Fun in the sun, filmed after the 2014 South East Regional YoYo Contest! Featuring Sebastian Brock, Isaac Sams, Tucker Holland, and Reid Paul Johnson.
Duncan dropped what is an early contender for Product Video of the Year for an artist edition of Kota Watanabe’s signature yoyo, the Strix.
The Chinpan Edition Strix is all-black, with engraving of an original owl illustration by Japanese artist Chinpan. The promo video for this is balls-out amazing, featuring Kota-san dressed in all-white with black feathered gloves and some solid animation and editing.
Limited to only 50 pieces, this yoyo will retail for 9800 Yen (about $96 USD), and will be available Friday, March 28th at 7:00 PM local time (that’s 6:00 AM EST), only at YoYoSpaceAs.com.
JoJoBolt.hu is promoting the Duncan Toys Strix in this new video featuring Tomas Bubak…which is sort of strange, since Tomas actually left the Duncan Crew last year for a sponsorship from C3YoYoDesign.
But hey, any excuse to watch Tomas play is a good one…enjoy!
***EDIT: Mystery solved! This footage was shot quite some time ago, and JoJoBolt.hu just got around to editing and releasing it. That wasn’t a very exciting mystery, but it’s a slow news day so we’ll take what we can get. Thanks to Tomas for clearing that up!***
Drew Tetz throws down a bunch of crazy, plane-bending stall transitions in his newest video clip. Looks like he’s using a Duncan Butterfly and a Duncan Strix.
Tomáš Bubák shows off the Duncan Strix in this new promo video from Czech yoyo retailer, SLUSNY. We’re expecting Tomáš to be a serious competitor at the 2014 World YoYo Contest in Prague, so get a good look at the competition now. Music is NSFW, so headphone it up.
Duncan Toys just leveled up with this new first-person video from Viktor Kollár and János Karancz. Almost three minutes of smooth head-cam footage from Viktor and János rocking out Duncan Toys’ Strix and Barracuda yoyos.
Diameter: 54.50 mm / 2.14 inches
Width: 42.40 mm / 1.67 inches
Gap Width: 4.15 mm / .16 inches
Weight: 66.1 grams
Bearing Size: Dif-E-Yo Konkave Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: Duncan SG Stickers (also compatible with CBC or K-Pad Slim/19mm)
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The Strix really is a very nice everyday throw for the price. The Strix does not amaze in any way, but it absolutely out-performs all of the rest of Duncan’s current line of mid-range metal yoyos which is great news for players looking for something less expensive than the Barracuda. With a more modern and angular body, this and the Barracuda are without a doubt the two best metal yoyos that Duncan has to offer. I was nervous about the angular body hurting my hand, but it’s actually quite comfortable.
It has the very slight amount of vibe that is generally characteristic of lower-end metal yoyos…not at all noticeable on the string, but you can feel it on grinds. Duncan’s “SG Stickers” seem to bind rather inconsistently and drag a bit during play, but replacing them with nearly any other 19mm thin pad improves the play and response dramatically and decreases the chances of a surprise return resulting in #yoyodamage.
It excels at 1A and is better-than-average at counterweight play, but lacks the stability of a truly excellent counterweight yoyo.
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The yoyo is machined fairly well, but the finish is absolutely beautiful! Each yoyo is polished before being anodized, giving the finished product a shine that stands out in the market. This particular finish is absolutely a triumph for Duncan, as they’ve released a metal yoyo that doesn’t look like every other metal yoyo on the market…something that few have been able to accomplish.
Unfortunately, you have to get it out of some truly horrible packaging to get to that beautiful finish. The Strix logo is amateurish at best, and the packaging is the typically awful “kids think lightning is cool” nonsense that seems to indicate that Duncan’s graphic designers are taking their visual cues from 1998.
The engraving pattern is subtle and interesting, but a bit fuzzy due to the detail being a bit too small to be engraved in such a limited space. The overall effect is nice, though, as it adds a bit of texture without using up all the available real estate on the side of the yoyo.
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With a retail price of $55 – $60, the Strix is a fantastic value for anyone looking for a competition-worthy yoyo from Duncan and inexpensive enough that if it becomes your main player you can afford a couple of backups.
The Strix is a solid offering from Duncan Toys, and it certainly beats their previous efforts in the mid-range of metal yoyos (Echo, Metropolis, Metal Drifter, etc). If Duncan maintains consistent quality across the full production run (which, according to them their new machine shop is doing a wonderful job with these) then the Strix could easily become the go-to competition throw for Duncan players, right behind the Barracuda. It will look great in your case and on the string, and at this price it’s most certainly worth picking up.
Like slack tricks? If so, your day is just about to get awesome. Big boss Chris Makita just dropped these two heavy clips, the first a “Mini trick vid” with the Strix and the second a monstrous ~2 minute throw on the Barracuda. It’s official: Chris has more slack tricks in one combo than I have in my entire trick vocabulary.
Duncan Crew Philippines heavy hitter Chris Makita proves once again that he’s one of the most formidable trick composers in the 1A game with a one throw combo just shy of two minutes long. There are more than enough modern slack elements here to keep you busy for a couple years.
Chris is using Kohta Watanabe’s new signature yo-yo from Duncan, the Strix. Very excited to see what else the crew is going to do with it!
Giving us some more of that gloriously bendy style that we’ve come to expect and love from Isaac, this video is a solid endorsement of the Strix, due out this summer from Duncan Toys.
Duncan Toys has given us an exclusive first look at the final production samples of the Strix, the upcoming signature model yoyo for EYYC Open Division Champion Kohta Watanabe! Scheduled to be released in May, these turned out absolutely beautiful!
Duncan Toys Strix Specs:
String Gap: 4.1mm
Response System: SG Sticker
Bearing: Large (.250x.500x.187)
Here’s video of Kohta and the Strix in action at the 2013 European YoYo Championship.
We’re getting closer to the release of Duncan Toys‘ new signature model for 2013 EYYC International Open Division Champion, Kohta Watanabe. This highly anticipated signature model is long-overdue for one of the most creative and influential players in modern single yoyo play. Full specs are below, as well as video of Kohta’s win at EYYC 2013.
Here at Duncan HQ we’re getting more and more stoked as we progress with the development of Kohta Watanabe’s signature yo-yo, STRIX. Strix features a precision machined aluminum body, concave ball-bearing axle, SG Sticker response, and modern wide shape for performing the most insane tricks. Strix was Kohta’s weapon of choice to win the 2013 European Yo-Yo Championship and we can’t wait to see how many titles it claims after its release this May!
String Gap: 4.1mm
Response System: SG Sticker
Bearing: Large (.250x.500x.187)
Not a lot of new products this year, but they are showing a new soft-sided canvas yoyo case and the new STRIX, a signature model for Kohta Watanabe! We originally covered the teaser that Brandon dropped, but now we have a first look at the packaged prototype. Retail still isn’t finalized, but it will be under $60. They’re also showing the Yo-tility Holster and new looping yoyo the Hornet, both of which will be available this spring.