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
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Golden Vega Scam
Retro Computers Ltd announced a competition in the middle of October 2015 whereby 12 lucky winners were to receive a limited edition golden Vega console. According to various articles, for 11 weeks leading up to "Clivemas", one golden ticket was to be inserted into random Vega boxes headed to retailers. On the 12th week, one backer from the original Vega Indiegogo campaign would be randomly chosen to win the final golden Vega console.
Only 12 golden Vegas were ever going to be made, and the manufacturer SMS were set to give the winners a tour of the factory while handing out the golden Vega prizes. SMS were set to spray paint 12 Vega consoles with special gold paint for the "lucky winners".
The Vega consoles never made it into the hands of retailers in time for Christmas 2015, but since director David Levy has been at the helm, a further two Christmases have come and gone with no golden Vegas (or Vega+ consoles for that matter).
According to a post on the public discussion facebook group, it is believed one person has found the golden ticket but never received their prize. The random winner from the original Indiegogo campaign has never been announced, and of the remaining 10 golden tickets, not a single person has come forward on media or social media to say they have received their prize.
Once David Levy illegally appointed Suzanne Martin and Janko Mrsic-Flogel as directors, the competition was abandoned. Even if a winner did come forward, it is unclear how contact would be made with RCL to collect the prize. For the last six months, RCL do not have a working website, their twitter account has been dead for over a year, they are not talking to the press, there is no phone support and email would surely get lost in the supposed eight thousand emails Suzanne Martin claims to receive per day.
View the original 12 Golden Vega's video announcing the competition on youtube:
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.
A tiny amount of the promised 400 have been spotted in the wild and there's not a single positive review.
RCL really do seem to be trying to "go for broke" here, with their lawyers now contacting them to chase over a quarter of a million pounds in unpaid fees...
"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)
- 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 ✔