REVIEW – Big Brother – Wedgie

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Introductions:

It has been almost eight months since I reviewed the prototype of the Bully. Since that time, Doug at Big Brother yo-yos has created almost half a dozen new models for future releases. When the first pictures of the Wedgie started appearing, I started getting excited. The Bully was a great throw, and from early hands on impressions of Wedgie, I was confident that it too would be awesome. I was able to get my hands on one from Doug for a review this week, and I am happy to present to you, the Wedgie YoYoSkills.com review. Break out the pocket protector, we are going in.

Manufacturer

Big Brother Yo-Yos

Shape

Butterfly / Wing

Weight (g)

65.00

Width (mm)

39.25

Diameter (mm)

49.86

Gap Width (mm)

4.18

Bearing Size (Inside x Outside x Width)

5x10x4 mm Ceramic

Gap Type

Fixed

Stock Response System

Flowable Silicone

First Impressions:

When Doug emailed me about reviewing a Wedgie, he told me that the one he was sending me played at production quality, but the anno had flaws. This is why in the photo’s, you see variances and black dots. I want to stress before getting to far into this review that this model has the exact same specs and plays exactly like the production ones in stores, but just suffers from a few birth marks courtesy of the anodizer.
The packaging that Big Brother uses is pretty interesting. It is like a Rubbermaid container, that looks like the jars my wife’s moisturizer comes in. Instead of lotion however, is an undersized metal, surrounded in bubble wrap. I dig the creativity of the container, but more than once I grabbed it to put into the medicine cabinet, only to realize it is a yo-yo package.
The yo-yo itself looks amazing. It is almost like someone mashed up an HSpin Cut and an YYF 888. There are no curves on the Wedgie until you get under the outer lip and into the IRG area. This gives the Wedgie a brilliantly simplistic straight lines look. Even though the model I am reviewing has cosmetic flaws, I can’t help but appreciate the brightness of the anno. I dig the look. The Wedgie’s straight lines give it a very futuristic clean look that screams of minimalism art.

Comfort and Tech:

Sculpted for the hand. I can not describe the surprise I experienced when I gripped the Wedgie in my hand. For such an angular yo-yo, the Wedgie is surprisingly comfortable. The Wedgie sits in the undersized family, sharing very similar specs to the 888, Project, and Cut. The edges hit your hand perfectly on the thumb heel of your palm, and the 49mm diameter is perfect to get and easy grip on.
By looking at the profile of the Wedgie you can see that Doug really went all out to push the weight to the rims. The rims are defiantly the thickest part of the Wedgie, and the inner slope of the IRG provides plenty of room you’re your thumb. The recess area is brilliantly done. The small A sized bearing setup and the flowable silicone are a great combo. I always prefer a response that is replaceable with a ring or a pad and Big Brother delivered. The response system can be replaced with a ring or pad, just like the small bearing YYF yoyos. The axle threads are nice and deep. I have had a lot of yoyo’s come apart on me due to a bump, but with longer axles, the yo-yo will signal you before it decides to complete mitosis. That, by the way, is the LAST thing you need to worry about on the Wedgie. The bearing seat is T.I.ght. When screwing and unscrewing the yo-yo, the bearing post does this little bird call. It is quite frightening actually. I am not sure if the tight bearing seat is purposely design to be so tight it chirps but I know that in the week I have been playing with the Wedgie and the number of times I have had to open it up to pull out a dropped GT, I have not noticed any wear on the bearing or the post, or the bearing. One last note on the bearing. The Wedgie, comes stock with an A Sized, Ceramic hybrid that looks like it is really good. Just a flick, and it spins like a merry go round.

On a Throw:

The Wedgie is so light and nimble, it should come with a ballerina suit in the packaging. Man oh man is this thing solid. I honestly did not expect such fantastic play and feel from a small bearing. I know that some people swear by small bearings, especially for 5a, but I could never get used to them. This yo-yo though, it just sings performance in a sweet soothing alto.
At 65 grams, many middle weight fans will be pleased. The Wedgie’s high wall design makes it easy to recover from a bad throw, and the balanced design maximizes your spin time on a good throw. There is no wasted space on this yoyo and it shows. It is a beast to throw, and not floaty in any way. If you like a solid throw, the Wedgie might be perfect for you.
Like most undersized throws, the Wedgie is able to maneuver in and out of the small string gaps and chops. The Wedgie was also very stable on Eli Hops and whip transfers. At first I had a little bit of a hard time constantly pulling off a clean gyro, but once I adjusted my technique for the small bearing, the Wedgie was able to handle anything I could throw at it and still keep on spinning. I had a great time working on my loaf (one handed JonBot) tricks with the Wedgie, the small size, solid feel, and balanced stability really made experimenting with new mounts easy.
The finish on the Wedgie is a very smooth bead blast. If you didn’t tell me it was bead blasted, I would not be able to tell just by looking at it. The finish is incredible smooth, and fantastic for grinds. The inner cup has plenty of room also. I was able to pull off some great IRG rotations without killing spin.

Final Thoughts:

All in all, the throw experience of the Wedgie was phenomenal. I can definitely see this design getting some heavy play in my collection. This yo-yo is phenomenal. Other than the birdcall chirps while opening the yo-yo (Which still scare the heck out of me), I could not find any faults. At $75, this yo-yo is a steal, and I think you will find yourself very happy, and your Wedgie getting a lot of action. Like any yoyo I recommend or don’t recommend, the true test is getting a hands on experience for yourself. I highly recommend you seek out someone that has a Wedgie and try it out. I think you will like it enough to buy it.

The Wedgie can be purchased from a few online yo-yo stores, the links are below.

YoYoGuy - YoYoNationOneDrop - Euro-Yo

Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who wrote this while stuffed in a locker…

7 thoughts on “REVIEW – Big Brother – Wedgie

  1. steven kinder

    the proto i had felt super heavy but now that i look back on it i think it was just the brilliant weight distribution. these are gonna make killer 3a yoyos

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  2. tyler3490

    any thoughts on 5a play? i seem to remember Doug saying it was designed for 5a (or a 5a player), but i might be wrong

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  3. Contagon

    lol. My SB hectic makes bird call squeaks too, its kind of annoying, yet I think I like it!

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  4. Contagon

    lol. My SB hectic makes bird call squeaks too, its kind of annoying, yet I think I like it!

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  5. Jake Willis

    I have had mine for almost 4 days. I am smitten. It sleeps twice as long as my other metal. It’s ridiculously fun…I can’t even explain why, but this is the most fun I have had playing in a long, long time. Wedgie is a WIN.

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