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Retro Con 2021 Show Schedule!

September 3, 2021 Leave a comment

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Saturday September 25th

9:00am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins/Show Open to Preregistrants

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

11:45am: The Retro Con Retro T-Shirt Contest, hosted by The Breaux Show!

12:15pm: Panel at Bernie’s: A Q&A with actor Terry Kiser! Hosted by Mr. Lobo! (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Raffle Session 1  

– Transformers Ectomobile and DeLorean set
– MOTU Origins Castle Grayskull
– Boba Fett Figure and Ship set

1:30pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

2:30pm: Panel- It’s Over 9000!!! Q&A with Voice Actor Ian James Corlett  (Panel Area)

3:15pm: Panel- Space Ghost Coast To Coast! Q&A with Voice Actor George Lowe, hosted by Fandom Spotlite! (Panel Area)

4:00: Panel- Cinema Insomnia’s 20th Anniversary Celebration with Mr. Lobo! (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– GI Joe Classified Snake Eyes w/ Timber set
– NECA TMNT Tokka & Rahzar figure set
– Transformers War For Cybertron Autobot Ark set

5:30pm: Show Closes

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Sunday September 26th

9:00am: Show Opens

11:30am:  The Retro Con Trivia Contest, hosted by The Breaux Show! (Panel Area)

12:15pm: Raffle Session #1

– Animatronic Grogu/Figuarts Pac-Man
– Super7 Godzilla/McFarlane Batmobile
– Transformers Generations Devastator set

12:35pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Panel- The Greatest American Hero 40th Anniversary with William Katt! Hosted by Fandom Spotlite!  (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Panel- From Bumblebee to Spider-Man! A Q&A with Dan Gilvezan! Hosted by Fandom Spotlite!

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Kenner Ghostbusters Ectomobile/Figures reissue set
– NECA TMNT Turtles in Disguise 4-pack
– Transformers War For Cybertron Scorponok

4:00pm: Show Closes

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Meet Mr. Lobo at Retro Con 2021!

September 2, 2021 Leave a comment

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MR. LOBO’s CINEMA INSOMNIA–a late-night cult TV sensation for “20 or So” years–is now on ROKU channel OSI 74, Twitch, YouTube and has over 22 episodes available on Alpha Video DVD.

Host of Blobfest at the Colonial Theatre for 9 Years and producer and curator of many Creature Features tributes and live Spook Shows. He has appeared in many Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets and nostalgic documentaries-like American Scary, Monsters Among Us, and Virginia Creepers. He played the Amazing Criswell in PLAN 9 (2016), a remake of Ed Wood’s Plan Nine From Outer Space (1959). A regular guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and Cinemassacre with James Rolfe (the Angry Video Game Nerd)!

He worked on the retro horror flick The Ranger for Shudder network. He was even spoofed on Scooby Doo Mystery Inc., and attacked by wrestler Chris Jericho on TMZ. He will be seen in the upcoming horror film Feeders 3. Mr. Lobo lords over slumber party movie fun with his patented blend of humor & satire and claims “They’re Not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood”.

*Catch Mr. Lobo’s panel at 4:00pm on Saturday!!*

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Retro Con T-Shirts and Merch!

August 25, 2021 Leave a comment

Want to show up to Retro Con in style? We have T-Shirts and more for available for sale through Teespring! Click the picture below to check out what we have available for sale!

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Win Free Stuff at the Retro Con 2021 Trivia Contest!

August 19, 2021 Leave a comment


It’s trivia, but not trivial! It’s the return of Retro Con’s (usually) annual Trivia Contest, hosted by The Breaux Show!

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Happening Sunday at the show, we’ve got a comprehensive (read: random) mix of stuff to give away. Plushes, LEGO, Hot Wheels, mini arcade games, comics, Funko Pops, action figures, and a whole lot more! *Milk for the Ghostbusters Afterlife cereal not included.

No sign-ups are required, simply be at the panel area around start time. We’ll reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. Directly after we’ll randomly call on a person in the audience with 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 until the prize is claimed. It’s a snap!

The contest is tentatively set for 11:30am on Sunday. Come out and show off your geek credentials!

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Retro Con’s Retro T-shirt Contest!

August 13, 2021 Leave a comment

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You’re going to wear a geeky shirt to the show anyway… might as well win something for it! Retro Con’s Retro T-shirt contest will be BACK for 2021!

A longstanding tradition at fan gatherings is attendees wearing t-shirts expressing their favorite characters and brands. Retro Con has turned this trend into a unique contest to win free stuff! Hosted once again by The Breaux Show, the Retro Con T-shirt contest will be held in the panel area midday on Saturday, and we want to see your Saturday best! Your t-shirt can be vintage, new, or custom made. As long as it’s retro-related, you’re welcome to enter!

Prizes this year include…

1st Place: A brand new Transformers Kingdom Rodimus Prime figure! An $85 value!

2nd Place: A brand new Turbo Man reissue figure from Funko! “Put that cookie down! NOW!”

3rd Place: A new LEGO Batmobile set! In their infinite wisdom, Lego decided this set didn’t need a Robin figure. So we’re adding one in ourselves!

We’ll have some “Honorable Mention” prizes as well.

**Contest Rules**

1: No water will be involved. ;P

2. The contest is open to anyone at Retro Con wearing a t-shirt with a retro-oriented logo or print on it (mid-90’s properties or older). Examples include: movies, cartoons, comics, tv shows, toy lines, company logos, mascots, music bands, and more!

3. There are no sign-ups needed. Interested contestant can line up outside of the panel area prior to the contest start time. (Start time to be determined soon!)

4. T-Shirts can be vintage, new, or custom-made. But bonus points will be given to t-shirts that are vintage or custom!

5. Only actual t-shirts can be entered.  Sorry, sweatshirts, jackets, snuggies, jerseys, hoodies, long-sleeve shirts, etc., will NOT be allowed.

6. The Retro Con t-shirt contest is a family-friendly event! Tees with overly sexual imagery or crude language will not be allowed. We must also insist that your t-shirt be reasonably sized to your body type.  

7. We’ll allow a small group to enter as one contestant if they have t-shirts associated with each other.

8. The contest will be slated for about 30 minutes. Hosts will ask questions to the contestants on-hand, after which they will pick approximately 10 entrants to be finalists.

9. After our Finalists are picked, they will be asked to go to the front of the Panel area. An additional round of questions, along with some audience participation, will determine our 3 winners!

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James Bond Lotus Esprit at Retro Con!

August 11, 2021 Leave a comment

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Con… Retro Con…

Frank Bedo and Monica Tulay of Jurassic Adventures have a new toy- A classic Lotus Esprit, very similar to the model seen in the classic 1977 James Bond movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’! They’ll have their sleek sports car on the show floor at Retro Con for Secret Agent photo ops with attendees, right next to their JP jeep. The car is deceptively small and difficult to enter/exit, so for the moment they are only doing photos next to the car.

“Can you swim?” No promises yet, but Frank and Monica are also trying to rig up a “Wet Nellie” mode for the show! Representing one of the coolest scenes in James Bond history, where the Esprit drives off a pier and dramatically transforms into a submarine. A full 8 years before M.A.S.K., and 40 years before GTA5 did it! The Bond franchise may have moved to a more gritty and realistic style in recent years, but there’s something to be said of the camp and charm of classic James Bond gadgetry…

Meet Dan Gilvezan at Retro Con 2021!

August 5, 2021 Leave a comment

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Please welcome to Retro Con 2021, voice actor Dan Gilvezan!

Dan is best known in the retro realm as the voice of the original Bumblebee on G1 Transformers! Dan voiced the small but dynamic Autobot in over 45 episodes of the original G1 cartoon, as well as the 1986 feature film, and the Transformers: Devastation video game. The character has been an “evergreen” fan-favorite through numerous incarnations of the Transformers fiction and toy line since his debut.

And not to be upstaged by a Volkswagen, Dan has another huge role for retro fans: Spider-Man! Dan voiced the webslinger (and his alter ego Peter Parker) throughout 24 episodes of NBC’s Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Saturday morning cartoon show! Though the show didn’t have a long episode run, it made its mark as one of the most remembered versions of Spider-Man to date due to its excellent voice acting and the chemistry between characters Spidey, Iceman, and Firestar!

Dan voiced other Transformers characters in the G1 series as well, including Hotspot, Outback, Scamper, Snapdragon, and Goldbug (the rebuilt version of Bumblebee). Other animation roles include Prince Dargon on Sectaurs, Slip Stream on GI Joe, Sean Harrison on Jem, and Cooler on Pound Puppies.

Dan is also an author! Dan has written an eclectic assortment of books over the past ten years, all available on Amazon. One book of note is Bumblebee & Me: Life as a G1 Transformer! The book details Dan’s years of recording for the G1 Transformers cartoon series and animated movie, and gives insight into the process of voice acting and his interactions with fellow voice actors of the era. Dan will have the book for sale at his table at Retro Con. It’s a fantastic read for any Transformers fan, and the cover art was done by Retro Con’s very own co-founder Rosemary!

Dan will be at the show all weekend, so stop by his table in the guest section to meet the voice of your childhood!

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Star Wars ‘Toys For Tots’ Event at Retro Con 2021!

August 4, 2021 Leave a comment

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Yes, the “Star Wars guys” are coming back! We welcome Garrison Carida back for 2021!

Garrison Carida is the local chapter of the 501st Legion, a non-profit Star Wars costuming group serving Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Their members take pride and joy in attending various charity events in the community and freely volunteering their time to help others, all while also celebrating Star Wars. Not only do they have top-notch costumes and props, they also have a real knack for interacting with and entertaining the crowd!

They’ll also be bringing some goodwill to the show by hosting a toy drive!

With the holidays right around the corner, they’ll have designated bins on the show floor to collect toy donations for Toys For Tots! If you have a *new and unwrapped toy or game* you’d like to see go to an underprivileged child, please stop by their booth and place it in one of these bins. They will make sure it goes to a good home!

We thank Garrison Carida for offering to host this program once again at the show!

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Meet Terry Kiser at Retro Con 2021!

July 27, 2021 Leave a comment

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“Bernie may be dead, but he’s still the life of the party!”

Please welcome actor Terry Kiser to Retro Con 2021!

A diverse character actor of over 50 years, Terry is best known for playing rubbed out insurance exec Bernie Lomax in the 80’s screwball comedy classic ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’! Usually an actor’s role ends when their character dies in a movie, but in the case of Bernie, he led a very active deathstyle! If you can watch this movie and not laugh at the antics of Bernie as he’s helplessly dragged across land and sea, you just might be dead on the inside…

Terry would reprise his title role in the 1993 sequel ‘Weekend at Bernie’s II’, this time with 100% more voodoo! Though it didn’t make the splash the original did, it did give birth to the “Bernie Dance” craze, where hundreds of different youtubers filmed their own rendition of the voodoo dance. No, seriously. Look it up.

Though widely known for comedy, Terry also played the sinister role of Dr. Crews in ‘Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood’, where he ended up as the 67th victim of Jason Voorhees. Deceitful and manipulative, “Bad News Crews” is often considered to be the most evil character in the entire franchise, which is saying a lot!

Terry also had the recurring role of nosy reporter Al Craven on Night Court, and played H.G. Wells in two episodes of Lois & Clark. He’s also had appearances on such popular shows of the 70’s & 80’s as Three’s Company, Knight Rider, WKRP In Cincinnati, Diff’rent Strokes, Hill Street Blues, and many more.

Terry Kiser will be at Retro Con both Saturday and Sunday, so come out and meet him! He’ll have the Bernie glasses in tow!

 

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Meet Matt Cardona at Retro Con 2021!

July 20, 2021 Leave a comment

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Okay, even we didn’t see this one coming…

Please welcome to Retro Con 2021, professional wrestler (and toy aficionado) Matt Cardona!

Growing up in Long Island New York, Matt’s childhood dream was becoming a pro wrestler. He fulfilled that dream in 2006 by signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), winning numerous championships in his 14 years there. His biggest in-ring achievement coming at WrestleMania 32, where in front of over 101,000 fans in AT&T Stadium, Matt won a ladder match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship! He would stay with the WWE until 2020, and is now currently signed with IMPACT! Wrestling.

Matt is also a hardcore collector! In 2018, he started The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast with friend Brian Myers. The weekly podcast about their love of action figures has led into live shows, toy hunts, a YouTube channel, and their very own toy line. In addition to wrestling action figures, Matt also collects Star Wars, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Disney characters, and a whole lot more!

Matt Cardona will be appearing at Retro Con on SATURDAY ONLY! Signing times are 12pm to 3pm!

A huge thanks to the Gnome Club for contacting us and sponsoring Matt’s appearance at the show!!

 

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Follow Matt Online!

Website: https://mattcardona.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themattcardona/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMattCardona

The Major Action Figure Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/majorwfpod/