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Sturm Panzer SS-001 Mini Panzer (2020)
Exhibit #3866
PackagingPoly Bagged with Card
ConstructionMulti-piece metal
Diameter17.73 mm
Width16.42 mm
Weight21.4 gm
OwnerRick Brough

The SS-001 Mini Panzer (2020) by Japanese yo-yo maker Sturm Panzer.

This exhibit shows the debut. freshman release of the Mini Panzer (2020) that released without side caps in October 2020. Side caps were never factored into the yo-yo's original design, as you can see. However, the SS-001 Mini Panzer 2, released in July 2021, came with side caps as part of the yo-yo's slight redesign.

Aside from the addition of the side caps, everything else is identical between versions 1 and 2.

From the yoyorewind.com website:
"Smaller than a penny?! This full metal yo-yo is among the world's smallest!

This marks the first volley of Sturm Panzer's SS (Side Story) sub-brand. To date, Sturm Panzer has released quite a lineup of unique and powerful concept yo-yos, and the Mini-Panzer 2020 is a diminutive example of their diverse lineup. Imagine if you will, a bind-response metal yo-yo with a diameter smaller than a US 1¢ penny.

Its unique size requires that it use special parts such as an extra thin string, tiny bearing, response pads, and axle. Of course, because of its size, it's an extreme challenge to throw and catch like a normal yo-yo. It's so difficult to play with, there's an included manual to illustrate the special grip you must use.

But of course, a yo-yo this size is more portable than any other yo-yo. You can use the included neck strap to wear it like an accessory and enjoy yo-yoing just about anywhere! The body is made of brass, which is a particularly dense metal, so you may be surprised when you first pick it up, and by its impressive spin when thrown. As a yo-yo pushing the limits of extreme design, the Mini Panzer delivers a completely new experience that might start off with frustration, but quickly turn into fun. After you get the hang of it, you can hit "normal" tricks, and even get inspired to come up with some new ones that were unheard of before.

Will you use it to recreate regular play on a small scale? Or maybe come up with new tricks? Or find completely new ways to throw? With this unique yo-yo, it is all up to you! Play the Mini Panzer 2020 video for some inspiration!

At the time of ordering, you could optionally select the SECRET PROTOTYPE option to receive an ultra-limited SECRET PROTOTYPE with your Mini Panzer 2020. This item did not come assembled. However, it came with its own set of orange O-rings for response, a set of green outer perimeter O-rings, and bearing. You had to either buy the string separately, or you could use the string that came with the Mini Panzer 2020. The Secret Prototype was even smaller in diameter than the Mini Panzer 2020, but it was challenging to play. It is considered more of a collector's item than a fully playable yo-yo.

The Mini Panzer 1 (2020) set included the following:
• 1x spare bearing
• 1x spare axle
• 1x axle wrench
• 3x spare response O-ring
• 3x special mini string
• 1x polishing cloth with Sturm Panzer logo
• 1x special neck strap"

From the maker Sturm Panzer:
"Original Team YoYoJam member, ZhaoYuan Liu (the 'PHENOM yarou') has teamed up with Sturm Panzer to produce the new Sturm Panzer SS sub-brand. SS stands for Side Story.

Separate from the original storybook series, the SS series yo-yos embody the passion and ingenuity of the PHENOM yarou, and to provide novel ways to play to the greater yo-yo community. The first release of the new SS series is this SS-001 Mini Panzer 2020. It was made with the intention of being the world's smallest playable yo-yo, inspired by YoYoJam's Mini Jam. The packaging is also inspired by the design of YoYoJam's packaging circa 2001, a nod to our roots."

Released October 14, 2020.

Original retail price: $63 US ($82 if you added the Secret Prototype yo-yo)

See also these other Mini Panzer releases:
SS-001 Mini Panzer 1 (2020)
SS-001DX Mini Panzer 1 (2020), silver plated
SS-001 Mini Panzer 2 (2021)
SS-001 Mini Panzer 3 (2022)

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