We are happy to announce the date for our 2015 show:
Saturday September 12th, 2015 at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!
We will be in Hall C once again, giving us 54,000 square feet to fill with collectible toys, video games, art, costumes, and a whole lot more!
The two-day format in 2014 was a fun experiment, but we feel the hall we’re in right now is better suited for a one-day show where we can get a more concentrated crowd going and fill out the room better. But we still plan to host a before-party on Friday, and will also look into a post-show event Saturday night!
We’re still working on ticket pricing for the show, but vendor spots are already available! Click on the Vendor tab at the top of the page for details on how you can reserve a spot at the show.
More show announcements will be coming in the near future, so keep watching!!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that attended Retro Con 2014!! As always, we were extremely impressed by all the amazing and unique costumes we saw throughout the weekend, and we were equally impressed with the wide range of collectibles and displays the exhibitors brought with them!
We apologize that our first raffle session was so delayed due to a malfunction with the PA system, but overall the show ran very smoothly. A special thanks to all of our volunteers for helping us run the show, we could not have done it without your dedication!
Stay tuned, we will be posting pictures from the show soon! Thanks again to you all!!
-Tony and Rose
Saturday September 27th, 2014
8:00am: Preregistrant Check-in
9:00am: Show Opens
10:30am to 11:45am: Panel- Chris Doohan/Star Trek Continues screening (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Star Trek 12″ Kirk and Picard figures
-Pac-Man Fleece/Alien PEZ dispenser
-Matty Ghostbusters 12″ Venkman and Zeddemore figures
12:15pm to 1:00pm: Panel- ‘Intro to Prop Making’ with T.J. Becker and Jack Doud (Panel Area)
1:00pm to 2:00pm: Costume Contest! Kids, followed by Adults. (Panel Area) Full details HERE.
2:00pm to 2:45pm: Panel- Joel Hodgson (Panel Area)
3:00pm: Raffle Session 2
-Matty Ghostbusters PKE Meter
-20″ Yarn Optimus Prime figure
-Transformers Generations Metroplex
3:15pm to 4:15pm: Panel- ‘Cult Video and TV’ with Mr. Lobo (Panel Area)
5:00pm: Show Closes
Sunday September 28th, 2014
9:00am: Show Opens
10:30am to 11:15am: Trivia Contest! Hosted by the Breaux Show, Unemployed Skeletor, and the Real Life Peter Griffin! (Panel Area) Full details HERE.
11:15am to 12:00pm: ‘Introduction to Costuming… on a Budget!’ with Connie Smeriglio and Krystal Calarese (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Cobra Troopers Lot
-Voltron USB Flash Drive
-Lego Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set
12:15pm to 1:00pm: Panel- ThunderCats with Larry Kenney, Peter Newman, and Gerrianne Raphael (Panel Area)
1:15pm to 2:00pm: Panel- GI Joe with Sgt Slaughter, Zack Hoffman, and Morgan Lofting (Panel Area)
2:00pm: Raffle Session 2
-GI Joe Con 2013 Night Force box set
-Diamond Select Flux Capacitor
2:15pm to 3:00pm: Panel- ‘Indie Filmmaking on a Shoestring’ with Cinevore (Panel Area)
4:00pm: Show Closes
Post Show Sunday
4:30pm: James Rolfe Q&A/AVGN movie screening at Arnold’s Family Fun Center. Full details HERE.
Some of you may remember our art contest last year, where we gave away a custom transforming Mr. T A-Team van to the person that drew up the funniest idea for what Mr. T was daydreaming about.
Well we’ve decided to put together another art contest for this year. The theme this time being…
Bill and Ted! (Yes waaay!)
You probably remember the scene in the second movie where Bill and Ted play various games with the Grim Reaper for a chance to win their lives back.
“A hit… you have sank my battle ship!”
“I believe Colonel Mustard did it in the study with the candlestick!”
Well we want to know what game YOU think Bill and Ted should be playing with Death!
Look for a specially-marked table at the show where you can find an official art sheet and drawing utensils, and then test your creativity! Draw up the craziest/coolest/funniest image you can think of and then place it in the entry box. There are no age restrictions, anyone can enter! Multiple entries are also permitted.
Even if you don’t fancy yourself an artist, maybe the idea of your drawing alone will win us over! But you MUST use the specially-marked photocopies supplied at the show, no outside drawings will count. Feel free to think up ideas and practice at home, though!
We will run the contest over the course of both days at the show. We’ll go through the entries around 2:30pm on Sunday and select a winner. Don’t forget to print your name and e-mail address at the top! If the winner isn’t present at the time we do the judging, we will mail the prize to them after the show.
And now the grand prize!
A custom made LEGO-style Bill and Ted figure and phone booth set, all styled after the first movie! The figures were created by the Retro Con crew, with the phone booth created by the talented folks over at GeeWunner! (base setting NOT included)
The awesome folks over at 80sTees.com have kindly offered to supply us with 500 gift cards for their website, to be given out to the first 500 attendees at Retro Con 2014! They will go to pre-registrants first, and any beyond that will go to walk-ins on Saturday.
Amounts could range from $5 to $20! You won’t know until you check online!
A big thanks to 80sTees for their most generous donation! Be sure to check out their website for hundreds of awesome retro-related t-shirts and more!
This year we get REALLY retro, as we proudly welcome “The Blob” to Retro Con 2014!
The Blob first hit theaters in 1958 and became an instant cult classic, with the campy tone set up perfectly by its opening theme song. In case you’ve been living under a meteorite for the past 55 years, the movie is about a protoplasm-like alien creature that crashes to earth and immediately starts consuming and dissolving citizens of a small town in rural Pennsylvania, causing it to quickly grow to problematic size.
Not only is the movie set in Pennsylvania, but was in fact filmed in local PA areas such as Downingtown, Royersford, and Phoenixville- All mere miles from where we hold Retro Con every year!
In fact, Phoenixville is the hometown of the theatre that the Blob oozed into, sending the movie’s audience fleeing out the front doors in hysterical terror. Known as the Colonial Theatre, it is still in operation to this day and is the host of Blobfest: a 3-day celebration of the film and other horror classics of the era. This was its 15th year running, with a Blob-like increase in popularity each passing year. The Friday stage show and run-out is often hosted by Retro Con guest Mr. Lobo, and the Saturday and Sunday street festival is also highly recommended!
Owner Wes Shank refers to himself as ” the caretaker of the original blob silicone”. He began collecting movie posters and publicity photos in 1960. After touring the Valley Forge Film Studios in 1965, Wes purchased the silicone directly from the film’s director, Shorty Yeaworth. Wes also owns several miniature sets used in making the movie, along with props from many other classic films.
Always willing to share his knowledge of science fiction movies, Wes has lectured at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Villanova University, as well as various television interviews over the years. He also wrote and published a book entitled FROM SILICONE TO THE SILVER SCREEN: MEMOIRS OF THE BLOB, a work of love written not only for all who made it possible, but as recognition of the ingenuity and creativity of a cult classic film.
We thank Wes and Judy Shank for coming to the show and bringing along such a wonderful piece of film history for all to see!!
They’re back! For fans that buy an autograph from voice actor Larry Kenney at Retro Con 2014, you’ll receive a lenticular Thundercats Lion-o ring still sealed in package! These were originally part of a Burger King fun meal promotion from 1985. Available while supplies last!