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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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Astrojax Thanksgiving Sale

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 We’re not your mom, so we’re not going to tell you that you should be thankful. We’re just going to have a ginormous Thanksgiving Sale and leave you with this: “I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.” -Mitch Hedberg

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Nov 2013
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FREE FRIDAY – Extra Credit Instructions! (11/22/13)

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It’s FREE FRIDAY and we’re just having a little fun. What’s this “extra credit” business all about you say? Well, the boss-man is always reminiscing about “the good old days” (you know, like when there were outhouses and dirt floors in schools). He recently told us about an old English teacher that would occasionally give extra credit in an odd way just for paying attention on a quiz or test, such as “Draw a star in the top right corner of page 2 and you will receive three points extra credit.” Well, we want to see if you’re paying attention. To participate in our FREE FRIDAY event, you need to Like and Share the FREE FRIDAY post.

Here’s the extra credit part: When you Share the post, give US Astrojax a shout-out like “Check these guys out, they rock!” That’s it – give us a shout-out, no matter how simple, silly, or wild. We’ll make sure your odds of winning are doubled and maybe, just maybe…a rare glow-in-the-dark RBII yo-yo will be yours. 

Have a great weekend folks. Oh, and while you’re here, be sure to check out The Wex video…or head over to our store and see what cool skill toys you are missing out on! 

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Nov 2013
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Astrojax Video: The WEX

 

A couple of our star players step up once more to bring you ‘The Wex’, an Astrojax trick showdown shot at the Wexner Center For The Arts. Astrojax MX Pop were used in this video. Get yours  here.

Astrojax Players:
John Ferrell & David Ridley

Music By:
BMX Hero (Pierlo) / CC BY 3.0

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Nov 2013
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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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Sep 2013
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Jax-o-lanterns are BACK from THE VAULT

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Ah, THE VAULT, that hidden destination where we relegate our favorite creations to banishment for being TOO awesome.

But that’s the funny thing about the abyss; every now and then after you’ve thrown enough things in, something gets thrown BACK… and that thing is our fan-favorite Jax-o-Lantern Astrojax! If you remember, these ghastly Astrojax feature two white MX Pops flanking a candy-corn orange MX Pop in the center. And it’s all tied together with neon orange string, black cores, and orange string buds!

We’re happy to have them back (mainly because Josh wouldn’t shut up about them) and hope you are too! Also, don’t forget that you can win a set of these for FREE if you come out on top in our latest contest!

So Happy Halloween everyone, and we hope you’re as happy to get your hands on these jolly Jax-o-Lantern Jax as we were in re-releasing them! But act fast, because while they may have escaped for now, there’s no telling when their exodus will come to its end and they’ll again be confined to THE VAULT!

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Sep 2013
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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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Sep 2013
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Astrojax Trick ‘Mantis Thriller’

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David Ridley showing off his Astrojax trick ‘Mantis Thriller’.

“I flip it under my left index, catch it with my right index, and rebound one ball to go into a power play thriller. When both ends of the balls are going up, I release with my right finger and catch the string with my left one. Then from left to right and so on.” – David Ridley

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Yo-Yo Shapes: Imperial and Butterfly

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In the yo-yo world, there are many different shapes (a.k.a. profile) and sizes of yo-yos.  There are yo-yos as big as 5 inches in diameter and as small as a quarter.  With this large range of sizes there’s a proportional range of shapes from the traditional to the flat-out strange.  But to keep things simple, I’m going to explain the two most basic shapes:  Imperial and Butterfly.

IMPERIAL YO-YO

So let’s start with the most basic shape of the yo-yo, the Imperial.  US Astrojax offers a lot of Imperial shaped yo-yos such as: Triple MoonLoop 360Dark GemMirage, Any wooden yo-yo (Minus Sleep Machine)BrainFireballRB IIFirestorm

The Imperial (also known as “classic”) shape of yo-yo features a narrow gap, thin profile, rounded edges, and large inner-walls.  These yo-yos are usually center-weighted, or the majority of the weight is near the center gap of the yo-yo and typically right at the axle.  The general purpose of this shape of yo-yo is to either (A) learn the basics or (B) looping or (C) just having a nice pocket sized yo-yo handy.  By using a classic shape yo-yo to learn the basics of throwing, returning the yo-yo, and throwing basic tricks like the trapeze forces you to have good technique.  Yo-yos with a larger gap like those mentioned later have more “room for forgiveness” and do not help foster good techniques.  However, looping is your major trick-area with these yo-yos.  By centering the “center of gravity” right at the axle, it is easier to loop due to one “flipping” the yo-yo during the basic loop maneuver.  Admittedly, I do not know much about this style of yo-yoing since I never got into it.  I own a fair number of classic-shaped yo-yos but never really caught on to looping.  However, it is a great style of fast-paced action that is sure to amaze anyone watching.

BUTTERFLY YO-YO

Next up is the Butterfly shape, also called “winged” yo-yos.  It’s name comes from the profile view which clearly has a butterfly, or winged look.  US Astrojax has a few of these as well: 888xDV888VolocityONEONEstarWHiPF.A.S.T. 201Triple ActionG-SpinFlex GapSleep Machine

Butterfly, or winged yo-yos are more of your string-trick yo-yos you see all those crazy guys using.  The butterfly has a wider gap between the two halves of the yo-yo, shorter inner walls and long angled or curved edges that slope out to the edge of the yo-yo.  Because of this, most butterfly shaped yo-yos are much wider than their Imperial counterpart.  And, in general, the weight of the yo-yo is placed on the outer-rims of the yo-yo to generate more stability and energy at high speeds.  Some of you might look at the description above and wonder why I’ve included the Flex Gap and G-Spin in the butterfly section since their edges do not have large curves like the Triple Action.  This is because the “Butterfly Shape” is a general term that is used for any yo-yo that has a very wide “catching gap” for you to land the yo-yo on the string.  This wide gap allows you to more easily perform complicated string tricks and allows for multiple layers of string to be on the axle (or bearing) at one time without it getting caught in the response system.  This is the type of yo-yo I personally use more often due to my love of string tricks.

From these two shapes, there are a ton of others being invented even as we speak.  There are some companies who let their pro players develop their own yo-yos and customize it however they want!  I hope someday there will be a yo-yo named, “Theferrell Flash”!!   But…. Alas.  That will probably never happen ^.^  Oh well, this blogger can always dream, right??

As always, I am open to comments, questions or suggestions.  Until next time folks, enjoy your yo-yo…. BE the yo-yo!

Theferrell

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Jul 2013
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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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Jul 2013
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