Every blaster line has winners and losers. Nerf Minecraft is no different.
The Stormlander, while clearly meant for Minecraft fans, has a certain charm to it, even for those of us who don’t play the video game franchise. The same can’t be said, however, of the Pillager’s Crossbow. It doesn’t look good, it’s more expensive, and it’s awkward in hand. Whatever the merits of the blaster, it just looks and feels like a hunk of plastic that happens to shoot darts. And that’s hard to recommend.
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Hasbro was kind enough to send me free samples for review. Thanks, guys!
Out of basically nowhere, Nerf not only announced another license, but also a new line of blasters, available online from Walmart! (I ordered them on Monday, and they arrived yesterday at the same time as the free samples). The blasters are fairly basic to start with (two three-shot blasters, and three Microshots), but they nail the Minecraft feel down.
Today, however, we start with the Stormlander Hammer, an item from the Minecraft: Dungeons game. The Nerf version is a blaster that, instead of lightning, can fire theee darts in quick succession. How much you need it, however, depends entirely on your level of fandom and roleplay interest.
The Rival line isn’t dead yet! The Curve Shot sub-series was this year’s entry, featuring adjustable barrels for sending shots to the sides (or down, for that matter). The first two blasters, the Sideswipe and the Flex, performed well as blasters and moderately well for trick shots. They were also available at multiple retail sites.
The Helix, however, is a Target exclusive. It’s also the best of the three, as long as you handle the blaster properly to account for the hopper design. Let’s take a closer peek!
Due to a busy life (work, weekend plans, etc), I simply don’t have as much time for modding as before. However, after having so much fun with Mega XL, I wanted more (and less chunky) options. And this kit clearly fits the bill.
Titan Forge Blasters has designed a kit for converting the Nerf Rival Kronos. Now, you can have a small sidearm that fires Mega XL quite well, up to 80fps. It takes some arm strength to use, of course. But having a small, powerful option for large ammo opens up possibilities. You can even purchase the files for personal use and 3d printing, if you don’t want to order the parts themselves.
Let’s dive in!
Zuru is making a big push with the Royale Edition blasters, even having their own shelf space in the “Seen on TV” section of Walmart. However, there’s one blaster that isn’t as well advertised. The Turbo Advance (only online at Sam’s Club for now) is already one of Xshot’s better blasters. Now, you can just get a prettier one!
Since the community is fond of naming things, it seems Dart Zone wants to play off of that with a naming contest. As per the email:
The Dart Zone community has creatively nicknamed many of our Darts.
We have the Chili Darts, the Bamboo Darts, and the Waffle-tip Darts.
Now YOU have the chance to give the Adventure Force Pro Dart the nickname it deserves and WIN a super-stacked Adventure Force Prize Pack.
Don’t miss out – enter today!
*limited to U.S. only
You can follow this link to enter. However, I agree with some other people that we don’t really need a name for the standard Pro darts. Maybe someone will come up with something catchy…but it feels highly unnecessary. If a name hasn’t organically popped up by now…
Author’s note: Thank you so much to Zing Toys for the free samples!
It’s always hard to review and rate things like this, especially when you’re over 30. The Wrist Bow is inherently kid-sized, and sometimes you have to borrow other people’s kids to properly gauge expectations!
Even so, it was easy to see, when I used it, how much fun a pint-sized entry to the Zing family could be!