Civility Yoyo –

Check this out! The guys have made a kickstarter to kick off their flagship model the Civility!

Head on over to Kickstarter and take a look, but before you go…

The Civility yoyo was designed by Colin Leland, who has designed some of the yoyo community’s favorite yoyos for advanced players. His ability to combine elegant design without skimping on performance has made him a legend in the yoyo world. We at couldn’t be happier with what he has achieved with the Civility’s design. (Colin is also the founder of TMBR Toys, and will be personally crafting the limited edition TMBR wood yoyos we are making available for a pledge of $50.)

Colin Freaking Leland. Colin designed this yoyo. Colin, from the original OneDrop Project and TMBR yoyos. That Colin. Awesome!

>> Kickstarter


Chris "Dr. Yo-Yo" Allen is the creator and founder of He has been yoyoing for over 25 years and has a passion for the industry.

'Civility Yoyo –' have 15 comments

  1. January 14, 2013 @ 1:54 am Franta Bína

    “We often get new yo-yoers that complain that their yo-yo isn’t good enough to do advanced tricks. Again, the idea behind Civility is that the player knows that the tricks can be done with this yo-yo.”

    And for that you need 90$ metal? What about using just 35$ Protostar? Maybe there is not big profit on Protostar as will be on Civility?

    They really should just write: “Starting another new yo-yo company, you can preorded”


  2. January 12, 2013 @ 3:16 pm Chase

    I see nothing wrong with it, YoYoExpert uses the Dark Magic for tutorials and tells kids it’s a good yoyo to use for more advanced tricks and so do other sites/companies and do the same thing. The kickstarter isn’t bad either, they’re making their first yoyo, they need the money for it and just because they ask for some help (which it’s not like you’re making a donation, you’re getting products from it) to help them make the yoyos doesn’t mean they’re awful. Does that mean World on a String is doing something wrong with the kickstarter they did before? Also, they’re not telling people they need to buy a $90 yoyo to get good because they have lots of tutorials with $3 yoyos and other cheaper yoyos, they simply said it’s an advanced yoyo. Marketing is part of life as well, over half the things we own we bought simply because of the marketing and the way it’s worded/shown.


  3. January 11, 2013 @ 8:03 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

    That being said, i agree that they could have worded it better


  4. January 11, 2013 @ 6:19 pm Outlaw

    Have same new yo-yoers watch Jensen win worlds with a $35 plastic……you know what that says….PRACTICE!

    But……it’s Jensen! Please! How do you think he got that good?? I can show you tons of people that have no problem doing advanced tricks with cheaper yoyos. Why?? Practice!

    It’s like buying a Porsche when you first learn to drive. Can you make it work….yes. Can you use it to it’s full potential…..nope.


    • January 11, 2013 @ 6:50 pm Dr. Yo-Yo

      Some backstory on They built their client base by making tutorials. They didn’t invade any blogs or forums, it is all native and organic. Even more so, they only use yoyos in their tutorial videos that they sell. They needed a yo-yo that they could guarantee would not change or phase out after the “Small run” is done. They have an organically built client base and they are not hurting anyone by making their own yoyo. Kickstarter is basically a pre-order option.

      Lets take some of the emotion out of it. Think of it this way. You grow a client base by only demonstrating and teaching products you sell. All the top level product in your market are short term runs or change with variations annually. You decide the only way you can demo a product and guarantee the same item will be available three years from now is to make your own and ensure production doesn’t change. It is a good plan.

      They are not saying to everyone that “You HAVE to have the Civility to do advanced tricks RAOR” they are saying “We are using the Civility to teach advanced tricks and if you want to learn on the same model then we can ensure it will be available no matter when you found this tut.”


  5. January 11, 2013 @ 5:12 pm Francis

    We often get new yo-yoers that complain that their yo-yo isn’t good enough to do advanced tricks. Again, the idea behind Civility is that the player knows that the tricks can be done with this yo-yo. They won’t have any excuse other than the fact that they need to practice, practice, practice.

    Honestly, this probably would save them money. Some beginners get trapped with the idea that their yo-yo isn’t good enough, so they need a new one. Oh no, this one tilts too. Better get another. See what I mean?

    YoTricks seems pretty cool and it’s great that they’re making a yo-yo. I don’t think in the slightest that they mean any harm.


  6. January 11, 2013 @ 3:34 pm Outlaw

    Not touching this mess with a 10 foot pole.


  7. January 11, 2013 @ 5:09 am Mo

    Hi from Mo…. One of the Original Mod Squad Hard Core Yoyo Customizers. I have been modding yoyos for 15 years now. Some of the design elements you have seen in yoyos for years are the direct results of modders like me.

    I would like everyone that yoyos to sent me a thousand dollars so I can build my own yoyos to sell with your money(uh, sure, lol).

    I will be posting up a series of high level yoyo tricks, using the same Titanium yoyos that will pledge to buy from me.

    That way you will know that even if you are a Totally uncoordinated loser, that you have the consolation of knowing you can’t blame your lameness on the yoyo.

    PS.. I just wanted to see how Stupid that would sound if I posted up a,’ help me help you with your money’ kinda speel.

    Yup…… That sounds pretty pea brained.

    Why not just get a good 15 buck yoyo and learn some tricks on


  8. January 10, 2013 @ 9:22 am Bob Dobby

    I think the point is that they are claiming they need this specific yoyo to teach advanced tricks. They are a Yoyofactory reseller so there are plenty of high end yoyos they could be selling. It is a disingenuis way to try and raise funds. Their sales pitch is based on a lie. Why not just say “we would love to offer our own high end yoyo model”?


  9. January 10, 2013 @ 6:42 am o Yea

    I think francis is right. They have a lot of yoyos on their website that they recommend for beginners. It sounds like this is the yoyo for people to start getting into advanced tricks. In other words, they assume you have already used beginner yoyoers and know the basics.

    They never said in the video that this was a yoyo for beginners to get right away. They said they are making it so they can teach advanced tricks. To me, it seems like a great way for them to make money for all the work they have been doing.


  10. January 9, 2013 @ 7:56 pm Francis

    I don’t think they intend to have people starting out with this yo-yo. In the video, they said that they wanted to make tutorials for more complicated tricks, but they felt that nothing they currently sell was capable of this. They designed this yo-yo for that reason.

    It is intended to teach advanced tricks with. The idea is that if the person on the screen has the same yo-yo, then the learner knows that the yo-yo is capable of doing those tricks. It would help to stop new yo-yoers from thinking they need a better yo-yo to do hard tricks.

    That said, there are cheaper yo-yo/ that can still do the same tricks easily. But in the end, people gravitate toward more expensive metals anyway.


  11. January 9, 2013 @ 6:55 pm Chris

    I started my son on a YYJ Classic. Cheap and still gives excellent performance. He is picking things up slowly but surely. No one should start on a $90 yoyo. That is like saying you must learn to drive in a Lamborghini.


  12. January 9, 2013 @ 2:09 pm Bo

    Yeah, the Kickstarter page, with lines like “nothing is more frustrating than wondering if you are having difficulty with a trick because your yoyo is not good enough to do the trick,” definitely left a bad taste in my mouth, as it seems they’re marketing a advanced yoyo to beginners.

    But, after perusing the website (which I hadn’t previously heard of), it’s easy to see that these guys are making an honest enough go of it. There’s even a blog post decrying the “vice” of yoyo collecting. Gotta respect that. Plus, the fact that they hired someone like Colin to design their product is a pretty clear indicator that they’re trying to do things right. I can’t hate.


  13. January 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm Michael

    Yes this is lame. Go buy a Kickside instead.


  14. January 8, 2013 @ 11:09 am Me

    Maybe I’m just being Me, but it’s “designed to help players learn the most advanced yoyo tricks on” might just be the most absurd selling point imaginable. There are countless yo-yos (which already exist) that retail for under $35, and are capable of all these tricks and more. Call it a community effort or a publicity stunt, but all this is going to do is convince new yo-yoers that they need to spend a minimum of $90 to learn these tricks. It might be a dandy playing yo-yo (spoiler: they all spin just as long) but it strikes me as a pretty dishonest way to kickstart a new yo-yo, by promoting it as step 1 to learning to be a better yo-yoer. There’s nothing civil about a $90 price tag.


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