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YYFCOUNTDOWN.com has been a little slow in updates over the past month, the reason being we are about to launch 2nd pahase of the new yoyofactory.com!
Due to launch MARCH 11
more news tomorrow!
Vashek #1 Qualifiers
Check his 1st place getting prelim freestyle HERE
Pics from eyyc day 1
VIP guest and current European champ Don Robertson
Scotland to Russia to Spain to Iceland. Every corner of Europe was represented. Finlands best shown here.
Mr Cherry tries to make it through to the final and join Victor repping YYF Russia
Vashek also needed to go through prelims after sitting out 2009 Czech nationals. Check his prelim freestyle HERE
relaxing after competing watching the rest battle for a finals spot
2010 is year of the yo-yo in the UK
YYF will be repping hard.
5 Players competing
New prototypes available to buy
+ super limted quantities of signature edition EYYC yo-yos including Gacek Boss, Vashek SEVERE and Jason Lee BOSS
so much happening in the world!
eyyc is on this weekend. YYF will be there with B-grades, new color protostars, some new model preproduction stuff PLUS limited vask, Gacek and Jason Lee edition yoyos.
YYF featured on yahoo.co.jp front page today. this is one of the top 12 most trafficed websites in the world.
lots of news stories coming. From a HKL report, to Japan Hyper Yo-Yo to UK toy fair with Vashek and Kentaro, Guiness world records + way more. All coming to new Yoyofactor.com in late feb.
This Jan-Feb keep up with yoyofactory on Twitter at www.twitter.com/yoyofactory
After Hong Kong Toy Fair and a visit to Beijing Tokyo is the next stop in a world tour for Yoyofactory during the Toy Fair season. Japan is the last stop before Europe. So much happening, so many stories coming to the new yoyofactory.com due to launch early feb!
Paul Han in PHX
Paul has been in Phoenix for the past couple of days kicking back, working on some future projects and shooting some photos and video. Lookout for the results of this trip in the near future.
Japan Only from Bandai.
Things hit full swing Monday when Tyler returns from Delaware and Paul Han will be dropping by YoYoFactory for a visit.
One last post...
Happy New Year!
2009 Year in Review
The year started with some in house testing and then Yuuki and Miggy were paid a visit in Dallas to test and film promo videos for the Spin Top project. Although the Tops were never generally released many players around the world have been enjoying them through their limited availability at events and direct from YoYoFactory.
The first yo-yo release of the year was also one of the most controversial, the Dipped Skylines looked awesome :)
February rolled around and YYF was on the road visiting Spingear store Tokyo, Here We Yo crew in Hong Kong, YoStation Hong Kong and then traveling to the China National Contest.
Our first catalog was published, we attended New York Toy fair and still made it to the 1st regional of the year at PNWR in Seattle where we hosted the ‘5A battle in Seattle’ pinning 2007 World Champ Tyler Severance against 2008 USA National Champ Miguel Correa and 2008 World #2 Sterling Quinn. Tyler took that title but later in the year Miggy held his national title fought closely between the same 3 players.
Some neat yo-yos appeared including the Camo Superstar and the 1st of many player editions, the Sterling Quinn Skyline.
March was a big product month with the Dv888 and DNA appearing.
DV888 hit a new price-point and spawned a whole new line, the FundaMETAL line. DNA incorporated some new blasting/masking techniques which are now seen on many competitors products. The Catalog also hit the streets shipping with product from stores around the world
April saw production of the Fall DvD release, Undeniable hot up with Miggy filming in Texas as well as filming going on in Europe. Jason Lee hit the road for a trip up the Italian coast which ended in Zurich for the European Yo-Yo Meeting.
In Asia the Here We Yo / Hong Kong Skyline appeared and rumours began to circulate about a 2nd FundaMETAL release and the Classic eight8eight
May was punctuated by BAC which saw the release of the HECTIC and the MUTANT DNA + the first availability of the Throwback and Acrobat Spin Tops. B-Grade sales again were a treat to spectators and on the stage Miggy took the 5A and Spin Top Titles.
Back at the Factory Yohans released his greatest creation, with unique specs of 6lbs 15oz, 20 1/2 inches long the world welcomed Chance Gabriel Van Dan Elzen, who was promptly set to work in the factory.
June was full of releases, promotions and more new additions.
Patrick Mitchell and Tyler Severance headed to Arizona to become part of the staff at YoYoFactory, the ‘Classic’ 888 hit the streets, 3x Mexican National Champion paul Kerbel got a signature 888 and skyline color and the 3rd FundaMETAL, Frantic, appeared.
Japan Nationals also came up with the LOOP900 being unveiled and winning its first (of many) titles. The Yuuki Spencer Vs John Ando demo was also a Big hit with fans.
In July the website www.YYFCOUNTDOWN.com launched and became THE place for yo-yo news in the lead up to the World YoYo contest. YoYoFactory set the ambitious goal of 10 new releases for the World Contest and delivered with:
BLC was attended by a BIG YoYofactory crew with David Ung, Pat Mitchell, Kentaro Kimura and John Ando converging in LA. Steve Brown was also there to bless the Die Nasty.
Only days after that a crew hit the road driving Coast to Coast ending in Orlando to get ready for the World Yoyo Contest. YoYoFactory booked out a house for the week and Team flew in from all corners of the world. For many it was their first time hanging out and without the pressure of the contest everyone got to relax and pactice at their own pace.
But soon enough the contest came and everyone moved into the Hotel and got ready for action. Worlds was a mixed bag of super highs and gut wrenching lows. At the top Shinji Saito took World titles 10 and 11 etching his name deeper into the history books. Kentaros 1st World title was a mixture of tears and standing ovations. He truly proved to be Undeniable. On the other side of the coin top hopes like Yuuki Spencer, Augie Fash and Patrick Mitchell failed to make the finals. Considering the results of nationals later in the year these were shocking to many. There were also some big surprises at worlds like the performance of Patrick Bogerding who shone brightly on stage and the talent of long time competitor Chris Fraser. The Protostar became the 2nd midnight release at worlds following the Grind machine in 2008. Like the Grind Machine it looks to be a HUGE success.
Other points of note: Yohans (Big Boss @ YoYoFactory), intrigued by Masanobu Hishida and Takahiko Hasagawas efforts to break the long Sleeper record walks on to the stage after 4 practice throws and regained a world title he first set over a decade ago. The Buddha King 2 is officially the longest spinning Yo-Yo on the Planet.
Instead of slowing down in September things just keep rolling. The August released Kentaro Superstar gets World title tags, Pat Mitchell and John Ando head to Europe visiting Moscow, St Petersburg and the Ukraine hosting contests, doing media shoots for MTV and other media outlets and spreading YoyoFactory love to new parts.
Before anyone relaxed the same crew were in Tokyo for 44 Clash, which has become one of the Hottest contests in the world.
Just a week later Gacek hits the USA for a visit and Masanobu Hishida finally gets the long sleeper record which should have been his all along with a 21 minute + monster sleeper. The yo-yo used? Was there any Question? Buddha King 2!
Keeping the Road trip theme alive Yuuki, Miggy, Gacek, Tyler, Pat head to Nationals, Via Las Vegas, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park. This hectic schedule as opposed to the relaxing Florida schedule appears to bring out the best as YoYoFactory dominates USA Nationals.
Nine different models are used in the finals, a true testament to the range YoYoFactory offers.
November big again!
ProtoStar and 888x hit the shelves, Lunatic becomes the 4th fundaMETAL release, The Tyler Severance SEVERE drops and YoYoFactory helps bring Central Bearing Co to the word www.centralbearingco.com.
The team are busy too with Tyler Severance off to Mexico, Kentaro in Europe joining Jason lee and Vashek at italian and Czech Nationals and Gacek heading to Spain for an insight into a country who’s scene gains little exposure but looks awesome!
Undeniable, YoYoFactorys, 1st USA released DVD drops and the 5th FundaMETAL, Tactic comes out and YoYofactory moves into a new bigger office warehouse and production facilities.
December we finish it off strong. Victor Gravitsky Takes the Russian 1A title, Miguel Correa begins a US tour, the G5 comes back as a force for the future, YoYofactory Team up with Bandai in Japan to bring back Hyper Yo-Yo we collab with Kentaro to bring Japan, Russia and Singapore the Chaotic and somewhere in here yoyofactoryben sneaks off to Hawaii for one of the biggest swells in history and to get married on a quiet sandy beach.
Phew, what a year.
COMING in 2010
Yuji Shimokawa Kelly
Steven Vong Kin Ian
Mateusz "Gacek" Ganc
Yiu Siu Ho
Mexico City Mexico
Demmik aka Mikhail Dementiev
Mr Cherry aka Igor Vishnyakov
The New #1.
Merry Christmas to all!
Santa came early...
The legend is back!
The G5 is here to stay!
These two are small bearing. There are also Yoga flame and aqua/silver large bearing restocks coming to stores any moment.
These are already at yoyoexpert.com + more.
The initial release is going to Japan, Russia and Singapore.
This is a collaboration with Turning Point Japan with styling taken from both YYF and TP models. Japan and Singapore releases come with Turing point written on the top of the logo, the rest of the world have YoYofactory written on top.
Japan, Singapore and Russian stock is en route. The rest of the world will have to wait until late Feb 2010.
Big Delay. 2010 now.
New Russian DvD
also check out Victors National championship winning freestyle HERE
Checkout the interview with Miggy at Freepress Houston HERE
Things I missed
Dont tell me you did too?
Lots of News
Sorry for the lack of updates. But we are back in action now!
You need to see new Genesis, BOSS and G5s. Pictures coming tomorrow.
Congratulations to Victor Gravitsky on becoming the 2009 Russian National Champion
Check him out in the new Russian DVD
Coming soon to Russia!
Miggy on Tour
Dallas news reports: Miguel Correa will be touring with Dallas-based Hellzapoppin, a sideshow that launched another national tour Friday.
YoYoExpert Trading Cards!
Check this! There are EIGHT YoYoFactory Contest Team player cards to collect + a special LE card :)
YoYoFactory have teamed up with Bandai Japan to launch Hyper yo-yo in 2010. as shown in this months Co-Co Comic a special edition Hyper Comet (YoYoFactory Yo-Yo) will be available at World Hobby Fair events across Japan. For More information visit HYPER-YO-YO.JP
Image taken from Singapore YoYoing Blog
Central Bearing Co
website updated www.centralbearingco.com
word on the street is they are assembling the greatest team of players ever assembled. Can't wait for that update.
Largest city and capital of Poland
9th largest City in Europe by Population
Extensively damaged in WW2
Located on the Vistula River
Average temperature of 54F
The opening match of UEFA Euro 2012 will be in Warsaw
They also play decent yo-yo there!
Helping hand in getting your bearing off
Make sure you watch the bonus trick at the end!
Reports coming in of dvds being delivered to stores meaning they could start popping up as available at any moment.
Spingear pre-opening sale
If you are in Tokyo this week stop by the new Spingear store (across hall from old store). Reports of some great deals to be had including LOOP720 for 720 yen!
Boxthor has a roof
On it people play yo-yo. Freakishly good people.
Pat ProtoStar /Gacek DNA /Huber ProtoStar /Tyler 888x /Miggy GENESIS/ Seth SEVERE /Box Superstar /Yuuki 888x
5A level next
An early sneak peek at some Tyler Severance tricks. Thanks to Isaac for the video.
Holiday Buyers Guide
Under construction here. More stores being added. Look close for some clues to new product releases.
Bird in Hand doing justice to MVP
One of three limited dual tone colors at Bird In Hand
Holiday Buying Guide
yyfcountdown.com holiday buyers guide coming soon with all the drops for the holiday outlined plus a where to buy guide showing who has what.
Cruising through SY Blog this morning and found this treat.
Final color way for 2009 available at LIMITED stores later this month.
ProtoStar and SEVERE
They also have small bearing LUNATIC now available.
Bienvenido a casa Tyler!
Aeromexico safely brought Tyler back over the border this morning. Apparently they had to drag him to the airport, he didn't want to leave :)
Spot the Gringo?
skip a few...
Is there anything Tyler cannot do?
The contest was BIG. Tyler reports a high level of play, stadium seating, and concert like atmosphere, better than any USA regional he has ever attended (and that is coming from a guy who has been to at least 8 different regionals!). Before the contest was a freestyle workshop where performance aspects and point scoring techniques were taught. Lookout for Mexican players to make a BIG mark on the world stage in coming years.
Chilling in Mexico
No this isn't the Navy.
Thanks to Isaac, Paul, Javier, Alex and the rest of the crew for making it a great trip!
FundaMETAL yo-yo's thus far have always had an edge.
Despite mainstream pricing they all featured a progressive profile which made them stand out in a crowd. Dv888 paid homage to a classic design, Hectic was pocket and fun, Frantic unique in looks and play. Lunatic kept it going with the soft tapered rims going to a plunging gap with an even more extreme taper to the bearing.
The Tactic is also a departure. A departure towards 'normal'.
Large Bearing Specs
Bearing: Spec Large
Coming in a range of colors in Large and small bearing.
YoYoJoe is SEVERE
check these exclusive to yoyojoes
Again looked AWESOME. Gacek, thanks for the photos. Robbie, I still owe you shoes ;)
And the winners
1A_INT 1,Jensen Kimmit 2,Krisztian Kaluzsa 3,Emil Wojcik.
5A,Petr Kavka X,D
Bearing: Spec Large
Run for the Border
To wish Tyler a safe trip to Mexico we took him to Taco Bell!
Then it was off to the airport. Bye Tyler! Travel well and bring back lots of stories and photos!
This is what awaits him!
News from Europe has Gacek in Prague and everyone gearing up for Czech nationals. make sure you checkout the trailer vid!
Our 1st DVD!
Shipping to stores next week.
3pm tomorrow Tyler heads to Mexico City! We will get some photos of his goodbye and are sending with a camera and video camera to capture the fun!
Czech Nationals preview
This weekend sees one of Europes biggest national contests get underway, the 2009 Czech National Contest. This year will be a little bit different with 3x and reigning champion Vashek Kroutil crossing the table to become a judge rather than defend his title. As usual there will be international guests, this year Kentaro Kimura is back for his third Cz Nationals. Joining him will be Jason Lee who will be returning to Prague for his second visit of the year as well as Jensen Kimmitt of Canada as well as jet setting superstar Gacek!
Here are 5 more reasons why Czech Nationals is going to be awesome
5. The Czech Competitors
Who will be the new national Champ?
4. The contest venues are the best in the world
Stage lighting, Stadium seating, live TV in the lobby for the crowd that cant fit in. World Class!
3. Visitors from the rest of Europe
Hungarian, Slovak, German, Polish, Italian... Its a who's, who of European yo-yo.
2. The side events
Beware, these guys are good.
Walk the Dog Contest!
1. The people
Win or not. Everyone is having fun!
Girls at a yo-yo contest? You can tell this isn't the USA!
Wow I got 5 without mentioning the after party :)
Good luck to all the competitors and here at YoYoFactory we hope everyone at 2009 Czech Nationals has a blast!
"To be honest, before my trip i've never heard about spanish players but after I met some of them, I know that they're not only very good players but also an amazing people. For most of them I was the first profesionall yoyo player which they met, so I was trying to teach them as much as I can and of course I learned A LOT about spanish culture.
Judges at work
Congrats to Soda!
Here is a snapshot of what's going down at YoYofactory today.
Postal Holiday hasn't stopped YoYoFactory with SEVERE 888x and Protostar heading out to all stores today!
In the build room Tyler is keeping metal in supply, right now, boxing up MVP.
In the design suite John is at doing some layouts, either for the YoYofactory 2010 catalog or the new website.
Hard at work since before the sun came up, Pat is probably updating his facebook.
Yohans was in a top secret meeting, so I just took a picture of his bike :)
MVP, LUNATIC and PROTOSTAR? they have them NOW
Paul Han can play yo-yo better than most....
Congratulations to Spinworkx, Spingear and SPYY!
Both Spinworkx singapore (above) and Spingear Japan have moved stores!
SpinGear even plan on having a lathe in the store for live modding!
Also Congratulations to Steve Buffel from SPYY who is now a proud father of 6lbs 15oz Nash Reid Buffel!
People just haven't been writing enough reviews lately. With that in mind Last Wednesday we offered an incentive to the first 2 people to write MVP and LUNATIC reviews. Here are the results!
Hey guys, I thought I'd write a review on the new MVP yo-yo. Of the many new Yo-yo's being released by Yoyofactory this one caught my eye the most. Why??? Because it reminded me so much of a Superstar. The Superstar is my favorite yo-yo, it's just so good. Getting a new yo-yo is always exciting. I ordered a Red MVP as red is my favorite color. I was lucky with my red Superstar because I got it at Nationals in 2008. I had to wait it out for this one but it was well worth it. Man I thought the Superstar was great but the MVP is even better. There's been improvement's on the yo-yo that makes it different from a Superstar but also makes it even better.
Italian Nationals Results
YoYoExpert have done it again bringing you finally bringing YoYoFactory t-shirts to retail.
While stocks last!
They also listed Skyline !
*SEVERE SEVERE WARNING*
Now at YoYoJoes
I think Gacek is having fun. An sms received this morning started with 'I'm in Heaven' and ended with 'YAY!!!' so, yup, fun is a safe bet.
YYF production is in full swing trying to maintain supply for the coming holidays. The aim is to keep 888x, Superstar, Genesis, BOSS available while releasing SEVERE, MVP, LUNATIC and TACTIC... so there is a lot of work to be done.
Most impressive YYF collection I have seen in a while....
Belonging to BEN at YoYoNation forum
Spingear Japan have listed MVP
The raw silver is exclusive to them.
The Lunatic rainbow they have is also pretty sweet
Last but not least,
Happy Birthday Mr Augie Fash!
Speaking of Augie, there is a cool red/black BOSS exclusive to theyostore.com
Vashek and Kentaro are headed to Italy.
Here is Vashek in prague before they depart
In the factory it is time to show you production SEVERE.
Flowable silicone response
Patrick Borgerding Says:
"I just got my package today and I am loving the Lunatic and MVP's. (Also the DNA is a dream!!) I like the MVPs, they don't feel much like a c13. Feels heavier, and a tad bigger. It also isn't as rounded as the c13. It feels a lot more solid then then c13 to me. The MVP spins FAST and HARD, it hurts to bring back to your hand after a nice throw. The thing is beast. I don't particularity LOVE it for 1A, but 3A... It's so perfect I have no words for it.
Write a review and we will hook you up!
First 2 people to write a (quality ie include a couple of pictures) review of the MVP and the first 2 people to write a review of LUNATIC, post it on at least 3 yo-yo forums+ email me will receive a free prize pack from YoYoFactory (and you know we will hook you up with some good stuff :) ).
Now at YOYOEXPERT
Kentaro in Prague
Kentaro has arrived in prague for a European trip that will see him visit both Czech and Italian Nationals. Jason Lee and Vashek will also be at both of the contests but Vashek will not be defending his Czech national title, opting to judge this year and focus on the European championship coming this January.
Kentaro on stage at Czech nationals in 2008
2010 is just around the corner and YYF have 2009 covered.
To guide you through it, here is a guide through the 10 hottest products YoYoFactory has on offer for the upcoming Holiday season
Give a friend a gift of the best, or get one to keep one in your pocket at all times. OUT NOW
9. YYF Shirts
www.YoYoExpert.com is the place to look. COMING SOON
8. YYF vs Turning Point
December it goes down! DECEMBER 2009
FundaMETAL round 2 continues. Available Early December
6. Undeniable DVD
Europe, Asia, USA. YYF Contest team shows why it is #1 Undeniable. Shipping NOV 20.
The greatest FundaMETAL thus far? you be the judge. This isn't trying to be anything but your new #1 yo-yo. OUT NOW
Heart and soul, Tyler Severence. Tyler tested every prototype, picked out the colors, hand poured the silicone response, built the yo-yos with his hands. For the art, he turned to his friends who captured the essence of the yo-yo in a full color graphic. The only thing Tyler won't be doing is personally hand delivering them. Friday 13th November
The next level is here. This one will be the hit of the 09 holidays because it is so, so, so stupidly good. OUT NOW (or real soon if your store doesnt have it yet)
Plastic yo-yos have never performed like this. The ProtoStar is a product of John Ando and YoYoFactory not accepting 2nd best and pushing the boundaries of what a plastic yo-yo can do. Shipping to stores NOV 10.
The king is back. Eight8eight is a legend, and the 888x will see that continue into the future. The best finish an 888 has ever seen smoothness you expect. YYF contest team are calling this the best 888 yet and the surprise? The price! a sub $100 eight8eight for the 1st time ever!
Shipping to stores NOV 10.
YYF in stores
MVP and lunatic have shipped. Skyline popping up in stores any day. Look out for colorways matching the 07 888 releases; pre-pro sticker, european and asian regional exclusives + in a few other colorways at individual store requests.
YYF product development
In 2009 the LOOP900 was used to win every major 2A title in the world. Competitive success isn't enough. Looking to go to the next level more prototypes are due in this week for evaluation. Having USA national champion Pat Mitchell in the office comes in handy at times.
Tyler Severance is off to Mexico city in a little over a week for a yo-yo training camp held by Mexican Yo-Yo Association. After placing in the top 10 in 1,4 and 5A at USA Nationals Tyler certainly has the skills to share. Augie Fash was somewhere last week but has been too cool to tell us what went on :(
Velocity 2010 tweak
New package, new pad response, wider gap, wader range of response. this thing is the real deal.
Pepsi challenge this with any other plastic yo-yo and the others all fail.
Match the response to your skill or style. Play your way.
Responsive, if you want it, bind return, that's your choice. perform the hardest tricks know then hand it to a beginner. When somebody getting into yo-yo asks what to buy, there is only 1 answer.... VELOCITY!
also the F.A.S.T. 201 now comes in a slim pack too
Brandon Cormier in the news rocking a Superstar
Lunatic is shipping Friday. MVP pictures also going up later today so check back tonight.
Skyline fans should note restocks of it will be popping up worldwide any day now.
Superstar Yoga Flame
Superstar has been given a small tweak with the axle length being reduced to mean solid hubstack posts and better bearing fits. This color-way is one of the final ones for the year.
Where it began
"MINT condition GREEN original Grind Machine. Original YOYOFACTORY RED LINE series, this is the second installment of the beginnings of aluminum yo-yos by YYF. The first was the F.A.S.T. 301 (metal 201). Later there was the Grind Machine 2 and then the Plastic Grind Machine. Plastic caps, pad response, and small bearing. Solid and fantastic player! Comes with the original box! This is your chance to get a small peice of YYF epic history!"
These ones go out to Patrick Borgerding
AYYA recognizes record...
Diameter: 56.40 mm
Pad Type: Large skinny K-Pad
Bearing: Large (.250 x .500 x .187 in) Center Trac Bearing (by Central Bearing Co)
Material: 7075 grade alloy
Central Bearing Co X Kentaro Kimura presents
K-Pad day-glow yellow. Made in Japan. Shipping soon worldwide.
Happy Birthday Yuuki Spencer!
Round 2 Begins now....
No Frills 100% performance metal? YoYofactory conquered that segment in 2009 and with 2010 just around the corner, get ready for the next episode...
Some corners don’t need to be cut.
Expect Full weight, Full width and Full ON performance.
The Lunatic builds on the success of the HECTIC profile adding extra width and softer edges for a comfortable hold and catch. A certain degree of refinement has crept into the mix with subtle features like the wall step / 888 sized pad offering an unbeatable response combo and stepped rim to provide a balance of stability and agility.
6061 grade alloy
Soft Matte grinding finish
Pad Type: CBC Silicone pad (small and large narrow (888) dependent on bearing type
Bearing: Small Available with your choice of small (5x10x4mm) SPEC bearing or Large (.250 x .500 x .187 in) SPEC bearing
“The most noticeable thing you will feel with the lunatic is the weight placement. The total weight is not leveraged to the extreme rim but positioned in a matter to offer a balance of inertia and agility. In at the pad edge a slight cut-away reduces friction to further enhance impact of the weighting and negate the influence of the string during. The end result is a powerful competition grade performer for 2010”.
The 2009 Season was awesome. There are still some big events to come like Czech, Russian and Italian Nationals but for the most part we are already looking forward to 2010. The Two biggest events early in the year are (the rescheduled) Asia pacific Championships and European Championships.