Philip White doesn’t get nearly enough attention for his 4A play, but hopefully this video will right that cosmic wrong. He’s an incredibly talented up-and-comer, and with his skill and style it shouldn’t be long before we see him start taking titles at some major contests.
Duncan Toys has announced that offstring champion Zac Rubino has joined the Duncan Crew! Congratulations to Zac and Duncan! Check out their official statement below.
Welcome to the team, Zac Rubino!!!
He’s the reigning California State Champion and he’s the reigning BAC Champion. But most importantly, he’s the reigning “Everything That’s Good in the Offstring Division” Champion.
Notable for his seamless blend of technical combos and risky bangers, Zac is the man to watch.
His BAC routine was flawless. The contest may have been outside and in the wind, but that didn’t matter. Nothing could stop him. Nailing risky regens and risky combos without ever missing a beat to his background track, he left many in the audience scratching their heads and asking “How the heck did he do that”?
Zach is stationed in Japan right now, training alongside the local yo-yo crews, bringing a new influence to his distinctly bold, Californian style. He will be touring the country for one month before hopping on a plane bound for Prague, where he will compete as one of the favorites for a shiny medal at the World Yo-Yo Contest.
When he’s not globetrotting, Zac is a true hometown hero. An amazing player and an amazing person, Zac teaches the ranks of new yo-yo players every weekend in Chico, CA. While we may miss him stateside, we can’t wait to watch the big things he’ll be doing this summer all around the world.
We are proud to have Zac on the team and we wish him luck this summer!
Get your offstring on with this new promo video from C3YoYoDesign featuring 2-time Thailand National Offstring Champion Pornpinit Sanprasert!
Yoyo used is the Neo Solar by C3YoYoDesign.
Duncan announced their new offstring yoyo, the Skyhawk, at this year’s International Toy Fair in New York. Hopefully we’re getting close to a release date! Singapore player Lim Aik Hwee seems to have given the Skyhawk his seal of approval, and rocks the hell out of it in this new promo video from YoYo Acquaintance.
Yoyo used is the Skyhawk by Duncan Toys.
Here you go…have a quick bit of some pretty good offstring from Tsubasa Takada.
2013 Singapore National Champion Sean Hung shows off some solid offstring play in this new video.
Yoyo used is the Eagle Eye by Japan Technology.
This one almost slipped by us with all the hubbub from EYYC, but South Korean offstring player Jeon Ji Hwan dropped a nice, low-fi offstring video using the Shift Change by Japan Technology. There’s some really clean offstring play in here…enjoy!
EYYC 2014 is almost here…time to take a look at the top contenders in each division!
Today we’re going to take a look at the 4A (offstring) division. Offstring as a division is pretty thin this year, with only 13 registered competitors, but there is definitely some talent here!
City: abbadia san salvatore (SI)
Sponsored by Oxygene
Lorenzo Sabatini is the returning 2013 EYYC Champion in the 4A division, making him the easy favorite to win this year. Lorenzo’s style is fluid and easy to watch, and his pacing is some of the most deliberate, mid-tempo play we’ve seen. He’s an instant favorite for crowds and judges alike, and we look forward to seeing what he brings this year.
Country: Czech Republic
City: Nový Bor
Sponsored by YOYO STORE
2013 Czech National Champion Ondrej Schmid is another favorite to win the offstring division. His winning routine from Czech Nationals was a little shaky, but we hear he’s practiced up and ready to go clean at EYYC!
Last year’s 3rd Place winner in the 4A Division at EYYC, Quentin Godet is definitely a rising talent who has the skill to keep his spot in the Top 3…or maybe even take top honors!
Sponsored by YoYoJam
Bulgarian player George Stoyanov has a lot of potential, but just didn’t deliver on stage at EYYC last year. But he’s got some promise…maybe this year he’ll step his game up.
Sponsored by YOYORAVEN
Coming off a Second Place win at Hungarian Nationals, Norbert Jenei is hungry for a win! Already a top competitor at 14 years old, he’s got the speed and skill…but can he hit his routine clean?
As seen in our 2014 International Toy Fair preview for Duncan Toys, the Skyhawk is the new, soon-t0-be-released offstring yoyo from Duncan Toys. Pre-production samples have landed, and are being play-tested by none other than Sean Perez, 6x Philippine National YoYo Champion!
Rei Iwakura is, hands down, one of the most inventive and flawless yoyo players and performers in the world. If you think you’d like to argue that point I’ll save you the time: you’re wrong.
The solo ham section that starts about a minute in to this video kicks off with a dead smooth solo ham fast mount, and escalates quickly to be some of the cleanest and best solo ham play I’ve ever seen.
Huge thanks to YoYo Store Rewind for putting this video together!
The 2014 International Toy Fair in New York City is just around the corner, and that means plenty of new products from the top yoyo manufacturers!
Our first Toy Fair preview of the year comes from Duncan Toys, who has a surprising number of new releases slated for the year. Although the cover of their catalog features a huge logo for their 85th Anniversary, they don’t seem to be releasing any anniversary-themed products, and don’t make any mention of any anniversary events or releases. I don’t think we’ll be seeing any actual anniversary promotions from Duncan this year, especially now that Sales & Marketing Coordinator Brandon Jackson has moved down to Orlando to manage Duncan’s Disney retail cart and partnership. Duncan Toys looks to be short-handed at the moment, so if you ever wanted to work in the yoyo industry and live in rural Ohio…here’s your chance!
First up…licensed Ignite yoyos for Despicable Me 2! The Ignite has Brake Pad response and a replaceable wooden axle sleeve that you can easily swap out for the bearing assembly from a Duncan BumbleBee. All five designs are in Toys R Us stores across the US now and retail for only $5.99, and Despicable Me 2 (which is a great movie, by the way) has been out on DVD and Blu-Ray since December 2013, so you probably have it already. Or you should. Really, it’s great.
Next up we have the Hello Kitty yoyos that we first reported on last July. There are two models available, a ProYo and a Butterfly XT, each model with four different designs. These don’t seem to be shipping yet, but the ProYo version will retail for $5.99 and the Butterfly XT will retail for $9.99. Expect to see these in mass market outlets in the spring, if not sooner!
Duncan jumped in the kendama game last fall with the release of their Komodo kendamas, first shown on YoYoNews last July. New for this year is the Venom kendama, which appears to be identical to the Komodo but with a different paint finish on the tama that promises to be tackier, making balance tricks like Lighthouse and Bird a bit easier. The catalog photo is just a digital mockup,
and we don’t have confirmation on a retail price or availability yet. but the Venom is actually shipping to retailers now with a retail price of around $24.99.
We’ve already seen the Echo 2, a revamped version of the ill-recieved Echo from a few years back. The Echo 2 seems to very much right the wrongs of its predecessor, and is quickly becoming a 1A favorite among Duncan’s sponsored team.
But new for a US release is the Torque, a re-branded version of Duncan’s metal “Torquave” yoyo created for Bandai’s Hyper YoYo campaign. We’re guessing the specs are the same; 55mm diameter, 43mm width, and weighing in at 66 grams with Duncan’s large bearing setup. The Torquave was scheduled for a February 2014 release in Japan but if Duncan is releasing it here…does that mean that Bandai will not be releasing it themselves?
The Torque/Torquave is a new design that we assume was created specifically for Bandai and they have a history of preferring that their exclusives stay exclusive. The Torque photos are also just digital renders…so if this was already supposed to be ready to release in Japan in just a few days and Duncan didn’t have samples for photography in time for their catalog, it’s quite possible this product isn’t even ready yet, and the launch isn’t going to happen at all in Japan. Mysteries!
UPDATED INFO: The Torquave IS still being released in Japan, production is currently underway, and the catalog photos of the Torque are actual product photos that were only digitally colored. No more mysteries!
Duncan has three new plastic performance yoyos coming this summer, two for 1A and a new offstring yoyo. The Featherhawk and Firehawk are identical yoyos, just with different weight rings; the Featherhawk comes with Duncan’s new plastic Performance Rings, while the Firehawk comes stock with metal Performance Rings.
The Skyhawk is the new offstring yoyo, and comes stock with the metal Performance Rings. Offstring seems like a pretty small category for Duncan to need to produce another specialty yoyo for, especially since they don’t really do much to promote the style of play. But maybe this one will turn out to be more to the players’ liking than the Hayabusa which was good but never seemed to gain much traction outside of Duncan’s sponsored team.
Duncan’s Performance Rings were first shown at last year’s International Toy Fair, although Duncan never did manage to actually produce and ship them. Hopefully they, along with these Hawk yoyos, don’t suffer the same fate this year.
And finally we have a better look at Duncan’s new Performance Rings, as well as two new versions of their Mod Spacers. The Mod Spacers were originally developed as part of the Pro-Z yoyo, making it a “convertible” model from standard shape to Butterfly shape. Mod Spacers offer an option for players to refresh their existing Duncan products, especially now that Duncan is offering Mod Spacers designed for offstring play, as well as another set that converts your Duncan yoyo for use with a large bearing. Since Duncan hasn’t updated the bearing and response setups of most of their plastic yoyos, the Mod Spacers can serve as a welcome upgrade for players who enjoy the brand but are frustrated with some of the outdated designs.
All in all, looks like Duncan has a lot to offer at the 2014 International Toy Fair, although some of these products were shown last year and never materialized and the Hawk series and Torque are all just digital mockups. The licensed items are available now (Despicable Me 2) or hopefully very soon (Hello Kitty) and the Venom kendama will likely be available in just a couple of months…but with a “Summer 2014” release mentioned for the Torque, Hawk series, and the Performance Rings, it’s possible that we won’t see them until Fall/Winter 2014.
SLUSNY and Barely Legal team member Zděnek Hýbl playing new offstring yoyo Pegasus by God-Tricks in front of the SLUSNY yoyo shop in Prague.
Hiro from Kitty String posted this great video of Duncan Crew offstring superstar, Sean Perez! The interview portion is all in Tagalog, but if you don’t speak it you can skip ahead to 2:17 for the beginning of four minutes of outstanding yoyoing from Sean, who is a 6x Philippine National YoYo Champion.