I am almost embarrassed to admit this but I am a 45 year old father of two young boys. (Am I too old for a yo yo?) Until two days ago, I hadn't even thought of buying a yo yo. My 8 year old started asking for one. Then the 10 year old decided he needed one also. Finally went out this morning and found a couple of Duncans at Kmart. Brought them home and have been having a blast. I haven't thrown a yo yo in probably 35 years and I am loving it. My boys are already mad because they can't figure out how to do it and dad is making it sleep, around the world and a couple of other basic tricks.
The problem is I already want more yo yos. The boys both got Butterfly's and I grabbed a Reflex and an old Imperial. I discovered this site and now I am in trouble. I had no idea, just what all was out there. I see all these awesome looking yo yos and find out about different strings, bearings and everything else. I will be reading these forums and trying to soak it all in. I already have to figure out how to change strings (after I figure out where to order them) for one of the Butterflies. Son already tangled one of the strings and I broke it trying to untangle. I hope I don't bother you all too much asking questions because I will have a bunch.
Oh yeah, if I am too old, too bad. I am hooked now. It's too late.
I'm 35. You have options and options for where to begin. Almost all of them will be good. Personally, I like to recommend the Yoyofactory One (with the extra bearing) or yoyofactory Velocity to anyone starting out. They look cool and play great and are a good value considering how far you can progress with them and how durable they are. Welcome to the community