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Black-Silver-Arcade-Yoyo2 + + cage free string yellow image
Price for all three: $33.97

Recommendations for the Arcade Yoyo

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Yoyo Weight and Specifications

  • Response Type
    Unresponsive - Bind Required
  • Weight
  • Diameter
    54 mm
  • Width
    42 mm
  • Gap Width
    4.4 mm
  • Finish
    Blasted Arcade Yoyo Review

Like yoyoing, few places capture the convergence of fun and challenge like the classic Arcade scene. Lines behind the best machines, the thrill watching each match unfold, the nervous excitement you feel after placing your quarter in the slot, waiting for your game to begin. Strangers became fast friends as we worked together to overcome the villainous hoards.

This is the feeling that inspired our first release from Throwback. Arcades are not serious places, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t take it seriously. The joy is in the pursuit of greatness in something that, to the rest of the world, is nothing more than a game. As throwers, we know the pain of each stumble is more than matched by the thrill of success. We know that something can be both casual and engrossing. We know not everyone needs to understand, we see its true value. A mere game, a mere toy? Not to us.

The Design

See for yourself. The Arcade features a comfortable organic shape, with a slightly smaller diameter than your standard yoyo. Our goal was for the Arcade to be comfortable, accessible, and fun. The Arcade succeeds on all counts. This yoyo was manufactured by the same shop as many of our favorite yoyos. Its quality is impeccable!

The Bearing

While bearings are often overlooked, we spent a long time finding the perfect bearing for this yoyo. Any player who has been in the yoyo game for a long time can remember the leap forward the original Dif-e-yo Konkave bearing introduced. Compared to flat bearings, the Konkave allowed more strings to be loaded into the gap, and it kept the string off the side of the yoyo for longer spins.  And yet, despite all these benefits, something was lost too. Some old school players still swear by their flat OneDrop 10 ball. We wondered if we could find a way to get the best of both in one bearing.

First, we decided we wanted a true string-centering bearing, i.e. not a Center Trac bearing. While we love the CT bearing, we have noticed that its tendency to hold the string just off-center does cause the yoyo to process (turn on its axis) more than it would with a truly centered string.

Second, we measured several bearings to see how much volume was created by the string centering shape. We suspected that the deeper the valley created by the shape of the bearing, the more string would be necessary to wrap around the bearing to fill up that space.  In order for the yoyo to bind, enough string would need to wrap around the bearing for the string to break the threshold of the bearing to make contact with the pads. In other words, the deeper the Konkave, or Center Trac, or Trifecta shape, etc., the more string would be necessary to wrap around the bearing before the yoyo would bind. The more shallow the shape, that is, the closer the shape is to flat, the easier and tighter binds would be. After testing, we confirmed this was true.

Consequently, we decided to go with the less conventional dual-straight bearing shape. Of all the bearings we tested, this bearing has the most shallow valley we could find while maintaining a perfectly centered string.

In case you are interested, here are a list of bearing shapes we tested, deepest to most shallow:

  • Trifecta (concave with an additional groove) – Deepest
  • Concave
  • Center Trac
  • Dual Straight – Most Shallow
  • Flat

Additional information

Weight 80 g
Dimensions 2 × 2.375 × 2.375 in
Arcade Yoyo Color

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