We had quite a good MHvZ event today, a good turnout and some good games. I also got some use out of my newly completed Rhino-Fire. In this Nerf Game Report I’ll describe the blasters that saw use, the gamemodes we played, and in particular how the new Blind Bomber setup worked out.
I was recently contacted by Newisland, a blaster brand that is not particularly well-known in the west, but has nonetheless generated some buzz for their quirky Alloy Transformable Toys Dinosaur Series Toy Blasters. I’ve seen the Newisland blasters, but always assumed they were designed primarily for children, so I didn’t give them much thought. But now I’m told they had a new type of dart and tactical vest designed for older players. Newisland, you have my attention.
Among the many surprises that have come from Chinese toy factories in recent years has been the rise of Feng Jia Toys. Unlike other blaster-building companies (Zecong comes to mind), Feng Jia tends to actually produce unique blasters. Even the blasters with obvious origins tend to have their own personalities. While the actual blaster names seem to change depending on color scheme and translation, their “roles” are consistent. As such, I will refer to this blaster as the Sniper Rifle. The price is high, but the blaster is unique and works well.
Although first released back in 2014, and reviewed extensively elsewhere (including by other folks right here at Blaster Hub), the BOOMco Whipblast is nonetheless worth a second look. After all, it offers functionality you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s exactly what you’d expect from any BOOMco blaster: it’s wacky, unique and most importantly, fun to fire.
So Nerf has come to Snapchat. Because apparently that’s where the kids are. And Nerf is for kids… right? Whatever the rationale, Hasbro chose to first reveal their spring line of blasters via this uber-hip form of disposable social media, but nowhere else. It didn’t really attract much attention that we could tell, and it didn’t give fans a chance to learn any details about the new products. It was just a nice tease… on top of the leaks and rumors that were already out there. But fortunately for us, Hasbro still has PR folks willing to share information, so we went straight to the source to finally get some legit, high-res images and official product details.
ZURU Toys has informed us they have some HUGE X-Shot product launches scheduled for 2017, and we’ve been given a sneak peek of the first blaster in the new line to be announced! Details are scarce at the moment, but there are a few key points that are noteworthy… that is, of course, if a clip-based, crossbow-style blaster that can hit 90 foot ranges piques your interest!