The super mini-sized POPstar really pops!
Just from the photos, there isn't anything too unusual about the POPstar... until you realize that its diameter is a tiny 43mm! It's like a keychain-sized full metal version of the Protostar... or a tiny Rockstar, if you like.
A tiny Rockstar isn't a completely unreasonable way to describe the POPstar, as it posesses plenty of capabilities in its tiny frame. Its splendid outward appearance barely hints at how profoundly it spins. It's really a serious undersized model, well suited for intricate tricks like Chopsticks and Protrusion. It also makes a great collection piece, with its unusual size and shape.
Since it takes up so little space, you can sneak it into your bag or pocket so you'll always have a yo-yo on hand. If you haven't experienced the fun that can be had with an undersized yo-yo, why not give it a try now?
"What is B-Grade?"
In 2009, YoYoFactory started selling a selection of "outlet" items at events. Calling them "B-Grades," that name has spread throughout the yo-yo world, and is now a common term.
At B-Grade sales, you can pick up excellent yo-yos with mild imperfections, discolorations, marks or scratches. These make them less desirable as finished products, but they're still great yo-yos and totally playable, meaning you can get a high quality throw for a bargain price. As a result, B-Grade sales have become very popular.
"What kinds of B-Grades are there?"
The majority of B-Grades have small discolorations or cosmetic blemishes from the anodization process. These are known as "C-Types," whereas yo-yos that are not perfectly balanced and have some vibes are called "V-Types." Some may have both types of imperfection; it's always good to double check
B-Grades are outlet products because for one reason or another they haven't met the maker's standards for their products, things to look out for include:
-color imperfections, finish may look dull or scratched
-bearing or response pads aren't well installed or working properly. Often, switching out these parts will address these issues.
-Bearings or pads may differ from the standard product model.
-Artwork or logos may differ from the standard model.
-Other issues may exist, but nothing so bad as to make the yo-yo unplayable.
|Style||String Trick (1A, 3A, 5A)|
|Trapeze Width (mm)||30|
|Body Shape||Step Straight|
|Bearing Type||Ball Bearing|
|Bearing Size||Size C (Large)|
|Response System||Slim (OD 19mm)|
|Axle||M4 x 10mm|
|Maintenance||Pad/Sticker/O-Ring Change Required|
|String||C3 Pro String (Fat) x100|
|Bearing||CLYW x iYoYo Pixel Bearing|
|Pad||REWIND Japan Pad|
|Maintenance||YYF DARK MATTER Lubricant|
Yoyofactory said there will be dents and sure enough, two dents on mine, one near the response area. This is why I take my yoyo apart for inspection before playing, it reduces the chance of it flying off to make other stuff B grades too. There is also one pad missing and the entire finish is pretty rough. Took a file and worked out the dents, then a ceramic knife sharpening rod to buff out the flat. After that I brushed the entire thing with a spare toothbrush. This now plays dead smooth.