Real men aren’t afraid of pink.
Collaborations are a good way to get new ideas. Mixing the good from two things and making one great product. That is exactly what the Collabricon did. General-Yo has quickly become one of the top name companies in the yoyo world. Most can’t stop saying good things about them. Two things they are known for are their smooth as butter AIGR bearings and excellent silicone pads. 3yo3 is a small brew company known for beautiful acrylic yoyos; functional, tasteful, and drop dead sexy.
Ernie and Landon decided to come up with a collaboration project. And this yoyo is the result. Enough talk; let’s get down to business.
The yoyo came in a black velvet drawstring bag, made by Landon Balk’s mother. That was a nice touch. In the bag was the yoyo, a laminated card explaining the specs of the yoyo, and some special white, pink and red Collabricon string made by hand by 3yo3 Team Member Brad, owner of Snacktime String. A simple arrangement, but makes it feel special enough.
Diameter: 55.88mmWidth: 40.64mmWeight: 65 gramsPad Recess: Fits Thin Gen-PadsBearing: General-Yo AIGR bearing, size C
The Collabricon is a full size yoyo, with a diameter close to that of a FHZ. Fairly wide, but its not overwhelming. The cuts made in the gap are near vertical, giving it a very wide catch area, with a wall that only incorporates the pad recess.
The most defining part about this yoyo is the hot pink/vibrant red cast acrylic. Stunning. Its fun just to look at in different amounts of light. But this is the only run of this color, so I won’t go very far into it. EDIT: I lied. A few days ago, it was very sunny (first sun in a long time). I went outside with this yoyo and it shines like no other. I thought the Cosmo was a pretty one, but this takes the cake. I cant wait to see the glow in the dark ones. I hope they will have a very powerful glow!
On a throw the yoyo is very smooth. Of course it’s not like a metal yoyo where its smooth pretty much every time, seeing as it’s made of acrylic. Like the Cosmo, its still picky about throws, but even when it vibes a bit, its still playable. There isn’t a need to keep throwing it until you get a perfect throw to do a trick. The 10-degree under cut on the side adds to the weight distribution, and anyone who has tried an Omnicron will tell you, it's a major improvement. The pads bind tight every time, and the bearing is incredible.
It’s a fast playing yoyo. And because of the high angles, this yoyo is good for sideways style (typically called Excalibur style I believe). Arm grinds are out of the question, because its just not one of those yoyos. BUT thumb grinds are possible with the 10-degree undercut. It’s been bead blasted, so it’s easy on the thumb. I have noticed that if you don't angle your thumb correctly the non-bead blasted area on the side can start to burn your nail. Doesn't hurt too much, and it is very avoidable.
Overall, I think this is the best playing 3yo3 yet. I can’t see anything wrong with it. I’m not saying this because I am on the Team; I am very critical about my yoyos. The Cosmo still pisses me off sometimes. But this yoyo is a different story.
Looks great, plays great, absolutely incredible. The Collabricon has quickly risen to one of my favorite throws of all time.
But you might be asking your self, Kyle…why are you reviewing a yoyo that only had a run of 10??? Because Landon is doing a Camo Colored run very soon. Same yoyo, but with a sick new color. So if you missed out, and still want one, watch his store for the next run. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Thread: 3yo3 Collabricon
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03-03-2010 07:13 AM
Stop worrying about what yoyo you should be playing, and just play yoyo. (pssst I am not Landon)
03-03-2010 07:28 AM
Nice review Kyle.. hits all the highs and few lows of the yoyo. Great job by both Landon and Ernie. Wish there was more than 10 made but I know Landon put a lot of time into each one ~3hrs each o.0
"Ditch Down since 09"
03-03-2010 09:41 AM
GITD? Niiiiice. I didn't even realize the Collabricon came out, but I didn't have the money to pick up one either. Can't wait to see the new run of them. Amazing job Landon, can't believe you did that much work for only $95.
Thanks for the review, Kyle. Seems to be a great player; looks great too.
03-03-2010 10:37 AM
Very nice review Kyle. I, like a lot of others, missed out on this because of it being such a limited run - but that also adds to the appeal of a yoyo like this. Since you've been playing the Cosmo for a while, can you share some of your impressions of the durability of acrylic? Great to hear that you're liking it so much!At least 15% of what I say is true.
Finger Lakes Yoyo Club in Ithaca, NY - PM me for details.
03-03-2010 12:49 PM
Nice review!!! the pics are spectacular too!!! Thanks man glad you're liking it =D3yo3 yoyos
03-03-2010 03:50 PM
"Ditch Down since 09"
03-03-2010 04:18 PM
^^^ mines3yo3 yoyos
03-09-2010 07:16 AM
Great review Kyle! The Collab is a great yoyo.
Beatrice: Fall before the unicorn of the sea!
03-09-2010 08:30 PM
This thing looks amazing! I'd buy one!
Fearless Leader, Cleveland Yo-Yo Club
03-10-2010 06:46 AM
I love mine. Once I broke it in, it was sooo much better. That, or I just got used to throwing a large bearing again (I'd thrown only a small bearing for the previous few months).Team Weenieyo
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