The beginning of October is fast approaching, and with it comes the release of the Aeon Pro at Walmart! Of course, the official release date hasn’t stopped it from popping up on shelves in both the US and (notably) Canada. In this case, I have a friend in Toronto to thank for sending me a blaster!
At its core, the Aeon Pro is the Nexus Pro, minus the stock, extended muzzle, and forward priming handle. Doing so, however, means having a competition-grade blaster at just $25. And with nearly identical performance, it’s hard to find something wrong with the platform, especially for people who just want to buy a blaster and join in on the fun.
As a Stargate fan, I was excited to see the first version of the Rival Staff Blaster posted nearly a year ago. Under the circumstances, however, I didn’t get around to buying one once they became available. Several changes of address later, one of these showed up as a gift from my fiancee. My conclusion? I regret not getting one sooner, because it’s so much fun to use, surprisingly effective, and (in my opinion) has a bit more that can be done with it!
Yesterday morning, I messaged a friend asking if anyone had heard anything about DDart wrist blasters since Toy Fair. Within the hour, by sheer coincidence, things started appearing from multiple sources – Toy Fair Everywhere (an online connection forum set up in the wake of Covid-19), other Nerfers, and even emails to various people. Even better, we have sample videos showing off the new products now on Youtube. Let’s just jump in and see where the line is going – faster speeds, higher rates of fire, Rival ammo, and more!
I may have a problem: in addition to having 25 or so Tyrant magazines for Mega blasters, I’ve also bought four Motostrykes. That many blasters (and mags) means I have lots of project fodder. To that end, I’ve gone and made my first brushless build, thanks to parts from Project FDL and Out of Darts. Now I’m shooting Mega darts at 130fps, with all the fun benefits of a brushless setup.
This won’t quite be a build guide, but I will go over making the blaster!
This writeup assumes you have some familiarity with Nerf modding.
Honestly, this is the blaster I’ve been excited for all year. Odd ammo types are my specialty; I have themed loadouts for Humans v Zombies, PvP events, and other happenings for everything from Vortex to Ballistic Balls. However, one of the things that has always been missing is a semi-auto Mega blaster. Now, we have the Motostryke. It’s compatible with previous Mega magazines, has a smooth trigger pull, and already has plenty of upgrade opportunities. If you like large ammo in any way at all, you need to buy at least one Motostryke.
Nerf has been on a roll, in terms of securing IP crossovers. Overwatch Rival blasters, Fortnite blasters, and now Halo. Just as important, however, is nailing the landing once the product lines start appearing. In that regard, the MA40 largely does the job, being both a nice prop for Halo fans and a good platform for blaster fans. Quibbles over magazine compatibility aside, it’s worth grabbing, even at the $50 MSRP.
Buzz Bee Toys is an interesting company when it comes to blaster design. While they have put out more and more designs that are clearly effective in battle, they still have a tendency to release blasters that are mainly play-oriented, be it through shells, chains, or other methods. In the case of the Battle Blazer, we have a fun blaster that does perform well compared to main brands. Is this chain-fed pistol practical? You be the judge.