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Perfect yo-yo package for novices through advanced,
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This review is from: Yomega 3 Piece Gift Set (Toy)
This is a nice package for novice through advanced yo-ers. It includes 3 yo-yos for different abilities, 5 extra strings, and lube. We love the Yomega brand; Yomega has overall better quality and performance than other mainstream brands we have tried. If you want well performing yo-yos that will encourage rather than frustrate, this is an excellent choice.
There are 5 levels of Yomega yo-yos, and this package includes samples of levels 1, 3 and 4.
The level 1 (Rookie) yo-yo included is the Brain. These yo-yos have automatic return. They have a built-in clutch and automatically return when the spin speed drops to a certain point. They also tend to be a little heavier. They are great for beginners, but are also handy for certain advanced tricks. Other examples are the X-Brain and Gamma Brain Wing. There is also the Power Brain XP which has a switch to turn the clutch on and off, allowing for either auto-return or extended sleep time.
Level 3 (Player) has the transaxle system; the included version is the Fireball. Our Fireball is well balanced, with good sleep times and a solid return. The transaxle provides a smooth spin, and sleeps easily and for a long enough period to do most common tricks. These return easily with a slight tug. We also have another yo-yo in this group, the Lightbeam. The Lightbeam has a metal bearing tansaxle system instead of the plastic one in the Fireball, plus it lights up when spinning. I can easily do over 20 revs with the Lightbeam doing around the world with no problem. The Fireball is very close in performance, but it is harder to get to 20 revs. Other yo-yos in this group include the Xodus II, and Power Spin Glow Wing.
Level 4 (Pro) has the advanced bearing system. The included Raider is our overall favorite of the bunch. It provides even longer, smoother spins, and requires a little more tug to return. While not necessary for most tricks, the extra sleep time can prove useful for advanced tricks and the feel is awesome. You don't need to be a pro to love the bearing system; they are just the next step up in technology. Yo-yos in this group also include the Raider EX, Hyper Warp Heavy Wing, Hot Shot, Dash, Maverick, and the Ooch Yo Wing Shaped Signature Yo-Yo (named after one of the Yomega experts who appears in many of their videos).
The stock strings are fairly long; unless you are taller you will probably want to shorten the string by cutting a little bit off the finger end and tying a new loop. If your yo-yo is hitting the floor, that's a good sign you need to shorten the string. Also, when changing strings, unscrew the yo-yo first so you don't have to unravel too much of the loop and risk ruining the string. Be careful not to loose the three little transaxle/bearing pieces, and remember which order and direction they go. Applying the included lube from time to time really makes a difference. If you use the yo-yo much, you will need the extra strings.
This variety package is great as a gift for one child or several - we found it fun (and educational!) to try various tricks on multiple yo-yos and examine the different systems by twisting each of them open, trying to explain the various characteristics of the yo-yos. Be sure to go to the Yomega website and view the videos. There are a bunch of easy to learn and impressive tricks, as well as more advanced tricks to try.
Yomega makes a great product - you really can't go wrong with any of their yo-yos.