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In the November issue of MANIA, check out our huge Super Mario Odyssey play guide, find out who Ferdinand is and get the lowdown on Sonic's new game, Sonic Forces. As always the mag is stacked with prizes. Enter for the chance to win Sphero Star Wars droids and Ben Thomas Complete Signature scooters.



December 11th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Ryan “Brickman” McNaught might just have the coolest job on the planet. See that motorcycle he’s riding? He made that – completely out of LEGO! And if you think that’s impressive, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

The Brickman is gearing up for a huge Australian tour, stopping off at the International Convention Centre in Sydney first! There he’ll be showing off some of his most EPIC and AWSM builds, including the tallest the LEGO model in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA SLS rocket standing at a huge 7.5m tall that’s built from more than 450,000 bricks!

If you’re a LEGO lover, a master builder looking for building inspo, or you just want to have your mind blown, you need to check this exhibition out! These builds need to be seen to be believed!

Check out Brickman Awesome at the ICC, Sydney from 26th December to 4th February!

Click here for my info and ticketing!


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November 6th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

We love the Sonic the Hedgehog series, so you better believe we’re super hyped for the brand new game, Sonic Forces! You can create your own custom character and fight alongside Sonic! Only you can stop the evil Eggman Empire! Get out there and make your own legacy!

Sonic Forces is out now on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC!



November 6th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

The hilarious Drop Dead Weird follows the Champ family who have recently moved from Australia to the isolated seaside village, Tubbershandy, in Western Ireland. If you think adjusting to a new surrounding is hard, try doing it when your parents have been turned into zombies! Wait, what?!

We spoke with Jack Riley, who plays the YouTube obsessed Bruce Champ (who’s AWSM Youtube account you can find here!), to find just how drop dead weird he is!

Bruce Drop Dead Weird

MANIA: You play Bruce – could you tell us a bit about his character?
JACK: Bruce is the middle child of the Champ kids, and the entrepreneur of the family. He pretty much has an iPhone glued to his hand, and never lets an opportunity to film the Tubbershandy antics for his YouTube channel go past!

MANIA: Describe Bruce in three words:
JACK: Energetic, charismatic and persistent!

MANIA: Bruce wants to become Youtube famous. If you could become Youtube famous, what would it be for?
JACK: Probably playing video games, or daily vlog channel.

MANIA: Do you have any favourite Youtubers?
JACK: I like Buzzfeed videos and Dude Perfect

MANIA: What would you do if you discovered your parents are zombies?
JACK: Freakout! But I would also enjoy all my new-found freedom and responsibility. In all honesty, I would probably run to my neighbour’s house.

MANIA: What’s the weirdest/most embarrassing thing your parents have ever done?
JACK: My mum likes to yell ‘I love you’ out of the window when I’m with friends. And my Dad’s dancing is pretty embarrassing.

MANIA: If you could be turned into any kind of spooky monster – vampire, werewolf, zombie, etc. – what would it be, and why?
JACK: A vampire, because I could fly, live forever – and stay out all night!

MANIA: If you had to design the ultimate haunted mansion party, what would it include?
JACK: A swimming pool full of red jelly, actors jumping out of cupboards to scare guests and gory finger food.

MANIA: Do you have a favourite candy/chocolate/etc. that’s a must have if you go trick or treating?
JACK: I’m a bit of a Picnic fan, so I’m always trying to spot them in the trick or treat stash.

MANIA: Do you have any secret skills, like you can burp the alphabet backwards?
JACK: I don’t keep secrets very well, but I think I’m pretty good at longboarding.

MANIA: Do you have any hobbies?
JACK: Skateboarding, rugby, surfing and acting.

Catch Jack as Bruce Champ in Drop Dead Weird – weekday mornings @ 7:30AM on 7TWO!

Drop Dead Weird

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October 30th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

We’re talking Thor, barbarians, and superheroes named Nachos (wait, what?) with voice-actor Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, Sonic Boom, One Piece)!

MANIA: How did you get into voice acting?
TRAVIS: “During high-school I realised I was more interested in fine arts like musicals, plays or classical theatre. I shifted from sports and started appearing in musicals and plays. I went to college and got a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I moved to Los Angeles and auditioned for some voice over roles. As a kid I never realised that the characters on my favourite cartoons were voiced by people like me!”

MANIA: Do you have a favourite role?
TRAVIS: “That’s hard. I’ve read comic-books my entire life so playing Thor was huge. I’ve played the Sonic The Hedgehog games since I was a teenager, so getting to play Knuckles was great.”

MANIA: What’s the best thing about playing Thor?
TRAVIS: “Only in superhero shows or games will you have the chance to say you actually have a superpower. That’s so fun to me.”

MANIA: You’ve also voiced Hulk in the Superhero Squad and it looks like both characters will be throwing down in Thor: Ragnarok. Which one are you cheering for?
TRAVIS: “I think I’m rooting for Hulk. Thor has his work cut out for him.”

MANIA: If you were an Avenger, what would your superhero name be and what would your power be?
TRAVIS: “Invulnerability. I’d jump off a building, land, give everyone a really good scare and then jump up and go “Wassup! My superhero name would be Nachos, because who doesn’t like nachos???”

MANIA: How does videogame voices differ from anime and cartoons?
TRAVIS: “With anime, we’re dubbing animation that’s already there so we have to work around what’s already there. With cartoons and videogames the animators can work around our voices.”

MANIA: You’re a Dungeons and Dragons fan – Why do you think D&D has remained so popular and what about it makes it so great?
TRAVIS: “You get to watch a group of friends who know each other and the game really well, while pushing or imaginations to the limit. What’s great about D&D is that we can bring our voice-acting backgrounds. We make up crazy voices and bizarre accents, so we’re laughing non-stop.

MANIA: Why did you pick a goliath barbarian for Grog?
TRAVIS: “I’d never play D&D before and was very intimated by it. I just wanted to be large and hit things really hard with a really big axe.”

MANIA: You play a lot of headstrong, tough guy characters – Thor, Hulk, Grog – why is that?
TRAVIS: “I love characters that really follow their impulses. I’m a pretty impulsive person. Those are always really fun because their enthusiasm leads to some dire circumstances.”

MANIA: Is there a character you haven’t voiced even or a franchise you haven’t been a part of that you’d like to be part of? A dream role, maybe?
TRAVIS: “I’ve had the chance to play Superman once. He’s always been my favourite superhero growing up. He’s a great role model and something I aspire to be like. I’d love a chance to play him again.

MANIA: A lot of people geek out over you – what is something you geek out over?
TRAVIS: “I love American football – especially my home team, the Dallas Cowboys. I also like really cute things!”

Catch Travis Willingham at Brisbane Supanova (November 10-12) and Adelaide Supanova (November 17-19)!

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October 30th, 2017 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

Before she hits Supanova, we talked Dragon Ball Z, Dungeons and Dragons, and superpowers with voice actress Laura Bailey (Dragon Ball Z, Avengers Assemble, Skylanders, World of Warcraft)! Check it out, YAKs!

MANIA: How did you get into voice acting?
LAURA: “I started right out of high school. I was doing some local theatre in Dallas, Texas, and one of the people in the play with me was doing voices for Dragon Ball Z. They asked me to go in and audition for the role of Kid Trunks. It all took off from there!”

MANIA: Do you have a favourite role?
LAURA: “That’s so hard! I was pretty excited when I was cast of Black Widow in Avengers Assemble. I’m a huge Marvel fan. My husband, Travis Willingham, was cast as Thor so it was a real fun project to be a part of.”

MANIA: What’s the best thing about playing a superhero?
LAURA: “That you feel like you can accomplish anything. It makes me realise that things are doable and I feel stronger.”

MANIA: Do you prefer playing the good guy or the bad guy?
LAURA: “I usually like playing the villain because their lines are so delicious, but villains don’t tend to stick around for as long as the heroes do!”

MANIA: If you had superpowers what would they be, and would you be a hero or a villain?
LAURA: “I’d definitely be a hero. The best answer would be Superman’s powers, because he has everything. At the very least I’d like to be able to fly.”

MANIA: If you could hang out with any of the characters you’ve voiced, who would it be?
LAURA: Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket.”

MANIA: How does recording voices for a videogame differ from anime and cartoons?
LAURA: “The biggest difference these days is that a lot of the videogame work I do involves motion capture. In those projects I get to put on a motion capture suit and film the scenes and gameplay. I really get to embody the character. With cartoon and anime, you don’t get to do that. The benefit of animation is that you record with a group, so you get to play off so many brilliant and zany voice actors. You’re always in a room full of funny improv people!”

MANIA: You’re a big tabletop RPG fan – what’s do you think of the recent resurgence of Dungeons and Dragons’ popularity?
LAURA: “I love it! It’s the coolest thing! I’m so happy that nerdy things that people were embarrassed about in the past are no longer seen as embarrassing! Role-playing games really allow people to embrace that imagination we used to have as kids. It unlocks so many different aspects of your self.”

MANIA: Is there a character you haven’t voiced even or a franchise you haven’t been a part of that you’d like to be part of? A dream role, maybe?
LAURA: “I love role-playing games in general. It’d be cool to be a voice in some of my favourite game series, but I also wouldn’t want to know the story because I’d be spoiled before I got a chance to play them!”

MANIA: Do you have a secret talent not a lot of people know about – like you can like your elbow or burp the alphabet backwards?
LAURA: “I can pop my pinky out of its socket. I can twist my tongue so it looks like a flower. I can hum and sing at the same time. I can sing with my mouth closed! I had a lot of free time when I was a kid.”

MANIA: What are your favourite hobbies?
LAURA: I love reading fantasy novels and I love arts and crafts.”

Catch Laura Bailey at Brisbane Supanova (November 10-12) and Adelaide Supanova (November 17-19)!

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

To celebrate the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on DVD and Blu-Ray (It’s out now, webheads!) we were invited to check out some wikkid parkour stunts featuring everyone’s favourite wall-crawler!

After watching the team of Spideys in action, we were treated to a parkour training session where we learnt how to leap and dive like Spider-Man (FYI: our legs still hurt)! While warming up we had a chat with the Ninja Warrior twins and parkour masters Dylan and Brodie Pawson!

MANIA: What is parkour?
DYLAN: “Basically, it’s about trying to move through an urban environment, going from Point A to Point B as fast and efficient as possible.”

MANIA: Is scaling high things a big part of it?
BRODIE: “In the beginning of your training it’s not something you’d want to do.”
DYLAN: “It depends on how you train. Eventually at some point there are parts within parkour where you start going at heights.”
BRODIE: “To put it in perspective, when you first start out training you’d be doing everything at a low level height. You need to learn the techniques while doing them safely. After a few years you can progress and go higher when you’re more comfortable.”
DYLAN: “It’s about being comfortable. We’re never going out of our comfort zone. If there’s a jump we’re not sure of or it’s too big, we won’t do it. When we jump we’re always 110% sure that we’re going to make it.”


Does whatever a spider can!

MANIA: Do you have a signature move or favourite move you like doing?
BRODIE: “I really like doing a move called a ‘180.’ If you’ve got two-walls and you bounce back and forth between them. I like anything where you’re pushing off a wall.”

MANIA: What do you think it takes to be a Ninja Warrior competitor?
DYLAN: “That’s a tough one. You’ve got to be an all-rounder.”
BRODIE: “Rock-climbers do the best because they’re so strong. Having good balance and agility from parkour is pretty useful.”

MANIA: Do you have a favourite part of the course? What was the most challenging part?
DYLAN: “The Warped Wall at the end was the most fun because all we do is climb walls. The Quintuple Steps were fun. The Spinning Log was the hardest. We’re not used to something spinning.”
BRODIE: “We’re really used to everything being stable. When you do parkour you usually test everything in your environment to make sure it’s not going to move.”

MANIA: If you could hang out with Spider-Man for a day, what would you do?
DYLAN: “I’d watch his movements and see how he jumps.”
BRODIE: “I’d ask how far he could jump.”
DYLAN: “I’d want to know how strong he is.”

MANIA: If you had super-powers what would they be, and what would your superhero name be?
DYLAN: “Spider-Man is my favourite hero so I’d base my skills off of his. I’d call myself Peter Parkour.”
BRODIE: “The ability to take any impact. I’d be called Impact-Man!”

Spider-Man: Homecoming is out now on DVD and Blu-ray!

Chris works on his leaping skills during his parkour training.

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September 4th, 2017 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

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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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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!