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12 Days of Christmas Sale

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Elves and Elvettes rejoice! Today kicks off our (first) annual 12 Days of Christmas sale! 

In the spirit of giving, we’ve hand-picked 12 items or categories to put on sale to show our appreciation to you – the skill toy community. In particular, we want to thank our loyal Facebook followers and email subscribers. Each day until Christmas Eve, we will be announcing a new product or category that will go on sale. These items will remain on sale until after Christmas!

Wanna stay on top of each sale item? Check our Facebook page each day, or make life easy for yourself and give us a Like! That way you’ll know the moment Santa opens his bag of toys…

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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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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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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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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YoYoFactory Joins The US ASTROJAX Lineup

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After years of discussion, YoYoFactory and US ASTROJAX decided to work together to introduce Modern Performance yo-yos on the US ASTROJAX store! Since the entire YoYoFactory staff and crew is comprised of yo-yo champions and enthusiasts, we have a huge appreciation for what US ASTROJAX does for the skill toy community. Whether it be yo-yos, astrojax, spintops, kendama, or any other skill toy, we enjoy learning about what is out there and spreading true modern performance yo-yos to all industries.

Whether or not you have ever tried a yo-yo before, YoYoFactory has something to offer you. Our introductory yo-yos are designed to make yo-yoing easier to learn and more fun to master. Our premium modern yo-yos are some of the absolute best in the game and they are used by the top yo-yo players around the globe. The way that people play with yo-yos today is completely different than it ever has been and YoYoFactory works day in and day out to take yo-yoing to the next level. We couldn’t be happier to teaming up with an awesome company like US ASTROJAX and we look forward to working closer with the entire Astrojax community in the future!

Patrick Mitchell
YoYoFactory

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Apr 2013
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Yo-Yo

It’s plain to see we have a certain fondness for Astrojax, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore our roots. Innovation is innovation whether that’s from your favorite tech company or your favorite toys. With that in mind, it wouldn’t behoove us at all to forget our roots and where our passion was born. That’s why this post will provide you a light overview of what it took to get from there to here aaaaand back again. (Couldn’t help it, too excited for The Hobbit) So without further adieu, here are 5 things you probably didn’t know about the Yo-Yo.

1. Yo-Yo’s Have Been Around Since 500 BC

No, you didn’t read that wrong, the earliest known instance of someone playing with a Yo-Yo is from Greece where a painted vase dated from around this period that depicted a boy playing with one.

While historians still debate fiercely whether the boy was indeed walking the dog, the smug look on his face leads many to believe that he was performing something far fiercer, no doubt to entertain the throngs of smoking hot greek ladies cheering him on.  To be fair, toys were often gifted to the gods back then ceremonially at certain ages so it’s likely at least at that point that it was used less as a toy and more as an indicator of maturity.

2. Yo-Yos Return Thanks to an Increase in Friction

Certain tricks require that a Yo-Yo remain spinning freely at the end of its string like the absolute rebel boss that it is.  However, what allows a Yo-Yo to return when given that slight tug isn’t magic or some bizarre human/object peer pressure, but rather that for the brief instant the string is tugged, friction increases between the string and the axel which causes it to pop back up to your hand.

I know right?  Your head just exploded.  But, I’m not going to make it any easier on you because the actual science behind how what began as a string and a terra cotta disk operates is pretty astounding.  It’s a delicate balance between potential energy (whereby the yo-yo can fall to the ground or spin as it travels down the string and unwinds) and the kinetic energy generated by the gyroscopic stability of the action.  Or, more simply, science makes you look like an honest-to-goodness wizard as you get better and better so hooray!

 

3. There Are TONS of Yo-Yo World Records

No joke.  I’m not just talking about who has yo-yoed the longest or has done the most consecutive loop the loops, but insane records like this dapper gentleman:

 
This man just solved a rubik’s cube while a yo-yo was sleeping.  There are tons of other feats just like this and you can read more about people have the fastest throw-down time (which, I thought was an honor reserved for Vin Diesel), longest yo-yoing done while performing splits, and even the most yo-yo gravity pulls done while riding a rola bola here. And no, I don’t know what a rola bola is but it sounds very, very dangerous.  

 

4. The Word ‘Yo-Yo’ was Mired in Controversey

After a 1965 Lawsuit

Today with so much talk surrounding intellectual property, licensing, and trademarks, it’s hard to imagine this would’ve happened today, but in 1965 a federal judge ruled that the Duncan family could no longer retain the trademark to the term ‘Yo-Yo’.  Competitors had struggled to be successful without using the name and in this landmark case it was ruled that ‘Yo-Yo’ had become common language and as such, Donald Duncan’s trademark was no longer valid.  It’s pretty nuts to think that such a ruling could happen but hence the controversy.  
 
Sadly, the resulting legal expenses and other pressures forced the Duncan family to sell off the rights to Flambeau, Inc. later on to continue the sale of Yo-Yos having gained access to the associated trademarks and Duncan name.  And the rest?  Is history.

 

5. The World’s Most Expensive Yo-Yo was

$16,000 at Auction

No, we’re not talking about an adamantium, diamond-encrusted yo-yo forged in the Mines of Moria (last LOTR reference I promise), but rather, a fairly run-of-the-mill  yo-yo.  So why so expensive?  Because of one man!
 
 
That, dear friends, is our 37th president, Richard Nixon. County star Roy Acuff gifted Mr. Nixon a yo-yo which he then tried, but apparently wasn’t as good with yo-yo tricks as he was stirring up national controversies and thrilling generations of conspiracy theorists.  So, the president autographed it, gave it back to Acuff and upon his death it sold at auction for $16,000 which, if my math is correct would buy you just over 800 of our [YO]2Deltas. But, let’s be honest, at that point you might as well go ahead and order 1,000 because you wouldn’t want to embarrass yourself when you’re sipping champagne from crystal goblets with at your next mega-yacht party.  
 
 
What other strange Yo-Yo facts have you heard?
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Jun 2012
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