We welcome voice actor Rob Paulsen to Retro Con 2017!
Rob has been in the voice acting industry for nearly 35 years (and still going strong), and truly bridges the gap between generations. Not only is Rob the voice of sarcastic wisecracker Raphael on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series (1987 to 1996), he is also the voice of tech-genius Donatello on the current incarnation of TMNT on Nickelodeon (2012 to 2017)!!
Rob is also the voice of such wildly popular characters as Yakko Warner on Animaniacs, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Other notable voices of Rob include Tripwire and Snow Job on GI Joe, Slingshot and Air Raid on G1 Transformers, and he played the lead roles on Mighty Max, Saber Rider, and The Mask!
Please check out Rob’s full voiceography over at Voice Chasers!
Follow Rob Paulsen at the following places:
Main Website: http://robpaulsenlive.com/
Our good friend Frank Bedo has sent us word that his replica of the Jurassic Park JP-18 service Jeep is ready for patrol! Look for it on the show floor at Retro Con 2017!!
Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.
If you’re into Transformers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen youtube videos of our next guests in action. Hailing from the planet Cybertron (and currently stationed in Ontario, Canada), they are a band like no other!
Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Spike, Soundwave, Bumblebee, and a Quintesson have been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Together, they form:
The Cybertronic Spree!
Known across the galaxy for having cast aside their warring factions for the sake of entertainment, the band has put together a wide repertoire of music for the enjoyment of all sentient beings! Most notably they perform songs from The Transformers: The Movie (1986) animated feature film. But they also rock tunes from hit retro films, cartoons, video games, and more- all at full volume!
These rockstars in disguise blend their love for 80’s metal into an unforgettable live show. It’s your cartoon childhood coming back to whack you in the face with awesome!
The Cybertronic Spree will be attending the show early in the day on Saturday as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. They’ll also be holding a Q&A in the panel area on Saturday (times to be determined).
But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing an hour long concert that Saturday night (October 14th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!
**Please note, concert tickets will be a separate fee from the convention! They will be very affordably priced and will be put online soon!**
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Check out a small sample of the Cybertronic Spree’s music here:
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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then see them in concert Saturday night! This is one party you don’t want to miss!!
Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:
Retro Con’s official hotel for 2017 is the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites in Oaks!
Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks
100 Cresson Boulevard
Oaks, PA 19456
We have a discount rate in effect with the Hampton Inn & Suites: $109 per night for a single or double bed room!
Reserve your room online here:
Or if you prefer to reserve by phone, please call: 1-610-676-0900
Be sure to mention you’re staying with RetroCon to get the discounted rate!
We are pleased to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2017: Arthur Burghardt!
Arthur’s most prolific role is that of shrewd arms dealer Destro in the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe series!
As owner of M.A.R.S. Industries, he was the primary weapons-provider for all of Cobra. Though considered part of the Cobra command hierarchy (along with his romantic love interest The Baroness), Destro and Cobra Commander were often at odds with each other, suggesting their alliance was more a matter of convenience than solidarity.
Destro’s intriguing mix of coldness, honor, and calm demeanor, not to mention the cool metal mask he wears to honor his ancestors, has made him a fan-favorite for over 30 years!
Another hugely popular voice of Arthur’s was that of the original Transformers combiner giant: DEVASTATOR!!
As the amalgamated form of the six Constructicons (Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Mixmaster), Devastator didn’t always have much to say, but Arthur’s booming voice always made for a commanding appearance nonetheless! Devastator is arguably the most popular combiner in all of Transformers. Arthur played the character in the original Marvel/Sunbow G1 cartoon series, as well as the 1986 theatrical movie.
Arthur also gave voice to two other notable GI Joe characters: jetpack-wearing Sergeant Stalker, and cold weather operative Iceberg!
And he played one of the main players on Challenge of the GoBots: the courageous Guardian Turbo!
Arthur will be at Retro Con all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We will post up a price list as the show draws closer. Come meet the voice of some of the most iconic characters of the 80’s!!
Mark those calendars! Retro Con will be back for its *5th Anniversary* show on October 14th & 15th, 2017! As always, we promise to deliver a large amount of show for a small amount of money (for both attendees AND vendors). No overblown hype, no ego, and no VIP passes. Just a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for everyone!
We’ll once again be at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. We’ll be in Hall C, giving us 54,000 square feet to fill with over 200 tables of toys and collectibles, plus replica tv/movie cars and props, special guests, video games, panels, costumes, raffles, contests, and much more!
For a look at what you may have missed at our 2016 show, click HERE!
Attendee Preregistration will begin in January, so keep watching this space!
Vendor spots are already available! Click HERE for details on how you can reserve a spot at the show.
Our thanks to every that attended our show in the past, and we hope to see you back in 2017!!
Another Retro Con has come and gone! We’re still tallying up, but we definitely moved up another notch in attendance for 2016! Our favorite observation this year was seeing more of you taking advantage of our full range of features. We saw many more people taking in panels, participating in contests, and playing the games. We like to think of ourselves as more than just a toy/collectible show, and always encourage attendees to make the most of their time at the show!
We’d like to thank all of our amazing guests, the vendors with their impressive variety of retro and retro-inspired merchandise, all of our very spirited attendees, the sociable costume groups, our generous sponsors for the year (RetroDaze, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, American Treasures Tour, Cheeburger Cheeburger), our gaming exhibitors, the car owners, our excellent A/V crew, the press outlets that covered the show, Regal Cinema for lining up a movie for us, and everyone that helped add to the show by dressing up in costume! As we always like to say, we supply the sandbox, but it’s what YOU bring that gives the show its true atmosphere.
And of course an extra special thank you to all of our staffers and volunteers! This show would not be possible without your help and going the extra mile when run into snags. We feel very lucky to have such devoted friends in our corner.
Below is a gallery of highlights from around the show this year, along with a montage video from the show made by Bestow Productions! Thanks again to all that attended or supported Retro Con 2016!!
-Tony and Rose
Retro Con 2016 Highlights Gallery (picture intensive!):