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Yomega Fireball - 1992
Exhibit #2430
TypeProduction
ShapeModified
AxleTransaxle - Plastic
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseStarburst
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Date1992
To1993
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 now famous Outrageous Yo released in 1989. The Outrageous Yo was later rebranded as the Fireball in late 1990, early 1991. The model in this exhibit was the second version of that rebranding that included new packaging and a monochrome 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.

Compared the front and back of the monochrome instruction sheet inside the box of this version with the color instruction sheet inside the box of the 1994 Fireball.

Of historical interest...
As of December 27, 2009, patent 4,895,547 was officially listed as "Application status is 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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