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Yo-Kai Watch, the game taking Japan by storm has finally come Down Under and it looks awesome. Grab the latest issue to find out why we think it's the coolest. We've also got a RAD Yo-Kai watch poster to slap up on your bedroom wall! Dive into the rest of the issue to find pranks, puzzles, jokes and heaps of prizes. This month we're giving away Grit Fluxx scooters, RoboFish and mega prize packs stacked with BIC stationary!

Free Comic Book Day 2016 Is Almost Here!

April 29th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Throw on your best cape, charge up your Arc reactor and get ready to wear your undies on the outside, because it’s time for another Free Comic Book Day!

Not sure what Free Comic Book Day is? All good, MANIACs. Just check out this handy guide for a full-blown geek out.



Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that takes place the first Saturday of May (this year it’s May 7th). The day is a celebration of everything comics and manga, and, if you haven’t guessed it already, is a giveaway for free comicbooks! You read that right, YAKs, free comics!

We should clarify though, it doesn’t mean every comicbook is free, so don’t try to walk out of the store with that mint copy of Action Comics #1. There’s a set list of comics you can take, which include some awesome books like the new Captain America #1, Archie #1, Doctor Who: Who Doctors Special and SpongeBob Squarepants Freestyle Funnies.

If comics aren’t your thing, that’s okay too. There are free manga samplers available as well!

You can check the full list here

(How many comics you can take varies from store-to-store, so be sure to check first!)




FCBD is basically nerd Christmas, so you’ve gotta go big when celebrating it!

All you Sydney-based YAKs should check out Books Kinokuniya, whose Free Comic Book Day is bound to pack more punch than the Hulk! They have not one, but two FCBD showbags to giveaway! The first showbag includes a copy of Civil War II #1, One Punch Man & MY Hero Academia sampler and you get to pick TWO additional free comics! The second showbag includes an exclusive Kino FCBD t-shirt and you get a graphic novel absolutely FREE! How cool is that? Be sure to get in early, because there’s limited quantities of everything!

The store is also offering 20% off all graphic novels and manga, so now’s a great time to go beef up your collection.

If you’re a cosplay fan, you can enter Kino’s annual Cosplay Comp. There’s a Best Under 12 Cosplayer section, with a grand prize of a $200 Kino gift voucher, and a $100 gift voucher for runners up.

You can also check out their Artist’ Alley and meet some of Australia’s best comic creators. You can purchase some wicked prints and comics, and maybe even get an awesome sketch of your favourite characters!

For more info, check their event page here!

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Not sure if your local comic-book store does FCBD, or where your local store even is? Thankfully, FCBD have an official store locator, so you can easily check where you can pick up some awesome comics!


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March 16th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Is it a bird? A plane? Nope, it’s the DC Comics Easter range! We all love to tuck into a piece of choccy faster than the Flash, and now we can do it with our favourite Justice League members! This sweet Easter range includes milk chocolate eggs, a three-piece dinner set which features AWSM Justice League heroes like Superman and Green Lantern. There’s also a neat mug set, so you can sip a nice hot chocolate while chomping down on your Easter haul. They’re perfect gifts for superheroes and sidekicks whose kryptonite is their sweet tooth!

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DC Comics Kids Egg – $3.00
Available from: Woolworths, The Warehouse NZ

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DC Comics Mealtime Sets – $10.00
Available from: Target

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Justice League Large Mug and Egg – $8.00
Available from: Target, Woolworths

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December 17th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Screen |

Who’s looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 3? This time Po meets his long lost father and has to train a village full of pandas to help stop an evil villain named Kai! Here’s the trailer. Catch the movie in cinemas March 24 2016!

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December 17th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

Anyone hanging out for the Shovel Knight Amiibo? It’s definitely going to be one of our favourite Amiibos when it releases December 10.

Here’s a sneak peek of it. We hope you dig it (with your shovels, maybe? Haha LOL!)

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Inside Bottersnikes and Gumbles

December 16th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Screen |

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There’s a new animated series in town! Bottersnikes and Gumbles, based on the classic Australian kids’ book is set to hit the screen very soon!

In anticipation of the new series we interviewed creative director David Webster.

MANIA: So David, what is Bottersnikes and Gumbles about? What can we expect?
DW: “It’s all about good vs. evil. The Bottersnikes are evil, disgusting, lazy, slovenly, they live in rubbish. The Gumbles are our heroes, they’re fun, funny and fun-loving! Tink, Willy and Bounce are our main Gumbles.”

MANIA: Were you a fan of S.A. Wakefield’s original books as a kid?
DW: “I read it as a kid. So did my business partner Patrick. The books always stuck with us and it was a perfect fit for the our new show.”

MANIA: What shows did you watch as a kid?
DW: “I was massively into Doctor Who, The Goodies and cartoons like Tom and Jerry, Road Runner, Peanuts and Thunderbirds, all the Saturday morning cartoons.”

MANIA: We love the visual style of the show! What inspired it?
DW: “We tried to stay true to the style of the original book. The Bottersnikes are very recognisable from their appearance in the book. The Gumbles we redesigned a bit more.”

MANIA: Would you rather hang out with the Bottersnikes or the Gumbles for the day?
DW: “For a full day I’d have to be the Gumbles. They’re easy-going and a lot of fun. The Bottersnikes would make you dig around for mattress stuffing or tin cans. I’d definitely rather the Gumbles.”

MANIA: Best thing about the Aussie bush? Fav bush creature?
DW: “I think escaping to the bush is fantastic. I love bushwalks and camping with my son. Blue skies, gumtrees and wide-open spaces. And favourite animal has gotta be the wombat. They’re bigger than you think they are and their burrows are huge!”

MANIA: If you could bring one character to life, who would it be?
DW: “It would have to be the Bottersnike King. Although he’s a disgusting and horrid little creature, he’s highly amusing and entertaining.”

MANIA: Weirdest project you’ve worked on?
DW: “I worked on The Adventures of Figaro Pho. It was weird, it was about a guy with strange fears and there were some pretty weird fears in there.”

MANIA: What’s the most fun thing about working in animation?
DW: “You start with a blank page. You get to create an entire world; the backgrounds, the colour palette, a scale, there’s no limit! It’s great!”

Cheers for the chat, David!

Bottersnikes and Gumbles starts December 22 at 7.30am on 7TWO!

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December 15th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Screen |

Check out this awesome behind the scenes footage showing how they made The Thing in the Fantastic 4 movie!

Power into Christmas with Fantastic 4. Own it on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital today!

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December 15th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Batman and Superman fans listen up! The DC Comics Typo range has all the coolest gear for these hols!  Whether you wanna keep Gotham safe with your trusty Batman earphones or use your x-ray vision to save the day with your Superman cap, deck yourself out with the latest Batman backpack, or chill out with a 1000 piece puzzle, it’s all in the new range!

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There’s also heaps of accessories  too such as mugs, backpacks, posters, socks and pencil cases to complete your collection! Check out the range at:

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November 30th, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Now there’s a better way to prep your water balloons, MANIACs!  We definitely need these for the summer hols!

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October 21st, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies, Uncategorized |

It’s only 57 more sleeps until Star Wars Episode VII hits cinemas! What are you going to do until then? If you’re anything like us at MANIA HQ, you’ll be decked out in full Chewy CosPlay watching the latest trailer on repeat!

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens enters orbit on December 17!

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September 29th, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Sports, Toys |

Finals footy fever has taken over MANIA HQ and we are turning up the heat with Luke Hodge, Captain of the Hawthorn Hawks! Luke not only has the taste for action on the field, but he’s also a total mini-motorhead, which makes him a perfect ambassador for Hot Wheels!

We grill the Premiership Cup contender about footy, food and rides!

MANIA: How would you describe your play style?

HODGE: “I’m not a fast or aerobic athlete, I’m more of an ‘in and under’ kind of player.”


MANIA: What would be the ultimate ride to turn up to the Brownlow in?

HODGE: “I’ve always rode in a Toyota to the Brownlow and last year I had the brand new Kluger. I’d love to turn up in Mastretta MXR, just like the Hot Wheels one.”


MANIA: Did you used to collect Hot Wheels as a kid?

HODGE: “I used to collect all kinds! I especially loved the sports and racing cars. It’s awesome to see my son Cooper share the same love for Hot Wheels that I used to as a kid. It’s always fun building the tracks together and racing our favourite cars.”

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Luke Hodge sets the track with his son, Cooper.

MANIA: Which member of the Hawks eats the most?

HODGE: “Definitely Ben McEvoy – never seen anyone eat as much as him.”


MANIA: What are you career highlights?

HODGE: “It would definitely be holding up the Premiership Club on Grand Final Day as captain.”

Hodge tests his motor against the real deal!

Hodge tests his motor against the real deal!

MANIA: Tips for kids who want to perfect their kicking game?

HODGE: “Practice makes perfect!”

Watch Hodge take to the track and race Aussie stunt legend, Matt Mingay!


The Hawthorn Hawks will take on the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final @ the MCG on October 3!





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