Back in 2016, XShot released their highest capacity blaster to date, the Turbo Advance. Following the initial release, it soon became a staple on Walmart shelves as the Super Drum, with various color schemes over the past few years. This year, the newest colors are blue, light blue, and pink! It should also be noted that range claims have improved since the initial release, from 80ft to 90ft. Finally, I may have bought a Chinese knockoff for comparison…so having the real thing on hand is probably a good idea. On to the review!
Four years ago, I got a package from Prime Time Toys, with sample products of the various blasters coming out that year. Among that group was the Blitzfire, a small but potent blaster featured in a Target-exclusive two-pack. Now, in what amounts to a stealth refresh, new versions of this blaster have appeared on Target shelves. The performance is similar (read: great), but I’m really digging the new look!
The Nerf-Fortnite partnership keeps marching along and producing even more conversions from in-game weaponry to real-life foam flingers. The BASR-L was shown off by Hasbro at Toy Fair earlier this year. If you’re a fan of the games, it’s a nice blaster. If you’re just looking at it as a blaster, however…$40 is a bit steep. It’s still a fun blaster, but due to some compatibility and dart issues, you might want to leave it on the shelf (or else buy, then modify it).
The push for Ultra continues, with the Four and Five blasters officially arriving on shelves in a month. In the preceding months, however, an interesting option emerged: Walmart-exclusive whistling darts known as “Sonic Screamers”.
Are they objectively better than regular Ultra darts? Not really. Are they at least a little more fun? Yes. Though it still comes down to whether you want to invest in Ultra.
So, it’s been a rough week and a half. I was already behind on a lot of things, but losing a good friend over at Containment Crew put me off of writing for a bit. Now, though, there’s lot of catching up to do, whether it be commenting on past events, noting new blasters, or just trying to catch up before all the new things arrive in August. Here we go!
We’re slowly getting listings for fall blasters, be they preorders for July on Entertainment Earth, or real listings just showing up on Walmart and other sites (like with the Ultra Four and the Fortnite BASR-L). However, of interest are a few things we didn’t have a timeline for, or thought were going to be different!
The Xshot Dino Attack blasters are up for preorder on Amazon UK, showing a July 31st release date. Both the Claw Hunter (Eliminator reshell) and the Reflex reshell are up. In addition, the Nerf Halo MA40 is up for preorder, showing a July 1st release date. Originally, the release date was supposed to be in October, to more closely coincide with the Halo: Infinite release date. However, things do change (and sometimes different territories have different release dates). We will see how accurate these dates are once they get closer!
Sometimes sales flukes happen. For example, last week Walmart accidentally had a few Ultra Fours for sale online, and I was able to snag one for myself! Yay early reviews!
The Ultra Four makes a strong performance in dart velocity. However, there’s still that nagging feeling that, ultimately, the Ultra Dart itself is holding the line back from greatness.