Float and Birthday YoYo Update

Oh my, it’s been a while since we’ve posted anything because I’ve been taking a break to focus on family and other things in my life while these yoyos are getting made. I’m not ignoring them, just taking a much needed break from social media spam every day. I’ve had a few messages asking me when these will be ready and I thought it’s about time I told everyone. This is going to be a word heavy post, but here’s a pic of the Float to keep your eyes happy. Sorry in advance.

They’re still happening, of course, and they’re going to be great. The Floats are all anodized and getting engraved right now. Most of the Birthday yoyos are made too. The colourways are coming out fantastic, but we’re still having a few little problems that are setting the project back a bit and adding some delays. 

Firstly, the Interlagos file we had got corrupted, I’ve had to go through all my old hard drives to find a copy of the drawing that works, but I still had to re-draw some sections by tracing them from old images. Luckily it’s not too complicated so it’s going to be alright but it’s adding time.

Next up, the printing we use on our boxes isn’t actually print, it’s a foil stamp that gives the clean, sharp image on the lid that you’ve all seen before. The Scales logo isn’t as friendly for this type of print so it’s taking a few attempts to get right.

We’re also working on a new insert for the boxes and it’s adding time to the order. More things that take time to get perfect but we’ll ditch this if it gets in the way of shipping these yoyos and use our original foam ones.

These delays are just as frustrating for me as they are for you. My only goal is to make people happy by creating toys that we can all get endless joy out of. Delays and setbacks are not joy, they are infuriating. But if I sent you an unfinished product that you put your hard earned cash down for, you’d be in even more disappointed so it’s best to get it done right, rather than done quickly. 

Here’s how it actually effects you. It’s likely that I’ll have all of the yoyos except the Interlagos next week so I can get to quality testing right away. The Interlagos will arrive a week or so later and the Packaging can take 2-3 weeks to complete and get right too.

The current ship date is unknown and I’d be guessing if I gave you an estimated date so all I can say is that they’ll be done by the end of the month. I’m sorry for these delays, thank you for understanding.

If you have any more questions, just ask. Send us an email or reply to an Instagram post or something but I won’t leak photos!

Emil Wójcik – Big Deal in Barnet

I’ve always been a massive fan of Emils old school style with modern flow. He’s been a bit too busy to be involved lately but he’s never stopped killing it and we’re here to show you that. Hope you enjoy the video and fall in love with his tricks the way we did.

Yoyo used is the Smashing x Scales Float.

Victor Sacchelli – Camden Nats

We snagged some tricks off Victor Sacchelli after UK Nationals in Camden using the new WIP Float collaboration with Scales Collective. A bunch of bangers and a great mood!

Always a pleasure to watch Victor yoyo. Yoyo used is the Smashing x Scales Float.

SLVRANDBLK x Smashing YoYo Company – Introducing Andy Jones – Coffee

So Andy has been with us for a while now but we haven’t had the chance to make a video to show you why we think he’s so good. Roland got that chance at UK Nats this year and this is the result.

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We’re incredibly happy to have him on the team. If you don’t know him from winning 1.5 UK Championships, or from the Fist Salud team page, you should know him now. Welcome to the team, Andy!

The Float – A collaboration with Scales Collective

I’ve been watching Scales since it started. I realized you could actually sponsor the podcast as a company and it would all go towards contest sponsorship and the good stuff like that which gives back to the people who make what we do possible. I quickly contacted Andrew Bergen to get the ball rolling on it because they’re doing great things and deserve our support. We became friends and I fast discovered that he couldn’t go to worlds this year and that’s just criminal. What’s the best way to fix it? The solution to all of life’s problems, of course. A yoyo!

So I proposed that we create a yoyo together and use 100% of the proceeds to get him to Shanghai for the world yoyo contest and sponsor as many others as we can. It’s so important to have the best players at the world yoyo contest, even if they’re not on the Smashing team. Anyway, we set about getting a design we’re both happy with.

I did the design to Andrews specification, making it his dream yoyo. It’s able to do his incredible tricks and inspire confidence to do them on stage without fear of a lack of power but still fun enough that he’ll want to use it all the time. We created the Float and it’s perfect.

We’ll be taking pre-orders from the 9th of June until the 15th of July. It’ll be our usual pre-order style run. The reason for this is that we found out too late. It takes a long time to get a yoyo ready for your hands and we need to get him there in time. A pre-order run is the best way to do this because it gets us the money to send Bergy to Shanghai. They go live tomorrow, a great way to celebrate 2 years of Smashing!

Here’s a quick breakdown of the specs.

  • Diameter: 58mm
  • Width: 45mm
  • Weight: 59.5g
  • Gap: 4.6mm
  • Material: 7075 aluminium
  • Price: £65 Solid, £70 Splash

We’ll have a range of colours on offer. Mostly solid colours with a couple mystery fades. We won’t make any extra colours and any extra yoyos will cost £10 more once they’re ready and will only be sold once all the original orders have shipped. We’re super excited for you to try this, we know you’re going to love it. If you have any questions, pop a message in our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.