So it’s the last day of the year and I figure I’d end it on a good note. Got a couple updates for you. First is a review of the new kick-booty skateboard wheel looking yo-yo called Fakies by a company called Global Style reviewed by a webmaster called glasseye on an excellent webhost provided by Greg Cohen. You can find the review by going to the X-axis Spin Lab on the menu bar on the left. Or for you lazy people, click here.
Now the second update I have for you is killer. There are these two crazy X-players from Brazil who are also amazing artists. I’ve added a section in the Visual R&D part of the lab to showcase their talent. Once again, lazy people click here.
Alright, guess that’s it for now. More of the videos are working, but there are still plenty that need to be fixed. If you have a file that you know I’m missing, please send me an e-mail and help your humble one-eyed webmaster out. Have a great new year and I’ll catch ya on the flip-flop.
Jeff from Global Style contacted me around July of 2001 and began telling me about their newest product. It was a yo-yo in the shape of a skateboard wheel. They gave me a blank prototype and asked me to give them feedback on how to make it play better. Felix and I spent a few days messing around with it and after some tweaking, we managed to create some sort of frankensteinish yo-yo using some spare parts and a dremel. The yo-yo played pretty well for something that wouldn’t even take a braintwister a few days earlier. I sent the prototype back to Jeff and said something ingenious like “Make yo-yo play good like this.”
A few weeks later, they sent me another prototype with graphics and packaging this time. Jeff wanted more feedback on the yo-yo. It looked slick and I started getting excited that I was getting a sneak peek at this stuff. On the side of the yo-yo, their was a two-piece metallic plate that was supposed to look like a bearing. When I tested the prototype, the metal would rattle around and after a while, it got really annoying. I sent Jeff an e-mail and told him, “Me no like rattle. Rattle bad.” Jeff replied saying that they were already working on that problem. I said “Good.”
So now I have the finished product in my hands and I’m pretty damn impressed. They changed the assembly to take a bigger bearing which in turn widened the gap and made this thing play smooth. Felix cleaned out the bearing and stuffed it with some powdered graphite (which is something a lot of the so cali DXL peeps do). So how does it play now? Like BUTTER BABY! This thing is a new school player. Whips, suicides, lacerations, slack string… it’ll take it. But I do gotta warn you… you have to be up on your game to play with this sucker cause it’s an imperial shape. I spend some time practicing with this yo-yo to bring up my string hit accuracy.
The bearing is the same size as all the Duncan bearings, but instead of brass spacers, the fakies use plastics. One word of warning, though this hasn’t happened to me yet, I’ve heard that the axles can snap if you overtighten them. So when you’re tightening this yo-yo up, just tighten till it’s snug. Jeff said that they are aware of this issue and are already changing the axles for a stronger material. For a return system, the fakies use starbursts. They don’t seem too agressive though, so don’t expect them to eat up your string. It seems that the plastic on the yo-yo is a bit softer than polycarb, maybe that’s why the starbursts aren’t so agressive.
Anyways, I think Global Style did a great job on their first yo-yo. I’d love to see a butterfly shape in the future. It might happen if another boom comes around. If you’re an imperial shape purist, looking to work on your chops, or just a little tired of how every company is trying to make a bigger wider yo-yo, then be sure to try out a fakie. Now available at Infinite Illusions.
So I finally received my shipment of Fakies Series 1 yo-yos. These things are pretty sick! They’re actually really smooth. Felix picked one up and started doing Fatch and Yellow Airplanes with it. It suicides well, but snags on lacerations. I’ll try to take some pictures so you can check out the graphics. By the way, I just heard Duncan got bigger. *AHEM* heheheheheh. Anyways, I’ll end the post here cause the DXL is meeting at my house right now and I need to school these kids. (that’s sarcasm for you gullible people out there). Duncan!!!!