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In the September issue of MANIA we bust out some fidget spinner tricks, checkout the latest Mario game, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and express ourselves in time for The Emoji Movie. There’s also cool skate tricks and LEGO City Jungle puzzles. Enter our competitions for the chance to win a PS4 console and Monster Jam prize packs!

WIN: DESPICABLE ME 3 ON DVD!

September 20th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Win |

Been dying to rewatch Despicable Me 3 since you saw it in cinemas? Or maybe you missed out and have been waiting since? Either way, we’ve got an AWSM giveaway for you here!

Join Gru and his loyal Minions as they face off against Balthazar Blatt, a childhood star from the 80’s who is now on an epic quest for world domination. To make things more complicated, Gru alkso discovers that he has a long lost twin brother named Dru! Whaaaaat?!

10 lucky winners will score a copy of Despicable Me 3 on DVD!

To win, all you have to do is grab a copy of MANIA #205 and tell us the name of one character that appear on pages 30-31 by filling in the form below!

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THE AQUABATS: SUPER TUNES

August 14th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

The Aquabats have been fighting crime and rocking out for just over 20 years now. That’s a lot of extraterrestrial monsters defeated and epic guitar solos! We were invited to board The Aquabats mobile headquarters, The Battle Tram, and chat with their fearless frontman, The MC Bat Commander!


Q: How did you form the Aquabats?
The MC Bat Commander: We were all pals and we all surfed together at a local beach. One day after a toxic chemical spill and a heavy rain, we were all surfing our favourite river mouth when we all started glowing. Some sharks tried to bite us but when they bit down on our legs they exploded! We all swam back to the beach and made a sand castle that looked like a giant rubbish bin. We realised that “this must mean something”, so we sold our mansions, bought musical instruments, made superhero costumes and bought a BattleTram. We’ve been the Aquabats ever since!

Q: Do you have any good luck rituals before you jump on stage, like wearing the same pair of underpants?
MC: Well, changing our underpants twice a day is a priority in the Aquabats. See, fighting monsters and playing rock n’ roll is a sweaty business and our underwear get pretty… well, you know… gross. So we try to change our underwear a lot. (Kids, if you have a favourite pair of underwear don’t wear it for more than 8 hours… it could save your life.)

We do have a good luck ritual before we jump on stage! Yes! We all get in a circle and put our hands in the middle then we give a cheer. Every show the cheer is different. Sometimes we say something like “GO BANANAS!” or “LET’S GET SWEATY!” or even something like “BREAD AND CLAMS GO GREAT WITH HAMS!” You get the idea. It’s different every time so we don’t get bored.

Q: What is the strongest monster you’ve faced?
MC: Space Monster “M” was a tough one. If you saw the episode “Showtime” he was a Giant White Head that attached himself to a huge robot body and then started to destroy Los Angeles. He was probably the hardest monster we’ve faced. Definitely the biggest “face” we’ve faced. His face was probably 3 or 4 stories high!! That’s a lot of face.

Anyway, we got luck that his robot body exploded but it sent us into space for a couple of years. We can’t remember much after that but we grew long hair and beards while we were gone! We looked super retro! Like 1800’s retro!

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KNACK IS BACK

August 8th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

Knack is back for another round of epic adventures and brain-scratching puzzles! The world is in peril because an evil doer is reviving ancient weapons! It’s up to Knack and his adventuring buddies to save the day! Grow from two-feet tall to the size of a skyscraper to fight ancient titans! Collect Relic Energy to unlock more awesome abilities and stop evil from winning!

Grab your copy of Knack 2 on September 6th – only on Playstation 4!

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LEGO® CITY JUNGLE

August 7th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Toys |

Get ready to go on an epic adventure with the awesome LEGO® City Jungle range. Join the Jungle Explorers as they look for ancient ruins and hidden treasure. Just watch out for the snakes and man-eating plants!

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WIN GROSSERY GANG GOODIES!

July 26th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Win |

To celebrate the release of the AWSM new Grossery Gang movie, PUTRID POWER, we visited Yucky Mart to put together a disgusting prize pack. Disgustingly good, that is!

If you’re a big time collector or just looking to start, you can score some new Grossery Gang: Putrid Power figures. We’ve also got some sweet candy and snacks to munch on when you watch the new Putrid Power movie! Don’t worry, the only thing rotten here are the toys!

ONE mouldy MANIAC will score a Grossery Gang prize pack containing:

  • 4x Putrid Power Action Figures
  • Clean Team Street Sweeper
  • Grossery Gang Putrid Power Surprise Packs
  • 4x packs of confectionary
  • Promotional posters
  • Collectible cards
  • Microwaveable popcorn packs
  • Post Cards
  • Stick-on tattoos

To enter fill in your details in the competition form below!

And don’t miss out on the new Grossery Gang: Putrid Power movie!


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WIN CARS 3 TICKETS AND PRIZES!

June 15th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Win |

Cars 3

Things aren’t looking good for Lightning McQueen! After losing his racing title to up-and-comer Jackson Storm, a new hi-tech racer, it looks like McQueen’s days as the Piston Cup champ might be finally over! With the help of his new trainer, Cruz Rameriz, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best there is!

To really get your engines revved up for Cars 3, we’re giving away an AWSM prize pack!

10 lucky winners will receive an Admit 4 In-Season Pass to Cars 3, a T-shirt (Kids), a sticker sheet, a lenticular notebook and a coffee mug!

To win, all you have to do is grab a copy of MANIA #202 and tell us the name of three characters that appear on pages 28-29 by filling in the form below!

Cars 3 is in theatres from 22nd June!

***This competition has closed***

1. Entry is open to residents of Australia except employees and immediate families of nextmedia and its agencies associated with the promotion.
2. Only entries completed with these terms and conditions will be eligible.
3. Entry is online only.
4. Competition begins 9th June 2017 and entries close 20th June 2017 AEDT.
5. The most creative answers as judged by the MANIA editorial team will win.
6. In determining eligibility the judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
6. The winners will be drawn 21st June 2017 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. 10 winners will receive and Admit 4 In-Season Pass to Cars 3, a Kids T-shirt, a sticker sheet, a lenticular notebook and a coffee mug.
8. Prizes must be taken as offered and are not redeemable for cash.
9. The promoter is not responsible for misdirected or lost mail.
10. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
11. The promoter is nextmedia Pty Ltd ACN: 128 805 970, Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.

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AWSM DESPICABLE ME 3 TRAILER!

June 5th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Screen |

Check out the AWSM new Despicable Me 3 trailer! In this movie Gru meets his twin brother Dru (whaaat)! Together they’re going to steal a diamond from super-villain Balthazar Bratt. Does this mean Gru is going back to being a bad guy?! All we know is that we’ve got Minion MANIA!

Despicable Me 3 hits cinemas from June 15th!

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On The Road Again!

June 5th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies |

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Greg Heffley is back in the wikkid new film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul!

When Greg discovers that his video-game idol will be appearing at a gamer convention, he convinces his family to take a road trip to attend his great grandmother’s 90th birthday!

Along with Greg’s best mate Rowley, the family hits the road for one cross-country adventure they won’t ever forget!

Get ready for embarrassing car sing-alongs, a pig that the Heffley’s win at a fair and hi-jinx when Greg’s scheme doesn’t go as planned!

Get ready to LOL when Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul hits Australian theatres June 22nd!

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A REAL (ANI)MANIAC – JESS HARNELL

June 2nd, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Before he touches down at Supanova, we spoke with the man of a thousand voices, Jess Harnell! Check out our wikkid interview where we chat about Crash Bandicoot, celebrity impressions and how to live like a rockstar!


Q: How did you get into voice acting?
JESS: “It’s funny, sometimes you get shot out of a cannon expecting to land on one trampoline but you land on the one next door. I always thought that I was going to be a rockstar. I grew up thinking that; I was always singing in bands and writing songs. I started being a studio singer, doing jingles and background music for TV shows and some movies. I’d be on the microphone in these sessions and just start throwing out voices. I’d read the script in a funny voice. People dug it, so they started getting me to do the voice-over too. I got called up to do an audition to be one of the voices on Splash Mountain, which is a ride at Disneyland. I thought it’d be cool to hear my voice on a ride at Disneyland, so if you go on that ride I’m basically I’m the only guy you hear! After that I did some Roger Rabbit stuff, and then I auditioned for a show called Animaniacs. 25 years later I’ve been doing this every day, it’s the best job in the world and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Q: In terms of voices you’re great at nailing impressions. Is there a particular character or celebrity voice you like doing?
J: “I actually get hired to do celebrity voice-acting, which is when a celebrity can’t finish their dialogue for a movie. I come in and pretend to be them. My favourite ones are the ones with the weird voices and affectations. Some of my favourites are William Shatner, Christopher Walken or Adam West. They take the english language and mangle it in such a way that it doesn’t even sound like english anymore!”

Q: You’ve done so many different voices throughout your career. Do you have favourites?
J: “Wakko from Animaniacs, definitely. So many people come up to me at these conventions and say ‘Man, I grew up watching Animaniacs! That show is my childhood.’ When I was a little boy my favourite movie was The Wizard of Oz, and now Cartoon Network are bringing it back as a new series. I’m playing the Cowardly Lion, so it’s like a dream come true! I used to do the voice as a kid!”

Q: Have you ever dropped a voice in public, like when you’re ordering lunch or talking with friends?
J: “They come in handy when you’re doing drive-thru. Sometimes you’ll run into someone wearing a t-shirt with a character you play on it. I’ll have fun with that and drop a voice while standing next to them.”

Q: You voiced Crash Bandicoot in Skylanders and the recent N. Sane Trilogy. What did you do to channel your inner bandicoot?
J: “Crash is pure emotion – there are no words! He’s crazy, he’s nuts. He’s bouncing off walls and having a blast! You’ve got to figure out how speak without actually speaking!”

Q: You’ll be in Australia soon. Have you tried Vegemite before?
J: “I’ve had it before, and I’ve got to be honest with you I’m not a huge fan! This will be my first time in Australia, and I can’t wait to get there. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about your country.”

Q: You also play in a rock’n’roll band – what are your top tips for rocking out and living like a rockstar?
J: “The thing about being a voice-actor is that not a lot of people know what you look like, compared to if you were a TV or movie star. For me, I get the best of both worlds though. I dress like a rockstar, so when I go places people always think I’m in a big rock band and I always get given the best table in restaurants. As for living a rockstar, I always say, ‘Why stand back when you can stand out!’ If everybody else is doing the same thing, do your own thing! Live to the fullest, have a good time, enjoy yourself and never give up!”

Q: You’ve voiced a couple of Transformers throughout the years – if you could transform into any vehicle, what would it be?
J: “A Lamborghini Countach.”


Rock out with Jess Harnell at Sydney Supanova (June 16-18) and Perth Supanova (June 24-25)!

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HALE TO THE QUEEN – JENNIFER HALE

June 2nd, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

You’ve probably heard Jennifer Hale‘s voice before. After all, she does hold the Guinness World Record for “The Most Prolific Videogame Voice Actor (Female).” Check out our interview with her below!


Q: How did you get into voice-acting?
JENNIFER: “I tripped over a microphone on the sidewalk and found myself in a new career. Just kidding! I went to a fine arts high-school where I studied acting and theatre. I studied the craft a bit and got a job at a production house where I did a voiceover because I had the training for it. From there I just kept on auditioning for and performing more and more roles.”

Q: You hold the world record for being “The Most Prolific Videogame Female Voice Actor” – how does that feel?
J: “It’s crazy! I always joke I did a lot of games because I wanted to buy a house, so I said yes to whatever work came my way. Videogame sessions are really different. An animation session involves a script that’s about 30, 32 pages long. A videogame script is like a stack of telephone books. With a TV show, you’re taking turns with people saying their lines at different times. With videogames it’s a one person show. It”ll just be you performing non-stop for four hours – except for bathroom breaks! I was happy and excited to work, so I said yes to everything!”

Q: Who was the most challenging character to voice?
J: “I used to sing in rock’n’roll bands when I was 15 and I didn’t want to lose my voice so I went got classical singing training. I wasn’t going to be an opera singer, but I wanted the vocal skills. That’s supported me to this day. I very rarely lose my voice when I’m working.

When Ellen DeGeneres is too busy to voice Dory, I substitute in for her. That’s challenging because she does such an incredible job that I have to live up to.”

Q: You’ve been a part of so many big series – is there a series you haven’t been a part of that you’d like to be a part of?
J: “Anything and everything! I love singing and riding horses, so anything where I get to do that!”

Q: Do you prefer being the hero or the villain?
J: “I like them both. Villains don’t think of themselves as villains. In their head they think they’re doing the right thing, and everyone else is on the wrong page. I do love being a bit more extreme and out-of-the-box with villain’s voices.”

Q: Do you have a favourite role?
J: “It’s sooo hard to pick a favourite. I think my favourite thing is the sheer variety I’ve had. I’ve done cartoony, wacky stuff, I’ve done classic stuff like Cinderella, and I’ve done intense dramatic action stuff.”

Q: If you could hang out with any of the characters you’ve voiced, who would it be?
J: “I’d hang out with all the other voice-actors I’ve worked with! They’re way more crazy!”

Q: Have you ever slipped into a character’s voice while in public?
J: “No, I’m quite shy.”

Q: People geek out over you, is there anything you geek out about?
J: “Science! Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye; people who do amazing things for the world. People who are changing the world for the better.”

Q: What do you think it takes to be a voice-actor?
J: “Tenacity. A really strong work ethic. The ability to manage money because sometimes you won’t be making much. The ability to make good relationships with people. Training, practice. A good ear. Imagination. And the willingness to look like a big dork!”


Don’t miss Jennifer Hale at Sydney Supanova (June 16-18) and Perth Supanova (June 24-25)!

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