A first impressions review of the Capital Yoyo –Serum (YYE-Kristiawan)
Diameter : 56 mm
Width : 44 mm
Weight : 66.5 g
Response : Flowable
Bearing(stock) : Ten Ball concave (not sure if it is KK or not)
So I picked this up primarily because I was so impressed with the amount of effort that had gone into the production of this yoyo. Kristiawan has obviously put a ton(ne) of work into getting this produced, and also has put enough care into it that there have been several prototypes; I’m sure this is the case with most yoyos but for a single person to put this much TLC into the process was hugely impressive. So many of these ideas end up becoming pipe dreams because the process is difficult and things don’t go as planned, but Kristiawan has worked on this for a long time and come up with a final product. Oh, and the specs match the kinds of things I like
Arrival: So this yoyo came to the US from Indonesia, and was wrapped what seemed like about fifty different ways, and honestly I was OK with that because the box and yoyo were snug and undamaged inside. When I finally broke through the outer layers (I swear it was trying to peel an onion a layer at a time), the first thing that struck me was that so much effort had even gone into the packaging! I’ll add more pics later, but the box sleeve is awesome! The general design is great, it has all the specs written on the box, it’s just fantastic. It really already felt like this was a labor of love, a bit akin to the new CLYW sleeves. I know it takes effort to put together something like this, but it’s just so rewarding for the buyer. Makes you immediately feel like your money was well spent.
Unboxing: The yoyo was mounted on a card insert (some other companies do this) that sat around the bearing keeping the yoyo central in the box. The yoyo is raw (if you look at the BST you’ll see why), but the rims and catch zone are decently polished although not crazy so. It doesn’t look like a Mullicabob or Yoyospirit polished thing but good enough. There is a small amount of space in the cup that is not polished, and I really like this effect, but unfortunately at the edge of this zone where the aluminum angle changes, the machining has made a bit of a mess of the effect. It’s a bit of a shame because otherwise the effect looks really good.
On a throw: So I knew that this had been sili’d and had a decent sounding bearing in it, and that the weight was good, but nothing else really about how this would play as this is something Kristiawan hasn’t really addressed. Actually this yoyo is a really good player. It’s weight is shifted quite dramatically to the rims (or at least it seems so to me) and the rims feel thick. For that reason the spin times are really really good, as is the stability. As with yoyos of this nature it has the tendency to have a little tilt if you knock the rims with the string (man I’m a sloppy player ) but you can also correct that with a little effort. It really is a powerhouse too, it will go through plenty of tricks and has no issues or worries at all. It feels good in the hand, and the silicone is good enough to give a good bind even after a long play time. The gap is really pretty wide, as is the catch zone and it makes it a joy to throw. The bearing seems really good too, which is excellent, and is a great thing for Kristiawan to include because I think it’ll really add to the experience of playing this thing out of the box, which is good when you want good review to get more buyers. It hops fine, but I don’t think I would describe this as floaty, although my definition is probably skewed, my choices for floaty yoyos on the JasonWong thread did not necessarily meet with approval/agreement! There is a little vibe, enough to feel a tiny amount on the string, but it doesn’t affect play in the least. Do not think that this is in anyway a problem, it is considerably less vibey than several other throws I own, all of which play fine – I’m just trying to say it’s not General-yo smooth.
I’ll try and put some more about the play later, but for now go buy one! It’s really really good, especially as a first outing. It’s price point is a little high for a first yoyo at $85 plus shipping, but it easily competes with other things in this price bracket. I guess I’d compare it to the Burnside in playability at the price, and if you like the Burnside you should definitely try this. I also really like the shape and contours, at some point in the not too distant future I’ll get it powder coated, and it really will be a thing of beauty too. Hit Kristiawan up and get an excellent yoyo – I have so much respect!
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