Well things have moved on!
Someone has bought the remaining stock and another has taken up the challenge to put new boards in them
“Following on from Graham's post about ex-RCL stock, I'll announce that Hermit Retro Products is working on a replacement board for the Vega+.
The board has been designed to fit the existing Vega+ shells and match buttons, ports, etc. plus reuse the original LCD, battery spec and speaker. However, as per other Hermit Retro boards, it'll have a Raspberry Pi Zero W onboard to make modification easier, development quicker and be a bit more transparent.
This is a considerable rework from my original "spite" handheld (videos available on the Hermit Retro page) but basing this new board off that old design means there's a solid chance it'll work and be available in the near term. What "near term" means is probaby a few months as there'll be fit issues and tweaking required.
Also, I've been looking at the issues with the Vega+ specifically around the shambles that was the buttons. I've identified what I suspect the issue is and we should be able to rectify those issues as well. Graham should be able to supply more details soon.
Apologies in advance if this sounds perhaps a bit vague, but we wanted people to know there's maybe something recoverable out of the situation and we're working on it but, since it's basically a labour of love rather than a funded project and there will be bumps in the road, it'll take a bit of time. However, we'll be transparent about progress (or lack thereof).
Ideally, we just want a handheld done that'll do Rick's design justice rather than just be lost.
In the meantime, here's a render of the in-progress development board. It's mostly laid out and just needs routing. First prototypes hopefully will be ordered in the next few days....“