The Moon is a playable yo-yo model kit lasercut from a single flat piece of wood. It can be built into either a wider string trick shape or a traditional looper.
String Trick Shape
The Moon can be built as either a traditional looper or a wider string trick shape, depending on the order that you assemble it. For maximum playability, we recommend choosing one of the two basic shapes & gluing it together, but we encourage experimenting with other combinations if you feel so inclined.
Starting with the axle cover (the very smallest circle) and working outwards from the center, carefully slide the pieces onto the axle. Use a gentle side-to-side motion to wiggle them into place, one at a time.
- Glue is strongly recommended for maximum performance. Put a drop or two on the inside of the pieces before you slide them onto the axle.
- Make sure that the engravings of the inner wall face the axle cover for the tightest fit.
- Balance the pieces on alternating sides of the axle as you go to make construction easier.
- If a piece does not fit at first, try rotating it 90 degrees. If it is still too tight, consider lightly sanding the axle.
How was The Moon made?
The Moon was lasercut in the USA from 1/8″ birch plywood. Drew handled the design, Hank managed the machining & printing.
Who is behind this project?
44RPM was founded by Hank Freeman & Drew Tetz, two professional yoyoers & best bros looking to explore the creative side of the skill toy scene. Hank is a three time world yo-yo champion living in Prague, Drew is the 2014 trick innovator of the year working as a graphic designer in New York.
Can The Moon be played with?
Yes! The Moon is a fully functional fixed axle yo-yo.
The unique construction of The Moon makes it much lighter & more delicate than traditional yo-yos, as well as giving it a comparatively short sleep time & high level of response. For this reason, it is much better for looping & stall type tricks than long spin tricks. Take a look at some of the tricks you can perform on the blog here.
Can I perform all of my normal yo-yo tricks on The Moon?
The Moon is fixed axle, responsive, & very light. For this reason, it excels at old school looping & new school stall tricks more than long spinning combos. Don’t expect to perform a fingerspin, but it can shoot the moon for days.
Do the toys need glue?
The Moon will press fit & hold together on its own if left as a display model. However, we strongly recommend the use of glue for maximum playability to prevent string slippage & loose rims.
Who made the art for the Moon?
The cover art for The Moon was adapted from a painting by Melissa Huang.
What does “The Moon” mean?
The Moon, being a slimline fixed axle yo-yo, was inspired heavily by the Golden Age of yoyoing. Many of what are now considered foundational tricks were invented then, and their names reflect the “space race” feel of the era. The Moon is in tribute to that.