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Apr 29, 2015
The YYF 888 has been an iconic yoyo ever since it's original release in 2007. In 2010, the production of it was outsourced, so that it could be mass produced for a more budget price. This is a 2010 or beyond run, referred to as the 888x by some people. Keep that in mind when looking around for reviews online.
In my personal opinion, this yoyo isn't for everyone. If you are thinking of seriously competing in competitions, this isn't the yoyo for you. However, if you are a beginner or intermediate player who is looking for a first metal, or perhaps you've never played with a yoyo and are willing to drop the money to start here, I would recommend this yoyo to you. The kit that is included makes it a pretty good deal at $60, since it comes responsive out of the box and has a replacement bearing for unresponsive, as well as a few poly strings which are the standard string in yo-yo play, rather than cotton.
It's undersized play and integration of hubstacks make it very fun to play with, and the organic shape is typically a good all around shape for beginners. This throw was considered the "modern" metal back during it's release through about 2009 or 10, but if you are looking for a more competition oriented yoyo for an even more budget price from YYF, check out the Shutter, which would be considered more "modern" by today's standards.
So ultimately, depending what you are looking for in a yoyo, this might be a good deal for you. Does it hold up today in a competitive scene? Not extremely well. Is it a classic yoyo still loved by many, even after the production outsourcing? Yes. Are you looking for a good deal on a metal yoyo as well as some extra goodies to get you started or advance a little further into yoyoing? Then this may be for you.
Apr 29, 2015
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