With the middle of January comes the arrival of the “spring” toys, including Super Soakers and the like. Admittedly, I have less use for water blasters than dart blasters. But they’re still related, and I find myself interested regardless. As such, I ordered the Typhoon Cannon as soon as it appeared online for purchase. Among the current selections, it’s a solid choice, especially if you’re looking for fast refills and endurance,
Author’s note: This blaster was sent to me free of charge for review. Thanks, Prime Time Toys!
The revolver format is a staple of the hobby; the NStrike Maverick is possibly the most iconic blaster ever made. That trend continued with the Elite Strongarm (and to a lesser extent the Disruptor). Mega had it with the Cycloneshock. When it came to Rival, however, the revolver never appeared. Is a revolver the best use of the ammo? Debatable, considering the various magazines and hoppers you can use with Rival-type ammo. Is it still a fun kind of blaster, regardless of ammo type? You bet it is!
Now Dart Zone has started 2020 with that long-missing blaster, in the form of the Apex. And it’s as fun (and good) as you’d expect it to be, for a great price.
Hey look! Someone in the industry sent a free thing! Info, in this case.
Now that the spring toys are appearing, we’re also seeing the various press releases! This time, it’s information from Prime Time Toys, the people behind Dart Zone, as well as various other branded dart and water blasters. Thanks for sending me the tidbits! It’s better than haphazardly gathering info from retailers.
The Rival Overwatch series has to juggle being both a prop (for game fans and cosplay) and a functional Nerf blaster. Sometimes, the balance works, with items like the D.Va Blaster being both close to the in-game model and decently good for battle. Other times, it just doesn’t work as well. The Soldier 76 blaster falls under the latter category. It’s a great looking prop, but performance is severely hampered, and the blaster is simply uncomfortable to use. It may be a great prop, but it’s not a great blaster. Such is the problem you sometimes encounter translating video game models to real life.
It’s right after Christmas, and as things get clearanced out, the spring products start popping up, including soakers. As was the case last year, Walmart is being quick to put out its in-house brands first. As such, we now have some new things to look at (and review once they arrive).
When last I saw Bunkr Battle Zones, it was in the back of the exhibit hall at Toy Fair 2019. Since then, I’ve seen the various products on shelves, from inflatable wooden crates to competition sets (red v blue). Admittedly, I’ve never had the need to buy the products due to where I play (areas with plenty of cover) or game types with less of a need (many Humans v Zombies games).
However, an interesting development appeared online today – officially Licensed Nerf Bunkr gear now exists! Granted, the article is from a UK-focused toy magazine, and thus concentrates on a UK distribution deal. Even so, it’s interesting to see licensing Nerf get licensed to an existing product, especially when something similar from Jazwares was supposed to have appeared last year (at a far higher price). It is, of course, child-sized. But aren’t most toys?
If we’re lucky, Bunkr will be at Toy Fair again this year, and we’ll be able to hear more. In the meantime, be sure to read the Toy News Magazine article!
Before we get back to reviewing the latest Nerf blasters, we’ll highlight something that’s been chugging along to spectacular success in the mainstream: the Xshot Fast Fill line. I reviewed the first blaster last year, finding it to be a good entry for the current market of soakers. And it’s done well, seeing as it’s a Toy of the Year Finalist. Coming into this year, we’re seeing at least two more offerings – one small, and one quite a bit larger.