I’m admittedly a little late posting news of this, as parts of three states have already had visits. Nerf and Walmart are teaming up for the Nerf Fest Mobile Tour, stopping at various Walmart Supercenters for free demos of the new blasters. In addition, while supplies last, Nerf purchases of $25 or more will get a free T-shirt you can customize on-site.
Check the images below to see if the Nerf truck shows up in your area this fall!
Shown at Toy Fair 2018 back in February, the Swarm Seeker (and included bug launcher) aims to put a new spin on target practice. They showed up recently at Endwar (Mission 5, aka “The Commercial”), and just hit shelves this past month. Sporting the same wood and “bug splat” motif as previous blasters, the Swarm Seeker features great performance in a small package. And the bug launcher works as intended. All things considered, it’s a nice package.
One of the most unusual things to appear at Toy Fair is finally on shelves. After spotting it a year and a half ago, it appeared on shelves at Target for $100, in both red/black and grey color schemes (green/black is also available). It’s not the most useful tool for actual foam combat, but it’s still a lot of fun. It helps that the blaster portion shoots harder than expected!
The Commandfire is a new blaster in many ways. Produced under Walmart’s branding by Prime Time Toys, it doesn’t bring much to the table aesthetically. But it boasts a dart hopper, eliminating the need for magazines. It features fully automatic firing, and comes with lots of accurate ammunition. It’s a blaster I’ve had for several weeks now, but hadn’t been able to truly utilize until a recent Humans v Zombies game. Now that that’s done, I have a review to post.
It should be noted that after I began writing this review, a sample box including this blaster and many others I’ve bought actually arrived. Since the money’s already been spent for buying and reviewing blasters…I guess Prime Time Toys will be unofficially sponsoring an HvZ event in the near future. At least the recipients won’t be disappointed!
Buzz Bee Toys produces many fine blasters for a fraction of the Nerf price. They also tend to produce lots of “gimmick” blasters, some more usable than others. The Air Warriors Demolisher is one of those blasters. It’s fully automatic, magazine fed…and fired by pulling on the rear handle. It’s a silly way to use a blaster, but I can’t help but love it. At the very least, it’s a nice kid-sized “minigun” with decent performance.
The Night Attack is another addition to the Adventure Force line this fall, coming from Buzz Bee Toys. Featuring both magazine compatibility and a rail-mounted flashlight, this pistol is a bit long in its dimensions. The flashlight is also fairly useless. The pistol itself, however, packs a nice punch.
Among the newest blasters on Walmart shelves this year is a crossbow under the Adventure Force brand. It’s not technically new; it originally existed as a crossbow under Buzz Bee Toys’ Walking Dead line. However, I never found time to review that blaster. And that’s a shame, because these crossbows perform far better than most stock blasters on the market, even if they’re clearly sized for children,