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One Drop Weekender - 48-hour edition
Exhibit #3631
TypeProduction
ShapeConcave )-(
AxleBearing
FinishAnodized
ColorBlue/purple/pink
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseSilicon Ring
Diameter56 mm
Width36 mm
GapFixed
Gap Width3 mm
Weight47 gm
ConditionMint
Date2018
OwnerRick Brough
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One of my most favorite yo-yos to play. The Weekender is an ultralight, modern responsive yo-yo manufactured by One Drop out of Eugene, Oregon. It was a brand new style of yo-yo that was inspired by how yo-yos were originally played by kids and adults for more than 80 years. Uses a size A ball bearing axle and Core Co silicon response pads.

This yo-yo was originally a "Kickstarter.com" project. There were 120 people who backed the project which meant they pledged a combined total of $9,680 pledged of a $2,400 goal.

For a pledge of $73 or more, you were entitled to a special 48-hour edition Weekender yo-yo. A special edition Weekender Yo-Yo in a beautiful multi-color anodizing (blue, purple, pink). The Weekender was designed by Brian Roberts (aka Doctor Popular) during a 48 hour trip to One Drop, Eugene, Oregon. In honor of that "weekend" trip, this special edition was only available for the first 48 hours after the Kickstarter project was posted live.

Included:
• digital comic book
• The Weekender Special Edition

Estimated delivery was sometime in April, 2019.
Ordered Friday, March 1, 2019.
Received Friday, June 7, 2019.

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From the Kickstarter project's website:

"I took a train to Eugene, OR and designed a radical new yo-yo in 48 hours. It's an old school throw designed for modern responsive play. Great for beginners OR advanced players looking for a new style to experiment with.

Let Me Introduce Myself
My name is Doc and I'm a yo-yo pro with 21 years of experience and yo-yo design. I've created a few influential tricks (like Gyroscopic Flop, Branding, and Skin The Gerbil) and helped get the yo-yo emoji approved. I've seen huge changes to yo-yo design and trick styles over the years, but the single biggest change has been a shift from the traditional 'tug response', where the yo-yo simply returns when you tug the string, to the popular 'bind return' or 'non-responsive' design which most yo-yos use today.

20 years ago, yo-yos were designed to simply come back to your hand with a simple tug, but non-responsive play requires players to learn how to bind a yo-yo to get it to return. This allows players to pull off much longer and intricate tricks, but has a steeper learning curve and removes the fluidness from old-school responsive play.

Recently, a bunch of players have started combining old school yo-yos with a whole new style of play that feels surprisingly fresh and innovative. I like to call this new style of yo-yo tricks "modern responsive". These tricks involve modern techniques like string stalls, flips, regens, and a new wave of tricks where the yo-yo isn't spinning.

So I wanted to start from scratch and design a yo-yo specifically intended for this new form of responsive play. Where classic yo-yos were designed for the longest spin time possible, I wanted to design a tug response yo-yo with a wide catch zone and high inner walls to help with string stalls. One of the most unique features of The Weekender is it's ultralight design, which allows the yo-yo to sleep, but is much more consistent for regens and responsive play because the yo-yo has less inertia. In other words, heavier yo-yos tend to be a little less responsive on a consistent basis.

I've designed several other yo-yos, each with unique features, but The Weekender yo-yo is the most experimental design to date. The feedback so far has been great! Here's what Kyle Nations, one of my favorite modern-responsive players, has to say about this new yo-yo design.

The Rewards
The Weekender yo-yo will be available in a single color version or the 3 color-swirl edition (which is only available for the first 48 hours of the Kickstarter campaign).

Every reward level includes a copy of my new comic book, 'Believe it or Knot'. This is a silly comic I wrote and drew in 24 consecutive (and crazy) hours. It teaches the basics of yo-yo maintenance and a few tricks to get you started.

If you are interested in non-responsive yo-yoing, the 'Best of Both Worlds' reward includes a Weekender yo-yo, plus a Bolt Part 2. The Bolt Part 2 is a bind return yo-yo with delrin body and aluminum hubs. It was launched in 2018 as a Kickstarter project and it's an instant classic!

If you are looking for a fun experience, you and 4 friends can sign up for a yo-yo lesson in The Secret Alley, one of San Francisco's most unique spaces."
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