Reddit user u/darkjedi39 noticed and made this post recently, showing how the lip of the Rival mags has changed (something I did not notice myself on the Hypnos). Indeed, it seems that all newer Rival magazines are being made like this. The reason has nothing to do with the Nerf blasters themselves, as they don’t grip on that surface in any way. Instead, it appears to be a small change to prevent current Dart Zone/Adventure Force blasters from being fully cross-compatible.
The Accelerators, Titaniums, and other ball blasters made by Prime Time Toys were made to be able to use Rival magazines, by gripping on that lip. With the molding change, however, that is no longer possible, at least not in stock form.
Assuming there is no change on Dart Zone’s end, users will need to remove the extra plastic bits as shown in the picture to restore cross-compatibility. That is, if you haven’t already decided that hoppers are a better choice for you.
Here we have it, our first review of the year! This blaster made an early appearance at a Target near me for $50, and I just had to grab it off the shelf. The Hypnos introduces a magazine fed, pump-action blaster with a folding stock, and it does its job quite well. If the Hades wasn’t quite your style, and the Dart Zone Powerball/Adventure Force Titanium just isn’t your cup of tea, the Hypnos should serve you well.
I’m not usually one to review homemade, 3d printed, or aftermarket blasters and parts. Prior to this review, the only thing in that category was the Mega Caliburn (which is itself an amazing platform and lots of fun to use). But after seeing the Dart Shark surface, I had to get one for myself. Seeing as the creator of it wouldn’t be making and shipping them out until after the holidays, I went with the “buy the files for printing and source the parts myself” method.
In the end, is the Dart Shark absolutely necessary? No. But it’s so much fun to use, and so silly yet cleverly done. At the very least, it’s nice to see a standalone magazine-loading device in existence.
Of the three Overwatch blasters, the McCree blaster is the one that made the most compromises. It’s a lovely prop with nice features, including a moving hammer and spur, and an included badge. However, the dimensions aren’t quite the same as those of the in-game weapon (for sensible reasons). In addition, the blaster operation has a lot to be desired. It’s still fun, but it might not be $40 worth of fun.
The Overwatch blasters weren’t supposed to hit shelves until 2019. But then they got sent out early, just in time for Christmas. In my case, it was shortly after taking advantage of half-off promotions at Gamestop. Now they’re here, and it looks like Hasbro did the perfect job of blending prop-worthy gear and functional blaster. The only question is whether or not you’re willing to pay a premium price for them, or will just wait again for sales.
It’s been far too long, and there have been way too many new dart types. As of this post, I’m revamping our dart testing to cover the stock (0.50″) darts currently available on shelves. I’ll evaluate the current darts in terms of fps, how precise they are in hitting a target, and how they stack up in terms of cost.