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The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently Android / Windows phones & tablets.
The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
The ONLY full-size recreation of the 1980s personal computer ... the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
821 backers pledged £63,194 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Chris Sharp on April 22

      Just wondering for those who have received no rewards and are out of pocket have you raised a PayPal claim or discussed with your credit card provider who might have payment protection of some description in place?

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      Steve Foxon on April 10

      I am sending emails on a regular basis now, but nothing for nearly 2 months now. The guy is basically a thief and has stolen £80 from me and it seems we are powerless to do anything and Kickstarter could't care less!

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      Wayne Mellors on April 9

      One can only assume that the revenue from the app just isn't enough to keep momentum going. Excruciatingly frustrating to login periodically to check progress only to see the Kickstarter video showing the very item that we'll no longer be getting.

      Hard lesson learned here though. Before it was successful, the comments were blowing up about what kind of character Steve was, with the royalty non-payments and I decided to not only give him the benefit of the doubt but also upped my pledge to the signature edition that's been canned.

      Interestingly, after proactive messages from him to me about it. Looks like that's done a full 180 now though.

      Never again.

    4. Chris Sharp on April 3

      For those commenting recently, there are no signature edition rewards anymore. steve has offered regular devices and a partial refund. However he has had problems sourcing these devices for everyone, some have received them and some haven't. No one yet seems to have had a refund. Steve now appears AWOL and is not responding to direct messages or email. That is the only route we have to contact him. If you try this and have no joy then the only recourse is to complain to Kickstarter, but they seem to have been pretty unhelpful to those who have tried this so far. I guess the next thing is to try and find a phone number for the guy :(

    5. Tom Mc Cloy on April 2

      Has anyone who ordered the Signature Edition received any communication since February?

    6. Zeid Nasser on April 1

      Hello Steve and the Elite team. Thanks again for your excellent efforts. I am backer, from Jordan, who has still not received his Recreated ZX Spectrum... who do I contact directly in this regard.

    7. Ian Cull on March 30

      I come here to see if by chance there's been any update, and sadly the only updates are from other similarly unhappy backers.
      Sad, because Elite really looked like they were capable, for a while. They'd released working games, showed lots of design effort, then apparently sold out and ran.

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      paul mclaughlin on March 25

      Nearly into April, and still nothing received, or even communications about product.

      I Contacted Kickstarter direct by email and they are not even interested, just all bull.shit the whole way.

      It looks like ALL US BACKERS, who have not received anything, will not get any help from kickstarter,

      kickstarter staff are also not interested in looking at these posts or looking into the fraud caused by Mr Wilcox.

      I am over £100 out of pocket and hoped some previous posts might have got a response to solving, but nothing,,,

      So game on steve, the last thing you are is "Elite"

      MM

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      paul robertson on March 14

      I do find it amazing how people like Steve Wilcox can still operate these days, he must have never intended to produce the signature editions and this 30 pound refund your supposed to get why has it not been paid yet? It's been what over 3 months since we were told, we should have got that right away let's face it there wasn't that many special editions ordered, Steve you are useless why Kickstarter don't do anything about you I don't know.

    10. Chris Sharp on March 12

      David have you not seen any of the updates? The signature edition is no longer happening and you should have been asked to respond to a survey about it before Christmas now. Stock is low apparently but Steve has said basically you will now get a regular device and a partial refund. Message him direct but expect poor/slow communications.

    11. David NEALE on March 7

      I have not received my reward for manic miner ? What's happening please.

    12. Chris Sharp on February 24

      Finally got a response today about the partial refund being processed, not counting my chickens though!

    13. Liam Reford on February 23

      Got another email earlier:
      To: Our Kickstarter Backers / Those who Pre-Ordered a Recreated ZX Spectrum directly from Elite after our appeal closed.

      This is a follow-up to our message(s) sent on 26th Jan, '16 and earlier (reproduced below) and to the information published at the following link on 22nd Nov, '15 :

      LINK REMOVED

      We're pleased to report that we finally received some stock from a distributor, last week.

      The stock is intended to enable us to supply the few remaining devices which are needed to make the last few deliveries.

      The stock's being checked and repackaged. Consequently, we'll be writing to you individually to confirm that we'll be despatching a recreated device and / or a partial refund, or both.

      The supply of the few remaining devices has, as you know, proved much more challenging than it should have been. As this directly affects, you we sincerely apologise.

      We are looking forward to being able to write to you again shortly and in the interim wish to thank you for your support and for your continued patience. It is appreciated.

      Regards - Steve Wilcox

      Note: We received approximately 40% fewer units of stock than promised. We're currently seeking to ascertain whether the 'missing' units are being sent under separate cover, or otherwise.

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      oscar mataix esbri on February 23

      I have not received my reward, manic miner edition, how can you ask for a refund?

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      Paul Monaghan on February 22

      Oscar, where have you been for the last two years? You're basically not getting it. Read the hundreds of comments below.

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      oscar mataix esbri on February 22

      A Bluetooth ZX Spectrum selected for iOS or Android devices - Signature Edition ( "The MANIC MINER")

      when are you going to ship the product?

      I'm worried.

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      Steve Foxon on February 22

      Just received an email saying that they have now received stock and will be in contact shortly. All looked very hopeful. Then there is a note at the bottom where they haven't received 40% of them! So after saying they had received, they then took that back and have in fact only had 60% of what they need! They are looking in to where the others have gone.

      Just gets better.......

    18. Chris Sharp on February 20

      Scratch that. I just worked it out and it's not from Kickstarter. Sorry for getting everyone's hopes up!

      Steve, we're still waiting ;)

    19. Chris Sharp on February 20

      Does anyone know how refunds might be processed? Reason I am asking is I have a random £30 credit showing in my bank account from interpay on 2nd Feb and no idea where or who it came from, I don't recall having given bank details over related to Kickstarter though, I used my credit card when payment was asked for.

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      Bob Walker on February 16

      Still nothing. A hard lesson that Kickstarter is pointless: can (or will) do nothing to resolve this.

    21. Chris Sharp on February 15

      Nope nothing, and Kickstarter seem unwilling to do anything about it either.

    22. Lumpfishy on February 12

      Has anyone been receiving replies to messages? 3 weeks and still waiting for a reply about my missing reward.

    23. Chris Sharp on February 9

      Fat lot of good that will do!

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      paul robertson on February 8

      Think I'll be sending an email about where is my 30 quid

    25. Chris Sharp on February 5

      Still nada :(

    26. Chris Sharp on January 26

      Wait. what? Sounds way too ambiguous on the refund front when it was seemingly very clear before. Still no sign of 30 quid for me and Steve hasn't responded to messages. Surely he should also be contacting those he has already managed to get a replacement device to also?

      I escalated to Kickstarter and they basically said they'd prompted the creator and suggest I do the same blah blah rubbish generic response blah blah...... :(

    27. Liam Reford on January 25

      Email today...
      25th January, 2016

      To: Our Kickstarter Backers / Those who Pre-Ordered a Recreated ZX Spectrum directly from Elite after our appeal closed.

      This is a follow-up to our message(s) sent on 4th January.

      We're pleased to report that we've finally secured an offer of stock from a distributor.

      Consequently, we should soon be able to supply the few remaining devices which are needed to make the last few deliveries. (We've been advised that the devices will be delivered to us on or before 15th February.)

      Once they've been checked and repackaged, we'll be writing to you individually to confirm that we'll be despatching a recreated device and / or a partial refund, or both.

      The supply of the few remaining devices has, as you know, proved much more challenging than it should have been. As this directly affects, you we sincerely apologise.

      We are looking forward to being able to write to you again shortly and in the interim wish to thank you for your support and for your continued patience. It is appreciated.

      Regards - Steve Wilcox - Jan '16

    28. Peter Heppinstall on January 24

      Nope I have had nothing yet Paul

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      paul robertson on January 22

      Has anyone actually been given this supposedly 30 pound refund for signature edition?

    30. Chris Sharp on January 21

      Complained to Kickstarter by raising a support ticket. Will be interesting to see if Steve reacts first or what kickstarter will say!

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      paul robertson on January 11

      Well Chris I'm surprised you got the Rick Dickinson picture, not heard anyone else getting that, it was something everyone was supposed to get, there were supposed to be lots of extra stuff people got steve Wilcox is a complete cowboy I'm now thinking maybe we should all complain to Kickstarter, I haven't seen the 30 quid either.

    32. Chris Sharp on January 9

      By the way...... I've discovered if you have a game console you can connect up your recreated device as a keyboard, browse to QAOP emulator or similar using the consoles internet browser and then play games on your lovely HD telly with the device rather than using the Elite app. :)

    33. Chris Sharp on January 9

      It seems like I was one of the lucky ones to get a regular device from limited stock on Christmas Eve having backed for the signature edition. It came with a signed Rick Dickinson photo.....actually it is more like a Kickstarter PR picture with a sort of ad on the front and he has signed the back,

      Anyway, I think I only got this by emailing Steve and expressing politely my extreme dissapointmemt and that I would be escalating to Kickstarter in the new year if there was no action. I have had no correspondence since I sent that.

      Also, I haven't checked my credit card transactions, but as far as I know not had the £30 back. Has anyone else?

      If not am I now certainly escalating to Kickstarter.

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      paul robertson on January 9

      It won't happen now, he'll probably do it until much later and charge a lot more for it, I bet also no one has got the 30 quid back yet.

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      Paul Monaghan on January 8

      Eamonn, those devices were supposed to be to tie us over until the signature editions turned up. We should get another recreated device and the £30 OR preferably the signature edition but that looks like it's basically not happening now.

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      EAMONN DUFFIN on January 7

      Were those who originally requested the 'signature' devices but have had to accept the standard recreated device are they not entitled to the £30 refund ?

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      paul mclaughlin on January 5

      I backed the £100 pledge, still no replies to emails, just a copy of the one that Liam posted.

      A Bluetooth ZX Spectrum for iOS or selected Android devices - Signature Edition (“The MANIC MINER”). Supplied with Certificate of Authenticity, a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum iOS or Android App or iOS or Android App Store credit for same. Includes associated Manic Miner / Matthew Smith goodies / memorabilia - think reproduction of period signed photograph, print based on original cassette inlay and promotional art. YOU CAN COMBINE THIS REWARD WITH A LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTORS’ PRINT BY MAKING A NEW OR AMENDING AN EXISTING PLEDGE.

      Also, another strange thing I have just seen, Kick starter says 821 backers, but I am backer number 924 ?????

    38. Liam Reford on January 5

      Got an email yesterday as follows...
      To: Our Kickstarter Backers / Those who Pre-Ordered a Recreated ZX Spectrum
      directly from Elite after our appeal closed.

      This is a follow-up to our messages of 14th December.

      We were able to supply a small quantity of recreated devices (from our own inventory) for delivery on Christmas Eve.

      However, since writing on the 14th, we have been unable to secure any additional stock from our UK Manufacturing Partner.

      By way of alterative, we have been seeking to recover stock from a distributor; however the holiday has interfered with this. (There's further information below.)

      Consequently, we are once again out of stock and have been unable to supply the few remaining devices which are needed to make the last few deliveries.

      As this directly affects you, we sincerely apologise.

      We hope to secure the few remaining devices which are needed early in the New Year and will write to you again just as soon as we've done so.

      Regards - Steve Wilcox - Dec '15

      We wanted to share a little information about the manufacture of the recreated device and in particular the ownership of the stock.

      We did, as we said we would when we launched our appeal, order 1,000 units of the recreated device for our backers. This is the Kickstarter stock and was owned by Elite.

      In parallel, our resellers ordered many thousands of units of the recreated device for those who pre-ordered it online earlier in the year. This is the Reseller stock and was not owned by Elite.

      We cannot supply our Kickstarter backers (nor those who ordered a recreated device directly from Elite after our appeal closed) from the Reseller stock, since Elite does not own it.

      We hope that aids understanding and will be in touch with you again just as soon as we have stock to hand.

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      Wayne Mellors on January 4

      http://www.flickeringmyth.com/2016/01/the-recreated-zx-spectrum-bought-every-five-minutes-over-christmas.html

      And yet, above and beyond the 60 grand we put in to get Steve off the ground in the first place, there's just no money left to fulfil the special editions.

      Yeah.

      Right.

    40. Simon Huggins on January 4

      Still waiting for my device. Last message I received over a year ago was that I would be contacted when it was available - not heard anything yet. Just messaged them again. The last thing I got said the the scope had changed a lot since the original campaign. Now that's a bad sign on any project. Really, it's important to fulfil what was promised, and then iterate with a second campaign. But that's not going to be well supported if the original campaign was run badly. Sad, really - I was really looking forwards to this bit of nostalgia.

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      Paul Monaghan on January 3

      And as far as people not receiving anything at all:

      From the Kickstarter pages:

      "Is a creator legally obligated to fulfill the promises of their project?

      Yes. Kickstarter's Terms of Use require creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. (This is what creators see before they launch.) We crafted these terms to create a legal requirement for creators to follow through on their projects, and to give backers a recourse if they don't. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill."

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      Paul Monaghan on January 3

      Rony, not everyone has received their device, nor had responses to messages or been given misleading messages. In addition to the numerous delays, devices being made available for sale before being issued to backers, there has been a lot of messages putting people off, giving misleading timescales, delay tactics etc.

      Presumably this is what the authors of games experienced when they didn't receive their monies from Steve selling their games for on the Android and IOS marketplaces. Absolutely shocking attitude and behaviour. I just want a resolution to all of this and move on. It has given me a new perspective on Elite as a software publisher and I cringe each time I see the name mentioned in retro gaming books now. Totally disgraceful behaviour.

      I'll certainly think very hard about any future Kickstarter campaigns in future with anyone.

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      Rony Van Hove on December 25

      I am not sure why there are so many disappointed backers yet.
      I have received my device several weeks ago and I've been happy so far about the quality.
      I am even now considering to dust off one of my old canned projects from the '80 (I'm have to refresh my z80 memory) and start pushing the rubbers again :)

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      paul robertson on December 24

      It's been a bit of a disappointment all the negative stuff to do with this project, But would like to wish you all
      HAPPY CHRISTMAS

      Paul

    45. Lumpfishy on December 21

      Did anyone else get the message asking you to up your pledge before the campaign ended to receive a print?
      I did, upped my pledge and iIm new getting messages saying I never was entitled to the print. Really struggling to see how this can be.

    46. Peter Heppinstall on December 18

      Hello Folks
      Just found some interesting reading on the site :- www.theregister.co.uk
      this information relates to Mr Wilcox raising Kickstarter cash to resurrect console but 'ignores original coders'
      website:- http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/31/80s_zx_spectrum_game_developers_allege_unpaid_royalties_from_elite_systems_ltd/

      Next link is a follow up to the information above.

      Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints
      'A personally chastening experience,' says boss Wilcox

      website:-
      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/03/elite_systems_yanks_zx_spectrum_games_from_app_stores/

      Hope you find this interesting as I did.

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      paul mclaughlin on December 17

      Hi Troops and fellow conned Backers.

      If you look at my previous posts I ranted, raved and started a new website to tell the world the truth..

      Then I lay on it, to see if they would come true on promises, alas I checked here today and its worse than ever.

      Over the weekend I will be working on the website, and encourage everyone to comment, even if they are happy and received the product.

      At the moment it will not be promoted outwith this comments section.

      This will be a fact finding site, no adverts etc, and its my own server, and only wanting justice and an outcome.

      MM

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      Bob Walker on December 14

      -1 I've invested in this product, only to
      a) not receive the promised award
      b) not receive an award now, whilst the product is on general sale.

      This is a shambles.

    49. Chris Sharp on December 14

      Email again from steve this morning about getting devices to remaining backers.They are now out of stock and waiting for more to be made.... Very disappointing again, given 1000 devices were ordered for backers and there are only 821 backers, and of those there are a group you can discount who chose the signature edition. what's gone wrong?

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      Steve Foxon on December 8

      Still no email for me. And no response to an email I sent 5 days ago asking where my reward is.

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