For the re-branded version produced by Duncan Toys, see Duncan Bumblebee.
|Turbo Bumble Bee|
|Dimensions|| Diameter: 57mm |
|Material||Plastic with laminated paper pogs|
|Bearing size||Size A (5mm x 10mm x 4mm)|
|Response system||Brake Pad Technology (BPT)|
The TBB featured a stainless steel A-sized ball bearing and a Modified-style body shape. It was the first plastic yo-yo to use Playmaxx's patented Brake Pads, a response system using replaceable, cork-like rubber stickers in a starburst-like pattern around the area of the bearing. Originally, the Turbo Bumble Bee was to use a reverse starburst system, but this was changed to the Brake Pads known to this day.
The Bumblebee was known for being a very smooth player once the Brake Pads were broken in, that led to gaining the nickname "Butterbee" because it was considered as smooth as butter. The yo-yo was also licensed to Bandai for the Hyper Yo-Yo line and released in Japan as the ProYo Hyper Wasp.
When Duncan had bought out Playmaxx, the yo-yo was re-branded as simply the Bumblebee.