Protostar


(Brandon1) #1

I’m thinking of buying a Protostar, but there are not alot of reviews on it, and few I did find were not very specific. Could you guys tell me some things about it like good things about it and some bad things about it; and how it compairs to a Northstar?


#2

Protostar is a great great yoyo. There’s been some quality control issues with Northstars, so you’re much more likely to get a smooth Protostar than a smooth Northstar.

Good things about it:

  1. Great spin times for a plastic yoyo.
  2. Very smooth, quick play.
  3. Comes with a Center-Trac bearing.

Bad things about it:

  1. The plastic surface is a little tacky, and slows down a lot if it bumps your hand during play.
  2. Bearing comes dry, so I’d recommend buying a bottle of Yoyojam thin lube with it.

It’s full sized, so it’s great for someone who likes full sized yoyos.
Nice and wide. About the same width as a Superstar.
Plus, it’s been used to win multiple contests, including California States, Canadian Nationals, and a few others I think.
Great for 1a, 3a, and 5a play.

I personally like my Protostar much better than my Northstar. Probably because my Northstar has a vibe to it, but if you get a smooth Northstar it can be very nice as well, it was even used to win Worlds!

So basically, if you think you’d like a heavier yoyo, and don’t mind the possible vibe issues, get a Northstar. If you’d prefer a lighter, quicker yoyo, get a Protostar. There’s also the Starlight for those like want a cheap ($25) lighter alternative, and the Rockstar, which is just a metal Northstar.


(Brandon1) #3

Does the Protostar have an adjustable gap? Because some people told me it does and some tell me it doesn’t.


#4

Nope, fixed gap. So does the Nortstar, Starlight, and Rockstar.


#5

wait, the northstar and protostar have an adjustable gap and I own both yoyo’s. what do you mean fixed gap? and also protostar was used to win worlds too so get the facts right.


#6

First of all, the ProtoStar or NorthStar doesn’t have an adjustable gap. I own both too. Also nobody used the ProtoStar to win worlds.


#7

well it is said that it isn`t an adjustable gap but i have a northstar and i seem to play it like an adjustable gap.


(Brandon1) #8

k thx. Does it come with a spacer on both sides of the gap? And is it durable?


#9

Yes it does. And it’s pretty durable too.


#10

ive smacked it on sidewalk cement before and it didnt crack. but becareful cause it did make a hollow dent. also, dont put it on top of something hot cause the metal rings expand at heat and cracks the yoyo. i`ve had people with 3 northstars broken like that


(Brandon1) #11

This question doesn’t really matter: but does the newest model of the Protostar still have the arrows on the rim?

I got this picture from a review and I’m not sure how old it is:

… Are those black arrows still on the latest model?


#12

Yes, the arrows are still there, but you may still have to tighten or loosen the gap beyond the arrows to get it to play without vibe.


#13

yup, there’s ton of vibe if too loose


(Brandon1) #14

Thx. Can the “bubble” like “caps” come out?


#15

No, they aren’t caps like on some YYJ yoyos. They are part of the half of the yoyo.


(Brandon1) #16

What about the axle. Can that come out? [I’m just asking in case it were to get stripped].


#17

If you strip the axle it’s more likely that you will strip the internal threads than the axle itself. So I don’t see this as much of a feature to base a decision on.


(Brandon1) #18

I know. I just ordered one. Thanks for all the help guys! :slight_smile:


#19

Great. Enjoy the heck out of it. :slight_smile:


#20

idk but i think i’ve heard of it coming out. like if your axle is stripped, then you need to sacrifice one of the caps by banging on the stripped axle.
I think theres even a picture of a hubstacked protostar with caps out. I think screwdrivers or pry-bars can pry it out.