Nerf Elite 2.0 Trailblazer Review

The first wave of Elite 2.0 blasters was serviceable, but the combination of cheap Alpha Strike manufacturing and flat design turned off many blaster fans. This year’s Elite 2.0 models aim to return (at least partway) to previous flavors. The Trailblazer offers the utility of the Hammershot and Hammerstorm, and the “Wild Edition” comes with a molded stripe pattern and light blue accents. The status of the regular edition is unknown, but the one we have on hand is decent. Slightly lacking compared to its forefathers, but still decent.

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Prime Time Toys Launches Hydro Strike Gel Blasters!

When Prime Time Toys (maker of Dart Zone Blasters) filed trademarks for “Hydro Strike” and “Pulsar Pro” last year, I took note of them…and then forgot about it. However, after a certain video review launched on Monday, I quickly discovered that, over the past few weeks, PTT has been setting up social media and a product launch at Walmart. Their website, Youtube channel, and other media all quietly updated on Feb. 11-12, with social media efforts ongoing (Instagram and TikTok have no activity yet, for example).

Now that we have product info online, let’s take a look!

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D-Dart Blizzard Review

When the D-Dart Tempest was released in 2019, it was an interesting take on foam blasting. Although it was underpowered, it showed lots of potential, and modders had a field day with it. A second version reached shelves at the beginning of 2021, fixing dart compatibility issues. Now, after some long delays in production and shipping due to the pandemic, Bullseye Limited has fun new variants available through Target. While some aim for faster reloading, rate of fire, or even multiple darts at a time, the Blizzard opts for sheer capacity.

Does it take a while to load? Yes. Are you doomed if you run out of ammo and need to reload? Most likely. But until you reach that point, the Blizzard’s endurance makes for a fun time, much more so than the original.

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Hasbro Announces 2022 Nerf Blasters!

Yep, today was a big day, with Hasbro putting out a press release and descriptions for toys across all of its brands. For Nerf, there were four big items, though. Let’s look at the info and dissect!

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Nerf Rival Fate Review

Editor’s note: thanks for the free review sample, Hasbro!

The Fate is a fun little blaster, improving on the Knockout before it. Instead of a large grip with a plunger inside (making a “Rival Jolt”), the Fate opts for a simple pullback mechanism. It also simplifies the reloading process, with a barrel that pops open automatically. Simple operation, good performance, and great looks combine for the best showcase of the brand-new Accurounds.

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Nerf Rival Pathfinder Review

Editor’s note: thanks to Hasbro for sending this as a free review sample!

A new year brings a new series of Rival blasters, this time boasting improved accuracy over the old. The flagship of this group, the Pathfinder, aims to be the Rival equivalent of the Alpha Trooper. However, among other things, magazine compatibility holds the blaster back from its true potential.

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