Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.
If you’re into Transformers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen youtube videos of our next guests in action. Hailing from the planet Cybertron (and currently stationed in Ontario, Canada), they are a band like no other!
Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Spike, Soundwave, Bumblebee, and a Quintesson have been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Together, they form:
The Cybertronic Spree!
Known across the galaxy for having cast aside their warring factions for the sake of entertainment, the band has put together a wide repertoire of music for the enjoyment of all sentient beings! Most notably they perform songs from The Transformers: The Movie (1986) animated feature film. But they also rock tunes from hit retro films, cartoons, video games, and more- all at full volume!
These rockstars in disguise blend their love for 80’s metal into an unforgettable live show. It’s your cartoon childhood coming back to whack you in the face with awesome!
The Cybertronic Spree will be attending the show early in the day on Saturday as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. They’ll also be holding a Q&A in the panel area on Saturday (times to be determined).
But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing an hour long concert that Saturday night (October 14th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!
**Please note, concert tickets will be a separate fee from the convention! They will be very affordably priced and will be put online soon!**
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Check out a small sample of the Cybertronic Spree’s music here:
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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then see them in concert Saturday night! This is one party you don’t want to miss!!
Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:
It’s time to GO NINJA GO NINJA GO!!
In conjunction with Retro Con, the Regal Cinemas Oaks 24 next to the expo center has lined-up a 25th anniversary screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze!
The start time is 7pm that Saturday, which gives you plenty of time after the show ends for the day to relax a bit, grab a bite to eat, and then take in a retro classic! This screening is for anyone, not just Retro Con attendees, and standard ticket prices do apply.
This digital screening is sponsored by Cheeburger Cheeburger Oaks, PA!
Preregistration for Retro Con 2015 has now ended. We ended up with 33% more weekend preregistrants than we did in 2014! Our big thanks to everyone that pre-bought their tickets for the show this year!!
If you missed out on prereg though, no worries, we will be selling tickets at the door each day!
Saturday at the door: $18 (includes one raffle ticket)
Sunday at the door: $15 (includes one raffle ticket)
Kids 12 and under get into the show for FREE when accompanied by paying adult!
The show will be held at the Greater Philly Expo Center in Oaks, PA:
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456
We will be in Hall C at the expo center, as shown on the above map. Parking at the expo center is FREE and plentiful!
Show hours are:
Saturday, September 12th: 9am to 5pm
Sunday, September 13th9am to 4pm.
The full show schedule can be found HERE!
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THIS COMING WEEKEND!!
Our friend Nagi has kindly offered to host and sponsor a karaoke contest at Retro Con 2015! To be held on Saturday at the show, sign-ups will begin at 11:15AM at the Raffle table near the front of the hall. We will make an announcement about it. There are no sign-up fees or age restrictions.
The contest will run about an hour long, so we can only accept around 12 contestants in total. The contest itself will happen at 2:00PM in the panel area at the show.
We will have a wide variety of 80’s classics to choose from. Most will have on-screen lyrics to follow along with, but we will also be supplementing these with a few geek-related favorites that will have a *lyrics sheet only* (consider these “extra credit” choices).
The contest rules are as follows:
#1. No staff or volunteers may enter
#2. Singing in costume is allowed, but will not affect the judges’ scoring.
#3. No props or skits are allowed.
#4. Solo artists only, please.
#5. Songs will be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Songs will not be held for specific contestants. Also, outside music will not be allowed.
#6. No instruments will be allowed.
#7. All contestants must arrive at the panel/event room *15 minutes* prior to showtime for check-in and singing order. If you are not present around this time, you may forfeit your entry.
#8. Please no heckling from the audience or other contestants. Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave the panel area.
#9. You MUST rock.
The 1st Place winner of the contest will receive an unopened Transformers Masterpiece Ultra Magnus figure! Available only through import stores at the moment, this fully-transformable toy is valued at nearly $200!!
Other prizes for runners-up include the “RoboCup” and the 1:21 scale diecast Ectomobile by Joyride!
So consider signing up and channeling your inner 80’s rocker or one-hit wonder!
This year we get REALLY retro, as we proudly welcome “The Blob” to Retro Con 2014!
The Blob first hit theaters in 1958 and became an instant cult classic, with the campy tone set up perfectly by its opening theme song. In case you’ve been living under a meteorite for the past 55 years, the movie is about a protoplasm-like alien creature that crashes to earth and immediately starts consuming and dissolving citizens of a small town in rural Pennsylvania, causing it to quickly grow to problematic size.
Not only is the movie set in Pennsylvania, but was in fact filmed in local PA areas such as Downingtown, Royersford, and Phoenixville- All mere miles from where we hold Retro Con every year!
In fact, Phoenixville is the hometown of the theatre that the Blob oozed into, sending the movie’s audience fleeing out the front doors in hysterical terror. Known as the Colonial Theatre, it is still in operation to this day and is the host of Blobfest: a 3-day celebration of the film and other horror classics of the era. This was its 15th year running, with a Blob-like increase in popularity each passing year. The Friday stage show and run-out is often hosted by Retro Con guest Mr. Lobo, and the Saturday and Sunday street festival is also highly recommended!
Owner Wes Shank refers to himself as ” the caretaker of the original blob silicone”. He began collecting movie posters and publicity photos in 1960. After touring the Valley Forge Film Studios in 1965, Wes purchased the silicone directly from the film’s director, Shorty Yeaworth. Wes also owns several miniature sets used in making the movie, along with props from many other classic films.
Always willing to share his knowledge of science fiction movies, Wes has lectured at The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Villanova University, as well as various television interviews over the years. He also wrote and published a book entitled FROM SILICONE TO THE SILVER SCREEN: MEMOIRS OF THE BLOB, a work of love written not only for all who made it possible, but as recognition of the ingenuity and creativity of a cult classic film.
We thank Wes and Judy Shank for coming to the show and bringing along such a wonderful piece of film history for all to see!!
We are happy to announce the dates for our 2014 show: Saturday & Sunday September 27th & 28th at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA, Hall C. We will have 54,000 square feet to fill with toys, video games, art, costumes, and a whole lot more!
We’re still working on ticket pricing for the show, but vendor spot are already available! Click on the Dealer tab at the the top of the page to see the details on how you can reserve a spot for the show.
More show announcements will be coming soon!