About a week and a half prior to this review, the Jurassic Pro appeared on select Walmart shelves in Texas. Thanks to a friend down there, I was able to get one in the mail. Now, after lots of time testing (both on a workbench and on a playing field), I’ll gladly add to the hype. The Jurassic Pro isn’t the pro blaster we expected, but it’s definitely the pro blaster we needed,
Between Persian New Year celebration prep and a certain important milestone (one year married!), reviews have a temporary backseat. I LOVE YOU, HONEY!
Let’s face it: blaster companies can’t always reinvent the wheel. Instead, they put familiar things in fun new packages. That’s the essence of the Dinosquad line: the blasters aren’t new in function, but they’re in a fun new shape.
That applies to the new Raptorslash blaster. It’s just a Strongarm/Disruptor/Commander, but with a bit more attitude.
Toy companies don’t just make products and expect stores to sell them. There’s a process of showing off samples, negotiating prices, and presenting marketing data to show the toy will sell. Other times, a store will ask for a specific item to fill their shelves, be it due to good sales or for needing to fill aisle space (e.g. Nerf Doomlands at Target during the pandemic).
Even so, it’s not often that a completely abandoned concept or product line gets revisited. Such is the case with the Air Max Boss. Buzz Bee’s Mega-firing dart blasters launched in 2015, but they were abandoned after disappointing sales in many places (I still have boxes full of $1 or less refill packs from Walmart, as well as magazines from clearance Tyrants). One store they apparently did not disappoint was Dollar General, which carried the Air Max Boss for $10. Now, just for this year, they’re appearing on shelves again. The price is up a bit ($13), but even then, it’s still one of the best Mega blasters you can buy.
As previously reported, Prime Time Toys is jumping into anything blaster-related, it seems! With the Walmart-exclusive Hydro Strike line, the people behind Dart Zone Blasters will have their first two gel bead blasters on shelves. The sidearm, the Nebula Pro, isn’t anything revolutionary in construction. In fact, fans of dart pistols like the Blitzfire X2 will find the Nebula Pro quite familiar. But if you’re looking for a low-cost, reliable gel bead pistol, the Nebula Pro fits the bill.
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.