First off, I will NOT tell people where to buy this yoyo for respect out of YoyoExpert and Yoyojam, nor will I give out the company’s name. Don’t even bother sending me a pm. I will not reply. After the review, I will also post a guide in this thread on how to tell the difference between the bootleg and the original.
Now on to the review:
There have been many bootleg companies. One company I noticed stood out. 3 of their yoyos are exactly alike to the yoyos they copied, including the Phenomizm, the Supernova, and the 888x. They looked way too much like the originals for comfort. The Champion even has the same bronze weight rings and the mirror caps of the Phenomizm. And it also has Yoyojam’s Solid Spin system. I had to try this, so I ordered one for almost 1/6 of the price of the Phenomizm. I received mine in translucent blue, a color the Phenomizm also comes in.
Same as the Phenomizm
Weight (g) 67.70
Width (mm) 39.05
Diameter (mm) 56.10
Gap Width (mm) 4.48
Bearing Type: C Size 10 ball Concave
Man oh man the Champion looks a lot like the Phenomizm! Sporting the weight rings and the mirror caps, one couldn’t tell them apart at first glance. Looking closer, the mirror caps have a star and “Champion” printed on them. The Champion has a v shape with the string only hitting the response. The wide shape and large catch zone makes the Champion easy for sideways play and for landing string tricks. The plastic feels very tough and strong, not like the cheap plastic you would think that comes from bootleg companies. With the caps off, you can see the bronze weight ring is a huge load of metal. Most of the weight from the yoyo comes from the rings. The caps are also very hard to remove. I had to poke a hole in mine to remove them.
The weight on this yoyo is right where it needs to be, all in the rims. This design from Yoyojam causes this yoyo to be stable yet fast and light on the string. The Champion’s spin times last forever, easily being able to pull off 1 minute combos.
Response and Bearing
Right out of the box, the Champion was quiet and unresponsive. The bearing was a 10 ball. I’m pretty sure the bearing is stainless steal. The response is probably a CBC pad. Slippy sometimes but still gives tough binds. Overall, the response and bearing are great.
On my first throw, I LOVED the feeling of the Champion. Floaty, stable, and fast. I haven’t been able to but this down since I received it in the mail. There is a vibe, but it isn’t enough to take away the performance. Eli hops were never easier to perform. I was able to hit every string I wanted to with the Champion. This yoyo can spin for DAYS. It’s too bad you can grind with the polished bronze rings. Throws are very easy to mess up on the Champion. The slightest problem in your throw can cause this yoyo to wobble, but that can be easily corrected. The Champion also doesn’t tilt very much.
For 11 dollars, I dare you to find a better playing yoyo for the price. I don’t like the fact that it is exactly a Phenomizm, but I can’t deny that the Champion plays quite well. I guess you could call it a b grade Phenomizm. The Champion is DEFINITELY worth it. If the bootleg plays this well, it makes me wonder how well the original plays.