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.
As we saw at the end of 2019, Little Tikes released a line of blasters aimed towards a younger crowd. Granted, you’re essentially lobbing bean bags, but it’s quite a nice series of toys for the target audience. Now, as we start 2021, we’re actually seeing new entries to the line!
Note: this review has been edited reflecting better (working) test samples. Thanks to Boley for sending them out for free, and for looking through the batch numbers to try and pin down what went wrong!
The Electro Surge is a nice callback to classic soaking, with the tactical shape (though thankfully bright colors) and a battery-powered mechanism. It doesn’t compare to the soakers we love to use, but it hits 20′ at the press of a button. For $10, it’s a great option for the little kid that just wants something that fires a stream on command.
A year and a half ago, we saw the release of the original Tempest. It was a cool, if underpowered, concept. But it also wasn’t compatible with the vast majority of darts. A year and a half (and one global pandemic) later, V2 is finally out (currently on Amazon). It’s a tad more expensive, and still shows the limitations of 4 AAA batteries, but using standard length darts makes for a marked improvement. And of course, the fact that upgrades are possible is more than enough to tempt the serious Nerfers. Read on!
Fun things pop up unexpectedly when you’re searching for new blasters. On a recent trip, I stopped by one Walmart to find it already stocking some of the spring toys, including simple soakers. After seeing names on boxes I didn’t recognize, I started a quick progression of finding online entries, searching stores with inventory (whether it was actually on the shelf was another matter, as the actual shelf date is in a few weeks), and finally hitting paydirt.
The Hydro Burst does several things at once. It not only brings back useful triggers and pressurized chambers, but it also sets up a unique internal mechanism that could lead to more things down the road.
Oh, and it gets you really wet. Don’t be like me and let your fiancée soak you when it’s freezing outside!
Second in this year’s Dinosquad line is the Tricera-Blast. As you’d expect of a blaster based on a three-horned reptile, it has three shots. It’s also a hammer-primed blaster, with a flip-open barrel and storage stock. Can you buy objectively better blasters for $20? Of course. But for what it is, this blaster is a ton of fun, and has a bit of potential outside stock form.