This is overdue. A year ago, I picked up a new in package MVP in a trade. I have been enjoying it off and on and have wanted to fit it into my review schedule when a gap came up. Well I don’t get gaps often. This week, I was supposed to review the TMBR Irving Pro. After a quick chat with Colin, we figured out that the version I had was a beta, and the new versions are a bit different. He asked that I hold off, which opened up my week to a review yoyo of my choice! The MVP was the first on my mind, and after a year of haunting my yo-yo wall, it was time to review the little bugger.
Okay, maybe little bugger was the wrong word. In fact, the MVP just pulled a Samuel L. Jackson on me and yelled “SAY BUGGER… ONEMORE TIME…”, and then slapped me in the face. The MVP has a very clean and cutting edge look. It is pretty intimidating with the sharp corners and sleek lines but at the same time is very beautiful. The flat surface rims make a great platform for special edition laser engravings, which YoYoFactory has made the most of. The model I have is the Cherry red version.
Comfort and Tech
|Gap Width (mm)||5|
|Bearing Size||C Size|
|Stock Response System||YoYoFactory Silicone Pad|
I have always loved the way the MVP looked. Construction wise, the MVP is pretty solid. It has the standard C size CBC Center Trac bearing and white silicone response pads. The 56 diameter places the MVP definitely into the full size category. The bearing seat is pretty standard if not a bit tight. The Gap is a massive 5mm. This is probably as big as a gap can get without risking slipped binds. If you measure the bearing wall width, it is actually 4.7mm which is just shy of the 4.74 mm width of the bearing itself. Usually I love playing a flat bearing, but in this case, I can see a definite benefit with leaving in the stock Center Trac bearing. A flat bearing in this case, might end badly.
Without taking anything away from the brain trusts at YoYoFactory, this is a fairly simple design. The outer rims are square and flat, the gap is a straight v shape, and the response area is flat. But it works. There is something to be said about absolute simplicity. There is no mystery with the MVP, you can tell it is heavily rim weighted, you can tell it has a full size diameter, and you can expect it to play like a big, heavy, fast yo-yo. But it works. The bearing seat is tight, the response system is standard, and the CNC Center Trac bearings are pretty common now… BUT IT WORKS. Here is the thing, the MVP is a simple, elegant, and straight forward design, and it works. It is an exaggerated angular design, but it looks like a sharp angular muscle car.
On a Throw
Over the last year, the MVP has hit me in the fact three times. At least once it has drawn blood. There I was at the mall teaching a kid how to yo-yo with his mom looking on. We were in Learning Express and he was picking out his first yo-yo. The standard questions arose, like “Best Yo-Yo” and “Hardest Trick” ect. Without warning, I caught the MVP right between the eyes and fell backwards into a store display., blood streaming down the cut in my forehead. I stumbled to my feet and finished the trick. That’s right. It was still spinning. I also made the sale and got the kid into yo-yoing, but not without patching myself up first. Want to know why wrestlers blade themselves on the forehead? Because it looks brutal, that’s why. That was the first time the MVP beat me down. The other two times were also rough, and at least one of them was a black eye. Needless to say that committing to play this assassin of a yo-yo for a week put me on edge.
The MVP plays heavy. With a majority of the 67 grams on the outer rim, it should really come as no surprise. It also plays really fast. I had to pace myself during throw sessions because several times, I wasn’t able to keep up. Eventually, I found my rhythm and it wasn’t a problem but it took getting used to. Once I found my groove, I loved this thing. The MVP has a long spin time with zero compromise. Not a hint of wobble or vibration, and a smooth and flowy bind. It may be that the pads were worn in already, but I found the binds to be a tiny bit loose making for a slow soft bind. The MVP has a nice open catch zone which made for amazing landing and easy transitions. The smooth finish also gave em surprisingly clean grinds.
I must have fallen off my bike a dozen times when I was a kid. I broke my arm skateboarding. And yes, I have hit myself in the face with a yo-yo, several times. Is the yo-yo’s fault? No. While the MVP may be a contract killer with a plan to one day bludgeon me in my sleep, if it happens to be tied to my finger at the time then it is my own darn fault. As far as the MVP being a yo-yo… love it. Love it. There are no mystery, no catch, no gimmicks, no special steps or break through designs. Just purity. Pure play, and a truly clean look. The MVP is a pure yo-yo used for pure yo-yoing. And yes, it works.
Lots of awesome MVP colorways and Signature designs are in regular rotation though the YoYoFactory release line. I would not be surprised if we see the MVP saw release again as a core design this year. Depending on release and colorway, the MVP ranges from $89.95 – $120. With so many color options, I bet you can find one that will love.
Written by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen who just loves this little bugge*BLAM*………….. *silence*