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YoYoJam Presents: XLR8

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From YoYoJam’s Facebook page:

The XLR8 is a hybrid model containing a metal body with celcon rims. These celcon rims have an extremely smooth feel on the outer edges, making grind tricks easy. The metal body balances the yo-yo perfectly, which will allow your style to look smoother than ever.

Not only does this yo-yo have the smooth feel inside and out, but also its shape is designed for modern day yo-yoing — low cut walls and rounded rims. It feels just right in the hand. The yo-yo comes stocked with YoYoJam’s Solid Spin Axle system, 10 Ball Speed Bearing, and silicone response to generate a smoother style.

No matter what level you’re at, you can always accelerate your game. Do it now with the XLR8.

Magic YoYo Dark Sprite D5

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I am sure many of you have heard of Magic YoYo.  They have insanely inexpensive metals that come with trade-offs but act as a good entry level metal.  They have now entered the Delrin market with the Dark Sprite.  Oh, and its a Delrin metal hybrid….  and it glows in the dark….

 

Consider me sold.  - $30

  • Diameter – 55 mm / 2.165″
  • Width – 44 mm / 1.73″
  • Gap Width – 4.5 mm / .177″
  • Weight – 68 grams
  • Bearing Type – Buddha Bearing Dimple
  • Bearing Size – C Size (.250″ x .500″ x .187″)

Magic YoYo Dark Sprite D5 at YoYoBestBuy.

Product Review – Shinwoo Hi-Power Zen

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About a month ago, some pictures of a metal Shinwoo, the Hi-Power Zen began to surface. Shinwoo was primarily known for their plastic lines, offering a smaller alternative to the Freehand Zero (Phantom) and a much underrated off-string (Griffin Wing) so the fact that they were moving into the metal market was pretty interesting. Could this be another great low cost yo-yo out of the Korean based Shinwoo?  Its new, its interesting, and I wanted to review it.  David Maddox was kind enough to send me his sample, and I am happy to offer the first review of Shinwoo’s new metal yo-yo, the Hi-Power Zen.

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So you want a DV888? Wanna know how to get one?

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Remeber this?  

  

Well do you want one?  Want one for only 50 bucks?  

Tomarrow (May 6th)  at YoYoNation (and ONLY at YoYoNation), buy ANY yyf metal (Mightly Flea, Speed Dial, Superstar, 888, ANY METAL YYF) and you can add this special edition DV888 prerelease for ONLY 50 dollars.

All the details are HERE

Top Ten Innovations That Changed Yo-Yoing

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How did we go from this:

To this:

The yo-yo is the second oldest toy in the world with a documented history that dates back to 500bc.  To a novice eye, the yo-yo has changed very little. Two discs and a string, what’s to change? To Yo-Yo professionals and enthusiasts such as myself, that statement could not be further from the truth. A Lot has changed.  This is not your daddy’s yo-yo. YoYoSkills.com present the “Top Ten Innovations That Changed Yo-Yo’s”, a retrospective, opinionated look at the physical changes to the worlds second oldest toy.

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REVIEW – General-Yo – The 5 Star

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Introductions:

Shortly after my review of the Torrent, Ernie over at General-Yo called me up to tell me he had another yo-yo in the works.  I was quite surprised since the Torrent was just dropped and was such a huge success.  I thought for sure he was going to do another run, but Ernie, with excitement in his voice, told me differently.  The new yo-yo was going to take what the Torrent did successfully and roll it into a new design. It was going to match up more with what people wanted, and was going to be sweeter than the floor in a Snickers Bar factory.  I am excited to review for you and present the 5 Star by General-Yo.

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REVIEW – Yomega’s New line: The Hot Shot, Lancer II, and Maverick

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Introductions:

Back in the late 90’s I got to experience my first ball bearing yo-yo. It was the Yomega Raider, and it was the component that hooked me into yo-yoing. Down in Southern California, I did a few school shows with HPK and Team High Performance, visited the Yomega office, helped run X-Brain driven classes, and even managed a yo-yo store for the Kite Connection. I can tie my yo-yoing background all the way back to a Yomega Brain I purchased in 96 that got me interested, and the Raider that got me hooked in 98. In 2000 I took a break, focusing on college and then my military career. I did a few classes and performances over the years but nothing serious. In early 2007 I got back into it heavy when I saw a kid do a plastic whip. It blew my mind. I asked him if Yomega was still a good brand and he informed me that most Yomega yo-yo’s were not designed for the new level of tricks. Shortly thereafter I heard what happened at Worlds 2007. I won’t go into it beyond saying what Yomega did, the betrayal they displayed at the event and on the forums and boards, was both unprofessional and wrong. There are already countless posts in many forms about what happened, and the dirty politics Yomega pulled. I am not looking to rehash that. What I am trying to do is review yo-yo’s and yoyo products. My goal here is to try to put aside the politics and the universal unhappiness the yo-yoing community has with the Yomega Corporation, and objectively review its new line for exactly what they are: yoyos. Since you can only get these direct from the Yomega website right now, I am going to go quite a bit more in-depth than I have in my previous reviews.

No one can deny the looping power of over cranked Raiders, but as far as advanced 1a and 5a go, Yomega’s products are largely overlooked. The Brain line is very popular with both retailers and kids looking to learn the basics, but only a small percentage of players use Yomega for intermediate and advanced 1a/5a play. Just recently, Yomega released the Lancer II, Maverick, and the long overdue Hot Shot, all looking to find a place in the intermediate to advanced play market.

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REVIEW – YoYoJam – Jamboo

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Bamboo is the fastest growing wooded grass in the world.  In certain environments, bamboo can grown 3-5 feet a day.  Bamboo is used in medicine, weaponry, construction, storage, shelter, and even food.  For a long time, certain religious cultures in the South East Asia countries believed that life began with bamboo. Bamboo can thrive in nearly any environment, and has a life cycle in ranging from just a few months to what some speculate being hundreds of thousands of years.  Bamboo can be processed in large quantities with little to zero impact to environments, and molded, pressed, and dried into a sturdy material used when a light weight wood is called for.  It would make sense for bamboo, a unique, multi-useful, lightweight, sturdy, inexpensive material, to be ideal in yo-yo manufacturing wouldn’t it?  Well?

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REVIEW – HSpin – The Cut

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I am convinced that Hspin headquarters is located on the Swiss version of The Island of Doctor Monroe.  How else would you explain the constant production of yo-yo’s that refuse traditional shapes and designs.  In the tradition of the Pyro, Good and Evil, and Envy, Hspin historically creates incredible looking yo-yo’s, and the Cut is no exception. 

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H-Spin – Good and Evil 4

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Introductions

H-Spin.  What can I say, they make universally sexy yo-yos.  From the ground breaking laser graphics of the Pyro to the industry changing shape of the Envy, H-Spin has solidified itself in the YoYo world.  The Swiss Yo-Yo makers took risks on design, graphics, and price, but have constantly produced yo-yo’s people are excited to play.  When the Good and Evil 4 “Lily” was announced, I was really excited.  The Good and Evil 2 was one of my favorite yo-yo’s.  I loved the look and the feel, but was disappointed with the GE3.  There were just too many problems to ignore.  When the opportunity came up for me to trade for a Lily, I had to take it.  I waited anxiously, and it finally came.  After three weeks of play, I am ready to give an in depth review.

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