Introducing the Spectacle – Our first bimetal yoyo.

Yea yea, I know you know about it. We’ve been posting pictures and teasing it for over a month but it’s about time we put all the information in one place so it’s easy to digest. I’m not going to write some long, convoluted post this time. Just some pictures, specs, price and release date.

  • Diameter: 54mm
  • Width: 44mm
  • Weight: 63.3g
  • Pads: 19mm slim pads
  • Materials: 7075 aluminium with SS rims
  • Price: £100 and shipping
  • Release date: 1st April 2017 – 6PM UK time

If you have any questions, get in touch via the usual means. We love to natter about whatever.

Upgrading Our Packaging

Since the start, I’ve struggled to find a reliable source of boxes that I could call uniquely ours. The Poppet boxes looked great but were a pain to store and ship and a good friend did an amazing job on the Monocle boxes but we never really had the capital to invest in many of the things I wanted us to have. Now we’ve had a couple of successful runs and a very successful collab project we have a little more in the kitty to spend on our packaging. Here, for example, is what you’ll see when you get your Pip and all other yoyos for the foreseeable future.

All of the bows are hand tied by me. I wanted a way to show you that I took care over packaging every single yoyo that leaves my home. They may not be perfect bows all the time, but I did it by hand and I tried my best.

The boxes are distinctly ours. Textured white background with red print on a removable lid. The card is coated in white paper with a swirl effect and a slight sheen to make them look and feel just lovely and represent us and our brand. I agonized over this decision because I knew it’d be something we’d carry with us for as long as we’ll be making yoyos.

Once you get inside the box, you’ll see this card. It has all the information you need to get in touch and a thank you message for your support.

Once you’ve removed the card, you’ll see the yoyo wrapped up nice and warm in tissue, surrounded by foam. We’ll carry on including stickers and badges. The Pip will have the responsive bearing and axle in a bag with a Kitty String. Everything you need to get going.

It’s been a long journey. The team spent a lot of time assuring me I was making good decisions along the way (a lot of time) because I was very worried something might not work or would go wrong. Every moment was worth it though. It’s come together to really express how much I value everyone who supports us. Thank you, all of you, for giving us the chance to make all this real.

Feel free to let me know what you think either here through our contact form or through our various social media accounts. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

The Pips are in.

The pips are in and I have to say, they’re looking as good as I’d ever dreamed. We got  a stroke of luck and I was able to get them done quicker than expected. There were a couple changes from the prototype. Most of the people who tried the prototype noted the spike in the cup should be a bit sharper to aid matador style tricks and we noticed some galling on the bearing seat so we fixed those issues. The blast is also a little more aggressive this time around to make your grinds last that much longer. Finally, we shortened the bearing seat so it’d accept a slim bearing for responsive play.

We’re not done yet though. They’re in and they’re fantastic but there’s still work to be done. We have some goodies to put in the box like stickers, badges and parts for responsive play. This is likely to take another 2 or 3 weeks to arrive but we’ll let you know when they do. Then I’ll start the process of boxing them up and make sure they all go out on the same day. They shouldn’t take too long to arrive once they’ve been shipped. Those that paid for Royal mail Shipping will get a free upgrade to our new courier.

The last announcement for this release is that we have a few left over to sell after all the original orders have theirs (for an increased price, of course) and these amazing YoYo Village special editions will be made available through YoYo Village only (also for an increased price). So don’t worry if you missed out, you’ll get another chance to snag a Pip!

So are you happy with your colour choice? We can’t change it but I’d like to know how you think your colour came out. Drop me a message and let me know, either way.

An explosive day

Every now and then, since we live so close, Roland and myself will meet for a day of yoyoing, photography and filming. This time, Roland had an amazing idea. So we went to Matalan (cheap home-wares and clothing store in the UK) to grab some glasses and away we went. These are the results for the day. I’m very proud of these images. Thank you, Roland for having the idea and letting me be a part of it!

We used the Poppet for these and I think it was the best choice, considering it’s supposed to get beat up. They weren’t the only images we got, but these were the best. Before you flood my inbox, yes, we’re going to do more.

Jacob Gross cuts a pip in half.

Jacob Gross, owner of G Squared YoYos (Which we love by the way) has finally cut his Pip in half. He left it to the last minute because he loved playing with it so much. Roland says it looks like batman and I completely agree. Click Here to place your order before it’s too late. There’s just about 24 hours left before it’s gone and you won’t get another chance.

No minimum order for the Pip

Yes that’s right! We’ve checked the books and we’re able to proceed with the Pip without hitting the original minimum goal! That means your Pip order is 100% guaranteed to happen. There’s no reason to wait anymore, get one while you can!

Victor Sacchelli Joins Smashing YoYo Company!

Ladies and gentlemen, give a warm welcome to Victor Sacchelli as he joins us at Smashing YoYo Company. Victors incredible tricks and the way he makes them all look effortless are an inspiration to us. Not only is he an amazing player (seriously), he’s a nice guy too! I have no doubt that he’ll fit right in at Smashing and make us all proud. Maybe we’ll even get the chance to make him proud too.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion, our very own Roland Thomas-Biason has created a video to introduce him and his tricks to the world on one of my personal Monocles (Don’t worry, Victor has plenty for himself).

I’m so proud of what our team is achieving. We’ve become more than just a team, we feel more like a family now and it gives me a warm feeling in my gut. Anyway, enough of that. Enjoy the video!

Smashing YoYo Company x Ramshackle Throw Design – Pip.

When John from Ramshackle first showed me the Pip design, I knew it was something he had to get made. Money is tight for a fledgling college student so he couldn’t afford it but one of the aims of Smashing (I really should get that written down) is to support people doing cool stuff in the yoyo community so together, we put our money where our mouths are.

We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy, or cheap project because with all the angles and curves, it’s not an easy yoyo to create, especially from a technical standpoint. Regardless of the difficulty, we got it done and we hit the nail on the head. The Pip is the perfect training yoyo. At only 30mm wide and the width that is there is unforgiving to say the least, it requires incredible accuracy to land tricks on. After a lot of testing and revisions, we ended up with something incredible, even if it might not look like it at first glance. A great mix of performance, nice feel and with plenty of challenge thrown in for good measure.

Width – 30.8mm

Diameter – 54.5mm

Weight – 67.5g

Bearing Size – C

Pads – 19mm Slim pads

Price – £80

 

The only way to get your hands on one, is to pre-order one. We have not placed the order for the full production and we won’t. We will make as many you order. If we don’t meet the minimum goal of 20, we’ll cancel the whole thing and refund your money. We might make a small batch for stores if they ask though that’s not very likely.

What are you waiting for? Order one now!

SLVRANDBLK Monocle Contest

Roland is giving away one of his signature colourway Monocles! If you haven’t seen it, take a look.

If you want to win this beautiful bit of metal, just make a fun, well edited trick video for Instagram and add all the correct tags.  Watch the video for all the details of how to win. Have fun and good luck!