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Award-winning Bumblebee to Return for Spa-Con 4; Tickets Now on Sale for September 20-22 Event

Published: 2/10/2019

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Tickets  are now on sale (Friday, February 8) for Spa-Con 4, the multi-genre comics and pop culture convention that will be held September 20–22 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Spa-Con 4 will feature a return engagement by Bumblebee, the spectacular 10-foot tall cosplay character who helped Spa-Con reap an award from the Arkansas Festival and Events Association recently.


“Early Bird tickets go on sale today [Friday, Feb 8],” said Bill Solleder, marketing director for Visit Hot Springs, which presents the annual convention. “Weekend passes good for the entire convention are $25; day passes are $20, and VIP passes are $100. Fans can get the early-bird tickets at

“These reduced prices are available for a limited time. They will increase September 1.”

Solleder said, “Our celebration of pop culture and comics brings together a diverse audience that loves everything from Batman to ‘Stranger Things,’ Pac-Man to Mario Smash Bros, Dungeons and Dragons to Pokemon and everything in between.

“This year we are featuring a return visit by Bumblebee, the spectacular 10-foot robot cosplay character who was such a hit at Spa-Con 3. A photo of Bumblebee arriving at Spa-Con 3 by Spa-Con photographer Alejandro Martinez of Hot Springs won the 2018 AlFiE award for Best Photo.”

Solleder said Spa-Con provides “possibly the best people-watching fun in the state. It has hosted celebrities from ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and ‘Stranger Things,’ not to mention, NASA scientists and 10 foot tall robots.” 

An average of 5,000 fans have attended each edition of Spa-Con, Solleder said, and at least that many are expected for the 2019 version. 

The Bumblebee appearance is arranged by Extreme Costumes, which creates spectacular cosplay characters.

The 2019 version of Bumblebee will be “all new, rebuilt and taller,” Solleder said.

Extreme Costumes’ founder Thomas DePetrillo of Rhode Island has been creating these giant robots for 22 years. 

A look at his creations is on YouTube.

Extreme Costumes is both a cosplay name, and the name of DePetrillo’s business. With over 350 million views of his work on YouTube, and hundreds of millions more on Facebook his work is synonymous with “Giant Robots.” 

Extreme Costumes has won Best in Show awards at America’s largest comic con and largest anime con. DePetrillo has been hired by clients such as Hasbro, Chevy, Power Rangers, Duck Tape, Caribbean Cruise, Robozuna and Disney. 

DePetrillo and his team have traveled the world with his giant robots at comic cons, anime fests or makers fairs in London, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait and all across the United States.

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