Well… I think it’s about time SPYY reserved a spot here to bring players the latest tidbits on upcoming product and happenings… Finally O0
We’ve been at it for a while now, in fact SPYY made it’s first metal throw (the Radian) in March of 2006. It’s been a slow and steady pace ever since. I recently had an interview with the awesome folks on String Burn Live where we discussed how SPYY got its start. You can watch this episode here if you’d care to hear me ramble on about this type of shtuff: http://www.stringburnlive.com/2010/05/29/spyy-pro-flying-v-episode-046.html
Suzanne and I have tried to maintain a pace of production where we could focus on quality and leave “quantity” to the big companies. Our growth has been slow, but manageable while raising a new family (two boys now! Wheeeeeee!). Parenting and holding a steady job while running SPYY has been a huge challenge. It’s only been until recently that I’ve felt like my head is finally above water! I haven’t been as active in the online community as I’d like to, so my hopes are that this thread will help focus my time and attention to better communicate with the people that buy (or those that are considering buying) a SPYY. I’ll do my best to update this thread on a regular basis and to answer the questions or comments you may have.
As I’m sure most of you already know, SPYY prides itself on being able to release something new on a regular basis. This is mainly due to the fact that I’m able to work closely with skilled machinists at my workplace. This ensures that new designs are feasible and manufacturing tolerance meet my exacting specifications. This isn’t the case with most brands, where they have to outsource their machining - something that can add to the nightmares of pressing forward with a new design. I always try my best to put a spin on the same old formula. Some of our stuff may seem a bit out there, and others may appear to be on the conservative side. In truth, there’s no one magic formula and what works for some players or collectors may not for others. In the end, new SPYY product is being released frequently enough that we hope to nail your idea of the perfect yoyo one way or another. I always have an open door (or Inbox) policy, so if there’s ever something you’d like to see come out of SPYY, then please, please, PLEASE shoot me an email or PM. We CAN do it… and I’d also love to hear from you, even if it’s just to say “Hi!”
So without further a due, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…
The Pro (or “the monster” as I like to call it!) is now in stores. This yoyo is a huge departure from the familiar SPYY recipe. My intent was to nail a no compromises, full attack mode alien from outer space. Hehe! I think we accomplished just that. Yup, no spikes Ed, or legendary old skool player described it like this: “the pro effing kills. it hunts whales and tigers and cures juvenile diabetes. i can’t imagine using a different yo-yo on stage. i mean the V’s do too, but we knew i’d love those, whereas the pro is pretty much the anti-V.” Guy, our resident trendsetter said: “the pro is a tomahawk cruise missile strapped to a Ferrari with a laser on it…somewhere!” and to summarize the numerous emails from our overseas competitor Zannix: “Truely amazing! Lots people in the Hong Kong region want it after trying mine!”. Anyway, as I’m sure you can tell, I’m totally-totally stoked about this release. I think it’s one of SPYY’s best yet, so please go out of your way to try one. You’ll be blown away with it’s alien presence
Next on my list to announce is another new release from SPYY. This design has been sitting in the back of my mind for quite some time, so I’m really excited to finally show it off. It’s smaller and wider, with a very bold shape. I’ve named it “Stryker”,which describes it’s pin-point accuracy when played. It’s solid and consistent due to its size and profile shape. I’m expecting these back from anodizing soon, so I’ll post pictures once they arrive (they won’t be blue).
And yes, choo betcha… there’s another new design in the works named “Speed Freak”, but I’ll leave further details on that one for a later date
Finally to wrap up for now, I’d like to send out my most sincere thanks and big hugs, to the all the SPYY fans: I’m always blown away when I see pictures of how many of our creations fill your cases and displays! A big, BIG thanks to the stores: It goes without saying that I couldn’t do this without your amazing support and confidence in our products. To my team: YOU EFFING ROCK! And last, but not least, to the SPYY haters and critiques: You inspire me to do it better than ever. Keep it up!
I do it all for the love of yoyoing, but most of all because of my love for this small but huge-hearted community that I like to call home. SPYY, over and out.