Another Retro Con has come and gone! We’re still tallying up, but we definitely moved up another notch in attendance for 2016! Our favorite observation this year was seeing more of you taking advantage of our full range of features. We saw many more people taking in panels, participating in contests, and playing the games. We like to think of ourselves as more than just a toy/collectible show, and always encourage attendees to make the most of their time at the show!
We’d like to thank all of our amazing guests, the vendors with their impressive variety of retro and retro-inspired merchandise, all of our very spirited attendees, the sociable costume groups, our generous sponsors for the year (RetroDaze, Arnold’s Family Fun Center, American Treasures Tour, Cheeburger Cheeburger), our gaming exhibitors, the car owners, our excellent A/V crew, the press outlets that covered the show, Regal Cinema for lining up a movie for us, and everyone that helped add to the show by dressing up in costume! As we always like to say, we supply the sandbox, but it’s what YOU bring that gives the show its true atmosphere.
And of course an extra special thank you to all of our staffers and volunteers! This show would not be possible without your help and going the extra mile when run into snags. We feel very lucky to have such devoted friends in our corner.
Below is a gallery of highlights from around the show this year, along with a montage video from the show made by Bestow Productions! Thanks again to all that attended or supported Retro Con 2016!!
-Tony and Rose
Retro Con 2016 Highlights Gallery (picture intensive!):
Saturday September 24th, 2016
8:30am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins
9:00am: Show Opens
9:30am: Panel- Starship Farragut w/ John Broughton & Eric Moran (Panel area)
10:30am: Cosplay Presidential Debate w/ Batman, She-Hulk & Iron Man (Panel Area)
11:15am: Panel- Living in 8 Bits (Panel Area)
12:00pm: Raffle Session 1
-Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase figure
-Miniature Flux Capacitor
-Transformers Masterpiece Starscream
12:15pm: Trivia Contest! Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)
1:00pm: Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)
2:15pm: Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest! Hosted by Nagi Oki (Panel Area)
2:30pm: PokeMon GO Giveaway! Kids 13 and under (Front-right of Hall)
3:45pm: Raffle Session #2
-ThunderCats Cats Lair Statue
-Transformers Generations Devastator box set
-MattyCollector Ghost Trap
4:00pm: Panel- Mr. Lobo/Cinema Insomnia (Panel Area)
5:00pm: Show Closes
7:00pm: TMNT II The Secret of the Ooze (1991) screening at Regal Cinemas (standard ticket prices apply)
Sunday September 25th, 2016
9:00am: Show Opens
11:00am: Panel- Wrestler Ted DiBiase (Panel Area)
11:45pm: Raffle Session #1
-Pac-Man Ghost Light
-Yarn Game Boy
-MattyCollector Filmation Skeletor figure
12:00pm to 3pm: James Rolfe/AVGN signing (Cinemassacre Table)
12:00pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! (Panel Area)
12:45pm: Panel- 80’s Voice Actors! Alan Oppenheimer, Cam Clarke, and Pat Fraley (Panel Area)
1:30pm: PokeMon GO Giveaway! Kids 13 and under (Front-right of Hall)
1:45pm: Panel- Andre Meadows/Black Nerd Comedy (Panel Area)
3:00pm: Raffle Session #2
-SEGA Genesis with Box
-Star Wars Black Series TIE Fighter
-LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Set
3:15pm: Panel- James Rolfe/Angry Video Game Nerd (Panel Area)
4:00pm: Show Closes
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!
We’re happy to report that our old friend Mr. LoBo will be back again for Retro Con 2016!
He proves that “They’re not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood.” Mr. Lobo has been a special guest and emcee for BLOBFEST in PA since 2010. Mr. Lobo has also hosted many live events and film festivals, and provides background on the films, with comedy, games, and prizes. He has been in dozens of film documentaries, has had many cameos in genre films, is a returning guest on national radio talk shows including COAST TO COAST AM with GEORGE NOORY, provided commentary for MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER box sets, has been featured on TMZ, and parodied on SCOOBY-DOO!
Mr. LoBo will be at the show all weekend, and will be hosting a panel on Saturday afternoon at 4pm!
This election year, check out the candidates you REALLY want! Batman, Iron Man and She-Hulk will be having a presidential debate live at Retro Con! And YOU can be part of it!
Join the fun in the panel area on Saturday, September 24th. Ask our super-candidates their thoughts on the economy, alien immigration or laser gun control… it’s up to you! This panel will be featured in an episode of Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlight! Don’t miss it!
We are pleased to announce youtube personality Andre Meadows will be attending Retro Con 2016!
Andre is the driving force behind Black Nerd Comedy, a popular channel on youtube where he posts frequent videos about geek entertainment, nerd news, rants & reviews, pop culture, conventions, and 80’s-90’s retro nostalgia!
An unabashed geek inside and out, Andre is also a devoted collector and has a particular fondness for TMNT, Power Rangers, Nintendo, Gremlins, and the Smurfs. In other words, he’ll feel right at home at Retro Con!
Andre will be at the show all weekend to meet with fans, and will be hosting a Q&A panel on Sunday at Retro Con. He has also graciously offered to moderate our voice actor panel on Sunday, featuring Cam Clarke, Pat Fraley, and Alan Oppenheimer!
A huge thanks to Andre for agreeing to come to the show on such late notice, and a special thanks to Kristy Sproul of Voice Chasers for her assistance in getting Andre to Retro Con!!