SUP Y’ALL!!! IN honor of my good friend Collin Ellingson going away to Paraguay for two years, I finally reviewed the yoyo I was supposed to review over a year ago (sorry SF), Collin and Alec Jones’s co-signature yoyo, the SFYoyos Ceasefire!!!
The yoyo, while in play, has a very solid, heavy feel to it. It has a lot of well balanced rim weight along with a little bit of center weight. This makes the yoyo good for extremely techy and slacks tricks. This solid feel also makes the yoyo good for hoppy meta tricks (brentstoles, hooks, chopsticks, etc.). Considering Collin and Alec’s style, the design is perfect for these types of tricks.
All types of grinds execute very nicely with this yoyo. The wide and hollow shape along with the mat finish makes finger grinds very comfortable, balanced, and long lasting. Even though the stainless steel rings are on the inner rim of the face, talon and thumb grinds are surprisingly smooth on this yoyo considering how most inner rim bi-metal yoyos have a very glossy feel on the rings which make talon and thumb grinds feel unpleasant. Last but not least, finger spins are very nice on this yoyo as well.
Overall the SF Yoyos Ceasefire is a great yoyo for dense techy, slack, and meta style players and I highly recommend you add it to your yoyo collection.
Collin I wish you all the best and I hope to see you again in two years!!!
Now, this wouldn’t be a LorenzYo Cubing video without some comedy and entertainment!!! “What’s this video’s segment Lorenzo?” , WELL I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!!!
Before I tell you that, let me explain WHY I made this segment. So if you don’t already know, Youtube has created a new policy supposedly based on a federal law, which is kind of strange to me since they only created this policy NOW. But basically, this new policy enforces Youtubers to place either their WHOLE channel, or every individual video into either the “for kids” or the “for adults” category. Now you may be asking “what’s so wrong about that?”. Well in summary, only the “adult” content can make revenue while the “kid friendly” content can’t, which very much bothers me since most of the popular “adult” channels today support “youtube drama” and “beef” with others.
THIS BRINGS ME TO WHAT THE ENTERTAINMENT SEGMENT OF THIS EPISODE IS!!!
As a JOKE, I made parodies of TWO POLAR OPPOSITE shows on television and on the internet. The video starts off with a parody intro to one of the most beloved kid friendly shows on television, “Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood” which is TV Y7. THIS NEW show is called “A RAN DOM Neighborhood” which the intro indicates is TV MA, again as a JOKE, with Geoffery Quilates (RAN DOM 2) doing his version of the iconic Mr. Rodger’s change of clothes choreography. ALL MUSIC for this intro was arranged and recorded by us two.
Right after the intro is another parody segment of a typical “Filthy Frank style” video with Daniel Daligcon (RAN DOM 1) as the host doing his impression of him. If many of you don’t know, Filthy Frank is a very DANK and MEME-ish channel, definitely not for kids, but super funny (at least to me). Some of you may know him NOW as “Joji” since he is now currently a song artist.
After this long intro I FINALLY appear in this video. Before the actual review of the yoyo, I explain a little behind the scenes of the trick video I made for this yoyo. Basically, there was different audio (a different version/cover of “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish” to the original cut which actual went better to the video than what is out right now. But due to some copyright claims I had to change the audio which led to me having to go through the Youtube copyright claim dispute process, WHICH WORKED!!!
The MagicYoyoZ01 Focus is the latest bi-metal yoyo released in 2019 by the company. First off, this yoyo is INSANELY CHEAP for a bi-metal standing at only $39, but the quality definitely exceeds that price point.
This yoyo, by far, is my current all-time favorite MagicYoyo throw at the moment, it has even become my go-to pocket throw. Let me explain why!!!
First of all, in terms of playability and feel, the yoyo is definitely a tad more toward the lighter side(not too much), but the yoyo is not necessarily floaty. The stainless steel rims on the sides of the yoyo stabilize the spin which keeps it from being floaty. So what you have is a very nice all-around yoyo. Speed and horizontal are no problem and the comfortable even shape makes it great for rejections, tech, and slack.
Regular finger grinds are no problem. Talon grinds are great because the way this yoyo was designed, the bi-metal rims don’t go into the inner – face of the yoyo, so the inner – rims are smooth and anodized aluminum. Finger spins on the other hand are only okay since the yoyo has scratchy laser engravings on the face.
OVERALL, the MagicYoyo Z01 Focus is an almost perfect, cheap, all around yoyo that should be in everyone’s collection and I highly recommend it!!!
Now QUICK story. The original video had the “We Are Number One” edit version of the song. Somebody copyright claimed my video, and I should’ve expected it since it sounded so similar to the original. And so I tried picking something TOTALLY different. I chose a strings cover of Bad Guy(like violins and cellos) and edited the lyrics into it. It sounded totally weird, I actually kept the ending of the song in the final version, but I was SURE I wasn’t going to get claimed. And then guess what… YUP. So I once again went searching and found a MALE cover of the song, it sounded a lot different and was royalty free since it wasn’t the original, but it still got claimed. HOWEVER, the person who claimed it wasn’t the song writer, OR the person who sung the cover. And so I went through the whole dispute process on YouTube and stated that exact sentence. The next day I got an email from YouTube saying that the claimed released the claim!!!! Just thought I’d share that HAHA take from it what you please.
Anyways, make sure to also read and watch my review of this Yoyo(when it comes out). But I’ll tell you this, this yoyo BY FAR, is the best MagicYoyo throw that I’ve played with.
Besides the review itself, this video features Hanz Kel Zsanthalian better known as HanzYoyo. Since many viewers enjoyed the skit from the MagicYoyo Aurora Unboxing and Review I decided to compose another small skit into this video, not as long a storyline as the previous one though haha. The short skit shows me kidnapping Hanz for a video which then leads to a short trick dump, comic like, themed yoyo exhibition featuring tricks from Hanz and I featuring the song Homocide by Logic and Eminem.
Okay, now on to the actual review itself.
The TopYo Button is a Hybrid yoyo with rounded, hollow, plastic rims and an aluminum center on which the bearing resides. This soft, rounded feel makes it very comfortable to hold in your hand. The yoyo has a generally large diameter with a width that is neither too wide or too narrow. These traits allow the yoyo to be exceptionally good at regular finger grinds except for thumb, talon, and horizontal finger spin grinds due to the face of the yoyo being absolutely flat with zero concave.
In terms of playability, the yoyo is definitely on the floatier side, not too much but still more floaty than stable. However, the yoyo has very nice rim weight that gives it a lot of spin power. While in play you can definitely feel the weight focused on the rims with a little bounciness which gives it that bouncy feel. Due to these traits the yoyo holds up long, intricate, tricks and combos very well whether it be tech, speed, meta you name it. The only style of trick that the yoyo doesn’t perform too well in is very rough and fast horizontal combos. So if you are an extreme speed player that does zoomy fast horizontal tricks, this yoyo is probably not for you, however the yoyo handles regular speed combos just fine.
Overall the TopYo Button is a floaty, powerful, fun hybrid yoyo that has become one of my definite favorite TopYo throws and I highly recommend it as a must have to your yoyo collection.
Before I tell you my thoughts on this yoyo let me explain the intro. The intro to this video is something new I’m trying and always wanted to do on my channel which is a skit video.
The story includes how I received the package, how I invited RAN DOM aka Daniel and how he got to my house (in this video played by Geoffrey Quilates because Daniel was in Nevada at the time), and what happened during the filming of the TopYo Selene video that YOU DIDN’T SEE.
Anyways, please leave a comment on what you thought about this skit type video and if you would like to see more.
OKAY now into the review.
First off a little background. The name of this yoyo, “Aurora”, is based on the Aurora Borealis Northern Lights in Earth’s high-latitude regions around the arctic or Antarctica.
The yoyo itself is a V-shape with round rims. It’s width is closer to the narrow side but not too narrow so it is comfortable to hold in your hand. The catch zone/main shape area is a hollow shell made out of aluminum. I say hollow because on both sides of the yoyo, there are flat caps which cover the light display system. Each side of the yoyo has two lights which are powered by two small circular batteries (I apologize I forgot the name of these types of batteries). You can take off the caps to change the batteries with a small thin tool that comes with the yoyo that you stick inside the hole of the axel which then pops off the caps. The yoyo also comes with four extra batteries which you can switch out once the batteries that it came with run out of power.
Due to the technology on both sides of the yoyo, it does have a bit of vibe, but not too much that it becomes a problem while in play. Also although this yoyo is light, the batteries and lights give the yoyo some center weight so it’s a bit difficult to swing the yoyo around quickly, such as horizontal, speed, and hop tricks.
The lights themselves are very beautiful and high quality, I definitely recommend the color changing lights version so you can appreciate all the different moods the lights produce.
I HIGHLY recommend using glow in the dark string or a black light while using this yoyo so that your string matches the brightness of the lights. Without a bright string it is more difficult to see the string since your attention is focused on the lights.
Overall this yoyo is a very fun MagicYoyo to play with and I highly recommend you add it to your collection.
I originally was going to make an unboxing video on this yoyo with first impressions, however that footage was lost so I decided to just make a review video about it.
There are currently two versions of this yoyo, the 2018 version and the 2019 version with some improvements. This video is only on the 2018 version.
Let’s start off with a little background. The original idea on the TopYo Selene yoyo was to combine the designs of the TopYo Top yoyo and the TopYo Pluto yoyo. Another goal for this yoyo was to design it very western style. This was done by giving the option to buy either a solid matte anodized version or a solid glossy/raw like anodized version since most western yoyos are either one or the other. (For reference, a lot of Chinese yoyo companies design and anodize their yoyos to have a matte finish in the catch zone/overall shape with a glossy face/finger spin area.) TopYo also designed the specs of the yoyo to be similar to a yoyo most western players would use, a long width and gap width with a smaller diameter.
The yoyo out of the box is very smooth, however I would say that the matte version is a tad smoother than the glossy version (over time the glossy version got a bit of vibe). As mentioned, the yoyo has a wide catch zone so it is easy to catch on the string and has a nice comfortable shape for finger grinds. The face of the yoyo has a concave with a flat surface in the center which is excellent for horizontal finger spins, and a nice ledge towards the outside which is good for talon and thumb grinds.
While in play, the yoyo is a tiny bit closer to the lighter side but only a tad bit. It is still mostly in the middle, not too heavy and not too light. The playability is just like the weight, in the middle. The yoyo is definitely not floaty but also definitely not too solid/stable like. It has just the right amount of weight to handle most styles whether it be speed, tech, meta, you name it. It isn’t exactly 100% in all those styles but it still gets the job done.
In my opinion, I think that the yoyo could be improved if the rims were a bit thicker and extended farther into the catch zone for more rim weight and stability.
Overall the TopYo Selene is a great all around throw, definitely one of my favorite TopYo yoyos and I would highly recommend it for your collection. Definitely worth the $35.
You may recall that I have unboxed the original version of this HouLight UV light before. You can find that unboxing video by clicking here.
In the original video one of my criticisms about this light is there is no on and off switch. Essentially to turn it on and off you literally need to plug it in the outlet or unplug it. That effort becomes a bit inconvenient specially if you are using often.
This version 2 however is the new and improved version. HouLight took notice of complaint and improved the product by adding an on and off switch on the light. They reached out to me via messenger and asked if I can review the new and improved version and I agreed. If you are in the market for a black light, look no further than the HouLight High Power 20W Ultra Violet UV LED Flood Light. For yoyoing, it will make your strings look super cool and visible.
Check out the video below and please like comment and subscribe.
Even though I have not witnessed the event myself, I thought it would be great to somehow support the contest in a special way and pay homage to my Filipino heritage.
With the help of my father, Vince Penacerrada, we reached out to the organizers of PNYYC. After a few days of messaging we arrived at an agreement that LorenzYoCubing will be an official platinum sponsor of the PNYYC 2018.
This year’s contest is coming up fast. The dates of the contest are September 1 and 2, 2018 and the venue will be at SM Marikina, Marcos Highway, Kalumpang, Marikina City.
There will be two main divisions (Professional Division and Amateur Division). The Professional Division will consist of five (5) divisions with a Preliminary round with one (1) minute routines & a Final round with three (3) minute routines:
1A Division: One sleeping Yo-Yo for string tricks.
2A Division: two (2) looping Yo-Yos for looping or circular trajectory tricks.
3A Division: two (2) sleeping yoyos for string tricks.
4A Division: one or more Yo-Yos not attached to the string/s for offstring tricks.
5A Division: one or more sleeping Yo-Yos not attached to the hand.
The Amateur Division will consist of players who are playing for less than 2 years. It will consist of two (2) minute routines. Previous champions will be seeded to the preliminaries of the PROFESSIONAL Division.
This contest is the biggest Yo-Yo contest in the Philippines and have inspired many to pursue professional yo-yo playing. I want to wish all the competitors the best and hope our support will help inspire and propagate this awesome performance sport. Mabuhay po!
This yoyo has a generally large diameter and is not too wide and not too narrow. It has some nice stainless steal rims that have the Outlier later engraving and later I noticed that it had my Youtube initials on it “LYC”. I believe that Brandon puts the initials of the player that ordered it next to the Outlier engraving.
This yoyo is dead smooth on the first throw. In terms of playability this yoyo is actually phenomenal in all the styles I threw at it. It is light but the rims make it stable enough so that it can play all styles. The lightness and stability of the rims makes it excellent at speed and since it is wide it is very good for tech as well. The open catch zone makes whip and laceration tricks very easy and it also is awesome at horizontal tricks. All grinds are very good on this yoyo however the rough laser engravings in the faces makes it feel weird while doing finger spins but isn’t that much of a problem.
Overall this is an awesome throw and I highly recommend this yoyo to anyone that has $110 bucks in their pocket. Huge thanks to Brandon for sending me this throw and I hope you enjoy the one I sent you as well haha.
I so happy on how well received the TopYo x LorenzYoCubing Meta yo-yo have been from the Yo-yo community. In a period of just a few days, the Meta became sold out from YoyoBestBuy. But not to worry, other stores still have stock but am moving fairly quickly as the word is getting out. That is amazing and I am so thankful to you all for your continued support.
Here are the Yo-yo stores that are carrying the TopYo x LorenzYoCubing (LYC), signature Yo-Yo.
The feedback on the yo-yo are continuing to come. I have captured some of the reactions below as a way to document what I have known all along, the Meta is an awesome yo-yo. But do not just take my word for it, check out the feedback below:
Comments from YouTube:
Here are some comments on a recent FaceBook Fan Page Post:
On Instagram here are what has been posted from yo-yoers recently purchased the Meta: