I agree. The Rally is also quieter.
I find it interesting the plastic with metal ring trend going on. Going from memory, YYF has had this with the Protostar and Northstar for a few years now. The YYJ Trigger was their offering in that format. Now with the Magic YoYo D5 Dark Sprite and the Rally both having that plastic/weight ring design like that is interesting. On top of that it appears sOMEThING has a new plastic that is on this trend as well. The best part is that for the most part, these designs are staying in the range of “affordable”.
If I had to have a complaint about the Protostar, it’s the fact that the yoyo is noisy. It’s just the design, nothing you can do about it. The other is the speed, which is less of an issue. The Protostar is a fast yoyo and I’m gradually playing faster. Keep in mind, my “fast” is probably still slower than most people’s “fast” or maybe even “medium”. The Rally feels a bit heavier and a bit slower, right in that zone I like. Add the textured surface that gives the Rally a nicer feel and better for grinds in the catch zone, the yoyo has the features I want.
I won’t knock the Protostar. I am seeing less people competing with it these days, but I think that’s because the competition playing trends are pushing more people to having to use metals or at least plastics and plastic/metals with different features. Still, I feel the Protostar(or Northstar) are great yoyos. They aren’t great for beginners unless they are getting help right away so they can learn a bind. After that, they are great new players wanting higher end performance at a low price, as well as a great upgrade yoyo and still a good performer for advanced players.
So, if YYF comes out and says they have surface treated the Protostar so it can be a better grinder, I will try to be in the first wave of buyers for that.