iKONICS Have Mixed Reactions To iKON’s New Light Stick Prototype, But There’s One Thing Everyone Can Agree On
The K-Pop boy group iKON recently made headlines for having all six members leave YG Entertainment and sign under a new agency, 143 Entertainment, so they could keep promoting as a group.
Fans were thrilled when the news was first announced, excited to see what the group will have in store as they switch to an agency that will hopefully give them the spotlight they deserve.
While the group can, fortunately, continue promoting under the name iKON, 143 Entertainment’s official Twitter account recently released some designs for iKON’s new lightstick.
Until now, iKONICS (iKON’s fanbase) have used the Konbat, which with its unique, memorable design, was a hit among fans.
Like the name iKON, the group can still keep the name Konbat, although 143 Entertainment is now designing a new prototype. Fans praised the company for allowing them to be involved in voicing their opinions about the possible designs.
so far, the company has 3 different designs for the new design of Konbat.
ver. A – full black with iKON's name & red iKONIC
ver. B – full black with iKON's logo & red iKONIC
ver. C – red iKON's name with black iKONIC's logo
i luv how their company is open to us lol pic.twitter.com/ks6FHumXrG
— shyn (@JINHWANVIBE) January 30, 2023
More looks for konbat!!! This is still not confirmed so i think we can still suggest to make it better ❤#iKON @GTMNY143 #아이콘 pic.twitter.com/Cbk8241kjk
— S T E L L A (@aeternumikonic) January 30, 2023
Now 143 Entertainment has released the chosen prototype for the new Konbat, promising that the light, which isn’t pictured, “will be So Red.”
Very First ProtoType of New #Konbat 🔥
[The Light will be So Red inside]#LimeLight Stick Sometime in March!
New #KONBAT Sometime in April!#iKON #아이콘 #LIMELIGHT #라임라잇 pic.twitter.com/JopTRPQR8l
— GTMNY x 143 (@GTMNY143) January 30, 2023
Although fans appreciated that 143 Entertainment seems open to their suggestions, they have mixed reactions to the design for the new light stick. For instance, many want the official iKON logo on the Konbat rather than the word “iKON.”
can we have the iKON logo at the side of the konbat be the actual iKON logo please!!! 🙏🏼 https://t.co/ZEuEAkAcnM pic.twitter.com/L4JYKy1YoG
— z (@ikonida) January 30, 2023
Hello, these are my suggestions 😊
sorry but iKON IS RED, RED IS iKON, RED IS OUR COLOR ♥️ HEAR US#iKON #iKONICS #아이콘 #KONBAT @iKONIC_143 @GTMNY143 pic.twitter.com/cAvvaZHYu9
— E1ona~ (@Elowen19) January 30, 2023
The new konbat looks sturdier! But since it’s still a prototype, may I suggest that we have the iKON slash logo as the biggest design like this and embossed? Also if the base color for the body would be white, pls make it translucent enough so the red light would pass through 🥺 https://t.co/c0VNQ7lbLB pic.twitter.com/gRifDIZMAB
— ziα 𝟷𝟹𝟷 (@ikonstantexo) January 30, 2023
And many fans are voicing their hopes that aside from simply the light being red, the actual light stick will also be red.
please make the Konbat like this, the red color really suits with iKON pic.twitter.com/MFPv2wjx47
— 😲 (@Goodbyeroad_) January 31, 2023
Some fans even suggest that 143 Entertainment make official accessories that fans can add to their Konbats.
reconsider the first pic pls @GTMNY143 the boys name, the iKONICs heart(switch), the outside color, the logo
second pic for the konbat toppers- the accessory toppers should look like a nut, and the top head should be a screw head 🔩 @iKONIC_143 🙏 #iKON pic.twitter.com/Cht1XSy5H1
— AM | #iKONFREEDOM (@z8am8pm) January 30, 2023
Fans understand that the light stick design needed to be changed as iKON is changing companies, and they are grateful 143 Entertainment is letting them have input. And they certainly feel proud of iKONICS for being so passionate about giving suggestions to the light stick that is meaningful to both the fans and the artists.
the amount of numerous konbat version ikonics suggested to the company and are still suggesting, we can see the dedication of one of us, im so in love with our fandom 😭❤️#iKON #아이콘 @iKONIC_143 pic.twitter.com/ry9wwFToYt
— 🆔 iKONIC (@number1_131) January 31, 2023
The boys are so sweet. They include iKONICs in the new konbat. 😭
Thank you iKON. 🥺#iKON #아이콘 @iKONIC_143 pic.twitter.com/650bx411Oc
— Anneeeeeguuullooo (@kissesiKON) January 30, 2023