First Monocle drop – Watermelon Fade

The first Monocle drop will be the 17th December 2016 at 6PM UK time. The first of 6 colourways to be sold, here on the Smashing YoYo Company store. There is also a beautiful YoYo Village edition like there was for the Poppet but this time, with clear speckles for extra depth.

Don’t miss your chance. There will be other colours but if this is the one for you, you won’t see it again! Specs and a special surprise will be revealed by our friends over at Cyyclical this week!

The man who tried to prove me wrong

Back when I first introduced the Poppet, I made a bold claim. I said that because it was made very well out of sturdy materials, with a powerful yet modest design, it could take dings without introducing vibe. There’s no instance in which that is not a bold statement and people are right to question it. Enter a friend of mine; Dillon Small.

There’s no other way to say it, Dillon is insane. He’s always been one for crazy bangers from all styles, even starting, he never did anything conventionally and he’s made it his mission to beat a Poppet into vibrating.

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He started by trying a 3a/4a combo called Sword Dancer. Obviously, on his way here, he dinged the yoyos a lot by bouncing them off each other and the ground.

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As you can see here, he even tried fire. Admittedly, it didn’t quite turn out how he expected but it’s still a fantastical spectacle to behold.

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Eventually he gave up trying to be creative. Now he’s just walking the dog with it in the street.

#offstring #trickcircle with #todaysthrow #smashingyoyos #poppet

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It’s still smooth though and he’s still nailing his offstring bangers on it. Adding dents along the way.

I have to say, I’m impressed. After all this abuse and testing, they’re still smooth. While I am happy with the results, I’m still shocked that after all that, they’re still smooth. It just goes to show that some engineering knowhow and some forethought goes a long way. Dillon, you are a legend. Don’t ever change.

PS. If you’re not following him already, you really should. @das413

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Roland Thomas-Biason, AKA SLVRANDBLK joins Smashing YoYo Company

Give a warm welcome to Roland Thomas-Biason, also known as SLVRANDBLK to the Smashing YoYo Company team. You may know him from all of those fancy yoyo showcase videos where he showcases the talents of some of the amazing players he meets or maybe you’ve been interested in his fantastic photography or his own great tricks. Either way, he’s one of us now and we couldn’t be happier to have him with us.

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Sam Crestani joins Smashing YoYo Company

It’s crazy how far Sam Crestani has come in a year. 9 months in and he wins a contest in one of the most competitive countries in the world of yoyos. Not long after that, he caught our eye and after a lot of chatting and getting to know each other, we decided it’d be great to have him on the team.

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Welcome to the family Sam, we could not be more proud to have you with us, we’re going to do great things together!

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Thank you

Wow, it’s been a rough ride. I’ve spent months planning, designing and preparing. I’ve invested thousands into the design and manufacturing of a yoyo that I’ve always wanted to make. It’s been bumpy, but thanks to everyone on the team and the fantastic yoyo communities I’ve participated in, it’s been a huge success.

You might remember this video, I got a lot of great players, some of the best in the UK to try the Poppet in front of my camera at the UK National YoYo Contest just before the launch of the yoyo and the reception was great. I was feeling good but I was never confident enough to think I’d sell as many as I did and get the feedback from all over the world that I was sent. Leading up to launch, I tried a lot of things. Some went well, some didn’t.

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The idea to create a few special 1 of 1 edition yoyos by swapping some halves was a fun one. A nice way to make you feel like your yoyo is that little bit more special than others. I feel like more companies should be doing this as not only do they make you feel cool, they look great too! Some things to learn from are the sharp rims, which I like but most people seemed to worry about and to make the nipple sharper for matador tricks. That’s good stuff to go forward with. Speaking of unique, 1 of 1 yoyos… 

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I’ve learned so much about myself and the yoyo community though. Most importantly though, I learned to not take myself seriously. Yoyos are supposed to be fun. High performance, stable, spin forever, but most of all, fun! I made this one to remind myself of that every time I see it. Never the less, people are receiving their Poppets and the feedback has been fantastic. I’m so glad people are fond of what I’ve created, I can’t wait to see what you all can do with them.

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