Meet Matt Cardona at Retro Con 2021!

July 20, 2021 Leave a comment

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Okay, even we didn’t see this one coming…

Please welcome to Retro Con 2021, professional wrestler (and toy aficionado) Matt Cardona!

Growing up in Long Island New York, Matt’s childhood dream was becoming a pro wrestler. He fulfilled that dream in 2006 by signing with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), winning numerous championships in his 14 years there. His biggest in-ring achievement coming at WrestleMania 32, where in front of over 101,000 fans in AT&T Stadium, Matt won a ladder match to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship! He would stay with the WWE until 2020, and is now currently signed with IMPACT! Wrestling.

Matt is also a hardcore collector! In 2018, he started The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast with friend Brian Myers. The weekly podcast about their love of action figures has led into live shows, toy hunts, a YouTube channel, and their very own toy line. In addition to wrestling action figures, Matt also collects Star Wars, TMNT, Ghostbusters, Disney characters, and a whole lot more!

Matt Cardona will be appearing at Retro Con on SATURDAY ONLY! Signing times are 12pm to 3pm!

A huge thanks to the Gnome Club for contacting us and sponsoring Matt’s appearance at the show!!

 

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Follow Matt Online!

Website: https://mattcardona.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheMattCardona

The Major Action Figure Podcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/majorwfpod/

NECA Warehouse Sale at Retro Con 2021!

July 16, 2021 Leave a comment
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Popular toy maker NECA will be returning for Retro Con 2021! They’ll be bringing out their warehouse overstock, which includes hundreds of packaged action figures and other toys to the show! Many of these figures have been out of production for years.
 
The picture attached is some of their more recent offerings (not necessarily available at the show), but you can expect to see previously available figures from such lines as TMNT, Alien(s), Predator, AVP, Terminator, Batman, Superman, Rocky, Gears of War, Evil Dead, Friday the 13th, Planet of the Apes, Halloween, Gremlins, Godzilla, and much more. Items will be priced to move!
 
NECA is scheduled to be at the show all weekend, though they often sell through their stock by the end of Saturday, so we recommend shopping with them that day.
 
Want early dibs? Please purchase a weekend ticket to Retro Con! We let Preregistants in an hour early on Saturday! 😎
 

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Arcade Corner at Retro Con 2021!

July 13, 2021 Leave a comment

Retro Con’s arcade corner will be back for 2021!


The Game Is Afoot Arcade will be bringing in a sizable collection of arcade cabs for attendees to enjoy. Some are dedicated cabinets, and others are “multicades” featuring thousands of titles to choose from. Best of all… every machine will be set to Free Play!!
 
The arcade this year is possible thanks to a very generous donation from RetroDaze, a website all about the passion of the 80’s! Check them out on facebook, youtube, and at retro-daze.org/!

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Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

July 9, 2021 Leave a comment

 

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Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE 
for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night September 25th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center!

 

Venue:  Arnold’s Family Fun Center 

 

(Water Tower section)

2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

 

Concert start time: 8pm

 

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

 

**CONCERT 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 transaction receipt. Our staff will use it to check you in. If you cannot print out your paypal receipt, your picture ID will also be just 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.

 

**Since this venue is not large, we will be requiring face masks for everyone regardless of covid vaccination status! Exceptions will be made for when eating or drinking.**     

 

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, an upcoming “Bar-kade”, bowling, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. The Cybertronic Spree will be available for a meet/greet immediately after the concert. Attendees can purchase band-related merchandise before and after the concert. 

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 will also be a restaurant in that wing where attendees can order food.

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 (though the section will be filled only by our attendees).

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!

 

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Ian James Corlett to Attend Retro Con 2021!

July 8, 2021 Leave a comment

“𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯! 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯! 𝘙𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯! 𝘋𝘳𝘢𝘨𝘰𝘯 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘡!”

If you know that epic theme song, you’ll know our next guest… voice actor Ian James Corlett!

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When Dragon Ball Z first reached american TV in 1996, it’s was Ian you heard as the voice of main character Goku! Though considerably edited for violence at the time compared to its japanese original, the show was an instant hit with US audiences and has been a staple of the western anime scene ever since. For those who watched Dragon Ball Z in its early days in syndication and on Toonami, you got to know the character of Goku through Ian’s earnest and wholesome voice performance. Ian voiced the character throughout the entire Saiyan saga and the first half of the Frieza saga. Ian also played the turtle hermit Master Roshi in those same sagas.

You’ll also know Ian as the voice of Maximal cool cat “Cheetor” on the popular Transformers series Beast Wars! Starting out as an impetuous and reckless youth, the character matured over the course of the three seasons of the Beast Wars cartoon (and follow-up series Beast Machines) and became a valued member of the Maximal team. Ian was also the voice of the Axalon’s onboard computer “Sentinel” on the show.

Other notable characters Ian has played include the “blue bomber” himself Mega Man on the 1994 cartoon (as well as his faithful pooch Rush!), Glitch Bob and Guardian Bob on Reboot, Dr. Wiley on Captain N: The Game Master, Gnawgahyde and Rampart on GI Joe, Dr. Tofu on Ranma 1/2, T-bone and Bullzeye on Street Sharks, Coconuts on Sonic the Hedgehog, Hugh Test on Johnny Test, Chef Remy Bones on Vampirina, and many more!

Come meet him at Retro Con and give us your best Kamehameha!!

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See the Batmobile at Retro Con 2021!

June 29, 2021 Leave a comment

 

“Atomic batteries to power… Turbines to speed!” “Roger, ready to move out!”

 

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A first for Retro Con, we have a Batmobile coming to the show! Based on the classic 1966 Batman series starring Adam West and Burt Ward, this replica has all the interior and exterior bells and whistles. Bat Phone included!

Look for the Batmobile in back of the hall, alongside other replica vehicles coming to the show such as the Jurassic Park jeep and DeLorean time machine!

A big thanks to Batmobile owner Tom Pollutri for agreeing to bring his beautiful car to the show!

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Meet The Voice of Space Ghost at Retro Con 2021: George Lowe!

June 18, 2021 Leave a comment

From coast to coast and coming to Oaks! Please welcome our next guest for Retro Con 2021: Voice actor George Lowe! George is best known for voicing superhero turned talk show host ‘Tad Ghostal’, better known to you as… SPACE GHOST!! 

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Broadcasting from the Ghost Planet with arch foes Zorak and Moltar as his hapless crew, Space Ghost Coast to Coast featured the title character interviewing notable public figures of the era. His interactions with guests were always hilarious, usually awkward, sometimes hostile, and occasionally resulted in the guests being blasted by Space Ghost’s power bands. 

 

 

George voiced Space Ghost in over 110 episodes for Cartoon Network between 1994 and 2008, as well as playing the character in cameo appearances in other CN shows. Space Ghost Coast to Coast was the unofficial start of ‘Adult Swim’ and inspired such popular series as Cartoon PlanetThe Brak ShowSealab 2021Aqua Teen Hunger ForceHarvey Birdman, and The Venture Brothers!

 

 

George also voiced the recurring character of… himself, George Lowe, on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, where he would have a different occupation in every episode which he appeared. He also provides multiple voices on Robot Chicken, his most notable being the recurring character of the depraved magical Unicorn. He also played Brak’s father on the popular Space Ghost spin-off series The Brak Show.

 

 

If you’ve never seen Space Ghost Coast to Coast, check this gem out on Hulu, HBO Max, and the Adult Swim website! It’s a quirky throwback to the 90’s. Then come meet the man behind the ghost at Retro Con 2021!

Meet the Cybertronic Spree at Retro Con 2021!

June 11, 2021 Leave a comment

“Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.”

That’s the tagline from the 1986 classic animated feature ‘The Transformers: The Movie’. And we’ve got the perfect guests to help us celebrate the *35th Anniversary* of this epic film…

Their star is on the rise and nothin’s gonna stand in their way! Please welcome back for Retro Con 2021, the band that takes “heavy metal music” too literally… The Cybertronic Spree!!

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More than meets the eye, this band of Transformer characters 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, plus themes from hit films, cartoons, 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 Cybertronic Spree have been rocking conventions and events since 2013. They’ve captivated audiences across Canada and the US with performances at such places as Anime North, Toronto ComicCon, Nerd Noise Night, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Montreal Comic Con, Dragon Con, Hasbro PulseCon, and of course (in their original US concert debut in 2017)… Retro Con! In that time, they went from the “best kept secret in music” to “must see musical experience”! And we couldn’t be happier for them.

 The Spree will be performing a LIVE IN-PERSON concert that Saturday night at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center! Tickets for this concert/after-party will be separate and will go up for sale very soon!

Come help the Spree celebrate the 35th anniversary of Transformers: The Movie on Saturday night at the Retro Con afterparty!

 

**Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available HERE!!**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the Cybertronic Spree Online!

Website: http://www.thecybertronicspree.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cybertronicband

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

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Get your Photo with Jurassic Park JP18 at Retro Con 2021!

May 28, 2021 Leave a comment

Retro Con may not have a T-rex (yet), but we’re happy to have Jurassic Adventures’ JP18 back on the show floor for Retro Con 2021!

Made from a Jeep Wrangler, this replica has been accurately customized and augmented to resemble the staff vehicles used in the original Jurassic Park movie (and in a callback scene from Jurassic World). Look for it in the car section on the show floor, where the owners will have a themed backdrop and “jungle” set. For a small fee, attendees can get their photo taken with the set, complete with JP-related props for them to hold and interact with. A photo op 65 Million Years in the Making!

A big thanks to jeep owners Frank Bedo and Monica Tulay for bringing their replica to the show! Monica plans to bring some of her fantastic retro-themed costumes to the show, so be sure to visit her table right next to JP 18!!

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Meet Boglins & Sectaurs Creator Tim Clarke at Retro Con 2021!

April 3, 2021 Leave a comment

The Boglins are back!!

We’re pleased to announce toy and puppet designer Tim Clarke will be returning for Retro Con 2021 (Official)! Once known as the “King of Gross”, Tim is the co-creator of cult favorite 80’s toylines Sectaurs and Boglins!

Though we may have to promote Boglins from “cult toyline” back to full “hit toyline”, due to recently coming off an extremely successful Kickstarter to revive the brand. Reaching nearly *ten times* its initial goal, the Boglins were put on the fast track to world domination! You can currently pre-order the brand new Boglins on websites such as Gamestop and Walmart. We happily backed the kickstarter and look forward to receiving our King Drool in the mail!

Tim started his career designing and building puppets for the Jim Henson Company. Most notable were the Mystics and Slaves that he sculpted and designed for the movie the Dark Crystal, guided by the incredible drawings of Brian Froud. He also worked on puppets for Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock for which he created ‘Traveling Matt’.

Tim will be at Retro Con both days, and you can find him in Row 2 at the show. He’s hoping to have the upcoming Halloween-themed Boglins ready to go by then!

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