He has been playing with my DMII . I put the small bearing in and some thicklube to make it responsive. He is trying real hard at sleepers and brain twister mounts.
I want to buy him something nice for his 6th birthday and I am just not sure.
The DMII is a bit big in his hand. On the other hand, he isint going to stay 6.
The question here is how much do you want to spend. Seeing how he is turning 6 I think a full plastic is in order. I have a 9 year old so I understand these things. The lynn is almost as big as the dm2. I suggest something smaller. If you can find a shinwoo phantom I would go with that. It does come with a vibe but its not going to affect him. I can do all my tricks on one so… There are many other choices. Just make sure the size is small enough but not too.small.
How is he doing with the DM? I would think it’s too big and too heavy for a 6 year old. Without knowing him, I’d say;
Kickside - bullet proof, response lasts forever (almost), no spacers to fall out. (I get a chuckle from 18 year olds that complain about this, but for a 6 year old…) Almost as big as a DM though, and you’ll have to oil it once in a while to keep it responsive.
Dragonfly - almost bullet proof, response lasts almost forever, big but light. Available at Toys R Us!But it does leap into a bunch of pieces when you open it.
Freehand2 - same as Dragonfly, but heavier, and sticker response to replace. Also at Toys R Us’
Mosquito - 6 year old size and weight. Cheap! Available at WalMart! BUT polycarb (fragile for a 6 year old) stickers to replace and spacers to lose.
If you’re looking at plastics I think Duncan Throw Monkeys are great for kids because of it’s durability (it has nice rubber rims) and you can make more or less responsive somewhat. I have used mine to entertain many a kid/baby. It is kinda big though.
If you’re looking for a metal a Duncan Drifter is a nice yo-yo that can grow with him and it’s a little smaller. I have seen a 5 year old with one of these doing pretty well.
They both cost about the same.
A Yo-Yo Jam Kickside is a little cheaper and plastic and it’s a nice yo-yo as well.
My seven year old does really well with a Duncan Drifter- but at six he started out with a mosquito that I weighted so it slept a good minute with a hard sleeper. A cheap alternative to start him with. That being said- if your boy is an even tempered youngster who isn’t prone to whipping things around I would say that a drifter would be an excellent choice. Stock its very responsive but still sleeps a while. And if he hates it you can pull one sticker off and beefcake it and it plays reeeeally nice for a twenty dollar metal. Win win I’d say.
I think I am going with a DMII. He seems to do well with it. My Yuuki fits a bit better but The DMII will take him from beginner and up. He is a big kid for 6 and maybe thats why the DMII isnt too big for him.