The results are in for the 2015 Las Vegas Open YoYo Championship! The talent on stage was top notch, with World & National champion players from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Japan competing for seeds to Semi-Finals at the 2016 World YoYo Contest! Check out full scoring breakdowns and video of the winners below, and be sure to subscribe to the Las Vegas Open YouTube channel to see the rest of the freestyles as they’re uploaded. Huge thanks to all the players and sponsors for making this event happen!
Archives for November 7, 2015
Earlier this year the guys at OneDrop collaborated with Re-Logic to bring OneDrop yoyos to the game Terraria. Now the collaboration has gone full circle with OneDrop “downloading” the Terrarian. OneDrop has a great backstory on how the collaboration came about.
We are proud to be in an amazing partnership with independent game studio Re-Logic who develop the open-ended 2D sandbox video game Terraria.
Lead designer and head of Re-Logic, Andrew “Redigit” Spinks, approached us in early 2015 with the idea of implementing our yo-yos into the game and we loved it. Over the next few months we worked with Re-Logic and “uploaded” some of your favorite One Drops into the vast digital landscape of Terraria. You’ll stumble upon models such as the Cascade, Valor, Yelets and much more throughout your journey in the game. As you draw near the end of your adventure, you’ll encounter the Moon Lord, widely known as the “Final Boss”. If you are able to take down this behemoth, you have a chance to receive the ultimate yo-yo in the game, the Terrarian. We decided to “download” the Terrarian and bring it to real life and pull the collaboration full circle.
We worked closely with Andrew and zoned in on his thoughts and ideas for designing the ultimate One Drop. The Terrarian sports a wide wing shaped profile that will never want to miss your string segments or enemies you’ll want to take down in the game! Thanks to a new machining technique, we were able to balance the weight distribution through the wall, boasting a powerful, yet floaty sensation during play. The Projection Profile is featured throughout the entire catch zone, with a subtle bump at the wing transition – it gives your nerve endings a unique feeling after a long critical combo. With Side Effects as the axle system, you have the opportunity to change how the yo-yo feels, plays and look.
The initial release of colorways are based on different “Biomes” you’ll find yourself exploring during your campaign in Terraria. Get lost in “Crimson” and take down a few Crimeras, or even do a little mining while you’re taking a stroll through “Surface Grass”. You’re truly the one creating the story.
Suit up and game on!
Terrarian is set to release to November 20th, just in time for the holiday season.
Base Weight: 63.7 grams
Shipping Weight: 66.9 grams (with Aluminium Spike Side Effects)
Width: 46.7 mm
Diameter: 55 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.32 mm
Bearing Size: One Drop 10 Ball Bearing – Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Axle System: Side Effects™
Retail Price: $80 USD
It’s always great when an old friend comes back to visit. When we last saw Steve Buffel he was closing up shop for SPYY to spend more time with his family and less time staying up until the wee hours of the night running an amazingly high quality yoyo company. Looks like he just couldn’t stay away, though! He caught the bug, and had to make his contribution to the Year of Titanium™!
Why titanium? Why now? It came down to me missing the community, yoyo friends, contests and wanting to somehow explore titanium as a way to re-engage myself. There’s been a big hole left in my life after closing SPYY. I guess the hangover of running the business has somewhat subsided and I wanted to get back in touch with the things that inspired me to run my own yoyo business in the first place.
The development of this design became the ultimate SPYY hybrid of sorts. I looked at my favorites and infused elements of each into this super fun and high performing yoyo. Titanium is a seductive, yet sinister alloy! The temptation is to exploit every bit of strength and thin down the walls to a mere fraction of that of an aluminum yoyo, pushing all the weight to the rim. After countless CAD studies and trials I came to the conclusion that one could make a yoyo spin forever, but at what cost? I tweaked and tweaked the geometry over and over to exploit the benefits of added rim weight, while not getting greedy and going overboard. A heavy hand with rim weighting can easily result in a sluggish feel with excessive kickback… that uninspiring rock on a string feeling. My hope is that I struck the ultimate balance between precision, float, spin and fun!
Manufacturing this yoyo became more of a challenge that anticipated for myself, our CNC programmers and machine operators. This stuff is pure EVIL! Titanium pushes back hard, wears out carbide inserts and kills tools with an explosive bang and sparks! SPYY has produced over 20,000 aluminum yoyo halves with the same tooling and inserts. Aluminum is THAT forgiving. Titanium burns them up every ten pieces or less! We’ve had to regroup several times during this process in an attempt to tame the evil alloy sometimes referred to as “unobtainium”. That being said, the finished product is stunning to look at, hold and feel, while playing like nothing SPYY’s ever produced before!
This release is officially designated as TYY-01 and is limited to around 150 pieces. This may be it for SPYY’s adventures in titanium. The cost and time required to produce them was staggering, possibly making it suicide to consider doing it again. We’ll see how this release is accepted by our community.
eBay account saturnprecision spyy.bigcartel.com Sunday, November 8th at noon EST for the official release.
$300 USD ($400 CAD), shipping included.