Okay, so I've been monitoring this Kickstarter campaign over the last 24 hours, and trying to wrap my head around the "apparent realities" of it. So if I understand the situation correctly, the $232K target is based on the need to produce and sell at least 1000 units, in order to bring the cost down to 200$ per unit? If this is the case, then this Kickstarter strategy is not the correct one, in my humble opinion.
I would also see if the controllers from AtGames' ColecoVision Flashback could be used on the Phoenix. They're not the best controllers ever, but they're relatively brand new compared to the old original Coleco controllers, so that's a plus, especially for casual gamers who are not going to play with their Phoenix system often.
The point of Kickstarter is that they need $230,000 to get the injection molded cases, pcbs made in China, etc. If they were not trying to make at least 1,000 units, they would only need maybe $50,000 or $100,000 but each unit would cost $300 to $400. (All of my numbers are estimations to illustrate my point). I am assuming CollectorVision doesn't have $230,000 in their bank account right now. Unless CollectorVision has that money to fund the production, or they have an investor or bank willing to lend them the money, Kickstarter is the only real option to get the money. Also, they only get the money if they reach their goal, so they don't lose anything if the project fails to get funded. Where as if they spend $230,000 of their own money, and they only sell 200 units, they have 800 unsold units instead of the money in their bank account.
Can we please let the AtGames ColecoVision flashback die already. Those ColecoVision flashback controllers are such garbage. If you open it up, its the cheapest of the cheap China crap. They are so low quality, I wouldn't invest any time or money in making anything work with them. You really need to open one up and see how thin the pcb is, how poor the soldering is, and how the wires inside are almost falling off a brand new never used controller. There is no reason to use the CV flashback controllers with anything else besides the CV flashback. I understand original CV controllers are not that good, but there are other solutions to use alternate controllers. The reason they made the system work with SNES controllers and SNES NTT controllers is because SNES controllers are very good quality, and easy find in good condition.
Edited by Hannacek, Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:25 PM.