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Chico Yo-Yo Company SpinTop

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Body and cap are machined out of delrin. Tip is stainless steel. Dual large (“C” size in the yo-yo world) bearings stabilize the tip and keep it spinning for a long time. One-way bearing insert will be available soon as well.

Simple hex screw keeps tip and bearings in place. The cap unscrews from the body for easy access to the internals as well as a convenient way to store your string and button.

Comes with string and wooden button.

Weight: 88.5g
Diameter: 57mm
Height with tip: 80mm

Note from Gunter:
I was up in Chico today and got to play around with one a bit. I am not hugely versed in spintops, but let me just say that this thing is a fantastic piece of craftsmanship. It won’t surprise me at all to see features from this spintop become standard in the future.


Chico Yo-Yo Company – The Roller

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New yo-yo coming from Chico Yo-Yo Company. The Roller is the first of a new line from CYYC designed by CYYC but manufacturered overseas.

Chico Yo-Yo Company is proud to present our new Turnings line of yo-yos. Designed and assembled in Chico, CA but machined at guest machine shops elsewhere.

First up, the Roller.

Classic shape with a step off near the response pad for extra room during intricate tricks. Rounded profile maintains a comfortable and familiar feel. The finely bead blasted surface grinds beautifully. Lots of rim weight for great stability and spin times.

Vital Stats:

  • Diameter: 1.97″ (50mm)
  • Width: 1.6″ (40mm)
  • Gap Width: .18 ” (4.75mm)
  • Effective trapeze width: 1.45″ (37mm)
  • Weight: 65.5g
  • Bearing: Large (.25 x .5 x .1875″ or size C) ABEC rated stainless steel, 10-ball
  • Response: CYYC Silicone Pads – also accepts flowable, YYJ and YYF pads as well

Available at YoYoExpert for a fairly low $65
I have tried this one. I was presently surprised!

Review – The Flyer by Chico Yo-Yo Company

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When I was a kid, I used to get really weird and scary dreams about movies. The weird part is that these movies were not the type that would normally scare someone. A perfect example was Flight of the Navigator. That movie scarred the bejebus out of me. Kid plays in woods, falls down, wakes up 8 years later and finds out he was actually abducted by aliens who sound like PeeWee Herman. This is the stuff of nightmares. Or Neverending Story, when the kid has to walk in between giant SheSpinxes statues who determine if the traveler is able to “feel his own worth”. Most ridiculously, the movie The Wiz had a scene in the Yellow Brick Subway with a crazy puppeteer, demented trash can monsters that would piranha frenzy you and then there are the column monsters… The freaking subway support columns broke away from the mountings and chase you down, live wire sparks and all. To this day that scene from the Wiz haunts me.
For my birthday last August, my good friends at Chico Yo-Yo Company gave me a brand spanking new Flyer. I had played the proto up in Chico a few months prior and remembered likening it. That night I had a dream that was most likely the combination of exhaustion, too many burgers, and the second slice of cake. I was testing the Flyer, but every time I went to throw, something went wrong. The phone rang, a knock at the door, my daughter crying for help, the power going out, the Flyer bearing teach and biting me. At one point I was convinced that my hands were missing. It was an anxiety cluster dream that woke me up in a cold sweat. 2am, I walk into my home office, take the Flyer off my “To be Reviewed” shelf and give it a throw. I had to make sure. Ever since, the Flyer has made me sweat just a bit everytime I look at it.
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The Chico Flyer (CYYC)

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Chico Yo-Yo Company has a new budget yo-yo out.

This is our first foray into the more price-conscious world of metal yo-yos and you will be excited! We went back to the fundamentals and rethought the machining processes, finishing, and then some. Slightly undersized at 50.3mm in diameter, The FLYER fits into a very popular market at a great price.

Source – Bird in Hand

“My name is Spencer and I am 8 years old” – A YoYoSkills Video

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Spencer is an extremely talented 8 year old sponsored by the Chico Yo-Yo Company. I am always impressed with what he brings to the table trick and personality wise. He is not only a cool kid to hang out with, he is 100% all about the yo-yo. Saturday I went up to Chico with cameras in hand to capture some of his talent.
Here is the future of this industry.

>> Spencer’s Fan Page >> Chico Yo-Yo Company

Looks like this video is getting some attention. This would be a GREAT video to be spread around. Here are some social links that are currently carrying it. If your a member of these sites, vote it up. I am hoping to get Spencer and this video some real attention.
>> Digg
>> Buzzfeed
>> BoingBoing
>> Reddit

Some appearances around the web:
>> Petersburg Y108 Radio
>> Brian Littlefield (NY Times Best Selling Author)
>> Cleavland Mix106.5
>> Videogum.com (really big deal)
>> ICanHasCheezeburger

Yo-Yo Experiments Episode 5 – Worlds Largest Handheld Yo-Yo

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Thats not a yo-yo... THIS is a yo-yo

Thats not a yo-yo... THIS is a yo-yo

This project was 2 months in development.  For 2 weeks I drew up the plans and found the materials, and then in August Gunter (Splugen on YoYoSkills.com) and I found time to build it.  Then, for 6 weeks we looked for a location to film the throw.  One day it dawned on me that the Worlds Largest  Handheld Yo-Yo would feel right at home next to Tom Kuhn’s  Worlds Largest Wood Yo-Yo at the National Yo-Yo Museum at Bird in Hand in Chico California.  While I was there, I saw that the Parking Garage had top level access and so it was decided.  In the middle of YoYo Club, My experiment was itching to be dropped.

Yes, I know that it is not perfect, but it was all for the pure joy of yo-yo fun.  I could not have asked for a better time.

And also Yes, I realize that there is currently no “Largest Handheld Yo-Yo” world record but I don’t care, I am claiming it so… THERE IS NOW!

Music – Kids (MGMT 8bit Cover) by Dr. Zilog

>> http://8bc.org/members/Dr.+Zilog/

UPDATE: Version 2.0 Video now Live
This version has more weight and a thinner gap. It reached my goal of 70% return with a 30 foot string

and then, just to proove the yo-yo would return 100% to the hand, I shot this video with a 13 foot string.

Product Review – Route 66 by Chico Yo-Yo Company

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Shortly after the Chico Yo-Yo Company released the Del Toro, they put an image up of a new design that they had codenamed, the Whitewall. Over 100 comments later, the yo-yo designed with input from the Chico Yo-Yo Club was dubbed the Route 66. With stepped outer rims and bold lines, the shape was like no other yo-yo I had seen. What had the Chico Brain trust stumbled upon this time? Fresh off a CYYC Del Toro review, I was happy to carry the Route 66 for a week and provide my feedback. Where the Route 66 was concerned, we didn’t need roads… (audience groans).
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Product Review: The Del Toro by Chico Yo-Yo Company

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You know what is better then testing a yo-yo designed by Chico’s best yo-yo powerhouses? Testing a yo-yo designed by Chico’s best yo-yo powerhouses at Disneyland. A few weeks ago Thad Winzenz sent to the Del Toro and the Route 66 on loan for review, and from Monday to Thursday, the Del Toro was my one and only throw as I waited in long attraction lines around the Disneyland resort. Screaming children stopped in their tracks, Yuggles watched thankfully for some in line entertainment, costumed cast members flocked to me to pose for pictures, and I solved the time travel dilemma by dividing by zero… Okay, so ONE of those things didn’t happen, but I am not saying which one. Its your kids Marty, something has got to be done about your kids! Oh, and also the Del Toro review.

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Chico Yo-Yo Company – Wood Toro

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Richy from The Chico Yo-Yo Company sent me these pictures.  It takes the guts of a DelToro (Of which I am starting my review cycle on Sunday) and adds a precision machined wood body on it.  To cap it off (literally) Richy machined a coned cap, brushed it to perfection, and this is the heart attack instigating result. I don’t think this is a production yo-yo, but it sure is awesome

Have String Will Play

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Have you seen my mother?

Have you seen my mother?

This little duckling is lost. He was created by the Chico Yo-Yo Company and just does not remember his name.
Can you give him a name?
Diameter: 2.1in or 53.3mm
Width: 1.6in or 40.6mm
Weight: 68g
String gap: 4.5mm
Bearing size: Large (.500x.250x.1875)
Response: Large size narrow silicone pad (or flowable silicone)

My idea for a name?  Ramon.

Chico Yo-Yo Company Bulldog Yo-Yo

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I have been waiting to spill this one. For the last few months, Thad, Richie and Bob have been letting me play with the prototype of the Bulldog. I, and others have given them feedback, they tweaked it a bit, and I have to say I am really impressed. Finally, to see the finished product is very satisfying.

More pictures and PURCHASE details after the jump
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