Professional YoYo Performer Justin Weber has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for a full production run of the Chameleon, his ultra-oversized yoyo designed for long-string performances. At 80.3 mm it’s the biggest yoyo available anywhere, and even if you’re not a performer you’re gonna want one of these for your collection. They look amazing! Learn more about the project below, and then click over to IndieGoGo to show your support and help Justin make his dream come true.
It’s a sad day for many generations of “Toys R Us Kids”. Six months after filing for bankruptcy in the US (and one month after filing in the UK), Toys R Us announced will be closing all 900 stores across the United States and the UK.
Toys R Us is one of, if not the largest single retailer for yoyo brands like Duncan, YoYoFactory, and Yomega so this is going to be a huge hit for those companies. Gift cards will be honored in the US for the next 30 days, and we expected liquidation pricing to go into effect soon. It will be a good time to pick up plenty of great yoyos for cheap for your local club, but that’s about the only silver lining we can find here.
Originally manufactured by YoYoJam, the original Bolt was a fun plastic yoyo that was great for beginners and advanced players, and had that extra bit of charm that all of Doc’s projects seem to carry. The Bolt Part 2 looks like it will be another great, fun yoyo and with manufacturing by C3yoyodesign the quality is going to be top notch.
Check out the project description below, and then head over to Kickstarter to back the project and guarantee your own!
The Original Bolt was a hell of a throw, and was manufactured for over 5 years, with devout fans all over the world. After 12 years, we’ve taken the best of the Bolt design and updated it for modern play.
The final design is a collaboration between myself (Doc Pop) and Hadrien Bennaceur (who has designed some of my favorite yo-yos) and will manufactured by the awesome folks at C3 Yo-Yo Design, makers of the Re:Master Galaxy, FingerSpin, and Speedaholic (just to name a few). Big shout out to Hadrien, Walter, and Ron for working on this yo-yo with me.
The Bolt Part 2 is made from machined delrin, with aluminum hubs and side caps for better play and longer spins. The caps feature a new “cubby hole” design for horizontal finger spins and delrin body has “schmoove grooves” to reduce string friction. It fits comfortably in your pocket, but still has a nice catch-zone.
Most importantly, it still feels fun.
World & National Champion Gentry Stein showed up on the Steve Harvey Show yesterday with World Champions Tessa Piccillo and Mark Montgomery, and National Champion Philip White. That’s a fantastic crew of talent there, and they all got to show off a bit for Steve and his audience. Great work everyone, and thanks for representing modern yoyoing to the public so well!
There’s a bit of conventional wisdom that says you should never meet your heroes, because they’ll only disappoint you. But in this case. Hugh Jackman went the other way entirely and proved that he’s not only as cool as we thought, but he’s even COOLER than we could have imagined. Watch at Hollywood megastar Hugh Jackman runs through some classic yoyo tricks and talks about his days as a yoyo champ back in primary school. And high-five to the folks at Russell Promotions, since it’s almost certain they were the ones behind that promotion!
It’s here! YoYoExpert’s Cyber Monday sale happens all day Monday AND Tuesday! Save up to 50% (or even more) on products from YoYoFactory, YoYoRecreation, Duncan Toys, Something, C3yoyodesign, Turning Point, and more!
Plus, buy ANY Side Effect yoyo from OneDrop and get a pair of Side Effects for just $3.99!
Head over to YoYoExpert.com and take advantage of these deals while supplies last!
MagicYoYo REX Specs:
Diameter: 57 mm
Width: 44.3 mm
Weight: 66.4 grams
Response: 19mm Slim Pad
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Retail Price: $469 USD
MagicYoYo has long been a standard for super affordable, entry-level yoyos but with recent projects like the Skyva and Metal Skyva with Jeffrey Pang they have begun moving into higher quality, specialty releases. The MagicYoYo REX is the culmination of this…a titanium/stainless steel bi-metal yoyo designed in collaboration with Yixing Tan. The result is absolutely stunning…the MagicYoYo REX plays with speed and power only available with this kind of extraordinary weight distribution.
The body is machined out of titanium, a high strength/low weight ratio material that has become more popular among yoyo companies. According to MagicYoYo, processing each piece of titanium body takes more than 45 minutes, and when you include processing and assembling the stainless steel rim it takes approximately 1 hour to fabricate one half of a REX yoyo; that’s almost 15 times as long as making a normal aluminum yoyo half. The REX has a body thickness of only 0.5 to 0.7 mm…the same thickness as a few sheets of paper.
The rims are made of high-density stainless steel. The edge of the outer rim is only 2.17mm, which makes the whole yoyo seem to possess a homogeneous thickness, like a single, smooth arc. This makes the REX feel very comfortable in the hand and very pleasing to the eye, but the real function is weight distribution. The rims account for over 55% of the total weight of the yoyo, making for absolutely incredible spin times.
The MagicYoYo Rex is one of the absolute fastest and most stable competition yoyos on the market. There is always a lot of discussion about “speed combos” among competitive players, and this is the kind of yoyo that can help make you a speed player or accelerate your existing speed combos in a way that you have to try to believe. Some yoyos have a natural tendency towards faster or slower play, and while equipment is not a substitute for practice, having a yoyo that just naturally plays faster can definitely give you an edge. The MagicYoYo REX plays faster. From the gap to the materials to the weight distribution, everything about the REX is built for pure speed, and it definitely delivers.
It’s very easy to buy into hype for a high-end release, but the MagicYoYo REX really does deliver a play experience on-par with the Luftverk Fulvia BTM or the Something Anglam TISS…extraordinary speed, stability, control, and quality at the highest-end of the production spectrum.
There is a lot of beauty to be found in simplicity, and the MagicYoYo REX delivers on a very simple aesthetic that makes it feel even more like a premium art object. The REX was designed with heavy inspiration from the Bauhaus art movement. From TheArtStory.org:
The motivations behind the creation of the Bauhaus lay in the 19th century, in anxieties about the soullessness of manufacturing and its products, and in fears about art’s loss of purpose in society. Creativity and manufacturing were drifting apart, and the Bauhaus aimed to unite them once again, rejuvenating design for everyday life.
With this aesthetic and philosophy in mind, the REX was created to be functional, simple, pleasing to the eye and hand, and reflect an ideal of creativity into an inanimate object. The result is incredibly appealing to the eye and to the hand.
The MagicYoYo REX retails for $469 USD. This is a truly premium item, manufacturing to exacting tolerances out of the best materials available, and the price tag definitely reflects that. That said, it’s still $100-$400 less expensive than similar titanium/steel bi-metal yoyos from other manufacturers…so if you are looking to try out the ultra-high end of the market for titanium bi-metals, this is a perfect way to start with great quality and value.
The MagicYoYo REX is available now at YoYoExpert.com.
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I cannot possibly stress enough that YOU SHOULD NOT DO THIS. That said, enjoy watching a yoyo with razor blades destroy everything in its path.
(History lesson: first razor blade yoyo was created by Mark Faje, a juggler from Chicago who does a lot of stuff with knives in his show. I made my own and nearly got disqualified when I used it in my freestyle at the 1997 World YoYo Contest. Stupid things like this have a long and glorious history in yoyoing. Once again: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.)
Professional YoYo Performer, Super Dad, A+ Husband, and all-around excellent human being John Higby performed on the newest iteration of ABC’s The Gong Show the other night! As usual, John wowed the audience, the judges, and even the host Tommy Maitland.
As is tradition with John, he painted a custom one-of-a-kind yoyo for the host. Tommy loved it!
We’re thrilled to announce that the documentary THROW, featuring Coffin Nachtmahr, has won a regional Emmy award! Huge congratulations to Coffin and the Early Light Media team for this well-deserved win! (Skip to 48:28 to see them accept their award)
The 59th Emmy® Awards Gala LIVE https://t.co/1y5zYBlDYr
— Capital Emmys (@CapitalEmmys) June 24, 2017
Gentry Stein is kicking off his teen heart throb career nice and proper with a starring role in the new video from Baby Raptors for their song “Strings”. He plays an empathetic bartender with a big fat crush on the lead singer, whose boyfriend is a total jerkwad. True love and yoyo tricks ensue. Nice work from Gentry, and a nice looking video to make yoyoing look cool to the general public. Congrats, Gentry!
He’s also been doing some pretty crazy appearances to promote the release…like a shirtless routine with glow body paint.
Wanna buy the yoyos that Gentry uses in the video? Get ’em here:
This may well be the greatest and most accurate tutorial video on how to yoyo that I’ve ever seen.
Happy National YoYo Day!
US National YoYo Day is celebrated on June 6th each year in memory of Donald Duncan Sr., the entrepreneur credited with popularizing yoyos in the US. To celebrate, our friends at YoYoExpert.com are having a special sale…15% off everything storewide!
Just enter code YOYODAY2017 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase. Offer is good until 12pm EST, June 8th.
I’m excited to announce the official launch of PurpleYoYo.org, a new resource for members of the yoyo community struggling with depression and mental illness.
I’ve been working on this for a little over a year now. I announced the project publicly at a very emotional meeting at last year’s World YoYo Contest, and I have to admit it’s been very difficult to get to this point. But the enormity of creating a program like this is nothing compared to the task of actually living with these illnesses, so I kept things moving and here we finally are…and now it’s time to ask for your help.
The goals of PurpleYoYo are to:
- Raise Awareness
- Remove Stigma
- Provide Help
We’d like to have the PurpleYoYo icon on every single yoyo contest backdrop in the world, every year, so that every player who attends a contest sees it and understands that someone cares, and help is available. We want the PurpleYoYo icon on every piece of yoyo packaging, so that everyone who buys a yoyo knows that they are part of a community that cares, wants the best for them, and is willing to help. I want players to know that they are part of a community that has space for them to openly talk about their struggles, and I want them to know that help is available. I just don’t want anyone to feel like they have to fight this alone. Because they don’t.
We have a listing of local resources for every country we could find on the Get Help section of our site, and encourage people to email us if any information is out of date, or if they have additional resources for us to add. As we build up our volunteer staff, we’ll be attending more and more contests and working to provide access to mental health professionals for any players who are in need.
I hope you’ll join us in supporting those members of the community who need our help. Please check our Volunteer page for ways you can help.