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!
Buzz Bee Toys made an interesting design decision here. The original Gargantua, which I owned but somehow never reviewed, relied on a small CPS-type pressure chamber. It wasn’t a CPS 2000 by any means, but it had nice strong shots, capacity, and fast pumping. Now, Buzz Bee has the Gargantua X, replacing the CPS and trigger with a Steady Stream mechanism, but keeping the three nozzles. It’s still a decent blaster, considering what’s on the market. I just preferred the old one more.
A last-minute plea for help, if you can! Fellow Nerftuber Legitbread has been running a fundraiser over the past couple weeks, aiming to raise $1000CAD for worldwide relief efforts. The fundraiser ends this Friday, and we still have plenty of ground to cover to reach the goal! If you’re in a position to be able to help, consider pitching in $5 (plus with the current US/CAD conversion rate, you can get a decent number of Loonies compared to American dollars). If you can’t donate, consider spreading the fundraiser on social media.
Let’s hit that goal! After all, if everyone who sees the fundraiser donates even two dollars, we’ll be well on our way.
Since its release, the Nerf Epic Pranks app has seen millions of downloads. Granted, it’s a game that can at least hold your attention for a limited time, but it released with a lack of replay value after completing all the levels.
As of a recent update, that issue has been somewhat mitigated. However, there was also another, far more annoying change in the game: the addition of a subscription model. And the benefits don’t seem that great, all things considered. Here’s a quick peek.