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.
Author’s note: a big thanks to Buzz Bee Toys (the manufacturer) for sending out a free sample! I will do my best to evaluate it on its merits!
The great thing about blaster packs is that they encourage kids (and the young at heart) to play with each other. That applies to water blasters as well as foam flinging toys! In the case of the Hydro Arsenal Two Pack, you have decent performance and comfortable grips, and some attachments for the added play value. Is it a standout? No, but that’s hard to do in the water blaster category, quite frankly. But is it a solid choice for your collection? Yes, especially if you and a friend are just starting.
Admittedly, as far as social media marketing goes, this one’s a genius move due to the coverage on the internet. Nerf is looking to hire someone for $10k a month for, essentially, the summer job of making content for the Nerf TikTok handle. Assuming you’re good both with social media and a blaster, it’s worth taking a look at the requirements:
- 18 and older
- Making 10-12 approved posts a month for the Nerf handle (assume a lot more work going into making posts and editing before you get 10-12 approved)
- Weekly meetings with the marketing team
- All working remotely
Admittedly, my forte is definitely more towards using the blasters than doing social media. But I’d be willing to take a swipe at this, especially if it means being able to use and promote new blasters – doing wars on the weekends is kinda my thing.
However, there IS the slight issue of having never used TikTok…(oops)…
In any case, if you’re up to the challenge, follow the link above and think about applying!
Sometimes, branded blasters are better at the branding than the blasting. Such is the case with the Nerf Fortnite Pump SG. It looks great, but as a blaster it’s unremarkable. $30 for a large, single-shot Mega blaster is quite nuts, especially when the blaster that originated this platform (the Mega Double Breach) fired two darts and cost $5. For a bit more money, you could find a Fortnite TS (and in some places, it’s on sale) for more capacity, or just skip Mega altogether for a Rival Saturn. It’s just as large, but holds more ammo and is more satisfying.
We’ll look closer, but don’t be too excited unless you’re getting it for the cosplay factor.
During the last war, I got to finally have a true Ultra loadout. Granted, it was during the 120fps limit games. Even so, having eight ten round magazines and two six round magazines actually means having enough darts to support yourself during a round. Results were better than expected, since my 2nd Amp shoots straight (the first consistently shoots right), so accuracy wholly depended on the darts and the wind. Which is still somewhat up in the air.
Ultra, how you frustrate me. I love using different ammo types, but you bring so little to the table besides cost! And maybe some screaming darts. Will you get better, or be too late to matter?