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Retro Con 2021 Show Schedule!

September 3, 2021 Leave a comment

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Saturday September 25th

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

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

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

12:15pm: Panel at Bernie’s: A Q&A with actor Terry Kiser! Hosted by Mr. Lobo! (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Raffle Session 1  

– Transformers Ectomobile and DeLorean set
– MOTU Origins Castle Grayskull
– Boba Fett Figure and Ship set

1:30pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

2:30pm: Panel- It’s Over 9000!!! Q&A with Voice Actor Ian James Corlett  (Panel Area)

3:15pm: Panel- Space Ghost Coast To Coast! Q&A with Voice Actor George Lowe, hosted by Fandom Spotlite! (Panel Area)

4:00: Panel- Cinema Insomnia’s 20th Anniversary Celebration with Mr. Lobo! (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– GI Joe Classified Snake Eyes w/ Timber set
– NECA TMNT Tokka & Rahzar figure set
– Transformers War For Cybertron Autobot Ark set

5:30pm: Show Closes

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Sunday September 26th

9:00am: Show Opens

11:30am:  The Retro Con Trivia Contest, hosted by The Breaux Show! (Panel Area)

12:15pm: Raffle Session #1

– Animatronic Grogu/Figuarts Pac-Man
– Super7 Godzilla/McFarlane Batmobile
– Transformers Generations Devastator set

12:35pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Panel- The Greatest American Hero 40th Anniversary with William Katt! Hosted by Fandom Spotlite!  (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Panel- From Bumblebee to Spider-Man! A Q&A with Dan Gilvezan! Hosted by Fandom Spotlite!

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Kenner Ghostbusters Ectomobile/Figures reissue set
– NECA TMNT Turtles in Disguise 4-pack
– Transformers War For Cybertron Scorponok

4:00pm: Show Closes

Categories: Contest, Guests, Panels

Meet Mr. Lobo at Retro Con 2021!

September 2, 2021 Leave a comment

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MR. LOBO’s CINEMA INSOMNIA–a late-night cult TV sensation for “20 or So” years–is now on ROKU channel OSI 74, Twitch, YouTube and has over 22 episodes available on Alpha Video DVD.

Host of Blobfest at the Colonial Theatre for 9 Years and producer and curator of many Creature Features tributes and live Spook Shows. He has appeared in many Mystery Science Theater 3000 box sets and nostalgic documentaries-like American Scary, Monsters Among Us, and Virginia Creepers. He played the Amazing Criswell in PLAN 9 (2016), a remake of Ed Wood’s Plan Nine From Outer Space (1959). A regular guest on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and Cinemassacre with James Rolfe (the Angry Video Game Nerd)!

He worked on the retro horror flick The Ranger for Shudder network. He was even spoofed on Scooby Doo Mystery Inc., and attacked by wrestler Chris Jericho on TMZ. He will be seen in the upcoming horror film Feeders 3. Mr. Lobo lords over slumber party movie fun with his patented blend of humor & satire and claims “They’re Not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood”.

*Catch Mr. Lobo’s panel at 4:00pm on Saturday!!*

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Meet Terry Kiser at Retro Con 2021!

July 27, 2021 Leave a comment

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“Bernie may be dead, but he’s still the life of the party!”

Please welcome actor Terry Kiser to Retro Con 2021!

A diverse character actor of over 50 years, Terry is best known for playing rubbed out insurance exec Bernie Lomax in the 80’s screwball comedy classic ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’! Usually an actor’s role ends when their character dies in a movie, but in the case of Bernie, he led a very active deathstyle! If you can watch this movie and not laugh at the antics of Bernie as he’s helplessly dragged across land and sea, you just might be dead on the inside…

Terry would reprise his title role in the 1993 sequel ‘Weekend at Bernie’s II’, this time with 100% more voodoo! Though it didn’t make the splash the original did, it did give birth to the “Bernie Dance” craze, where hundreds of different youtubers filmed their own rendition of the voodoo dance. No, seriously. Look it up.

Though widely known for comedy, Terry also played the sinister role of Dr. Crews in ‘Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood’, where he ended up as the 67th victim of Jason Voorhees. Deceitful and manipulative, “Bad News Crews” is often considered to be the most evil character in the entire franchise, which is saying a lot!

Terry also had the recurring role of nosy reporter Al Craven on Night Court, and played H.G. Wells in two episodes of Lois & Clark. He’s also had appearances on such popular shows of the 70’s & 80’s as Three’s Company, Knight Rider, WKRP In Cincinnati, Diff’rent Strokes, Hill Street Blues, and many more.

Terry Kiser will be at Retro Con both Saturday and Sunday, so come out and meet him! He’ll have the Bernie glasses in tow!

 

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Meet Matt Cardona at Retro Con 2021!

July 20, 2021 Leave a comment

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Okay, even we didn’t see this one coming…

Please welcome to Retro Con 2021, professional wrestler (and toy aficionado) Matt Cardona!

Growing up in Long Island New York, Matt’s childhood dream was becoming a pro wrestler. He fulfilled that dream in 2006 by signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), winning numerous championships in his 14 years there. His biggest in-ring achievement coming at WrestleMania 32, where in front of over 101,000 fans in AT&T Stadium, Matt won a ladder match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship! He would stay with the WWE until 2020, and is now currently signed with IMPACT! Wrestling.

Matt is also a hardcore collector! In 2018, he started The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast with friend Brian Myers. The weekly podcast about their love of action figures has led into live shows, toy hunts, a YouTube channel, and their very own toy line. In addition to wrestling action figures, Matt also collects Star Wars, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Disney characters, and a whole lot more!

Matt Cardona will be appearing at Retro Con on SATURDAY ONLY! Signing times are 12pm to 3pm!

A huge thanks to the Gnome Club for contacting us and sponsoring Matt’s appearance at the show!!

 

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Follow Matt Online!

Website: https://mattcardona.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/themattcardona/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMattCardona

The Major Action Figure Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/majorwfpod/

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

July 9, 2021 Leave a comment

 

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Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE 
for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night September 25th 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

 

**CONCERT TICKETS ARE 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 transaction receipt. Our staff will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will also be just 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.

 

**Since this venue is not large, we will be requiring face masks for everyone regardless of covid vaccination status! Exceptions will be made for when eating or drinking.**     

 

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, an upcoming “Bar-kade”, bowling, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. The Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise before and after the concert. 

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 will also be a restaurant in that wing where attendees can order food.

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 (though the section will be filled only by our attendees).

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!

 

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Meet Boglins & Sectaurs Creator Tim Clarke at Retro Con 2021!

April 3, 2021 Leave a comment

The Boglins are back!!

We’re pleased to announce toy and puppet designer Tim Clarke will be returning for Retro Con 2021 (Official)! Once known as the “King of Gross”, Tim is the co-creator of cult favorite 80’s toylines Sectaurs and Boglins!

Though we may have to promote Boglins from “cult toyline” back to full “hit toyline”, due to recently coming off an extremely successful Kickstarter to revive the brand. Reaching nearly *ten times* its initial goal, the Boglins were put on the fast track to world domination! You can currently pre-order the brand new Boglins on websites such as Gamestop and Walmart. We happily backed the kickstarter and look forward to receiving our King Drool in the mail!

Tim started his career designing and building puppets for the Jim Henson Company. Most notable were the Mystics and Slaves that he sculpted and designed for the movie the Dark Crystal, guided by the incredible drawings of Brian Froud. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock for which he created ‘Traveling Matt’.

Tim will be at Retro Con both days, and you can find him in Row 2 at the show. He’s hoping to have the upcoming Halloween-themed Boglins ready to go by then!

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Meet William Katt at Retro Con 2021!

March 18, 2021 Leave a comment

“Believe it or Not”, this month in 1981 marked the premiere of The Greatest American Hero on ABC!

We were super-bummed when we had to cancel the convention last year, because we were very excited to bring this particular guest to the show. But that’s okay… because now we get to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the show that made him a household name!

Please welcome actor William Katt to Retro Con 2021!

Mr. Katt is best known for playing the lead role in the classic 80’s action/comedy series ‘The Greatest American Hero’! Running for 3 seasons, the show followed the exploits of mild-mannered teacher Ralph Hinkley, who receives a super powered suit from aliens during a fate encounter in the desert. Immediately *losing* the instructions, Ralph has to learn the suit’s powers through trial and error, often with comical results. With the help of his FBI friend Bill and girlfriend Pam, together they use Ralph’s super powers to fight crime and injustice around the globe… one crash at a time.

Fondly remembered to this day, you can find the show on a multitude of channels and streaming services. And the theme song from the show, ‘Believe it or Not’ (sung by Joey Scarbury), is also still in regular rotation on radio stations across the country. Also, not a single Retro Con goes by that we don’t have an attendee dressed up as the character!

You’ve seen William in several well known movies as well, such as Stephen King’s Carrie (1976), the cult dinosaur classic Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), and the popular horror/comedy House (1986). He’s also done voice acting, playing Green Guardsman in the Justice League animated series, and Hawkman in Batman: Brave and the Bold!

William is scheduled to be at the show both days, and will take part in a Q&A panel hosted by Fandom Spotlite.

Follow William Katt on Facebook:

facebook.com/The-Greatest-American-Hero-William-Katt-103061305765/

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Meet Transformers Writer Bob Budiansky at Retro Con 2020!

March 2, 2020 Leave a comment

 

He was part of our show all the way back in 2013, and we’re pleased to announce his return for 2020. Please welcome to Retro Con 2020 writer and artist Bob Budiansky!

 

 

Bob was instrumental in the development of G1 Transformers in the early years of the brand. 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’ pesonalities 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, and in the process coined such iconic Transformer names as Grimlock, Wheeljack, Starscream, and Megatron!

Bob was also script writer for 50 issues of the original Marvel Transformers comic, handled editing duties on the original comic mini-series, and would also pencil the occasional cover for the title. It’s in these pages that Bob originated the idea of the Autobot Matrix, which would go on to be a mainstay in Transformers lore.

Not a Transformers fan? 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. And he also created his own Marvel Comics monthly series- Sleepwalker!

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 Powerpoint presentation documenting his involvement with the Transformers brand. But he would also love to hear your questions about his work apart from Transformers! 🙂

Meet “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart at Retro Con 2020!

February 7, 2020 Leave a comment

 

We’re super excited to bring yet another wrestling icon to Retro Con for 2020- Please welcome to the show “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart!

One of the greatest heel managers of all time, Jimmy has been a fixture of wrestling since the mid-80s when he joined the WWF. Over the years, he’s managed such legendary wrestlers as Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, Jerry Lawler, Greg Valentine, and many more!

Sporting his signature ‘loud’ outfits and with trademark megaphone in hand, Jimmy made sure he was the center of attention during backstage promos and by ringside! Spending 8 years in the WWF, Jimmy moved on to the WCW and other wrestling circuits for many years, before returning to the WWE in 2011 under a Legends contract.

Jimmy proudly embraces his wrestling persona and will be bringing it to Retro Con in September!

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Follow Jimmy Hart Online! 

 

Facebook: facebook.com/MouthoftheSouthJimmyHart/

Instagram: instagram.com/jimmymouthofthesouthhart/

Twitter: twitter.com/RealJimmyHart

Meet the Voice of Space Ghost, George Lowe, at Retro Con 2020!

December 18, 2019 Leave a comment

 

From coast to coast and coming to Oaks! We welcome our first guest for Retro Con 2020: Voice actor George Lowe! George is best known for voicing superhero turned talk show host ‘Tad Ghostal’, better known to you as… SPACE GHOST!! 

 

 

Broadcasting from the Ghost Planet with arch foes Zorak and Moltar as his hapless crew, Space Ghost Coast to Coast featured the title character interviewing notable public figures of the era. His interactions with guests were always hilarious, usually awkward, sometimes hostile, and occasionally resulted in Space Ghost blasting them with his power bands. 

 

 

George voiced Space Ghost in over 110 episodes for Cartoon Network between 1994 and 2008, as well as playing the character in cameo appearances in other CN shows. Space Ghost Coast to Coast was the unofficial start of ‘Adult Swim’ and inspired such popular series as Cartoon Planet, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman, and The Venture Brothers!

 

 

George also voiced the recurring character of… himself, George Lowe, on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he would have a different occupation in every episode which he appeared. He also provides multiple voices on Robot Chicken, his most notable being the recurring character of the depraved magical Unicorn. He also played Brak’s father on the popular Space Ghost spin-off series The Brak Show.

 

 

If you’ve never seen Space Ghost Coast to Coast, check this gem out on the Adult Swim website! It’s a quirky throwback to the 90’s. Then come meet the man behind the ghost at Retro Con 2020!