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Duncan Yo-Yo Imperial (Assorted Colors)

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  • Made of Durable Plastic
  • Great For Beginners
  • Steel Axle For Smooth Spins
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Duncan Yo-Yo Imperial (Assorted Colors) + Duncan BUTTERFLY YO-YO (colors may vary) + Duncan Yo Yo Trick Book
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 2 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B000H6DY5U
  • Item model number: 3124IM
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Duncan Yo-Yo Imperial (Assorted Colors)

From the Manufacturer

The original and #1 looping yo-yo of all time. First introduced in 1954, Imperial has become world renowned as a classic toy. Featuring a narrow string gap, steel axle and durable plastic body produced in bright colors, Imperial is great for beginner yo-yo players learning the basics of yo-yo play.

Customer Reviews

I found that these yoyos performed all of the basic tricks quite well.
D. Blankenship
You can't even easily get the string to wind back up . . . it just keeps going around and around the axle.
Jayme Metzgar
This Yo-Yo made a big difference from the cheaper one she had right away.
C. Hill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

It has been years since I owned our used a Duncan Imperial yoyo. I was wondering through the local Wally World store the other day and spotted them hanging there on a rack in all their glory. On a whim I bought three of them. They were only three dollars each and I figured why not.

Over the past week or so I have been giving them quite a workout, driving both my wife and dogs crazy; which truth be told is sort of half the fun of it.

Now I have several yoyos stashed around the house that I play with, some good, some better and some great. The intent of this review though is not to compare these yoyos as the prices of the ones I already own is significant.

I found these Imperials to be just fine and dandy and they did the job they were suppose to do, which in reality is to provide an inexpensive pleasurable pastime for kids and big people, and to provide the initial yoyo exposure to see if the young ones actually take to the things before you lay out big bucks for a nicer one.

I found that these yoyos performed all of the basic tricks quite well. Gravity pull, the throw down, the sleeper, the forward pass, walking the dog, around the world and around the corner; all were a piece of cake. I found that the sleep time to be adequate for all of these tricks. Using all three of the yoyos; testing each I found the sleep time ranged from 10 seconds to a little under 15 seconds. It must be remembered that the string needs to be unwound quite often, (The sleeping beauty or flying saucer is great for this as it does the job with the benefit of actually looking like a trick).
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on January 18, 2009
My daughter (16) received a low quality Yo-Yo as a gift and started to do fairly well with it. It was clear from the start that Yo-Yo was not so well balanced and was not one that she would be able to to use to do a lot of tricks. She bought two Duncan Yo-Yo's, this one, the Imperial, and the butterfly yo yo.

This Yo-Yo made a big difference from the cheaper one she had right away. Even my wife and I were able to do basic tricks with the Duncan Yo-Yos and my daughter is able to do some fairly cool things with it.

This is a great low tech toy (no batteries required) that can still entertain kids. It has "passed the test of time".

Highly Recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Deputy on April 8, 2014
I am a bit amazed that so many complain about this yo-yo "not working properly". Looks like a lot of folks forgot how a yo-yo actually works. Even more amazing that in this day and age of YouTube instructional videos and online resources, people are so ignorant of how to search for "fixes". Makes me sad that so many in the US have become so ignorant and lazy. First off, the yo-yo is SUPPOSED to go down and spin. It was DESIGNED to do this. Secondly, you must throw the yo-yo down with some force-effort so that it DOES spin. You can't just let it drop on it's own and expect it to come back up. Once the yo-yo is down and spinning simply jerk your hand down and upwards to have it return. Honest folks, this AIN'T brain surgery. The product is fine, even if it is made in China. Think about this...if it were made in USA it would probably cost $20-$30. So quit griping and learn how to use it.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Liggitt on June 26, 2011
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I'm an 80 year old kid, and my 55 and over community is having a yo-yo contest on the 4th of July, so I ordered a Duncan Yo-yo, as when I was a true kid, they made the best yo-yo's.

I made the mistake of ordering the least expensive, and am sorry I did so, as it's a terrible reflection on the name of Duncan. As with most things today, it is made in China, and they can't tell a lop-sided yo-yo if it stares them in the face. Walking the dog, the most basic of all the tricks, is impossible, as one side is larger in spots than the other. Likewise, the other side is larger than it's counterpart in spots, making for an impossible situation. I wouldn't recommend this item for any use, let alone trying to learn how to use a yo-yo.

Obviously, I can't say it's much fun to use, but it is probably pretty durable, as it's all plastic. As an educational toy, if it worked properly, it would rate very highly, but as it doesn't work the way it should, it would be very hard for a child to learn to use, therefore, it isn't a good educational item.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RC in AL on September 10, 2013
And speaking of my opinion, here it is, along with an interesting theory or two I came up with:

The Duncan Imperial (and Butterfly - essentially the same yo-yo) is marketed as a "serious" cheap yo-yo for beginners, and in a sea of novelty garbage yo-yos where they usually reside this isn't much of a stretch. There was a time when Imperials/Butterflies WERE the best beginner yo-yos, however I believe this is no longer the case in the modern era. Oh they can still be played, just not nearly as well these days as some other offerings. Besides playing 10 times better, many modern yo-yos can also GREATLY lessen the learning curve for beginners while being only slightly more expensive.

Besides being poor players among serious modern competition, the Imperial/Butterfly yo-yos from Duncan are obsolete in other areas as well. They don't even come apart for cleaning, repairs, or maintenance. They consist of just two cheap plastic yo-yo halves molded (or glued?) onto a metal axle to form a one piece yo-yo. This is THE cheapest design. So when the axle pulls out, or the string becomes hopelessly tangled in the gap, (as often happens in the hands of beginners), it is most likely the end of the toy. Not to mention that an unsleeved metal axle inherently just sucks for playing IMO. I started out playing with these around 1970 and, looking back, it is a miracle I am still at it.

There is a MAJOR disinterest in yo-yos these days despite modern designs that are light years ahead of 1960's technology. This is partly because of competition from video games etc, but if you ask me it is also because of the complete lack of these fantastic playing, modern yo-yos on store shelves.
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