Round Spinning Objects - Titanium Bapezilla!
From RSO: The founders of Anti-Yo were Kiya Babzani and Sonny Patrick, but Elon Musk and Peter Thiel were early Anti-Yo investors. Kind of… okay not really, no. A close friend of the Anti-Yo guys worked at PayPal when it was still part of eBay and got them a great deal on machining yo-yos. This deal made starting Anti-Yo financially feasible. The Anti-Yo owners used to pick up hundreds of pounds of yo-yos, including the Bapezilla, from this friend’s souped up Honda Civic in the PayPal corporate parking space.
The Eesit and Bapezilla came about as the guys at Anti-Yo wanted something more pocket friendly compared to their first model, the Fluchs. The lips of the Bapezilla were heavily inspired by the O-Rings on the Dif-E-Yo Sportster, which was Sonny’s favorite yo-yo at that time.
The Bapezilla used recessed Baz response pads, a C-sized bearing, and a thick black axle. With manufacturing technology not as precise as the tight tolerances achievable today, vibe was a huge problem back in the day. The Bapezilla was notoriously difficult to tune as the axle had to be right smack in the center of the yo-yo - if it was screwed more into one side, the yo-yo would have terrible vibe. If there was wear on the axle, a little Teflon tape would fix it somewhat.
It is no secret that many yo-yo players have been Godzilla-sized fans of the Bapezilla, even with all its functional shortcomings. Elvin from Round Spinning Objects approached Sonny hoping that he would agree to do a collaboration on a titanium Bapezilla. He graciously agreed! The proposed Mecha-Bapezilla name brought an ear-to-ear smile of approval from the man himself.
The Mecha-Bapezilla is meant to be a throw-back for die hard Bapezilla fans, so it has to look exactly the same as the original. We were set on keeping the same diameter (52mm) and width (40mm) as the Eesit, which was how Anti-Yo intended the yo-yo to play.
The innards were upgraded to a more modern axle and response system of M4 x 8mm and 19mm respectively. The bearing seat on the Mecha-Bapezilla is actually borrowed from the Bowl series, with subtle Schmoove rings allowing for a wider gap of 4.4mm. Blue and green response pads, one in each yo-yo half, are included. So the next time you have to take apart the halves, you’ll remember the story behind this great piece of yo-yo history.
Make no mistake, by today’s standards, the 67g Mecha-Bapezilla is a heavy yo-yo. It is a beast which will destroy everything in its way, so look before you throw! However, for those of you that prefer the featherweight class of yo-yos, we know you’ll be be very excited to finally throw a glass smooth Bapezilla yo-yo.
The Mecha-Bapezilla is an absolute must-have for hardcore Anti-Yo fans.
Due to the higher density of titanium, the yo-yo body and nipple were shrunk proportionately in order to keep the same weight distribution as the original Bapezilla. This allowed both the aluminium and titanium versions of the Bapezilla to play exactly the same.
NOTE: Due to the nature of anodizing titanium, color consistency and vibrancy may vary.
Mecha Bapezilla Specifications:
|Diameter:||51.96 mm / 2.05 inches|
|Width:||39.97 mm / 1.57 inches|
|Gap Width:||4.70 mm / 0.19 inches|
|Bearing Size:||Size C (.250 x .500 x .187)|
|Response:||19mm Slim Pad Size|
|Release Date:||November 2019|