The Coleco Chamelon is finally dead0 Comments
The story of the Coleco Chameleon, formerly Retro VGS, is far longer and complex than should have ever been the case. A while back, the system came to Indiegogo in hopes of rekindling a love of cartridge-based consoles. With very little to show - and a massive nearly $2 million goal - the project failed. Around this time, gaming fans started to hear murmurings about shady aspects of the project.
Earlier this year, a prototype arrived at a convention and was quickly discovered as yet another fake. Finally, a photo was posted of a newer Coleco Chameleon to prove it was legit - only to have retro collectors quickly identify this as a fake system as well. Brand-holder Coleco caught wind of this and finally severed their ties with the Chameleon and company owner Mike Kennedy. For much of this time, Kennedy was completely silent, leaving everyone to come to their own conclusions.
He has finally spoken up via a post on AtariAge, the same forum where all these prototypes were originally revealed as fakes. The biggest take away from this post is that, according to him, this experience was one where Kennedy himself was swindled by someone else. This other person is the up until now mysterious "hardware guy." According to other classic collectors, this person is a known con within the Colecovision circuit.
This post also showcases a tremendous amount of blind faith on the part of Kennedy to continue to pay funds for services that were never rendered (and which were increasingly suspicious). If true, these statements help explain why the Coleco Chameleon was such an utter mess. He has confirmed the system is dead and that he will not be bringing it back in any shape or form. Of course, those most caught up in all this drama are split as to whether they believe Kennedy's statement or not. One thing's for sure, all future console crowdfunding campaigns will receive far more scrutiny now.