IPCPR 2018: Lotus Group/Integral Logistics

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The Lotus Group not only brought a number of new cigar accessories to the trade show floor, but a fairly new partnership with the Margaritaville and LandShark Lager brands, as in June the cigar accessory maker announced that it had entered into a partnership with Lifestyle Brands, LLC to bring the two brands to the cigar accessories market.

But it wasn’t just accessories bearing shark fins and parrot heads in the booth, which includes a tall and shiny white structure that has been in use for several years. The company added a number of new products to its signature Lotus line as well as its more value-oriented Vertigo line, from lighter to a new ashtray designed to help keep your other accessories from wandering off.

Lotus Defiant — new color

The Lotus Defiant is a quadruple flame torch lighter with a built-in cigar punch that gets a black matte and dark gun satin option, the fifth colorway in the line.

  • MSRP: $49.95
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Lotus Duke V Serrated Cigar Cutter Lighter
The company’s existing Duke V model gets an upgrade by way of an integrated serrated blade v-cutter that can handle up to 60 ring gauges. The triple-torch lighter features jets that are angled together to create a pinpoint, wind resistant flame that is triggered by a single action ignition and which the company says is guaranteed to work at up to 8,000 feet of elevation.

On the front of the lighter is a tinted fuel window that provides easy visibility into how much butane remains in the tank. It is offered in black matte, antique pewter and antique copper.

  • MSRP: $69.95.
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Lotus Jaws Serrated Cutter — new colors

If there’s one item that show floor photography does no justice two, it is the two new carbon fiber options of the Lotus Jaws Serrated cutter. The pattern is simply incredible and eye-catching, to say the very least. There is also a new black matte and chrome satin finish available. Initial quantities of the carbon fiber version will be limited, but expect to see a full release in September.

  • MSRP: $34.95 (Carbon Fiber), $29.95 (Black Matte and Chrome Satin)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Lotus Orion — new color

The Orion adds a new shiny orange and black color option; the lighter is a dual flame with the two jets angled inwards to create a pinpoint flame that is said to work at elevations of up to 7,000 feet above sea level. It features an all-metal body, single action push-button ignition, and an integrated 10mm cigar punch.

  • MSRP: $99.95
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Image courtesy of The Lotus Group.

Lotus VC-05SL, VC-10, VC-05 Travel Humidors
A trio of new travel humidors is highlighted by the VC-05SL, as it is said to be able to hold seven to 10 cigars due to its slightly larger dimensions. Its outer dimensions measure 9 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches deep and 1 7/8 inches high, which gives it a bit more room to hold cigars, particularly those of shorter lengths and smaller ring gauges, or give a bit more space to larger ring gauges, which can often reduce the capacity of standard sized five-count boxes. The unit is lockable, watertight, airtight and impact resistant, and comes with a bead humidifier in the lid.

  • MSRP: $29.95 (VC-05SL and VC-10), $27.95 VC-05
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Lotus Cut & Light Station
An interesting spin on the typical cigar ashtray, this unit features pockets for a cigar cutter and lighter, as well as a way to keep them from walking away. The ashtray itself measures 9 1/4 inches square by 1 1/2 inches deep and features three slots to hold cigars. On the fourth side are a pair of built-in pockets designed to conveniently keep your lighter and cutter at the ready. If you want to add some additional security, an add-on kit includes a pair of retractable tethers that attach to your cutter and lighter, something that would seemingly be helpful in a cigar lounge. The add-on kit also includes a pair of Velcro straps to secure the ashtray to a counter or table. Its melamine construction is impact resistant and dishwasher safe.

  • MSRP: $19.95 (ashtray only); $9.95 (two-pack of tethering devices and Velcro straps)
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vertigo Atlantis

One of two new dual flame lighters for the Vertigo brand, the Atlantis measures 3 1/4 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches thick and 3/4 of an inch tall. Its metal housing is complemented by a clear fuel tank, large flame adjuster and single action ignition which will provide a reliable flame at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It is offered in black matter, gunmetal, and red and black matte and sells for $24.99.

  • MSRP: MSRP
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vertigo Booster

The Booster is a wind-resistant quad-flame lighter that offers a single action ignition, large fuel window and flame adjuster, as well as a retractable cigar punch. It measures 2 3/4 inches tall by 1 1/2 inches wide and 3/4 of an inch thick, and comes in three color options: black gunmetal and chrome.

  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vertigo Commissioner
Another dual-flame offering, the Commissioner measures 2 5/8 inches high by 1 3/8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick and features an all-metal housing with single-action side-squeeze ignition that triggers the twin wind-resistant torch flames. The lighter also comes with a fold-out punch cutter, clear fuel window and large flame adjuster. It is offered in three colors: black matte and brushed chrome, red matte and black matte, and brushed chrome.

  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Vertigo Tomahawk

A triple flame torch in a full metal housing with single action ignition and a guarantee of performance at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It also offers a fold out cigar punch, clear fuel window and large flame adjuster. It measures 3 1/8 inches tall by 1 3/8 inches wide and 7/8 of an inch thick and comes in three colors: black crackle, antique pewter and antique copper.

  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

As mentioned above, the Lotus Group-Integral Logistics recently entered into an agreement with Lifestyle Brands, LLC that will bring the Margaritaville and LandShark Lager brands to a number of cigar accessories, namely lighters, cutters and ashtrays. While many of the items are featured below, the full catalog can be found here, should you wish to see the entire collection. Of note, sometimes the name is brought to the same device but gets called something different depending on if it’s part of the Margaritaville or LandShark collection.

Margaritaville Black Pearl Twin Torch Lighter
The Black Pearl offers twin pinpoint torch flames, a fold-out cigar punch, single action ignition, fuel window, large flame adjuster and metal housing, with the company saying it will light at up to 12,000 feet in elevation. It’s available in black with either antique pewter, antique copper or antique brass.

  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Chum Bucket Ashtray
A rectangular, two-cigar ashtray made of melamine that is dishwasher safe and impact resistant. It comes in five different graphic options.

  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Cutlass Cigar Cutter
A dual guillotine cutter that can handle up to 70 ring gauge cigars, it comes bearing one of three famed sayings.

  • MSRP: $11.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Jolly Roger Table Lighter
A quad-flame lighter, the Jolly Roger packs a fold-out cigar punch, extra large fuel tank, as well as metal housing. It will light at elevations up to 10,000 feet and is offered in pewter, brass and black.

  • MSRP: $49.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Landlubber Extendable Lighter
A soft flame lighter that offers an extendable and retractable flame tube that reaches 5 1/2 inches in total length, as well as a large flame adjuster, single action ignition, clear fuel window and metal housing. It also lights at elevations up to 8,000 feet. It’s available in black, chrome or copper.

  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Musket Table Lighter
A beefy, wind resistant triple flame torch lighter with a single action ignition, extra large fuel tank, large flame adjuster and sturdy metal housing. It lights to 11,000 feet and is available in five color/saying combinations: gunmetal and chrome, black and chrome, antique brass and gunmetal, antique pewter and gunmetal, and antique copper and gunmetal.

  • MSRP: $34.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Smuggler Cigar Case
It bears the Margaritaville wordmark, a parrot silhouette and the phrase “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” and can hold up to two 70 ring gauge cigars in a pocket-friendly case.

  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Swashbuckler Torch Lighter
A single action ignition twin torch with a large flame adjuster, clear fuel window, sturdy metal housing and a guarantee of working up to 11,000 feet in elevation. It’s offered in chrome, black and chrome or blue and chrome.

  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Tempest Quad Torch Lighter
This offers four wind-resistant flames and a fold out cigar punch along with a fuel window, and is said to work at elevations up to 11,000 feet. It’s available in orange, black and blue, each with chrome accents.

  • MSRP: $29.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

Margaritaville Treasure Chest Travel Humidor (not pictured)
A five-cigar travel humidor with a built-in carry strap, it comes in a black body with one of three graphic options: sunset, sailboats or palm trees.

  • MSRP: $39.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Crow’s Nest Bottle Cap Ashtray
Another favorite branded item from the floor, this ashtray looks like the cap of a bottle of LandShark Lager. It can also be used as a valet for your wallet, keys and other pocket items, and it’s made of melamine, which means it’s dishwasher safe. It measures 8 inches across by 2 inches high.

  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Yellow Jack Lighter
Quite possibly one of my favorite accessories from the show floor in terms of design, this triple-flame torch is designed to look like a beer bottle, including with the LandShark bottle cap recreated quite well. It features a tinted fuel tank and large flame adjuster and will work at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It also comes in convenient six-packs to further reinforce the connection.

  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018


LandShark Matey Extendable Lighter
Another spin on the soft flame, extendable lighter, this version is offered in black, yellow and black or blue and black.

  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Rumrunner Lighter & Bottle Opener
If you’re enjoying a beer and a cigar, it makes sense to have a bottle opener on your lighter, right? That’s what the Rumrunner offers, as well as a windproof coil flame, large flame adjuster and carabiner attachment. It’s said to work at elevations up to 12,000 feet and is available in chrome, blue and chrome or black and chrome.

  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Shark Bait Cutter
A closed back, dual action cutter that can handle up to a 60 ring gauge cigar. It has a plastic body and stainless steel blades and is offered in four design options.

  • MSRP: $3.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Shark Fin Lighter
An all-metal housing triple-flame torch lighter that will work at elevations up to 12,000 feet. It also features a single action ignition, fold out cigar punch, tinted fuel window and large flame adjuster. It’s offered in chrome, blue and chrome or black.

  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018

LandShark Typhoon Waterproof Torch Lighter
A single flame torch lighter, it features a waterproof locking cap, which works at depths to three meters. It also features a carabineer attachment and tinted fuel tank, and is offered in clear, blue, yellow or charcoal.

  • MSRP: $7.99
  • Production: Regular Production
  • Launch Date: July 2018
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Patrick Lagreid
About the author

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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