Due to what can only be assumed is a Walmart stocking mixup, the Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe is already out more than a month before the official release date! To that end, I’ve been testing and making parts for it. The verdict? It’s a good blaster that fires well and does in fact curve your shots; just don’t expect miracles to happen!
Two of these blasters are scheduled to land on my doorstep today, due to an early release from Walmart. (One community member got them yesterday, as seen here. Thanks for the pictures, Abquintic!). The last blaster, however, will have to wait until August, it seems. CNET got the first official media release, however, so here’s the basic info on the Curve Shot line, where you can adjust the hop-up to shoot in any direction!
Sometimes fun modding things come along that completely change the blaster they’re using. For competitive Nerf, that usually comes in the form of a short dart conversion. However, this is the first one I’ve seen for Ultra blasters. As such, it was worth a look, especially since I had a spare Pharaoh.
It’s not quite perfect, but it makes for a great high fps blaster with the “sniper” feel!
I’ve done a lot of searching over the past week, finding various fun bits of news and posting in Nerf groups. But I should probably write up summaries of what I’ve found this week, so they’re all in one spot!
Hasbro has an interesting patent for “jump starting” flywheel blasters. Worker (the third party mod parts and occasional blaster company) teased a new flywheel blaster, but also filed a design patent for it. And that new Adventure Force soaker from Dart Zone? It’s a newly patented system, as well! Let’s dive in!
One of the fondest memories of my childhood was having a Ghostbusters Ghostpopper. Naturally, I remember it being bigger, due to being a small child at the time. Nevertheless, this rerelease has me reliving those days, firing large foam chunks up to 20′ away as advertised. It’s certainly not a performance-based blaster, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s just $20 of pure fun.
As we saw at the end of 2019, Little Tikes released a line of blasters aimed towards a younger crowd. Granted, you’re essentially lobbing bean bags, but it’s quite a nice series of toys for the target audience. Now, as we start 2021, we’re actually seeing new entries to the line!
Note: this review has been edited reflecting better (working) test samples. Thanks to Boley for sending them out for free, and for looking through the batch numbers to try and pin down what went wrong!
The Electro Surge is a nice callback to classic soaking, with the tactical shape (though thankfully bright colors) and a battery-powered mechanism. It doesn’t compare to the soakers we love to use, but it hits 20′ at the press of a button. For $10, it’s a great option for the little kid that just wants something that fires a stream on command.