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 this yo-yo was cool because the user can take it apart and customize it to their own preferred playing style. Customize it for long sleepers, string tricks, looping, or even offstring play! It even offers a Heavy Metal Body for the Hyper Dragon yo-yo. Additionally, it appeared in the anime series Super Yo-Yo (or Supersonic Spinners in Japan). The Hyper Dragon might well have laid the groundwork 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 yo-yo.

2 Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet

First produced in 1984, the Silver Bullet was the very first yo-yo to be made of aluminum, which allowed it to sleep longer than anything else available at the time. It features a wooden axle sleeve, similar to the No Jive 3-in-1, which first came out in 1978. Tom Kuhn, who is also a dentist, obviously created something special when he began producing the Silver Bullet in his workshop.

I have many Tom Kuhn yo-yos, including an original Silver Bullet and the Boxed Heirloom set of 12 laser-carved yo-yos.

3 Yomega Fireball

I have this yo-yo and I like it. It's fun to play with, and I can perform a sweet Creeper trick with it as well. Although it doesn't spin as long as a ball-bearing yo-yo, it set the stage for such designs. The Fireball was first released in 1989, five years after the Brain. For those who may not know, Yomega has been around since the 1980s. The Fireball's Teflon transaxle sleeve allows 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 YoYoFactory's very first yo-yo and was first released in 2003. It has been a bestseller ever since, with millions of units sold worldwide. It features YoYoFactory's proprietary Fully Active Starburst Technology, which includes large spokes arranged like starbursts. The responsiveness can be adjusted by twisting the body halves. This allows the user to transition from beginner to intermediate tricks. Additionally, it has a ball-bearing axle, and its Butterfly shape makes it easier for users to perform string tricks.

5 YoYoJam SpinFaktor

The original composite material yo-yo was released in 2000 by YoYoJam. With its plastic body and aluminum weight rings on the rims, this brought YoYoJam onto the map in the yo-yo industry.

This plastic/metal body composition has been consistently used since, especially in the Dark Magic II (#1 choice on YoYoExpert.com), the Rextreme, and the Mega SpinFaktor, which was used by Rick Wyatt to set an old long sleeper record at Worlds. Of course, other companies like Buzz-On have 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 a ball-bearing axle, its defining gimmick is that it could be used in the then-new offstring playing style.

7 Shutter

The issue here is that we have Gentry fanboys focusing on 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 yo-yo is exceptionally good. People are voting based on style or nostalgia, but this yo-yo performs well. With a spin time of two minutes and thirty seconds, how can anyone say the F.A.S.T. is better? This should be number one.

8 Tom Kuhn Silver Bullet 2

This is the second Tom Kuhn yo-yo on the listing, and for a good reason: it is the first modern ball-bearing yo-yo. 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 - 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, this one introduced two innovations at the time of its release. It features an H-shaped profile that focuses the weight on the rims to allow for longer spins and comfort in the hand. It also includes the very first hubstack system that allows the user to ripcord the yo-yo into a spin.

10 ProYo Turbo Bumble Bee

When this yo-yo was released in 1997, it quickly became a best-seller for Playmaxx. It was the first yo-yo to feature a replaceable response pad system, taking the form of Playmaxx's patented Brake Pad Technology. When the pads on your 'Bee wear out, you can easily replace them with a new set. However, Tom Van Dan Elzen, who managed Playmaxx until its acquisition by Duncan, became concerned about potential infringement on the BPT patent. Consequently, Playmaxx filed a lawsuit against Custom Products for producing a yo-yo with a response system developed by Eric Wolff.

The Contenders
11 Yomega Brain

The original Yomega yo-yo started it all. It was a yo-yo with a Brain, featuring a centrifugal clutch system. This allows the yo-yo to automatically return to the user's hand when it begins to lose spin. First released in 1984, it has been a staple ever since.

12 HSpin HandQuake 1.4/1.4b

This is the best yo-yo I've ever had the pleasure of using. It's unfortunate that HSpin no longer exists. They abandoned this sort of design years before closing down, so I suppose the writing was on the wall.

The yo-yo was nicely sized, slightly smaller than most others, and had excellent sleep performance, akin to Rip Van Winkle. It was also responsive enough for looping. The design was brilliant - portable, good-looking, and it felt great to use.

It's a shame they don't make anything like this anymore.

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

13 Yomega RPM

Its name stands for Raider Performance Measurement, and this yo-yo measures the user's performance in long sleepers and looping. It also detects errors and keeps a record of them. The yo-yo features an LCD monitor for visual output and has three buttons for viewing high scores, changing gameplay modes, and viewing results. Additionally, it includes a roller bearing and starburst response, just like the standard Raider. Tiger Electronics also produced a similar yo-yo called the E-Yo.

14 Duncan Pro Z

This is an awesome yo-yo to start with, offering amazing spin times. It provides two options: responsive and unresponsive. It performs like a pro and is a must-have.

15 Sage

Although it is a plastic yo-yo, it has the best sleep time and is the best yo-yo I've ever owned. I've owned the Dark Magic 2, Maverick, DV888, and the Magic N6 Floating Cloud. It tops all of them. You can't beat it. The wide gap makes it almost impossible to miss simple mounts. This is the best yo-yo ever, both responsive and unresponsive. However, the only downside is that it needs to be lubed over and over again if you play with it as much as I do. It's good for basic to advanced yo-yo tricks.

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