(Photos by Hironori Mii)
Oxygène YoYo has a new yoyo coming out called “Megatron”, a signature model for 6x Italian National YoYo Champion, Lorenzo Sabatini. Production halves are currently being anodized, but the retail price has not yet been determined. A few raw prototypes are available from Rewind for $130 each, and final production will likely be a bit higher due to engraving and anodization. According to Carlo Menon, owner of Oxygène YoYo;
All the specs were dictated by him [Lorenzo] and while the shape was developed here, he gave me ideas and approved the final project. It took 5 protos to reach the final drawing: the mass is located by maximizing inertia and even with the most precise machines it was hard to get the consistant quality I require for production. This will be Oxygène’s first attempt of having splash anodizing. The name “Megatron” was an idea of Lorenzo’s after he noticed the “bad robotic” look of the yoyo. It was a precise requirement of Ciccia’s that the yoyo could be used for finger grinds in horizontal play, this was also an inspiration to use titanium since the threaded part on the halves had to be reduced and risked to be fragile with aluminum.
Megatron YoYo Specs:
Weight: 66 gm
Diameter: 54 mm
Width: 45 mm
Bearing: C-Size; 10-ball
Check out Lorenzo in action below, at the 2013 European YoYo Championships. No word of final release date yet, but we’ll update as soon as that information is available.