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Meet the Voice of Cheetara, Lynne Lipton, at Retro Con 2022!

March 18, 2022 Leave a comment

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We’ve been chasing this particular guest since even before our very first show in 2012! Rather appropriate given her primary character…

But we’re excited to announce that at long last, actor Lynne Lipton will be joining us for Retro Con 2022!

Lynne is best known for voicing the bo-staff wielding speedster Cheetara on the classic 80’s animated series ThunderCats! A favorite since episode one, the character has since transcended the ThunderCats cartoon and toy line and gone on to become a pop culture icon (and a “cartoon crush” for many).

An actor of great versatility, Lynne actually voiced ALL the female characters on the first season of the ThunderCats show! These include the likes of the mischievous WilyKit, as well as Mumm-Rana, Queen Tatara, Ro-Bear Belle, Luna, and the popular recurring character Mandora the Evil Chaser!

Lynne joins the voice of Lion-O himself (Larry Kenney) at Retro Con 2022, September 24th & 25th in Oaks, Pennsylvania! ThunderCats are on the move!

Meet Lion-O Voice Actor Larry Kenney at Retro Con 2022!

March 11, 2022 Leave a comment

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We can’t have a 10th anniversary celebration without the Lord of the ThunderCats, can we? Please welcome the legendary Larry Kenney back for Retro Con 2022!

Larry is of course best known for voicing iconic 80’s hero Lion-O on the cartoon with possibly the greatest intro song of all time… ThunderCats! Larry also voiced Jackalman and Safari Joe on the show, as well as Bluegrass, Buzzsaw, and Poker-Face on the Rankin/Bass follow-up series Silverhawks.

Adding to his eclectic list of characters, Larry also voiced classic cereal mascots Count Chocula and Cocoa Puffs Sonny, the Chief on Teen Titans Go (with a cameo as Lion-O in one episode!), JB Cripps on Red Dead Online, and is even the voice of Skittles Candy! “Retro the Rainbow! Taste the Rainbow!”

Larry will be joining us both days this year, and will be taking part in a Q&A at the show. Don’t miss your chance to meet this cool cat in person!

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Meet Boglins Designer Tim Clarke at Retro Con 2022!

March 8, 2022 Leave a comment

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We welcome toy and puppet designer Tim Clarke back for Retro Con 2022! Once known as the “King of Gross” due to his penchant for inventing toys with wonderfully grotesque designs and gimmicks, Tim is the co-creator of cult favorite 80’s toylines Sectaurs and Boglins!

Though we might have to promote Boglins from “cult toyline” back to full “hit toyline”, because they’ve been back in full force for the past year and a half. In fact Tim sold out of his entire stock of Boglins by early Saturday afternoon at the show last year, having to rely on stock from another vendor to keep him going. A good problem to have!

Tim started his career designing and building puppets for the Jim Henson Company, most notably the Mystics and Slaves he sculpted and designed for The Dark Crystal. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and for Fraggle Rock where he created Traveling Matt!

Tim will be at Retro Con both days, and you can find him in Row 1 at the show. He’s hoping to have the upcoming “Bat Boglins” ready to go by then, and possibly new surprises!

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See a Screen-Used KITT at Retro Con 2022!

February 25, 2022 Leave a comment

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This September marks the 40th Anniversary of the classic 80’s action series Knight Rider, and the Knight Rider Historians youtube channel will be making a “shadowy flight” to Retro Con to help us celebrate in style… and bringing a screen-used KITT with them!

The team at Knight Rider Historians are dedicated to promoting the legacy of Knight Rider every way possible. From interviews with cast and crew, to episode commentaries, to unraveling show mysteries, to tracking down and preserving screen-used props from the series. In fact, they possess the world’s largest collection of Knight Rider props!

KRH’s front man Joe will be joining us at Retro Con, and bringing along a screen-used KITT! This piece of tv history was used for stunts in seasons 3 & 4 of the show. While roughly 25 KITTs were used in the creation of the series, only 5 are known to remain. This is one of those surviving cars, saved from a terrible junkyard fate and restored to its former glory. In recent years, this KITT has been seen on an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, and was even reunited with The Hoff himself on Good Morning America in 2019!

Knight Rider Historians and KITT will be at the show all weekend, and photo ops with the car will be available for a fee. Now’s your chance to be Michael Knight!

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Follow the Knight Rider Historians Online!

Main Website: knightriderhistorians.com/

Youtube: Youtube.com/KnightRiderHistoriansOfficial

Instagram: Instagram.com/knight_rider_historians/

Meet Venus Terzo at Retro Con 2022!

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

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Please welcome actor Venus Terzo to Retro Con 2022!

Venus is known for voicing such popular characters as Blackarachnia on Beast Wars, and female-type Ranma on the english dub of Ranma 1/2! She also played Princess Lana on Captain N: The Game Master, Jean Grey on X-Men Evolution, B-ko in the Project A-ko series, Wedy on Death Note, and numerous other roles in the world of anime and western animation.

Venus is an onscreen actor as well! You can catch her in Stephen King’s It (1990), Sliders, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, the Dead Zone, Psych, Supernatural, Skyscraper, and most recently in the recurring role of Dr. Elisa Schwartz on CW’s Arrow!

Come meet her at the show this September!

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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