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Toy Review: Guardians of the Galaxy from Hasbro by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 31, 2014)
It is a perfect blending of properties. We have characters with a rich comic book history. We have an incredible movie that will dazzle and mystify audiences. Finally, we have a line of toys that will help kids carry on the story of these Guardians of the

8 Great GIANT TRANSFORMERS Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(June 26, 2014)


Marvel Spider-Man Legends Infinite Series Electro Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(May 09, 2014)


8 Great Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(May 04, 2014)
Who else stood in line at midnight at a Toys R Us or a Wal-Mart in 1999? The hype was building and the frenzy was practically ravenous. We charged in with our wallets wide open and bought two if not three of the same figure that night. Not many of us did t

Top 100 Star Wars Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(April 29, 2014)
There are so many Star Wars figures now it seems almost inconceivable to own them all. What is even more of a surprise is that there is not a definitive series of books documenting them all. In Mania’s quest to rank the top 100 Star Wars figures we disco

15 Classic Star Wars Toy Commercials by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(April 28, 2014)
The complete series of the Star Wars Saga arrives on Blu-ray September 16th. Without a doubt, in our minds, Star Wars never would have survived with out its toys. The juggernaut of merchandise helped, but it was the ability for children to continue the sto

MUST HAVE TOYS at Toy Fair 2014 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 28, 2014)


The Walking Dead 2014 Toy Fair Debuts by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 21, 2014)


ALIEN Anniversary Figures Toy Fair 2014 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 20, 2014)


Star Wars Toy Fair 2014 Debuts by Robert T. Trate, Toy Maniac
(February 18, 2014)


Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Toy Fair 2014 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(February 18, 2014)


MANIA EXCLUSIVE: NERF N-STRIKE MEGA THUNDERBOW by Robert T. Trate, News Editor
(January 17, 2014)


Star Wars Black Series Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(January 11, 2014)


The Doctor Who Holiday Gift Guide 2013 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 22, 2013)
With the holiday season nearly upon us and a 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who (“Day of the Doctor” #SAVETHEDAY), I thought it would be a great idea to highlight some cool new holiday Doctor Who items. Yes, that’s right, I have something for eve

Top 10 David Tennant Doctor Who Action Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(November 20, 2013)
You never forget your first Doctor and mine was David Tennant. Initially Doctor Who came into my life because of the toys. Sure I had seen the old TV show with Tom Baker supporting that fedora and ridiculously long scarf. To be honest with you, since it wa

NYCC 2013: Mattel Unleashes New Batman Figures! by Kimberly McCall, Contributing Writer
(October 14, 2013)
This week, Mania was bumping its way through New York Comic Con in a quest to glimpse the panels, the cosplay, and, of course, the toys.

Top 13 Friday the 13th Figures by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(September 13, 2013)
Over the past three decades, encompassing twelve films, Jason has spawned a lot of action figures. Many of these re-imagined Jasons seem bigger and grittier than what has come before. Some lack that iconic feel bit others have a style all of their own. To

Star Wars Celebration Europe II: Press Night by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 26, 2013)
Maniacs, I am asking for a little leeway here today. I have flown half way around the world to participate in Star Wars Celebration Europe II. I’ve yet to go to bed and by the time you look at these pictures, I will have finally slept and started the fir

Toy Maniac: LEGO Battle of Hoth Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(July 18, 2013)
As a kid who grew up in the eighties, I loved Star Wars. Naturally when The Empire Strikes Back came out, it was a field day for me. There were so many action figures, play sets, and vehicles that it was cornucopia of Star Wars that still hasn’t all be o

KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(June 14, 2013)
I’ll be honest with you. When I was kid I did not have a ton of Legos. I received a large box of Legos from a friend of my Dad’s which were his own son’s. I loved them.

Toy Maniac: Iron Man 3 Assemblers Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Toy Maniac
(May 03, 2013)
With each Iron Man movie, Hasbro and Marvel have done everything to give the kids and fans at home that tiny piece of Tony Stark. Whether it be action figures or role playing toys, they have solidified Iron Man has a household name.

Toy Maniac: G.I. Joe Retaliation Toy Review by Robert T. Trate, Columnist and Critic
(March 29, 2013)
A lot the of the G.I. Joe Retaliation toys have sat in hiding until the film received its 3D upgrade. Finally, the Toy Maniac is able to sink his teeth into some long awaited G.I. Joe Retaliation goodies.

Toy Maniac: Sweet Sci-Fi Toys from Toy Fair 2013 by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Critic
(February 22, 2013)
The International Toy Fair transpired a little over a week ago and dropped some amazing toys on us. Now whether or not you are a die hard Toy Manic, a collector who likes to turn a profit (Mania’s own Jarret Kruse), or someone who just likes to decorate

Best Star Wars Toys From Toy Fair 2013 by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Toy Maniac
(February 14, 2013)
This week at the International Toy Fair in New York City the new Star Wars Toys arrived. It wasn’t the full onslaught of products we here at Mania are used to seeing. In fact, it may have been the smallest amount of toys this Toy Maniac has seen in years

Castle Grayskull Unveiling: Toy Fair 2013 by Robert T. Trate , Columnist and Toy Maniac
(February 11, 2013)
The International Toy Fair had tons of new products unveiled this weekend. There were not many play sets of note, save one. Mattel and MattyCollector revealed the long awaited Castle Grayskull for the Masters of the Universe Classic’s line. The full spec