Toy Fair 2023 – News From Day One!

It’s that time of year, finally! All the press people are in New York, trying to get the scoop on new toys. And yours truly is looking at blasters in particular – though I will sit through other things to get to the good part. Let’s dive into the first few bits of news!

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Worker Lightweight and Heavyweight Dart Review and Testing!

First, a big thank you to Out of Darts! These showed up as a sample at my door, and I finally got time to test them this week. Within reason, I’ll also be trying them out at games.

Worker has new short darts available that sit outside the typical ~1g mass we expect to see. In theory, you could use these to boost or lower your FPS, in addition to tuning your blaster. More importantly, though, you could use the heavier darts to enhance your accuracy. We’ll discuss both possibilities!

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Stranger Things Blasters Coming to Our Dimension!

This news is late for posting, but better now than ever!

Dart Zone has had a bit more publicity about their end of things, but we have three blasters on the way this fall! Walmart secured the rights to make Stranger Things-themed toys under the Adventure Force line. Just as they did with Jurassic World, they’re contracting blaster companies for new items. You can preorder them for later in the fall on Walmart’s website.

From Dart Zone:

From Buzz Bee:

Buzz Bee Air Warriors EZ Fire Rifle Review

Buzz Bee Toys has a long history of making blasters aimed at kids. Some things have changed in that time, like the industry push for higher ranges. Buzz Bee responded in kind, but the designs still aimed to be used by kids. This left Buzz Bee in a weird spot – good blasters would have handles too small for anyone but small children to use comfortably.

That growing pain seems to be mostly past us, as shown by the EZ Fire Rifle. Not only is it easy to fire, but it’s comfortable for fans of any age to use. Is it a bit unusual? Yes. Is it still lots of fun? Definitely!

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‘NERF Action-Xperience’ Opening in Pigeon Forge, TN in 2024?

Well, we already had Nerf Action Xperience appearing in Singapore and the UK. It was only a matter of time before one appeared in the US. And it would appear that the tourist destination of Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Great Smoky Mountains had enough appeal!

The text of the press release after the jump.

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