The Goon LP, coming soon...no, really
The Goon LP RDA is one of the highly anticipated atomizers of 2016. Following up on the success of the original Goon, the upcoming model uses a low-profile (LP) design. The atomizer’s creator, 528 Custom Vapes, has been teasing the RDA for more than eight weeks. So far, it has revealed the outside of the atomizer…and that’s about it. Some vapers are on the edge of their seats, waiting for new information to drop, while others have grown weary and feel that an eight-week tease is preposterously long.
The story thus far
As 528 Custom Vapes has been holding its cards close to its chest for a long time, there isn’t a lot known about the Goon LP. The company has posted some beautiful pictures of the atomizer that show:
- It has a lower profile than its forerunner (duh)
- It uses airflow slots instead of airflow holes
Prototypes of the Goon LP show the atomizer in brass and stainless steel finishes. The stock drip tips appear to be black plastic (possibly Delrin) and Ultem, with some colorful models being shown in select photos.
The company has been tight-lipped about the Goon LP’s deck. It hasn’t shown anything or hinted at details. Yesterday, 528 Custom Vapes went as far as to post a photo of the atomizer with a large “Censored” sign covering the deck.
Are we there yet?
I contacted 528 Custom Vapes on September 29 to gather information for a future preview on the Goon LP. The company didn’t get back to me until October 10. At that point, I received inconsistent replies from multiple people. One person even sent me a reply saying that the company wasn’t releasing images of the deck to the public, which was great…except I wasn’t asking as the public. As a longtime writer, I understand confidentiality and have signed hundreds of non-disclosure agreements.
An eight-week tease for a product is highly unusual, especially in 2016. In the years I’ve worked writing about consumer electronics and videogames, I’ve never seen a product launch handled in such a fashion. While I’m sure it will be a highly successful atomizer among hardcore vapers, I’m also sure that it could be so much more with skillful marketing. Between the unusually long tease period and company reps having no idea how to work with the media, I have to wonder if the Goon LP’s reveal and launch has been horribly mismanaged.
Instead of wondering about it, I’ll ask you. What do you think of the Goon LP’s eight-week tease? Are you still excited for this atomizer? Or are you over it? Kindly vote in the poll below and leave a comment when you have a moment.