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Clearline Concepts Class 3A Laser Yo-Yo (glow)
Exhibit #2813
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
ColorGlow
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionComposite
GapFixed
Condition9
Date1999
OwnerRick Brough
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To my knowledge, this is the first--and only--model of yo-yo ever sold retail that contained an actual class 3A laser in each halve. To add to the spectacular twin red laser beams, the entire yo-yo also glowed in the dark.

The yo-yo itself has a DANGER sticker affixed to one side with the following laser specs:
Max Output: <5mW
Wavelength: 650nm +-10
Class IIIA Laser Product

All "laser-like" yo-yos that have ever been sold on the market in the past were nothing more than harmless LED lights that simulated a laser beam. (See the Gaelex Toys "Supreme 2000" yo-yo exhibit for one such example.) The yo-yo model in this exhibit, however, was the exception. In August 1999, when the laser in this yo-yo was manufactured, it apparently met the laser standards defined by the US Food and Drug Administration for toys. Today, it is highly unlikely that would be the case for this yo-yo. Class IIIA lasers are frequently used as pointers for astronomical purposes. However, unlike most class I and class II lasers, 3A lasers (also known as 3R) can cause serious retinal injury if the beam is focused on the eye for more than 1/4 of a second.

The twin lasers in this yo-yo activate or "turn on" only when it is rotating at a certain velocity on the end of the string. Note that the back of the packaging contains numerous warnings.

The yo-yo was made in Taiwan but it is unclear for whom. The name "Clearline Concepts" appears on the front and back of the packaging. They were located at 85 Fulton Street, Boonton, New Jersey in 1999. However, on the bottom of the packaging the copyright is 1999 and credited to Team Products International Inc. 85 Fulton Street, Boonton, New Jersey. An Internet search revealed that Team Products International never resided at 85 Fulton Street. Team Products was a supplier of consumer electronic products to stores such as Wal-Mart and Target. It's possible that Clearline Concepts contracted with Team Products International to supply the lasers for the yo-yo.

The yo-yo came pre-installed with four LR44 batteries (2 per laser in each halve). The yo-yo in this exhibit has small hairline cracks near the outer edges at the 8 o'clock and 2 o'clock positions (hence the Condition 9 rating). It's unknown if the lasers function because the yo-yo is still sealed in its original packaging. Also unknown is the type of axle used. However, the yo-yo is likely take-apart so you could service the battery compartments.

A very hard-to-find yo-yo nowadays and one of the more interesting exhibits in this museum!
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Profile showing laser hole
Side, close-up
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