It could only have happened at Toy Fair.
“A guy came to us with it last year,” said Todd Rywolt, president of Yomega Corp., at the high-performancee Yo-Yos and active play product company’s booth at last month’s Toy Fair 2015 at the Javits Center. By “it” he meant Monkey Knuckles, a new ball-and-string skill toy just added to the Yomega catalog.
“It’s like Kendama, but without the hammer,” explained Rywolt, now referring to the Japanese ball-and-stick game of catching a colored wooden ball tethered to a string on the cupped surfaces and spike of the hammer-like handle. As for Yomega’s Kendama line, it’s expanded via “Coyote” models featuring a cracked earth/desert color paint scheme.
Yomega also showed plenty of its Ticayo ball-and-catch game, which is similar to Kendama but originates in Mexico and employs a different-shaped ball and handle. And it introduced Battle Ballerz—small character figures whose heads are removable high-bouncing balls that are then used in challenging game play.
Meanwhile, Yomega’s core line—yo-yos—were augmented by a new collection of yo-yos based on Star Wars, with characters from the film saga featured in a line of high performance Star Wars Yomega Fireball yo-yos that come cradled in a highly detailed Star Wars Yo-Men Action Stand sculpted in the character’s likeness.
“We know that many yo-yo enthusiasts are also avid Star Wars fans,” said Rywolt. “The Yomega team has really put a lot of passion and care into developing high performance yo-yos that would deliver upon the essence of Star Wars and appeal to both audiences.”
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