Category Archives: Fan Spotlight

YouTube Favorites!!

Adding My Favorite YouTubers to the site! If you’d like to be added, feel free to message me on Facebook! I’ll start this collection with one of my own! Yes, it’s been years since I’ve blogged!! [Photo below belongs to the amazing crew of Fandom Spotlite!]

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Must Follow YouTube Channels!

The Breaux Show!

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SEO Toy Review!

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Bestow TV:

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Mister Lobo

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MegaPodTastic Podcast!

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Fandom Spotlite produced by Captain Kyle!

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Another personal favorite is Weird Paul, an original Vlogger from the 80’s!

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I’ll be adding more YouTube channels soon!

 

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

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RETRO CON [FAMILY] SPOTLIGHT: Kyle Williamson

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Name: Kyle Williamson

Nickname: Captain Kyle

How many Retro Cons have I attended? ALL OF THEM

The BEST part about Retro Con: The relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The most welcoming con I know.

Costumes: Over 30, including Captain America, Jay Garrick, Q, Han Solo, The Governor, Classic BSG Colonial Viper Pilot, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain Kirk, Jack Harkness, Reverse Flash… the list goes on.

What have I bought at Retro Con: When I first started going to RetroCon, I was a vendor… and sold stuff.

Favorite Retro Con Memory: When I won a Jem shirt at the pre-party.

Favorite Retro Con Panel: Actually, it was one I ran. When Connie was Cosmos for a taping of my Cosplay Spotlite talk show, but for the first part of the interview her voice was provided by Michael McConnohie. That was awesome!

Where you can find me?

You can find my work at www.fandomspotlte.com, www.youtube.com/c/FandomSpotlite, fandomspotlite.tumblr.com and on Instagram and Twitter @FandomSpotlite

My personal pages are www.facebook.com/capkyle and on Twitter @captainkylepa and Instagram @captainkylephilly

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

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RETRO CON [FAMILY] SPOTLIGHT: Nick Govosdian

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Nick helping to promote Retro Con, during a local convention! 

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Name: Nick Govosdian

How many Retro Cons have I attended? Every one, first one I was a volunteer and just grew to what I do for the show now.

The BEST part about Retro Con: Seeing everyone of our friends that we don’t see throughout the year.

Costumes: Unfortunately none right now, but I do have a Ghostbuster uniform I would like to premiere at this year’s Retro Con a long with my very own version of an Ecto 1.

What have I bought at Retro Con: What haven’t I bought would be a shorter list, I’ve had some great finds there.

Favorite Retro Con Memory: I get to pick up most of the guests from the airport, so it’s a pleasure to speak to them candidly without the hustle and bustle of the show on the ride back from the airport. Having some of the most iconic voice actors and actors in your van, still blows my mind hearing some of their stories.

Favorite Retro Con Panel: Unfortunately I’m behind the scenes and don’t get to take in all the extra stuff as I’m running around doing things. But I was able to catch the million dollar man panel. Such a great guy.

Where you can find me? Facebook and at many of the shows we travel to as a group.

 

Nick with some of his Retro Con Family!!

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

RETRO CON [FAMILY] SPOTLIGHT: Kevin Jones

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Kevin and his niece Sarah with the Cobra La gang!

Name: Kevin Jones

How many Retro Cons have I attended? I’ve been to every Retro Con. The first year I was an attendee and since then I’ve been a volunteer each year.

The BEST part about Retro Con: Spending time with friends in a fun convention atmosphere.

What have I bought at Retro Con: Almost too much to list, but some of my favorite items include a sketch of my favorite GI Joe by Artist/Writer Larry Hama, two very rare Monster in My Pocket figures, and Krang’s Android Body from TMNT.

Favorite Retro Con Memory: The Cybertonic Spree show last years was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had anywhere.

Favorite Retro Con Panel: Am I allowed to say my panel with Mike Breaux of the Breaux Show last year? My favorite panel I attended was the voice actors panel with Michael Bell, John Moshitta Jr, Doug Stone, and Michael McConnohe.in 2015.

Where you can find me:

Videos: Youtube.com/SEOToyReview

Blog: https://actionfigureadventures.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @actionfigureadv

Some of my favorite photos from Retro Con include:

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The Green Ranger waiting to use the ATM

 

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This slightly awkward selfie of myself, Nick Govosdian, and Mike Breaux at our panel.

 

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Joe Truitt and his grandson Vincent from the first Retro Con.

 

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Beach Head and Snake Eyes father and son cosplayers with GI Joe writer Larry Hama in the background.

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

 

 

Retro Con [Family] Spotlight: Rosemary Ward – Tuski

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[Tony and I together, before the start of one of our earlier conventions!]

Name: Rosemary Ward – Tuski

Nickname: Screamers, during the mid-nighties. I was always this huge Starscream fan, so the nickname came from a character I designed. A character that happened to be Starscream’s sister. Drawing of my character below.

graceful_screamers_by_scream01How many Retro Cons have I attended? I haven’t missed one yet!

The BEST part about Retro Con: For me, it’s always the fans! These fans that attend, are more then just friends, their family! Always so supportive and helpful, always there to back Tony and I up! So yes.. That’s my favorite part of Retro Con!

Costumes: I’ve had quite a few, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Anime, Harry Potter, and Space Balls. Dark Helmet’s the one I’ve worn most of late!

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What have I bought at Retro Con: Lately it’s been Legos, but I have bought a few boxed collectibles before!

Favorite Retro Con Memory: I’ve had so many, it’s really hard to pick just one! Most surround the guests though, since I’m usually assisting the guests. Last year was exciting, sitting in the hotel lobby, talking to Mad Murdock aka Dwight Schultz, about trash bags! [A-Teams fans will totally understand!]

Another amazing memory took place at Bob Evans, the night before Retro Con 2012. Larry Kenney [the voice of Lion-O] had gotten in late, and was extremely tired. So under the advice of Peter Newman [the voice of Tygra], I hid Larry’s diner plate, while he was in the restroom. He came out blaming it on the waitress! 😀 Such a fun memory, never thought I’d be able to hang out and joke around with such a talented and fun crew!

Favorite Retro Con Panel: The karaoke contest, love hearing the fans as the sing their favorite songs in character, and in costume!

Where you can find me? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Retro Con 2018!

Favorite Retro Con Photos

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For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to retrocons.com!

A Hazzard County Hero

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Spotlighting another amazing friend!! My friend Tom and his General Lee! Starting off with this amazing interview, can you tell fans when and how you were first introduced to the General?

Tom: From the TV show. When the show started, I was 12yrs old. I always liked cars as a boy and when I saw one that could “fly” I became instantly hooked!

Screamers: So you’ve watched the Dukes of Hazzard from the very beginning? Did you have any of the toys as a kid or collectibles? I know you do now right?

Tom: I don’t think I ever had or even knew that there were toys back when I was a kid. I have more than made up for that now, with all the items in my collection.

Screamers: How many different items do you have, and can you tell us a bit about your collection? Is there a favorite, aside from the car?

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Tom: The collection has amassed over a few decades now. It’s not a giant collection. If I had to give a total number of different items in the collection I’d feel safe saying about 80-100.

My favorite item for the longest time was an actual piece of the original Dukes farmhouse wall, from the first 5 episodes of the show, when it was filmed in Ga. The owner of the property said it was to be taken down for safety reasons. To cover the cost of having it razed, the owner sold pieces of the house with official certificates of sale. I then had it signed by all the surviving cast. It’s a prized possession for sure, but it now ranks second as I’ve recently acquired a fully functional Dukes of Hazzard child’s pedal car!

Tom’s collection!

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Screamers: So you actually own a piece of the set? How cool is that?! The pedal car sounds amazing, is it rare? When did you decide to build or buy the General Lee?

Tom: I do, I do! I actually have 2 pieces of the Dukes original farm house! The first is a piece of the wall and the second is a piece of the original tin roof.

The pedal has been something that I never thought I’d own. It’s not only rare but when you do find it its expensive. I just so happened to get lucky 01 day on Craigslist and scored it CHEAP! I’m going to restore it this winter & display with my General Lee!

Screamers: Nice!! You really lucked out then?! Any interesting moments you can share, involving the original cast members or your car?

Tom: I didn’t buy this car “done” already. I owned it for 10 years before I even decided to make it a General Lee. What made me do it as a General Lee? Well many things made that happen 01–> my son was born and my buddy sent me a link for decals for a General Lee. I bid & I won and I decided to make the Car a General Lee.

The guy that did the body and paint work tells me he doesn’t wanna put decals on the car he’d rather paint it all. I was shocked and asked how much more that would cost me. He said nothing so I said lets do it! So all my numbers and flag are all paint!!

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Screamers: Is there still an original General Lee left from the show.. I’m guessing you’d know.

Tom: When the show ended there were 19 cars left at Warner Bros. studio in California.

A gentleman named Wayne Wooten who ran The Dodge Charger National Registry (TDC) was in contact with Warner Bros. for a long time. They finally asked him if he was interested in coming out to see where they filmed the California episodes at Warner Bros. Studios.

He let them know that living in Virginia and raising a family but it was just too expensive to do so. After a while they came to some agreement or wing was able to take the trip to California and see the studios.

Unbeknownst to him they took him to a back lot and they are set 19 General Lee’s in addition to several boss Hogg Cadillacs, Hazzard county patrol cars, and even a few of Cooters tow trucks.

I’m not 100% sure on exactly what took place. I went down while they were there. But at the end of the day, it was indicated to Wayne, that the 17 cars still remaining from the TV series were his. If he could pay a unknown amount for each one. It wasn’t much that much I can tell you!

Wayne at that point had a lottery with the members of the Dodge charger national registry, those who could work up the cash, then received one of the 17 numbers of those remaining cars and the lottery then ensued. Basically a name was pulled out for car number one and whoever that person was that was #1 got that car after they paid the fee of course and again I don’t know what that was.

Some of the cars ran some of the cars didn’t run some of the cars were complete some of the cars were incomplete but all of the cars were used on the series. There is also some sort of agreement where the people got the cars were not allowed to go in profit by using them for promotional issues etc.

Those cars are now in the hands of private owners. I’ve seen many of them at different events and venues. Some of the owners along the way every store these cars, some of the owners have left them just the way they are to preserve the history. As we all know once you restore one of these cars or any car for that matter it’s never original again.

Off the record Rosemary I’m actually in Virginia right now at what they’re calling Cooters last stand. Apparently there may be more than one original here this weekend from the 17. I’ll be sure to get some photos.

Two Autos From Cooter’s Place!

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Screamers: I knew that’d be a great story. That Dukes of Hazzard weekend, is this weekend then? My mom really wanted to go. But I couldn’t get the time off.. Take lots of pictures and send me some of your own car once you get a chance. I picture Tony and I showing up at that event in the Van.. That would have been a trip.

Tom: He would have been a HIT with that can here. Every hear people bring other tv & movie rides to this. It does not even officially start until Saturday and I’ve already seen many Generals driving around and a a Starsky & Hutch car!

They jumped a general lee two days in a row.

Screamers: Nice!! Does that tear up the car though?

Tom: Cool thing is even though that looks like a real 1969 Dodge charger it’s not it’s completely re-bodied with CHARGER pieces, fenders door hood roof and so on but it’s all on top of a Ford Crown Victoria car. On top of that there’s a take off ramp and a landing-ramp so they were able to use the same car both times & it’s STILL runs and drives!

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Photos Taken During Cooter’s Last Stand!

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Tom: Here’s my daughter Amelia with the real Daisy and Cletus last weekend if you wanted to use this also!

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I can’t thank Tom enough for this amazing interview, and all of these wonderful photos! -Screamers

See you at Retro Con 2017 Tom, along with the General!  

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