I know this happened in the 1990's. What I don't know is how it started, what the popular yoyo models were, and who the dominant manufacturers were. Thanks for the insight, and also---- do you think a yoyo boom could happen again?
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06-28-2011 06:27 PM(Insert witty signiture here)
06-28-2011 08:58 PM
Primary companies were Yomega, Playmax/Proyo, Duncan and Tom Kuhn.
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06-28-2011 10:27 PM
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Could it happen again? Sure.
Will it happen? Almost certainly.
When will it happen? No one knows.
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06-28-2011 11:28 PM
I've been trying to get other people into yoyoing, and a few people are picking it up, when school's back in session I'll be making a yoyo club for those who are interested. Cool thing is, today I met up with an old friend of mine who actually knows how to bind and do brain twister which I found amusing.
06-29-2011 09:02 AM
Also, look at the influx of "noobs" on all the major forums. It seems there are a lot of experienced people getting annoyed at the number of stupid simple questions being posted there as of late.
But this just means is there's a lot of new people from the general public(who are, in general, not known for being intelligent) who are getting into it, even if only to buy one yoyo and then give it up without really learning much.
It's coming....be prepared!
07-01-2011 11:32 PM
Major 1990s boom and how it started (at my school anyway): Me! Seriously, I brought my Yomega Brain to school, did a Rock the Baby and Walk the Dog and everyone looked at me like I was pro. The next day, my friends came with their newly purchased Duncans to learn how to throw. Good times...
I remember Yomega and Duncan being the 2 major companies widely available everywhere: Walmart, Big 5, Toys R Us, Target, and of course online. Also there was SuperYo (I always wanted a Renegade back then...now, I'm indifferent), Spintastics, Playmax, Team Losi (These ones all seemed to be more available through mail order or online).
My opinion on a future boom: I think we might see some action...maybe not as huge as the 90s but with what's available in stores right now (Brick & Mortar stores) and the affordable prices, this is a step in the right direction. I always happen to see Zombies either being sold out or having 1 left on the shelf whenever I happen to go to my local Kmart. Toys R Us seems to not have any Freehand 2010s available for the past 3 times I've gone there, each visit being spread apart. On the other hand, other stores I've seen the same exact yoyo on the shelf almost a month later and the shelves entirely full. But this is at a sporting goods store so maybe nobody really knows to find yoyos there. Until then, we can only help promote a future boom by publically throwing and catching interest from people.Main Yo-yo lineup:
Duncan Raptor (Rawr!), RecRev No. 9, Yomega Maverick, Metal Drifter, Popstar, and Lyn Fury
07-02-2011 02:19 PM
Ya' I remember playmax, duncan, yomega, and team losi.
With yomega being the major face for the comunity to the general public. You could get a fireball, or fireball wings anywhere. Mini marts, they gave them away in happy meals. All hobbie shops.
I think it started with tom kuhn putting a bearing in a yoyo. Before that yoyo's where simply to hard for most people.
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07-02-2011 03:17 PMIt seems there are a lot of experienced people getting annoyed at the number of stupid simple questions being posted there as of late.
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And hasnt Japan been experiencing somewhat of a boom the past couple of years ? Didnt Hyper blow up there two years ago ?
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07-03-2011 09:08 AM
I don't know if it is necessarily indicative of a boom, but I ran into a father son combo at the gym the other week while I was waiting in the cafe throwing some. The kid was really interested in what I was throwing and told me he throws a dm2 on the regular. The father asked me a bunch of questions about where I shop for yoyo stuff and the like.
According to the father, "all the kids in [his son's] school are getting into yo-yoing recently". This could very well be the beginning of a new yoyo boom. Who knows!
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