Note: I was sent a free sample (complete with influencer packaging) from Hasbro. Thanks, guys!
After a somewhat surprising announcement a few months ago, the Nerf Pro Gelfire line has finally arrived. Legal drama notwithstanding, having a big name like Nerf on the scene raises awareness of gel ball blasting to a whole new level. The Mythic is compact, feels great, and is easy to use. Unfortunately, though, despite the marketing. it’s really not that innovative, and it’s actually weaker than many other things on the market. It’s still fun to use, and the target audience will enjoy it. But in terms of bang for the buck, there’s certainly better.
It’s not an exaggeration to call the Alpha Auto 72 the best Buzz Bee blaster in years. $30 gets you massive capacity, full auto blasting, and a blaster made to be usable for all ages. Combine that with a few nice touches here and there, and you have a blaster that needs to be part of your collection.
NOTE: I initially bought this blaster when it first hit shelves, and later got a free one for review. Thanks, Buzz Bee!
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More than a few years ago, K’NEX entered the blaster market with the K-FORCE series. These consisted of blaster “cores” around which a blaster body was built, and it saw everything from single-shot pistols to revolvers to a semi-auto, magazine-fed blaster.
While the original line may have died, it’s been rebranded as Cyber-X. The same concepts apply, but perhaps with more focus on the building side of things, they’ll succeed. Because while $60 is very steep for a proprietary Stryfe-like blaster…it’s very reasonable for a 460-piece, motorized building set.
The Tornado has me conflicted. On the one hand, Buzz Bee tried something truly unique with this blaster, and the mechanism works. It’s appropriately sized for most hands, comfortable to hold, and even has a proper magazine release compared to older models. And yet, while I had fun using it, I have to acknowledge that it doesn’t live up to the box claims. It’s a blaster marked for ages 6 and up, yet the vast majority of target users won’t have the grip strength to achieve the advertised ranges and rate of fire. For most blaster fans, this will be a pass.
This event is a personal favorite of mine, so it’s worth making a quick post about it this Labor Day!
FRAG Society, a Nerf and LARP group in St. Louis, has been holding annual, overnight HvZ mall games in St. Peters, MO. At least until the pandemic happened. In any case, the first two games (2018 and 2019) were amazing, and number 3 looks to be more of the same! It will be on the evening of October 8th, running through the morning of the 9th.
The game this time around is more focused on squads of 5, be they friends who all came together or people who meet on the day of the game. The zombie threat is always close behind, and both sides can steadily upgrade their arsenals and abilities through the game to better assist their side.
Check out the Facebook event page for updates on rules and game mechanics, links for purchasing tickets, and more!
Nerf is still going strong, and next week, there’s going to be an online fan stream on the Hasbro Pulse Youtube channel!
Apparently, I’m being told we should expect “the NERF team will share details on their latest LMTD partnership, an exciting product launch and a sneak peek at what’s to come for NERF for the rest of the month of September.”
Of course, given this massive hint on social media, we can imagine what that may be…
Tune in on Friday, September 9th at 11am ET!