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Retro Con 2023 Weekend Tickets Now Available!

February 17, 2023 Leave a comment

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Weekend tickets for Retro Con 2023 are now available for purchase!

Retro Con keeps it simple. If you can only come to the show on Saturday or Sunday, you can buy your ticket right at the door. Kids 12 and under get in for free with paying adult. We’re opening additional cash lines for Saturday morning to help keep ahead of the crowd this year.

If you would like a weekend ticket however, they can be purchased in advance at the link below. A weekend ticket gets you a slick Retro Con attendee badge with lanyard, and raffle tickets for Saturday and Sunday! Also, we start checking in weekend ticket holders at 9am on Saturday, an hour before General Admission begins. So consider this your “Earlybird” pass!

Can you buy a weekend ticket even if you only plan to attend the show one day? Absolutely! Many people buy the weekend pass simply for the badge and to get into the show early on Saturday.

Buy your Retro Con 2023 Weekend tickets here:

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Retro Con 2023- Coming September 9th & 10th!

January 26, 2023 Leave a comment

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Often imitated, never duplicated- The original Retro Con will be back in 2023!

Show dates are September 9th and 10th. We’re still at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks PA, but this year we’re going BIG! We’re moving to *Hall A*, giving us a new 67,000 square foot show floor to play with. So much room for retro activities!!

You can now expect 285+ tables of retro collectibles for sale, including such toy and action figure favorites as Transformers, GI Joe, Masters of the Universe, TMNT, ThunderCats, Star Wars, MASK, Battle Beasts, MUSCLE, and many more! Also video games, comics, LEGO, wrestling figures, diecast, playsets, model kits, 2D/3D art, board games, trading cards, physical media, and much more. If you’re a collector, we’re the yearly show you don’t want to miss!

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.

Even with the new larger hall, we’re still committed to being a reasonably priced show. We’re $20 at the door on Saturday, $18 at the door on Sunday, or $30 for an advance weekend pass. Kids 12 and under get into Retro Con for FREE with paying adult, and vehicle parking is also free at the expo center!

So let’s get retroactive! We have a new hall and we’d love to fill it with attendees. So if you’ve been to the show in the past and enjoyed it, please consider sharing our event with friends and family!

Keep watching, we’re cooking up some great stuff for 2023!!


**Buy Retro Con Weekend Tickets HERE!**


**Vendor Table Info Can Be Found HERE!**




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Thanks From Retro Con!

October 10, 2022 Leave a comment

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It’s been two weeks since Retro Con 2022, so I guess we’re overdue for a post show wrap-up!

First off, we wanted to say we’re sorry to anyone caught up in MEGA LINE early on Saturday. We hadn’t expected such a large crowd so early on, and we were ill-prepared for it. We thank you for your patience though, and for not judging us too harshly. If we keep going with the show and are fortunate to have a crowd like this again, we already have ideas in mind on how to improve our system and get people onto the floor faster (both at the door and Pre-Reg). A big shout-out to our Star Wars friends at Garrison Carida for going outside to entertain the crowd while we got our [wits] together!

Overall though, Retro Con’s 10th anniversary show was a smashing success! We had our largest attendance ever, and we really felt the energy and enthusiasm throughout the hall this year. The vendors were hopping, costumes were back in full effect, and the panels and contests were all widely attended. We were happy to see new faces at the show in addition to longtime supporters. Even though we attract people of all ages, we like to think everyone gels together very well at Retro Con. That’s the difference a “grassroots” show can make.

We’d like to thank everyone that supported the show by purchasing a ticket, all our super-friendly guests for the year, anyone that came to the show dressed in costume, all the awesome car owners and the costume groups, the Cybertronic Spree band for rocking the place, our A/V tech for the year Tom Dalton, the Game is Afoot Arcade, the various agencies that helped with our guest list, sponsors Cool 98.5 FM and Tommy & The Order of Cosmic Champions, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, and the Greater Philly Expo Center for having us!

And as always, our biggest shout-out goes out to our staff and volunteers, the true backbone of the show! When things go “off script”, we’re not always sure how to respond. But our friends at the show always bring a fresh set of eyes to the situation, and offer solutions we never would have thought of. Their help is immeasurable and indispensable.

Our staff and volunteers for 2022 included Denise Albright, Mike Breaux, Kevin Jones, Nagi Oki, Nate Kiphorn, Nick Govosdian, Jack Doud, TJ Becker, Jim Cannon, Anthony Kyzer, Trick Treat, Dean Plakus, Tim Plakus, Greg Hammaker, Matt March, Courtney March, Kyle Williamson, Brandon Wassmer, Joe Fiore, Wayne Kline, Candice Santora, Rob Brand, Nancy Squartino, Allie Squartino, Logan Moran, Mike Townsend, Zach Townsend, Stephen Wang, Renee Devlin, Connie Smeriglio, Linda Marquis, Nikki Ashley, Amanda Parker, Rachel Coppersmith, Paul Sutt, and Jamie Sutt. Sincerely, thank you for everything.

Retro Con signing off!!

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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.

Thank You From Retro Con!

October 2, 2021 Leave a comment

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Has it already been a week since Retro Con?? Guess time flies when you’ve been in extended hibernation…
Well… I think it’s safe to say we’re back! We’d be lying if we said we didn’t have doubts the show would happen this year. Things were looking promising by the middle of the year, only to have a rollercoaster ride of a summer. And even when state and county guidance allowed us to have a September show, we weren’t sure if anyone would actually *attend* the show. But when we started to see ticket orders roll in, many by familiar names from years past, it was a very emotional moment for us.
After tallying up, we not only had a show… we had a record-attendance show! It was so great to see people come out to the show to shop, socialize, dress in costume, meet the guests, attend the panels, and simply have FUN again! Though we were a bit rusty after a two year break, it all came back to us pretty quick.
We’d like to thank everyone that supported the show by purchasing a ticket online or at the door, all our sweet and friendly guests for 2021, everyone that helped add to the show’s atmosphere by dressing in costume, the press outlets that covered the show, the car owners and the costume groups on the show floor, the Cybertronic Spree for cutting through a ton of red tape in order to rock our after-party, Moonbase and Pop Media USA for all our printed materials, everyone that donated items to our show raffle, the Game is Afoot Arcade (and arcade sponsor RetroDaze), our A/V tech for the year Tom Dalton, Celebworx, Clover Talent Booking, Full Empire Promotions, and the Greater Philly Expo Center for having us!
We’d also like to thank our vendors. One, for bringing the much needed shopping element to the show. And also, because many of them were a huge assist in promoting on our behalf at shows and places we couldn’t get to this year, and for giving us a much needed morale boost when we were having doubts.
And as always, our biggest thanks go out to our staff and volunteers for the year! Seeing that empty hall upon arrival at the expo center can be a very unnerving feeling for us. But the calmness, enthusiasm, and spirit of our staff and volunteers literally gives us the strength to carry on. We try to verbalize how much they mean to us and the existence of the show, but it will never be enough.
Our staff for the year were Denise Albright, Nick Govosdian, Nagi Oki, Nate Kiphorn, Jack Doud, TJ Becker, Anthony Kyzer, Mike Breaux, Kevin Jones, Trick Treat, Dean Plakas, Tim Plakas, Greg Hammaker, Matt March, Brandon Wassmer, Kyle Williamson, Joe Fiore, Wayne Kline, Candice Santora, Rob Brand, Nancy Squartino, Allie Squartino, Logan Moran, Mike Townsend, Zach Townsend, Jemal Taylor, Stephen Wang, and Renée Devlin. Thank you for everything.
Retro Con 2021 signing off!
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Retro Con 2020 Weekend Tickets Now Available!

January 20, 2020 Leave a comment



You can now pre-purchase your weekend ticket for Retro Con 2020! You can reserve your ticket(s) via Paypal here:



Advantages of being a weekend ticket holder include:

-Save $9 versus paying at the door both days

-Preregistrants get a laminated Retro Con attendee badge with lanyard

-Raffle tickets for both days

-Preregistrants get a 2.25″ Retro Con pin

-And last but not least, Preregistrants get into Retro Con an HOUR EARLY on Saturday (at 9am)! So consider this your “earlybird” pass!


**Can’t attend Retro Con all weekend but still want to go?? We got you covered! We will most assuredly be selling admission at the door each day!**

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Thank You From Retro Con!

September 22, 2019 Leave a comment


Retro Con 2019 is in the books and we’re pleased to report we had a record-breaking attendance!! Between the awesome selection of merchandise in the vendor section and the impressive array of costumes we saw, everyone really brought their A-game this year! We have always strived to put on an event that merges toy show and convention, has guests and yet is affordably priced, and doesn’t pander to what’s new and hot. We’re pleased to see we are striking a chord with a crowd that really get what the show is all about. We could really feel the energy in the hall all weekend, and it really helped keep us going.

We would like to thank all of our enthusiastic attendees, our awesome vendors, all of our delightful guests, everyone that helped add to the show’s atmosphere by dressing in costume, the press and news outlets that covered the show, the car owners and costume groups, the Cybertronic Spree for getting more awesome every year, John D’Antonio for creating the epic Retro Con backdrop on the show floor, everyone that helped run events in the panel area, the Game is Afoot Arcade, our A/V tech for the year Tom Dalton, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, Celebworx, Chris Clover, and the Greater Philly Expo Center for having us!

And as always, our biggest thanks goes to our staff and volunteers! Between planning, set-up, showtime, and show breakdown, without their immeasurable help, the show would be an impossible undertaking. Our staff and volunteers this year included Jim Cannon, Sean Phillips, Nancy Squartino, Allie Squartino, Jimmy Tuski, Mike Breaux, Nagi Oki, Leslie AuFancy, Kristy Sproul, Gary Lane, Kyle Williamson, Jack Doud, Anthony Kyzer, Kevin Jones, Candice Santora, Nate Kipphorn, Joe Fiore, Logan Moran, Wendy Wassmer, Brandon Wassmer, Connie Smeriglio, Matt March, Courtney March, Mike Townsend, Zach Townsend, Dean Plakas, Tim Plakas, Trick Treat, Rob Brand, Wayne Kline, Nick Govosdian, Linda Marquis, Teri Marquis, and Denise Marie. You guys are the heart of the show!

Once again, thank you to everyone that attended or supported Retro Con- past or present!

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Retro Con 2019 Show & Panel Schedule

August 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Saturday September 14th, 2019


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

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

10:30am: Panel- “The Story of Sectaurs” Documentary hosted by Retro Toy Review  (Panel area)

11:15am: Panel- Mr. Lobo and OSI 74 (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Retro Con’s Totally Tubular T-shirt Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

12:30pm: Panel- Melendy Britt Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Raffle Session 1

– Spirit Halloween Proton Pack/Ghost Trap
– Star Wars retro figure set
– 1/4 Scale TMNT Shredder figure

1:30pm: Panel- Robbie Rist Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

2:15pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm:  Trivia Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Panel- Toy Galaxy with Dan Larson (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Transformers Ectotron figure/Skeletor Cereal
– Transformers Power of the Primes Predaking
– NECA TMNT Movie Set

5:00pm: Panel- Hacksaw Jim Duggan Q&A (Panel Area)

5:30pm: Show Closes



Sunday September 15th, 2019


9:00am: Show Opens

10:30am: Retro Name that Tune! w/ The Game Guyz (Panel Area)

11:15am: Karaoke Contest Sign-Ups (at Table in Lobby)

11:15am: Panel- David Kaye hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– ThunderCats Series DVD set/Lion-O Cereal
– Super7 She-Ra & He-Man figure set
– NECA TMNT Cartoon Figures set (donated by NECA)

12:00pm to 3pm: James Rolfe/AVGN signing (Guest Section)

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Retro Con’s Truly Truly Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest hosted by Nagi Oki!

2:15pm: Panel- Gil Gerard & Felix Silla Q&A hosted by Megapodtastic (Panel Area)

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Kingdom Hearts figure set
– NECA TMNT Capture of Splinter set
– Matty Collector Castle Grayskull set

3:15pm: Panel- James Rolfe/Angry Video Game Nerd Q&A (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Show Closes

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Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

April 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!



Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night September 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 


Venue:  Arnold’s Family Fun Center 

(Water Tower section)

2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456


Concert start time: 8pm


Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm for concert check-in


Purchase tickets via Paypal below!






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 blue 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 for concert check-in any time after 7pm. But feel free to get to Arnold’s Family Fun Center early! They have a numerous fun activities such as go-carts, mini golf, lasertag, arcade games, bowling, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. 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:



The Cybertronic Spree Returns for Retro Con 2019!

March 14, 2019 Leave a comment


They’ve been making waves across the internet again and again, and now’s your chance to catch them in person!


Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.


They are…


 The Cybertronic Spree!



More than meets the eye, The Cybertronic Spree are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! This band of Transformers has been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll and they can’t be stopped.

Join HotrodArceeRumbleUnicronSoundwaveBumblebeeShockwave and a Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour! These rockstars in disguise play music from The Transformers: The Movie, plus themes from hit films, cartoons, video games, and more. They blend their love for the 80’s and 80’s metal into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live show!

The Cybertronic Spree have been rocking conventions and events since 2013. They’ve captivated audiences across Canada and the US with performances at Anime North, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Toronto ComicCon, Nerd Noise Night, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montreal Comic Con and opened for fellow space-rockers, TWRP, Electric 6, and Magic Sword, and (in their original US concert debut)… Retro Con!

New fans are discovering the “best kept secret” in bands every year as their popularity continues to grow. The band’s new cover of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” has had over 800,000 views on their Youtube page (and quickly climbing), and is currently being shared all over social media!  


The Cybertronic Spree will be attending Retro Con early in the day on Saturday (September 14th) as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm. 

But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing a concert that Saturday night (September 14th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!


**Buy Your Concert Tickets HERE!**


Check out some pics of the band’s sold-out concerts from Retro Con 2017 and 2018!














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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then catch them Live in concert Saturday night!!



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