Ben Conde wraps up his Around The World: Asia video series with the 15th and final installment, looking back at the entire trip. Good times, good friends, dodgy transportation, tight flight connections, great yoyo tricks, and smiles for days…looks like it was a hell of a trip. Great work, Ben!
Ben Conde put in some work at the Shanghai Toy Fair to teach as many people as possible how to do Around The World. You, sir, are a friggin’ treasure.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory One.
Ben Conde learns attends the Shanghai Toy Fair and learns to enjoy wearing pink. He also may or may not get schooled by a Chinese offstring player. Click the link in the top right corner of the video after the trick battle to cast your vote for the winner.
Also, Ben: pink is dope. Get with the program.
Ben Conde is an aspiring YouTube star, traveling through China where no one has access to YouTube. This makes him 83% less special. But we still love him.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Flight.
Ben Conde meets up with Polo Garbkamol, the first YoYoFactory player to get sponsored based on the strength of his amazing Instagram content. How great is social media when it brings together players from across the globe and gives fresh talent a chance to be seen by the best? Amazing.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Horizon.
We’ve got another trio of updates from Ben Conde on his travels around Asia. We love this guy!
Day 8 – Trying to Catch My Flight
The king of Thailand has died, and Ben is trying to get to the Bangkok airport while the entire country mourns and heads towards the palace…which is right where Ben is staying. Will he make it to the airport?
Day 9 – Monkey See, Monkey Do
Day 10 – Temple Run
Conde & McPhee race to the top of an ancient temple to get some footage with the YoYoFactory Flight. Who will win?
Ben Conde is such a nice guy. He was filming in Thailand and a guy was watching him and play and Ben thought “that guy is interested in yoyo! I’ll give him one of mine and teach him some tricks!”
Didn’t quite go as planned, ha ha.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory One.
Ben Conde’s latest “Around The World” video entries show him getting it handed to him in Japan, hunting down the location of a photo he’s been using for his iPhone wallpaper, and getting up at 4 AM to hit a beautiful bamboo forest before the tourists crush it. Amazing.
Who wants to win this two-tone Luftverk Evora Ti7075?
Luftverk owner Jeffrey Pang is picking new colors for his plastic yoyo, the Skyva, and he wants your input. Just head over to the YoYoExpert forums and cast your vote for your two favorite colors, and one lucky voter will win this Evora Ti7075!
Check out full specs for the Luftverk Evora Ti7075 here, and click HERE to vote for your chance to win it!
Axis YoYos EX! Specs:
Diameter: 57.45 mm
Width: 43.5 mm
Weight: 66.2 grams
Response: 19mm pad
Bearing: Centering Bearing Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The Axis YoYos EX! is the second bi-metal release from Axis YoYos, and their first new release of 2016.
The Axis EX! has rim weight for days, and as any good bi-metal yoyo it just never seems to slow down. The EX! has a severe V-profile with a bit of a step on the rims, internal stainless steel weight rings, along with a gap step that leads the walls even further away from the string. Definitely designed with horizontal play in mind, you’ll get very little friction against the walls when playing horizonal, and the internal cup is great for fingerspins (as long as you don’t mind the engraving). For intermediate players who need that extra spin time to work the kinks out of their tricks, or contest killers who need a little extra spin and stability on stage, the Axis YoYos EX! will do the job.
The Axis YoYos EX! comes in six different solid colors, with a corresponding sticker and unique art designed for each colorway. The logo is clean, comic-book style art and the big, bold engraving looks great on the smooth inner cup of the yoyo halves. Overall it’s a clean look, and the unique packaging for each colorway really puts it over the top.
The Axis YoYos EX! retails for $115, which is a pretty typical price for quality bi-metal yoyos. With all the spin time and stability you expect in a bi-metal yoyo, it’s definitely another quality release from Axis. If you liked their Pulsefire but want something a little more geared towards horizontal play, the EX! is a great choice.
The Axis YoYos EX! is available now at YoYoExpert.com.
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Happy National YoYo Day!
US National YoYo Day is celebrated on June 6th each year, in memory of Donald Duncan Sr., the entrepreneur credited with popularizing yoyos in the US. To celebrate, our friends at YoYoExpert.com are having a special sale…15% off everything storewide!
Just enter code YOYODAY2016 at checkout for 15% off your total purchase. Offer is good today and tomorrow only.
King Yo Star PAX Specs:
Weight: 66.7 grams
Response: Flowable Silicone (19mm pad size)
Bearing: Centering Bearing Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
The King Yo Star PAX is the latest release from the Canadian-based company. Designed by owner Jeremy McKay, this organic, casual throw is a great addition to any collection.
The King Yo Star PAX plays light and floaty and fast, and has a great, late-90s throwback feel. The larger, organic shape has just a slight taper towards the gap, nodding at modern design while still giving us that fat, round, almost Coke-can profile. The King Yo Star PAX is a zippy yoyo, and the large bell-shaped halves produce a pleasant ringing sound while playing that adds to the overall “laid back” feel. PAX, of course, means “peace” in Latin, and this yoyo is definitely appropriately named. The inner cup features a dimpled area that helps with fingerspins but let’s be honest here…you’re gonna be working on goofy kickflip tricks, not trying to suss out the latest horizontal combos. It’s great for kickflips, by the way.
Available in various splash colors, the anodizing is expectedly well-done. The colors are bright and vibrant and the finish quality is great. The King Yo Star PAX logo is engraved on the rim of both halves, leaving the large cup area blank so that you can truly enjoy the anodizing. The overall design is really very simple, which is always welcome.
The King Yo Star PAX retails for only $65. It’s a casual price for a great casual throw, and if you like something organic-shaped and fun, the PAX is a great option.
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This is possibly the most interesting special edition yoyo release ever.
Back in early 2014, a shipment of the General Yo M10 yoyos was sent out to YoYoExpert, and never arrived. That is an expensive box of aluminum to just go missing, and the tracking info showed that the package had been delivered to the building’s mail center. André Boulay (owner of YoYoExpert) and his team did some digging and found some of the yoyos being sold on eBay, and alerted police. Here’s the full story from a local paper on March 20, 2014:
Ralph Rivera, 34, and Sarah Kellogg, 30, both of 25 Muzzy St., pleaded innocent in Northampton District Court Tuesday to charges stemming from the theft of 28 yo-yos valued at a total of $1,787. Kellogg is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of larceny over $250, Rivera with one count of receiving stolen property and two of larceny over $250.
According to court documents, Easthampton police began investigating the yo-yo theft after Andre Boulay, the owner of YoYo Expert in the Eastworks building, reported that a package with some high-end yo-yos was stolen from the building’s mail center in December. Boulay told police the special yo-yos are only sold in two other stores in the U.S. He also reported that he had seen some of them for sale on eBay by someone with the screen name “hobmaster.”
Police identified “hobmaster” as Michael DesChenes, who owns a hobby shop in the eastern part of the state. When police visited DesChenes, he told them he had bought the yo-yos for $450 from a woman named Sarah and another man who had come to his store. He subsequently identified “Sarah” from police photos as Kellogg and her companion as Rivera.
When police spoke to Kellogg about the incident, she allegedly admitted selling the yo-yos to DesChenes but said she took the box from a friend she identified only as “Jessie.”
Kellogg told investigators she was driving Jessie to purchase drugs, according to court documents. When he exited the car, she spotted the box of yo-yos. Because Jessie owed her $80, Kellogg said, she took the box. Kellogg told police that she and Rivera sold the yo-yos to get money for groceries and to pay bills.
2014? Yep. This has been dragging out for that long. But now the case has FINALLY been resolved, and the police have finally released the yoyos back to YoYoExpert. So, after a trip to the engravers, this batch of M10s has been properly marked as EVIDENCE and will be available at YoYoExpert on Wednesday, March 23rd. If you like a good story with your yoyo, you aren’t going to find a better one.