The Square Wheels Yo-Yo Company ROYALE


#1

This is one of my first posts on YYE. I was a YYN guy, but haven’t been on either forums in a few months. So, here ya go.

Please know that mine is a prototype, and some things have been slightly changed. As far as I know, changes have not been drastic for the production run.

I’m going to be honest. I don’t really like it now that the “New yo-yo” feeling has gone away.
Simple as that. I’m not trying to bash the company, I just feel like more thought should have gone into this yo-yo. I hope this isn’t offensive.

Feel in the hand:
-It feels like a slightly larger Septopus, with a little less substantiality. The tumble finish (which I’m not a fan of) CAN grind, but it’s not the best. I feel beadblasting would have been a better option.
-The spikes are sharp, but not too sharp.
-Good, rounded edges.

On a throw:
-When you throw it, you kind of get that “soda can” feel. This isn’t bad or good, just depends on what you prefer.
-Vibevibevibe. Visible vibe. Me no likey. I don’t like the fact that this yo-yo is shipped with this nasty vibe, and I think this should be corrected for full production. After all, it is a product being sold to a demanding group of people.
-Because of the weight/size/weight distribution or whatever, it seems to lose its spin really easily if you accidentally bump it during a combo. This is made even worse by the vibe. If you’re meticulous, this is no problem.
-I do like its laid-back play. It’s a good, mellow pace.
-Not very good spin time. I’m not a yo-yo maker, so the only reason I can think of is low rim weight. I may be wrong, though.

Misc.:
-IRG play is near-impossible, unless you throw it at an angle.
-The spikes are a bit hard to use if you don’t tune the vibe out.
-It has a really light feel to it.
-Off-axis is decent.
-Ano is pretty cool.
-Once again, vibevibevibe.
-Once again, not-so-great spin time.

Summary:
-It’s not bad. Maybe just not my cup of tea. I just can’t help but feel in the back of my mind that it’s a Septopus done incorrectly. That may just be the VsNewton Fanboy in me, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

Short, sweet, and simple.


#2

nice detailed review


(Mi) #3

With modern yoyos there is no such thing as “the yoyo lacks spin time.”

It’s you or the bearing. Even vibey yoyos can spin long and hard.


#4

Just messaged you!

I’m not entirely certain where you obtained a prototype (I’m assuming you may have bought it directly from my business partner through email, or maybe a trade from someone that won one of our early contests). Either way I’ll make sure you get to try out one of our production runs. Shoot me back a message and we’ll sort out the details!


#5

The following isn’t directed at the review at all. I haven’t thrown a royale, but Blake said something about throwing one my way someday :slight_smile:

To think that a yoyo cannot lack spin time in comparison to others is completely ignorant on your part. Some yoyos spin longer than others by design. To say a yoyo lacks spin time in the current market simply translates into “in comparison to what I expect a present day yoyo to spin for”

But then again, what do I know? :smiley: carry on!


#6

i have a prototype royale as well. mine is vibey as all hell but i understand that is just the way it is being a prototype and all. i know that the real runs are nowhere near as vibey as these. the full run ARE soda blasted. ask blake.


#7

All the runs have been soda blasted…