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Vega+ Shipping Dates

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017
  • April 2018
  • May 8th - 12th 2018
  • May 12th 2018
  • May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
  • June 15th 2018
  • July 6th 2018

World of Spectrum

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Q4 2018

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2nd October, 2018

The Solicitors Regulation Authority posts an update:

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Following our email of 01 May 2018, I am writing to provide a further update in relation to your report to us.

As you know from my previous email, we had made enquiries with Michelmores and Teacher Stern. We have received a wealth of information which we are continuing to carefully consider.

Whilst we have made good progress, I will be in a better position to provide more clarity on our next steps by 30 November 2018. If I am able to do before this date, I will do so.

Thank you for your patience while we continue to investigate your concerns.

Yours sincerely

Investigation Officer
Investigation and Supervision
www.sra.org.uk

— Solicitors Regulation Authority
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4th October, 2018

The Vega+ Refund Request Team posts an update stating that the registered offices for RCL are now returning all legal paperwork unopened:

Update: Figured backers may also find the following link useful

http://retro-computers.co.uk/small-claims

Hi Folks,

We have been made aware that small claim cases against RCL in which people make their claim, and the courts send the paperwork to ask the defendants (in this case RCL) to their registered offices. The registered offices for RCL are in fact those of their accountants Grunbergs (also the registered offices of the companies now run by the ex director of RCL - Suzanne Martin - Ping Pong Studios Ltd & Primate Ltd). It has been confirmed to us by those making the small claims against RCL that they have been informed by the court that the documents sent to RCL to that address are being returned unopened back to the courts. This would seem to indicate RCL is no longer even attempting to defend refund cases. Not forgetting the only case they did defend that of Rob Morton they lost. Since then two further default judgements have been awarded against RCL in the matter of backer refunds (we presume those awards are being pursued by the backers for collection). We can also confirm that at least four small claims are in progress that we are even aware of. Should at some point in the near future RCL be found to be currently or has been run insolvent, there is a potential for the current remaining director and the two who resigned recently to be held personally liable and debts of the company be liable to be repaid by them. We have also been made aware several of those people have substantial property assets. I am sure you don't need to be made aware that court awarded debts (such as those made by a small claims court) receive their money higher up the pecking order. We will let you all make up your own minds what actions to potentially make based on this knowledge. To be clear the refund team and other third parties are still working hard to help all backers. But you do also have the option of helping yourselves as well.

— The Vega+ Refund Request Team
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Saturday 6th October, 2018

Backer Stephen Storr posts information about the bailiffs attempting to contact RCL at their registered offices as well as David Levy's personal address:

Stephen Storr bailiffs attempting to contact David Levy at RCL
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Sunday 7th October, 2018

A new section called Where are they now has been added, starting with missing person DC Daniel Levy.

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Monday 8th October, 2018

A shareholders meeting takes place with the main point of order being to remove David Levy as director.

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Wednesday 10th October, 2018

Darren Melbourne posts a small update on the facebook group:

Darren Melbourne

Good morning all, I realise that everyone involved in this debacle has fallen silent of late. This is due to legal technicalities and as such all parties are restricted as to what they can and can't say. If I were a betting man I would anticipate an interesting update on either Friday (12th) or Monday (15th). This enforced silence is frustrating but sadly necessary at this time...........

— Darren Melbourne
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Thursday 11th October, 2018

A new leak is added showing that Vertex Moulding Ltd have been trying to track down RCL for an update on the Vega+, as they are sitting on strange quantities of moulding components with a promise of future orders.

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Friday 12th October, 2018

Darren Melbourne posts a small update on the facebook group:

Darren Melbourne

Unlike RCL's "We can't say anything for legal reasons" which was complete and utter bullshit at all times, I understand this current enforced silence has been requested by the court.

Whilst cases are 'live' and still being heard it's been requested that neither side speaks on social media about anything that could have a reflection or influence on proceedings.

I'm sure usual service will be resumed in the very near future but for now, just keep the faith. A lot is happening in the background, and that sooner or later the BBC and many others will undoubtedly be covering this.........

— Darren Melbourne
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Thursday 18th October, 2018

Backer Stephen Storr posts an update about a letter from the court:

Another letter from the court...since I gave the Baliffs / Sheriffs Mr Levys' private address and contact number. They require another £33 in order to pay him another visit. Am I throwing good money after bad ? Certainly feels like it. - JUST TO CONFIRM THIS IS MY OWN PRIVATE SMALL CLAIM AGAINST RCL (TO RECOVER COSTS OF 3 DEVICES AND MOUNTING LEGAL COSTS). THIS ACTION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY OTHER ONGOING LEGAL ACTION THAT MAY BE HAPPENING.

— Stephen Storr

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

More terrible press for the much maligned console and to make matters worse, Sky have now insisted that the company no longer use the Sinclair name and its related trademarks.
(02/08/2018)

A tiny amount of the promised 400 have been spotted in the wild and there's not a single positive review.
(01/08/2018)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

  • All refunds processed:
  • Roll of honour email:
  • Address confirmation:
  • Battery specification:
  • PEGI certification:
  • Final specs released:
  • Games list released:
  • Finished box design:
  • Manual released:
  • Working website:
  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: ~100-200