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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

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The Rad Years Podcast Live at Retro Con (special guests The Cybertronic Spree!)

August 25, 2017 Leave a comment

 

We welcome The Rad Years Podcast to Retro Con 2017! 

 

A podcast devoted to the nostalgic 80’s and 90’s, the Rad Years will be recording a Live show at Retro Con 2017! Join the fun on Saturday, October 14th as they commandeer our panel area to reminisce about their favorite retro memories!

They’ll also have very special guests joining them: The Cybertronic Spree!

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Before rocking the house at Arnold’s Family Fun Center on Saturday night, the heavy metal band from Cybertron will be at Retro Con early in the day and will be stopping by the podcast for an interview. They’ll also be hosting a live screening of their newest music video: Cybertronic Warrior!

Don’t miss the fun from 10:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, October 14th!!

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The Rad Years Podcast: https://radyears.com/

The Cybertronic Spree: http://rock.thecybertronicspree.com/

Purchase Cybertronic Spree Concert  Tickets:  https://retrocons.com/cybertronic-spree-tickets/

Retro Con’s Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest 2017!

June 26, 2017 Leave a comment

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Always a favorite, Retro Con’s Truly Outrageous Karaoke Contest will be back for Retro Con 2017!!

To be held on Saturday at the show, sign-ups will be in the lobby of Hall C (sign-up and competition times To Be Determined soon!). We will make an announcement over the PA system when we are ready to accept entrants. Depending how strong interest is, we may have to institute a lottery-type system to pick our 15 contestants. There are no sign-up fees or age restrictions.

We will have a wide variety of 80’s 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! 

The full list of song choices can be found HERE!

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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. Solo artists only, please. No duets/trios/etc.
#5. Songs will be picked on a first-come, first-served basis. Songs will not be held for specific contestants. Also, outside music will not be allowed.
#6. No instruments will be allowed.
#7. 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.
#8. Please no heckling from the audience or other contestants. Anyone found to be disorderly will be asked to leave the panel area.

#9. You MUST rock.

Prizes For 2017! 

 

First Place: A sealed NES Classic Edition!

 

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Second Place: A sealed Transformers Masterpiece Grimlock figure!

 

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Third Place: Three sealed LEGO Star Wars building sets!

 

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So consider signing up and channeling your inner 80’s rocker or one-hit wonder! And if you don’t fancy yourself a singer, stop by and cheer on from the audience!!

 

Win Free Stuff at the Retro Con 2017 Trivia Contest!

June 7, 2017 Leave a comment

We’ll once again be hosting our annual trivia contest at Retro Con 2017!

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Hosted once again by our good friend Mike Breaux of  The Breaux Show, the contest will be held in the panel area at the convention on Saturday!

No sign-up is required and there are no age restrictions- Anyone can watch or play! We will reveal each item one at a time, then ask a trivia question related to it. Directly after we will randomly call on a person in the audience with their hand raised to answer. If they get it right, they win the prize on the spot. If not, we ask a different audience member until the prize is claimed!

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So stop by the panel area Saturday to test your knowledge of all things geek and win cool prizes!!

Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets Now Available!

May 19, 2017 Leave a comment

Retro Con presents… The Cybertronic Spree!

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!**

Tickets are  available for the Cybertronic Spree concert, happening Saturday night October 14th at Arnold’s Family Fun Center! 

Venue: Arnold’s Family Fun Center (Water Tower section)
2200 West Dr
Oaks, PA 19456

Start time: 8pm

Please arrive between 7pm and 8pm

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**CYBERTRONIC SPREE 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 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 any time after 7pm for check-in and mingling.

The concert will run about one hour. 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/2017/02/15/meet-the-cybertronic-spree-at-retro-con-2017/

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Meet the Cybertronic Spree at Retro Con 2017!

February 15, 2017 2 comments

 

Beyond Good. Beyond Evil. Beyond Your Wildest Imagination.

 

If you’re into Transformers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen youtube videos of our next guests in action. Hailing from the planet Cybertron (and currently stationed in Ontario, Canada), they are a band like no other!

Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Spike, Soundwave, Bumblebee, and a Quintesson have been brought together by the power of rock ‘n’ roll. Together, they form:

The Cybertronic Spree!

 

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Known across the galaxy for having cast aside their warring factions for the sake of entertainment, the band has put together a wide repertoire of music for the enjoyment of all sentient beings! Most notably they perform songs from The Transformers: The Movie (1986) animated feature film. But they also rock tunes from hit retro films, cartoons, video games, and more- all at full volume!

These rockstars in disguise blend their love for 80’s metal into an unforgettable live show. It’s your cartoon childhood coming back to whack you in the face with awesome!

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The Cybertronic Spree will be attending the show early in the day on Saturday as convention guests, where fans can meet with them and purchase band-related merchandise. Tentative times are 10am to 1pm. 

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But of course we can’t stop there! The Cybertronic Spree will also be performing an hour long concert that Saturday night (October 14th) at 8pm at the nearby Arnold’s Family Fun Center!

**Cybertronic Spree Concert Tickets are now SOLD OUT!**

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Check out a small sample of the Cybertronic Spree’s music here:

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So come to the Retro Con to hang with the band, and then see them in concert Saturday night! This is one party you don’t want to miss!!

Follow the Cybertronic Spree at these places:

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Arthur Burghardt to attend Retro Con 2017!

December 13, 2016 Leave a comment

We are pleased to announce our first guest for Retro Con 2017: Arthur Burghardt!

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Arthur’s most prolific role is that of shrewd arms dealer Destro in the original Marvel/Sunbow GI Joe series!

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  As owner of M.A.R.S. Industries, he was the primary weapons-provider for all of Cobra. Though considered part of the Cobra command hierarchy (along with his romantic love interest The Baroness), Destro and Cobra Commander were often at odds with each other, suggesting their alliance was more a matter of convenience than solidarity.

Destro’s intriguing mix of coldness, honor, and calm demeanor, not to mention the cool metal mask he wears to honor his ancestors, has made him a fan-favorite for over 30 years!

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Another hugely popular voice of Arthur’s was that of the original Transformers combiner giant: DEVASTATOR!!

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As the amalgamated form of the six Constructicons (Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, Scavenger, Bonecrusher, and Mixmaster), Devastator didn’t always have much to say, but Arthur’s booming voice always made for a commanding appearance nonetheless! Devastator is arguably the most popular combiner in all of Transformers. Arthur played the character in the original Marvel/Sunbow G1 cartoon series, as well as the 1986 theatrical movie.

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Arthur also gave voice to two other notable GI Joe characters: jetpack-wearing Sergeant Stalker, and cold weather operative Iceberg!

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And he played one of the main players on Challenge of the GoBots: the courageous Guardian Turbo!

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“Time to go!!”

Arthur will be at Retro Con all weekend for autograph and photo ops. We will post up a price list as the show draws closer. Come meet the voice of some of the most iconic characters of the 80’s!!