It’s been a long fight. I first started planning in February and very little looks like the plans I had in my head back then. Where the design and finished product have ended up have exceeded anything I could have dreamed. Introducing the Poppet – Smashings first yoyo.
There were compromises to be made to keep the price something people can afford. Britain just couldn’t match the impeccable attention to detail that I was demanding for the price I was aiming for so I turned to China. Even then keeping the tolerances this high and the price down was a challenge but it’s real quality you’ll notice as you play hard, it’ll keep up with you. I’ve partnered with an ethically run small engineering shop with people I can trust to deliver the best yoyos at a price I can be proud of.
As you can see, it was worth it. I could not be happier with how it looks. The stats came in exactly as I’d planned them and everything has gone right which has kept the price somewhere people can afford. The contrasting curves and angles provide a comfortable catch zone while looking beautiful and shows off the skills of the people who created it with me.
- Diameter: 54mm
- Width: 42mm
- Weight: 64g
- Gap: 4.45mm
- Pads: 19mm Slim
- Material: 7075 aluminium
- Price: £65 for solid colours. £70 for fades and splashes.
- Release Date: Sunday 17th July
It’s everything I wanted it to be from the material, dimensions and price. Every bit of energy has been worth it. All the pennies have been well spent. All the tears are in the past.
I’ve had the help of a lot of UK players and especially from Luke Roberts. To thank him for his thought, effort and everything else he’s done, I’ve created a special edition Poppet that you can only get through his store which has become a beloved feature of the UK yoyo community.. The blue and yellow fade is what he chose for his version of the Poppet and we’re both excited for how it turned out.
The only way to get your hands on one early will be at the UK National YoYo Contest where we are a proud core sponsor. They’ll be available to buy on the YoYo Village stall and there will be a few floating around so you can try it before you buy it.