It was announced earlier this month, and the reviewer samples are already being sent out (thanks, Dart Zone!). My Mk2 arrived via Fedex yesterday, giving me lots of time to test it, tear it down, and put it together again. And while the $80 price point seemed high at first glance, trying it out in an impromptu backyard war convinced me it was worth the money. Assuming, of course, you’re the type to use compact blasters or keep a secondary on your side.
It’s been a busy week for me, so I’ve been slow on the updates. However, this did pop up at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We’ll see what blaster Dart Zone attaches this name to…
Every year, Lanard Toys holds a giant sale at their warehouse in Sugar Creek, MO (a suburb of Kansas City). In past years, I have always been busy with the holidays. This year, however, the sale started early – and when I had some time off work. So I got to do a solo road trip down memory lane, seeing not only NIC blasters of old, but other ones from around the world.
Hand it to Dart Zone to just drop news on us out of nowhere! Just like the Mk1.1 was announced at Toy Fair for immediate release (barring logistical issues on Target’s end), now the Mk2 is announced for December 2020! Not much is known on the actual blaster performance beyond the initial teaser trailer, but we know that it’s a short dart, top primed pistol with an internal magazine. It also has a speed loader! Presumably, the Pro darts are still here to stay, as well. Check out the video!
Buzz Bee isn’t one to shy away from rebranding old blaster designs. In the case of the Equalizer, it’s reusing the design of The Walking: Dead Carl’s Revolver, and using different colors. It’s still a nice starter pistol, and more comfortable than some other Buzz Bee blasters. So if you find it in stores over the holidays, it might be a fun find for the kids.
Let’s be honest – the Elite 2.0 line hasn’t had the best start. Hasbro may have opted for easy-to-manufacture blasters, but doing so resulted in some nasty compromises. The blasters still perform well, but some of them (like the Phoenix) have things like painful mag releases.
Sadly, the Turbine shares this feature. Which is a shame, because otherwise, it might be the best of the line so far. Even so, it may have some mod potential if you manage to open the shell.