Sometimes, simple is better. Especially when the task at hand is introducing Nerf to a new generation of kids. That’s the goal of the Elite Jr. line, and the Flyer is a standout example.
Easy to use? Check. Lots of dart storage? Check. Low price? Check. It may not be the hardest hitting blaster out there, but for its intended purpose, it’s perfect.
Author’s note: one Explorer was sent to me as a free sample. Thanks, Hasbro!
There’s an unwritten rule for selling blasters, but everyone knows it: it has to actually work. Sadly, the Explorer doesn’t fall in that category, and I sincerely hope that kids being introduced to Nerf aren’t given that particular blaster.
It was only a matter of time before Xshot expanded their skins line to other blaster types. Seeing as the Reflex 6 is extremely common and popular, it just makes sense for Zuru to redesign it for their paint process.
The Griefer is beautifully made, with plenty of power and capacity. If you buy any of the Skins, make it this one.
Nerf Rival, despite all odds, is still kicking. And with the blue and yellow Accu-Round line, it seems to have staying power. This year, we see the introduction of the Forerunner, a 12-round. pump-action blaster that pushes the Kronos-style setup toward its feasible limits.
The Forerunner matches capacity with performance, and the blaster is as good as you can get without using actual Rival magazines. If the Pathfinder wasn’t your style, perhaps the Forerunner will be!
It’s not like it was a secret (between showing up on shelves outside the US, and Amazon having one blaster up early), but 2023 is the official release of Nerf Elite Jr. As such, we have the various bits of info that Hasbro passes on for curious consumers. More after the jump!
With the flagship blaster out on stores for a few months (and at least one influencer variant on the way), it was a matter of time before a second model appeared. After an entry popped up on Amazon, we became aware of the Legion. Then, a Target near me put it on the shelf early. You know what happens next!
The Nerf Pro Gelfire Legion is unexpectedly more fun than anticipated. The slamfire, while limited in use at range, is satisfying. And compatibility with Mythic parts is a bonus. The ammo velocity is on the low end, but if you’re interested in gel ball, this might still be worth picking up, if only for plinking.
The end of 2022 has shown us that Hyper can evolve…but perhaps not as fast as we’d like. Wide, spring-loaded hopper doors are a welcome update to the blaster line, as are attempts to agitate the rounds. The latter part still isn’t as effective as it needs to be, but it’s better than before,
Even so, the lack of hop-up just kills game performance, regardless of initial ball velocity. That trend continues with the Impulse 40. It’s fun to use, but perhaps it shouldn’t be an impulse purchase.