I got my POPStar today ;D
Specs: Weight: 66.50g
Gap Width: 4.25mm
Bearing: CBC SPEC, Size C
The POPStar looks like a tiny Hectic but is stated by YYF to be based off of the Protostar and RockStar profiles. The POPStar is a pocket sized yoyo priced at 26$ so please keep that in mind while reading. Anyways, without further ado, here’s my review for the POPStar by YoYoFactory.
First Impressions: When I got it I laughed a little seeing as it comes in a full sized box that doesn’t really have anything on it that says, “POPStar”, besides a small insert on the front. After I got it out of the box I was kind of shocked at how small it was, I mean I knew it was a pocket sized but since I’ve never played with one until now it took a while to get used to it, figuring out how to properly bind it and throw it. I had a ton of snags at first, but after a few hours it felt more natural to me and I started smiling like a little boy who just got a N64 for Christmas (references, references). So first impressions were uncomfortable and strange at first, and then extremely, extremely fun. I can’t think of anything else for first impressions so on to the next part!
Playability: FUN! FUN! FUN! There’s one word to describe the playability for you. It’s just simple fun, like riding a roller coaster or opening Christmas presents or something else fun if you don’t think either of those things are fun (what?!?!? who doesn’t like roller coasters and Christmas presents?). Here are the cold hard facts.
1.It’s balanced, but only to a certain degree. It WILL start tipping 3/4th’s of the way through a longer combo, but this wasn’t really a problem for me considering the fact that I just don’t see this yoyo as, “Main Throw”, material anyways.
2. It’s kinda vibey. It might just be mine but it definitely has a little something after it hits the end of the string and starts spinning. It’s no where near enough to affect playability but it’s there and some people like to complain. I actually kind of like it, considering I just like to kind of feel weather my yoyo is spinning or not down there and there’s just enough to do that without being bothersome. (bothersome? what am I, 70?)
3. Grinding. I’m not a real big grinder, in fact I barely ever do it, but, It works well enough for it and unless you really, really like grinding I don’t think you’ll be dissatisfied.
4. The bearing works. Nothing super special, nothing obscenely terrible. It just works.
5. The Pads are large bearing slim pads made by CBC. They, just like the bearing, work. Once again nothing special or bad, they get the job done. I prefer silicone so they’ll be coming out pretty soon anyways.
6. The shape feels nice in my hand and doesn’t hurt when it comes back, even at high speeds. String catches really aren’t that hard and I actually found it easier to maneuver through the string because of the small size, but, I know some people will simply not like it because of the size so there’s that.
Final Pros: It’s all metal, It’s 26$!!!, It’s fun, It’s awesome. Oh yeah and for the Americans out there, it’s USA made. (wow something not made in another country!)
Final Cons: Not the most balanced thing ever, and the very very minimal vibe may bother some people.
Famous Last Words: Like I said at the beginning, please remember the price point of this yoyo because it DOES matter. All in all this yoyo is really a gem, It’s the most fun I’ve had playing since I bought my first Freehand 2. For 26$ you can’t go wrong and hey, you can carry it in your pocket without leaving a huge indent in the side of your jeans later (XD). If you’ve never played with an undersized pick this one up (if you still can that is) you won’t be disappointed. So is this the best bang for your buck yoyo out there? It’s opinion but I say right next to the StarLite it definitely is. Tell me what you think if you have one or just comment on the review, either way.
Happy throwing! – Hadoe