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See the Jersey General at Retro Con 2023!

June 1, 2023 Leave a comment

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The Jersey General will be on the show floor at Retro Con 2023!

A faithful replica of the General Lee as seen on The Duke of Hazzard (right down to the “Dixie” air horn), the Jersey General will be available for photo ops with attendees. It will also be used for fan photo ops with the Dukes cast at the show- Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, and John Schneider! All photo ops can be purchased at the show direct, and pricing option info will be on our website soon.

A big thanks to owner Tom Felice for bringing his sleek car to the show!!

Meet John Schneider at Retro Con 2023!

May 26, 2023 Leave a comment

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*Ahem*… we’ve been holding onto this for a special occasion… “YEEEEEHAAAW!!!”

The Dukes trio is now complete! Please welcome the one and only JOHN SCHNEIDER to Retro Con 2023!!

John first shot to stardom when he played Beauregard “Bo” Duke on the 80’s smash hit tv show The Dukes of Hazzard! The primary driver of the General Lee (and typically the one known for taking the General off most of its legendary jumps!), Bo was also the more impulsive one between himself and his cousin Luke, and usually the one to get the two of them into trouble. *cue colorful Waylon Jennings commercial break narration*

John found himself on another huge tv hit when he was cast as Jonathan Kent on the mega-popular show Smallville in the 2000’s! More than just a “support” and moral compass character on the show, Jonathan was also a major part of the action for several seasons! The fan-favorite series helped make John popular with a whole new generation of fans.

John Schneider joins fellow Dukes castmates Tom Wopat and Catherine Bach at our Dukes of Hazzard reunion! We’re told this is the first time these three have been at the same event in the Philadelphia area, so now’s your chance to get your Dukes merch signed by all three stars in one place! And that place is Retro Con 2023, September 9th & 10th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!!


Meet Daisy Duke herself, Catherine Bach, at Retro Con 2023!

May 19, 2023 Leave a comment

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Not many can say they have an article of clothing named after one of their characters! We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Bach to our guest list for Retro Con 2023!!

Catherine is of course best known for playing Daisy Duke on the smash-hit 80’s tv show The Dukes of Hazzard! A feisty Southern Belle, Daisy could hold her own alongside cousins Bo and Luke, with experience in sharpshooting, horseback riding, bow and arrow, mechanics, and even fisticuffs!

The show quickly turned Catherine Bach into a household name, and the character of Daisy Duke into a pop culture icon! Catherine famously posed as Daisy for a wall poster that sold 5 million copies, and she spawned a fashion craze in the early ’80s when cut-off denim short-shorts became known as “Daisy Dukes”!

Catherine has also enjoyed a long stay on the popular daytime drama The Young and the Restless, where she plays scheming con artist Anita Lawson!

Catherine Bach joins fellow Dukes of Hazzard castmate Tom Wopat at Retro Con 2023, September 9th & 10th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

Meet Tom Wopat at Retro Con 2023!

May 12, 2023 Leave a comment

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Cue that Waylon Jennings theme song, because we’re bringing a bit of Hazzard County to Oaks, Pennsylvania! Please welcome to Retro Con 2023, actor and singer Tom Wopat!!

Tom Wopat will forever be remembered as strapping, plaid shirt-wearing good ol’ boy Luke Duke on the smash hit 80’s action/comedy tv series The Dukes of Hazzard! Running from 1979 to 1985, the show was one of the very most popular series of the era, and still has a ridiculously large fanbase to this day. Beats all you never saw! Considered to be the more cool-headed cousin, Luke was the one that usually got he and Bo out of hot water, and his signature “hood slide” across the General Lee was one of the show’s most memorable hallmarks!

After Dukes ended, Tom successfully refocused his talent as a recording artist, writing and performing music in the genres of country, rock and roll, and classic pop. He also became a leading man of Broadway, and continues to act in tv and movies to this day. Shows and movies you can find him in include Home Improvement, Smallville (reuniting with his Dukes co-star John Schneider!), All My Children, Jonah Hex, Django Unchained, Longmire, The Blacklist, and many more!

Don’t miss your chance to meet Tom Wopat at Retro Con 2023, September 9th & 10th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA!

The Cybertronic Spree at Retro Con 2023! With Secret Guest Star!

April 7, 2023 Leave a comment

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A legendary event is in the making…

The bots with the power of rock are returning, and THIS year they’ll have some serious back-up! Please welcome to Retro Con 2023… The Cybertronic Spree!!

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 songs from hit movies & tv shows, cartoons, classic rock, video games, as well as their own original tunes. They blend their love for 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 Cybertronic Spree will be attending Retro Con early on Saturday (September 9th) as convention guests, where fans can meet the band and pick up band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm.

And like usual, the Spree will be performing a LIVE CONCERT on Saturday night at 8pm at the nearby ‘Arnold’s at the Factory’ in Oaks. Tickets go on sale in May!

But UNLIKE usual, this year they’ll be joined on stage by a SECRET GUEST PERFORMER! Who’s the secret guest?? Find out in a future Retro Con announcement! Your only hint is that this person has never performed with the band previously. *activates the rumor mill*

No worries, CS purists! This will absolutely be a Cybertronic Spree concert! They’ll just have a special guest joining them for a few select tracks. Believe us, this will be “relevant to your interests”…

We won’t leave you hanging for long. Stay tuned for a follow-up post next week!! Or in the words of a Transformers cartoon two-parter: TO BE CONTINUED…


Meet Kathy Garver at Retro Con 2023!

March 23, 2023 Leave a comment

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Spider Friends… GO FOR IT!!!

Please welcome to Retro Con 2023, actor and author Kathy Garver!!

Kathy is beloved for her portrayal of Firestar, one of Spider-Man’s amazing friends on the 1980’s animated hit ‘Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends’! The show ran for three seasons as part of NBC’s Saturday morning line-up, making its indelible mark on pop culture! The show still holds up today through its charming animation, energetic music, and first-rate voice acting. If you’ve never seen the show, it can be streamed on Disney Plus.

An original character created for the series, Firestar/Angelica Jones proved so popular that she turned up in her own comic mini-series, quickly becoming a full-fledged character in the Marvel comics universe! She’s been a member of both the X-Men and the Avengers, has had a wide assortment of action figures and other merchandise based on her, and has even made appearances in modern cartoons and video games!

Kathy is also very well known for her on-screen work, and we would be remiss not to mention her iconic role as Cissy Davis on the classic 1960’s sitcom ‘Family Affair’! The series centered on bachelor & engineer Bill Davis who is given custody of his late brother’s three children: Cissy, Jody & Buffy, raising them with the help of his traditional English butler, Mr. French. The show ran for 5 seasons, and has been in reruns ever since, drawing in new fans with each generation that discovers it! It’s also the show that Zed was getting emotional over in Police Academy 2…

Kathy’s a real sweetheart and we look forward to bringing her to the show, and we hope you’ll come out to meet her too! Save the dates: September 9th & 10th in Oaks, Pennsylvania!

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Greg Evigan is Coming to Retro Con 2023!

March 11, 2023 Leave a comment

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Retro Con 2023 keeps on truckin’! Please welcome to our guest list actor Greg Evigan!!

Greg is best known for his starring role in the endearing 70’s/80’s tv show B.J. and the Bear! Greg played Billie Joe McKay, freelance trucker traveling the highways in his red and white Kenworth K-100 Aerodyne with his chimpanzee sidekick and best friend ‘Bear’. A mix of action and comedy, the Glen A. Larson created show is still popular and fondly remembered to this day, despite the series never being released on official DVD or playing on streaming services/classic tv networks (possibly due to the masters being lost).

Greg moved on to another hit show in the late 80’s, playing Joey Harris for three seasons on the sitcom My Two Dads, co-starring Paul Reiser and Staci Keanan! He also starred as lead character Jake Cardigan in the 90’s sci-fi movie/tv series TekWar, based on the book series of the same name! The series was co-written by William Shatner, who was also featured on the show.

Greg has enjoyed success as a singer, songwriter, and musician as well. You can even hear his voice as the male vocals on the BJ and the Bear theme song! “♫ New dreams and better scenes, and best of all I don’t pay property tax!♪” (Aaaand now we have the song stuck in our head.)

Meet the amazing Greg Evigan at Retro Con 2023, September 9th & 10th in Oaks, Pennsylvania! 

Meet Flash Gordon himself, Sam J. Jones, at Retro Con 2023!

February 10, 2023 Leave a comment

“What do you mean ‘Flash Gordon approaching’… ?”

He’s a miracle, king of the impossible, and he’s coming to Oaks, Pennsylvania this September! We’re excited to announce Sam J. Jones will be joining our guest list for Retro Con 2023!!

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Sam is of course best known for playing the title role in the awesomely over-the-top 80’s sci-fi classic Flash Gordon! While the movie failed to make a big splash at the box office in its original run, it has since gone on to celebrated cult status with its campy tone, eccentric characters, flamboyant costumes and sets, not to mention an immersive and hard-pumping soundtrack by legendary rock group Queen! This is one of those movies the Retro Con household can never pass up when it’s on!

In the years following Flash Gordon, Sam also starred in the Glen A. Larson sci-fi series ‘The Highwayman’ (remember Jacko?), The Spirit (1987), and played bounty hunter Aris Boch on Stargate SG-1. Sam also had notable appearances as a spoofed version of himself in the offbeat ‘Ted’ movies! “We are gonna party like the 80’s.”

Sam was even the subject of his very own documentary called “Life After Flash” in 2017! Partly chronicling the making of and staying power of the Flash Gordon movie, the doc mainly focuses on Sam’s life during the film’s production, and his struggles and successes in the decades that followed.

Sam Jones will be at the show all weekend, so stop by his table in guest row for autographs and photo ops! He’ll also be taking part in a Q&A at the show. Be sure to thank him for saving every one of us!

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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


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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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!