The shape is practically identical. Yoyomonster has been producing its signature “mixed straight” shape for years. Its found in virtually all their metal yoyos, not just the Checkmate. Then Duncan steals the shape, makes a few adjustments, and is going to sell about 100 times as many yoyos as YYM can.
I agree there are shapes that pop up again and again, because they’re so generic, but some companies have developed designs they’re especially known for. YYM being a prime example. Other than Ducan with the Torque I’ve never seen another company make a “mixed straight” profile yoyo.
Anyone familiar with YYM’s lineup can see the Torque uses YYM design features, even if it’s not identical to one of their yoyos.
It’s just very disappointing coming from the world’s biggest manufacturer when they copy designs from tiny Japanese shops, then try to pass off the design as innovative.
From the YYE ad: " And they’re [Duncan] still on top of their game creating amazing yo-yos for all players from beginner to pro! The newest addition to the Duncan De-Luxxe lineup is the Torque and it definitely lives up to the legendary Duncan name!"
What a load of crap.
By the way these were first released at Japan Nationals in a limited raw version that looks much less goofy. You can still find them on Japanese sites though they cost about $20 more.