Sometimes, you find little bits of blaster history on the internet. Or rather, someone directs you to them. Credit to Nerfmafia, one of the admins at Cincinnati Area Nerf Enthusiasts and member of the History of Nerf Modding Discord, found these on Ebay…in Greece. Being the patient person I am, I bought them anyway, knowing that shipping would be delayed by current world conditions. They’re here now, so let’s take a peek!
Author’s note: the folks at Zing were kind enough to send two blasters and ammo my way, for free, for review. Thanks!
It took me a while to determine how exactly to review this Marshmallow blaster. Coming from the Nerf side of things, I’m used to generally consistent blaster operation. One pump results in only so many darts being fired, etc. So when you get a blaster that can, depending on user input, possibly fire 1-5 things at once, it makes it hard to judge.
Eventually, I just accepted that was a sweet and silly toy, meant for kids and parents to chase each other with…and just had fun with it!
A while ago, I published a review concerning the first version of Daybreak wheels. Those have, of course, undergone a second revision, and have also sold well – to the point they’re out of stock. Enter a different variant from Drac, of all people, with Twilight wheels. Do they perform just as well? Testing points to yes.
The Rival Finisher was an interesting entry at the Hasbro Toy Fair event. A mag-fed Rival pistol for only $15, with a new kind of magazine? It makes for an interesting alternative to the current staple of Rival collections, the Kronos. The magazine itself isn’t as revolutionary as one would hope, but the blaster (while somewhat bare bones in nature) is a solid addition on the cheaper end of the Rival line.
First, credit where due: the videos were first noticed by u/Echo1201. I keep forgetting that Xshot has a Vimeo channel, so I guess I’m late by two weeks!
In any case, several things that were shown off at Toy Fair are now official in terms of being public. The Crusher is new and already documented, but the Dino Attack blasters weren’t yet publicized.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the Adventure Force Tsunami Drencher. It wasn’t a perfect blaster, but it was great for its designed purpose – quickly unloading water. If you’re older and stronger, however, I’d suggest the Drench Force (the original design) instead. I still see it at Dollar Generals and other places, and it’s the same $15 price. But for the same price, you get twice the capacity!