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!
World and National Champion Gentry Stein dropped another video from his travels, this one showing off tricks filmed while he was visiting Australia!
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Shutter.
2014 Australian National YoYo Champion Brandon Vu made an appearance on Australia’s Today Show to promote his general awesomeness. Nice job, Brandon!
Werrd Eighty-Six 400 Specs:
Diameter: 58 mm / 2.28 inches
Width: 42.8 mm / 1.68 inches
Gap Width: 4.5 mm / 0.177 inches
Weight: 67.3 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: 19mm Pad
Material: 6061 Aluminum
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Werrd has finally dialed in their design and manufacturing to be able to participate competitively in the mid-range metal yoyo market, and the Eighty-Six 400 is a contest-killer of a yoyo. This full size yoyo features nothing new in the shape, but it’s a refined V-type model with excellent weight distribution and stability. The rounding of the outer rim gives this very utilitarian shape a surprising bit of comfort in the hand, and the width allows for easy gap-access during high-speed play while fitting perfectly in the palm between throws. The response is a bit unpredictable with Werrd’s stock blue 19mm pads (I had a profound fear of #yoyodamage on a few overly snappy binds), but that’s easily remedied by replacing them with the pads of your choice. This yoyo is a remarkable step forwards for Werrd, and while it’s not as creative as their past efforts it doesn’t need to be…it’s a perfect workhorse of a yoyo capable of handling any and all modern play.
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The Eighty-Six 400 has very little in the “flash and bang” department. Packaged in the standard Werrd plastic box with just a string and no extras, it’s a no-frills experience. The raised step around their signature spike nub is a nice, subtle touch but it works against the engraving. The engraving itself is a nice bit of 3D art of clock or watch gears, but when used as a 2D engraving it becomes muddled and difficult to visually understand. The polished edge just before the rim is, however, a glorious touch that especially gives the darker hued versions of this yoyo a unique presentation.
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With a retail price of only $65, Werrd has finally cracked the code of high performance at a lower price. While their Irony, TRE, and Sentinel are all $100 and up, they’ve managed to match that level of quality and play value with the Eighty-Six 400. For the serious player on a budget who is looking for a full-sized V-shape yoyo, look no further…Werrd has you covered with the Eighty-Six 400.
Werrd Allience member Vu Ho gears up for Australian Sydney Regional YoYo Contest with this sneak-peek video. We’re loving this new trend of players building up excitement for their contest routines…and we hope this starts becoming standard practice for all the top names in the competition scene.
YoYoFactory demonstrator Ann Connolly had a great appearance on Australian television..well worth a look!