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Yomega Fireball (first edition) - 1991
Exhibit #3921
TypeProduction
ShapeStandard (-)
AxleTransaxle - Plastic
ColorRed/clear
PackagingBubble Carded
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ResponseStarburst
GapFixed
ConditionMint in Package
Date1991
OwnerRick Brough
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Vertical clamshell packaging; yellow card insert. When Yomega renamed their first transaxle yo-yo model from Outrageous Yo (1989) to Fireball (1991), it was initially released in a red cap/gold imprint version (seen in this exhibit) with a clear body, and without its patent number printed on the sidecaps. The second edition of the Fireball had a black cap/gold imprint version with a clear body, with its patent number printed on the side caps. For these earliest Fireball models, Yomega used clam shell-style packaging with card inserts. For collectors, these early versions in their original packaging are uncommon, hard to find, and quite valuable.

While the design of the Fireball yo-yo has changed little for more than 30 years, one noticeable difference was the use of four internal cross-ribs in each halve. These earliest Yomega transaxle yo-yos are easily identified by the use of these internal cross-ribs. Yomega eventually eliminated the cross-ribs from their molds sometime in the mid 1990s. See the Gemini Gyro, v. 2 exhibit for a picture of cross-ribs.

The printed clamshell card that came with this model was sparse on text compared to the packaging of other Yomega models from the same time period. It is also interesting to note that no where on the packaging is the word "yo-yo" used; only on the yo-yo cap. Perhaps a nod to the haste in which this model was released? One can only speculate. This particular version with red caps but no patent number, and yellow card is hard to find and quite valuable. It was the first edition/first release of the Fireball after its name was changed from Outrageous Yo.

Notice the price sticker in the Package bottom photo. The date code on the sticker is 2/91, denoting February/1991. A great piece of information to know the precise month and year of this famous yo-yo's release. Gregory's Toys & Adventures, where this yo-yo was bought, was a popular toy store in the West in the 1990s. It went out of business sometime in the mid 2000s.

Original retail price: $6 US.
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