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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!

THE FUTURE (WORM) IS NOW!

December 5th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, LOLS |

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Who’s got a bulletproof beard, titanium reinforced abs and a photoreceptor visor? You call him Future-Worm (spoilers: he’s a worm from the future), and he’s here to kick some butt and go on wikkid adventures with his best pal Danny!

This show is absolutely nuts, MANIACs! Just when you think it can’t get any crazier, it gets twice as crazy! Mashed potato monsters, telepathic scientist, anchovy monsters, a T-Rex doctor, a guy with a duck on his head –Future-Worm has it all!

It’s like shredding on a guitar, while riding a motor-bike that’s on fire over a pit full of hungry bears: Totally AWSM!

Get ready for adventure with Future-Worm every Saturday @ 8am on Disney XD!

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MODERN DAY CLASSICS!

December 5th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

Get ready for a blast from the past with the amazing SEGA 3D Classic Collections! It features nine all-time classics and remastered them to make them fully 3D!

The best part is how many AWSM games you get. There are shoot’em ups, racing challenges, puzzle games and the first appearance of someone called Sonic the Hedgehog – this game has got you covered! There’s something for everyone!

Get your game on with SEGA 3D Classic Collections, out now only on Nintendo 3DS!

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GEORGINA HAYNS: MASTER OF PUPPETS

December 1st, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Movies |

Georgina Hayns is the Creative Supervisor at Studio Laika. She’s in charge of supervising the fabrication of all the amazing little puppets that are used to make awesome films like ParaNorman, Coraline and The Boxtrolls. We caught up with Georgina to talk about the puppets used in Kubo and the Two Strings!

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MANIA: How did you get into stop-motion animation?
GEORGINA: “I got into it through being really hopeless at everything at school except for art. I had no focus; I love drawing, I love painting, I love sewing, I love sculpting. I went to art school when I was older and I was really interested in old Victorian dolls. I decided that I wanted to make dolls as a career, so I tried to convince my teachers that doll making was the way to go! They weren’t very impressed, haha. Puppet making was kind of a way for me to get around my teachers – puppets are like an artistic form of dolls. I really didn’t know much about stop-motion animation at the time, but I managed to get an internship at a stop-motion animation studio while at university. It really opened my eyes to a whole new world where all my skill sets were usable!”

MANIA: Was there any particular influences on your art?
GEORGINA: “When I decided I was going to do puppets I went out and found as many movies and TV shows that I could. I watched Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and it blew my mind! It was exactly what I wanted to do.”

MANIA: How long does it take to create a puppet?
GEORGINA: “To make the first version of the puppet, it could take anywhere from three months to six months. It depends how complex it is. When you’re making the production line of puppets, it takes about six to eight weeks.”

MANIA: What was the most difficult thing you’ve had to make/sculpt?
GEORGINA: “It’s very hard to predict what the material you’re using will do when the puppet becomes moveable. There are a lot of weird little things, like adding too much flesh under at armpit. So when the arm moves down it makes a bulge where don’t want one! You have to really try with all your knowledge to make your best guess of how they might react when you move the puppet.”

MANIA: What size do the puppets range from?
GEORGINA: “The Giant Skeleton from Kubo was a completely new thing for Laika. He’s the largest thing we’ve done. The smallest thing we’ve done is the tiny Little Hanzo origami that hangs out with Kubo. That had limited performance due to its size. If there’s a really small character in a movie, usually we build it over-sized and then digitally insert it in with visual effects. That allows us to get a better quality performance.”

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MANIA: I know they used a bowling ball to help animate the Garden of Eyes monster. Are there any everyday household objects that you repurposed for the puppet?
GEORGINA: “On Beetle we had to figure out how we were going to make his leg work and how they join his body. We used the rubber-housing on a car’s gearstick as inspiration.”

MANIA: Do you have a favourite character design?
GEORGINA: “The Sisters. I love their design and they look amazing in every pose. You instantly know they’re baddies the moment they show up!”

MANIA: How do you keep track of small pieces, like Monkey’s fur and the Sister’s coats, without them looking completely different in every shot?
GEORGINA: “It was much easier to keep track of the Sister’s capes. We actually laid out the 485 feathers for each cape, and we had a pattern so we knew what size feather would go where. We made Monkey’s individual fur pieces by combing silicon through a fur-fabric and then hand-trimming the pieces into those shapes. I think if you line up all of our Monkey puppets, they’re never going to be exactly the same. But you never see two Monkeys in the same shot, so it’s okay. She’s always so active that you’re never going to notice that one hair is different.”

Join Kubo, Beetle and Monkey on their amazing adventure in Kubo And The Two Strings. Out now on DVD and Blu-ray!

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YO-KAI WATCH 2

October 19th, 2016 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |


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Feeling overly happy, lucky, angry or sad? There may well me a Yo-kai lurking near you! Yo-Kai Watch 2 is out now MANIACs!

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School Holidays Fun: Meet Elsa & Spider-Man!

September 27th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM |

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Get ready for the ultimate team up these school holidays, YAKs! Frozen‘s Queen Elsa will be taking a short vacation from Arendelle to visit Australia, and joining her will be everyone’s favourite web-slinger – the one and only Spider-Man!

Join Elsa as she shows off her magical ice-powers and, of course, sings ‘Let It Go!’ Meanwhile, Spidey will be doing everything a spider can, demonstrating his amazing skills and moves. Be sure to come dressed as your favourite Frozen or Marvel characters, and snap a pic with them! And don’t forget the free goodie bag and balloons!

The free meet and greet will take place on the Ground Level entrance at Home Hub Castle Hill on Saturday 8th October, with Queen Elsa and Spider-Man making their appearance from 10:00am until 3:00pm. Don’t miss it!

For further information please contact: Wintons Teak Castle Hill – (02) 9680 8571 or www.wintonsteak.com

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WIN TMNT: Out of the Shadows DVDs!

September 13th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Movies, Win |

Left to right: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows from Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies and Platinum Dunes

Everybody’s favourite pizza loving ninjas are back to raise some serious shell in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo are back to battle bigger, badder villains. With their friends April O’Neil and the hockey-mask wearing vigilante Casey Jones, the Turtles will have to face the evil Shredder, the mutant baddies Bebop and Rocksteady, and the sinister alien Krang. That’s a lot of butts to kick!

Did you catch it and have been counting down the days until you could watch it again? Or maybe you missed out on it because you were too busy practicing your ninjutsu. Either way, we’ve got 10 COPIES of TMNT: Out of the Shadows to giveaway, along with an AWSM TMNT air-hockey table for one lucky major winner!

To win, all you need to do is grab a copy of MANIA #193 and tell us the name of one of the Ozmonsters which appear on pg.17!

Just enter your details below for one shell-tastic time!

TMNT PRIZE

 

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Terms & Conditions

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 13th September 2016 and entries close 27th September 2016.
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 28th September 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. One Major Winner will recieve a TMNT air-hockey table and a copy of TMNT: Out of the Shadows on DVD; nine Minor Winners will receive a copy of TMNT: Out of the Shadows on DVD.
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 winners will be notified by email.
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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WIN: The Angry Birds Movie DVDs!

September 12th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Uncategorized |

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Red is a bird with a bit of a temper. You might say he’s a bit of an… angry bird. When Bird Island is visited by mysterious green pigs, Red is the only one concerned about whether or not these swine can be trusted. With his speedy pal Chuck and the explosive Bomb, these birds are going to figure out what these tricky pigs are really up to! Based on the hit game series, this movie is  a high-flying fun adventure!

We’ve got 10 COPIES of The Angry Birds Movie to giveaway! Don’t miss out, or you’ll be hopping mad!

To win, all you need to do is grab a copy of MANIA #193 and tell us the name of three Yo-kai that appear on pg.60! Enter below!

 

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Terms & Conditions

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 12th September 2016 and entries close 26th September 2016.
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 27th September 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. Ten winners will receive a copy of The Angry Birds Movie on DVD.
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 winners will be notified by email.
11. The promoter is nextmedia Pty Ltd ACN: 128 805 970, Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065

KUBO THE SAMURAI KID!

August 8th, 2016 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Screen |

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We can’t get enough of Kubo and the Two Strings. Grab a copy of MANIA’s September issue to read all about the movie and score some awesome Kubo prizes.

Plus don’t forget to go see the movie out August 18!

WIN – HOT LEGO PRIZES

August 8th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Toys, Win |

LEGO City’s new Volcano Exploration sets can be summed up in two words: hot stuff! It’s hard to write the new issue of MANIA when we’re busy playing with our new LEGO sets. We try our best to get the work done, but sometimes you’ve just gotta stage an epic volcano rescue mission!

Does your need for these LEGO sets burn hotter than than molten lava? Well you’re in luck, because we’re giving away 3 LEGO City Explorers prize packs in the newest issue of MANIA! Grab a copy of MANIA #192, turn to page 72 and you could win your very own Volcano Exploration Base and Volcano Exploration Truck!
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WIN – MONSTER JAM TICKETS

July 27th, 2016 by Chris Neill | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Win |

Monster Jam

It’s time to go big or go home, YAKs – because Monster Jam is about to hit Australia this October! And we want to send you there!

Get ready to rev your engines when Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, Zombie and more bring the heavy metal mayhem. The trucks will go head-to-head, competing against one another in the racing challenge and show off their mad skills in the freestyle challenge. Expect some huge air and car crushing carnage!

We’re giving away four event tickets and pit passes to the Sydney show and four event tickets and pit passes for the Melbourne show! So not only do you get to watch the Monster Jam trucks rip it up, you get to meet the drivers too!

To win, all you need to do is grab a copy of MANIA #192 and tell us what monster Batman is fighting on page 77!

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Catch Monster Jam when it roars onto Australian shores this October!

MONSTER JAM AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES

Brisbane: 1st October @ Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre
Melbourne
: 8th October @ AAMI Park
Adelaide: 15th @ Adelaide Oval
Sydney: 22nd October @ ANZ Stadium
Perth: 29th October @ Domain Stadium

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Terms & Conditions

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 26th July 2016 and entries close 31st August 2016.
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 1st September 2016 at nextmedia Level 6, Building A, 207 Pacific Highway, St Leonards NSW 2065.
7. One winner will receive four event tickets and pit passes to the Sydney show, and one winner will receive four event tickets and pit passes to the Melbourne show. NB: Transport and accommodation not included.
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 winners will be notified by email.
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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