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The Executive is a high performance ball-bearing yo-yo in a unique miniature size. Made in Oregon from high quality aluminum.
The Executive is a high performance ball-bearing yo-yo in a unique miniature size. Made in Oregon from high quality aluminum.
The Executive is a high performance ball-bearing yo-yo in a unique miniature size. Made in Oregon from high quality aluminum.
230 backers pledged $21,258 to help bring this project to life.

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 Whether you are killing time waiting for the bus, practicing for a regional contest, or just trying to get some creative juices flowing, yo-yos are a great hobby for all skill levels.

While the technology keeps getting better and better, yo-yos keep getting bigger and bigger. That's why we wanted to design a high performance ball bearing yo-yo that could easily fit into the pockets of your tightest skinny jeans. People still wear skinny jeans, right?

The Details:

The Executive is a high quality, ball bearing yo-yo in a mini-size. It's approximately 2" by 1.5", which is almost half the size of most top selling yo-yos. For something so small, it's amazing how well these things play. They take advantage of modern design and non-response yo-yo play to really pack a punch. Note, the following specs are subject to change:

  • Made in Oregon, USA
  • Diameter: 44.45mm 
  • Width: 30.30mm 
  • Gap: 4.30mm 
  • Bearing: Large Size C Stainless Steel (10 ball)
  • Stock Response: One Drop Flow Groove
  • Unresponsive
  • Weight: about 54 grams 
  • Material: Aluminum 6061 
  • Color: "Kickstarter Green"
  • Includes a 3 pack of orange Candy Wire string
  • Pyramatte finish
Never leave home without your wallet, keys, phone, and a yo-yo.
Never leave home without your wallet, keys, phone, and a yo-yo.

The Rewards:

We are offering The Executive, a high performance miniature yo-yo, in this exclusive "Kickstarter green" finish. Once this campaign ends, we'll never offer this color green again.

For the first 24 hours of our launch, we'll be offering a special blue and yellow "swirl" anodized option that looks absolutely stunning. Once that day has passed, we'll never offer this color option again.

We also have an awesome Executive T-Shirt designed by Paul Escolar, a yo-yo legend, creator of the Green Triangle, and a recipient of the National Innovator of the Year award. 

At our higher levels, we are offering some of our earliest prototypes. These versions are 3 grams lighter than the final run and have a boxier outer edge. These prototypes are all anodized in our Kickstarter green color.

At the very highest level, we have the first 3 prototypes that we made. This includes: a small bearing version of the Executive at 52.7 grams that is anodized in a blue and yellow swirl, an un-colored large bearing Executive at 52.7 grams (the very first of our prototypes), and an un-colored large bearing Executive with boxier edges and lighter than the other models at 51 grams. All three of these yo-yos have been played with during our testing phase and photos are available by request. Also included in this set is the first sketches by Doc and Ernest that were used by One Drop to design this wonderful yo-yo.

About the design

We started off with just one main goal: creating a yo-yo that played great, but could easily fit inside your pocket. We began drawing some shapes and ideas and collaborating with the folks at One Drop. 

Many undersized yo-yos try to pack on the weight, but The Executive proves that small yo-yos don't have to feel really heavy to be fun.

Why Kickstarter?

Collectively, Doc and Ernest have been in the yo-yo business for over 30 years... but we don't own a machine shop of our own, so we need your help to place the minimum order and make this dream project a reality. We think this is the perfect pocket size yo-yo and we've found the perfect machine shop to work with. With your help, we can make this yo-yo a reality.

Stretch Goals:

If we reach $7,000, every Executive will come with a ten pack of orange string made by Candy Wire. (REACHED)

If we reach $10,000, each Executive will come with an embossed black jewelry-style box. (REACHED)

If we reach $16,000, Doc and Ernest will run the world's first ever "World Mini-Yo Contest". (REACHED)

If we reach $23,000, we will add a second color option for backers to choose from. Once the campaign has ended, backers will have the option of the Kickstarter Green Executive OR a Blue Executive yo-yo. (almost there)

If we reach $31,000, we will donate $1,000 to Bay Area services for kids. $500 of this will be a cash donation to a local Toys For Tots program. We'll also donate $500 worth of great plastic yo-yos and free yo-yo lessons to an after school program in SF.

If we reach $56,000 we produce a 16 page, yo-yo trick booklet illustrated by Doctor Popular, Paul Escolar, Drew Tetz and other yo-yo artists. 

 

Risks and challenges

There's always a risk of any project getting delayed, but we've taken many steps to keep the project as manageable as possible.

1. The prototypes are finished and we've created small runs of fully assembled and anodized yo-yos to our testers. They love the results.

2. All machining, anodizing, and assembly is done in the US. So there's no chance that US Customs will just lose our entire shipment and we have direct contact with our machinists.

3. We are working closely with One Drop Design, the most knowledgable, experienced, and well trusted yo-yo manufacturer in the US. As designers, we've heard too many stories of a prototype being approved, but the final run looking totally different... so knowing our machinists is very important to us.

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    T-Shirt designed by Paul Escolar

    Designed exclusively for this Kickstarter campaign, this t-shirt looks like a tuxedo. Classy!

    Designed by Paul Escolar, a giant in the world of yo-yoing!

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    The Executive Yo-Yo

    THE EXECUTIVE!

    A high performance, ball bearing yo-yo, made out of high quality aluminum. A great yo-yo for any player (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)

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    Launch Day Special: Special Swirl Color

    Only available on our launch day (July 1st). This ultra rare Executive will come anodized in a blue and yellow swirl (like tie dye).

    Add $25 USD to your pledge to include a shirt.

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    Executive Package

    One Executive yo-yo (in Kickstarter green) and a high quality shirt by Paul Escolar.

    Get the Executive, our pocket sized ball bearing yo-yo plus the high quality Executive t-shirt designed by Paul Escolar.

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    Prototype and a stock model

    Get two Executives! One will be a stock green model with a c-bearing, the other will be one of our early prototypes. These prototypes will be slightly lighter than the stock model and include a small bearing. They look similar to the original, but feel way faster and different. A cool piece for collectors.

    A high performance, ball bearing yo-yo, made out of high quality aluminum. A great yo-yo for any player (beginner, intermediate, or advanced)

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    Launch Day Combo: 2 throws and a shirt

    Only available on our launch day (July 1st).
    Get the marble swirl Executive yo-yo, plus the green Executive yo-yo, and a shirt.

    Add $25 USD to your pledge to include a shirt.

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    Private Lesson!

    A private lesson from Doctor Popular at The Secret Alley in San Francisco for you and 3 of your friends... or, if you prefer, in your corporate boardroom (Bay Area only).

    Also includes 4 Executive yo-yos, what a steal!

    (reach out to Doc for inquiries in other locations or with more participants)

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    Prototypes and sketches

    Get the first 3 prototypes of the Executive (one large bearing, one small bearing, and one lighter model) and the two pages of designs from Doc and Ernest that were used to create first Executives.

    PLUS a standard Executive and a high quality Executive t-shirt designed by Paul Escolar. Stylish!

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    You very own yo-yo trick!

    Doc Pop will make up a trick or unique combo, and name it whatever you want.

    Doc was the inaugural winner of the National Trick Innovator Of The Year award, so you'll be in good hands.

    After the trick is created, Doc will share the trick on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube along with the name of your choosing.

    (note: Company names, inside jokes, and favorite video game characters are all acceptable... but the name must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

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