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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

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Made in China

In the draft version of the witness statement for Rob Morton's small claims court case against RCL, David Levy and Suzanne Martin decided to remove all reference to China as it "sounded cheap and we have claimed UK".

China sounds cheap and we have claimed UK

The original Indiegogo campaign stated "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."

In Indiegogo update 46 on March 10th 2017, RCL stated that despite rumours, manufacture had NOT been switched to China and that RCL were committed to a UK product:

Retro Computers Ltd

Very Much Red, White and Blue.

Fact Check - Over the last few days, there has been some speculation that we have changed our technical spec for the Vega+ - we haven't.

It has also been reported that we have switched manufacture to China - we haven't.

We are still committed to a British product, and we have some great new team members who are helping us reach that goal.

We have a planned retail launch this summer - but as previously promised we would deliver to backers before we launch to retail.

Tomorrow we will show you the first Red, White and Blue units....

— Retro Computers Ltd (update 46)

RCL claim spec has not changed and committed to British product

Text version

Suzanne Martin <suzanne@suzannemartin.com>
To:David Levy
Dec 29, 2017 at 2:52 PM

This is still misleading

The Difference between a Failed Project and a Late Project

Although the Vega+ project has been beset by delays Retro is still working to deliver it. Earlier this month the company took delivery from (China) delete China is sounds cheap and we have claimed Uk of a second set of the metal tools that will delete will insert have been used to mould the plastic components of the Vega+. These revised tools accommodate the new improved design of the Vega+ following feedback from testers and retailers.

The Claimant does not distinguish between a crowdfunding project which fails and one which is merely delayed, as Retro’s is. Delays in launching products are far from uncommon in the consumer electronics field, even for some of the giants of this field such as Apple and Sony. Some crowdfunding projects do fail, and Indiegogo’s web site explains that risk:

“What happens to my money if a campaign fails?

When you contribute to a crowdfunding project you are supporting a startup or a new creative endeavor. The reality is that many startups and new ideas - and even some established business - fail. This is why it’s important for each contributor to assess the risks of the project to determine if they are willing to accept them before supporting a campaign.”

But, as stated above, the Vega+ project has not failed. The company has demonstrated working units at public events such as WIRED 2016, and remains determined to complete the testing and debugging of the ( delete) deliver the Vega+ software prior to launching the again delete product to all backers and to the retail market.

The company has divulged to all its campaign backers, by email and elsewhere online, some of the details of the reasons for the delays, but due to ongoing investigations and litigation into the sales of the original product (the Vega) and the misappropriation of funds, the company has been advised by its lawyers to remain silent on many of the other details.

With regard to the Claimant’s Particulars of Claim I make the following comment:

As explained above, and although later than Retro had hoped, I fully expect that the perks will be delivered. Whereupon the Claimant will receive a Vega+ and his name will be on the roll of honour.

I believe that the facts stated in this witness statement are true.

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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