Replay was a concept before it was a yoyo. It delivers all anyone needs in performance at a fraction of the price one might expect. The dream was to remove wealth as a barrier to being the best, allowing more people to raise the bar in yoyo play. It was a bold concept, and just a step in pushing yoyo beyond current limits, but it was a challenge we gladly accepted.
The original Replay was released at the World YoYo Contest in 2010. It was $10, had steel weight rings and an all polycarbonate body. It performed amazingly. But, even in the hands of the best players in the world, the concept of alignment arrows and tightening to a point was a hard message to communicate. The body also lacked durability, meaning we had created a $10, high performance, disposable yoyo. The concept was beautiful but stunted by these flaws. The yoyo was never released to a wider market. Under 300 pieces were produced in white. Under 10 non white samples exist.
The original Replay was also shaped to allow the metal weight rings to be replace by body inserts. Factory modified options never were released, but this concept pointed Replay in a new direction.
New life was breathed into the original Replay concept with the creation of a range of Yoyos for Bandai Japan in 2011-12. Not Replay by name, but clearly inspired by its unique DNA.
In 2014 we closed in on a new challenge and a new direction. We had to overcome the durability issues of the past. Working with World Champion Gentry Stein, we built a structurally sound, all plastic yoyo capable of performing at the elite level. In late 2014 Gentry received his first samples. We headed out into the Nevada Desert to shoot photos as Gentry got his first taste of the yoyo he would later use to win the 2015 USA National Contest!
Part 2. the Collection next week!