RetroCon: a toy and nostalgia-oriented convention in south-east Pennsylvania, debuted for the first time on Veterans Day, November 11, 2012, to huge crowds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA.
RetroCon focused mainly around classic toys of the 80’s, but also spotlighted were the movies, the video games, the cartoons, the fads… you get the idea. It’s all Retro!
RetroCon was a major toy show with lots of fun, a Back To the Future Delorean for fans to check out, a costume contest, a display of replica movie/cartoon props, several retro arcade games, and more!
Artists and Vendors were also on hand to sell their wares, but the biggest fan-pleasers were the Voice Actors from the Original Thundercats TV Series from the 80s, and the Angry Video Game Nerd.
Larry Kenney, the voice of Lion-O, Peter Newman, the Voice of Tygra, and Gerrianne Raphael, the Voice of Pumyra, all represented the Original Thundercats TV Cartoon Series that ran from 1985-1989. They signed autographs and shared nostalgic stories with the RetroCon crowds.
The Angry Video Game Nerd, a famous blogger for fans of Video Games, was also on hand to sign autographs.
In the costume contest, it was broken down into 4 groups: Kids, Men, Women, and Groups. In the Kids category, the winning costume was Marty McFly from the Back to the Future movies. The Men’s winner was Grimlock from Transformers Dinobots. The Women’s winner was Pizazz from Jem and the Holograms, and the Group Winner was the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna from Superfirends, along with their space monkey, Gleek. The Overall Winner was Grimlock, as voted by fan applause.
I talked with the Organizers of RetroCon, Rosemary Ward and Tony R. Tuski, about how RetroCon began, and what they are planning for next year.
To follow the plans for next year’s RetroCon, you can go to these links:
While I was there at RetroCon, I met a really nice gentleman by the name of Optimus Prime. He had his name legally changed to Optimus Prime about 12 years ago, and I even saw his driver’s license. Totally true! I had a conversation with him, and here’s how it transpired:
Here’s a recap of all the action at RetroCon, captured and edited by ToonBarn, for your enjoyment. You won’t see these images anywhere else.