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Auldey Dark Lion
Exhibit #2282
TypeProduction
ShapeModified
AxleBearing
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseO-ring
GapFixed
ConditionMint
Date2014
OwnerRick Brough
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The Blazing Teens "Dark Lion" from the Chinese toy company Auldey. An innovative design that let you easily and quickly configure the yo-yo for either 1A play (bowtie-shaped body for string tricks) or 2A play (traditional-shaped body for looping).

The back of the package shows the two possible configurations of the yo-yo. To reconfigure the yo-yo, you depressed the two pink buttons found on the rim perimeter of each halve and pull it apart; flip the halves and then click them back into place.

The package back also shows a radar graph for the 1A configuration and the 2A configuration. Each graph is intended to help you visualize data points of six characteristics of the yo-yo. You can compare the characteristics to find the yo-yo's best points. So, on each chart, starting at the 12 o'clock position and working in a clockwise direction, the six characteristics were labeled as follows:

-Complexity
-Speed
-Stability
-Revolving Time (aka spin time or sleep time)
-Flexibility
-Strength

For the 1A configuration, the best points are Revolving Time and Flexibility; the least favorable points are Speed and Stability.

For the 2A configuration, the best points are Revolving Time, Flexibility, and Strength; the least favorable point is Speed.

It is interesting to note that the exact same yo-yo was also sold in alternate packaging. However, the two radar charts on the package used completely different data points. So, the charts are rather dubious in their design and seem to serve more as a gimmick and visual eye candy.

This yo-yo, among many others that Auldey released, is based on the Chinese animated television series "Blazing Teens" that debuted in China, 2006. The show's premise is yo-yo competitions among youth and schools. Read more about "Blazing Teens" on Wikipedia. There are also viewable episodes on YouTube.

Bearing is size B and the response system is visible on the yo-yo: a black rubber o-ring on both sides of each halve.

In 2021, Norwegian yo-yo brand "Out of Hand Yo-Yos" released an aluminum version of this same reconfigurable yo-yo called the Limbo. The Tom Kuhn No Jive 3 in 1 yo-yo, introduced in the late 70s, was the first yo-yo you could reconfigure.

Of interest...
Reversible yo-yos have been around since about 1978. Here are a few that have been manufactured over the years:
Wood
• Tom Kuhn - No Jive 3 in 1. This yo-yo was the first that let you configure it one of three ways: Imperial, Butterfly, or Pagoda. Its design was patented in 1978.
• TMBR - This-A-Way / That-A-Way Standard. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of two ways: Imperial or Butterfly.
• TMBR - This-A-Way / That-A-Way Deluxe. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of two ways: Imperial or Butterfly.
Plastic
• SuperYo - SuperYo Renegade, version 1. This yo-yo was the first ball bearing yo-yo that let you configure it one of three ways: Imperial, Butterfly, or Pagoda.
• SuperYo - SuperYo Renegade, version 2. This yo-yo was the first ball bearing yo-yo that let you configure it one of three ways: Imperial, Butterfly, or Pagoda.
• Auldey - Magic Tiger. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of two ways: Imperial or Butterfly.
• Auldey - Dark Lion. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of two ways: Imperial or Butterfly.
• Auldey - Flame Tiger V. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of two ways: Imperial or Butterfly.
Aluminum
• Out of Hand - Limbo. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of three ways: Imperial, Butterfly, or Pagoda.
• Out of Hand - Fat Limbo. You can configure this yo-yo's shape one of three ways: Imperial, Butterfly, or Pagoda.
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