Guess who got to hang out with Felicia Day and teach her how to yo-yo? That’s right… me! It was such a great experience spending an afternoon with “Codex” from The Guild. We hung out, threw yo-yos, and talked about computer games that we love like Guild Wars, Diablo, and Skyrim. Special Thanks to Felicia aka F-Bomb for inviting me onto your show!
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The Duncan Freehand 2 yo-yo which Felicia uses in the episode is being auctioned off on e-bay with all proceeds being donated to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. Please click here to check out the auction and support a great cause!
Lastly, I’d like to thank Duncan Toys for being such a great company and for being my sponsor for the last decade. All yo-yos being thrown in this episode of The Flog are Duncans! If you’re looking to buy a yo-yo, please check out their website and support them!
The DXL Battle Championships are coming this August 11, 2012 at The Lab in Costa Mesa, CA. We will be having both amateur and pro/sponsored divisions. More information will be coming shortly to DXLBATTLE.COM. Pass the word my people! Share the wisdom! Let us rejoice together!
They are ready. The much anticipated SPYY Spyder II is ready to hit the market. Considered an undersized yo-yo, in-between a full size and mini, the Spyder II by SPYY is all colored up and ready to hit your favorite yo-yo store. If your favorite shop don’t carry them, well, they must not carry top of the line products. I’m unsure how many were created in the first run, I bet they don’t last long.
The first SPYY Spyder has a been totally redesigned, about the only thing that remains the same is the fact that they are both considered Undersized. Both are great and play completely different. One of my favorite design changes is the dual thumb grind locations on the new Spyder. Time to learn some grind tricks.
I’ve been intrigued by the American based company General Yo for a while. Brian discussed them a bit a while back on the glass lab. My intrigue is based on the fact that there are fewer and fewer companies creating products in the USA. General Yo is a boutique company, producing small runs of yo-yo’s. From what I can tell there focus and reason for small run’s is quality.
I picked up the General Yo Mini-Star in a trade. I’m sure I got the better end of that trade. This undersized yo-yo can really play. The majority of little players are novelties, this little fella can keep up with the big boys. I’d consider this a pocket yo-yo, one you can keep in your pocket without annoying you.
You can see from the images this yo-yo is a player, lot’s of love marks on her. And were just getting started. I’m sure I’ll add some more. One of the cool features is the surface, it almost feels like Teflon, you can see it from the first photo. Not sure if they are going to be producing anymore of these, and they are sold out everywhere. You can count on one thing, I’ll be seeking out some more General Yo products in the near future.
Metal or Plastic, what’s your poison? As of late yo-yo manufactures have been pumping out both in mass quantities. Adegle has released a product that just make metal yo-yo’s cringe. The PSG, (Plastic Sand Glass), is the latest release from Adegle, a Taiwan based yo-yo producer. For $20 shipped in the USA, you just can’t go wrong. What makes this plastic yo-yo special is it’s not designed for the beginner, like most plastics. This yo-yo is designed for the advanced player, it requires a bind for the yo-yo to come back to your hand.
I am a HUGE fan of the YoYoFactory DieNasty, another fine playing plastic yo-yo. This PSG has a different shape and gives the DieNasty a run for the money. I tried to play with both back to back to see the differences, it was tough. The DieNasty has a more stable platform, but the PSG spins forever. Point being they are both different, just happen to be in the same price range. I’d get them both and skip some of the more expensive metals out there.
“Don’t Call it a Come Back”, Johnnie D, aka Steel JD, aka World Champ, aka HitMan, aka Johnnie Delvalle has reopened his on-line yo-yo store YoYoBestBuy. The store has a new look and has started to stock some great items, such as the PSG. One of the awesome features about the store is shipping cost. Check it out to see what I’m talking about.
I’ve never heard of such a creature, Gnarwhal. Have you? I’m sure glad I came across this mythical lurker. Looks sure can be deceiving. As mean and fierce as the Gnarwhal looks it is a player lover in the end. Continuing my love with wide yo-yo’s this Caribou Lodge creation measures 41.4mm wide. The weight is a little more than my liking, 66 grams, however it is distributed so well I am learning to adapt with easy.
What’s not too love, large string gap, bind response, great looks, well distributed weight, and serious spin times. So glad I ran into this creature. Keep an eye out over at YoYoExpert for special releases from time to time, be quick tho, these babies sell fast.
On a side note, I’ve noticed a trend of players steering away from brighter colors, like this pink. Weird how things change. I love this color combo, Props to the Lodge. Plus, “Real Men Wear Pink”.
I got my mitts on the latest throw from SPYY, the Revenger. I gotta say, it’s a keeper. So I’ve noticed lately I’ve been getting into more of a wide yo-yo. The Revenger is coming in at just under 48mm wide, the only yo-yo I own that is wider is the YoYoFactory SuperWide. After a little break in time the Revenger started grooving. The “out of box” play was nice, but once the bearing started loosening up the yo-yo was flowing. For such a large yo-yo it sure does play light, 66 grams. As for the play, SOLID. It’s the one thing I’ve noticed from all SPYY yo-yo’s, they are solid. It’s a keeper in my bag.
Update: I just found out that YoYoExpert still has a few Revengers in stock.
Jason Lee shows us once again why he holds a National Trick Innovator of the Year title. Jason is one of the most creative minds in yo-yoing. It was great to be able to get together with him and put together another video like we’ve been doing since 2000. It’s been about 3 years since Jason left Southern California to go serve in the military overseas. I was glad to have him back home even for just a little bit before he heads off again, this time to Asia.
Warning: The video contains some adult language in it, so please keep that in mind before viewing.
Player: Jason Lee (DXL Crew, yoyofactory)
Filming and Editing: glasseye (DXL Crew, Duncan, theglasslab.com)
Music: Loyal by Tonedeff
So I’ve been drooling over these bad boy’s for a while now. The appeal for me was the smaller diameter. They look very similar to the YoYoFactory Genesis, they are very different. The smaller body makes the yo-yo more comfortable in my hand. It’s simple, she’s a keeper.
She looks good spinning, and the bonus, it has been endorsed by one of the worlds best yo-yo players, Yuuki Spencer.