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Thank You From Retro Con!

September 22, 2019 Leave a comment

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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

 

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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!

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CONCERT TICKETS SOLD OUT!!

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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 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:

 

https://retrocons.com/2019/03/14/the-cybertronic-spree-returns-for-retro-con-2019/

 

 

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!!

 

 

Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:

Thank You From Retro Con!

October 17, 2018 Leave a comment

 

Retro Con 2018 is in the books and we would like to express our utmost thanks to everyone that attended! We realize we don’t necessarily have the mainstream appeal of comic cons, or the party atmosphere of other conventions, but we like to think Retro Con attracts a very sincere and “grassroots” audience. We’re proud to host a convention where everyone checks their ego at the door and are there simply for their love of retro culture. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

We would like to thank all of our spirited attendees, our awesome vendors, all of our wonderful guests, everyone that helped add to the show’s atmoshere by dressing in costume, the press and news outlets that covered the show, the car owners and costume groups, the Cybertronic Spree for proving the sequel can be better than the original, everyone that helped run events in the panel area, the Game is Afoot Arcade, our A/V tech for the year Tom Dalton, Candice Santora for sponsoring Garry Chalk’s appearance, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, and the Greater Philly Expo Center for having us!

And of course our biggest thanks goes to our staff and volunteers! As usual, without them the show literally could not happen, and we appreciate their invaluable dedication and sacrifice every year.

Our staff and volunteers this year include Tom Jacobs, Wayne Kline, Greg Boyle, Anthony Kyzer, Chris Scheetz, Charles Piner, Nick Govosdian, Logan Moran, Mike Breaux, Tim Plakas, Dean Plakas, Mike Colasanti, Nate Kipphorn, Kyle Williamson, Kevin Jones, Erica Lindsey, Jim Cannon, Mike Townsend, Zach Townsend, Joe Fiore, Matt & Courtney March, Greg Hammaker, Trick Treat, Nagi Oki, Rob Brand, Leslie AuFancy, Wendy Wassmer, Brandon Wassmer, Jack Doud, TJ Becker, Gary Lane, Kristy Sproul, Denise Marie, and Candice Santora. You guys are the best!!

Once again, thank you to everyone that attended or supported the show!

Sincerely,   Tony & Rose

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Retro Con 2018 Preregistrant Cut-Off is October 9th!!

September 30, 2018 Leave a comment

 

There are just NINE DAYS left to pre-purchase weekend tickets to Retro Con 2018!!

Perks of being a weekend ticket holder include early access to the vendor hall on Saturday (9am), a complimentary Retro Con 2018 pin, a laminated RC badge with lanyard, and a savings of $10 versus buying at the door each day!

Preregister for Retro Con 2018 here:

Can’t attend Retro Con all weekend? No worries! Passes will also be sold at the door each day! We can accept CASH ONLY at the show, but there are ATMs in the lobby for your convenience.

We hope to see you at the show!

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Retro Con 2018 Show & Panel Schedule

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Saturday October 13th, 2018

 

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

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

10:30am: Panel- Action Figure Junkies with Guest Tim Clarke  (Panel area)

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

12:15pm: Trivia Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Raffle Session 1

– Unofficial Guide to MOTU Classics Book (donated by Rod Pellegrini)/Giant Man-At-Arms Figure

– Ghostbusters Spirit Halloween Proton Pack

– Mattel Lion-O figure signed by Larry Kenney

1:15pm: Retro Con’s Totally Tubular T-shirt Contest (Panel Area)

2:00pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm: Panel- “Pixel Dan” Eardley (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Panel- Voice Actors: Bj Ward & Samantha Newark (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Playmates Voltron Figure Set

– Masterpiece Grimlock/Optimus Prime & Harley Quinn Prizes Pack (donated by Hoaster Gebhard & Co. Insurance)

– NECA San Diego Comic Con TMNT Movie Set

6:00pm: Show Closes

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Sunday October 14th, 2018

 

9:00am: Show Opens

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

11:00am: Karaoke Contest Sign-Ups (at Table in Guest Section)

11:15am: Panel- Voice Actor Leaders- Gregg Berger and Garry Chalk! (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– Playmobil Ghostbusters Ectomobile & Firehouse

– Giant MOTU Beast Man & Stratos (donated by Action Figure Junkies)

– Titans Return Fortress Maximus

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

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! (Panel Area)

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

2:15pm: Panel- Sgt Slaughter (Panel Area)

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Spirit Halloween Ghostbusters Ghost Trap

– LEGO Death Star set

– LEGO Voltron set

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

4:00pm: Show Closes

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