Retro Con 2022- Coming September 24th & 25th!

January 22, 2022 Leave a comment

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On an unassuming day in November of 2012, the first ever “Retro Con” was held in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Oaks has expanded quite a bit since that day, and what started out as a “Let’s get this out of our system” experiment for us, has grown into a show we’re really proud of.

So get ready, because this year marks the *10th Anniversary* of Retro Con! Retro Con 2022 is coming September 24th & 25th to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

A 54,000 square foot show floor with over 225 vendor tables of retro collectibles for sale, including such action figure favorites as Transformers, GI Joe, Masters of the Universe, TMNT, ThunderCats, Star Wars, and MASK. Also video games, comics, lunchboxes, diecast cars, model kits, custom 2D and 3D art, board games, trading cards, physical media, and much more. If you’re a collector, we’re the place to be!

Retro Con is more than just a toy show though… it’s an event! We also feature special guests, panels, contests, raffles, costumes, tv/movie cars, free-play video games, and an atmosphere all our own! If retro geek stuff is your thing, we’re the perfect hangout for the day or weekend- all at an affordable price.

Keep watching our pages for future show updates!

 

Show tickets can be purchased HERE!

 

Vendor Table Info can be found HERE!

 

CONTACT US Email: screamers85@gmail.com

Find Us On Facebook: www.facebook.com/RetroCons

Our 2022 Facebook Event Page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1053076578876503

 

Our sponsor for this year is Tommy and the Order of Cosmic Champions, an upcoming novel and multimedia experience by Anthony Grate and Anthony Rapino! 

 

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Cybertronic Spree Guest Appearance and Concert!

May 27, 2022 Leave a comment

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These “metalheads” are the real deal! Traveling to Oaks via the Spacebridge, please welcome back for Retro Con 2022… The Cybertronic Spree!

More than meets the eye, this band of Transformers are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave, and all 5 faces of the Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour! These rockstars in disguise play music from Transformers: The Movie (1986), plus themes from hit movies, cartoons, and video games, as well as their own original tunes. They blend their love for the 80’s and 90’s pop culture into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live show that just might transform you back into a kid again!

The band is in the midst of their ridiculously successful RAVAGE kickstarter campaign, designed to get their first original full-length album produced. It not only reached its goal… it reached its goal in an hour flat! The campaign has gone on to get funded nearly 7 times over, with over a week and a half still left to go. I think it’s safe to say this album is skipping gold/platinum/diamond, and going straight to “Energon” status! The kickstarter is still live if you’d like to get in on the action.

The Cybertronic Spree will be attending Retro Con early on Saturday (September 24th) as convention guests, where fans can meet the band and pick up band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm.

Have a burning question for the band? The Cybertronic Spree will also be taking part in their FIRST-EVER RETRO CON Q&A PANEL at the show! Ask them anything! But please, no marriage proposals for Arcee. 😉

And of course, the Spree will also be performing a LIVE CONCERT that Saturday night at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks! Tickets for this concert/after-party will be separate from Retro Con proper, and will go up for sale very soon! Keep watching the Retro Con and Cybertronic Spree pages.

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Meet the voice of Skeletor, Alan Oppenheimer, at Retro Con 2022!

May 20, 2022 Leave a comment

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Get those havoc staffs ready! It’s time for the return of one the most popular guests Retro Con has ever had, someone who voiced two of the most iconic characters of the 1980’s. How can the same person voice one of those most evil characters of all time, as well as one of the most noble? It’s easy when that person is Alan Oppenheimer!

Alan has been in the entertainment business for 60 years, with on-screen parts in such hit movies and series as The Untouchables, I Spy, Get Smart, Hogan’s Heroes, Bewitched, Bonanza, The Six Million Dollar Man, Westworld, Happy Days, Knight Rider, Murphy Brown, Night Court, Married With Children, and Star Trek Voyager.

But if you grew up in the 80’s, you’ll definitely know Alan as the voice of one of the decade’s most unapologetically evil characters (and a modern-day master of internet memes)… Skeletor! Alan played the wicked arch-foe of He-Man in over 70 episodes of the ‘He-man and the Masters of the Universe’ cartoon series, plus the follow-up series ‘She-Ra: Princess of Power’, the ‘Secret of the Sword’ movie, and the infamous ‘He-Man & She-Ra: A Christmas Special’ where Skeletor reveals his kind side (but never use that word around him!).

And in a role completely opposite of Skeletor, Alan also voiced another favorite character from the 80’s: The flying luck dragon Falkor! A wise and benevolent being from the land of Fantasia, Falkor would give words of inspiration and could always be relied on in a time of need. “Never give up and good luck will find you.”

An actor of wide range, Alan has voiced characters of all shapes, sizes, and timbres. More of his characters you might remember include Norman Burg on ‘The Big O’; the G’Mork, Rockbiter, and the Narrator in ‘The Neverending Story’; Cringer, Man-At-Arms, Merman, Buzz-Off, and Roboto on ‘He-Man & the Masters of the Universe’; Warpath, Beachcomber, and Seaspray on ‘G1 Transformers’; Overlord on ‘Blackstar’; Handlebar and Outlaw Scuzz on ‘BraveStarr’; Vanity on ‘The Smurfs’, Prime Evil on ‘Filmation’s Ghostbusters’; Colonel Trautman on ‘Rambo: The Force of Freedom’, Paladin Brandis in ‘FallOut 4’, Old Timer in ‘Toy Story 4’, and the list goes on and on and on!

Don’t miss this rare chance to meet Alan Oppenheimer at Retro Con 2022, September 24th & 25th In Oaks, Pennsylvania!

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Retro Gaming at Retro Con 2022!

May 17, 2022 Leave a comment

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The Game Is Afoot Arcade will once again be bringing arcade gaming to Retro Con! In addition to dedicated arcade cabs, they’ll also be bringing in their “multicades” featuring thousands of titles to choose from. So no matter what your favorite era of video games is, they’ll have you covered!

 
All machines at Retro Con will be set to FREE PLAY!!
 

Based in Warrington PA, The Game is Afoot Arcade is an epic gaming place for all ages, with dozens of arcade games and pinball machines on-site. No quarters needed! You simply pay for the time you are there.

Check out their website HERE!

And go on a Virtual Tour of their facilities HERE!

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Four Horsemen Studios at Retro Con 2022!

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We’re excited to announce that the world famous Four Horsemen Studios will be exhibiting at Retro Con 2022!

Started in 1999, Four Horsemen have been a huge presence on the collector action figure scene, having done sculpting for dozens of fan-favorite toy brands. Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, ThunderCats, TMNT, Harry Potter, DC, and Marvel- just to name a few!

In early 2015, Four Horsemen Studios unleashed their “Mythic Legions” figure line on the toy collecting world! This 6″ scale figure line is known for its detailed sculpting, swappable parts, poseability, wide variety of sizes, and their beautiful fantasy styling. With each new wave that premieres, new fans are drawn into this colossal and diverse world.

And with the upcoming “Cosmic Legions” and their red-hot Figura Obscura releases, Four Horsemen Studios continues to create exciting and original new toy creations aimed at the adult collector!

Four Horsemen Studios will be at Retro Con both Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be fully loaded up with their current in-house products for sale, so come get your fill!

Find more info about FHS at SourceHorsemen.com!

Meet Marvel and Transformers Writer Bob Budiansky at Retro Con!

April 22, 2022 Leave a comment

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Please welcome comic book veteran Bob Budiansky to Retro Con 2022!

Bob enjoyed a 20-year career at Marvel Comics as editor, illustrator, and writer. As an editor, he oversaw titles that included Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four. As an illustrator, he rose to prominence as the cover artist for Ghost Rider, eventually taking over the penciling chores for the entire book. He also created his own Marvel Comics monthly series- Sleepwalker!

Bob was also instrumental in the early years of G1 Transformers! Over a single weekend in 1983, Bob crafted character names and bios for nearly all of the Autobot and Decepticon characters from the first year of the line. These bios ended up directly on the toy packaging, and were used as a guideline for writing the characters’ personalities in the G1 comic and tv series. Bob went on to write character bios for over 250 Transformers characters over the course of six years, in the process coining such iconic Transformer names as Grimlock, Wheeljack, Starscream, and Megatron!

Bob was also script writer for 50 issues of the original Marvel Transformers comic, occasionally penciling the cover art. In these pages, Bob originated the idea of the Autobot Matrix, which would go on to be a mainstay in Transformers lore.

Bob will be joining us both days of the show. He has also kindly agreed to be part of a panel at the show, which will include a presentation documenting his involvement with the Transformers brand. But he would also love to hear your questions about his work apart from Transformers! 🙂

Meet Micky Dolenz at Retro Con 2022!

April 8, 2022 Leave a comment

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We welcome the legendary Micky Dolenz to our guest list for Retro Con 2022! Alongside Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, Micky is best known as the vocalist and drummer for the 60’s pop group sensation The Monkees!

Originally conceived as a 1966 sitcom (and a bit of a “riff” on the Beatles), the cast of the Monkees brought along a presence all their own, quickly becoming a full-fledged rock band by 1967. With such mega-hit songs as “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, and “Daydream Believer”, this eclectic band sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music groups of all time!

The band later enjoyed a surprise revival in the 1980’s, when repeats of the Monkees show hit MTV and were an instant hit with audiences. This spawned an entire NEW generation of fans, officially turning the band into a multi-generational phenomenon! Although Davy, Peter, and Mike have all passed on, Micky still keeps the band’s legacy going strong through musical performances throughout the country and world.

A lot of people don’t realize Micky Dolenz is also a voice actor! Some of his voiceover roles include Skip from The Funky Phantom, Tod Devlin on Devlin, Min & Max on Batman: The Animated Series, Arthur and Captain Lemming on The Tick, and for a short while (believe it or not)… fabric softener mascot Snuggle Bear!

Micky will be attending Retro Con as a guest both Saturday and Sunday. There will not be a musical performance attached to this appearance, but Micky will be available to meet with fans and will be taking part in a Q&A panel at the show (day and time TBD). He’ll also be bringing along oodles (barrels?) of Monkees merchandise to sell! Prints, records, shirts, books, drumsticks, posters, drum heads, DVDs, and much more! Prices for merch/autographs/photo ops will be listed on the website as we get closer to showtime.

Follow Micky Online: https://mickydolenz.com/

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Meet Peter Newman at Retro Con 2022!

March 25, 2022 Leave a comment

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ThunderCats are officially on the loose! Rounding out our T-Cats reunion is actor Peter Newman!

Peter was the voice of Tygra, second-in-command of the ThunderCats Nobles! Architect and scientist of the group, Tygra was the designer of the majestic Cats Lair, and possessed the power of invisibility, as well as the ability to create illusions with his mind.

Like many in the cast, Peter also voiced other principal characters on the show. These include the evil mutant Monkian, the ThunderCat’s resident blacksmith Bengali, and WilyKit’s partner in mischief WilyKat!

Wings of silver, Nerves of steel! Peter also got to take the lead on Rankin/Bass’ follow-up series ‘SilverHawks’, where he played the fearless leader of the team: Quicksilver! He also voiced Mumbo Jumbo and Timestopper.

With reruns of these shows on streaming, and new action figures currently in production at Super7, both the ThunderCats and SilverHawks brands have been experiencing a major renaissance of late!

Peter Newman joins his colleagues Lynne Lipton and Larry Kenney at our ThunderCats (and SilverHawks!) reunion at Retro Con 2022- September 24th & 25th in Oaks, PA! Come meet them in person and catch their Q&A at the show!

Meet the Voice of Cheetara, Lynne Lipton, at Retro Con 2022!

March 18, 2022 Leave a comment

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We’ve been chasing this particular guest since even before our very first show in 2012! Rather appropriate given her primary character…

But we’re excited to announce that at long last, actor Lynne Lipton will be joining us for Retro Con 2022!

Lynne is best known for voicing the bo-staff wielding speedster Cheetara on the classic 80’s animated series ThunderCats! A favorite since episode one, the character has since transcended the ThunderCats cartoon and toy line and gone on to become a pop culture icon (and a “cartoon crush” for many).

An actor of great versatility, Lynne actually voiced ALL the female characters on the first season of the ThunderCats show! These include the likes of the mischievous WilyKit, as well as Mumm-Rana, Queen Tatara, Ro-Bear Belle, Luna, and the popular recurring character Mandora the Evil Chaser!

Lynne joins the voice of Lion-O himself (Larry Kenney) at Retro Con 2022, September 24th & 25th in Oaks, Pennsylvania! ThunderCats are on the move!

Try the Retro Con Toy Time Machine!

March 18, 2022 Leave a comment

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It’s funny when a new show feature gets dropped in your lap…

An old friend of ours is moving out of the country, and unexpectedly gifted us this genuine capsule vending machine! (henceforth to be referred to as a “gumball machine”, because we’re retro like that…)

Anyway, this gumball machine happens to be filled with toy prizes from the past 40+ years, so we’re bringing it to the show as a fun new feature! If you’ve got two quarters burning a hole in your pocket, come give the Retro Con Toy Time Machine a spin!

Pictures shown are prizes we actually spotted in this machine. We don’t want to spoil it all, but you can expect items from such categories as robots, kaiju, video games, cartoons, sports, aliens, and monsters. We’re pretty sure we encountered one or two cursed objects in there as well… It’s fun!

A big thanks to our friend Steve for donating this to the show! We wish you the best of luck with your move.

Meet Lion-O Voice Actor Larry Kenney at Retro Con 2022!

March 11, 2022 Leave a comment

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Retro! Retro! Retro! Retro Con… HOOO!!!

We can’t have a 10th anniversary celebration without the Lord of the ThunderCats, can we? Please welcome the legendary Larry Kenney back for Retro Con 2022!

Larry is of course best known for voicing iconic 80’s hero Lion-O on the cartoon with possibly the greatest intro song of all time… ThunderCats! Larry also voiced Jackalman and Safari Joe on the show, as well as Bluegrass, Buzzsaw, and Poker-Face on the Rankin/Bass follow-up series Silverhawks.

Adding to his eclectic list of characters, Larry also voiced classic cereal mascots Count Chocula and Cocoa Puffs Sonny, the Chief on Teen Titans Go (with a cameo as Lion-O in one episode!), JB Cripps on Red Dead Online, and is even the voice of Skittles Candy! “Retro the Rainbow! Taste the Rainbow!”

Larry will be joining us both days this year, and will be taking part in a Q&A at the show. Don’t miss your chance to meet this cool cat in person!

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