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See Retro Con’s own A-Team Van at Retro Con 2017!

July 24, 2017 1 comment

Retro Con is probably the only convention in the world with its very own A-Team van on call! We’ve been working on this project since October of 2016, and it’s finally ready to be unveiled!

 

We’ve done our best to replicate the van from the famous 80’s TV show in every detail we could manage. Starting life as a modest 1978 Chevy G-10 work van (we’ll add a build blog later), we’ve added such details as fender flares, running boards, push bar, exterior sun shade, fog lights, sport mirrors, front air dam, quad exhaust tips, turbine wheels, BFGoodrich tires, and of course the unforgettable top fin! The custom paintjob brought it all together!!

Check out the results below…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos don’t do the van justice, so please come see it in person at Retro Con 2017!!

Taking pictures of the van is free at the show, or you can get a picture with (or in) the van for the low price of $5 for a person or small group! Have an A-Team related costume? Bring it to the show! We’re offering a FREE photo op with the van to anyone in an A-Team costume!! (All photo ops are on your own camera or phone)

We’d like to thank our good friend Nick Govosdian for his help in getting the van up to snuff mechanically, and we’d also like to thank Bill Cahoe and Hansberry Enterprises in Parker Ford, PA for doing the body and paint work on this project! 

 

Win a He-Man Figure Signed by John Erwin at Retro Con 2017!

July 18, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We have something very special to add to our 2017 show raffle. The voice of Skeletor, Mr. Alan Oppenheimer, was kind enough to get this MOTU Classics He-Man figure autographed by the voice of He-Man himself: Mr. John Erwin!!

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The figure is sealed in package and was released last year by Matty Collector. It was made to resemble He-Man’s appearance on the classic He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series by Filmation, in which John Erwin provided the voice for the titular character.

We’re elated to have this in our raffle line-up, and we wish all of our attendees luck in winning it! Read more about our show raffle here:

https://retrocons.com/door-prizes/

A big thanks to John and Alan for making this possible!!

Retro Con’s Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest 2017!

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

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Always a favorite, Retro Con’s Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest will be back for Retro Con 2017!!

To be held on Saturday at the show, sign-ups will be in the lobby of Hall C (sign-up and competition times To Be Determined soon!). We will make an announcement over the PA system when we are ready to accept entrants. Depending how strong interest is, we may have to institute a lottery-type system to pick our 15 contestants. There are no sign-up fees or age restrictions.

We will have a wide variety of 80’s classics to choose from. Most will have on-screen lyrics to follow along with, but we will also be supplementing these with a few geek-related favorites that will have a *lyrics sheet only*. Consider these “extra credit” choices! 

The full list of song choices can be found HERE!

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The contest rules are as follows:

 

#1. No staff or volunteers may enter.
#2. Singing in costume is allowed, but will not affect the judges’ scoring.
#3. No skits are allowed. Dancing in place however is just fine (and encouraged).
#4. Solo artists only, please. No duets/trios/etc.
#5. Songs will be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Songs will not be held for specific contestants. Also, outside music will not be allowed.
#6. No instruments will be allowed.
#7. All contestants must arrive at the panel/event room *15 minutes* prior to showtime for check-in and singing order assignment. If you are not present at this time, you may have to forfeit your place.
#8. Please no heckling from the audience or other contestants. Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave the panel area.

#9. You MUST rock.

Prizes For 2017! 

 

First Place: A sealed NES Classic Edition!

 

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Second Place: A sealed Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock figure!

 

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Third Place: Three sealed LEGO Star Wars building sets!

 

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So consider signing up and channeling your inner 80’s rocker or one-hit wonder! And if you don’t fancy yourself a singer, stop by and cheer on from the audience!!

 

Win Free Stuff at the Retro Con 2017 Trivia Contest!

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

We’ll once again be hosting our annual trivia contest at Retro Con 2017!

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Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of  The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel area at the convention on Saturday!

No sign-up is required and there are no age restrictions- Anyone can watch or play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. Directly after we will 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!

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So stop by the panel area Saturday to test your knowledge of all things geek and win cool prizes!!

Cinema Sickness at Retro Con 2017!

June 2, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We welcome youtube personality Cinema Sickness to Retro Con 2017!

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Cinema Sickness has been a collector of media since 2001 with the purchase of his first DVD. Over the past 16 years, he has amassed one of the largest personal collections of cinematic media in the world, including 38 different formats!

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In 2011 he started his website CinemaSickness.com and accompanying YouTube channel. His daily vlogs document his visits to thrift stores, flea markets, department stores, and more (most right here in the Montgomery/Chester county area) in search of movies and tv shows in both modern and vintage formats, as well as games, books, and much more. A dedicated fan base of thousands tune in every day to watch his adventures!

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Cinema Sickness will be at the show all weekend to meet with fans of the website, and he will no doubt be filming around the show floor!

 

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

May 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

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Tickets are now available for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night October 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 

Venue: Arnold’s Family Fun Center (Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

Start time: 8pm

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Please purchase concert tickets via Paypal below. Clicking “1 Ticket” purchases a single concert ticket, clicking “2 Tickets” purchases two concert tickets, etc, etc..

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Please read concert details in full:

You DO NOT need to pre-register for (or attend) Retro Con itself to buy tickets for the concert. But likewise, purchasing a concert ticket does not grant you access into Retro Con.

Tickets will NOT be mailed to you. Please bring along a print-out of your Paypal receipt/invoice. The staff at Arnold’s will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will be fine as long as it matches the name we have on file for the ticket(s). We will send you a confirmation via email that we received your payment.

Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE. However, in the unlikely event the concert is cancelled, full refunds will be given.

Please note you should enter through The Water Tower entrance at Arnold’s Family Fun Center, which is just to the right of the main entrance at Arnold’s (look for the green awning). Arnold’s itself is located directly next door to The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

The concert start time is 8pm, though you can arrive any time after 7pm for check-in and mingling.

The concert will run about one hour. Time permitting, the Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise at this time. But to ensure you get to meet the band and buy merchandise, please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm.

Please note that this is a General Admission/Standing Room Only concert. This means that there will be no chairs in the main audience section, and there will be no assigned positions. The staff at Arnold’s will of course do their best to accommodate attendees with disabilities.

There is a separate room to the right of the stage where attendees can pay to play rounds of bowling while watching the concert on the venue’s large overhead screens. There is also a full bar in the venue, where attendees 21 and older can purchase drinks.

There are no age restrictions at this event, though all ages require a concert ticket. We do not recommend bringing very young children to this event, as it is a rock concert played at full volume. Please also keep in mind the concert will be held in a bar setting.

We want to keep this event fun and safe for everyone! Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave without refund.

Missed our original announcement about the Cybertronic Spree? Read all about them here:

https://retrocons.com/2017/02/15/meet-the-cybertronic-spree-at-retro-con-2017/

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Dwight Schultz to Attend Retro Con 2017!

May 11, 2017 1 comment

 

We are thrilled to add actor Dwight Schultz to our guest list for Retro Con 2017! Dwight has two very popular roles in the retro realm.

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  Most notably, Dwight played Captain H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdock in all 97 episodes of the hit 80’s TV series The A-Team! The seemingly insane former army captain was the A-Team’s resident pilot, and was a constant source of comic relief in every episode. His back and forth banter with B.A. Baracus (Mr. T) made for some of the funniest moments on the show!

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  Dwight is also well known for a reoccurring role in the Star Trek universe: Lieutenant Reginald Barclay! The character started out with anxiety and social issues, along with an addiction to the Holodeck. But he eventually found his confidence and became an upstanding member of the crew, while still retaining his trademark quirkiness. Dwight played the role in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the First Contact theatrical film, and in Star Trek: Voyager.

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In recent years Dwight has kept busy as a voice actor, with roles such as Dr. Animo on Ben 10, Mung on Chowder, and Wyrm on Nickelodeon’s current iteration of TMNT. Dwight also had the opportunity to revisit the character of H.M. Murdock by voicing the character in the recent LEGO Dimensions A-Team game!  

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Dwight Schultz will be at Retro Con all weekend for autograph and photo ops! Prices will be listed on the website as we get closer to show time.

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