YoYoFactory went off on another adventure! This one was a little closer to home that usual, and found Gentry Stein and Hans Van Dan Elzen road tripping to Thatcher, Arizona to meet up with one of the competitors from the recent Arizona State YoYo Contest to offer him a second chance. This video is a really sweet reminder that nearly every company in this industry is still just run by a handful of yoyo players. Hope you had a good time, Hiram!
You know how there are some players where you’re just like “Man, I could just sit and that that dude goof off, like, forever.” Well, here you go. An epic trick dump from Polo Garbkamol to show off his new signature model from YoYoFactory, and instead of a typically fast-paced product video it’s just Polo kicking back and cruising through 5+ minutes of solid tricks. So good. Put it on repeat.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Marco.
The best of the best, y’all. The always incredible Shu Takada is at it again, this time in a new video produced by Kazane Shimazaki, one of the most famous football freestylers in Japan.
Yoyos used are the YoYoFactory Loop 720.
It’s a sad day for many generations of “Toys R Us Kids”. Six months after filing for bankruptcy in the US (and one month after filing in the UK), Toys R Us announced will be closing all 900 stores across the United States and the UK.
Toys R Us is one of, if not the largest single retailer for yoyo brands like Duncan, YoYoFactory, and Yomega so this is going to be a huge hit for those companies. Gift cards will be honored in the US for the next 30 days, and we expected liquidation pricing to go into effect soon. It will be a good time to pick up plenty of great yoyos for cheap for your local club, but that’s about the only silver lining we can find here.
It warms my cold, black heart to see Gentry and Ann goofing off in London, Hans breaking a Guinness World Record for Most Loops in One Minute, and Gentry doing an interpretive dance on hoverboard to someone singing Journey at the London Toy Fair. I mean…this is pretty much all of my favorite things, really. Yoyos, classic rock, fog, tea, bridges, and good humans. Awesome!
It’s only February and Fist Salud already released the video of the year. Now what is everyone else supposed to do? I guess just kick back and enjoy watching 4x World Champion Shu Takada reinforce that he really is one of the most talented and creative yoyo players of all time.
Yoyos used are the YoYoFactory Loop 720 and an unnamed YoYoFactory prototype.
Looks like Hans Van Dan Elzen is going to be promoting hard at London Toy Fair this year…check out the press release below from their UK distributor. Sounds like fun! London Toy Fair isn’t open to the public, unfortunately, but we’ll post an update once we find out what record he’s going for and if he hit it or not.
Wilton Bradley is to host a world record attempt with professional YoYoer, Hans “YoHans” Van Dan Elzen at their stand at this year’s London Toy Fair, the firm has announced.
YoHans was a driving force behind the massive yo-yo craze twenty years ago with numerous TV appearances and live tours. In 2003, Hans launched YoYoFactory (distributed by Wilton Bradley), a yo-yo brand with a focus on creating unique patented technology that would make playing with a yo-yo a more enjoyable experience for beginners and world champions alike.
Hans will be attempting an official Guinness World Record Challenge at the Wilton Bradley stand (E89) at 11.00am on the first day of London Toy Fair 2018. He will also be joined on the stand by the YoYoFactory team including World & US National Champion Gentry Stein as well as superstar Ann Connelly, who will be on hand to demonstrate the range and challenge you to perform tricks and give out prizes.
Wilton Bradley’s YoYo range is selling well, boosted by the fidget spinner trend and a mention from TV and radio personality Chris Evans.
Come along and see if you can remember how to ‘walk the dog’ at Wilton Bradley’s stand: Stand E89, January 23rd at 11.00 a.m. and throughout London Toy Fair 2018.
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YoYoFactory is known for a lot of things…great yoyos, a massive selection, and an incredible team of sponsored players. And in recent years they’ve become the ultimate yoyo travel company, bringing their players to the most exotic of locations for tricks, good times, and incredible photos and footage. Their most recent adventure didn’t find anyone throwing yoyos though, since it would increase their chances of getting shot.
You should absolutely stop what you are doing and head over to their site for the full blog post on this trip. Here’s an excerpt, to give you an idea what kind of intense experience this was:
North Korea is now off limits to US citizens. Visitors from other nations can access it via China and we know a number of people who have visited in the last 2 years. None of them recommended going. Since the capture and ultimate death US tourist Otto Warmbier its something we wouldn’t consider doing…. but there is another way to visit.
Its safe they say. Organized tours leave Seoul daily shuttling camera toting tourists to the DMZ (demilitarized zone). This area is 6km back from where the battle line was when a ceasefire on the Korean Peninsula was called in 1953. Roughly following the 38th parallel, the DMZ stretches almost 150-mile-long.
Located within the territory is the “truce village” of P’anmunjom here North Korean and American soldiers stand face to face. This is part of the Joint Security Area (JSA) which is used by the two Koreas for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). Now its is used for posturing. Loud speakers blare propaganda, both directions.
While the military stands face to face, guns ready. So do tourists. From the South and North.
Head over to YoYoFactory.com and check this out. And hats off to Ben and Gentry for bringing us all along for such an amazing journey!
WOO HOO! Polo Garbkamol stomped down his judge’s audition on the first episode of Asia’s Got Talent 2017, moving him along to the next round! Can’t wait to see what he does in the next round…even in this first round he didn’t exactly play it safe and went for a few risky moves.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Horizon.
Congratulations to Alex Hattori, the 2017 US National YoYo Contest 3A Champion!
Check out full results and scoring breakdowns below.
Mark Mangarin, Alec Campbell, and Aaron Davis just teamed up for one of the coolest looking yoyo videos we’ve seen in a while. Check out “Neon” from a few heavyweights in the yoyo community. Amazing work, you guys.
Yoyo used is the Basecamp Navigator.
Shu Takada is one of the most talented yoyo players of his generation. Natural talent combined with thousands of hours of hard work have made him a World Champion several times over, but it’s his creativity and almost effortless trick delivery that keeps us coming back for more.
Yoyo used is the YoYoFactory Loop 2020.