The Karaoke Contest Returns for Retro Con 2022!

July 1, 2022 Leave a comment

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Back by popular demand! We proudly reinstate the Retro Con karaoke contest for 2022!

When we decided to quietly exclude the karaoke contest from our 2021 show, we had no idea how much it would be missed! We had so many folks asking where it was/went. Not just past contestants and audience members, but even vendors that just enjoyed hearing the contest going on from their tables. So we went groveling back to our friend Nagi Oki to host the contest once again, and she graciously accepted! 😉

‘We’re Back! A Retro Con Karaoke Contest’ will be held on early Sunday afternoon at the show, tentative start time 1pm. We’ll have a wide variety of 80’s (and some early 90’s) song 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!

Since contestant space is limited and we need time to get the playlist ready, sign-ups will be required! Listen for an announcement over the PA system around 11:15am Sunday to let you know sign-ups are starting. If interest is high, we might have to go with a “lottery” system to pick our 15 contestants.

First Prize this year is a brand new (transformable!) LEGO Icons Optimus Prime set, a $170 retail value! We have other great prizes lined as well, such as a Figuarts Deadpool figure for 2nd Place, and Super7 Ultimates Lion-O figure for 3rd Place!

We’ll handle the retro, you bring the rock!

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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. Songs will be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Songs will not be held for specific contestants. Also, outside songs will not be allowed.
#5. No instruments will be allowed.
#6. 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.
#7. Please no heckling from the audience or other contestants. Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave the panel area.

#8. You MUST rock.

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Retro T-shirt Contest at Retro Con 2022!

June 17, 2022 Leave a comment

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Let those geek tees shine! Retro Con’s very own Retro T-shirt Contest makes its triumphant return for 2022!

A longstanding tradition at fan gatherings is attendees wearing t-shirts expressing their favorite characters and brands. We’ve turned this trend into a unique contest to win free stuff! The Retro Con T-shirt contest will be held in the panel area mid-day on Saturday, and WE want to see YOUR Saturday best! Your t-shirt can be vintage, new, or custom made. As long as it’s retro-related (mid-90s and back), you’re welcome to enter!

Prizes this year include a reissue G1 Soundwave and Blaster figure set for 1st Place, a reissue Turtle Van and Ecto-1 vehicle set for 2nd Place, and a Legend of Zelda Game & Watch handheld for 3rd Place! We’ll have some “Honorable Mention” prizes as well.

**Contest Rules**

1: No water will be involved. ;P

2. The contest is open to anyone at Retro Con wearing a t-shirt with a retro-oriented logo or print on it (mid-90’s properties or older). Examples include: movies, cartoons, comics, tv shows, toy lines, company logos, mascots, music bands, and more!

3. There are no sign-ups needed. Interested contestant can line up outside of the panel area prior to the contest start time. (Start time to be determined soon!)

4. T-Shirts can be vintage, new, or custom-made. But bonus points will be given to t-shirts that are vintage or custom!

5. Only actual t-shirts can be entered. Sorry, sweatshirts, jackets, snuggies, jerseys, hoodies, long-sleeve shirts, etc., will NOT be allowed.

6. The Retro Con t-shirt contest is a family-friendly event! Tees with overly sexual imagery or crude language will not be allowed.

7. We’ll allow a small group to enter as one contestant if they have t-shirts associated with each other.

8. The contest will be slated for about 30 minutes. Hosts will ask questions to the contestants on-hand, after which they will pick approximately 10 entrants to be finalists.

9. After our Finalists are picked, they will be asked to go to the front of the Panel area. An additional round of questions, along with some audience participation, will determine our 3 winners!

A big thanks as always to our good friend Mike from the Breaux Show for hosting this contest!

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Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now On Sale!

June 10, 2022 Leave a comment

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Get ready for the REAL Rock Lords!!

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday, September 24th at Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks, PA!

Venue:

Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks
(Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456
Website: http://arnoldsffc.com/

Concert start time: 8pm

**Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm for concert check-in**

Purchase tickets via Paypal below!

CONCERT TICKETS SOLD OUT!!

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Please read concert details in full:

You DO NOT need to pre-register for (or even attend) Retro Con itself to buy tickets for the concert. But likewise, purchasing a concert ticket does not grant you access into Retro Con. These are separate events.

These are considered “Will Call” tickets, which means physical tickets will NOT be mailed to you. Please bring along your ID or a print-out/screen cap of your Paypal transaction receipt. Our staff will use it to check you in at Arnold’s. We will send you an email to confirm your ticket purchase.

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 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, arcade games, bowling, a restaurant, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. Maybe longer if you charge up the band with your positive energy!!

Attendees can purchase band-related t-shirts and other merch at the venue before the show if you want to watch the concert in style! The band will also be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. But to ensure you get the full band experience (and first crack at their merchandise), please come to Retro Con on Saturday! The band will be at the show from 10am to 1pm, and will be taking part in a Q&A panel!

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 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.

If you need to make a name change on your ticket reservation, please drop us a line at screamers85@gmail.com!

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

retrocons.com/2022/05/27/cybertronic-spree-guest-appearance-and-concert/

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See the Monkeemobile at Retro Con 2022!

June 3, 2022 Leave a comment

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“Come, my trusty cohorts! Let us to the Monkeemobile! AWAY!”

Joining the DeLorean time machine and screen-used KITT on the show floor at Retro Con this year will be another famous pop culture car… The Monkeemobile!!

Built from a modified 1966 Pontiac GTO, this spectacular replica is based directly on the one seen in the 60’s Monkees tv show. Look for this beautiful machine in back of the hall- right next to Micky Dolenz himself!

The Monkeemobile will be available for photo ops with the car by itself, as well as combo photo ops with the car and Micky! We’ll post up the price list as we approach showtime.

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Cybertronic Spree Guest Appearance and Concert!

May 27, 2022 Leave a comment

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These “metalheads” are the real deal! Traveling to Oaks via the Spacebridge, please welcome back for Retro Con 2022… The Cybertronic Spree!

More than meets the eye, this band of Transformers are here on Earth with one critical mission: To party like it’s 1986! Join Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave, Bumblebee, Shockwave, and all 5 faces of the Quintesson as they prove they’ve got the power to light your darkest hour! These rockstars in disguise play music from Transformers: The Movie (1986), plus themes from hit movies, cartoons, and video games, as well as their own original tunes. They blend their love for the 80’s and 90’s pop culture into an energon-fueled, unforgettable live show that just might transform you back into a kid again!

The band is in the midst of their ridiculously successful RAVAGE kickstarter campaign, designed to get their first original full-length album produced. It not only reached its goal… it reached its goal in an hour flat! The campaign has gone on to get funded nearly 7 times over, with over a week and a half still left to go. I think it’s safe to say this album is skipping gold/platinum/diamond, and going straight to “Energon” status! The kickstarter is still live if you’d like to get in on the action.

The Cybertronic Spree will be attending Retro Con early on Saturday (September 24th) as convention guests, where fans can meet the band and pick up band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm.

Have a burning question for the band? The Cybertronic Spree will also be taking part in their FIRST-EVER RETRO CON Q&A PANEL at the show! Ask them anything! But please, no marriage proposals for Arcee. 😉

And of course, the Spree will also be performing a LIVE CONCERT that Saturday night at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s at the Factory in Oaks! Tickets for this concert/after-party will be separate from Retro Con proper, and will go up for sale very soon! Keep watching the Retro Con and Cybertronic Spree pages.

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Retro Gaming at Retro Con 2022!

May 17, 2022 Leave a comment

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The Game Is Afoot Arcade will once again be bringing arcade gaming to Retro Con! In addition to dedicated arcade cabs, they’ll also be bringing in their “multicades” featuring thousands of titles to choose from. So no matter what your favorite era of video games is, they’ll have you covered!

 
All machines at Retro Con will be set to FREE PLAY!!
 

Based in Warrington PA, The Game is Afoot Arcade is an epic gaming place for all ages, with dozens of arcade games and pinball machines on-site. No quarters needed! You simply pay for the time you are there.

Check out their website HERE!

And go on a Virtual Tour of their facilities HERE!

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Four Horsemen Studios at Retro Con 2022!

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We’re excited to announce that the world famous Four Horsemen Studios will be exhibiting at Retro Con 2022!

Started in 1999, Four Horsemen have been a huge presence on the collector action figure scene, having done sculpting for dozens of fan-favorite toy brands. Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, ThunderCats, TMNT, Harry Potter, DC, and Marvel- just to name a few!

In early 2015, Four Horsemen Studios unleashed their “Mythic Legions” figure line on the toy collecting world! This 6″ scale figure line is known for its detailed sculpting, swappable parts, poseability, wide variety of sizes, and their beautiful fantasy styling. With each new wave that premieres, new fans are drawn into this colossal and diverse world.

And with the upcoming “Cosmic Legions” and their red-hot Figura Obscura releases, Four Horsemen Studios continues to create exciting and original new toy creations aimed at the adult collector!

Four Horsemen Studios will be at Retro Con both Saturday and Sunday. They’ll be fully loaded up with their current in-house products for sale, so come get your fill!

Find more info about FHS at SourceHorsemen.com!

Meet Marvel and Transformers Writer Bob Budiansky at Retro Con!

April 22, 2022 Leave a comment

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Please welcome comic book veteran Bob Budiansky to Retro Con 2022!

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. He also created his own Marvel Comics monthly series- Sleepwalker!

Bob was also instrumental in the early years of G1 Transformers! 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’ personalities 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, in the process coining such iconic Transformer names as Grimlock, Wheeljack, Starscream, and Megatron!

Bob was also script writer for 50 issues of the original Marvel Transformers comic, occasionally penciling the cover art. In these pages, Bob originated the idea of the Autobot Matrix, which would go on to be a mainstay in Transformers lore.

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

Meet Micky Dolenz at Retro Con 2022!

April 8, 2022 Leave a comment

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We welcome the legendary Micky Dolenz to our guest list for Retro Con 2022! Alongside Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, Micky is best known as the vocalist and drummer for the 60’s pop group sensation The Monkees!

Originally conceived as a 1966 sitcom (and a bit of a “riff” on the Beatles), the cast of the Monkees brought along a presence all their own, quickly becoming a full-fledged rock band by 1967. With such mega-hit songs as “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m a Believer”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”, and “Daydream Believer”, this eclectic band sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music groups of all time!

The band later enjoyed a surprise revival in the 1980’s, when repeats of the Monkees show hit MTV and were an instant hit with audiences. This spawned an entire NEW generation of fans, officially turning the band into a multi-generational phenomenon! Although Davy, Peter, and Mike have all passed on, Micky still keeps the band’s legacy going strong through musical performances throughout the country and world.

A lot of people don’t realize Micky Dolenz is also a voice actor! Some of his voiceover roles include Skip from The Funky Phantom, Tod Devlin on Devlin, Min & Max on Batman: The Animated Series, Arthur and Captain Lemming on The Tick, and for a short while (believe it or not)… fabric softener mascot Snuggle Bear!

Micky will be attending Retro Con as a guest both Saturday and Sunday. There will not be a musical performance attached to this appearance, but Micky will be available to meet with fans and will be taking part in a Q&A panel at the show (day and time TBD). He’ll also be bringing along oodles (barrels?) of Monkees merchandise to sell! Prints, records, shirts, books, drumsticks, posters, drum heads, DVDs, and much more! Prices for merch/autographs/photo ops will be listed on the website as we get closer to showtime.

Follow Micky Online: https://mickydolenz.com/

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Meet Peter Newman at Retro Con 2022!

March 25, 2022 Leave a comment

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ThunderCats are officially on the loose! Rounding out our T-Cats reunion is actor Peter Newman!

Peter was the voice of Tygra, second-in-command of the ThunderCats Nobles! Architect and scientist of the group, Tygra was the designer of the majestic Cats Lair, and possessed the power of invisibility, as well as the ability to create illusions with his mind.

Like many in the cast, Peter also voiced other principal characters on the show. These include the evil mutant Monkian, the ThunderCat’s resident blacksmith Bengali, and WilyKit’s partner in mischief WilyKat!

Wings of silver, Nerves of steel! Peter also got to take the lead on Rankin/Bass’ follow-up series ‘SilverHawks’, where he played the fearless leader of the team: Quicksilver! He also voiced Mumbo Jumbo and Timestopper.

With reruns of these shows on streaming, and new action figures currently in production at Super7, both the ThunderCats and SilverHawks brands have been experiencing a major renaissance of late!

Peter Newman joins his colleagues Lynne Lipton and Larry Kenney at our ThunderCats (and SilverHawks!) reunion at Retro Con 2022- September 24th & 25th in Oaks, PA! Come meet them in person and catch their Q&A at the show!