Blaze Storm (made by Zecong Toys) is known for copying Nerf designs; although they do on occasion come up with something original. However, when I see things like a copy of the Prometheus, I can’t help but buy it to see if it’s worth anything.
Is it worth the $85 I paid? In stock form, no. If you’re in need of a fun project, though, it’s fairly easy to bring it up to par with other Rival blasters!
Here’s the other initial release from the Curve Shot line, aka the next generation of Knockout. It’s simpler to operate than its predecessor, and has plenty of ammo storage. On the flip side, it’s also five dollars more, and light enough that adding a barrel for curving rounds isn’t necessary. In any case, it still makes for a decent, low end ball blaster.
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.