Note: another blaster I’m way behind on, since I’ve had it since January…
Last summer, the Trilogy made its debut, replacing the Sledgefire as the main “shotgun” of the Nerf line. It featured shell ejection and a brand new shell design, with decent power. However, it was also in a large format. Now we have the Shellstrike. It provides the “shotgun” function in a much smaller package. It may be weaker than the Trilogy, but it may also prove to be more useful for actual foam combat.
Lanard Toys makes blasters. They’re not nearly as widespread as most of the other brands they compete with, but they do make gems here and there. Sometimes a blaster can be modded for NIC greatness (Triple Shot, Big Salvo, etc). Sometimes it’s great for cosplay purposes (Hunstman 50). Other times…it’s just something silly (Disney Zurg Blaster). There’s a few clunkers here and there, too. But Lanard blasters aren’t always seen in stores here in the United States, so sometimes you just have to wait for a website update to appear. This is one of those times.
Note: I got things sent to me for free to try out. Thanks, Containment Crew!
Occasionally I do get to look at new mods and mod kits. In this case, it’s a new item from Containment Crew, a replacement pump grip for the Nerf Rival Takedown. It’s the only part of the blaster I didn’t like, due to the lack of texture or ridges for priming. In stock form, it’s not bad at first, but with sweaty hands (or stronger springs), it becomes a major issue. There are a few other nice grips out there – but this is the one I’m reviewing at the moment.
Note: Hasbro sent me a free box of Nerf stuff, as they often do. Thank you very much! Also, obligatory hashtags. #NerfNation #Nerf #freestuff
Earlier this week, a fun box arrived at my local Fedex Drop Location. I did get to open it, but work kept me busy for the most part until now. So, without further ado, cool stuff!
The Stryfe is one of the most iconic blasters in modern Nerf. It’s been reskinned numerous times as new blasters (Revoltinator, Fortnite SMG, etc), and it’s been a staple for modders everywhere. It and its various iterations have also slowly gone up in price over the years. Enter the Alpha Strike line, aiming to provide budget blasting to compete with the blasters from other companies. After the initial wave in 2019, 2020 sees the Flyte – the Stryfe of the blaster line. But is it worth the $20 price tag?
The Nerf Rival Roundhouse fills an interesting niche. It’s larger than the Kronos, the gold standard for Rival pistols, and holds three times the ammo. However, it’s also smaller than the Artemis, a long-standing staple of the line from which it borrows inspiration. The Roundhouse is objectively good, but whether you like it will come down to how fast you use up your Rival balls in battle.
Jet Blasters has had a spotty history, admittedly. The original Ceda (Close Engagement Dart Assault) blaster just wasn’t that good, with inconsistent performance and a shell that felt cheap. Katanas were the first major half dart magazine, but an inability to actually supply them in a timely fashion left the door open for other competitors. And previous products have all seen extended development cycles, with purchases often arriving late by months.
As of this spring, however, Jet is trying to rectify things. They’ve released the Ceda S, an upgraded version firing exclusively short darts, and they have it supplied to online distributors. They’ve also sent several samples to various influencers as part of their marketing push (I bought this one, however). In the end, the Ceda S is a major improvement on the original, and it retains important features like easy maintenance and upgrading. It’s worth consideration if you want a relatively inexpensive platform that can be made to do more – and especially if it goes on sale.