Sectaurs at Retro Con!

August 7, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Retro Con will have some Sectaurs programming at the show this year!

 

 

 

Though the line was short-lived back in the 80’s, it’s grown into something of a cult classic over the years with it’s cool character designs and interesting puppet companions. They are wonderfully quirky toys, and you are bound to find them for sale in the vendor section at the show!

 

 

Youtube channel Retro Toy Review will be hosting a panel at the show on Saturday morning (tentative start time is 10:30am). Host Cliff Reese will be screening his award-winning documentary called “The Story of Sectaurs”! In this spirited mini-doc, Cliff will take you through the origins of the line, the creation of the toys, the world reception, and the line’s end (and rebirth!). Featured in interviews in the doc is co-creator of the toy line, Retro Con guest Tim Clarke!   

 

 

 Speaking of rebirth, Sectaurs is making a comeback with a brand new figure line being made by ZICA Toys!

Sectaurs co-creator Tim Clarke has been working with them to bring the line back, and has sent us word that he’ll have test shots of the new figures and packaging on display at Retro Con 2019 (Official) next month! With the line slated to hit by the end of the year, this is your chance to get a sneak peek!!

Look for Tim’s booth in *Row 2* on the show floor! And please check out his website HERE!

 

Retro Con Presents the Out Of Your Shell Karaoke Contest!!

July 26, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Always a crowd-pleaser, Retro Con’s Karaoke Contest will be back for Retro Con 2019! And this year we’re getting 100% more amphibian by christening it the Retro Con Out Of Your Shell Karaoke Contest!!

 

 

 And helping us with that task is the voice of movie Michaelangelo himself, Robbie Rist!! Robbie is a lifelong musician and singer, and has very kindly agreed to be a guest judge at the contest this year!

 

 

Hosted once again by our good friend Nagi Oki, the Karaoke contest will be held on SUNDAY at the show (sign-up and competition times will *be determined soon*!). We will make an announcement over the PA system when we are ready to accept entrants. Depending how strong interest is, we may have to institute a lottery-type system to pick our 15 contestants. There are no sign-up fees or age restrictions.

We will have a wide variety of 80’s (and some early 90’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 full list of song choices can be found HERE!

 

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 skits are allowed. Dancing in place however is just fine (and encouraged).
#4. Solo artists only, please. No duets/trios/etc.
#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 assignment. If you are not present at this time, you may have to forfeit your place.
#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.

Prizes for 2019! 

 

1st Place: Full sealed set of NECA 7″ scale Turtles!

 

 

2nd Place: Mutagen Container Prop by NECA!

 

 

3rd Place: NECA Gamer Gremlin!

 

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 So consider signing up and channeling your inner 80’s rocker! And if you don’t fancy yourself a singer, stop by and cheer on from the audience!! The contest is always a highlight of the convention!

A big thanks to Robbie Rist for agreeing to help judge the show! And also thanks to our friend Nagi for running and co-sponsoring the contest (and for making this snazzy graphic for this year)!

Mark Watts Gallery at Retro Con 2019!

July 17, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Returning for Retro Con 2019 is artist Mark Watts!

 

 

Mark is responsible for some of the iconic artwork used in the G1 Transformers toy line! He did over 45 commissioned paintings for Hasbro between the mid 80’s and early 90’s, most of which were used directly for the packaging of the product.

Notable packaging illustrations he created include Shockwave, Jetfire, the Constructicons, the Stunticons, and all of the series one Minibots! He also did several paintings used for pack-in mail-away offers for the Transformers line, such as Reflector, the “Time Warrior” Autobot watch, and the Omnibots.

 

 

 

 

Check out Mark’s booth in the guest section where he’ll be displaying his artwork and offering prints for sale! He had a great time meeting attendees last year. He loved hearing stories of how some would cut his artwork out of the toy packaging as kids and tape it to the walls of their room. 

Free Play Arcade at Retro Con 2019!

July 17, 2019 Leave a comment

 

The Retro Con Free Play arcade will return for 2019!!

 

The Game Is Afoot Arcade will once again be bringing their arcade machines to add to the show floor! Some will be vintage machines, and some will be ‘Multicades’ with 1000’s of games to choose from. Something for everyone to enjoy!

So when you’re all shopped out at the show, drop off those bags at the car and then stop by our arcade section to get your retro gaming on!!

Meet Robbie Rist at Retro Con 2019!

July 10, 2019 Leave a comment

 

“God, I love being a turtle!!!”

Please welcome actor Robbie Rist to Retro Con 2019!

 

 

An actor of more than 45 years, Robbie’s most prominent role is voicing the high-spirited Michaelangelo in the 1990’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies! Playing the energetic character in all 3 movies, Robbie has some of the most quotable lines in the series. “Pizza dude’s got 30 seconds…”, “Ohh, a fellow ‘chucker, eh?”, and of course the classic “Wise man say: Forgiveness is divine, but never pay full price for late pizza.”

 

 

Robbie also played genius teenager “Whiz” in the hit 80’s Saturday morning tv show Kidd Video! A hybrid of animation and live-action, Robbie not only voiced the character, but also acted in the live-action segments of the show, and performed the music videos with the rest of the main cast.

 

 

Other notable animation roles of Robbie include Choji Akimichi in the popular anime series Naruto, ‘Iggy’ in Initial D, sled dog Star in Balto, Stuffy in Doc McStuffins, Tricerashot in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and (returning to the franchise) Mondo Gekko in 2012’s TMNT series. And of special note to Angry Video Game Nerd fans, Robbie voiced the “ET”-esque alien creature in the AVGN live-action movie!

 

 

Being an actor since he was 8 years old, Robbie can also be seen in live-action productions across 5 decades, such as the Brady Bunch (as Cousin Oliver), What’s Happening, The Bionic Woman, CHiPs, Knight Rider, Iron Eagle, and in Sharknado as Robbie the Bus Driver (he also co-wrote and performed the Sharknado theme song).

Robbie will be at the show both days, so catch him in the guest section on the show floor! He’ll also be part of a Q&A at the show (day and time to be determined soon).

Join Toy Galaxy at Retro Con!

June 24, 2019 Leave a comment

 

 

We welcome popular youtube channel Toy Galaxy and its host Dan Larson to Retro Con 2019!

 

Toy Galaxy describes itself as “Toy news, previews and reviews- wrapped up in a tasty little ball of entertainment and humor”!

With a viewing audience of nearly 140,000 subscribers, their weekly videos on youtube cover everything from Marvel Legends, Star Wars, Transformers, He-Man, GI Joe, and many other classic cartoons and shows from the 80’s, 90’s and today. They also have other features such as their popular ‘History of’ videos, plus toy haul videos, Oddities and Video Essays, and much more. If you’re into action figures and cartoons, Toy Galaxy surely has something for you! 

Toy Galaxy will be at the show both days, and will have a booth in the guest section where they’ll be meeting with fans of the channel and selling channel merchandise. They’ll also be taking part in a Q&A/presentation in the panel area! (day and time to be determined soon).

 

Follow Toy Galaxy Online!

 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/toygalaxytv

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToyGalaxyTV

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

 

 

 

Win Free Stuff at the Retro Con 2019 Trivia Contest!

June 18, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Show off your knowledge of retro and win cool prizes at Retro Con’s annual trivia contest!

Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of  The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel area at the convention on Saturday! (Time To Be Determined)

No sign-up is required and there are no age restrictions- Anyone can watch or play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. Directly after we will randomly call on a person in the audience with their hand raised to answer. If they get it right, they win the prize on the spot. If not, we ask a different audience member until the prize is claimed!

Prizes include such items at Funko POPs, Transformers, Star Wars figures, geeky plushes, diecast cars and ships, LEGO sets, miniature arcade games, and much more!

 

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So stop by the panel area Saturday to test your knowledge of all things geek and win cool prizes!!

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