“It’s A Downgrade.” — Fans Have Mixed Feelings About SEVENTEEN’s New Lightstick Design
Lightsticks are a huge part of the K-Pop fan experience and allow fans to identify with each other, even at non-K-Pop events!
also i’m 99% sure this was a shinee lightstick i peeped in the crowd at bad bunny, whoever you are please reveal yourself and be my friend 😩 pic.twitter.com/Mh3s8XiVtN
— di⁷ ❀ hobi day 🃏☀️ (@moonchildiana) March 21, 2022
This meaning is why CARATs were initially excited to learn of a new version of SEVENTEEN’s lightstick being released soon. The original version of the Caratbong was released in 2017, with an updated version released in 2019.
Version 1 and Version 2 feature a diamond inside of a clear rounded dome on top and showcase the fandom’s colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Fans loved both designs but had high hopes of getting a new version after nearly four years.
The newest version’s design was shared through a concept teaser posted to SEVENTEEN’s official social media channels. The lightstick initially seemed to continue with the group’s fandom color scheme…
…but the final reveal showed that the design seems to have gone in a darker direction.
Some fans are embracing the change and are excited about a new lightstick.
SEVENTEEN LIGHTSTICK ✨
V1 V2 V3 pic.twitter.com/RDzbfOUQi2
— 원 💜 (@1woo17) February 17, 2023
SEVENTEEN’S 3RD VER LIGHTSTICK!! pic.twitter.com/0jJrvhBjfR
— tracy 🐱 (@tinkswonu) February 17, 2023
Others feel the design changed too much and is less “on brand” for SEVENTEEN and CARATS. Some have even reimaged the new design with the color scheme from the first.
((just personal opinion u dont have to agree with me))
caratbong v3 is pretty! but product and branding wise, v2 is more “on brand” for svt and carats, hence i like v2 more.. i see some mutuals thinking of other groups when they see caratbong v3 bcs of the colors 😂🥲 pic.twitter.com/QblIoh9yrZ
— nuventeen (@nuesvtgemini) February 17, 2023
if they stuck to our fandom colors: pic.twitter.com/AzYPz3B03C
— cine ᙏ̤̫ – fan account (@dadeuthannie) February 17, 2023
the black just doesn’t suit seventeen’s brand at all like the diamond is the only thing that screams svt in that lightstick take the diamond out and it looks like any other lightstick from any other fandom
— vnondk lockdown 📌 csd (@verno6n) February 17, 2023
The downgrade. It has ZERO SEVENTEEN VIBE https://t.co/tnakvfs3i5
— Wanda*Wonwoo💍(lagi oleng ke Cheol) (@justawanda_) February 17, 2023
Other fans have taken the change with humor, saying that the lightstick looks like the child of a previous Caratbong and MONSTA X’s lightstick. Others say it looks like it could be a BLACKPINK lightstick.
#SEVENTEEN #세븐틴#SVT_Official_Lightstick_Ver3 pic.twitter.com/qzCXYwAsSr
— remy (@notevenremy) February 17, 2023
The new ver3 Carat-bong looks like the love child of Monsta X & Seventeen's light-sticks pic.twitter.com/V4NCm6KOWj
— 17 💎 CARATZ¹⁷ 👟 (@13_Gems_17) February 17, 2023
SEVENTEEN Carat Bong V3 – ❌❌❌
BLACKPINK Carat Bong V3 – ✅✅✅ pic.twitter.com/BdE7de9C9x
— 젴시아미⁷ (@Jexie_army) February 17, 2023
This darker version might not be the final one, however — fans pointed out that aespa‘s original lightstick teaser showed the fan item in black but ultimately was released in white.
when released, the aespa lightstick went from being completely black in the teaser to being white, so could seventeen lightstick be the same?? pic.twitter.com/MC1lzWJLkB
— sha ✿ (@jjongshuji) February 17, 2023
What do you think of the new lightstick?
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