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Welcome to Mania’s Toy Maniac Column

Spotlighting: Action Figures, Video Games and Collectibles

By Robert T. Trate     June 12, 2008

The Warrior Alien from Kenner’s Alien Resurrection (1997)
© Robert Trate

This column is for you loyal Maniacs that love toys, action figures and video games. Whether you are the avid gamer or the occasional one I will do my best to bring you some of the latest news and game titles. If you are an avid collector of action figures or just want something to dress up your work space this column is also for you. I will address collecting, exclusives and sometimes even cheat codes but what I want from you Maniacs is feedback. What do you want to see week after week?

Spotlight Toy of the Week

Kenner’s Alien Resurrection line featuring: Ripley, Call, Warrior Alien (see main picture) and Battled Scarred Alien, Newborn Alien and Aqua Alien. The line had poor articulation and a paint job that was sub par. The figures were far superior to Kenner’s earlier Aliens line in size only. The Warrior Alien was the best of the lot. The New Born Alien was just too creepy and reminder of how bad the fourth film actually was. Sorry Joss Whedon, sad but true. 

The Newborn Alien from Kenner’s Alien Resurrection (1997)


At Wizard World Philly last May, Wizard was already taking orders for their Wizard World Chicago (June 26-29) Exclusive. They will have two different Peter Petrelli figures from the hit NBC series Heroes. One is invisible or full clear (Limited to 500) and the other is a phasing Peter (Limited to 1000). As cool as this looks, it is nothing more than a clear version of the original Peter Petrelli figure. I really dislike lazy toy companies that use a character sculpt once too often to milk us out of more money. Besides, shouldn’t the Invisible Man (Christopher Eccleston) figure be the one phasing?

Peter Petrelli Exclusive Wizard Figures

San Diego Comic Con TOY Exclusive Update:

As we get closer to the big event in July I will spotlight the different exclusives from the numerous toy outlets. This week is an old favorite retuning to the toy shelf. MTV's The Maxx is one of three exclusives offered by Shocker Toys (booth# 3849, 3948). This is actually the second figure to be made of The Maxx. The first was by Todd McFarlane back in 1996. I saw the prototype at the International Toy Fair. It didn’t thrill me. 

The Maxx SDCC Exclusive.

Prototype from 2008 Toy Fair

Video Game Updates:

-Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare has a new Variety Map Pack for the Windows PC version. It is now available online. The download is free of charge at the nZone.

-Guitar Hero: On Tour for the DS will make its debut at Toys“R”Us on Saturday June 14th. There will be a chance to play it before its release on June 22, 2008.

Video Games releases for the week of June 8th to June 14th:

PS3, PS2 and PSP

-Backyard Baseball 2009 by Humongous Entertainment – PS2
-Dragonball Z: Burst Limit by Atari Inc. – PS3

-Jeep Thrills by Destination Software – PS2

-Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots by Konami – PS3

-NASCAR 09 by Electronic Arts – PS3

-NASCAR 09 by Electronic Arts – PS2

Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS

-Backyard Baseball 2009 by Humongous Entertainment - Wii

-Blast Works: Build, Trade & Destroy by Majesco Sales Inc. - Wii

-Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles by Aksys - DS

-Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor by Eidos Interactive

-Wii Fit Energy Pak by Nyko
Xbox 360

-Deadliest Catch: Alaskan Storm by Greenwave

-Don King Presents: Prize Fighter by 2K Games

-Dragonball Z: Burst Limit by Atari Inc.

-NASCAR 09 by Electronic Arts


-Backyard Baseball 2009 by Humongous Entertainment

-Belief & Betrayal by Lighthouse Interactive

-Clue Classic by Encore Software

-Deadliest Catch Alaskan Storm by Greenwave

-Incredible Hulk by Sega of America

-Solitaire 1,000,000 by eGames

-Strike Force Red Cell by Graffiti Entertainment, LLC


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darkheart00 6/12/2008 12:28:18 PM
The Kenner Alien line was always weak no matter the size. Articulation and paint was really poor and they would not stand very well on their own. OK for kids playing in the backyard but not for collectors. I know I may be in the minority but I like most of Alien: Resurrection. Jean-Pierre Jeunet tried some different things visually that really worked and I liked the cast (except Winona Ryder). The movie ultimately failed under its muddled script which imploded toward the end.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />I have said this before so I'll keep it short. Those Heroes figures are just plain f'ugly. $19.99 a piece at the local comic shop, they will never see my shelf.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Sadly, not one SDCC exclusive I have seen has me even remotely excited. Sideshow.....what happened?!? 12" Aalya Secura?!?, Shadow Guard VCD..really? I think we could have done better.
ShockerToys 6/18/2008 7:03:47 PM
Did you mean the McFarlane Maxx didn't thrill you?? The Shocker Toys Indie Spotlight Maxx has been changed since Toy Fair so to keep up, pics are up at the ST forums. Mini maxx is up now for pre-orders http://www.shockertoys.com/store.php


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