Japan Technology’s newest offstring yoyo, the Gull Wing, looks like a real masterpiece of a design and they’re promoting it with one of the most beautiful and delicate offstring videos we’ve ever seen. I’m terrible at offstring, and this video makes me want to get up and work on it right. now.
The Scales Collective is at it again with another podcast that brings an influential force in the yoyo industry to the front. Seth Peterson talks with Keiran Cooper and Patrick Canny about Save Deth, the first lifestyle brand in the yoyo industry and a huge creative force in the “mid school” period just after the Hyper YoYo boom died out.
Seth Peterson is one of the most influential yo-yo players of all time, but unlike most, it’s for more than just his tricks.
Seth led a very inspiring yo-yo movement called Save Deth, in which he had travelled with Dave Poyzer all over the United States and filmed amazing yo-yo content, whether it be at contests or just in a casual scene. On top of this, Seth’s attention to design and detail in all aspects such as clothing and content is something that lots of people worldwide learned and stemmed off of. To call him an innovator is an understatement; he is a pioneer.
Interview by Keiran Cooper and Patrick Canny
Introduction by Mark Mangarin
We’ve got a look at the newest release from World YoYo Champion Marcus Koh’s brand, Throw Revolution!
The Kaiser is a monometal yoyo made of 7075 aluminum, and designed to perform to Marcus’ exacting standards. His goal with the Kaiser was bi-metal performance in a monometal yoyo…not the easiest thing to accomplish, but we look forward to trying one and seeing how close he got. Check out Throw Revolution’s info below, along with more pics and full specs. The Kaiser is available March 14th at 8 pm SGT at the Throw Revolution store, and hits retailers soon after.
When the Kaiser was made, It was designed to bring out a Bi-metal performance in a mono-metal yo-yo. This Yo-Yo was made for the aspiring competitor, not just any competitor. But for the one who dares to be a champion.
We wanted a Yo-Yo that is able to comfortably return to your hands. This is an important aspect which is often overlooked, as it ensures that your next throw will always a good one. Specially for freestyles when you have to bind from a strong spin due to a music cue.
The Kaiser was designed with step curved Rims to rest perfectly on your hands.
The Kaiser needed to be a yo-yo that stands out. We experimented by introducing a new twist to the way its being anodized by giving it a raw finished cut around the hub of the Kaiser.
The end result was Stunning. It was a design that stood out immediately, which made the Kaiser uniquely identifiable.
With the Kaiser’s release approaching, we’re staying true to our company’s mission.
“To unleash the greatness in you, and provide the highest standards of excellence at ThrowRevolution.“
And you’ll be the first one to receive the “Revolutionary Experience”, a special 1-on-1 coaching session with Marcus Koh when you purchase a Kaiser today.
Throw Revolution Kaiser Specs:
Finish: Smooth Beadblast
Diameter: 56.11 mm
Width: 44.59 mm
Bearing: 10 Ball Concave
Price: $89 USD
So apparently, on January 21st, 1933, yoyos were banned in Syria by superstitious Muslims who believed they were causing a drought.
Luckily, nowadays we have things like The Weather Channel to clear up the causes of such things. So while our favorite toy is still referred to erroneously as an “ancient hunting weapon” by people who swear up and down they learned it in school, at least we can be sure that yoyos don’t chase away rain and kill crops. Thanks, science!
And thanks to Ben McPhee for finding this gem of an article and passing it along.
We are excited to introduce you to our first yoyo release of 2016 that we have dubbed the Prime8. This yo-yo is the signature throw created in cooperation with MonkeyfingeR team captain Tyler Jorgensen.
Utilizing a comfortable H/O-type hybrid design, it is both stable and fast. This design allows the Prime8 to perform a wide range of tricks while maintaining its momentum. Additionally, the cup design features not one but two inner thumb grind rings!
The Prime8 will be initially available in five different colours:
As always, we at MonkeyfingeR Design pride ourselves on our cutting edge and innovative colour schemes, and we are confident that the Prime8 will not disappoint!
Each box contains:
– 1 x MFD sticker
– 2 x info cards
– 1 x Tasmanian Hybrid Bearing
– Monkey SNOT response system
– 1 x Custom colour Ape Hangers
– Custom triangle display box
Monkeyfinger Prime8 Specs:
Diameter: 55 mm
Width: 43.5 mm
Weight: 65 grams
Response: Monkey Snot Flowable Silicone
Bearing: Tasmanian Hybrid (Size C)
4x World YoYo Champion Hiroyuki Suzuki has announced that he’s launching a new brand called “Freshthings”, and the first delivery of releases looks pretty amazing.
First up is a plastic yoyo that echoes his typical design sensibilities, but is stock responsive and is a collaboration with Fragment Design, which means Hiroyuki is working with legendary streetwear designer Hiroshi Fujiwara! That’s pretty huge, and is the biggest fashion/yoyo design collaboration since Duncan produced yoyos for Lady Gaga’s pop-up store at Barney’s.
(Honorable mention to Self Edge for putting a yoyo on the leather patch of their collaboration with The Flat Head.)
Included in the first delivery it looks like we’ll also have a licensed collaboration with Coca-Cola, with two different designs: one featuring a Japanese logo and the other featuring a classic logo that appears to be from the 1980s. Both look pretty cool, and while neither is as exciting as the Fragment collaboration, it’s still pretty great to see Coke logos on a good playing yoyo…something we haven’t had since Russell Promotions stopped working with them in the late 90s.
No word yet on pricing or availability, but Freshthings will officially launch on November 2nd, 2016. We’ll update with more info when we have it!
The Recess boys are always on vacation! Check out the latest clip from Daniel Flaherty and Ahmad Kharisma, filmed in beautiful, sunny Singapore. Crazy good, as you would expect.
Yoyo used is the Recess Vacation.
44RPM, the start-up toy company from Drew Tetz and Hank Freeman, just announced their first sponsored player: scene legend Takeshi Kamisato! With Takeshi’s history as a yoyo trick innovator and filmmaker, and his recent (and pretty awe-inspiring) jump into the world of absurdly hard kendama tricks, he’s a perfect fit for 44RPM.
In addition to their line of flatpack yoyos, kendamas, and spin top, 44RPM recently released a budget metal yoyo called the Rhythm, and have started showing photos of it’s companion yoyo, the Blues. The Rhythm, designed by National YoYo Master Rafael Matsunaga with art by Rodrigo Yokota is in stores now. There is no release date set for the Blues.
Congratulations, Takeshi and 44RPM!
Full results are in from the 2015 Italian National YoYo Contest. Check out the scoring breakdowns and videos below! Be sure to check out YoYoManiacs YouTube channel for the rest of the videos.
2015 Italian National YoYo Contest Results
1st Place – Armando La Rocca
1st Place – Matyas Racek
1st Place – Matyas Racek
C3yoyodesign has announced their newest Rising Force Japan team member, Reia Torita. Reia picked up yoyoing in 2012 and has progressed quickly. She recently placed top 3 in the Women’s Division at the 2015 WYYC.
The Rising Force team was started by C3yoyodesign for talented players under 18 that would also get mentorship from senior players. Congratulations to Reia for getting picked up by C3yoyodesign!
The guys over at Slusny are gearing up for the 2015 Czech National YoYo Contest this Saturday Oct, 31st. They decided to drop a preview of former Czech National champion, Vashek Kroutil, dropping some new tricks as well as some other news. Not personally being able to understand Czech, I reached out to Vashek for some translation about the news in the video.
I am informing that we are releasing SLUSNY Nest 2, in special edition with BU2R and Karel Jerie (artist, who made design for the yoyo), you can win it in special online/Facebook contest or at the FAST Challenge at the competition on Saturday. –Vashek
There will be a total of three (3) red Nest 2 made. One will go to BU2R and the other two will go to the winners of the online contest and the FAST Challenge at the contest. The yoyo was designed by Petr Kavka and Kuba Kroutil.
The level of skill in Czech yoyo scene is crazy talented. I can not wait to see the freestyles drop on online. If you can’t wait to see the performance on YouTube, then you’re in luck. There will be a livestream of the event.
The summer of titanium continues! First we had the massive crowdfunding success of the YoYoFactory Titanium Dream, then we got the Luftverk Evora, and now we finally have full specs and release details for the One Drop Citizen! Check out One Drop’s press release and full specs below. Sound off in the comments…what do you think about this wave of titanium releases? What have you picked up so far? Are you going to get one of these?
In 2010 we released our first titanium yo-yo, the Sovereign. Five years later we have tackled this amazing metal and produced a yo-yo that we feel is our best work to date: The Citizen
A lot has changed in these 5 years. Yo-yos tend to be bigger than they used to be and high walls have gone by the wayside. As an industry and as a community we have all figured out what shapes, weights and weight distributions work better. As a yo-yo manufacturer we have improved our knowledge, skills and equipment an immense amount. All of these improvements played a role in the creation of the Citizen.
Titanium allowed us to take this shape and create a weight distribution simply not possible in aluminum; moving material to the rim while reducing overall weight. This gives it a light airy feel with incredibly long spin times.
Each Citizen was made with many hours of labor, love, and attention right here in-house in Eugene, Oregon, USA. Every single minute of machining was monitored, measured and scrutinized. Every half was hand polished. They have been checked, and re-checked. We could not have put more effort into assuring these were the most amazing yo-yos we could possibly make. There are one hundred and seventeen numbered Citizens in this run (there will not be another run).