I had a Speed Beetle in middle school and used to love doing loops and around the world. I recently rediscovered yoyo after buying a Duncan ‘Wheels’ at AutoZone on a whim… which sucked… but it made me remember. I dug through the old toy bin back home to find my old yoyo, and figured I’d relearn some of those old tricks.
When I searched for yoyo tricks on the internet of 2021, I was very at what I found. Unresponsive was just gaining traction when I was a kid, but I had still never heard of it before. I was also astounded by the variety of yoyos available and the huge range of materials and prices. (I immediately picked up a Recess First Base and Snack, and have been tearing through the first 50 tricks.)
From the perspective of a newcomer, the popularity of yoyo appears to be growing fast, given the saturation of the market and the occasional viral tiktok (). However, it also seems very niche, considering non-thowers are still amazed by even the simplest modern tricks. It’s also surprising that some of the best yoyo channels on YT have less than 10k subscribers.
So, to finally get to my question, is yoyo actually becoming more popular in the mainstream? or is it pretty stagnant and just getting a little attention here and there? Is it more or less popular than 5 years ago? 10 years ago? Did it just get a bit of a resurgence due to the recent quarantine? What do you think the future of yoyo looks like?
Sorry for the long (first ) post, but after seeing so many yoyos that I want sell out so quickly and new ones announced so frequently, I wanted to have a discussion about the size of the hobby and it’s direction going forward. I’m really excited to be a part of such a supportive community, thank you for reading.