I’ve been getting a lot of questions about Theodore and had to make some big decisions lately, so let me outline them here.
This is a personal project and I am honored to see the level of interest that I have received. I have a full reservation list, and receive regular pings from people asking when I think Theodore will be released.
There are 116 being finished right now in Black.
Once they come back from the finisher, I will assemble and test the first 100.
Then I will engrave their serials.
105 of these are already reserved, which leaves up to 11 left for my wait list!
The wait list has 18 people right, so up to 7 will not receive even be offered one, unless some reservations bail out (which did happen last time).
I decided to fall just short of demand, mainly because I wanted to leave enough raw Theos to prototype and run a few metal editions when I am ready.
Hopefully some people on the reservation list will decide that $150 is too pricey for a basic, responsive, black aluminum yoyo. I’d love for everyone on the wait list to have a chance to buy one, but I cannot guarantee it.
I have no release date and I will never promise one.
This project is a personal one, not a business venture and not a brand I am starting up.
I made Walter, and now Theodore because it is a yoyo I want to play with.
To pay for that process, I sell small batches. I am extremely lucky to have enough people interested in this project that I don’t have to run marketing or try and promote it just to make ends meet.
Thank you for all your support!
One last thing to think about, if you are on the reservation list.
The finish I chose is a bit rough. It will cut strings.
I sanded mine lightly a few times to get it to stop. I decided this finish is worth the extra labor, since it has a nicer texture and feel than the other options I have explored.
When Theo is ready to ship, I am going to offer them first to folks who want to take the risk themselves. That means, if you want to sand your own Theo, I am willing to ship them out sooner since I will not have to manually sand and test it.
If you’d prefer me to sand it, I am glad to do it (and agree as part of my own quality control, I should be the one to do it), but it will take me longer to send out.
Let’s hope the last few stages run smoothly and I can ship these out soon!
At the west coast championship, Theodore had some new hands on him.
Check out ben’s buttery offstring grind
Status right now: finalizing design changes (about 6 modifications to make him more Walter like), testing a new anno shop
Hoping for fall
I found some really sloppy Walter footage from last winter and wanted to mess with it…
Yoyo lovers and yoyo learning to lovers,
Walter has about 10 serial numbers awaiting reservation and probably 25 people who have reserved without payment. The rest are spinning right now.
I am going to be in Finland from July 4th-16th – I will have intermittent email communication – but I will not be shipping any Walters. If you want yours before then, act now. Otherwise, wish me luck. I will be judging the Finnish National Yoyo Contest while I am out there.
I shipped my first batch of Walters today – damn it felt good.
Here are some pictures of what is included with the order and the final wooden packaging.
I shot and edited this in the Summer of 2008 with Sonny from Anti-yo. DVX-100A, Final Cut. I never released it because I wanted to add some finishing touches – 4 years later – here it is, still unfinished. Set it free!
A video that Spencer Berry and I made in late summer 2008. Never got around to finishing it, so this is a rough cut. Filmed at La Copa Loca in San Francisco’s mission district. Yo-yos used are Anti-Yo Eetzilla and an early Ywet prototype. Song is “Bros” by Panda Bear.