Yoyo Review – TopYo Encores

Here are my thoughts on TopYo team member Chi Gaoyu‘s latest signature yoyo, the Encores.

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Diameter: 56.06 mm / 2.21 inches
Width: 43.55 mm / 1.71 inches
Gap Width: 4.69 mm / 0.18 inches
Weight: 66.67 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: 19mm Slim Pad Size

The Encores is not too big and not too small, but it is a bit bulgy due to its plain organic shape. The anodization is similar to that of the YoyoRecreation Draupnir which is very thick, a bit rough, and very strong. The face of the yoyo is on the flatter side and is filled with laser engravings that shape the throw’s logo. The stainless steel rims on the side are very thick which give the yoyo A LOT of rim weight.

While in play, the yoyo itself is heavy, stable, and as I’ve said before, has A LOT of rim weight. So naturally, the yoyo has an extremely long spin time. The yoyo is very powerful which can be felt in every throw and can withstand very long, intricate, and complicated string tricks and combos. Since this yoyo is made for long-spin times, this design very conveniently has a very strong response system so that even when the yoyo is at a weak spin after a long combo, it will still bind very efficiently and very smoothly.

Due to this heavy weight however, you can’t really rip out a fast rail combo very efficiently without your arms getting tired from swinging it around so much. Also, the bulky organic shape along with the strong anodization and abundant laser engravings on the face of the yoyo, make it very difficult and inefficient to do proper grinds. However, the yoyo is actually still very smooth when it comes to horizontal combos. It tends to carry them out very smoothly due to the strong rim weight which keeps it from tilting.

Overall, the TopYo Encores is a very solid, long spinning, and stable yoyo that can handle very lengthy, intricate, and complicated combos. I definitely highly recommend it to the players who have a similar style with the qualities that cater well with this kind of throw.

Enjoy the video!!!

Yoyo Review – TopYo X UNPRLD Antidote

Here are my thoughts on the latest collaboration yoyo between TopYo and UNPRLD, the Antidote.

Purchase the TopYo X UNPRLD Antidote HERE!

Specifications:

Diameter: 56.40 mm / 2.22 inches
Width: 45.60 mm / 1.79 inches
Gap Width: 4.75 mm / 0.18 inches
Weight: 65 grams
Bearing Size: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: 19mm Slim Pad Size

The Antidote has a very nice v-shape with slanted and thick rims which is very good for rim weight. The body has a very smooth plastic material which according to UNPRLD is made with injection molding. It is dead smooth out of the box and very good for normal finger grinds as well as flawless finger spins due to the concave metal finger spin dimple. The yoyo is neither too wide nor too narrow, but is just (baby bear) right.

While in play, the yoyo is very light, nimble, and fast. The thick rims keep the yoyo from tilting which makes it great for speed, hop, and horizontal tricks. For such a light yoyo it actually has a very good spin time and can very well hold it’s own for a wide variety of tricks and combos. For some players however, it might take some time to get used to controlling the yoyo if they’re used to the feel of mid-heavy weight throws.

Overall, this yoyo is an exceptionally good speedy-pocket throw and would highly recommend it to players who love to do fast and extreme hop combos. This throw is definitely one that everyone should have in their collection!

Enjoy the video!

Yoyo Review – SFyoyos Cadence

WASSUP Y’ALL!!! In this video, I reviewed Keiran Cooper’s signature yoyo, the SFyoyos Cadence.

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I’ll keep this short and sweet. Three words. A, MA, ZING!!! Literally, this yoyo can handle almost any type of trick you can throw at with ease. While in play, it has a very nimble and bouncy feel, but still very stable. This yoyo can and will definitely hold it’s own and will not tilt at all. Very easily maneuverable and cooperative. The simple wide open shape makes it easy for tech, rejection, and slack tricks and it’s angularness makes it AWESOME for speed and overall extreme tricks, after all, that is what Keiran is known for.

All grinds on this yoyo are flawless. The open wing shape with the mat finish makes it perfect for regular finger grinds. The simple face con-caved into the center makes it great for finger spins. And the nice inner ledge makes it great for both talon and thumb grinds.

My only problem with this yoyo is that the response was a bit weak, even when I put new pads in, but maybe that’s just me, let me know.

Overall, this is an amazing mono-metal from SFyoyos and I highly recommend it if you have the $50 laying around.

ENJOY THE VIDEO!!!

Yoyo Review – SFyoyos Bliss CS

WASSUP Y’ALL ISS LORENZO!!! In this video I reviewed the SFyoyos Bliss CS

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Now before we get into the review, with this unfortunate sickness that is going around, I just want to remind everyone to please observe proper hygiene and to try your best to avoid unnecessary close contact with other people. Please stay clean, healthy, and safe. ūüôā

With that being said, let’s get on with this review!

The Bliss CS by SFyoyos is the signature yoyo of Conor Seals and sub-signature of Paul Harness. Incase you didn’t know, Paul Harness’s signature yoyo is the original SF Bliss.

According to SF, this yoyo has been tweaked for Conor Seal’s style. The gap width has been shortened in width for snappier returns and added weight for extra power.

This yoyo (at least for me) is the ideal all around yoyo. The yoyo is powerful but not over powerful like a lot of the “speed” yoyos are nowadays. The yoyo’s weight feel is just a tad toward the lighter side but is definitely not a floaty yoyo. This light feel along with the rim weight on the rims makes this yoyo great for speedy and extreme tricks. It is also very stable to endure long tech combos. The designers also made sure that the gap width was just short enough in width so that the binds will snap at ease but will NOT SNAG. So you can still do an extreme catch bind AND do a very tech trick with no snag!!!

Grinds on this yoyo are amazing due to the simple design. The yoyo has a wide, smooth, and open V/H shape which is perfect for regular finger grinds. Finger spins are flawless because of the simple flat, con-caved center with no weird stubs. Talon grinds are flawless. Thumb grinds are okay but there is not really enough inner ledge to catch the yoyo on your thumb.

Overall, the SF Bliss CS is definitely an amazing throw and I highly recommend it.

Enjoy the video!!!

 

Yoyo Review – SF Yoyos Ceasefire

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!!!

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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!!!

Enjoy the video!!!

Yoyo Review: MagicYoyo Z01 Focus

Sup y’all it’s Lorenzo!!! In this video I reviewed the new bi-metal from MagicYoyo, the Z01 Focus!!!

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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!!!

A N Y W A Y S, HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS ON THE MAGICYOYO Z01 FOCUS!!!

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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.

The shape of this bi-metal is definitely one of my favorite shapes. Other yoyos with this shape are the YoyOfficer Rave, the Ozhiriz Sphinx, and the MagicYoyo Vulfgang. 

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!!!

ENJOY THE VIDEO!!!

 

TopYo Button Unboxing and Review

In this video I unboxed and reviewed the TopYo Button yoyo.

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.

Enjoy the video!!!

 

Yoyo Review – MagicYoyo Y02 Aurora

In this video, I unboxed and reviewed the MagicYoyo Y02 Aurora

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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 was given this name because if the bright LED lights that activate on the side of the yoyo while it is spinning. There are two versions of this yoyo that one can purchase. One can either purchase an Aurora that displays only ONE COLOR light for $25.99, or an Aurora that has COLOR CHANGING lights for $28.99.

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.

Enjoy the video!!!

Yoyo Review – TopYo Selene

 

In this video I reviewed the TopYo Selene (2018) yoyo.

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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.

Enjoy the video!!!

 

 

Unboxing – HouLight UV LED Black Flood Light V2

This video is an unboxing video of the new and improved HouLight High Power 20W Ultra Violet UV LED Flood Light.

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.