Over the weekend, as part of Valentine activities, I brought my fiancee down to the Dillard’s Clearance Center in Cincinnati, to enjoy herself for the afternoon. However, instead of torturing myself for hours, I got to run over to Foam Warriorz NKY to see how business was going even with a pandemic. It appears so far, so good, especially when opening the entire arena space and being attentive to various protocols.
Sure, it’s basically a new Stryfe. But Nerf has really hit things out of the park in terms of style with the Dinosquad line. Using blasters like the Rex Rampage just makes for a fun time. It performs as expected for a stock blaster, and has plenty of personality to boot. And if you tinker, you’ll have even more to love. Really, who doesn’t want a T-Rex spitting darts at their opponents???
If you’ll recall, Hasbro released the Ultra Two at the turn of 2020, making for a fun (and better) introduction of of the Ultra line than the first blaster. Later in the year, they released the Dorado, an Ultra Two with a stock and ammo storage – just not in the United States. However, this year it arrived, just in a new color scheme. The Ultra Scream Machine, a Walmart Exclusive, is at the very least as much fun as the Ultra Two. It also feels more comfortable, thanks to the extended platform. But is it worth the $35 asking price? Maybe. Depends on how much you use Ultra.
I get easily sidetracked. Fortunately, it’s often by Nerf-related projects. In this case, I have a bunch of new files online for 3d printing. First, the initial version of a Sideswipe top prime handle is live – I do want to tweak it, but it’s workable in the current state.
Also, due to a special request, a cage for the Adventure Fore V-Twin is up, allowing you to mount the barrel rotation motor above the replacement cage. An AF/Dart Zone Scorpion version will arrive soon (and is long overdue – we might like blaster performance, but the spinning barrels are fun!).
While we’re at it, I’ve also put up replacement cages for the Nerf Dinosquad Rex Rampage. I’ve yet to put up the review (don’t worry, it’s good), but obviously I was excited enough to make cages for it.
Not to fear, there’s plenty more content to post and blasters to review! However, as opposed to the usual acceleration due to Toy Fair and the like, the posts will likely slow down towards the end of February. Among other things, I have a March 20th wedding to plan! A few other things, as well, but that’s the main concern.
Regularly scheduled reviews to return tomorrow!
Back in December, I had the chance to buy an FDL-Basic beta unit ahead of the general release (making for a great birthday gift for the fiancée). Between the two of us, we’ve put many clips of ammo through the blaster, seeing if anything went wrong or if anything could be improved. In the end, the Basic is a great do-everything blaster. Granted, you could spend the same amount of money or time on several blasters for different game types. But if you’re willing to spend the money, you’ll be happy with the versatility of this blaster. Especially when compared to the price of the FDL-3 before it.
Blaze Storm (made by Zecong Toys) is known for copying Nerf designs; although they do on occasion come up with something original. However, when I see things like a copy of the Prometheus, I can’t help but buy it to see if it’s worth anything.
Is it worth the $85 I paid? In stock form, no. If you’re in need of a fun project, though, it’s fairly easy to bring it up to par with other Rival blasters!