I mean… I’M excited lol.
They were 80 at WYYC. Which is undoubtedly a lot for a wooden yo-yo, but between it being a collab with UN, and the way Colin makes them, PLUS how they feel, play, and break in… I mean I know I could not be more biased, but I also sincerely think these are the best eH’s yet.
Colin’s approach to his craft is super special. For every yo-yo he makes, he creates a simple jig and the whole thing is done by hand on his lathe one half at a time. And then of course you’ve got the threaded axles & caps to match the threads on the halves (it’s kind of incredible to me that he’s able to make such great playing fixies in this way). I really see it like a surfboard shaper bringing a board to life and overseeing every step of the process - except these have to SPIN lol. But he has the same spiritual dedication to craft where he’s really considering the fact that they’re going out into the world to hit rad tricks and bring people joy.
Andre is just one of the most kind, giving, and multitalented guys I know. Lol he took that stall pic in Josh’s post of me at the Basecamp party, then the next morning when I came up to him, he was editing the photo while helping run the YYE booth between semi-final judging sessions, and being totally courteous to the yo-yo fans who wanted to come up and get a high-five or just have a word. And he’s like that EVERY time I see him - just chilling at the center of a hurricane.
And of course Bryan has this crazy ability to make a thing cooler by reconstructing it in the simplest, most elegant way. His UNKNOWN branding (and the eHnknown logo lol) is exhibit A, but he does that with yo-yo tricks and low-key hilarious joke delivery too. Everybody wants to do special editions with him, not because they love black and white, but because the idea of a person NOT wanting to hang with Bryan is just incongruous.
Anyway, sorry long post, but they’re just some of my favorite people, and just getting to talk & associate with them is amazing. The fact that said association results in getting incredible wooden yo-yo’s out in the world is a pretty wonderful bonus.