I know TA said yoyos we’ll probably never buy but in a world where there are just so many releases and so little time there are honestly too many of those to keep track of so I’m going to cheat and list a few that I want/wanted but haven’t yet acquired for various reasons.
DS Pride - Looks great, had quite a bit of hype surrounding it and now has a decent following upon its release. However, at the same time it was released I was in the middle of selling both my Sasquatch and Avalanche, which share a very similar shape with the Pride. I’m sure the Pride has many of its own special characteristics, but I suspect at the end of the day it would have that Ava/Sas feeling upon returning to the hand and there was no point in letting go of the Ava/Sas if I’m just going to pick up something else similar that I’ll enjoy for a week then sell at a loss. This definitely isn’t a “never” for me but it’s certainly a “not right now”. Perhaps the right colorway will come along for the right trade one day.
AL 7 Quake - The Quake is one of my favorite yoyos so the AL 7 Quake was very tempting. However a handful of things put me off from the purchase. First (and least important), it is slightly more expensive than the Quake, and I am trying to limit my purchases these days. Second, I love wacky colorways, and although all the available AL 7 Quake colors look great, nothing about the solids had me jumping for joy. Third, I generally prefer light yoyos so I had reason to believe that the original Quake would be my preferred throw. I’ve recently been able to secure a trade I’m happy with for an AL 7 Quake so soon I will know.
Albatross - I had both the Triton and Albatross on my radar for a while. I went with the Triton recently because a colorway was released at a price I couldn’t refuse. It’s an excellent yoyo and I’m giving it a fair amount of play to be sure, but I’m not sure it’s a keeper for me. I’d like to try an Albatross to see if it fits me better.
Puffin 2 - I patiently awaited the unveiling of the colorways and was disappointed to see that there was only one I was interested in, that being Rafmagn. In a way that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, Rafmagn looked great and having only 1 stand out colorway made my purchase easy. Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be as it seems just about everyone else wanted Rafmagn as well. I wasn’t home when the release hit and unfortunately my phone was just a little too slow and within a couple minutes of dropping Rafmagn was sold out and I missed my chance. I’ve had a few Puffin 2 related trade offers recently, not sure if I’ll end up taking any of them since they’re for other colors. This is one I’ll almost certainly pick up eventually, either when a Rafmagn becomes available or in a later run when a more appealing colorway comes along.
Laser - Looks great and I’ve heard nothing but great reviews. Simply waiting for an anodized one to be released.
Dazzler - It’s really expensive. I debated purchasing one and ended up passing. I strongly suspect I’d enjoy it a lot, everything about its specs appeal to me. If it is available as I narrow down my collection even more I may pick one up.
Benchmarks - Similar to TA, I at least want the V and O and at that point it seems a shame to not pick up the H. At the end of the day I’m sure these are great yoyos but I’d rather send the $180 to something that I feel will bring something new to the table for me and not just another good value.
Hatchet - The value appeal of the Benchmarks and the visual appeal of a CLYW, along with very favorable reviews. I’ve put off getting one for now but this is a definite possible buy in the future, though I’d love to trade for one if I could.
Ape-X - I like organic yoyos more than most but neither the weight nor release colorways appealed to me. Dragonslayer was much better looking but sold out quickly. Not going to lose any sleep over missing out on this one but I’d consider giving it a whirl if the right deal came along.