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Yomega Fireball - 1994
Exhibit #3246
TypeProduction
ShapeModified
AxleTransaxle - Plastic
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseStarburst
GapFixed
ConditionMint
Date1994
To1995
OwnerRick Brough
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This early Fireball is an interesting piece of yo-yo history. Yomega's first transaxle yo-yo was the Outrageous released in the late 1980s. The Outrageous was later rebranded as the Yomega Fireball in late 1991, early 1992. The model in this exhibit was the second version of that rebranding that included new packaging and a color instruction sheet. Came with its original clear, hard plastic display box and instruction booklet. Side cap logo has a solid black background overprinted with gold text and design. Clear body halves. The side cap has printed in gold the following text, left to right, top to bottom:

"Yomega High-Performance YoYos
Fireball Pat. No. 4,895,547 Fall River, Mass."

The Fireball is still being made today, although the side cap design and the manufacturing of the body itself has changed over the years. It still uses a plastic transaxle that is slid over the axle rod. This model was great for looping and string tricks; it was also very popular in Japan.

Compare the front and back of the color instruction sheet inside the box of this version with the monochrome instruction sheet inside the box of the 1991 Fireball.

Of historical interest...
Patent 4,895,547 is officially listed as "Status: Expired - Lifetime" meaning that the patent term has expired and the design patent is no longer effective. It does not mean that the design is in the public domain -- although it likely is now -- as it may be copyright protected. The patent was originally filed by Leonard R Amaral on January 27, 1989 and the application was granted January 23, 1990.
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