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Yo-Bonic Condomini Yo
Exhibit #4054
ShapeStandard (-)
ConstructionMulti-piece plastic
ConditionMint in Package
OwnerRick Brough

The Yo-Bonic Condomini Yo was a racy yo-yo released during the last yo-yo boom in the late 1990s. It supposedly included a Gold Coin-brand prophylactic in the hollow body cavity of each halve. A clear lens cover was snapped into place on each halve, holding in the foil "coin". While you might be tempted to removed the lens cover, the card states, The condom is not intended for use.. The clear yo-yo was made from polycarbonate and used a brass, fixed axle. See also the Froggie Yo for another hollow body yo-yo from Yo-Bonic.

As with many Yo-Bonic yo-yos in their product line, the text printed on the card on which this yo-yo was mounted, was part entertainment (in this case, The novelty yo-yo with a unique "safety" feature inside and For adults of all ages; their regular cards say For ages 100 and younger) and part deliberate (Everything we do is just for you!). The upper-left corner on the front of the card has a charicature drawing of the Yo-Bonic's CEyO Maria Carilyo.

Yo-Bonic later released this exact same yo-yo but with a much tamer generic Yo-Bonic card that said "Get wound up on Yo-Bonics" in place of where the yo-yo name was suppose to be.

In trying to understand why this kind of yo-yo was released in a market that primarily targeted children and youth, Maria Carilao, founder of Yo-Bonic Yo-Yos in Seattle explained it this way on Entrepreneur.com in April 20, 2006.

"[Maria] makes up for a limited marketing budget with energy, vision and raw nerve... "

Carilao has become a master of attention-getting. She drives a psych-"Yo"-delic Volvo station wagon covered with hundreds of colorful yo-yos; dresses as "Yo-Yo Girl" for store appearances; and peppers her conversation with "Yo speak," a hip play on words. (For example, she calls herself the world's first CEyO.)

"I didn't have money for a marketing campaign when I started, so I had to be really out there and in buyers' faces to get attention," says Carilao. Not all the attention has been positive, though. Her limited-edition Presidential Blo-Yo, sold briefly last fall, featured caricatures of President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in packaging that played off of "Zippergate."

"Not everyone thought the Blo-Yo was in good taste," says Carilao, "but sometimes you have to take a chance and be in the public's face in a bold way in order to be seen."

What makes her marketing madness work is that it's more than just hype. Says Carilao, 'I know I have a solid product to back up my aggressiveness.'"

(Haupt, Jennifer. "That's Outrageous!" Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur Media, Inc. 20 April 2006, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/21676. Accessed August 31, 2020.)

Original retail price: $10 US.
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