At the end of last year, an interesting alternative to painting and hydrodipping appeared. Blastr Wrapz are vinyl adhesive decals designed to match the outside of several blasters and magazines. For someone looking to customize their blaster but low on time and/or artistic talent, it’s a really cool option. And if you do have an eye for art, you can customize things even more on their website.
Firstly, I have to give major credit to Foam Focus, They’re checking things out at Spielwarenmesse (Nuremberg Toy Fair), and putting out great posts on their social media about it! See their Facebook and Instagram pages and follow them!
To the main story of the weekend: D-Dart debuted their Tempest this past year, popping up in Target and other retailers. I gave it a mixed review, noting the cool concept but also the lack of power and compatibility with common darts. However, they’re expanding the line in cool new ways that improve on the original design!
Author note: this blaster was sent to me for free to review. Thanks, Dart Zone!
The Storm Squad name has been floating around since 2017. This past holiday season, it was advertised as a holiday item in Dollar General’s Toy Book, but got delayed. Now, in January 2020, it’s finally set to appear on shelves. Is it worth the $5 price tag? Assuming you’re looking for a small but powerful stock pistol, yes.
I didn’t do enough event highlights last year – I tried one month to get a running calendar of events going, and then those plans fell apart. This year, I’ll go for something not quite as ambitious – most people are able to search and find their local clubs, after all. Instead, I’ll start off just by naming the high-profile events in the hobby for the first part of the year. Given currently available information, of course.
Note there will be some obvious bias in the events I select (living in the eastern United States).
Blasters like the Alternator make reviews hard to do. They’re specialty blasters that can do multiple things, so you have to do your best to judge the sum of the parts. Luckily, the Alternator performs well given its unique setup. That, combined with the cute junkyard aesthetic, makes for a fun blaster to start off the Zombie Strike line in 2020.
This is a short stub of an article, admittedly. But worth it, since we’re approaching Toy Fair and potential new things to see. As of the beginning of the month, two new names appeared under trademark filings for Easebon Services Limited (the company that holds Prime Time Toys, if my understanding is correct).
As far as blasters go, Annihilator and Aeon Pro sound cool. We will see what blasters the names end up paired with, whether it’s at Toy Fair or at a later date (say, for example, at a booth at Foamcon during Endwar).