The plastic version of the Butterfly had first entered production in the 1960s, when Duncan switched to plastic as the main material for their yo-yos after the buy-out by Flambeau. As with the original wooden version, it featured a wide, flared shape that allows players to land string tricks easier. Since its release, it had become a best-selling classic, alongside the Imperial. It was also licensed for Bandai's Hyper Yo-Yo line in 1997.
Hans Wong Jensen, the 2004 Singapore 1A Champion, used a modified version of this yo-yo in his 1A freestyle at the 2004 World Yo-Yo Contest. In fact, there are many other people who also modify this classic yo-yo into an advanced player's dream.