The YoYoRecreation Sleipnir and the C3 Alpha Crash play almost exactly the same. I’ve spent the past 2 hours throwing them back-to-back and have noticed only two differences regarding play.
1: The Sleipnir regens slightly better.
2: The Alpha Crash requires more string to bind at lower speeds.
Other than that, the two yoyos are as close to identical as I’ve ever felt when throwing these past 4 years! Even the 6061 and 7075 Majesties, CODE2s, and DANGs I’ve thrown have less in common! Because of this, I’m going to start recommend the Alpha Crash to all new throwers in favor of other plastics I’ve been preaching about. If you can get something that plays “the same” as a Sleipnir for $20.00, why wouldn’t you do it? I’ve even thrown bootleg Sleipnirs that have more difference on the string than the Alpha Crash does when compared to the real thing!
I’m not bring this up to bash the Sleipnir or to promote the Alpha Crash. I really enjoy both of them and greatly respect their creators. I do find it very interesting and borderline hilarious that a super high-end 7075 Aluminum yoyo and a super low-price plastic yoyo can have so much in common. I guarantee that C3 wasn’t attempting to create a Sleipnir clone when making the Alpha Crash, but I do believe that the fact they succeeded in mimicking such a masterpiece in a low-price plastic yoyo is amazing and should be held in high esteem.
Anyone who owns both, please pick them up and throw, one after the other, and tell me what you think.