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William Katt to attend Retro Con 2020!

May 22, 2020 Leave a comment

 

He’s got the theme song! He’s got the suit! Now if only he could find those instructions…

We welcome actor William Katt to our guest list for Retro Con 2020!

 

Mr. Katt is best known for playing the lead role in the classic 80’s action/comedy series ‘The Greatest American Hero’! Running for 3 seasons, the show followed the exploits of mild-mannered teacher Ralph Hinkley, who receives a super powered suit from aliens during a fate encounter in the desert. Immediately *losing* the instructions, Ralph has to learn the suit’s powers through trial and error, often with comical results. With the help of his FBI friend Bill and girlfriend Pam, together they use Ralph’s super powers to fight crime and injustice around the globe… one crash at a time.

Fondly remembered to this day, you can find the show on a multitude of channels and streaming services. And the theme song from the show, ‘Believe it or Not’ (sung by Joey Scarbury), is also still in regular rotation on radio stations across the country. Also, not a single Retro Con goes by that we don’t have an attendee dressed up as the character!

 

 

You’ve seen William in several well known movies as well, such as Stephen King’s Carrie (1976), the cult dinosaur classic Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985), and the popular horror/comedy House (1986). He’s also done voice acting, playing Green Guardsman in the Justice League animated series, and Hawkman in Batman: Brave and the Bold!

 

 

 

 

William is scheduled to be at the show both days, and will take part in a Q&A panel hosted by Fandom Spotlite.

 

Follow William Katt on Facebook:

 

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Retro Con 2019 Show & Panel Schedule

August 15, 2019 Leave a comment

Saturday September 14th, 2019

 

9:00am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins/Show Open to Preregistrants

10:00am: Show Opens to General Public

10:30am: Panel- “The Story of Sectaurs” Documentary hosted by Retro Toy Review  (Panel area)

11:15am: Panel- Mr. Lobo and OSI 74 (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Retro Con’s Totally Tubular T-shirt Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

12:30pm: Panel- Melendy Britt Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Raffle Session 1

– Spirit Halloween Proton Pack/Ghost Trap
– Star Wars retro figure set
– 1/4 Scale TMNT Shredder figure

1:30pm: Panel- Robbie Rist Q&A hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

2:15pm:  Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm:  Trivia Contest Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Panel- Toy Galaxy with Dan Larson (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Transformers Ectotron figure/Skeletor Cereal
– Transformers Power of the Primes Predaking
– NECA TMNT Movie Set

5:00pm: Panel- Hacksaw Jim Duggan Q&A (Panel Area)

5:30pm: Show Closes

 

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Sunday September 15th, 2019

 

9:00am: Show Opens

10:30am: Retro Name that Tune! w/ The Game Guyz (Panel Area)

11:15am: Karaoke Contest Sign-Ups (at Table in Lobby)

11:15am: Panel- David Kaye hosted by Saturday Morning Rewind (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– ThunderCats Series DVD set/Lion-O Cereal
– Super7 She-Ra & He-Man figure set
– NECA TMNT Cartoon Figures set (donated by NECA)

12:00pm to 3pm: James Rolfe/AVGN signing (Guest Section)

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

1:00pm: Retro Con’s Truly Truly Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest hosted by Nagi Oki!

2:15pm: Panel- Gil Gerard & Felix Silla Q&A hosted by Megapodtastic (Panel Area)

3:00pm: Raffle Session #2

– Kingdom Hearts figure set
– NECA TMNT Capture of Splinter set
– Matty Collector Castle Grayskull set

3:15pm: Panel- James Rolfe/Angry Video Game Nerd Q&A (Panel Area)

4:00pm: Show Closes

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Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

April 11, 2019 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

 

 

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night September 14th 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

 

Purchase tickets via Paypal below!

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CONCERT TICKETS 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 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, and much more!

The concert will run about one hour and fifteen minutes. 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/2019/03/14/the-cybertronic-spree-returns-for-retro-con-2019/

 

 

Meet Buck Rogers Star Gil Gerard at Retro Con 2019!

February 13, 2019 Leave a comment

 

 

“The year is 1987, and NASA launches the last of America’s deep space probes. In a freak mishap, Ranger 3 and its pilot, Captain William ‘Buck’ Rogers, are blown out of their trajectory into an orbit which freezes his life support systems, and returns Buck Rogers to Earth FIVE HUNDRED years later…” 

 

2019 marks the 40 year anniversary of the classic sci-fi tv series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and we’re happy to help celebrate the occasion by bringing its lead star to Retro Con:  Actor Gil Gerard!

 

Gil starred in all 37 episodes of the hit series made by Universal Studios, which ran from 1979 to 1981 and still holds a devoted fanbase to this day. With reruns currently being shown on MeTV, viewers are discovering (and re-discovering) this sci-fi gem from a simpler time. We’re excited for this opportunity to bring Mr. Gerard to Retro Con!

 

Gil will be at the show both Saturday and Sunday for autograph and photo ops (prices will be listed as we get closer to show time). He’ll also have an on-site authentication rep at the show if you’re interested in getting your autograph certified. 

 

Gil will also be selling a wide variety of Buck Rogers merchandise at his booth, including some very cool Buck Rogers commemorative pins and more. But why wait? Please check out the store on Gil’s main website to purchase merchandise right now! (click the store tab up top)

Main Website: http://www.gilgerard.com/

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Voice of She-Ra, Melendy Britt, at Retro Con 2019!

January 16, 2019 Leave a comment

 

Though we were saddened to announce her cancellation for our show last year, we are pleased to re-add her to our guest list for this year: Please welcome Melendy Britt to Retro Con 2019!!

Melendy is best known for giving voice to one of the most iconic and empowered female characters of the 1980’s: 

She-Ra, Princess of Power!! 

 

 

  Adora was originally a captain in the army of the Horde, a sinister group that rules over planet Etheria. Adora later discovers she is the long lost twin sister of Prince Adam of Eternia (aka He-Man), having been kidnapped as a baby by the Horde’s leader Hordak.

Renouncing her allegiance to the Horde and now vowing to defend Etheria, Princess Adora is granted the Sword of Protection. This gains her the power to transform into… She-Ra!

 

“For the Honor of Grayskull… I am She-Ra!”

 

Melendy voiced the character of She-Ra/Princess Adora throughout the show’s entire 93 episode run, plus TV specials. She also voiced other characters on the show such as Castaspella, Mermista, Catra, Octavia, and more!

 

 

You may have heard Melendy in other cartoons as well, such as G1 Transformers, Plastic Man, The New Adventures of Batman, Flash Gordon, and Avatar: The Last Airbender!

 

 

Follow Melendy On-line!

Main Website:  http://www.melendybritt.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SheRa.MelendyBritt/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/shera.melendybritt/

NECA Toys to Attend Retro Con 2018!

June 27, 2018 Leave a comment

 

Popular toy manufacturer NECA will be returning for Retro Con 2018! 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.

Expect to see 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, Gremlins, and much more. Everything will be priced to move!

NECA is scheduled to be at the show all weekend, and they’re known for putting out new stock as merchandise sells throughout the day. Want early dibs though? Please purchase a weekend ticket to Retro Con! We let Preregistants in an hour early on Saturday!

 

Meet G1 Transformers Artist Mark Watts at Retro Con 2018!

May 18, 2018 Leave a comment

 

 

We are pleased to welcome artist Mark Watts to our guest list for Retro Con 2018!

 

 

Mark attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC and Temple University in Philadelphia, and has been creating great works of art for the past 30 years! With studios in two states, Mark has worked for clients such as Disney, Budweiser, The Rolling Stones, Warner Bros Pictures, Paramount, Sony, Hasbro, Tyco, Crayola, and many more!

Mark has produced many illustrations for popular toy lines such as the Hasbro’s Transformers and Tyco’s Crash Test Dummies. Some of his most recognizable book covers were made into movies: The Odessa File, Day of the Jackal, and The Dogs of War. He also created the logo Illustration for the Clint Eastwood movie Pink Cadillac. His work has been displayed in many shows around the country and also at the prestigious Society of Illustrators Club in NYC. 

 

 

Mark is responsible for some of the iconic artwork used in the G1 Transformers toy line! He did at least 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 products. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He strove for a metallic, forced perspective look to his Transformers paintings. This helped the characters look more exciting and “pop out” from the background. Many of his Transformers art pieces can be viewed in the book Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging, by Jim Sorenson and Bill Forster.

 

Mark sells high quality prints of his Transformers artwork at his website:

 https://markwattsstudios.com/collections/transformer-prints

 

 

You can also purchase Mark’s slick transformable “table art” (as seen and demonstrated in the video above), featuring his Transformers work and more here:

https://www.tableartstudios.com/

 

 

Mark will have a booth in our guest section at the show all weekend, where he’ll be selling his Transformers prints, table art, and more. Meet someone that played a big part in the history of the original Transformers toy line!  

 

Please Follow Mark Online!

Main Website: https://markwattsstudios.com/

Mark’s Table Art: https://www.tableartstudios.com/

Transformers Prints: https://markwattsstudios.com/collections/transformer-prints

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

Facebook 2: https://www.facebook.com/TableArtStudios/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarkWattsStudio

 

 

Garry Chalk to Attend Retro Con 2018! Sponsored by CNS Art!

March 6, 2018 Leave a comment

 

“Well, that’s just Prime…”

Thanks to our good friend Candice Santora, we proudly welcome actor Garry Chalk to Retro Con 2018!

Garry is best known for voicing the noble leader of the Maximals, Optimus Primal, in the popular 90’s iteration of Transformers: Beast Wars! Garry voiced the character in all three seasons of the show, as well as both seasons of the follow-up series Beast Machines

 

 

Garry is known for numerous other animated roles as well! Man-At-Arms in the 2002 Masters of the Universe series, Guts Man on the 90’s Mega Man cartoon, Pathfinder and Metal Head in the DiC GI Joe series, Grounder on 1993’s Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Optimus Prime in the 2000’s era Transformers Armada Trilogy, Slash on Reboot, and King Hippo on the Saturday morning classic Captain N: The Game Master!

 

 

Garry has also been an on-screen actor for over 30 years! You can find him in such shows and movies as Arrow, Stargate SG-1, Watchmen, Supernatural, Freddy vs JasonGodzilla (2014), The X-Files, Psych, The Fly II, Power Rangers (2017), and many more. You can check out Garry’s wide filmography HERE

 

 

We’d like to give a very special thanks to Candice Santora, who has very kindly offered to sponsor Garry’s trip to Retro Con!! She is the official artist for Garry and you can check out her art page HERE!

 

We’d also like to thank Sherry Fowler for her assistance!

 

Please join Garry Chalk’s official fan group on facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/chalk.fans/

 

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.

 

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/