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Retro Con 2022 Show Schedule!

September 16, 2022 Leave a comment

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Saturday September 24th

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

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

11:00am: Panel- The Cybertronic Spree Q&A

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

12:15pm: Panel- Comic Writer Bob Budiansky’s History of Transformers

1:00pm: Raffle Session 1  

   1. Boba Fett Figure Set/Transformers Kingdom Red Alert
   2. Ms. Pac-Man Quarter-scale machine
   3. Ramen Toys Quicksilver/NECA TMNT Usagi Yojimbo

1:15pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

2:15pm: Panel- Venus Terzo Q&A 

3:00pm: Panel- Claudia Wells Q&A 

3:45: Panel- ThunderCats are on the Loose! Q&A with Larry Kenney & Peter Newman 

4:30pm: Raffle Session #2

1. NECA TMNT ‘Catwoman From Channel 6’ Set
     2. NECA SDCC Dungeons & Dragons ‘The Lost Wave” Set
     3. LEGO Optimus Prime Set

5:30pm: Show Closes

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Sunday September 25th

9:00am: Show Opens

11:15am: Karaoke Contest Sign-ups (Front Lobby)

11:15am:  The Retro Con Trivia Contest, hosted by The Breaux Show! (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

1. Mattel Creations Wun-Dar/Grizzlor/Scare Glow
      2. Mattel Creations Monster High Gremlin Greta
      3. Transformers Generations Selects Black Zarak

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

1:00pm: ‘We’re Back! A Retro Con Karaoke Contest’, hosted by Nagi Oki (Panel Area)

2:15pm: Panel-  Micky Dolenz/Butch Patrick Q&A (1 Hour)

3:15pm: Raffle Session #2

     1. Transformers Legacy Metroplex
     2. NECA TMNT ‘Premonitions of a Premutation’ Set
     3. LEGO DeLorean Set

4:00pm: Show Closes

Categories: Contest, Guests, Panels

Meet the voice of April O’Neil, Renae Jacobs, at Retro Con 2022!

September 9, 2022 Leave a comment

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**JUST ADDED!!**

We have a late addition to our guest line-up… please welcome voice actor Renae Jacobs to Retro Con 2022, September 24th & 25th in Oaks, PA!

Renae is best known as the voice of Channel 6’s ace reporter April O’Neil on the classic 80’s cartoon series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Known for her signature yellow jumpsuit and bold reporting style, April would sometimes get in over her head and end up kidnapped by Shredder and his flunkeys. But she’s also one of the turtles’ most trusted allies and saved their shells countless times throughout the series! April is one of the most popular and recognizable animated characters from the 80’s & 90’s. Come meet the voice behind the character at Retro Con 2022!

We want to thank Renae for agreeing to come to the show on such short notice! If you have a friend that’s a TMNT fan, please consider sharing this post to spread the word that Renae is coming to the Philadelphia area!

Meet Butch Patrick at Retro Con 2022!

August 4, 2022 Leave a comment

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“Eddie, stop biting your nails!”

We’re super excited to add actor Butch Patrick to our guest list for Retro Con 2022!

Butch is best known for playing Eddie Munster, the lycanthrope child of Herman and Lily, on the 60’s sitcom The Munsters! Though the series only ran two seasons, reruns of the show catapulted it to classic tv status loved by each new generation that discovers it, elevating the character of Eddie Munster to pop culture icon!

Butch has also been in numerous other productions in his long career, including playing lead character Mark in the trippy Sid & Marty Krofft show ‘Lidsville’, as well as appearances in The Phantom Tollbooth, Adam-12, The Untouchables, Family Affair, The Monkees, Shazam!, My Three Sons, The Simpsons (voicing himself!), and many many more.

Butch has been a staple at events for years and is extremely friendly to fans. Be sure to stop by his table in the guest section to say hi. Will he have Woof-Woof with him? Come and see!

Butch Patrick’s appearance at Retro Con is being sponsored by Monkee Mania Radio! Celebrating the music of The Monkees and so much more. We thank Jodi Ritzen very much for her generosity in bringing Butch to Retro Con! 

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Meet Claudia Wells at Retro Con 2022!

July 29, 2022 Leave a comment

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“While you were outside pouting over the car, Jennifer Parker called you twice.”

Please welcome Claudia Wells as guest for Retro Con 2022, September 24th & 25th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

Claudia’s starring role as Jennifer Parker, Marty McFly’s supportive high school sweetheart in the massive 1985 hit film BACK TO THE FUTURE, forever put her in movie history as part of one of the greatest films of all time! That’s the POWER of love!

While personal obligations prevented her from taking part in the BTTF sequels, Claudia later had the chance to reprise her role as the voice of Jennifer in the Back to the Future video game by Telltale Games (2010), and she’s taken part in several BTTF documentaries over the years. Claudia is also the longtime owner and operator of the clothing store ‘Armani Wells’ in Los Angeles.

Claudia is very spirited and loves Back to the Future and fans of the series! So please visit her table in the guest section to say hi and to get your autographs/photo ops. She’ll be right next to the DeLorean time machine! All prices will be up on the website very soon.

Follow Claudia Online!

Website: https://www.claudiawells.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/TheClaudiaWells

Twitter: twitter.com/TheClaudiaWells

Instagram: instagram.com/theclaudiawells/

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now On Sale!

June 10, 2022 Leave a comment

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Get ready for the REAL Rock Lords!!

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday, September 24th at Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks, PA!

Venue:

Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks
(Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456
Website: http://arnoldsffc.com/

Concert start time: 8pm

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

Purchase tickets via Paypal below!

CONCERT TICKETS SOLD OUT!!

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Please read concert details in full:

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

These are considered “Will Call” tickets, which means physical tickets will NOT be mailed to you. Please bring along your ID or a print-out/screen cap of your Paypal transaction receipt. Our staff will use it to check you in at Arnold’s. We will send you an email to confirm your ticket purchase.

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, a restaurant, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. Maybe longer if you charge up the band with your positive energy!!

Attendees can purchase band-related t-shirts and other merch at the venue before the show if you want to watch the concert in style! The band will also be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. But to ensure you get the full band experience (and first crack at their merchandise), please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm, and will be taking part in a Q&A panel!

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 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.

If you need to make a name change on your ticket reservation, please drop us a line at screamers85@gmail.com!

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

retrocons.com/2022/05/27/cybertronic-spree-guest-appearance-and-concert/

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Categories: Guests, Music, Transformers

See the Monkeemobile at Retro Con 2022!

June 3, 2022 Leave a comment

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“Come, my trusty cohorts! Let us to the Monkeemobile! AWAY!”

Joining the DeLorean time machine and screen-used KITT on the show floor at Retro Con this year will be another famous pop culture car… The Monkeemobile!!

Built from a modified 1966 Pontiac GTO, this spectacular replica is based directly on the one seen in the 60’s Monkees tv show. Look for this beautiful machine in back of the hall- right next to Micky Dolenz himself!

The Monkeemobile will be available for photo ops with the car by itself, as well as combo photo ops with the car and Micky! We’ll post up the price list as we approach showtime.

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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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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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