Sometimes, you find special things that bring you instant joy. They may not even be that useful, but they’re great nonetheless. Power Poppers are one such toy. Made by Hog Wild Toys, they work like the Nerf Reactors of old, where pumping an inner and outer tube together compresses air and shoots balls out of an orifice of slightly smaller diameter. They only claim ranges of twenty feet, but they pretty much cover the whimsical side of foam object blasting.
That is, until they made a unicorn that you load by stuffing balls into its butt, and showed it off at Toy Fair. THEN it reached a new level of madness, and I can’t help but love it.
I was up late doing work, and decided to watch WalcomS7’s unboxing of the new Xshot Ninja series blasters. Nothing new, really, as the blasters had appeared at Toy Fair back in February (although it’s nice to know they’re coming to shelves soon).
What I did notice, however, was that the same old label is still being used to promote the Xshot darts. Based off 2014 testing. It’s safe to say that things have changed since then, which begs the question: how is this still a thing?
After seeing this post (with no replies) and looking into the topic, I grabbed a few Nickel-Zinc batteries of my own for testing. At least in stock blasters, the AA-sized batteries boost dart velocity by a noticeable margin. In addition, they’re rechargeable, can supply decent amounts of current, and are fairly inexpensive. However, there’s issues in reliability and longevity, and higher voltages aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. In the end, there’s really not much to be gained in terms of Nerf, as far as I can tell.
(This is from the “stock blaster” perspective. If you’re actively trying to modify your blaster, there are plenty of guides on rewiring blasters as well as choosing appropriate batteries).
First, a shout out to Blaster Revolution on Facebook, who found and posted a link to the WSJ article – otherwise, I would’ve been too busy playing at the Penn State HvZ Invitational to notice! There’s always great stuff on that page, from war pictures to new 3d cosmetic kits and more.
After years of competing, Zuru has made enough of a dent in blaster sales for people to take notice. As per the Wall Street Journal (there is a paywall, sadly), Zuru has taken a significant amount of shelf space with $20 and under blasters, especially when Nerf has been making more expensive blasters, up to and including the (originally) $200 MSRP Prometheus.
At this point, I have quite a few Microshots that have arrived at my doorstep. (OBLIGATORY DISCLAIMER THANKING HASBRO FOR SENDING FREE STUFF) At the very least, I should give my thoughts on the line. They’re neat gifts and collectibles, for sure. Just remember that, in the end, they’re all Jolts. Not that that’s a bad thing.