Site Update: Slowing Down Soon (Because Wedding and Stuff)

Not to fear, there’s plenty more content to post and blasters to review! However, as opposed to the usual acceleration due to Toy Fair and the like, the posts will likely slow down towards the end of February. Among other things, I have a March 20th wedding to plan! A few other things, as well, but that’s the main concern.

Regularly scheduled reviews to return tomorrow!

FDL-Basic Review

(Available here)

Back in December, I had the chance to buy an FDL-Basic beta unit ahead of the general release (making for a great birthday gift for the fiancée). Between the two of us, we’ve put many clips of ammo through the blaster, seeing if anything went wrong or if anything could be improved. In the end, the Basic is a great do-everything blaster. Granted, you could spend the same amount of money or time on several blasters for different game types. But if you’re willing to spend the money, you’ll be happy with the versatility of this blaster. Especially when compared to the price of the FDL-3 before it.

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Blaze Storm ZC7119 “Fauxmetheus” Review

Blaze Storm (made by Zecong Toys) is known for copying Nerf designs; although they do on occasion come up with something original. However, when I see things like a copy of the Prometheus, I can’t help but buy it to see if it’s worth anything.

Is it worth the $85 I paid? In stock form, no. If you’re in need of a fun project, though, it’s fairly easy to bring it up to par with other Rival blasters!

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Nerf Rival Curve Shot Flex Review

Here’s the other initial release from the Curve Shot line, aka the next generation of Knockout. It’s simpler to operate than its predecessor, and has plenty of ammo storage. On the flip side, it’s also five dollars more, and light enough that adding a barrel for curving rounds isn’t necessary. In any case, it still makes for a decent, low end ball blaster.

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Nerf Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe Review

Due to what can only be assumed is a Walmart stocking mixup, the Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe is already out more than a month before the official release date! To that end, I’ve been testing and making parts for it. The verdict? It’s a good blaster that fires well and does in fact curve your shots; just don’t expect miracles to happen!

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Rival Curve Shot Blasters – Full Info

Two of these blasters are scheduled to land on my doorstep today, due to an early release from Walmart. (One community member got them yesterday, as seen here. Thanks for the pictures, Abquintic!). The last blaster, however, will have to wait until August, it seems. CNET got the first official media release, however, so here’s the basic info on the Curve Shot line, where you can adjust the hop-up to shoot in any direction!

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Worker Ultra Pharaoh Short Dart Kit Review

Sometimes fun modding things come along that completely change the blaster they’re using. For competitive Nerf, that usually comes in the form of a short dart conversion. However, this is the first one I’ve seen for Ultra blasters. As such, it was worth a look, especially since I had a spare Pharaoh.

It’s not quite perfect, but it makes for a great high fps blaster with the “sniper” feel!

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