Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Duncan 80th Anniversary stops in at YoYo Joe's

Mark Hayward, Seth Peterson and Brandon Jackson from Duncan Yo-Yo visited YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun last week as part of their 80th Anniversary Tour around the country. The Brandywine Community News covered the visit. See their article and pics here

YoYo Joe's edition of the SEVERE yo-yo getting rave reviews!

We're the only store in the universe to carry our custom color combination of the Tyler Severance signature edition SEVERE. It's sold well (we're almost out) and has received rave reviews from our buying public. One customer liked it so much, he made a YouTube video of his review!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We don't like to name drop, but...

...we had a celebrity in the house on Saturday.

This customer has been immortalized on the cover of a CD. Max, from We Kids Rock, was in the store and took time out of his busy schedule to pose with his CD. We Kids Rock is a children's music class that meets nearby at the Mt. Lebanon Church on Mt. Lebanon Road. We sell their CD's in our store. Take a listen to them on itunes.
Thanks for stopping in, Max, and rock on!

Harvest Time!

We dug our big, honking pots out in front of our store all summer. We had Hibiscus trees with pretty yellow flowers and below them, we had Sweet Potato vines. The Hibiscus looked awesome all year. The Sweet Potato vines took a while to take root, but they thrived in the heat of the summer (after our friends at Always the Garden saw us at the Best of Delaware Party and reminded us to keep watering the plants!). The overflowed out of the pots, hanging over the sides. It's funny, cause even though Emily told me they were Sweet Potato vines, I just kinda assumed they were ornamental. But, as we pulled them out today, we found lots of little and some big Sweet Potatoes! Mashed sweet potatoes, anyone?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Hexbug Nano

We got an reorder of the popular Hexbugs in the other day. In addition to getting more of the original Hexbugs - the mini robotic creatures - we got in a new Hexbug - the Hexbug Nano. It's a even tinier robotic bug that acts like a real bug. The zoom along on the floor and will self-right themselves if they flip over. They're almost creepy they're so real. Since I was in a youtubey mood, I made another video late Friday night about the Hexbugs. Check it out!

How Many Playmobil People Fit in a Life Size Playmobil Figure?

I haven't the foggiest. My Playmobil sales rep wouldn't tell me. However, if you happen to be closest, you can win a Playmobil Circus set - worth $110!

If you wanna take a guess, stop in YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun before Sunday, November 29th when the life-sized Playmobil clicky is off to his next stop.

'The 10! Show' is headed to YoYo Joe's - show up and get a free $5 Gift-Certificate!

On Monday, November 23rd, Tim Furlong from NBC10's 'The 10! Show' will visit YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun to do a live remote report on hot holiday toys. The broadcast starts just after 10 am, and we at YoYo Joe's would like a full house to set a good holiday mood. So...we're not above bribing you. Each and every person who arrives at YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun BEFORE 10 am will receive a no-strings attached $5 gift-certificate to spend on any purchase at YoYo Joe's through Wednesday. You can use it to save $5 off your purchase or just get your under $5 purchase free. It's up to you. So, show up BEFORE 10 am and get a free $5 towards your holiday shopping!
And, as the show is taped live, you can make it home in time to see yourself on TV! 'The 10! Show' is on NBC10 at 11 am. See you on Monday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Duncan crew at YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun tonight

Mark Hayward, Seth Peterson and Brandon Jackson from Duncan will be at YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun tonight from 5-7 to hang out with YoYo Joe's Yo-Yo Club. Come meet them.

Check out this video from their performance on Eyewitness News on the CW morning show where Mark gives us a shout out as "World's most favorite toy store." Wow. Thanks, Mark.

Click here to view video

Saturday, November 14, 2009

World's Fastest Plasmacar Builder?

Over the past year, I've built hundreds of Plasmacars. I've gotten better at it and can do it pretty quickly now.
A couple weeks back, I sent a tweet (Twitter update for the geek challenged) to the folks at Plasmacar letting them know that I had build a Plasmacar in 51 seconds. They tweeted back to make a video of it, so I did.
So, I did make a video of it. Can I do it in less than a minute? Can I beat my personal best time?
Here is the youtube video of me building a Plasmacar. And, yes, I am a geek.
You should follow me on twitter. You know you want to.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

We're SEVERE-ly excited!

Tyler Severance was employee number 2 at YoYo Joe's. He was one of two people who came to work for us who previously worked at Mitchell's Trains, Toys & Hobbies. If you shopped at YoYo Joe's last holiday season, you might have seen Tyler. He was the Yo-Yo 2007 World Champion in the 5A division. For previous mentions of Tyler in the blog, click here.
Since Tyler left us, he graduated from William Penn High School and headed out to Arizona, where he's following his dream, working for yo-yo manufacturer YoYo Factory.
YoYo Factory has just released the signature model yo-yo for Tyler - the SEVERE. We were delighted to receive the first of these last week (already sold out!). I tried out the first batch and (maybe I'm biased), but it's my favorite metal yo-yo! We're also thrilled to be receiving an exclusive color combination of the SEVERE this week. We're the only store in the world to offer the blue & orange YoYo Joe's edition of the SEVERE. We expect it to arrive any day, and I will update the blog with ordering info when we get it in.
Congrats to Tyler and YoYo Factory.