I was asked for some quick opinions of the YoyoMonster yo-yos that I personally own. Since this is a relatively unknown brand outside Japan, I thought it might help others who might be considering trying some of these premium throws coming from Japan. While YoyoRecreation and Turning Point are well known, some of the smaller brands may be a bit daunting when trying to get information and reviews. The following was my reply to this question. It was not meant to be a review, but more a buying opinion/guide about the models I actually own:
YoyoMonster makes some of the most high-quality yo-yos coming from Japan. The thing that makes them special is their exquisite weighting. Where TP and YYR are all about rim-weight, These yo-yos are much more balanced, but give you the same powerful spin you get with YYR.
The bad thing about YoyoMonster is that they are made in very small quantities. They manufacture to the highest standards like YYR and TP. Unfortunately, that means that often their most popular models are not easily obtained.
Basileus - absolutely beast. Super fast and responsive while having the the ability to go slow when you want. Awesome spin and balance. This is their best one right now. It can play 1A and 5A equally well due to its width and powerful spin.
Dragon Rouge 3D - sort of their Y-Factor on steroids. Has not been seen in a long time. Really great for 3A and 1A. It is fast, ultra-maneuverable and very long-spinning. I really wish they would make more of these available.
Quickmate - Like its name says: quick and powerful. One of my absolute favorites. Plays a lot like the Basileus, but the width is a bit less so it is a bit more maneuverable for 1A. The Quickmate is stable, but not quite as stable for 5A as the Remate.
Checkmate/Remate - heavier than the quickmate but very similar shape. This one plays like the CLYW Avalanche but in 7075 - so it has more rotational momentum. Like the YYR Mr. Butcher, it is a great 5A and 1A player because of ferocious spin and stability. Even though it is heavy, it can handle anything you throw at it with grace and aplomb. Where the Quickmate is a Porsche, the Remate is a AMG Mercedes 500SL.
Dual - Bit of a different throw. Complete butterfly shape. This is getting very popular now in JP. While I find some of these a bit “bindy” this one actually plays great. Most yoyos with this shape seem prone to premature binds that seem to come from nowhere. This guy is balanced and plays like a Chief. The Butterfly shape is best suited for Horizontal play. Since I am not good enough to do that yet - I cannot comment on that aspect of its play. It is, however, smooth as butter and plays way better than any other butterfly shaped yoyo I have thrown both on long loopy combos as well as hoppy type tricks.
Those are the ones I have thrown. ALL of them are excellent yo-yos that I would recommend to anyone anytime. I would put Yoyo Monster on the YYR, TP level easily; but Yoyo Monster cuts its own ground with a feel that is distinctly different from the traditional two and therefore definitely worth a look.
Since I am expressing opinion - two others of notable mention: YoyoyJoker New Double Joker. This is a bigger, beefier version of the venerable Double Joker. It has an inner Delrin catch zone, but don’t let that fool you. This yoyo is beast and can play with anyone - even the Anglam. That is my last recommendation. If you can spare the bucks; the Anglam is the best yoyo available right now in my opinion. It has it all. Fast, maneuverable, stable and forgiving; absolutely magnificent yoyo. Unfortunately, Mr Suzuki knows this and will hit you for big $ to get one
Good luck. With anything from Yoyo Monster, YoyoJoker, sOMEThING; or any other of the popular throws from Japan. I am sure you will be pleased.