Who Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 22, 2011)
Matt Smith is about to take us out on another season of Doctor Who (this Saturday on BBC America, 9:00 PM EDT). The Doctor and his forty-eight years of adventures were previously very light on toys.

10 Happy Meal Toys We Will Never See by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(April 15, 2011)
Recently, I was on the hunt for one Happy Meal Toy for my nephew. The little guy loves Batman and right now McDonald’s has Young Justice Happy Meal Toys based on the cartoon series. After three attempts, I finally landed the Dark Knight. Ironically, this

Top 10 Not Made Yet Clone Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 08, 2011)
Star Wars the Clone Wars wrapped up its third season last week with “Wookie Hunt” (see Mania’s review). As we catch up on the reruns and dive back into season 1 and 2 on Blu-ray we’ll wait for a few more things besides season 4, new figures. Toy Fa

Top 10 Chewbacca Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 01, 2011)
Season three of Star Wars the Clone Wars ends this week. Making his first appearance on the show and chronologically is Chewbacca. We thought a proper salute was order and what better way to do it than the Toy Maniac Column. After all, he was our first win

Fantasy Sucker Punch Action Figure Squad by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 25, 2011)
According to Internet Movie Database, the plot for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch is as follows: “A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help he

10 New Must Have Masters of the Universe Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(March 04, 2011)
The Master of the Universe Classic line has exploded once again. It has doubled in size over the past year and is packed with tons of new characters too. Last year I brought you the 10 Marvelous Masters of the Universe Figures (see column). It was a look b

5 Natalie Portman Figures We Need by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 21, 2011)
This week is pretty genre light here at Mania. This means a dud like The Green Hornet (see Rob Vaux’s review) will probably take this week’s box office. The new dud set to be released this week is No Strings Attached starring none other than genre favo

5 Star Wars Play Sets We Need by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 14, 2011)
Toy Fair is right around the corner in New York City next month. The industry will launch its next wave of toys in their grand fashion. Many have private showings with power point presentations. Others have an invite only booth where you can see all that t

10 Most Wanted Toys for 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(January 07, 2011)
Toy Fair is just a few weeks away and already we can guess what will make its debut there. Summer block busters such as Captain America and Thor will be big front runners in the action figure category. There will undoubtedly be new Transformers toys as wel

Video Game Preview 2011 by Briana Lawrence
(January 06, 2011)
So here’s our disclaimer before we get started: we may miss a game or two that you yourself may be excited for so before you attack our homes with burning pitchforks remember this... we have adorable kitties in the house so please, spare them at least!

Top 10 Geek Toys of 2010 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 31, 2010)
It has been a long year for the Toy Maniac. Already next year is beginning to shape up as Toy Fair is right around the corner. Like the last three years the Toy Maniac will be on hand to bring you all the best from Hasbro, Lego, Mattel, Mezco and so forth.

The 10 Best Films of 2010 by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(December 30, 2010)
I run into a few problems when assembling my 10 Best Movies list for Mania, and I mention it because it goes back to a perennial issue with sites like ours. What constitutes genre? Some movies obviously fall into a specific category, while others occupy th

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2010 by Stephen Lackey
(December 30, 2010)
There was a bevy of solid TV offerings out there for the “Maniac” in 2010. Some shows, such as No Ordinary Family seemed weak at first, but ended up being quite entertaining. There were other great shows that don’t fit our genres of choice, such as J

The 10 Best Movie Posters of 2010 by Tim Janson, Author
(December 30, 2010)
Once upon a time, a movie poster was the first glimpse you had of an upcoming film. However with the advent of the Internet, film fans know almost every detail about a movie months before it even hits theaters. Still, when you walk into the lobby of a th

Top 6 Star Wars Christmas Figurines by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 24, 2010)
Life Day is upon us. If you don’t know what that means then you are truly blessed. Happy Holidays everyone from your Toy Maniac here at Mania. I thought I would round out this holiday season with my Top 6 Star Wars Figurines.

Top 8 Tron Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 17, 2010)
Tron Legacy is finally upon us. It seems like only yesterday that we were sitting in Hall H at Comic Con and saw the new Tron trailer. There was an awe that came over the crowd the likes of which we haven’t seen since. The movie is finally here and Mania

Top 10 Hallmark Geek Ornaments by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 10, 2010)
Last week we dealt with the 7 Unorthodox Christmas Action Figure Decorations (see column). In the week that has passed we’ve put up the tree here and dived into our massive collection of holiday ornaments.

7 Unorthodox Christmas Action Figure Decorations by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(December 04, 2010)
Many families have that odd Holiday Decoration either on the tree or sitting around the house. It could be a family heirloom, a gift made by crazy Aunt Jenny, or just something that one day appeared. Being Mania’s resident Toy Maniac my Christmas tree is

Captain America Movie Cameos We'd Like to See by Chad Derdowski, Authot
(December 02, 2010)
For as much as we love watching Tony Stark don his high-tech armor or the Hulk smashing tanks, we have to admit that the real icing on the cake was Captain America’s shield in Stark’s workshop or the Super-Soldier Serum references in Incredible Hulk.

Toy Maniac: Black Friday Time Travelers Shopping Bag by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(November 26, 2010)
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 this holiday season. We here at Mania decided to raise the bar on how far we would go to get our all important holiday

8 Worst Native American Portrayals in Pop Culture by Rob Wieland
(November 23, 2010)
Thanksgiving is traditionally seen as the time when the settlers from Europe shared a meal with the indigenous people of the New World. The holiday itself is generally overlooked in the media, getting smooshed between the spookiness of Halloween and the se

Dino’s Top 10: The Man That Sent Ash to the Past by Stephen Lackey
(November 22, 2010)
Surely you’ve seen his name in front of some of your favorite films of all time. After all he has produced or executive produced 166 films from 1941 to 2010. He’s crafted all types and genres of film but the films we hold most dear also held a special

Nine Actors We'd Cast in The Walking Dead by Joe Oesterle, Author
(November 16, 2010)
AMC has proven to fans of the critically acclaimed comic, The Walking Dead, that they have a handle on this show. We here at Mania wouldn’t change a single thing the television team has created thus far. Everything from the scripts to the art direction,

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