The return of the darkness

Back in 2007 when we came close to finishing up the E1NS, we goofed around in CAD and created crazy ‘never-been-done’ shapes. At the time, we thought our yoyo making to be a one-time endeavor. Thus, the designs we created were not focused on DFx aspects at all.

One of these brainchilds was the Noctu. Right after we rendered the first 3D-model, we realized, there was something here. This was too special to be left in a mental drawer. It had to be brought to life.

When the E1NS nuked into the scene and obliterated our wildest expectations, we immediately sought out to awaken the Noctu. This proved itself to be hard, very hard. The design was so bonkers (including the asymmetrical bearing seat), our machining shop struggled long and hard to get the first prototypes machined. In the end, they succeeded and were in business.

Tossing these around, we quickly had a list of improvements collected and were ready for the next improved iteration. However, we soon learned the design still was very challenging to machine and thus went from iteration to iteration.

The delays became so intense that we released more yoyos and new models in between the Noctu prototypes. In the end, we released 10 different batches and all had their quirks and changes.

We always wanted to return to the OG specs, the way we had initially thought Noctu to feel like. That’s what we did with this 2019 release, based on the smaller diameter and the traditional wider wings, the new Noctu is an ode to old school ILYY.

Specs:
Diameter: 52mm
Width: 41.50mm
Gap: 4mm
Weight: 65.5g
Bearing: C-Size
Response: 19mm pad
Limitation: 23

Ready to roam night skies on Halloween 2019.

We are selling these now for 75EUR plus shipping (7.48EUR EU / 6.20EUR rest of the world). You can get yours now by sending us an email with an order request and your shipping address. We will then get back to you with a payment request.

Please note that it usually takes us several days to reply and process order requests. We regularly get to these only on weekends.

Sold out! Thank you!

It’s Teatime

Back in February we teased our new titanium project: Teatime
We received lots of positive response for it. After finishing our two 2WEI 2019 (#1, #2) runs, we thus immediately started working on the Teatime.

As a first small batch, we made 12 prototypes (10 of them for sale).

Specs:
Diameter: 55mm
Width: 42mm
Gap: 4mm
Weight: 65.30g
Bearing: C-Size
Response: 19mm Pad

We are sold out of this batch of Teatime. Thanks to all on our mailing list that supported this project.
We might do another batch of these if there is enough demand. Let us know via email.

More 2WEI

When we released 2WEI 2019 it was well received by the community and our small customer base. The demand exceeded our expectations and we quickly got more requests than we had yoyos available. We then decided to make another small batch. We kept the design unchanged, we only opted for a different color: a lush green.

Specs:
Diameter: 56.15mm
Width: 46.30mm
Weight: 67g
Response: 19mm Pads
Bearing: ILYY KMKct C-Size
Coating: Medium Soda Blast, Anodized Green
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Limitation: 28

We based the size for the second batch on the requests we’ve got and we made a total of 28 yoyos. But, as it often happens, not all people on our waiting list came back to us. This is always a difficult situation for us since we usually have to sell a given batch completely to cover our costs. The good news is, that we talked to YYE and they were happy to help us out. Hence, a hand full of yoyos will be available there soon.

It is likely that we will use this opportunity in the future again, if we find us in a similar situation. 
That said, we want to keep our current business model for the time being and make small, exclusive batches that we sell directly to players. Though, having the opportunity to work with YYE could provide more options and security for us later down the line. Eventually this could also help us to make larger batches and thus reducing the price per yoyo.

If you want to receive first-hand notifications about future releases and waiting lists, sent us an email to info@ilyy.de and you will be added to our mailing list.

Calm down and rest

Every now and then when I think about how we started our journey, I’m blown away by the time that has passed. We’ve been doing this for 13 years now. Wow!

We went from under- to fullsized aluminum yoyos, from pad response to sILYYcone, from monometal to bimetal and even trimetal. From soft anodization to CandyBlast, from small batches to large runs and super limited special releases.

For quite some time we sponsored a team, worldwide events, meetings and ran a large and active message board.

But one thing in particular we haven’t done until today, and that is our own full titanium yoyo. Granted, we’ve been playing with the idea for over ten years but never came around and left the idea phase. However, we knew ever since the Liopleurodon became such a massive success that our titanium efforts have to make use of the insane levels of mojo the Lio had.

Many makers use working titles for their projects and choose a fitting name after most of the design is finished. We at ILYY like to work the other way. A cool name motivates us even more to create something truly unique and amazing. The emotions while forming the idea of the yoyo and the mood we want it to express are key factors to the naming process. With this all new titanium yoyo we want to encapsulate the essence of an easy Sunday morning. A state of mind far away from stressful business, traffic jams, deadlines and any hectic pace.

Dominik has never been a coffee person, instead he enjoyed hot chocolate in those occasions. A few years back, he discovered Darjeeling, the famous black tea from India and has been hooked ever since. He especially enjoys the second flush harvest in the second half of the year which produces a more aromatic less leafy flavor. On weekends,he loves to sit down, sip his tea and enjoy the calmness and piece of these quiet two days.

We thought long and hard about a name for a titanium ILYY that expressed easiness and calmness. Many titanium yoyos are given pun-intended names that showcase their titanium construction which we always found pretty cool but we did not want it to be too bland.
And then it hit us! ILYY has never made a full titanium yoyo. But now, it’s Teatime!

We finished the design end of last year and will enter production during 2019. Here are two CAD shots:

Specs:
Diameter: 55mm
Width: 42mm
Gap: 4mm
Weight: 65g
Bearing: C-Size
Response: 19mm Pad

As of now, we cannot say how many Teatime will be made. If you are interested, let us know via email (info@ilyy.de), so we can get an idea of the numbers.

We are really excited for this yoyo and can’t wait to show you the first photos of the real deal.

2WEI thousand 19

You can never truly know if a yoyo will become a hit. Especially, if the base design or premise of the yoyo is not laid out to be highly popular.
We followed this philosophy of crazy yoyo designs throughout the 10+ years of ILYY. This led to all kinds of weird shapes with sharp curves (Noctu) or flat can-like appearance (PYBIT). With one yoyo however, we did not incorporate craziness by adding weird curves but by supersizing it. And what other yoyo to chose for giantification than our prime specimen – the E1NS.

Back in 2010 we introduced this yoyo and it was called 2WEI, not really regarded as a successor to the E1NS, more like a different approach. When planning the order at that time, we did not have high demand. People were not sure what to think of it. It was very wide and chunky, almost the exact opposite of what competition-driven yoyos should look like. For this reason, there weren’t many 2WEI produced.

When people got their hands on the one and only production batch, this perception changed. The fear of playing a brick with a string faded and folks recognized the amazing feel of the 2WEI – the ultimate bubblegum funday yoyo. The unique and fun playability paired with the highly limited numbers led to a 2WEI cult in the BST-boards we would have never imagined. As soon as one popped up, it was gone immediately. They were that sought after by players and collectors.

So now, to kick off 2019, we will bring it back. Better than ever with amazing smoothness, silky finish and a new never-been-done color for ILYY in azure blue. These came out insanely nice, we are blown away by the end result. We received great feedback from you about our approach of the Solid, namely C-sized bearing and 19mm response pads, so we decided to add them to the 2WEI as well.

When throwing it, you immediately feel the 2WEI’s powerful spin. It weighs in at 67g that are carefully distributed to allow for the mentioned super spin times while keeping the floatiness alive. While 67g are definitely more on the heavier side, the large dimensions of the 2WEI make good use of the mass. It does not feel chunky and slow, it feels powerful and chilled. It will put a smile on your face from the moment you land your first trapeze.
Looking at the inertia of the yoyo, the 2WEI ranges among the top monometal yoyos in our line up only surpassed by the Fury, which of course dominates thanks to its extreme H-shape.

Specs:
Diameter: 56.15mm
Width: 46.30mm
Weight: 67g
Response: 19mm Pads
Bearing: ILYY KMKct C-Size
Coating: Anodized Azure Blue
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Limitation: 20

To get yours of 20 pieces of the new 2WEI send us an email to info@ilyy.de
Price will 70€ plus shipping.
All gone!

Due to high demand for these, we are currently looking into releasing a second small batch (same specs & maybe a different colour) in the coming months. Send us an email to info@ilyy.de to get on the waiting list.

New dotE1NS batch!

We received amazing feedback and demand for the dotE1NS so we decided to have another batch of 18 pieces made.
This time we went for a blasted finish and more subtle vintage colours.

We have 6 of these available right now.
Price: 100 EUR + shipping
Sent us an e-mail to snatch yours: info@ilyy.de

In the footsteps of a legend

It has been over a decade since we cooked up the crazy idea of making our own little yoyo to enjoy. Back in the day, the amount of different shapes, sizes, weight, construction types etc. was limited and we felt there was a void regarding small but powerful aluminum yoyos. So we stuck our heads together and after many discussions came up with basic shape of our first yoyo – the legendary E1NS.

We went through many iterations throughout the years following its initial release with different weight distributions, colours, finishes, sizes (2WEI), guts and so forth. But each and every of these versions came with the distinct E1NS-feel.

Letting it shine once more after its 10th birthday was only a matter of ‘when’. Since we had projects running that we wanted to complete beforehand (DR3I, 3145, Solid) this project got a little pushed behind, but not for the worse. Had we had the time back then, it would only have been a normal E1NS. But if you know us by now, you realize that this not ILYY-like at all.

From this extra time to think about the new E1NS we came up with the strong desire to combine old and new. We used our old sketches and blueprints to achieve an overall shape as close as possible to the OG from 2007. But then we turned the madness-dial all the way to superundersize and shrank the yoyo to a mere 45.6mm in diameter. To compensate the weight reduction we then replaced a part of the rim with steel inserts that retain the exact overall shape. For such a small yoyo to feel right, its weight needs to come down as well. The 59g are just right for the small guy.

Let’s all welcome our latest creation: dotE1NS

Specs:
Diameter: 45.6mm
Width: 37.3mm
Weight: 59g
Response: 19mm Pads
Bearing: ILYY KMKct C-Size
Coating: Anodized Orange & Black
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Limitation: 12

Price: 100 EUR + shipping

As always, get them directly from us: info@ilyy.de

A solid yoyo

From the first second I threw our DR3I titanium prototype I fell in love with its dimensions. The slightly undersized diameter combined with the slim profile and light weight is such a nice combination. It feels sturdy, reliable and isn’t prone to tilt, it just feels solid. This inspired us to delve deeper into this and create a yoyo which oozes these values. What is more down-to-earth than a good ol’ mono-metal aluminum yoyo?

No fancy shape experiments – just a robust and slick organic shape. No dimples, plateaus, grooves, lips – Just material where it’s needed. No super short axles that get lost in the infinity of space time. No special bearing or pad sizes, the industry standard shall do. No matter where you live, you can get bearings, axles and pads that fit in case you need them. No splash, dots, spray, sparkle, wash, fade with rainbow colours – Straight up grey.

This is our new yoyo: Solid.
It doesn’t fuck around.

Specs:
Diameter: 53.7mm
Width: 37.9mm
Weight: 62.6g
Response: 19mm Pads
Bearing: ILYY KMKct C-Size
Coating: CeramicBlast (Stealth Grey)
Material: 6061 Aluminum
Limitation: 20

We have 15 pieces available for purchase.
Contact us at info at info@ilyy.de to grab yours.

Sold out. Thanks all!

A second DR3I

The concept of the DR3I to incorporate 3 materials into the body construction (namely titanium, steel and aluminum) resulted in a great and unique yoyo that ranges amongst our greatest creations to date. However, since the machining and fitting these parts with respect to our tight tolerances results in a very complicated and expensive process, we are currently not able to provide more DR3Is to all those who were interested. We are very sad about this and will keep on trying to find a way to machine them in sufficient numbers.

However, we tried something else in this concept area. Replacing the titanium body with machined polycarbonate. To accommodate the lesser density of PC, we increased the overall width of the body which allows for a greater curve in the cup for even easier centering during finger spins.

Specs:
Diameter: 54.00mm
Width: 44.00mm
Weight: 62.70g
Response: ILYY Pads
Bearing: ILYY KMKct C-Size
Coating (Cup): CeramicBlast (stealth grey)
Material: Tri-material construction (Polycarbonate Body, Stainless Steel Rings, Aluminum Cup)
Limitation: 7

Those of you who inquired about a titanium DR3I last year will have an exclusive option to buy before anyone else. We will contact you via e-mail. Should there be some left, it will be announced here then.

Sold out. Thank you.

3145

Being a brand founded over ten years ago, our urge for nostalgia is a strong pillar of our doing. We cured these itches with our renditions of the AnY Air Rider and the SPYY Radian (Thunder & Lightning). Another great yoyo of the past was The Cut by hspin. It featured a radical design twist where only linear contours were used to create the overall shape. We still love this idea to this day so we thought ‘why not make a fun yoyo with this concept’. Said and done.

We give you the 3145 (BIAS) – a mid-sized, lightweight yoyo with lots of edges. No fancy weight rings, grooves, cups, splashes etc. Just a fun throw for some quality time.

Here’s a CAD image of the profile. All straight lines, no curves aside from deburring radii. :)

Specs:
Diameter: 54.00mm
Width: 43.00mm
Weight: 63.30g
Response: Hot Red SILYYcone
Bearing: ILYY KMKg C-Size
Coating: Candodize (silver grey)
Material: AlMGSi1
Limitation: 20

We have 18 pieces available for purchase right now for 65€ a piece. There will not a be a second batch, this is a one time project. Shipping will be around end of next week.Order via email: info (at) ilyy (dot) de

Sold out.