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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.


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


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!


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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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!


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



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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Get Your Game On These School Holidays!

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

School Holidays rule, no doubt about it. But getting stuck indoors because it’s as cold as Hoth outside, or worse yet, raining cats and dogs? Yeah, not so great. Don’t worry though, because we’ve got some sure-fire cures for those rainy days blues! Grab some bros and get your game on with these AWSM boardgames!


Switcheroo is a game all about quick thinking – whoever gets rid of all their cards first wins! Throw out your response to the subject card, slap the timer and pass to the next player. Sounds easy, right? But watch out, a sudden Switcheroo will change the subject ruin that perfect response you had. Trust us, there’s nothing more frustratingly fun when that happens!


5 Second Rule

Can you name three breeds of dogs? Easy, right? Well, can you name three breeds of dogs in under five seconds!? This game is perfect for all you fast-talkers and quick-thinkers, testing your knowledge while the clock countdowns. Pull your thinking hat on tight and keep your brain on its toes if you want to win! If you can’t get a game together, it’s also great to bust out questions randomly, and put your friends and family to the test. How fast are you?

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Reverse Charades

Reverse Charades brings a sweet twist to a classic game. Instead of one person acting out a phrase to a group of people, they’ve flipped the script so now a team has to act out hints for just one person! How many scenes can you correctly guess in 60 seconds? Looks like you’ll have to play the game to find out!

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All of these AWSM games are available from Big W, ABC Stores, Kidstuff, Myer, Toys R Us and! Check them out, YAKs!

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Will Arnett and Stephen Amell visit Bondi Beach

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

We’ve been counting down the days until the Turtle bros return to the big-screen for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – excited doesn’t even begin to describe how we’re feeling!

We’ve been watching every trailer and clip we can get our hands on, which is why we’re proud to present this AWSM clip of TMNT cast members Will Arnett and Stephen Amell visiting Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach! Check them out while they hang out with fans, local skaters and Bondi Rescue crew.

Visual artist Scott Marsh was also on deck, creating a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle inspired artwork of Mikey! Check out the video below!

Check out TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS when it skates into cinemas June 9th, 2016!


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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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