Most Innovative Yo-Yos

This is a list of all the yo-yos that had brought its own innovation to the table, such as the Silver Bullet's aluminum body, the Yomega Brain's auto-return clutch system, Bandai's Hyper Dragon with its customization gimmick, or the ProYo Turbo Bumble Bee with its Brake Pad response system.

If you want, you can add to this list, as long as it is a yo-yo that had presented an innovation that no other yo-yos had at the time of that yo-yo's release.
The Top Ten
1 Bandai Hyper Dragon

I thought that this yo-yo was cool, with the way that the user can take it apart and customize it to his/her own preferred playing style. Customize it for long sleepers, customize it for string tricks, customize it for looping, or even for offstring play! There was even a Heavy Metal Body for the Hyper Dragon yo-yo. Plus, it also appeared in the anime series Super Yo-Yo (or Supersonic Spinners in Japan). The Hyper Dragon might as well have planted the seed for new generations of customizable yo-yos, such as the HyperCluster series (also made by Bandai), the Yo-Mods line by Yomega, and the EX-SYSTEM by YoYoJoker.

I also have this awesome

2 Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet

First produced in 1984, the Silver Bullet was the very first yo-yo to made of aluminum, the weight of which allowing it to sleep longer than anything else at the time. Of course, it has a wooden axle sleeve like the No Jive 3-in-1, which first came out in 1978. Tom Kuhn himself (who is also a dentist) had obviously made something special when the Silver Bullet began production from his workshop.

I have many Tom Kuhn yo-yo including an original Silver Bullet and the BoxedHeirloom set of 12 laser carved yo-yo's,

3 Yomega Fireball

I have this yo-yo, and I like it. It's fun to play with, and I can do a sweet Creeper with it, too. Doesn't spin as long as a ball bearing yo-yo, but it had set the stage for such. It was first released in 1989, five years after the Brain. In case you didn't know, Yomega's been around since the 1980s. The Fireball's teflon transaxle sleeve allowed it to spin three times longer than anything with a fixed axle, like the Duncan Imperial.

4 YoYoFactory F.A.S.T. 201

The F.A.S.T. 201 was YYF's very first yo-yo, first released in 2003, and it was a best-seller since, with millions of units sold worldwide. It features YYF's proprietary Fully Active Starburst Technology, which has these large spokes arranged like starbursts, and their responsiveness can be adjusted by twisting the body halves. In that way, you can transition from beginning to intermediate tricks. Helping things, is that it's got a ball bearing axle, along with the Butterfly shape allowing the user to land string tricks better.

5 YoYoJam SpinFaktor

The original composite material yo-yo, released in 2000 by YoYoJam. With its plastic body and aluminum weight rings on the rims, this brought YoYoJam onto the map that is the yo-yo industry. This plastic/metal body composition has always been used since, especially in the Dark Magic II (#1 choice on, the Rextreme, and the Mega SpinFaktor used by Rick Wyatt to set an old long sleeper record at Worlds. Of course, other companies like Buzz-On had also made yo-yos that are partly plastic and partly metal.

6 Henrys Viper

The Viper was Henrys' very first yo-yo product released in 1998. It consisted of an aluminum hub with large rubber shells that form a Butterfly shape. While it has an adjustable string gap and ball bearing axle, its defining gimmick is that it could be used in the then-new offstring playing style.

7 Shutter

The problem here is that we have Gentry fanboys talking about spin time in a list about innovation. The Shutter may be good, I think it's okay, but it's not innovative at all.

This yoyo is super good. These people are all voting on style or because a yoyo is nostalgic to them. This yoyo is truly good. A spin time of two minutes and thirty seconds- and these people say the f.a.s.t. is better? This should be number one.

8 Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet 2

Second Tom Kuhn yo-yo on the listing, and for a good reason; it is the first modern ball bearing yo-yo, and it also features an adjustable string gap, along with that same aluminum body as the original Silver Bullet. Combine a ball bearing axle with a full-metal body and what do you get? A yo-yo that sleeps much longer than anything else at the time (heck, it came out in 1990).

I have one of the 39 prototypes of this yo-yo, the Thom Kuhn Turbo-yo, along with several of the SB-2s. When they first came out they truly changed yo-yoing forever.

9 YoYoFactory G5

Another YYF yo-yo on the list, and it had presented two innovations at the time of its release; the H-shaped profile that focuses the weight to the rims to allow for longer spins and comfort in the hand, along with the very first hubstack system that allows the user to even ripcord the yo-yo into a spin.

10 ProYo Turbo Bumble Bee

When this came out in 1997, did it really become a best-seller for Playmaxx. It was the first yo-yo to feature the replaceable response pad system in the form of Playmaxx's patented Brake Pad Technology. When the pads on your 'Bee wears out, you can take them out and replace them with a new set of pads. However, Tom Van Dan Elzen, who was running Playmaxx until its acquisition by Duncan, got paranoid about the idea of anybody infringing on the BPT's patent. Playmaxx filed a lawsuit against Custom Products for a yo-yo that featured a response system developed by Eric Wolff.

The Contenders
11 Yomega Brain

The original Yomega yo-yo that had started it all; the Yo-yo with a Brain, featuring a centrifugal clutch system that allows the yo-yo to automatically return to the user's hand when it begins to lose spin. It was first released in 1984, and was a staple ever since.

12 HSpin HandQuake 1.4/1.4b

Best yoyo I've ever had the pleasure of using... so sad Hspin is no more... they bailed on this sort of design years before that even happened... so I suppose the writing was on the wall.

It was a nice size (slightly smaller than most yos), slept like Rip VanWinkle, and yet was responsive enough for looping. Brilliant design, portable, good looking, great feel...

So sad they don't make anything like this any more.

Released in 1998, the HandQuake 1.4 series was the first yo-yo to feature a bi-metallic composition body. The 1.4, of which only 50 were made, featured an aluminum body with embedded steel weight rings. The 1.4b, of which 500 were made, featured bronze weight rings, making it heavier than the original. Both the 1.4 and 1.4b also feature a shim-adjustable string gap.

13 Yomega RPM

Its name standing for Raider Performance Measurement, this yo-yo measures the user's performance in long sleepers and looping, as well as to detect screw-ups and to keep a record of those things. It has an LCD monitor for visual output with three buttons for viewing the high scores, going to a different gameplay mode, and viewing the results. Of course, it's got a roller bearing and starburst response, just like the standard Raider. Plus, Tiger Electronics had produced a similar yo-yo, the E-Yo.

14 Duncan Pro Z

An awesome yoyo to start with,with amazing spin times. And with two options responsive and unresponsive. It plays like a pro and it's a must have

15 Sage

Although it is a plastic yo-yo, it has the best sleep time and is the best yoyo I've ever owned, I've owned the dark magic 2, maverick, dv888, an the magic n6 floating cloud. it tops all of them. you can't beat it. the wide gap it makes it almost impossible to miss simple mounts. best yo-yo ever. responsive and unresponsive. But the only downside about it is that it needs to be lubed over and over again if you play with it like I do. good for basic-advanced yo-yo tricks.

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