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YoYoFactory 44 - 2021 (mini)
Exhibit #4250
TypeProduction
ShapeConcave )-(
AxleBearing
FinishAnodized
ColorPurple/Pink
PackagingDisplay Boxed
ConstructionMulti-piece aluminum
ResponseCBC Slim Pad
Diameter47.78mm
Width38.72mm
GapFixed
Gap Width4.5mm
Weight44.29gm
ConditionMint
Date2021
OwnerRick Brough
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The original YoYoFactory 44 was first released in 2010. Eleven years later, in 2021, YoYoFactory resurrected the 44 with a new shape, and new specifications and anodizing (use the Compare feature to see the differences). It was really two different yo-yo's, identical in name only. Playing off of the "44" name, the yo-yo's weight was manufactured to be 44 grams, and its selling price was set at $44 US. The 2021 version was initially pre-released in a raw, tumbled form seen here. A little more than a month later, the production version was released in purple and pink anodizing and black with white speckled anodizing.

Why the name "44"? The number 44 is often seen in the yo-yo world, but it isn't clear as to why. In Japanese, numbers are often used to create words. While 44 is normally read as yon yon, it has been adopted by the yo-yo community to read "yo-yo" instead.

From the yoyofactory.com website:
"Talk about punching above its weight!

Weighing in at 44 gm this spritely player offers a new perspective on tricks while smashing weight expectations. It has all you need for a GREAT playing experience.

$44 retail price offers insane value.

Proudly designed in Chandler, Arizona, machined in Mesa, Arizona, and annodized in Phoenix, Arizona, and all finishing and assembly in Chandler, Arizona for play ALL OVER THE WORLD!"

Recipe
Diameter: 47.78mm
Width: 38.72mm
Gap Width: 4.50mm
Weight: 44.29gm
Bearing: Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)
Response: Slim pad, size 19mm OD
Material: 6061 aluminum

Released July 9, 2021

Original retail price: $44 US

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