Author’s edit: as it has been pointed out to me, while we may have been operating under the notion of “we’re all vaccinated here, so masks are optional”, the Covid-19 delta variant (as well as delta plus) are quickly becoming the dominant strains workdwide, with the possibility of affecting vaccinated individuals. Please use caution in all public settings, and maintain vigilance when it comes to mask wearing and social distancing. Seems I need to not let my guard down so much, especially as there are plenty of unvaccinated out there I could still inadvertently affect.
The pandemic (and subsequent closure of Detroit Dart Club) left the local Humans v Zombies scene on life support over the past year. However, with life picking back up, and all attendees actually being vaccinated, games are back and more fun than ever – this time at a rented-out laser tag facility. I got the chance to drive up and play on June 19th, and it was as much fun as I remembered!
The previously reviewed Ryan’s World blasters, while unique in design, took heavy inspiration from the Xshot Reflex pistol. The Renegade, however, goes a step farther and simply copies the internals of the Turbo Advance!
Of course, that’s not a bad blaster to copy. But does the Renegade do it well enough to be worth buying?
If you’re at all familiar with online influencers, you’ve probably heard of Ryan’s World; last I checked, Ryan Kaji ranked as the highest-paid Youtube star, making $30 million dollars. With licensing deals on toys, clothes, video games, and more, it was only a matter of time before “older” kids’ toys entered the fray, and blasters are a large market.
I managed to find all the blasters in the line at local Target stores (this line is exclusive there in the US). While I wasn’t expecting much, It turns out the line is actually quite good for the price, assuming you either love or don’t mind the Ryan motif present on everything. In the case of the Ryan vs Combo Panda kit, a pair of high-performing revolvers for $20 is nothing to sneeze at!
Author’s note: this early review is thanks to a free sample sent by Dart Zone. Thanks for the blaster!
Monolith: something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.
Does that fit this blaster? Is it a bastion of the blaster world, taking on all challengers? Not quite, but for the price, it’s pretty good.
On paper, the Siege-50 should be good. It’s a pump action, slam-fire blaster holding 50 rounds, and shaped for running and gunning. It fires the new Hyper ammo at the advertised velocities. And it’s the only Hyper blaster with a hop-up tab, so rounds should go straight, right?
Well, not everything is a winner. And despite what’s on paper, a lot of times the Siege just doesn’t work as advertised.
Author’s note: all of the Hyper blasters were sent for free by Hasbro for review. Thanks, guys!
The introduction of a new blaster line almost always has a “must-have” or flagship blaster. NStrike Elite had the Hailfire. Mega debuted with the Centurion. Even Rival saw an initial focus on the Zeus, and followed the progression of electronic blasters that came after.
Hyper has the Mach-100 filling that role. It’s the size and shape of a Rival Perses. Unfortunately, however, the Perses (even with less ammo) is preferable.