I didn’t do enough event highlights last year – I tried one month to get a running calendar of events going, and then those plans fell apart. This year, I’ll go for something not quite as ambitious – most people are able to search and find their local clubs, after all. Instead, I’ll start off just by naming the high-profile events in the hobby for the first part of the year. Given currently available information, of course.
Note there will be some obvious bias in the events I select (living in the eastern United States).
Blasters like the Alternator make reviews hard to do. They’re specialty blasters that can do multiple things, so you have to do your best to judge the sum of the parts. Luckily, the Alternator performs well given its unique setup. That, combined with the cute junkyard aesthetic, makes for a fun blaster to start off the Zombie Strike line in 2020.
This is a short stub of an article, admittedly. But worth it, since we’re approaching Toy Fair and potential new things to see. As of the beginning of the month, two new names appeared under trademark filings for Easebon Services Limited (the company that holds Prime Time Toys, if my understanding is correct).
As far as blasters go, Annihilator and Aeon Pro sound cool. We will see what blasters the names end up paired with, whether it’s at Toy Fair or at a later date (say, for example, at a booth at Foamcon during Endwar).
Buzz Bee Toys has been updating older blasters for the modern era. The Tommy 20 led to the Powermech, for example. Now, sold under Walmart’s Adventure Force line, we have the Double Fire. It succeeds the shell-fed Double Shot of old, while keeping similar style internals. It does, however, make for easier loading and better performance, if you’re a fan of the break-action play style. And at $10, it’s not a bad deal, either.
With the middle of January comes the arrival of the “spring” toys, including Super Soakers and the like. Admittedly, I have less use for water blasters than dart blasters. But they’re still related, and I find myself interested regardless. As such, I ordered the Typhoon Cannon as soon as it appeared online for purchase. Among the current selections, it’s a solid choice, especially if you’re looking for fast refills and endurance,
Author’s note: This blaster was sent to me free of charge for review. Thanks, Prime Time Toys!
The revolver format is a staple of the hobby; the NStrike Maverick is possibly the most iconic blaster ever made. That trend continued with the Elite Strongarm (and to a lesser extent the Disruptor). Mega had it with the Cycloneshock. When it came to Rival, however, the revolver never appeared. Is a revolver the best use of the ammo? Debatable, considering the various magazines and hoppers you can use with Rival-type ammo. Is it still a fun kind of blaster, regardless of ammo type? You bet it is!
Now Dart Zone has started 2020 with that long-missing blaster, in the form of the Apex. And it’s as fun (and good) as you’d expect it to be, for a great price.
Hey look! Someone in the industry sent a free thing! Info, in this case.
Now that the spring toys are appearing, we’re also seeing the various press releases! This time, it’s information from Prime Time Toys, the people behind Dart Zone, as well as various other branded dart and water blasters. Thanks for sending me the tidbits! It’s better than haphazardly gathering info from retailers.