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 all the way up to $50! 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!
Full info on how to pre-register for Retro Con 2014 can be found HERE!
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!!
We are pleased to report the return of the ‘Jersey General’ to the show this year!
Owned by Tom Felice, this particular General Lee replica has been signed by every surviving cast member from the TV series, as well as members of the stunt team and body shop that worked on the smashed and dented cars as they came back from being jumped. John Schneider (Bo) and Tom Wopat (Luke), in addition to other cast members, have all sat in the drivers seat of this car and now you have the chance to do the same!
We’re hoping that the Jersey General will be the first of many cars to be part of our outdoor car show this year! More updates will be posted as they come in.
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!
We’ve once again combed the far reaches of our attic to find prizes for the second-annual Retro Con trivia contest!! We’ve got a good mix of both new and retro items, with more on the way.
Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel room at the convention (start time and duration to be determined). But this year we decided to include a few costumed characters to help Mike out!
Our friend Kevin Conn as Unemployed Skeletor!
And our friend Robert Franzese as Peter Griffin!
There are no age restrictions, anyone can watch and play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it, after which we will randomly select a person in the audience that has their hand raised to answer. If they get it right, they win the prize on the spot. If not, we ask a different audience member. Wet, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s very free and open!
So stop by and test your knowledge of all things geek!
Like last year, we will be holding a special event for those that get into town for the show early: A before party at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! The time will be Friday evening (September 26th) from 8pm to 10pm. Arnold’s is located right next door to the Oaks Expo Center and features a multitude of fun attractions such as go-karts, bowling, skeeball, miniature golf, Laser Tag, and much more!
Dinner tickets can be bought HERE! The cost of the party will be $20 per person. This includes access to the buffet, drinks, and a raffle ticket. Only attendees that purchase the dinner ticket will be allowed in the party room, but anyone can enjoy the games in the showrooms. We are limiting the seating for this event to 75 people. You do NOT need to pre-register for Retro Con to buy a dinner ticket.
So get to Arnold’s early to enjoy the games, then head to the party room at 8pm for food, mingling, raffles, and more! Some of our guests should be in attendance as well such as Morgan Lofting, Zack Hoffman, Chris Doohan, and Mark Bellomo. There will be a general buffet on hand which will include: pizza, salads, chicken, vegetables, desserts, soft drinks, and more. The event will be family-friendly, so please no alcohol at the party.
He was the very first guest announcement for our inaugural show, and now we are pleased to announce the RETURN of the Lord of the ThunderCats himself to our 2014 show: Voice actor Larry Kenney!
Larry is of course best known for his role of the heroic leader of the ThunderCats, Lion-o! The show ran for 130 episodes across four seasons (from 1985 to 1989).
Larry is also known for being the voice of guitar-playing Colonel Bluegrass on SilverHawks, martial arts black-belt Karate Kat (part of ‘The Comic Strip’ tv show), plus he gave personality to Count Chocula and Cocoa Puffs Sonny in cereal commercials in the 80’s. In more recent years he has been the announcer on vh-1′s ‘Best Week Ever’ program, and has reprised his role of Lion-o for humorous ThunderCats skits on the animated series Family Guy. He was also given the role of Claudus, father of Lion-o, on the updated ThunderCats cartoon in 2011!
We are happy to announce the dates for our 2014 show: Saturday & Sunday September 27th & 28th at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!
That’s right, due to popular demand we are going to a two-day format! We’ll be in the same expo center as our 2012 and 2013 shows, but we’re changing over to Hall C. Last year we had about 34,000 square feet of space to work with… this coming year we will have 54,000 square feet to fill with toys, video games, art, costumes, and a whole lot more!
We’re still working on ticket pricing for the show, but vendor spot are already available! Click on the Dealer tab at the the top of the page to see the details on how you can reserve a spot for the show.
More show announcements will be coming soon!