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Spookdown Spectacular Video Results

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Some people take their homework assignments seriously. Take Joshua Rodriquez for example. At one point we were eager to cross paths with Joshua, perhaps at a yo-yo event or just while passing through his neighborhood one lazy summer day. But after viewing his contest entry, all of us in the US Astrojax office now sleep with our lights on and covers pulled tight. Perhaps we should just stay “internet friends” from a safe distance. All kidding aside, Joshua easily managed to creep us out and show off some spooky skills! Check out his entry if you dare. Congrats Joshua! You will soon be the proud owner of a highly collectible set of Glow-In-The-Dark Astrojax!

 

 
Creepy Contest Winner:  Josh Rodriquez
Hometown:  Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
Winnings:  Rare Glow-In-The-Dark Astrojax!
Editor’s note:  Hey Josh, we were just kidding. We think you’re a great guy, totally normal. Not silence of the lambs at all. :)

  


We found Waldo, our Runner Up:  Luke Von Gullbrantz
Hometown:  Westfield, Massachusetts, USA
Winnings: Jax O Lanterns!
You gotta love peeps with a sense of humor. You know this guy is fun to hang out with. Way to go Luke!

After a bountiful night of trick or treating, the first order of business is to sit down and pick out the best candy. Among some truly scary submissions, we picked out a couple extra entries that might appeal to your sweet tooth:


Spooky. Gothic. Skills. All rolled into one:  Cizrek
Hometown:  Los Angeles, California, USA
Winnings: Jax O Lanterns!
It’s Cizrek. What is understood need not be said! 

 


Infectious grooves, fun moves:  David Shyguy Lopez
Hometown:  Albacete, Spain
Winnings: Jax O Lanterns!
If this doesn’t make you want to get off your butt and monster mash, dance, or at least put a big grin on your face, well, you may be six feet under already. Everyone needs a dude like this in their life! Well done David.

Hopefully when you read this the only zombie apocalypse taking place is that cheesy Netflix movie you’re watching. Stay tuned folks, another contest with cool loot is lurking around the corner!

- US ASTROJAX

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Spookdown Spectacular Video Contest!

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Boo! With the Summer Skill Toy Showdown having run its course it’s time for something just a *tad* scarier.  That’s right, it’s time for our newest contest, the SPOOKDOWN SPECTACULAR!

Much like our previous contests, this one calls for the creation of a video but one that is distinctly Halloween-themed!  Keep it under 3 minutes, use any skill toy you like, and wow us by donning a scary costume or throw in some creepy effects! Whatever it takes, just join the fun and get into the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve!

So what do you ghastly participants get in exchange if your spooky submission takes the top spot?

One set of Glow-in-the-Dark, ORIGINAL, Astrojax! Having laid dormant for YEARS, these ghoulish precursors to the Astrojax we all know and love were once thought LOST to the maelstrom. But alas, we have plucked a SINGLE specimen from the grip of eternity and pulled it back for this special occasion.

Runners-ups will be reward with a set of our Jax-o-Lantern Astrojax!

So get out there and start putting yourself on video (assuming you’re not a free-floating, torso apparition who doesn’t show up on human optics) and don’t miss out for your chance to win big in our creepiest contest yet!

OFFICIAL RULES:

  • Shoot a video using one skill toy, or any combination of skill toys you’d like
  • Keep it SPOOKY by rocking a costume, adding scary effects, or anything else! (Except hunting the living for brains…big no-no here)
  • Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes
  • Please submit new videos created specifically for this contest
  • Upload your video to YouTube
  • Place http://www.usastrojax.com in the video description
  • Fill in the submission form below. Include a link to your YouTube video. Tell us your name, city, state and country if outside of the US.
  • Bonus points for: Videos filmed in horizontal HD + Cool or interesting settings + Personality and Enthusiasm + Shout-outs to US Astrojax


DEADLINE:
10/31/13 (Halloween) 

THE FINE PRINT: By entering this contest, you give US Astrojax the right to print your first name and last initial, age (if relevant), city and state, and post your video submission. You also give us the right to upload your submission to our YouTube channel.

-US ASTROJAX

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Summer Skill Toy Contest Winners Announced!

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Today, we announce winners of our Summer Skill Toy Showdown!  This sadly indicates that summer has come to an end.  But enough of that crybaby stuff, let’s welcome the fall weather with open arms and announce our Video Contest winners. Each winner in the 3 respective categories below win $30 US ASTROJAX Gift Certificates!

Most Skill Toys Used In A Video: 
Aslak Bennedsen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Aslak might be back in school, but he clearly did his summer home work! Arguably a tie with Best Display Of Skill category, check out Aslak’s skillful moves with Kendama, Diabolo, Cups, and a new one: Table Tennis Juggling (nice use of the edge and handle!). Still wondering whatever happened to that Diabolo. Is it still spinning on top of the power line?! 

 

Best Display Of Skill:
Benji Sharib
Groton, Connecticut, USA 

Benji and his buds kill it in the skills department with his entry (also technically tying with most skill toys qualification).  Check out Benji landing some sweet moves with The Pill, while kendama, yo-yo, and poi also make an appearance. 

 

Most Creative Performance:
Stephen Tafoya
Rifle, Colorado, USA

Congrats Stephen! You too are now the proud owner of a $30 Gift Certificate. Stephen’s got a great sense of humor and growing Astrojax skills. Extra kudos for his recent work with local teens and his Astrojax Club at the Garfield County Library!

 

Honorable Mention:
John Ferrell
Glendora, California, USA

What can’t this dude do? TheFerrell strikes again with a great video performance, but unfortunately, we have to set a painful example at TheFerrell’s expense. This guy is a rule breaker, a troublemaker, a rebel. He brazenly broke rule number two with his 4 minute 33 second video: “Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes total.” Obey the law Ferrell!  

Stay tuned folks.  We’ve got a fun Halloween contest announcement brewing! MUAAAHAHAHA!

 

 

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Video Contest: Summer Skill Toy Showdown!

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Things are heating up as we crawl into some of the most brutally hot days of summer. So we thought to ourselves, “Selves? What’s the best way to beat the summer heat and improve the lives of our Jaxologists?” and then it hit us like an Arizona heat wave- a skill toy showdown!

This latest video contest comes with some caveats, however. Specifically:

  • Entries must be no longer than 3 minutes total
  • You can use one skill toy, or any combination of skill toys you’d like
  • Place http://www.usastrojax.com in the video description
  • Please submit new videos created specifically for this contest

 

This opens up a ton of possibilities for those of you who want to get creative with your skill-toy displays and we want to see your very best, and for your efforts? Well, this time around we’ve decided to give out 3 $30.00 gift certificates to the participants who take the gold in the following categories:

  • Most creative performance
  • Most skill toys used in a video
  • Best display of skill

 

So what’re you waiting for? Get out there and show us your best 3-minute displays of your skill-toy mastery, hit us up on Facebook, and you could even be showcased on our YouTube channel!

 

WHAT TO DO:
Film your video.  Upload to YouTube.  Complete entry form on Contest Page.  Win. 

BONUS POINTS FOR:
Cool or interesting location.  Personality and Enthusiasm.  Videos filmed in horizontal HD.  Shout-outs to US Astrojax.

CONTEST ENDS:
August 31, 2013

THE FINE PRINT:
By entering this contest, you give US Astrojax the right to print your first and last name, city, state, country and post your video submission. You also give us the right to upload your submission to our YouTube channel.

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It’s the Astrojax “EVERYONE WINS” contest!

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It’s that time again – time to announce a new contest!  With less than 3 weeks left in the month of June, we thought we’d keep it simple and fun and hold a contest in which EVERYONE WINS.  That’s right, everyone!  We want to see YOU and your Astrojax.  Good, bad, ugly or otherwise – film ANY Astrojax trick(s) and you will win our new sticker pack.  Want a FREE t-shirt too?  Send us your video and you’ll get a free t-shirt and a sticker pack with any $10 or more order.  Not too shabby!

So, that’s it?  Yep, that’s it.  But in case you still don’t know what “it” is…we’ll break it down for you.  Get your camera or camera phone and shoot a quick video.  Upload it to YouTube and complete our contest entry form.  That’s it.  You win.  Done.  Oh, wait, that’s not all.  Go for broke and send us something truly fun and entertaining and you just might win our top prize:  a $25 Gift Certificate to US ASTROJAX, plus the sticker pack and t-shirt!    

YOURS FOR THE TAKING:
Top entry: FREE Sticker Sheet, FREE t-shirt, and $25 Gift Certificate
All entries: FREE Sticker Sheet.  Or FREE Sticker Sheet and FREE t-shirt with any $10 or more order

THE RULES:
Film your video.  Upload to YouTube.  Complete entry form on Contest Page.  Win. 

KUDOS FOR:
Cool or interesting settings.  Personality and Enthusiasm.  Videos filmed in horizontal HD.  Shout-outs to US Astrojax.

CONTEST ENDS:
June 30, 2013

THE FINE PRINT:
By entering this contest, you give US Astrojax the right to print your first name and last initial, city and state, and post your video submission. Free t-shirt will be included with any $10 or more order. International contestants may be asked to pay partial postage to obtain free sticker sheet. All video submissions must be recently filmed.

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Astrojax Trick Check Video Contest Results!

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When we launched our latest Astrojax video challenge, the “Trick Check Contest”, we were a bit uneasy.  With school and exams wrapping up and summer fast approaching, would timing be a problem?  Nope!  We’re happy to report that many of you rose to the occasion and accepted our challenge!  For those of you that are just finding out about US Astrojax and our contest series, you’re in for a real treat.

FIRST PLACE:  Gideon Dunkley  |  Bronx, NY
We’re stoked to see some players going all out!  Case in point: Gideon Dunkley and his watch-over-and-over video submission.  The Gidmeister didn’t pull any punches, somehow remaining humble all while demonstrating his talented flow in this feel-good video.  Just…wow.  Congratulations Gideon – you are the First Place winner of the Trick Check Contest! 

Gideon’s Trick List:

  • Gravity Roll
  • Immelman
  • Intra-Venus
  • Hurricane
  • Crown Jewels 2

 

 

SECOND PLACE:  Ian Sielski  |  Warsaw, Poland
US Astrojax knows no boundaries, as evidenced by Ian Sielski from Poland.  Ian’s screen time clocks in at just under 40 seconds, yet he manages to squeeze in some impressive combos and graceful transitions.  You’ll enjoy Ian’s submission, and find yourself trying to pick up a move or two.  Congratulations Ian, you snatched Second Place in the Trick Check Contest!  Thank you for sharing a little bit of your beautiful homeland with the rest of the world.

Ian’s Trick List:

  • 3D Printed Guns (Combo): orbit interception to revolver to spin factory to revolver to fabulous to crown of jewels
  • Webbed Jewels
  • Mini (Manic) Fabulous with reverse

 

 

THIRD PLACE:  Ryan Garcia  |  Hesperia, CA
Grab yourself a recovery drink.  You’ll need it after watching Ryan Garcia’s energetic submission!  Ryan rocks to his own soundtrack, freestyling multiple moves and tricks.  Congratulations Ryan, you win Third Place in our Trick Check Contest! 

Ryan’s Trick List:

  • Calicopter (forward)
  • Calicopter (reverse)
  • Heart Attack
  • Swirly
  • Swirly (variations)
  • Change Up
  • Lasso

 

 

RUNNERS-UP
The trouble with contests is all those flippin’ rules…  Why should there only be first, second, and third place?  After some debate among the US Astrojax staff we decided that we could not have a “Three Way Tie” or “Fourth” “Fifth” and “Sixth” place (seriously, we’re not kidding).  And why did we entertain such nonsense?  Because we received so many great videos, that’s why.  Check out a handful of runner-ups, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Scott Newberry  |  Palmerston North, New Zealand
Guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

 

Adam Todd  |  Alameda, CA
Production value & an adorable kid?  That’s like a double rainbow.


 

Anthony Rojas  |  Riverside, CA
Thinking outside the yoyo box!

 

Blake Mathison  |  Howard Lake, MN
Lookout old-timers, next generation Astrojax players are on the rise!


Chris “PalmWho?” Palmer  |  San Jose, CA
Intellectual philosopher, and funny to boot.  A must watch video.

 

To say we’ve been inspired at US Astrojax is an understatement.  We owe a big shout out and thank you to all of our contestants.   All, including those that were not featured above, are winners and will be contacted shortly with details about their store credit.  But stay tuned, summer has landed and we’ve got new contests on the way!

US ASTROJAX

Kudos, comments, questions?  Leave ‘em below!

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Astrojax Trick Check Challenge Contest!

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Last month’s Consecutive Switch Video Challenge was fun for all and we’d like to thank our winners and everyone that entered. We promised to ramp things up a notch with our next contest, and we’re backing up our word! Behold, the Trick Check Contest! This time everyone wins, but it really pays to be in the top three…  In addition to store credit, the top three winners will receive something truly rare and special, a full set of Trick Check balls!

THE LOOT:

  • 1st Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $50 Store Credit + T-Shirt
  • 2nd Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $25 Store Credit
  • 3rd Place: Trick Check Astrojax + $15 Store Credit
  • All other entries receive $5 Store Credit!

 

CONTEST RULES:

  • Shoot a video performing 3 of your sickest tricks. Tell us the name of each trick!
  • Upload your video to YouTube.
  • Fill in the submission form on contest page. Include a link to your YouTube video. Tell us your name, city, and state.
  • Contest open to international community!
  • Most recent grand prize winners (1st place, last contest) are welcome to participate, but are ineligible to win 1st place.  However, 2nd place, 3rd place, and runner-up positions are fair game!
  • Questions?  See below for additional questions and answers!

 
If you didn’t win last month or missed the deadline, now’s your chance to taste some Astrojax glory. But don’t delay, the contest wraps up at midnight May 31st! 

Q & A:
Question:  If known tricks are linked together or modified, does that count as a single trick I made up?
Answer:  For this contest, you don’t have to do your own original tricks. They can be your own, or existing tricks. To answer your question specifically, if you think you have created a new trick that is basically existing tricks strung together or modified, try to pay homage or respect to the original trick(s) when you give it a name. For example, “Fabulous Elite” (we just made that up!).  For the purposes of this contest, a combo can be counted as a single trick if you like (you would then need to perform 2 additional tricks). Or if a combo clearly contains three tricks it can also be counted as the three required tricks. You can also feel free to perform more than three tricks in your video!

Question:  So the contest isn’t limited to 3 tricks? Is there a maximum number of tricks you can do? For example, can I submit a video containing every cool trick I know?
Answer:  Feel free to showcase some of your coolest moves, even more than 3 if you like. We’ll be watching for some cool tricks of course, but we are also taking “production value” into account. Just keep in mind this is an ongoing contest series… So save some awesomeness for future contest entries!

 

The fine print:  By entering this skill toy contest, you give US Astrojax the right to print your first name and last initial, age (if relevant), city and state, and post your video submission.

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Consecutive Switch Video Challenge Winners Announced!

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Come forth you titans of skill toys, you roguish rapscallions of the ridiculous, you sinister scallywags of the switch!

Ahem, alright that’s enough.

BUT- we ARE most pleased to announce the winners of our first video contest whereby the lot of you were challenged to show us your skills at Consecutive Switches and showcase them for the world to see. But before we introduce our champion, let’s take a look at the runners-up in no particular order:

Runner-Up: Chris PalmWho

 Chris not only nails the Switches in his video, but also provides an expository look into his skill toy journey. That and we dug the suspiciously placed Astrojax road sign in the background!

 

Runner-Up: Ryan Garcia

 Not content to ONLY display his Switches and freestyle Astrojax play, Ryan Garcia didn’t hesitate to showcase his lyrical abilities in giving us one of the coolest shout-outs EVER. Earning style points for this feat in a hurry, we’ve also taken to calling him MC RG around the office. Congrats, Ryan!

 

Runner-Up: Adam Todd

Quick to involve our favorite four-legged friend, Adam mixed up his presentation by performing his Consecutive Switches in the dark, while walking his dog, and in a variety of locations that kept us more than entertained throughout. Well played, Adam. Now enjoy your loot!

Alrighty, now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for, we’re MOST pleased to announce our grand champion of the Consecutive Switches Video Challenge…

 

Champion: Raven Schwartz

True to form Raven continues to amaze in a variety of locations but the most telling of which involved her throwing down with her Astrojax in front of the friggin’ Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters. And because none of you are here in real life to keep my biases in check, Raven wins on this merit alone. (Just kidding, but it was pretty sweet!) Awesome job, Raven and enjoy your prize!

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to participate and remember, you’re ALL walking away (jaxing away?) with warm fuzzy thoughts we’re sending your way. Stay tuned for our next video challenge in which we’re ramping up the criteria (and loot) dramatically.

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May 2013
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