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In the October issue of MANIA we suit up for The LEGO Ninjago Movie, get the lowdown on Captain Underpants and play test Knack 2 the video game. There are freaky pranks and food to gawk at and the greatest skateboarding legends of all time. Enter our competitions to win stacks of prizes including a Razor PowerCore electric scooter!


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!

DC Typo Gear

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.”

Hodge and Cooper.

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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September 22nd, 2015 by Dom | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

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Check out the new LEGO Dimensions trailer MANIACs!


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August 13th, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in Uncategorized |

All AWSM things come to an end and that includes our favourite book series, How To Train Your Dragon. In the twelfth and final book, Hiccup wakes up on the beach of Heroes End Island with no memory of who he is or how he got to the beach! Now it’s Hiccup who has to do the learning – learning what happened to his memories and how to get home, that is!

How To Train Your Dragon 12: How To Fight A Dragon’s Fury is on bookshelves in September!


August 12th, 2015 by rhett | No Comments | Leave a comment | Filed in AWSM, Games |

was one of the craziest games on PSVita! It’s folding feature made you feel like yo were reaching into the game! Now Tearaway is being brought to PS4 as Tearaway Unfolded – check the trailer to find out what features have made the port!

Tearaway Unfolded is out on PS4 on September 9th!