After getting a project done (after sitting in pieces and various stages for two months), I ended up with better than expected results. As such, I’m spending a post tooting my own horn, as well as showing the potential of a late (but arguably one of the best) 2018 blaster release.
The weekend before Toy Fair, I got to drive back to Athens, Ohio for a fun winter HvZ game. Being February, it was a small group, but it was still a blast being able to have an actual HvZ game after only minigames and regular Nerf wars. It was about as silly as I expected it to be!
The Helios has been on shelves for a while now, as a Phantom Corps addition to the Rival line. Somehow, despite buying one and taking pictures, I never actually got around to writing a review. Now that the new colors are coming to store shelves (and appearing at Toy Fair), I’m going to fix that.
The Helios is, as you’d expect, a respectable update to the original Apollo design. It demands a bit of patience in operation, but otherwise is a reliable, smaller spring-powered primary.
Note that this blaster came from Canada, where it is already on Walmart store shelves.
Now that Toy Fair is over, we can sit back and think about what we really enjoyed. What made our eyes light up when we used it? What blasters made us say “Why hasn’t anyone done this sooner?!?”. It’s a very subjective post, but it’s worth chiming in with my opinion on everything I saw.
IT’S BUZZ BEE DAY! I will delay uploading the video for a bit – I’m more about the pictures and writing anyway. But it was a great event, and Buzz Bee is pushing for a successful year in the US market.