“The Six Pillars of Robot Worship” is a special artist edition of The Moon flatpack yo-yo, as illustrated by John W. Robot, one of the yo-yo community’s most beloved illustrators.
The Moon is a playable yo-yo model kit lasercut from a single flat piece of wood. It can be built into a wider string trick shape, or a traditional looper, or just left in its disc as an art print. We have been assured that careful study of its tenets may just provide the secret to surviving any future robot uprisings we will inevitably encounter.
John is an artist known in the yo-yo community for his creative tricks & unique style; his “John Bot Tricks Old & New” series in particular has been a consistent inspiration & reminder to us that yoyoing needs to be fun. When he is not working as an illustrator, he can be found yoyoing for CLYW or making questionable decisions for Team Chubby Lovin’.
1. What are some of your biggest influences?
“I have way too many influences, I don’t know how to make this section not crazy long. For robots in general, a lot of my influences come from ’80s Sci-Fi/Action movies (Robo-Cop, Terminator, Short Circuit), Mega Man, and AstroBoy (or anything by Tezuka in general.) Philip K. Dick and John Carpenter are probably my two biggest influences. And also Pro Wrestling, it’s an amazing form of visual story telling that is highly underrated and heavily influences everything I do.”
2. What are the Six Pillars of Robot Worship?
“The Six Pillars of Robot Worship are the six most basic and fundamental properties of all robots. A properly functioning robot will be perfectly in tune with these six properties. As mere humans, we can never truly achieve the balance we have bequeathed to our Robot Masters, but we can try. When aligned correctly, the Six Pillars form a 3×2 matrix of perfectly balanced opposing forces.”
3. What’s your favorite thing about yoyoing?
My favorite thing about yoyoing is the traveling that I’ve gotten to do because of it. My yoyoing highlight was the 2 or 3 years that I had a car and drove to as many contests as I could in the U.S., and then went to Japan Nats and Brazil Nats back-to-back in 2005. Each region has its own unique players that don’t really travel, so it was really awesome meeting all these amazing people and being able to live the history as it happened.”
4. Do you have any words of wisdom you would like to share?
“I don’t know if I have much for wisdom. Maybe: ‘Be inspired by others’ great work, not discouraged by your own!'”
We hid a few details in these pieces that may not immediately catch your attention. Perhaps you would discover them on your own. But, now that you know, aren’t you curious?
The first is that the medium & small discs fit John’s favorite CLYW yo-yo The Chief, giving them double duty as sidecaps.
The second is this brief excerpt from a longer robot hymn about a hot dog machine gone rogue, converted into blistering-robostatic. Truly, serving mankind is our fate, but how shall we serve them? We wreck our needles so you don’t have to.
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 product design, Hank managed the machining & printing, and John did all of the original illustrations.
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.