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Meet Gregg Berger at Retro Con 2018!

February 7, 2018 Leave a comment

 

We welcome Gregg Berger as our latest guest for Retro Con 2018!

 

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Gregg is best known for voicing the mighty leader of the Dinobots: Grimlock! He voiced the fan-favorite character in all of the G1 Transformers series, Transformers: The Movie (1986), several Transformers video games, and recently revisited the character in Machinima’s new Transformers: Power of the Primes web series! 

 

 

Gregg can also be heard as Skyfire and Long Haul in G1 Transformers, Spirit and Firefly on GI Joe, Cornfed Pig on Duckman, The Gromble on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Mr. Little on The Littles,  Agent K on Men in Black: The Series, and he has been the voice of lovable pooch Odie for over 35 years!

 

 

Gregg is known for on-camera work as well! You may have seen him in Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (he’s even on the poster!), as well as Spaced Invaders (“They blew up our new off-ramp!”).

 

 

Gregg will be at the show both days for autographs and photo ops. Prices will be posted as we get closer to showtime.

 

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Meet the voice of Jem, Samantha Newark, at Retro Con 2018!

December 12, 2017 Leave a comment

 

“Showtime, Synergy!”

We’re excited to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2018: Voice actor and singer Samantha Newark! Samha is best known for giving voice to one of the most iconic characters of the 80’s: Jem!

 

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Through secret technology developed by her late father, young adult Jerrica Benton uses special earrings to communicate with supercomputer Synergy, allowing her to assume the holographic identity of mysterious rockstar… Jem!

 

 

As lead singer of  The Holograms, the band created eclectic rock music, with much of the sale proceeds going to Starlight House, a home for orphaned and homeless girls.  

Samantha voiced the character through all 65 episodes of the Sunbow cartoon series, with performer Britta Phillips providing vocals for the song portions of the show. The show was hugely popular in the mid to late 80’s, and has a devoted fanbase to this day. And recent re-airings of the series on cable have brought new fans into the fold!

 

 

Samantha also took part in one of the most significant episodes of the G1 Transformers cartoon. She voiced Autobot “Ariel” in Wardawn, a flashback episode that revealed the origin of  legendary Autobot Leader Optimus Prime! Ariel herself would later be rebuilt into the powerful leader of the female Autobots: Elita-One!

 

 

Another noteworthy project of Samantha’s was performing lead vocals for the song “In Your Eyes” from the classic 1986 anime film Project A-ko! The song was included in both the original japanese and international versions of the movie.

 

 

And for an added treat, Samantha has kindly agreed to be a guest judge this year at Retro Con’s annual Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest, making this year’s contest Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous!!

 

 

Follow Samantha on-line!

Main Website: https://www.samanthanewark.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samanthanewarkofficial/

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

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

May 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!**

Tickets are  available for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night October 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 

Venue: Arnold’s Family Fun Center (Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

Start time: 8pm

Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE 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 receipt/invoice. The staff at Arnold’s will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will be 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.

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 any time after 7pm for check-in and mingling.

The concert will run about one hour. Time permitting, the Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise at this time. But to ensure you get to meet the band and buy merchandise, please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm.

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 separate room to the right of the stage where attendees can pay to play rounds of bowling while watching the concert on the venue’s large overhead screens. There is also 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.

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

https://retrocons.com/2017/02/15/meet-the-cybertronic-spree-at-retro-con-2017/

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Rob Paulsen at Retro Con 2017!

March 9, 2017 Leave a comment

We welcome voice actor Rob Paulsen to Retro Con 2017!

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Rob has been in the voice acting industry for nearly 35 years (and still going strong), and truly bridges the gap between generations. Not only is Rob the voice of sarcastic wisecracker Raphael on the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series (1987 to 1996), he is also the voice of tech-genius Donatello on the current incarnation of TMNT on Nickelodeon (2012 to 2017)!!

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Rob is also the voice of such wildly popular characters as Yakko Warner on Animaniacs, and Pinky from Pinky and the Brain! Other notable voices of Rob include Tripwire and Snow Job on GI Joe, Slingshot and Air Raid on G1 Transformers, and he played the lead roles on Mighty Max, Saber Rider, and The Mask!

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Please check out Rob’s full voiceography over at Voice Chasers!

Follow Rob Paulsen at the following places:

Main Website: http://robpaulsenlive.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/robpaulsenlive/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yakkopinky

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

Meet the Cybertronic Spree at Retro Con 2017!

February 15, 2017 2 comments

 

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!

 

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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!

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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. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm. 

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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!

**Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets are now SOLD OUT!**

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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:

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Arthur Burghardt to attend Retro Con 2017!

December 13, 2016 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2017: Arthur Burghardt!

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Arthur’s most prolific role is that of shrewd arms dealer Destro in the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe series!

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  As owner of M.A.R.S. Industries, he was the primary weapons-provider for all of Cobra. Though considered part of the Cobra command hierarchy (along with his romantic love interest The Baroness), Destro and Cobra Commander were often at odds with each other, suggesting their alliance was more a matter of convenience than solidarity.

Destro’s intriguing mix of coldness, honor, and calm demeanor, not to mention the cool metal mask he wears to honor his ancestors, has made him a fan-favorite for over 30 years!

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Another hugely popular voice of Arthur’s was that of the original Transformers combiner giant: DEVASTATOR!!

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As the amalgamated form of the six Constructicons (Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Mixmaster), Devastator didn’t always have much to say, but Arthur’s booming voice always made for a commanding appearance nonetheless! Devastator is arguably the most popular combiner in all of Transformers. Arthur played the character in the original Marvel/Sunbow G1 cartoon series, as well as the 1986 theatrical movie.

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Arthur also gave voice to two other notable GI Joe characters: jetpack-wearing Sergeant Stalker, and cold weather operative Iceberg!

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And he played one of the main players on Challenge of the GoBots: the courageous Guardian Turbo!

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“Time to go!!”

Arthur will be at Retro Con all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We will post up a price list as the show draws closer. Come meet the voice of some of the most iconic characters of the 80’s!!

Alan Oppenheimer to Attend Retro Con 2016!

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment

 

We are elated to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2016: Veteran voice and character actor Alan Oppenheimer!

 
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Alan has been in the entertainment business for more than 50 years, with live-action parts in such hit movies and series as The Untouchables, I Spy, Get Smart, Hogan’s Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, Bewitched, Bonanza, The Six Million Dollar Man, Westworld, Happy Days, What’s Happening!!, Trapper John M.D., Knight Rider, Night Court, Moving, Who’s the Boss, Married With Children, and Star Trek Voyager.

 
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But if you grew up in the 80’s, you will most definitely recognize Alan as the voice of some of the decade’s most iconic characters!

 
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His most famous voice role is probably that of the poster child of evil: Skeletor! *wicked laughter*

 
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Alan portrayed the sinister (yet lovable) villain in over 70 episodes of the He-man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon series by Filmation, and the character would go on to have appearances on the follow-up She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon. Though surrounded by incompetent minions and thwarted time and again by He-man and friends, Skeletor would never stop trying to conquer Eternia and capture Castle Grayskull!

 
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In addition to Skeletor, Alan also provided the voice for Prince Adam’s mentor Man-At-Arms, Skeletor’s gurgling henchman Mer-Man, as well as Prince Adam’s “fearless friend” Cringer!

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“Never give up, and good luck will find you.”

And in a role completely opposite of Skeletor, Alan also voiced another favorite character from the 80’s: The flying luck dragon Falkor!

 
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A wise and benevolent being from the land of Fantasia, Falkor would give encouraging advice to those in need and could always be relied on in a crisis. This gentle giant is widely considered to be the most popular character from The NeverEnding Story, and is also one of Alan’s personal favorite roles.

 
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In addition to Falkor, Alan also gave voice to the gargantuan Rock Biter and the devious G’mork, and was also the lighthearted narrator of the film!

 
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Mr. Oppenheimer also worked on Marvel Sunbow’s Transformers cartoon, where he voiced three notable season 2 Autobots: The boisterous Warpath, the mellow pacifist Beachcomber, and the ocean-faring Seaspray!

 
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Other characters Alan voiced include Prime Evil from Filmation’s Ghostbusters, as well as Vanity on the wildly popular Smurfs cartoon series!

 
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Skeletor may be irredeemable evil, but we can assure you Alan has a heart of gold! He wants to donate 100% of his autograph sales from the show directly to children’s charities! So please come out to meet him at Retro Con! You’ll not only be meeting an amazing talent, you’ll also be helping some very worthy causes!!