Sometimes, toys come along that you didn’t know you needed, until they appear on a shelf or at a Toy Fair. Such was the case with the Xshot Excel Crusher. A minigun-shaped blaster, with slamfire, for only $25? And that it works so well for what it is? It’s probably not the most *competitive* blaster, but in terms of sheer fun while performing, it’s hard to beat.
With the end of summer comes the beginning of a refresh of the main Nerf blaster line! Elite has been replaced by Elite 2.0, with an emphasis on black and metallic blue color schemes, simple assembly, and more attachment points. In the case of the Trio, it’s replacing the Triad, providing three quick shots in a pocket-sized platform. It fills the niche quite well, at a low price, even if it doesn’t quite seem to hit the 90ft claims on the box.
Well this arrived in the mail yesterday! Got off work, went to the nearest Fedex Onsite to grab the package, and opened it up. If you’ve seen any of Nerf’s social media in recent weeks, they’ve been pivoting towards fun activities you can do at home with relatives and close friends. In this case, fun fitness activities with Super Soakers and blasters! Let’s be nice and make the post showing the goodies, shall we?
The Rival Edge series is a sub-line aimed (pun intended) at target practice, as opposed to team combat. The previous entries (also Walmart exclusives) were bolt-action blasters that came with moving targets. This year, Hasbro took cues from trap shooting for the blaster, producing a long, pump-action toy. The included target, meanwhile, borrows from steel flip targets. The end result is a great package for just $40 – but full enjoyment may require long arms.
Jet Blasters doesn’t quite have the best reputation when it comes to timely delivery or customer service, but they eventually got there with the arrival of the Ceda S. A hobby-grade blaster, firing short darts, and made widely available through Evike.
However, there’s another variant set to hit the market next month, from an arguably much larger player, and it should be interesting to see how things play out. Here’s what we have on the GameFace Prime so far.
Ultra. The line has yet to really stand out from the crowd in ways beyond ammo cost and incompatibility – while you can launch the darts at high speed, the accuracy still has much to be desired when compared to other dart types. The Ultra Five, as a mag-fed pistol, had the opportunity to impress in the way the Magnus did for Mega. But between firing problems and the usual issues, I can’t give a good recommendation.