Author’s note: Thank you so much to Zing Toys for the free samples!
It’s always hard to review and rate things like this, especially when you’re over 30. The Wrist Bow is inherently kid-sized, and sometimes you have to borrow other people’s kids to properly gauge expectations!
Even so, it was easy to see, when I used it, how much fun a pint-sized entry to the Zing family could be!
Xshot introduced the Royale Edition Chaos Blasters back in 2020, with an appearance at Toy Fair – right before the pandemic hit. Even so, it would seem that the idea sold well (and the all-gold blasters in social media promotions certainly helped). Now, we’re seeing the concept extended to dart blasters in the main Excel line, ranging from pistols all the way up to a chain-fed blaster. In my case, I found the Reflex 6 online at Walmart, and just had it delivered to my house.
The blaster doesn’t do anything new. However, it also doesn’t have to. Even if it’s slightly more expensive (for a budget blaster, that is), it’s a solid performer that will serve well in any Nerf war.
On the less serious side of running a blog, sometimes I get to pass on little blurbs here and there from companies or media. In this case, a toy review site is looking to pay someone to review some Halo blasters for them! The Bulldog and Mangler, to be specific. Yep, with the video game finally releasing, reviews of these blasters are becoming more relevant.
Now, if you read the terms and such, there are things to be aware of. Like being at least 18, being considered an independent contractor (if selected and accepted) for tax purposes, etc. But there’s always someone out there who wants to try their hand it this, so look things over, and give it a go if you desire!
Link to the Press release PDF here. You have until November 12th to apply!
Normally, you’d expect a basic “pistol” in the line to be the starter experience you want for the line. For Mega XL, the Big Rig fills that role. Complete with open packaging to show off the blaster, it hopes to impress you with just how large the barrel is for the ammo you’re firing. And fire it does! But some ergonomic and feel issues keep the Big Rig from being as appealing as other blasters in the line.
While I was off traveling and playing Humans v Zombies at Grove City College, Hasbro PulseCon 2021 was streaming. I didn’t get to see a lot personally. However, the Nerf segment lined up with the end of my lunch break. So I did get to see the biggest Nerf-related product reveal – the Nerf LMTD Halo Needler! As a functional prop for collectors, it looks pretty neat, and seeing the designers demonstrate the prototype on stage (in all its grey plastic and guts-hanging-out glory) was cool. Read on for the official announcement info and more!
It’s been an interesting saga for the people behind Banned Blasters, but their crowdfunding campaign is now live. The blaster (they’re tweaking their prototype prior to a production run of injection molded blasters) is similar to a high performance Stryfe, but with several differences. A dual stage trigger, for one. Short darts only, as well (after much community feedback). And, possibly the most interesting development, 200fps out of a single flywheel stage!
There was a bit of a misfire in starting the campaign – originally, it was supposed to be on Kickstarter; Kickstarter banned the project for being a weapon (in spite of other blasters being crowdfunded there before). To their credit, the people making this blaster (who have been somewhat active on Nerf-related discords and other places concerning development) are staying with the “Fixed Goal” model, so that people won’t be charged if they don’t meet the goal.
There are also several options available, depending on how many blasters you want to get – if you and several friends want one, you could pool together for one of the higher perks and get these for less money per blaster.
If you want more info on the project, see these links!