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Free Play Arcade at Retro Con 2018!

August 16, 2018 Leave a comment

 

The Retro Con Free Play arcade will return for 2018!!

 

 

The Game Is Afoot Arcade will once again be bringing their arcade machines to the show! They’ll have more than a dozen cabinets on 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 for some retro gaming action!!

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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

 

 

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/

Retro Con 2017 Show and Panel Schedule

September 18, 2017 Leave a comment

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Saturday October 14th, 2017

 

9:00am: Preregistrant Check-in Begins

10:00am: Show Opens

10:30am: Panel- The Rad Years Podcast (Cybertronic Spree guests)  (Panel area)

11:30am: Panel- Mr. Lobo and OSI 74: Fall Sneak Preview (Panel Area)

12:45pm: Raffle Session 1

– A-Team Van Lego & Funko Pop Set
– Dr. Who TARDIS/Donkey Kong Jengae
– Playmobil Ghostbusters Ecto-1
– Masterpiece Optimus Prime

1:00pm: Karaoke Contests Sign-ups (Lobby)

1:00pm: Trivia Contest! Hosted by The Breaux Show (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Costume Contest, 14 and Older! Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran (Panel Area)

3:15pm: Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest! Hosted by Nagi Oki (Panel Area)

4:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Destro Helmet
– Filmation He-Man signed by John Erwin
– Lego Slave-1

5:00pm: Panel- Captain Kyle’s Cosplay Spotlite (Panel Area)

6:00pm: Show Closes

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Sunday October 15th, 2017

 

9:00am: Show Opens

11:15am- Panel- The Breaux Show and SEO Toy Review (Panel Area)

12:00pm: Raffle Session #1

– Giant Size Skeletor
– Playmobil Ghostbusters Firehouse
– Transformers Generations Fort Max

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

12:15pm: Kids Costume Contest, 13 and under! (Panel Area)

1:15pm: Panel- Behind the Characters: Rob Paulsen & Arthur Burghardt (Panel Area)

2:00pm: Panel- The A-Team! W/ Dwight Schultz & Dirk Benedict

2:45pm: Raffle Session #2

– Super Nintendo Classic Edition
– NES Classic Edition/Yarn NES Controller
– Lego Sandcrawler

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

4:00pm: Show Closes

Meet the Crew of OSI 74 at Retro Con 2017!

September 15, 2017 Leave a comment

 

Come to RETRO CON if you love CULT MOVIES, WEIRD VIDEOS, and TV HORROR HOSTS!


After decades in the TV and video business, producer and late night host (and Retro Con regular) MR. LOBO has started a production collective and distribution network called OUTER SPACE INTERNATIONAL. You can see what they do on a free channel for ROKU called OSI 74! It’s the new home for off-center, exceptional, and highly creative independent producers. OSI 74 Specializes in counter-culture and counter programing, “funny ha-ha” and “funny strange”. And it’s all branded in a retro future feel that reminds us of UHF or early cable. 

Appearing LIVE and in person at RETRO CON 2017 in OAKS PA on October 14th: MISTER LOBO from CINEMA INSOMNIA, SLEAZY P. MARTINI from GWAR, KARLOS BORLOFF of MONSTER MADHOUSE, BUDDHA GONZALEZ from BIZARRE TRANSMISSIONS, WILLIAM VISNOSKY and the gang from GIANT PENNY PRODUCTIONS of UNSPORTS, OLAV PHILLIPS of PARANOIA, PAUL SANDERS of BESTOW TV, NEWT WALLEN of NERWALL FILMS, and other stars from the streaming channel OSI 74.

There will be a special FALL REVIEW Screening! A first look and a taste of the amazing and unusual programs! CINEMA INSOMNIA, SLEAZY PICTURES AFTER DARK, PACIFIC NORTH WEIRD, MONSTER MADHOUSE, BIZARRE TRANSMISSIONS, and More! 

At the OSI 74 Panel, MISTER LOBO will lead a talk and questions will be taken from the audience!

Meet and Greet your favorite OSI 74 stars! We will have a block of tables loaded with Official Merch–OSI 74 Logo Stickers and Enamel Pins! OSI 74 T-Shirts, Art Prints and items from SLEAZY P. MARTINI, Art Prints from DIXIE DELLAMORTO. CINEMA INSOMNIA autographed 8x10s, DVDs, and CDs! Meet ISOR the OUTER SPACE MONSTER! And COSMONAUTI from UTOPIA FANTATSIKA(Sunday only).

View the OSI 74 website here: osi74.com

Donate to Toys For Tots at Retro Con!

September 6, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We mostly hold Retro Con for fun, but it’s always nice to be able to help out charitable causes as well! We’ve contacted our good friends over at Garrison Carida, and they have kindly agreed to host a toy drive at the show! We feel this is a perfect fit for Retro Con.

Please bring your *new and unwrapped* toy donations to Retro Con, where the Garrison Carida table will have bins on hand to place them in. All donations will go to the Toys For Tots foundation, who have been delivering toys to less fortunate children for nearly 70 years.

We thank Carida for hosting this event at the show, and for always adding to the show’s atmosphere with their amazing costumes and camaraderie!

May the Force of generosity be with you!