Due to scheduling issues (i.e. not being in town when things arrive), I’ll have to hold off on a few anticipated reviews. My Dart Zone Pro is sitting at the UPS Store, and will do so for a few days while I’m traveling – it doesn’t make much sense to take it with me, and I’ll be disappointed to wait until the store opens, just to drop it back off at my apartment. Plus other Nerf-related things will arrive anyway,
In addition, there are a few site related things to address:
- If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve been redoing review ratings to do “User Friendly” instead of “Accuracy”. Reason being that, unless something is seriously off with the blaster, the accuracy is mainly going to be a function of the darts being used. A few older reviews will be tweaked to address this, and just cover it as a part of being user friendly. Of course, if it’s something like the upcoming Nerf Ultra that advertises based on the dart type, that’s just unavoidable.
- This month will actually be expecting lots of Nerf related travel. This trip, Ragnarocktoberfest, the list goes on. The number of reviews I still need to do is, thankfully, starting to dwindle. But don’t be surprised if there are lots of smaller updates, and then big ones here and there.
Force Friday Updates
Nothing actually new was announced for this fall’s Nerfy Star Wars lineup. We just have a reissue of the Poe Dameron blaster, and a recolored Captain Phasma blaster. Expect the normal, higher prices for being licensed toys.
Xshot has made a solid effort to enter the ball blaster space with the Chaos line, even if the blasters aren’t quite as useful as their counterparts. Internal magazines with on-the-fly reloading, as well as ease of use and low cost, make blasters like the Orbit solid options for close range blasting. If you’re looking for consistency at range, however, you may need a different blaster – or a little extra effort to modify this one.
Due to me simply being busy with work and other activities, I thought I’d spare a post highlighting a game next month. I went to the event last year, and it was a blast!
Mall Mutation Madness Hardcore is an all-night HvZ game played on the first level of Mid Rivers Mall near St Louis, Missouri. Humans (last year, it started with two factions) have their tasks to complete, zombies pursue them. Tagged humans are wounded and unable to defend themselves, needing a medic to heal them before getting tagged again. All killed players drop tokens that can be collected (while in play, so be careful) and turned in for upgrades – new abilities like medics, access to better blasters, or (conversely) more perks to slay the humans with.
It turns into an hours-long battle of attrition, with breaks in between for ammo cleanup and hydration. And it’s a ton of fun – I simply used a Boomco blaster and 40-dart clips to keep zombies at bay and get tokens while the humans around me upgraded as needed. Sadly, I never got around to posting the rest of my footage. I should work on that!
The fun things I get to post while on break at work!
After some speculation coming with their video about “The One”, Nerf is officially announcing the Nerf Ultra line, starting with the Ultra One blaster. Shoots farther than before, but comes with a new kind of dart. More from the press release after the jump!
Back in March, I reviewed the Nerf Blaster Scooter from Flybar. While I can appreciate it being made for kids much smaller than myself, it just wasn’t that good, at least if your goal was effective use in a blaster battle. However, since when has that stopped any of us before? To that end, I opened up the blaster, tweaked the scooter, and got something that could be useful in HvZ or Nerf wars. It still has issues retaining some larger magazines, but overall it performs well enough to truly be fun. At least wherever vehicles are allowed 🙂
Dart Zone has a thing for silly yet completely viable “minigun” blasters. The Scorpion, for example, is still on shelves after many years. This year, we have several options. Those with a preference for dart hoppers, of course, have the excellent Destructor to find at Target. For those who love their chain-fed blasters, however, Walmart has a notable update in the Adventure Force V-Twin. Ammo capacity? Ease of reloading? High velocities? All of them are here, in an inexpensive package!