The Rival Edge series is a sub-line aimed (pun intended) at target practice, as opposed to team combat. The previous entries (also Walmart exclusives) were bolt-action blasters that came with moving targets. This year, Hasbro took cues from trap shooting for the blaster, producing a long, pump-action toy. The included target, meanwhile, borrows from steel flip targets. The end result is a great package for just $40 – but full enjoyment may require long arms.
Jet Blasters doesn’t quite have the best reputation when it comes to timely delivery or customer service, but they eventually got there with the arrival of the Ceda S. A hobby-grade blaster, firing short darts, and made widely available through Evike.
However, there’s another variant set to hit the market next month, from an arguably much larger player, and it should be interesting to see how things play out. Here’s what we have on the GameFace Prime so far.
Ultra. The line has yet to really stand out from the crowd in ways beyond ammo cost and incompatibility – while you can launch the darts at high speed, the accuracy still has much to be desired when compared to other dart types. The Ultra Five, as a mag-fed pistol, had the opportunity to impress in the way the Magnus did for Mega. But between firing problems and the usual issues, I can’t give a good recommendation.
Back in 2016, XShot released their highest capacity blaster to date, the Turbo Advance. Following the initial release, it soon became a staple on Walmart shelves as the Super Drum, with various color schemes over the past few years. This year, the newest colors are blue, light blue, and pink! It should also be noted that range claims have improved since the initial release, from 80ft to 90ft. Finally, I may have bought a Chinese knockoff for comparison…so having the real thing on hand is probably a good idea. On to the review!
Four years ago, I got a package from Prime Time Toys, with sample products of the various blasters coming out that year. Among that group was the Blitzfire, a small but potent blaster featured in a Target-exclusive two-pack. Now, in what amounts to a stealth refresh, new versions of this blaster have appeared on Target shelves. The performance is similar (read: great), but I’m really digging the new look!
The Nerf-Fortnite partnership keeps marching along and producing even more conversions from in-game weaponry to real-life foam flingers. The BASR-L was shown off by Hasbro at Toy Fair earlier this year. If you’re a fan of the games, it’s a nice blaster. If you’re just looking at it as a blaster, however…$40 is a bit steep. It’s still a fun blaster, but due to some compatibility and dart issues, you might want to leave it on the shelf (or else buy, then modify it).