Doc Pop presents another episode of his vlog, PopCast, and this one features….me! Which is super weird for me to post but people seem to be digging it so I figured I would share. Enjoy this conversation that Doc and I had at 3 am after being up for 48 hours straight.
Archives for February 2019
mowl consistently creates some of the absolute best videos, and their latest is no exception. Featuring mowl Ambassador Chip and filmed in Barcelona, this short clip showcases all the creativity mowl is known for.
Yoyo used is the mowl Obsession.
Music is NSFW.
The 2019 Pacific Northwest Regionals was another amazing event, once again setting the tone for the US contest season to come. Check out full results and videos of the winners in all divisions.
1st Place – Keiran Cooper
1st Place – Hans Yim
1st Place – Elijah Tan
1st Place – Zac Rubino
1st Place – Jared Marcus
Novice Open Division
1st Place – Raymond Lien
The YoYoFactory crew was in and out of PNWR, fresh off the heels of the International Toy Fair in NYC, but Ben still managed to find time to shoot enough for a sweet trick showcase video. Awesome!
The 2019 contest season is in full swing around the world, and as usual all eyes are on Japan to see who will be advancing to Japan Nationals and finally to the 2019 World YoYo Contest. Check out full results from the Central Japan Regionals, along with video of the winners!
1A Division Champion – Ryuichi Nakamura
2A Division Champion – Takuma Yamamoto
3A Division Champion – Minato Furuta
4A Division Champion – Ryo Oishi
5A Division Champion – Shigehiro Yamada
The always amazing folks at Kuma Films have created another instant classic, this time with World YoYo Champion Shu Takada! Filmed in Japan, Kuma Films showcases one of the best members of our weird little sport with impeccable quality video and beautiful cinematography.
Be sure to subscribe to them on YouTube, and check out the rest of their channel for a TON of great skill toy videos.
C3’s newest release is a getting a lot of love from C3 fans. The combination of a comfy organic shape with bi-metal power and stability is pretty fun, and now we’ve got a new video showing it off from up-and-coming Hong Kong player William Chow.
Yoyo used is the C3yoyodesign Astrea.
One Drop YoYos just announce their largest yoyo yet, the Par Avion. Made from the largest diameter bar stock they could fit through their machines, the Par Avion has a diameter of 62.5 mm and according to the write-up on their site, plays surprisingly floaty. Neat!
The Par Avion floats into YoYoExpert on March 1st. Check out full specs below.
One Drop YoYos Par Avion Specs:
Weight: 65.20 grams
Width: 47.25 mm
Diameter: 62.5 mm
Response: One Drop Flow Groove
Gap Width: 4.7 mm
Bearing Size: Large (C) stainless steel (One Drop 10 Ball Bearing)
Alloy: 6061 Aluminum
CJ Atkinson and Tyler Severance drop some gold in this new video for the latest release from Recess Intl. The Little League is a new undersized organic-shaped yoyo from Recess, built for both play and nostalgia. That comfy, organic feel brings back memories of the earlier days of modern yoyoing, while the performance is plenty good enough to keep up with players like Tyler and CJ. Good stuff. The Little League is available now at Recess’ website, and hits stores soon.
Yoyo used is the Recess Little League.
Recess Intl. Little League Specs:
Diameter – 50.5 mm
Width – 40.74 ..
Weight – 65.8 grams
Response – 19mm Slim Pads
Bearing – Size C
Joe Wilson drops in to show off new colors for the upcoming Komodo release from Recess, and remind everyone that he’s got style and trick density to spare. Good stuff from a good dude!
YoYo used is the Recess Komodo.
Scales Collective dropped a new video of the whole damn gang, filmed during Virginia States. Tricks were performed, Cookout was consumed, good times were had by all.
Guest post by André Boulay and sponsored by YoYoExpert.
Every now and then a yo-yo comes along so unique and so special that it just makes you go ‘WOW’. Unscrew the capsule to reveal the new titanium SPACESHIP and you will understand why everyone is excited. Every element of design has so been carefully thought through including the artwork, the logo, the packaging, the extras. Not to mention the actual yo-yo design. This is a masterpiece.
As the story goes:
In the year 2088, our solar system will be under siege by the Nactaria: the most advanced alien species in the known and unknown universe. The Nactaria will have begun to devour the planets of our Sun the moment they reach the Kuiper belt. The only hope for Earth’s survival lies with the Eljasek alien species. Although out-smarted by the Nactaria on several occasions, they have finally discovered their Achilles heel weakness – TITANIUM! This rare precious alloy is fatal to the Nactaria upon contact which causes an instant spontaneous adverse reaction.
The SPACESHIP was developed after an extensive research collaboration with the Eljasek and a gift to humanity. With 40 Titanium SPACESHIP yoyo’s deployed to earth, you can help protect our planet and improve your own game in doing so. The Nactaria have an acute sensitivity to old school yo-yo shapes. This prompted the Eljasek to design the SPACESHIP with classic influences of the yo-yo boom in the 2000s, pulling inspiration from the RecRev Bad Rep and Yoyofactory 401k.
The SPACESHIP is made of premium Grade 5 titanium (Ti6-Al-4V), the only known titanium alloy that is able to trigger an anaphylactic reaction in the Nactaria upon contact. What does that mean to you? Absolutely nothing unless you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time during the Nactaria invasion. And if you are, you’ll be glad the SPACESHIP is your throw of the day. So will the good samaritans around you. The durometer of hardness and thermal resistance of the alloy ensures that zero damage occurs after contact with the Nactaria, so humans like yourself concerned with sustainability will be able to reuse the SPACESHIP infinitely. In laypersons terms and those who don’t want to think so hard, it’s that durable!
Holding the delrin capsule just immediately feels magical. It’s smooth and slick and as you unscrew the top the excitement builds and doesn’t disappoint. Inside you will find a circular badge showing the number (1 of 40), a USB Flash Drive containing an actual SPACESHIP ‘alien font’ they designed just for the yo-yo, a small container holding nylon string and response, and then of course the yo-yo wrapped tightly in a nice cloth.
The art on the capsule was done by the amazing Jason Week. Someone who appreciates a good yo-yo just like the rest of us.
Each side of the SPACESHIP is engraved with really neat planetary style art and the SPACESHIP logo font for a package is truly out of this world.
You might remember our article from last year about Doc Pop’s yoyo emoji application being accepted…well it looks like we’re finally going to see it available in September or October! DesignBoom just posted a huge info drop about all 230(!!) new emojis coming to all major platforms in 2019 and we’re thrilled that yoyos are part of this next wave.
Congratulations, Doc Pop, and thank you!