|The birth of
Spintastics Skill Toys actually began with the birth of the
Technic yo-yo in the summer of 1995. Dale Oliver’s dream of
producing the perfect player’s yo-yo – one that was not
only perfect for the beginner, but also perfect for the
professional player, and at the perfectly affordable price had
just become a reality. Designed predominantly for his renowned
Yo-Yo Fun and the Science of Spin TM (YYF/SoS) program, to be
best for kids, now was catching the eye of professional and
competitive players as well.
It did not take long for the
retail market to take notice, or for Dale to realize that with his
extensive travel schedule presenting the YYF/SoS program to over
40,000 elementary and middle school students nationwide per year, he
needed to expand his one man operation. In 1996, he decided to offer
his most successful YYF/SoS demonstrator, Valerie Krantz (now Valerie
Oliver), from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the opportunity to join talents
and form Spintastics Skill Toys, Inc. As well as yo-yo and
demonstration skills, Valerie brought with her a Business
Administration degree and over fifteen years of computer and
management experience. This, teamed up with Dale’s world class
performance style, teaching ability and his remarkable foresight in
research and development, quickly placed Spintastics in the top 5 U.S.
yo-yo manufacturers, making it the only manufacturer of a yo-yo owned
and designed by a world champion player himself.
Spintastics’ first purpose
was to further develop and market its YYF/SoS program. A full
Interdisciplinary Yo-Yo Curriculum was written, carrying yo-yoing into
the educational disciplines of Social Studies (history), Language
Arts, Physical Education, Math and Science. Demonstrators were trained
and supported nationwide, producing a consistent and educational
program to schools across the country. The success of this program
since 1989 has proven its steadfast appeal to schools and children,
regardless of the cyclical popularity of yo-yos through the retail
setting. This basic focus forms a solid foundation for Spintastics,
assuring its presence in the years to come.
purpose was to develop, market and sell the highest quality and most
reasonably priced yo-yos on the market. Dale designed Dale Oliver’s
Signature line including the Technic, Tornado, TigerShark and Torch
yo-yos with incredible success. New products ensued, including the
auto-return SpinWizard, and a full line of spinning tops.
As word of mouth spread the
name of Spintastics, staff and shipping locations increased in the
Midwest. In 1997, Spintastics relocated and is now a Texas corporation
based in Euless, Texas. In addition to its U.S. based manufacturing
facilities, Spintastics manufacturers yo-yos in Taiwan and mainland
China and is now marketing Spintastics’ yo-yos worldwide with
distributions throughout western Europe, Australia, South America,
Canada and Japan.
Spintastics maintains the Science
of Spin R
school program and continues to supply products to professional skill
toy demonstrators across the country.