Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
In the sea of aluminum yo-yos we've been swimming in this year HICOO has dropped this hot little piece of metal, the West Uranium. Now, it's a pretty basic set up, hspin sized bearing and flush pads. What I really dig is the shape, its professional packaging and its well laid out laser engraving.
I am a little disappointed in the axle set-up. I'm not a big fan of the bearing being centered with the axle. Irregardless I'm going to try and pick up one.
Check out rest of the pictures here.
Pictures of the newest version of the Throwdown Luchidor dropped at the Extreme Spin Forum. Looks interesting! I'm excited to throw it. Nate of Throwdown said they plan on doing 100 and see if there is more demand.
Here are also pictures of the shape and horn
The thing i really respect about Nate's design is it's the yo-yo HE wanted. At Indy States he handed me the first proto and asked me what I thought. I told him the shape wasn't my cup of tea. His response was "well thats the thing I designed it around. Thats the only thing I'm NOT changing". Looking forward to seeing what else is in store from Throwdown.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Duncan Toys first whirlwind tour of asia is over. Jack, Bride and Red are home from the Asia Pacific Challenge
Check out the freestyle videos from AP 06 here
and read the travel logs of the intrepid adventurers here
I'm looking forward to the 2nd phase of the Samurai is to release 3 minute webisodes of the tour.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
I was fortunate enough to throw the prototype of the Anti-Yo Busine$$ at the US Nationals in october. I also had the great experience of driving the 2 hours from the bay to Chico with Sonny (haft of Anti-Yo) and got to hear what there vision behind the Business was. Basically, Kiya and Sonny wanted to make an awesome playing miniature yo-yo. And let me tell you, all the other aluminum mini's pain in comparison to the performance this delivers. If you have any doubts, watch Brian Cosky's 2006 Nationals 1A freestyle here
Kiya also announced the product projection for the first quarter of 2007. This will entail an Anti-yo hoodie, the Ywet and the BSP, A Sterling Silver Anti-yo necklace, and of all things a Steve Brown x Anti-Yo collaboration. I'd love to see a Steve Brown yo-yo come out of this. Is that the Plan?
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I've been very impressed with the aluminum yo-yos out of Italy, so far. The Oxy series and the Plug-in were amazing quality and, in my views, the pinnacle of small run aluminum yo-yos. And the Roo-yo was no exception. The first 2 versions of the Roo-yo (regular sized and the SV, a smaller one) both had dimples in the butterfly curve of the yo-yo, similar to a golf ball. While I don't have much experience with the Roo-Yo i've heard very good things. With this, 3rd version it has the same silicone stub response (S.I.D.R.O. m.s) but no dimples... The odd thing to me is the groove around the rim of the yo-yo. I don't know if this is for a rim o-ring or if it has a specific purpose for a new kind of trick?
weight: 73 gr
diameter: 55 mm
width: 44 mm
gap: 6 mm (large yyj/KK)
A link to the ebay auction is here
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Anti-Yo has dropped its first in a series of skateboard decks, and t-shirts, with art done buy yo-yo players that have revolutionized a facet of yo-yoing. This deck has some sick artwork by Paul Escolar
50 will be for sale at Yo-Yo Nation