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
World of Spectrum
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Friday 5th January, 2018
A backer notices that the accounts for Retro Computers Ltd have been extended by a month. As of yesterday, the accounts showed they were due on 30 December 2017 (left side of the image, overdue by 6 days) and now they show they are due on 31 January 2018 (right side of the image)top
Saturday 6th January, 2018
An article and video by Chris Foxx appears on the BBC website entitled CES 2018: Psion PDA gets Android makeover. In the video, Janko Mrsic-Flogel is asked about "a different crowd-funded retro computer" (the Vega+) and lies about when he joined the project.
The Retro Computers Ltd entry on Companies House shows Janko Mrsic-Flogel became a director on April 19th, 2016 and this was announced even earlier on the Indiegogo campaign update on April 15th, 2016. This is approximately 3 weeks after the Indiegogo campaign funding was successful, and less than 1 week after the first large payment of £141,769.92 was received on April 13th, 2016, and a month prior to the first Paypal lump sum payment of £100,000 on May 18th 2016.
Lee Fogarty has previously posted several comments about the BBC's biased reporting, in particular about Leo Kelion (technology desk editor). Lee Fogarty posted on the Indiegogo comments section on March 11th 2017 that Leo Kelion has been reported to the police along with his colleague Holly Brockwell:
Lee Fogarty also posted on World of Spectrum on March 11th 2017 claiming that Leo Kelion of the BBC publishes articles for ex-director Paul Andrews:top
Sunday 7th January, 2018
Multiple people report receiving messages from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority regarding the investigation into lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores. The letters include the name of the Regulatory supervisor investigating the case and show that the case is being treated very seriously.top
Monday 8th January, 2018
David Levy has failed to update backers of the Vega+ for 3 months, but has found time to discuss male sex robots with the Daily Mail in an article called Hard wired: Now you'll be able to buy MALE sex robots too as artificial 'companions' with bionic penises are set to go on sale this year.top
Saturday 13th January, 2018
Suzanne Martin has no time to update backers or process refunds, but has found time to attempt to remove various articles and photos of her and David Levy from the internet. The image on the left shows Google image search results from December 2017, and the right image shows search results as of today UK time.top
Monday 15th January, 2018
Paul Andrews posts an image from prior to the original Vega being released that shows the company was setup to produce only four products - the original Vega, a handheld version of the Vega (that became the vapourware Vega+) and two future projects being a 3D games console and a low cost computer. The document also shows that the original plan was for nobody to take salaries for the first year.top
Saturday 20th January, 2018
While David Levy has no time for updating backers regarding the Vega+, he has found time to appear in an article called Paedophiles and rapists 'set for SEX ROBOT therapy in jail – and TAXPAYERS will pay'. Highlights from the article:
- Dr David Levy, author of Love and Sex With Robots told the Daily Star, ‘I can see the government getting involved in the case of criminals. ‘You go to jail and while you’re in jail, you have a sex robot in your cell. And when you come out, you have a sex robot for so many months, like being on probation.’
- Levy said, ‘Maybe it’s something for the psychiatry profession to consider. So people who have sexual perversions, or whatever; if they want to be cured, maybe they’d go to a psychiatrist and they’d say, ‘I think you’d benefit from having one of these robots for six months’.
Monday 22nd January, 2018
Jan Saggiori posts messages to Paul Andrews demanding that two Twitter accounts be removed. Paul Andrews denies setting them up or knowing anything about who is using them.
Court case details for backer Rob (who was refused a refund) against David Levy/RCL are posted with the small claims court trial set for 10am on Wednesday January 31st:
For everyone who is interest in coming along to Backer vs RCL and offering moral support to Rob, the #ZXVega+ hearing is booked at Luton County Court for 31st January at 10:00 am. Some have suggested going for a coffee - or other liquid refreshment - afterwards.— Anon y Mouse (@LevySexRobot) January 22, 2018
Tuesday 23rd January, 2018
Jan Saggiori posts a message in his "democracy" group that appears to use a non-standard font, but whoever created the screenshot has hidden a secret message inside it. Taking the first letter of each sentence spells out "JAN IS A C*NT", and Jan Saggiori deletes the post and bans several people that ask him about it.top
Thursday 25th January, 2018
A tweet is posted reporting that David Levy has tried (and failed) to get the small claims court case against him moved from Luton to London:
So it still looks like the #ZXVega+ hearing is going ahead on the 31st at 10am. Levy tried to get it moved to London, claiming Luton was “too far” for him to travel... so unless he’s perjuring himself on court documents again, it looks like he really is coming.— Anon y Mouse (@LevySexRobot) January 25, 2018
Friday 26th January, 2018
Several backers have reported being contacted by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority and told they will be updated by the end of the month!top
Monday 29th January, 2018
For the first time in over three months, Suzanne Martin posts a reply to a backer on Indiegogo. Several people notice that the timing is just before the small claims court case that David Levy is due to face on Wednesday the 31st January at 10am. The reply from Suzanne is as off-topic as ever and a number of people have joined in asking why their refund requests have not been fulfilled. (Please note that several posts have been removed from this screenshot to consolidate the posts asking about refund requests. They have not been deleted on the Indiegogo site).top
Tuesday 30th January, 2018
At 3pm David Levy attempts to prevent Rob Morton going ahead with the small claims case by offering to pay £155 to make tomorrow's case disappear. Rob refuses the offer, as a large number of costs have already been incurred by himself and his witnesses. RCL ask for Rob's account details and transfer £155 that day (despite the offer being refused). In David Levy's court submission, he states:
- David Levy has confirmed a relationship between Jan Saggiori and RCL. (Jan Saggiori has admitted doxxing people, setting up a fake Retro Games Ltd website, spreading misinformation and lies about TheC64 and banning all negative talk about the Vega+).
- David Levy has perjured himself by claiming that Jan Saggiori is an investigative journalist (he is not).
Wednesday 31st January, 2018
A new article appears on the Real Crooks blog called David Levy Companies - Past and Present - Unlucky in Love and Business (backup available). The article outlines the huge number of failed companies that David Levy, Suzanne Martin and Janko Mrsic-Flogel have been responsible for, along with their accountant and shows a history of failing to file accounts on time.
Retro Computers Ltd director Mr David Levy fails to appear in the small claims court in Luton. Levy was due to appear at 10am, but claims he won't attend due to a fear that trolls want to chop his cock off. Levy goes on to lose the court case as the judge announces that backers were receiving an order, not pledging for an idea or perk.
Gaz Corfield posts an article in The Register called Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action. Highlights of the article:
- A crowdfunding backer of Retro Computers Ltd has won his court claim for a refund against the company for failing to deliver its promised product.
- The court also ruled that Indiegogo’s terms and conditions were not relevant to the claim.
- Judgement was entered against RCL for the sum of £584, made up of the £85 initial discount price for Morton's Vega Plus, the £5 postage for the device, and travel costs plus loss of earnings for Morton himself and his two witnesses, Paul Andrews and Darren Melbourne.
- Morton, who had backed RCL's previous Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega product, received an email from RCL in early 2016 urging him to sign up for a Vega Plus. He told the court that he had asked for a refund 45 times without success.
- Dr David Levy, chairman of RCL, failed to attend the hearing. In an amended witness statement served the night before the hearing he claimed that he was too scared to attend because he was worried about "having his cock chopped off" by "trolls" whom he said had been urged to meet "outside the court in Luton tomorrow". No such gathering took place. Levy also sent Morton £155 the night before the hearing in a last-ditch effort to stave off proceedings, something the judge described as "not appropriate".
- The court also considered and discarded Indiegogo's terms and conditions. RCL's defence centred on pointing to the small print and asserting that because the Vega Plus was presented as a perk that backers voluntarily contributed towards the delivery of, and not a finished product that was bought from an online shop, that they should not be liable for refunds. District Judge Clarke commented: "It says: 'campaign owners are legally bound to perform on any promise to contributors, including delivering any perks'. The defendant says this was a perk. As far as the paperwork in relation to this transaction is concerned, the claimant produced documentation that was sent to him before he entered into the agreement to provide funding... It talks about the benefits of supporting, pledging £100 to receive a Vega Plus from the first production run. On that basis it would imply if you promised to pay £100 you would get a Vega Plus from the production run."
- The judge ruled that an implied contract of sale had been formed between Morton and RCL, and that RCL had breached the contract by failing to deliver the Vega Plus that Morton paid for.
A backer notices the domain retrocomputersltd.com now points to Gareth Corfield's latest article.top
Thursday 1st February, 2018
A new section for backers wishing to begin small claims court hearings against Mr David Levy and Retro Computers Ltd has been added.
#ZXVega+ IMPORTANT UPDATE. For anyone who wants to submit a small claim against RCL, Here’s the link to step one of the guide. Step two (currently being written) will likely need some info privately emailed so Levy can’t see it. But for now... https://t.co/ng0I9kzcy1— Anon y Mouse (@LevySexRobot) February 1, 2018
Gaz Corfield follows up yesterday's story with an article called Crowdfunding refund judgment doesn't quite open the floodgates. Highlights of the article:
- Yesterday's county court ruling that Indiegogo's Ts&Cs weren’t wholly relevant to the question "does a crowdfunding-backed company form a contract of sale with its customers?" won't quite open the floodgates for people who feel they've been ripped off.
- The judge ruled that RCL had formed an implied contract of sale between itself and Morton. This, said the judge, was because RCL had directly emailed Morton urging him to give them money for one of the first 100 consoles – and the payment he made was recorded by Indiegogo's systems as an "order". Not a "pledge" or an "investment", but an "order".
- Had RCL not directly emailed its customer urging him to buy one of its products through Indiegogo, and had Indiegogo's systems not recorded his payment as an order, the outcome could have been very different.
- The judge also dismissed RCL's argument that the product was still in production and had merely been delayed for two years, saying the company was "under an obligation to provide within a reasonable period", adding: "The claimant appears to have contacted the company and requested a refund because there was no progress in production of this handheld computer. It is clear to me on the information I have received that he was asking for his money back if it wasn't being produced. The defence was very much on the basis of 'it will be delivered'. We are now some months down the line and it still hasn't been delivered and in those circumstances I am satisfied he gave notice that time was effectively running out."
- the judge imposed a duty of reasonableness on RCL, saying that it had then breached that duty by stringing Morton along for so long.
- If you make an "order" then you have quite probably formed a contract of sale, if you're in England and the firm making your gadget is also subject to English law.
Laura Kate Dale posts an article on Kotaku called ZX Spectrum Vega Plus Backer Wins Refund in Court.
The accounts for Retro Computers Ltd are now overdue, as they were supposed to be filed by January 31, 2018.
Gary Hunter asks Retro Computers Ltd for a refund following RCL's loss in court yesterday. Gary provides evidence that RCL are still receiving and reading the Facebook messenger messages, but refusing to reply. Gary's refund request was received and read 1 minute after he sent it:
Friday 2nd February, 2018
Retro Computers Ltd and Indiegogo freeze the Indiegogo accounts of at least 5 backers. All 5 receive an identical message from Indiegogo. Graham Kenny, Richard Ratcliffe, Daniel Newby, Wesley Moore and Kieran Hawken have all been frozen:
Several people notice posts on the Indiegogo campaign that mentioned RCL's court case loss and links to the small claims article have been deleted. (If anyone has a screenshot of the deleted posts by Richard please post them on Facebook or Twitter and one of the team will upload them here).
Gareth Corfield tweets offering assistance for those wishing to take RCL to court:
If any other #ZXVega backers are planning court action to recover money from Retro Computers Ltd, please contact me in confidence. email@example.com— Gareth Corfield (@GazTheJourno) February 2, 2018
George Cropper releases his first Vega+ video of 2018 (his 38th commentary about the Vega+ fiasco).
Despite Paul Dunn being owed several thousand pounds by RCL, "Dunny" goes into bat for RCL suggesting that Levy's email account may have been hacked and the comment about having his cock chopped off "was not his mode of speech".top
Saturday 3rd February, 2018
The Hackaday website posts an article called Crowdfunding is now a contract between company and backer featuring David Levy's loss in small claims court.top
Monday 5th February, 2018
RCL release 3 updates after losing the small claims court case less than a week ago. The updates show RCL are now aiming for an April 2018 release to backers, blame the former directors and trolls for all RCL's problems, admit they have banned various backers from Indiegogo (and have threatened to delete comments and backers if negative comments are posted about their update, claiming a breach of Indiegogo's terms), and paint a rosy picture of the fiasco. A close up picture showing the various iterations of the Vega shows extremely poor quality buttons on the units.
The updates are called "We're Still Here". Update 71 blames trolls and backers spamming the Indiegogo comments with refund requests. Update 72 blames the former directors and shows various photos of the design being downgraded from Rick Dickinson's original concept to what appears to be a cheap plastic Chinese knock-off. Update 73 consists of questions and answers that RCL asked themselves, followed by a "polite reminder" that abuse or rudeness will result in comment deletions and being banned from Indiegogo:
George Cropper releases a full 25 minute tear-down of the updates, exposing various lies from RCL in a video called THE VEGA+ AND THEIR LIE FILLED Q&A:
RCL's updates fail to answer the following:
- What is happening to the 235+ people that have asked for a refund?
- Why is there no mention of the small claims court case that David Levy failed to show up to and went on to lose?
- Why is there no mention of the outstanding court case loss of £52k owed to Paul Andrews?
- Why is there no mention of the Solicitor's Regulation Authority hearing?
- Why has RCL failed yet again to submit their accounts to Companies House on time?
- Why have RCL hired Jan Saggiori as a supposed "investigative journalist"?
After 3 months without a reply, RCL post multiple replies to backers on the Indiegogo campaign. In response to a question about making a film, RCL announce that the book perk that was promised is "possible":
Approximately 10 of the latest requests for a refund all have a standard reply posted where RCL promise to "look into it":
Among the huge number of "please DM us rather than making us look bad in the Indiegogo comments" replies, RCL somehow miss a question from Darren Randle asking where the refunds are. The messages on either side of Darren's posts are answered, but not his question:
RCL reply regarding their silence, claiming they "couldn't be silenced any longer":
RCL post to say the roll of honour is still open, meaning the firmware hasn't yet been completed.
The reason for RCL's sudden appearance is revealed when Leo Kelion of the BBC releases an article called New Spectrum Vega+ promises follow funds threat. Highlights of the article:
- The team behind a controversial video games console has given a fresh delivery date pledge after the crowdfunding platform it used threatened to recoup backers' funds. The Sinclair ZX Vega+ handheld was originally scheduled for delivery in September 2016, but has been repeatedly delayed.
- Retro Computers Ltd says it now intends to "start shipping units" in April. Indiegogo told the BBC on Friday that it had set an end-of-May deadline.
- The US company intends to appoint a third-party collections agency to obtain and return the £85 to £100 paid by consumers to get one of the machines, if that target is missed.
- Indiegogo's trust-and-safety team had also required RCL to post a "significant update" this week to stave off an intervention.
- The London-based company had raised £512,790 via Indiegogo for the project before it was blocked from raising further funds last year due to delays and a lack of communication with backers. The company also offered pre-sales for the device for a time via its own website.
- The BBC last reported on the Vega+ campaign in March 2017. The company requested that the article not be published at the time on the grounds that it might compromise a police investigation. The BBC did delay publication to give the company time to provide relevant evidence, but it never did so.
- Reaction to the latest update has been mixed. Some consumers have thanked RCL for its continued efforts, while others have cast doubt as to whether the April target will indeed be met.
In response to the BBC article, George Cropper releases a second video called THE VEGA+ BY MAY OR PAY.
Jan Saggiori claims the BCC have lied about RCL and Indiegogo:top
Tuesday 6th February, 2018
Website gamesindustry.biz reports an article called Indiegogo threatens to recoup Spectrum Vega+ funds, new release date promised. Paul Andrews contacts the website to clarify that both Chris Smith and Paul refute all allegations made in the article, and the article is changed to reflect this.
Backer Justin King receives the run-around when RCL claim that Paypal have to get in touch with him before he can receive his refund.top
Wednesday 7th February, 2018
After promising to contact backers regarding refunds within 48 hours on Monday, not a single person has posted on social media to indicate they have received a refund.
Gareth Corfield posts an article called Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector. Highlights of the article:
- Retro Computers Ltd, the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm, has been given until May by crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to deliver its years-late product or expect a visit from a “third party collections agency”.
- As reported by the BBC, Indiegogo – which has consistently kept the troubled campaign at arm’s length – has finally stepped in, threatening RCL with a debt collector unless it delivers its promised handheld gaming console.
- Indiegogo’s PR tentacle told The Register that its Trust and Safety team “is in touch with the campaign owners and required them to post a significant update to backers this week.” It also claimed that RCL had “continued to express that they are committed to fulfilling the promises they made in the campaign and have expressed that they now expect to do so by May at the latest.”
- They also confirmed that a “third party collections agency” would be sent in if RCL failed to deliver by the "end of May".
- The Companies House record for Retro Computers Ltd currently says its accounts are overdue. They should have been filed on 31 January.
- RCL managing director Suzanne Martin told The Register: “Firstly, we have decided we will no longer be silenced by the people who have orchestrated a campaign of harassment and credible threats against us. The BBC report from yesterday is completely misleading. We have not been issued with an ultimatum by Indiegogo, in fact, we have been in dialogue with them for some time to discuss the harassment and serious threats, and they are very understanding of our situation.”
- Suzanne Martin alleged the BBC had ignored an offer to interview 72-year-old David Levy, RCL’s chairman, who appears to be developing a new public persona as a cheerleader for sex robots.
- The “harassment” alleged by Martin appears to refer to those aggrieved RCL customers who either want the promised product delivered or their money back. A large number of recent comments on RCL’s Indiegogo page appear to be from customers requesting refunds, some of whom say they have asked multiple times and been ignored.
- Paul Andrews, a shareholder in RCL and a former director of the company, denies all the allegations made by Martin and Levy in the company’s latest three updates on Indiegogo, in which they accuse him of trying to sabotage the project.
In response to the latest negative publicity, RCL post on the Indiegogo comments about a future question and answer update:
RCL use ringfenced backer funds to sponsor the Q+A update they were forced into issuing by Indiegogo from Monday the 5th of January.
Lee Fogarty posts on the World of Spectrum facebook group claiming he was not fired, discussing Suzanne passing information to Jan Saggiori, and Lee's thoughts on RCL's latest updates.
Download a high-res scan of the email sent by David Levy to Lee Fogarty on Saturday 11th November 2017:
Backer lghh_4 posts a summary of the last 48 hours on the Indiegogo comments:top
Thursday 8th February, 2018
The BBC updates the article New Spectrum Vega+ promises follow funds threat adding the following to the bottom of the story:
Flickering Myth posts an article called Indiegogo issues Retro Computers Ltd. a final date to deliver the ZX Vega+ or backers are to be refunded.top
Friday 9th February, 2018
Lee Fogarty posts on the World of Spectrum facebook group discussing the possibility of taking over the Vega+ and then discusses a plethora of failings of RCL and the Vega+ device that have not been made public by other testers such as Jonathan Cauldwell. This includes how the batteries are 18 months old yet only come with a 2 year warranty, how incompetent RCL are for not being able to filter Indiegogo emails into a folder, the non-spring-loaded SD card slots requiring tweezers, the screens falling out, the non-functioning TV out and the faulty on-screen keyboard that automatically closes after a single key selection.
A keen-eyed backer has discovered a small PWT sticker on the photos released on the RCL facebook page that indicate the boards are being manufactured by Printed Wiring Technologies Ltd, a firm specialising in high quality small and medium batch PCBs.
RCL continue to be obsessed with rival project TheC64, posting comments on the Vega+ Indiegogo campaign that has nothing to do with TheC64. RCL also claim the vapourware book "The making of the Vega and Vega+" will be a best seller.
Backer scimitar received a reply several days ago regarding his refund requests and was told to send a direct message to RCL and to check for a message from Paypal. RCL post the same generic reply to multiple people claiming their email accounts are being spammed, yet continue to ask backers to forward emails to their email account rather than simply look up the Indiegogo backer details and issue the refunds.
RCL break the data protection act by exposing the names of backers that ask for refunds in what appears to be a "we know who you are" threatening manner. Previously anonymous backer "mrcoops" has his name published for everyone to see when he informs RCL he has made 115 refund requests.top
Saturday 10th February, 2018
A concerned backer tweets regarding the rush order Vega+ prototypes produced by PWT in under 5 days:
A dicky bird tells me the pwt circuit board production for the recent images was produced in less than 5 days as a rush order and was copied directly from the original vega plus homemade assembly made by Chris Smith.— Chris Thacker (@Christhacker) February 10, 2018
No additional work has been added.
A close up of the Vega+ units shows the extremely poor build quality, particularly with the non-spring loaded micro SD card slots that appear to be completely different sizes in all the units.
Another close up shot shows the extremely poor quality casing on the Vega+ prototype units, with the bottom left unit in the photo completely breaking on both the top and bottom of the device:
Sunday 11th February, 2018
Daniel Newby tweets wondering why the unit doesn't support a touch screen when the spec sheet supports a touch screen controller:
They didn't utilise it due to the new production team not realising the benefits it could have. But that's what you get when you copy someone's design documents without understanding why items are used....— Chris Thacker (@Christhacker) February 11, 2018
Tuesday 13th February, 2018
RCL post a "Hollywood quality" video on their facebook page, showing a montage video of previously released static photos. For some reason, the video has a "Send Message" button drawn into the video. RCL delete most of the comments relating to the video.top
Wednesday 14th February, 2018
Backer George Fyvie receives a refund after RCL insist he provide them with his bank account details. A Paypal transfer of funds was refused, with several people speculating that RCL's Paypal account has been frozen.top
Thursday 15th February, 2018
RCL release 8 updates (and in typical RCL style number them 1-5 and 7-9) called Conflict of Interest and publish 18 month old emails between the former directors. One of the emails shows Chris Smith had a fully functioning and basically complete Vega+ almost 2 years ago. None of the 8 updates mention refund requests, timelines, PEGI rating, how many game licences have been acquired or GOSH payments. On the RCL facebook page, the Conflict of Interest post also includes 17 photos of the emails. Various comments are deleted.
Paul Andrews posts a response on the public discussion facebook group:
RCL email backer Justin King accusing him of fraud after he emails them asking about his refund requests:
Justin replies with:top
Friday 16th February, 2018
In response to David Levy's unsubstantiated allegations about a conflict of interest, Paul Andrews releases two emails showing Sir Clive Sinclair agreed the TheC64 project was outside of RCL:
Robert Freestone (chartered accountant of Freestone & Co.) also confirmed:top
Saturday 17th February, 2018
A twitter user discovers a new website saggiorijan.com contains information about RCL employee Jan Saggiori. Jan has admitted doxxing various members of the retro community during the Vega+ debacle.
@AndrewDriver @A_Hero_In_Hell @Lasty1Richard @thezxkingpin @majorrobbb @grahamken @JoolsTurrall @SeanR1974 @codetapper @deKay01 @ZXHorace @sickeningjar @orientbal72 @jansaggiori Look at jans new website lots of contact info for #zxvega refunds and more! https://t.co/2FLYM8HuNd— Suzanne Mehtin (@SMehtin) February 17, 2018
Darren Randle receives a message from Indiegogo informing him that he can no longer post comments on the campaign.
Backer Ronan McEvoy posts on the RCL facebook page asking why a two and a half year old dispute is being used as an excuse by RCL now:top
Monday 19th February, 2018
RCL posts update 82 called Big Boys Toys that features a heavily edited video of random machines making random pieces and claiming the entire unit is being made in the UK:
The RCL video features a mould manufacturing machine with an LKM logo on it. A keen observer finds that LKM stands for Lung Kee Group, and is a Hong Kong company. An almost identical video to the RCL "Hollywood video" is found featuring the same LKM machine producing moulds in China:
Lee Fogarty posts on facebook and implies Codemasters games were due to be on the Vega+ (by including their games Seymour and Dizzy) but that Lee doubts RCL has contacted them a second time:
Brian Cooper finally receives a refund after asking more than 120 times:top
Tuesday 20th February, 2018
After receiving flak over the previous video, RCL call a backer "a wag" for daring to suggest that the video showed nothing and was made from stock footage. RCL release update 83 and upload a replacement video, hilariously called Copy of Copy of Big Boy Tools HD despite the footage not being high definition at all. The video currently has 10 likes and 35 dislikes, and all 10 comments on the video are negative.
30 minutes later, RCL issue update 84 and yet another video, claiming the "HD footage" is from December 2017. Like the previous footage, the video Big Boys Toys No Filter HD is not high-definition at all, and the youtube video comments are all negative.
Lee Fogarty posts a list of problems with the Vega+ on facebook and suggesting he had provided solutions to most of them but RCL ignored him:
A member of the public discussion facebook group creates a comedic video showing various supposed updates that RCL have announced over the past 2 years. The backing track is the appropriately titiled "Tell me Lies" by Fleetwood Mac.top
Wednesday 21st February, 2018
Paul Andrews posts on the public discussion facebook group to indicate that Indiegogo has removed his name from the Vega+ campaign and replaced it with Suzanne Martin. RCL illegally switched the name from "Suzanne Martin" to "PAUL ANDREWS" (in capital letters) more than a year ago and refused to change it despite multiple requests to both RCL and Indiegogo. The name change occurred late last night.top
Friday 23rd February, 2018
Recent events from the Vega+ are discussed on episode 7 of the ugvm podcast. The podcast mentions David Levy's no-show court excuse due to "trolls that might chop off his penis", the court case loss itself, David Levy's other role making sex dolls, the recent videos that feature stock footage manufacturing with 80s effects and Indiegogo's ultimatum to send in debt collectors to recover the money from RCL. Listen to just the Vega+ section from the podcast.
RCL continue to accuse backer Justin King of fraud, claiming Indiegogo and PayPal have been informed. Justin replies stating he has contacted PayPal who claim to know nothing about it at all.
PCube's Andy Pearson replies to a message about stocking the Vega+, but admits they have had no information about the release date. Despite a shipping date of approximately one month away, RCL have no PEGI rating, box art, games list or proof of manufacturing to go with the lack of release date:top
Wednesday 28th February, 2018
Backer Graham Kenny posts a reply from the Solicitors Regulation Authority indicating that they are making good progress and hope to have a more authoritative update by April 30th 2018. (Graham Kenny is a backer and has an order number for his Vega+ but his Indiegogo account was frozen on February 2nd, 2018).top
Friday 2nd March, 2018
RCL report the @dnewbyuk twitter account and the account is suspended. The last tweet posted before the account is suspended shows an image called "David Levy World's Biggest Liar".top
Saturday 3rd March, 2018
The @smehtin twitter account is suspended.top
Sunday 4th March, 2018
Guru Larry's latest video mentions the Vega+ during a segment discussing Jim Bagley while comparing the Spectrum Next to the Vega+. At 12:24 in the video 5 Angry Programmers (Game Developers) Who Hated Their Own Games, the commentary states "He [Jim Bagley] is involved with the ZX Spectrum Next console... you know, not the scammy one" and then showing Larry pointing at a Vega+ prototype:top
Tuesday 6th March, 2018
A member of the public discussion facebook group posts to show that asking RCL questions via their facebook page results in the question being deleted and a ban from posting.top
Wednesday 7th March, 2018
A tweet from Twitter user The Whinja Ninja is reposted for the third time after RCL attempt to censor the internet yet again. The tweet shows Suzanne Martin with a bucket of KFC and the words "liar" and "thief" on the sides.
#zxvega I've already had this tweet locked twice already, so I though I'd give it a 3rd shot, because I really am :) @Collieuk @codetapper @thezxkingpin @LevySexRobot @NickRoperRIP @Zippy71665168 #liar #thief #scum #sociapath #fraud #liar #liar #workshy #kfc #mentalhealth #cows pic.twitter.com/mUodeomse7— The Whinja Ninja (@Whinja_Ninja) March 7, 2018
Thursday 8th March, 2018
Retro Computers Limited change their registered office to 5 Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, Colindale, London, United Kingdom, NW9 6BX.
Ping Pong Studios also change their registered office to the same address.
The Anon y Mouse twitter account advises anyone taking David Levy/RCL to small claims court to send documents to the new address:
IMPORTANT #ZXVega+ INFORMATION: Anyone currently taking RCL through the Small Claims Process should send a copy of any documents already sent to this NEW address, and contact the court to advise that RCL have moved and therefore the court paperwork may need sending again.— Anon y Mouse (@LevySexRobot) March 8, 2018
Twitter user Isofarro posts an image showing court documents can be served on RCL at the previous address for a period of 14 days:top
Saturday 10th March, 2018
The @LevySexRobot twitter account is suspended.
Two articles appear on the Real Crooks blog:
- Quotes about David Neil Laurence Levy - Self Proclaimed Genius?
- Ironic Quotes made by David Levy about others – mirroring his own actions, or supporting vile views?
Sunday 11th March, 2018
A new article appears on the Real Crooks blog, this time called David Neil Laurence Levy - Supports Paedophiles? Condones the use of child sex robots? The article contains RCL director David Levy's failed attempts at multiple sex robot conferences including being thrown out of Malaysia by the chief of police and threatened with arrest if he persisted and having to move the UK convention to a secret location after claiming he was in danger by terrorists. The article also contains links to various articles where David Levy supports giving paedophiles access to child sex robots.top
Monday 12th March, 2018
Gareth Corfield publishes an article called Your manhood is safe, judge tells ZX Spectrum reboot boss. The article details David Levy losing his appeal against the court case he lost after a no-show in court using the excuse that trolls were going to chop his cock off. Highlights from the article:
- Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm Retro Computers Ltd has had its appeal against a county court judgment in Luton, UK rejected, with the judge telling chairman Dr David Levy that his no-show in the dock over troll fears was unfounded.
- In a ruling last week, Senior Circuit Judge Melissa Clarke refused permission for Levy, acting on behalf of RCL, to appeal against the judgment, which ordered RCL to refund aggrieved customer Rob Morton who had paid money on crowd funding site Indiegogo to reserve an RCL-made gaming device in February 2016.
- Summarily dismissing RCL's appeal on Wednesday, 7 March, Judge Clarke noted in a written ruling that Levy had "failed to attend the trial....the application is totally without merit and the appellant may not request the decision to refuse permission to appeal to be reconsidered at a hearing."
- In court filings where Levy tried to excuse himself for not attending the original county court hearing in Luton in Bedfordshire – north-northwest of London – he had quoted a pseudonymous Twitter account, claiming the operator of it had threatened to have his "cock chopped off".
- In fact the tweet in question was part of a surreal conversation about Levy and the court case.
- Circuit Judge Clarke ruled: "The appellant's concern for their own safety should not prevent them from attending trial in a court protected by security and there is in any event no evidence they were in threat of physical danger."
Friday 16th March, 2018
Former backer Rob Morton posts on the public discussion facebook group to say that RCL have paid the remaining £429 that he was awarded by the court:top
Monday 19th March, 2018
A new twitter account called Aaron E Mowse tweets regarding the suspension of the Anon Y Mouse account:
So it turns out that Anon Y Mouse was "permanently suspended" because of the RCL #ZXVega+ bank statements! Isn't that crazy? Poor old sickos Suzy and #DavidLevyCriminal said they hadn't given permission for the statements to be published! And after all this time as well!— Aaron E Mowse (@Aaron_E_Mowse) March 19, 2018
It was nothing to do with the "David Neal Laurence Levy is a #Paedophile" tweets, or the "Suzy Baby is a #convicted #criminal" stuff. Simply the bank statements, with Twitter saying they'd been given proof that Anon didn't have permission to post them.— Aaron E Mowse (@Aaron_E_Mowse) March 19, 2018
Apart from Odd Fogarty, did anyone else ever claim they WERE fake? They were used as evidence in Rob's court case, and as a witness under oath in that case, Paul Andrews confirmed the transactions were identical to those on his own copies. Thus statements==real.— Aaron E Mowse (@Aaron_E_Mowse) March 19, 2018
Thursday 22nd March, 2018
George Cropper releases a new video called THE VEGA+ V2 - DEAD MAN WALKING?
A backer notices that the twitter account Aaron E Mowse has been suspended. A backup of the account from March 19th contains 5 tweets, including why the Anon y Mouse was originally suspended.top
Friday 23rd March, 2018
Gareth Corfield publishes an article called Ex-ZX Spectrum reboot man threatens sueball over unpaid invoices. Highlights of the article:
- Yet more financial claims are piling up against failing ZX Spectrum Vega Plus firm Retro Computers Ltd, with the company's former web fixer threatening to sue over allegedly unpaid invoices.
- One-time contractor Lee Fogarty, who performed a range of roles including web dev and organiser of product testing, has told The Register that he intends to sue RCL over £599 of unpaid invoices.
- Fogarty showed The Register a copy of a letter he sent to RCL chairman Dr David Levy, headed "Final letter before commencing legal action". The sum due was broken down as £500 for the original, overdue, invoice with the rest being accrued interest.
- "I may also commence insolvency proceedings," warned Fogarty in his letter, adding to us that the invoice related to "consultancy" work.
- On behalf of RCL, Levy told El Reg: "Far from owing Lee Fogarty money, RCL paid Lee in advance for work he has either not delivered or was not of an acceptable commercial standard. He received £14,000 from RCL and we have nothing useful to show for it."
- RCL's chairman also alleged that Fogarty had "defaced" the firm's website after his departure.
- The Companies House listing for RCL shows that its accounts are nearly two months late, having been due on 31 January 2018.
David Levy's reply to The Register all but confirms that the leaked bank statements from 2017 are real when he admits that £14,000 was paid to Lee. This figure is the same as what Lee has previously stated he received and also matches the figure on the bank statements.
George Cropper releases his 42nd video on the Vega+ debacle, this time called THE VEGA+ - SUED BY FORMER EMPLOYEE ??top
Saturday 24th March, 2018
Lee Fogarty posts on the Indiegogo campaign:
If there are any backers that have genuinely started court proceedings and need a witness statement and supporting evidence from the software consultant, you know where to find me. I will also try as much as possible to attend court if required. #zxvega— RealFogartyLee (@RealFogartyLee1) March 24, 2018
Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos
For the time being, another site helping backers raise queries about the state of the device and their investment has been put to rest.
To counter the trolls, sorry, games rights owners they've not contacted, RCL have been pushing the idea of releasing the system without any games.
And why wouldn't they, they've missed all the others. why break the habit of a lifetime ?
"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)
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