Sometimes I go down rabbit holes and find things. For example, I learned that there was another color scheme for the Powerball in Europe. Following the trail led me to a store, then a catalog, and then to an unexpected surprise: a two-shot Rival Jolt from Dart Zone?
Frantz Foam Works is a small outfit out of Altoona, PA. If you’ve ever played games at Blair County House of Nerf or been to the Penn State HvZ Invitationals, you’ve probably met the people behind it. FFW has also been getting the web store up and running, buying up old stock of motors and flywheels and selling them for cheaper prices (for example, the flywheels are old Hooligan stock). The most notable element, however, is the availability of various blaster kits. The Mk1 Stryfe kit has been reviewed a ton, so in this case, I bought and looked at the Mk2. And as far as kits go, it’s quite nice!
Here’s a quick review that I wasn’t expecting to make. I was told by my girlfriend that I was going to have an early birthday party, and that I needed to do decorations. With lots of balloons. Luckily, the regional grocery chain I went to had Zuru’s party goods on clearance. It’s not a normal purchase, but since it was Zuru…I thought I’d at least give it a try.
The Outlaw isn’t a new design. In fact, this particular design has been around since 2009 (called the Equalizer then). But there’s a reason for that: it works. We reviewed the blaster nearly six years ago. It’s good to find that some things don’t change.
Author’s note: while I bought the normal RL, the Rippley version was sent to me free for review. Thanks, Hasbro! #freestuff
Foam missile launchers are hard to review; such opinions are far more subjective than those of other blasters. You’re never going to have the rate of fire and range of a regular blaster. As such, it’s just not that useful. However, in the grand tradition of foam play, they hold a special place – firing giant ammo is just plain fun. And when one of them is in a pretty, special edition color scheme, it’s hard to not pick one up.
This was a weird thing to run across right before bed. Granted, I know very little about Fortnite, but I regularly search “Nerf” in the news to see if something pops up. Apparently, rapper Travis Scott did a show within Fortnite. Which by itself isn’t a concern. However, there’s also a promotional item to go with all this: a custom wrapped Fortnite AR, using the same motif as this “ASTRONOMICAL” in-game experience.
Okay, there are clothes and an action figure, too. But here, we’re just worried about the Nerf blaster!
It goes for $65 a piece – more expensive than the regular thing, but since it’s a limited edition item…you could justify it. Note that the box art and blaster aren’t final. They’re expected to ship in October!
Yep, it’s one of those posts! More free stuff came my way for review, display, etc. This time, it’s the special edition Fortnite Rippley blasters – coming this May to Best Buy and www.bestbuy.com!