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SuperYo Samurai
Exhibit #2072
TypeProduction
ShapeConcave )-(
AxleBearing
FinishUnfinished
PackagingBoxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ConditionMint
Date1999
OwnerRick Brough
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At the time, the SuperYo® Samurai had achieved a sleep record of twelve minutes and two seconds. The record was set by Matt Owen on October 23, 1999 on his first throw. The event was documented by a stopwatch, clock, and video timer.

(On a side note -- As of December 2015, the current world record sleeper is 30 minutes, 28.3 seconds set by Simpson Wong in August 2012. He used a yo-yo made by C3YoYoDesign. That design eventually went on to production and was called BTH and retailed for $180 US.)

For a yo-yo to be used in setting a world sleep record, the AYYA (American Yo-Yo Association) required that the yo-yo maker produce and sell 100 or more of the exact same yo-yo used in the record attempt.

The first 1000 (supposedly) yo-yos were a Limited Collectors Edition with a special Samurai mark on one side of the yo. All yo-yos had an assigned serial number that you could register with SuperYo using the enclosed card. (It's not clear how you benefited from registering the yo-yo.)

The features of this yo-yo included the following:
• SatinGlide ceramic bearing
• Solid "2.1.0" design -- that is, 2 halves, 1 ball bearing, and 0 parts to lose.
• .0005" diamond finish CNC machined tolerance.
• Hollow body halves.
• SuperYo®'s redesigned IntelliGap axle adjustment system.

The folded origami paper in the Complete box contents picture contains an extra black cotton string. Overall, this high quality, hollow bodied aluminum yo-yo was an unprecedented design in 1999. It remains so more than twenty years later. Beautifully designed packaging as well.

Collected December 25, 1999. USPS hand-delivered the yo-yo package directly to me on Christmas morning. In 1999, this yo-yo originally retailed for $130 US. The price made it one of the most expensive mass produced yo-yos at the time. Accounting for inflation, that $130 is now equivalent to $205 in 2021.

Of interest...
Hollow bodied aluminum yo-yos have been around since 1999. Here are a few that have been manufactured over the years
• Super Yo - Samurai
• SPYY - Pure VSOP
• Out of Hand - Limbo
• Out of Hand - Fat Limbo
• Out of Hand - Burner
• Custom Yo-Yo - AXLerator
Other Views
Samurai figure, side B
Boxed
Complete box contents
Front and back of card

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