In case you haven’t seen the news, Foam Fest is still online this year due to the pandemic. Even so, things are chugging along in the background, with sessions on Nerf news, modding, community-made blasters, and more! Plus, there’s a raffle at the end with blasters to give away.
Also, don’t miss any of the potential surprises, now that Dart Zone is officially joining! Could be new blasters, could just be distribution news for new markets. Who knows?
Note that the streams start at 12:00pm BST (that translates to 7:00am EST), so adjust accordingly depending on your time zone!
I’ll be on later in the evening, helping talk about this past year in Nerf!
Thursday and Friday, the first beta appearance of Nerf Strike went live. I got a chance to try out the game in its current state, and was thoroughly entertained; even so, it’s clear that we have a long way to go before official release.
Pictures come from my live stream yesterday.
Few things in the hobby space, especially when it comes to Rival, are as iconic as the Proton Pack. More than five years ago, Out of Darts made the first one, with several revisions (and other iconic interpretations) since then.
Now, at last, they’re available for purchase from outofdarts.com! And if Rival is in any way useful to you (and you have the ammo for it), it’s some of the best money you’ll ever spend!
Some things fly under the radar. Thanks to the pandemic of the past year, much has been lost in terms of advertising new products, showing off samples at Toy Fairs, etc. That includes soakers, most of which are manual anyway. In the case of last year’s soakers, that issue was compounded by a recall of the XP20 and XP30 over stickers containing lead – never good optics.
This year, Hasbro quietly rereleased the line with the -AP (Air Pressure) tag at the end, and also added another rerelease to the line: the reimagined Super Soaker 50 from 2009! How’s it perform? Quite well, actually. Enough to to be the best thing in their line…after 12+ years.
Last night before bed, I decided to peruse the United States Patent and Trademark Office for new information…and I fell down a rabbit hole. Hasbro’s patent for the Hyper line just went live, with lots of fun information inside.
Not only that, but with some help (from u/Abquintic and others off the subreddit and various Discords), we found that two Dart Zone patents we’d initially looked past were in fact new! One is an updated Cornerfire filing, while the other is, essentially, a flywheel Villainator. Let’s jump in!
NOTE: Thanks Buzz Bee for sending a free sample my way!
The Adventure Force Triton is one of many Steady-Stream style blasters made by Buzz Bee Toys. If you’ll recall, last year gave us its big brother, the Poseidon. The Triton may be smaller, but for $10 it has the same punch and is much easier to wield in soaker wars.