In this review I will share my thoughts on my whole experience, contents, and reviews on each yoyo included.This is only my second review. Comments are welcome.
I was thinking about purchasing a shutter when I first saw the advertisement for this sale. I thought “Hmm should I go with the sure thing or try my luck with a mystery box.” They were both the same price and this question puzzled me for several days. I had heard such good things about the shutter, especially the blasted one. I also read a couple threads about the mystery boxes of years past. The overwhelming trend seemed to be that the boxes were few in number. Contents inside were often products that didn’t sell well. Everything was pointing me in the direction of purchasing a blasted shutter. Before making my final decision I consulted my mother. I told her the pros and cons of the two. She pondered a moment. Then said, “Go with the mystery box.” I asked her what was her reasoning. She said,“You’ll have more fun!” So I decided to go with the mystery box.
When it was finally mystery box week at yoyoexpert I was pumped and ready to go. I understood that Monday’s alerts would come via
Facebook. Not having a Facebook would make this hard for me. So instead of making one I simply watched the forums to see if anyone would announce if the release had begun. When the did I rushed to the mystery box page. Added it to my cart went through checkout. And to my dismay, read a red error message that told me that the mystery box was no longer available. I thought I had gone pretty fast. The whole process only took me ten minutes. I vowed to be faster next time. Tuesday’s alert would come through email. When it finally came I again rushed to the page, added the box to my cart, went through checkout, and still read the same error message. The whole process took me three minutes. I couldn’t understand it. I told my mom I was too slow again. She told me I wasn’t. She reloaded the page and it showed that my purchase went through. Seconds later I got a confirmation email to back it up. I was jumping up and down, I was overjoyed. Possibly the happiest I had been after an online purchase.
It was fun to speculate here on the forums what would be on the box. However, I feel I spent too much time doing so. It was still fun.
When I finally got my mystery box it had taken a stop at my Grandmas house in Ohio. Then got shipped to my cousin in LA. Who then shipped it to me. When I finally got it was kinda happy, but had mixed feelings. On the inside I was hoping that I didn’t invest so much time and thought on something I would come to regret.
Looks: This protostar is no different from others except for color. That being said, I love the colorway. It’s so pretty. I almost stare at it during play.
First Throw: Wow, this is really smooth. My other protostar isn’t full of vibe, But my VG Proto knocks it out of the water as far as smoothness goes.
Response/Bearing: Came stock with a CT and CBC natural pads. CT’s are my favorite profiled bearing. The one provided offered was great. The natural pads were slippy at first. Then snaggy for a couple days. After that nothing but smooth binds.
Overall: I like this yoyo. I already liked my first protostar and this one is no different. Play and performance is top notch. It has a light feel on the string and spins quite long. Plus it’s beautiful. No complaints.
Looks: This metal yoyo looks old school. The Mid-sized yoyo, organic shape, prevalent mid-wall, and the plastic caps give it a bit of nostalgia. I asked Steve Brown if that’s what he was going for and he said “I really wanted an all-around, daily carry yoyo that was up to today’s standards but still felt like the original YoYoFactory Grind Master/Hype/Hoax/Fad yoyos. Metal yoyos with plastic caps are just amazing to me.”
First Throw: I don’t like this yoyo. I don’t like the mid-wall. I don’t like the size. I was like “IFHY”. This feeling was short lived.
Bearing/Response: Flat SPEC with white CBC pads. The bearing was nothing special so I switched in a CTX. My disdain for the yoyo disappeared at that moment. The response was slippy at first. It got better with more use.
Overall: This yoyo has become one of my daily carries. It’s nice and petite. Handles any trick you could imagine and is pretty chill.
Looks: Dressed in a black ano and white hubstacks. It really has a barebones look. The finish is nice and a lot better than other YYFs I’ve seen.
First Throw: This is pretty awesome. It’s got some heft, but somehow feels light on the string. It spun so long I went through a really long combo twice.
Bearing/Response: comes stock with CT and a spare SPEC bearing. It plays the same with each bearing and both bearings are good. The response is white CBC and a spare set is also included. I thought it was pretty cool to get some extras.
Overall: This is a great high end yoyo. It is very stable and spins for days. Also hubstacks are fun to experiment with. It is my current favorite throw.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the mystery box. Comments are welcome.