Throw Revolution, the new company from World Champion Marcus Koh, has announced their first budget model, the Zephyr! Available from their site and select retailers worldwide on January 4th, the Zephyr is set to retail for only $49 USD. Sweet!
Something by YoYo Addict recently unveiled a revamped version of their plastic yoyo, The V. The updated model designed is after their popular yoyo, the SLASHER. This new updated version is absolutely killer!
Check out the video below as multi-time 1A World YoYo Champion Hiroyuki Suzuki puts The V to the test!
The V Specs:
Weight: 67 g
Diameter: 57 mm
Width: 43.7 mm
Bearing Size: Concave Size C
Response: sOMEThING pads
Sengoku truly unleashed the beast on their latest yoyo, the Hideyoshi! The company that has brought some of the best high end bi-metals to game, now brings forth a tri-metal! The Hideyoshi is machined with a 7075 aluminum body, with a stainless steel outer ring, and a brass inner ring. This out of the box design from Sengoku is another great step forward in distinguishing themselves as an innovative yoyo manufacture. Sengoku decided to take the production of the Hideyoshi to China, in order to keep the prices down, the definitely kept the quality of the yoyo up to their standards. Hideyoshi’s will be released at select retailers, as well as direct through Sengoku.
The idea behind the Hideyoshi, was what would happen if a second ring were to be added to create a tri-metal? The only way to find out was to make one and so it began. The idea was to distribute the weight in a manner that I couldn’t do with a single ring. The idea of lots of weight on the rims wasn’t an option, since placing 2 rings all the way on the edge made no sense, since it can be done by placing a single heavy ring.
While I was desingning the Nobunaga I noticed that there is a spot that affects stability. It can be noticed in Nobunaga´s inner cup, so I decided to place a brass ring there. I then added a larger stainless steel ring on the outer portion to give it power, I felt this was necessary given the low weight.
I was skeptical about a tri-metal until I got the first prototype, and in my opinion it feels different. Better, powerful, and stable. Having designed two full production products, and a slew of prototypes, I can say that I am VERY satisfied with the result.
Of course there was another probem, the cost. It would be a shame to release the first tri-metal ever and only making it available to a few collectors that can pay 300+ dollars. The design needs to be economically sustainable. A difficult decision was made to move production to China, some people will not like the idea, but I believe that many others will welcome a tri-metal for under $200 with the standard high quality product people have come to expect from Sengoku. It meets Sengoku´s high quality standards. A result I can stand behind.
Sengoku Hideyoshi specs:
Body: 7075 Aluminum
Rings: Stainless Steel and Brass
Width: 44 mm
Diameter: 56 mm
Weight: 63.6 grams
Bearing: Terrapin Delta DryPlay – Size C
Retail Price: $198 USD
C3YoYoDesign took to social media to get constructive criticism on their yoyos and it ended with them coming out with two of the great looking yoyos! After reviewing and studying comments and contests, C3YoYoDesign brings to life the Railgun & Imagine Breaker! They will both be starting at $40 USD for solid colors.
On 4th November 2015, Simpson wrote a post in “YoYo BST & Talk” asking for comments on C3 products. We got lots of constructive comments and the comment appear most is “C3 only design BORING V SHAPE yoyos”. We can’t say enough Thank You for all the comments!!!!!! After studying all the comments, we have an internal meeting about our future design direction immediately. And we come up with Two new designs: “Railgun” and “Imagine Breaker”
— About “Railgun” —
At the same time, V-shape yoyo probably is the expertise of C3. We are not leaving this field. “Railgun” is using our flagship model “Krown.st” as reference. We try even harder to push the limit with “Railgun” to recreate the similar feeling with mono-metal design. So we come up with these:
1) Speedy with good control
2) Powerful spin
3) Light weight in spec but play heavier that the spec value. This is good for long time practice especially Japanese players. Less the weight, less the shoulder stress.
4) Good amount of rim weight to achieve pt.1,2,3 = V-Shape!
Weight: 63.6 g
Diameter: 56.17 mm
Width: 43.79 mm
Bearing Size: Size C .250 x .500 x .187 in
Gap Type: Fixed
Response: C3 slim pad
— About “Imagine Breaker” —
We are good at designing V-shape yoyos. No doubt, this probably is our comfort zone. But in these 6 years, C3 also released some rare shape yoyos like “Master Galaxy” and “Teleport”. We are capable to design different yoyos rather than just V-shape. Spending a week to watch WYYC freestyles who are non-asian style players. We concluded to design a yoyo which needs to be:
1) Solid feeling and still able to accelerate.
2) Good spin time.
3) Good enough binding power for 10-15secs combo but not too strong like holding a beast back.
4) Easy to do rejection tricks.
5) Sand-blasted surface
6) Last but not least, this must not be a V-shape yoyo because of the weight distribution.
Imagine Breaker Specs:
Weight: 67.6 g
Diameter: 56.16 mm
Width: 42.96 mm
Bearing Size: Size C .250 x .500 x .187 in
Gap Type: Fixed
Response: C3 slim pad
The guys at OneDrop have been on fire with these great new yoyo drops. First they released the released their digital yoyos, then downloaded one to reality, and now they unveiled their newest budget metal, the Vanguard! The Vanguard shows how much pride OneDrop takes in machining their yoyos in the USA and much more. Vanguards have been shipped off to retailers.
Weight: 67.5 grams
Width: 41.4 mm
Diameter: 55.9 mm
Stock Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.44 mm
Bearing Size: One Drop 10 Ball Bearing
Luftverk has been steadily working to prepare the release of their second yoyo, the Octavia. Following the successful release of their acclaimed first yoyo, the Evora, the new yoyo is designed with performance in mind. Every detail was thought over and inspected meticulously with the intent of bringing nothing but the best to table. The Octavia is to release with two separate release times, a “North American” release and a “European” release on December 6th. Be sure to follow Luftverk’s Facebook for updates on specific time of releases. Everything about this yoyo is spectacular and well worth the anticipation!
So here we are – what you, and I have been waiting for for a long time. All the pictures, all the flights. The shipping delays and hours spent on the details. It all comes together with the final and arguably the most important aspect of any high end product. The finish – the visual eye candy that draws you closer. I often ask myself what a product would look like if money was not a deciding factor. And the Octavia demands the highest of quality.
Anodized in the USA from a company who dedicates most of its time to the medical and military world, the quality and consistency is an absolute treat. Both the Navy and Bronze are deep – rich in color with a certain depth that you can not experience with anything made from aluminum.
Returning again is the ultra limited AMS2488 Type II (Grey). Only the AMS2488 will include both the Full Ceramic bearing, the NSK Platinum as well as white CBC pads and HS pads.
As usual, you can see how the titanium finish reacts to the natural oils on your fingers. One wipe with a clean cloth removes the swirls and finger prints that you can paint on the finish. The thin layer of oil cause the titanium to refract light in a strange way – creating this beautiful iridescence that people who purchased the Evora raved about. Its truly something you need to experience in person.
There will be 30 Navy, and 30 Bronze Octavias available. 10 AMS2488, at a higher price. All numbered with certificates. The release will be interesting to say the least considering the Evora sold out in just 3 and a bit hours. To battle the insanity, I will be doing the release slightly differently. There will be a “North American” release time, and a “European” release time.
The release will be split in half. The initial release will be in a time convenient to most people in North America. Regardless if they sell out or not, the remaining half of the stock will be added 6 hours later, which will be more convenient to Europeans. So Europeans have a better chance this time around – and if an American misses out on the initial release they can pull an all nighter and try again. Europeans will likely be less fatigued so beware.
So that is a wrap. 3/3 done. One thing I will leave you with is a release date: Sunday, December 6th. I will finalize everything with the exact NA and EU times on Facebook. And last but not least your beloved specs.
Luftverk Octavia Specs
Material: Titanium Ti-6Al-4V (Grade 5)
Width: 43.3 mm
Diameter: 54.5 mm
Weight: 65.6 grams
Bearing: Size C Micro Platinum NSK
Response: 19mm HoneyString Adhesiveless
Retail Price: $290 – $350 USD
2Sickyoyos joins in the bi-metal trend and announced their first bi-metal yoyo, the Knight. The Knight will be released at YoYoExpert and 2Sickyoyos on December 1st. Check out 2Sickyoyos’ announcement and full specs down below!
When it came to designing the Knight, I wanted to do something different than what is already available. So with some very intricate design work I have created a truly unique looking and playing Yoyo. A lot of work and time designing has gone into this yoyo and I’m sure it will show.
The Knight is a competition ready Bimetal design. It features a truly unique and first of it’s kind aluminum body/ stainless steel ring design. Unlike the other bimetal yoyos coming out with a ring on the rim or on the inside of the cup, the Knights ring is actually an indented ring that is fitted in the rim of the aluminum body.
This is a bimetal design that is made to slay competition. The power of spin to weight ratio is spot on which allows for long spin times. The Knight is full sized, wide, and light. The indented ring also gives this an insane amount of stability and keeps the yoyo in plane very well.
It features a very nice angular V shape that gives it a modern look. The cup features our 2sick ring that is known in our designs. It gives a ledge that helps guide fingerspins. The shape and cup both allow for the Knight to excel at all the different types of grinds. Features a C bearings and 19mm response. The gap is very large which allows for multiple string segments without being snaggy.
2SickYoYos Knight Specs:
Diameter: 56 mm
Width: 44 mm
Weight: 63 grams
Bearing: Center Trac, Size C
Response: Red Silicone Pad
A new company has broken out on to the scene and it’s name is Axis YoYos. After their successful first release, the Pulsefire, they have already started on their next big hit: a low budget metal yoyo. Just in time for the holiday season the Mixtape Vol 1 will be dropping this December for the low price of $39!
Mixtape Vol 1 Specs
Diameter: 56.5 mm
Width: 43 mm
Gap: 4.44 mm
Weight: 66 grams
Bearing: Buddha Bearing Dimple, Size C
Response: 19 mm Yellow CBC pads
C3YoYoDesign has announced the Hobbit Gungnir, the new 7075 aluminum signature model for the newest contest team member Xiao-Wen “Hobbit” Wang!
Based on the C3yoyodesign Gungnir, with a redesigned weight distribution and sand-blasted finish, the Hobbit Gungnir was designed for top performance 1A.
C3YoYoDesign Hobbit Gungnir Specs:
Weight: 67.4 grams
Width: 43 mm
Diameter: 54 mm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187 in)
Response: C3 Slim Pads
Check it out in action:
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.
SPYY TYY Specs:
Mass: 65.5 grams
Width: 41 mm
Bearing: Large C Dif-e-Yo KonKave
Responce: CBC 19mm Slim Pads
Axle: 316 stainless steel
Sengoku is a new company based out of Nagoya, Japan whose focus is on producing premium competition yoyos. Following up on their first release, the Nobunaga, their sophomore release is called Masamune, and is named after a legendary swordsmith. Masamune, a bi metal created with stainless steel rings and a new material never before seen in the yoyo industry that is only available in Japan called Alumigo Hard. Here is what Sengoku owner Julio Robles has to say about the new alloy:
Alumigo Hard is an high tech alloy that is comparable to and even better than steel, relatively new, commercially available since around 2 years ago and made in Japan only.
In numbers, aluminum 7075 is far behind in all properties. Alumigo Hard also has excellent machinability and resistance to corrosion, and the most important feature is that unlike titanium Alumigo Hard is not extremely expensive.
This new alloy sounds absolutely amazing and the possibilities are endless. With all the talks about the new alloy, what about the yoyo itself? Well Sengoku has already prototyped and finalized the design of Masamune all while fully utilizing Alumigo Hard.
The walls are extremely thin and the Steel rings weighs more than 50% of the aluminum body weight. The rings were placed using nitrogen to shrink and make them able to withstand hits.
The Masamune will be available November 13th at select retailers, as well as direct through Sengoku.
Sengoku Masamune specs:
Width: 43.5 mm
Diameter: 55 mm
Gap: 4.4 mm
Weight: 64.8 grams
Bearing: YYR DS Bearing
Retail Price: $228 USD
Throw Revolution has released their first model, the Vertex! Designed by Marcus Koh and his father, the Vertex is built specifically for high-level horizontal competition play. With Marcus’ skills as a yoyo player and his father’s skills in design, this is definitely looking like a contest killer of a yoyo. Check out the promo video above, and then head over to Marcus’ shop to order your own. These should be hitting retailers soon!
CLYW dropped the artwork for the new Borealis, the upcoming signature model for 2015 World Champion Zach Gormley. The new art is super clean!
No word yet on release date.